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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Do You Use Google Hangouts? Are You Excited About Hangouts 4.0?

Google Hangouts 4.0 is coming. With it come status messages, a more modern chat interface, and a refreshed overall layout that now includes a floating action button. Oh, and there's an Android Wear Hangouts app finally.

But Hangouts is probably far from the world's most popular messaging platform, even if it is the descendent of the widely-used Google Talk (which is now a term so dated to me that I actually had to make sure that's what it was called). There's Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, LINE, Apple Messages, Skype - and that's just naming a few. Not to mention plain old SMS, which I'm guessing most of us use at least sometimes.

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[Weekend Poll] How Often Do You Play Games On Your Smartphone?

Smartphone gaming is a hugely popular activity in almost every demographic. People play games on their phones constantly - be it Angry Birds or Clash of Clans, or more serious titles like those wonderful Final Fantasy ports or the many "midcore" shooters and racing games available for phones.

While tablets are obvious gaming platforms, too, today we're interested in gaming on your phone. Namely, do you?

Personally, I haven't in quite some time. But that's because I'm a PC gamer and generally prefer that platform for my digital entertainment, and I realize that I'm in a smaller group there. I do find myself gaming on my iPad (Hearthstone!), but my phone?

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[Weekend Poll And Discussion] Do You Have Android 5.1.1 Yet? What Do You Think Of It?

As more and more Nexus devices get updated to Android 5.1.1 (and, in the Nexus 9's case, 5.1 in the first place), hopefully more and more issues people had with Android 5.0 and 5.1 are getting resolved. What I want to ask you is about your experience with the latest version of Android. Better? Worse? The same?

The Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 (2012 and 2013), 9, and 10 [and Player] all have the update rolling out now with varying degrees of completeness, and factory images for all but the 6 are available.

So, let's talk. Android 5.1.1: what's better, what's worse, and what problems with 5.0/5.1 still aren't addressed?

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[Weekend Poll] How Much Mobile Data Do You Use In A Month?

Welcome back to the weekend poll, and this weekend we're asking you about your data habits. Specifically, how much mobile data (as in, 2G/3G/LTE/4G - not Wi-Fi) do you typically use in a month? Given our wide geographic distribution of readers, it'll be interesting to see how this shapes up - I personally know very little about people's data usage outside the US.

For an easy way to answer this question, just go into your phone's settings menu and look at how much you've used in the last 30 days (Android 4.0+). Or, just estimate - we all do vary month to month in our usage, I know I used a big hunk of data last week while traveling (I always forget to download music before I leave).

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[Weekend Poll] Are You Using A Custom ROM On Your Phone?

Surprisingly, we haven't asked this one more than once! Actually, I don't think we've ever asked it exactly like this, and it'll be an interesting one to watch. We did, however, ask you about six months ago whether your device was rooted. A full 63% were in the "yes" camp - let's see how this poll's results compare.

So, this week's question: are you running a custom ROM on your phone? For those of you with OnePlus Ones (or Yus, or N1s), if you are running an unmodified Cyanogen OS build or Oxygen OS - be it a nightly or a stable release - please answer "no." The reasoning here is as follows: a custom ROM's generally accepted definition is firmware that your device did not ship with or upgrade to on an officially sanctioned path.

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[Weekend Discussion] Leather, Kevlar, Glass, Metal - Do You Really Care What Your Phone Is Made Of?

Exotic or uncommon materials seem to be all the rage in smartphones right now. Motorola started offering wood backs, then later leather, for its Moto X 2013 and 2014 handsets, respectively. But this wasn't even the first time a phone was offered with some integrated exotic or unorthodox materials. When Apple released the iPhone 4 with a glass rear cover, people flipped - wouldn't it break (yes, it would!), or get scratches (not that much) on it?

But people went for it, and there were more glass-backed phones. And then, there were things like Kevlar, football (?), leather, plastic that looks like leather, and so on and so forth.

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[Weekend Poll] Will You Buy A Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Or Neither?

This weekend's poll is a flagship battle bonanza: with both the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 set to launch in many countries in a mere matter of days, we want to know which one you'll be buying. I know, most of you will be purchasing neither, but we want to hear from those that are, too, to see how the chips land here at Android Police.

The Galaxy S6 is the most appealing phone from the Korean smartphone king in as many years as they've been making them, if you ask me, while HTC'S latest effort seems like a bit of a rehash.

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[Weekend Poll] When's The Last Time You Bought A Paid App Or Game On The Play Store?

This weekend's poll is about your money - and how you spend it. Specifically, on the Play Store. Now, when I ask if you've bought an app or game on the Play Store, I mean an app or game, not music, movies, books, or TV shows - nor any kind of subscription. For the purpose of this poll, purchases of "unlock" IAPs (in-app purchases) that unlock a full, ad-free, or "pro" version of an app or game will count. This is because these kinds of IAPs are simply substitutes for a paid license, and we don't want to exclude demo or trial-ware, since the end result of a purchase is the same thing (a fully-featured / unlocked app or game).

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[Weekend Poll] Have The Loss Of A Removable Battery And SD Card Made The Galaxy S6 Worse Or Better?

So, as many of us in the tinkering mindset will likely agree, flexibility in any product is generally a good thing. Case in point: many Android smartphones over the years have shipped with removable batteries and microSD card slots. Battery runs down in half a day after a year? Swap it. Need to store 20GB of music and TV shows for a long flight (or live somewhere mobile streaming isn't a real option)? SD card to the rescue!

And in some places and situations for some people, removing those options really can be a major bummer. But when the Galaxy S6 was announced devoid of a microSD slot or user-replaceable battery, it seemed Samsung was finally waving goodbye to a large group of power users, emerging market customers, and people who just want this stuff in a sort of flippant way.

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[Weekend Poll] Battery Life Versus Thinness, FIGHT!

Almost four years ago, we ran a poll on the subject of battery life versus thinness. Four years ago, Android's battery life was even worse than it is now, batteries were smaller, and LTE radios could be a death sentence on newer handsets. Today... battery life still isn't that good on most phones, but it's not as bad as it once was, and all the while the phones are getting thinner and lighter and sleeker.

There are phones with massive batteries out there (Huawei Ascend Mate 2/7, DROID MAXX, etc.), but batteries have generally only sought to keep pace with screen size over the years instead of actually growing enough to appreciably extend the amount of time we spend off the charger.

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