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The best Android smartphones you can buy right now (Summer 2020)

There are a lot of Android phones on the market, and while it's great there are so many choices, the abundance of phones can sometimes feel overwhelming. Is the Galaxy S10 still a good phone to buy? What should I get if I'm on a tight budget? We're here to answer those questions (and many others), with this list of the best Android smartphones to buy. There's something for every price point and taste, and we have all of the information you need to make an informed purchase.

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Fix coming for jittery video playback on Android 11 Beta

If you're on the Android 11 Beta and watch videos from any major social platform, you might have seen the stream go haywire. Well, you should know that you're not alone — we've seen it with our own eyes across a couple different apps and reports across forums say they've been affected elsewhere, too. And there's some good news at the end of this mess.

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mmWave 5G is facing more uncertainty than ever

Millimeter wave 5G hasn't had an easy time of it, as a technology. It's been panned for fickle connectivity, extremely limited coverage, and being too thinly-deployed to even meaningfully use (not to mention the absolute nonsense conspiracies some people are spreading about it). It doesn't help that mmWave only has one truly active booster in the United States—Verizon. The company says its existing plans for 5G mmWave deployments around the country haven't changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the current crisis raises a valid question: if we won't be gathering in large groups for the foreseeable future—let alone in stadiums or concert halls—does mobile mmWave even make sense anymore, and did it ever?

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T-Mobile's network outage has resolved

A massive outage affecting T-Mobile's network has resolved overnight, with President of Technology Neville Ray claiming that service was finally fully restored around 1AM ET, following almost a day of widespread issues. Though reports came in for issues on all three big US carriers, AT&T and Verizon claim their networks were operating as usual.

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The best cheap true wireless earbuds you can buy (Summer 2020)

As the true wireless earbud market has matured, we've reached a point where we now have a lot of good quality options even at lower price points — they're no longer just an expensive toy for early adopters. Anyone can pick up an affordable pair of TWEs these days and expect half-decent sound quality as well as a few useful extra features. We've reviewed quite a few of these over the years and are therefore able to help you decide which pair is right for you. These are our favorite options in the 'less than $50' and 'less than $100' price brackets.

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15 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the week of June 8, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the third entry in the Bit Dungeon action-adventure series, a new title from the dev behind the DERE EXE horror series, and a quality top-down twin-stick shooter from Ivan Panasenko. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of June 8th, 2020.

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Should you buy a Wear OS watch or a Galaxy Watch?

Picking a smartwatch to pair with your Android smartphone is at once both relatively simple—there just aren't many choices—and maddening: no platform offers a truly great wearable experience with Google's mobile OS. The two biggest platforms are, of course, watches powered by Google's own Wear OS, and Samsung's Tizen-based Galaxy Watches. Both platforms have their benefits and (ample) drawbacks, but choosing the right one will probably depend both on your desired physical aesthetic and a few specific software features.

In this guide, we'll go over the key differences between both platforms, so you can make an informed smartwatch purchase.

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13 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Adobe Photoshop Camera, Dropbox Passwords, and Brave Browser Nightly (5/30/20 - 6/13/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have a camera app from Adobe, Dropbox's invite-only entry in the password management game, the arrival of the nightly version of the Brave Browser, and the rebranding of an existing podcast app now called Podhero. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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Google Fi SMS bug that sent bizarre Chinese texts is now fixed

Recently, some SMS/text messages sent by Google Fi subscribers were arriving as strange Chinese gibberish — with the occasional emoji thrown in for good measure. Tests confirmed that the problem seemed to be caused by an encoding issue, likely exclusive to Fi messages sent to Verizon subscribers. Google tells us it has since rolled out a fix for the problem.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Drive on Android

Cloud file storage is a big business, and frequently involves trusting hoards of your data with corporations so large that even hundreds of gigabytes of your personal data constitute a mathematical rounding error if they were to go missing. There are ways to get around the death grip services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive have on the cloud storage market, though, including some great free and open-source ones we'll round up in this list.

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