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Is Google Play Pass worth it? Depends on who you are

I have 500 words to tell you whether or not I think you should get Google Play Pass for $5 a month or if you're better off with an alternative solution. Frankly speaking, if you're the type that constantly uses a wide array of apps and games and are always curious enough to try just one more every so often, you should pull the trigger. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, here.

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[Update: Now in stable] Apple Music beta adds Chromecast support and 100,000 radio stations

Earlier this month, Apple Music received a beta update that added a new dark mode and synchronized lyrics with the music. While that did cross off two of the most wanted features in the app, there was still one request that Apple hadn't yet answered: Chromecast support. Now, nearly four years after the service launched on Android, it can finally play our tunes on Chromecast speakers.

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On iPhone day, Google's big Pixel phone problem looms large

Today, Apple will announce some new iPhones. Before the year is through, it will sell tens of millions of these phones worldwide, with each sale averaging a price any other smartphone maker could only dream of. Around a month from now, Google will offer its retort, in the form of the Pixel 4. The Pixel 4 will not be the source of any grand claims about sales figures, because Google will probably be lucky to even crack a million units before 2019 ends, if the Pixel 3's struggles are any sort of evidence.

After three years and soon four generations of Pixel smartphones, Google has failed to generate meaningful marketplace traction for its in-house smartphone brand.

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Apple Music finally gets a web interface

Apple Music finally has a home on the web. The service launched more than four years ago and quickly became one of the top music streaming platforms, but until now, it's only been accessible through dedicated applications. Now, it's got a web interface that should work in any browser.

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Samsung made some cringeworthy GIFs to help you fight iPhone users' blue bubble elitism

We all have that friend who disses us for not having an iPhone. Especially when you're texting, your mate isn't going to leave out an opportunity to remind you that he can't use all the glorious iMessage features like read receipts, high-quality image sharing, and more, because your text bubbles are green. In fact, iPhones are incompatible with RCS, which could solve the problem of high-quality cross-platform SMS texting. With no resolution in sight, Samsung's marketing team has decided to pour oil into the fire instead. It now offers a selection of green-bubble comeback GIFs on Giphy, each one weirder than the other.

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[Update: Moto Z4 and One Vision] ARCore support comes to Pixel 3a, OnePlus 7, LG G8, and a bunch of Apple devices

Every few weeks, Google updates its ARCore support list with new devices. This time around, Google's added the two new LG flagship phones — the G8 and the V50 — as well as four iPad models and the iPhone XR.

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Samsung and Xiaomi capitalize on Huawei's woes to increase smartphone market share in Europe

The European smartphone market is incredibly fast-moving — brand loyalty isn't high, especially with users of lower-end devices. When you compare this year's second financial quarter with the same period from last year, you can see how quickly things change. Samsung and Xiaomi are clear winners in Q2 2019 with 20% and 48% annual growth respectively, while Apple, Huawei, and HMD Global (Nokia) market shares shrank by at least 16%.

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Samsung 'Moving On' from old iPhone attack ads after Galaxy Note10 debuts without headphone jack

If the pot calls the burning kettle black, then later finds itself on top of the same fire, is it ethical to take that insult back? Starting in 2017, Samsung aired advertisements calling Apple out for not including useful technologies such as the headphone jack on their phones and inviting iPhone owners to switch to Galaxy. In 2019, the Korean manufacturer released its first major phones, the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+, without said headphone jack. And so, it was determined, Samsung had to pull those old ads off of the internet.

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Apple Music adds dark mode, live lyrics while listening to songs

When Apple announced iOS 13, one of the things that caught my attention was its live lyric implementation in the music app. That was a logical step after the company's purchase of Shazam and I liked how it was integrated in the app instead of requiring a separate layer like Musixmatch. Now, that same functionality is making its way to Apple Music on Android, along with a dark theme.

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