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Samsung tries to lure iPhone users with a web-based demo of Android

Samsung tries to lure iPhone users with a web-based demo of Android

The very first time I ever used Android, it was loaded up as a live bootable partition on a MicroSD card shoved into my HTC Fuze. I'm sure the Windows Mobile installation on the phone's internal storage felt very jealous, because the rest is history. Samsung is hoping for something similar with its latest project: an interactive, web-based demonstration of Android made specifically for iPhone users.

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Google Fi's privacy-enhancing VPN just left beta and it's coming to the iPhone next

Google Fi's privacy-enhancing VPN just left beta and it's coming to the iPhone next

Lots of Google products begin life as a public beta. In some cases, that can last years, and it's a major milestone when they leave that branding behind. Today Google Fi's VPN graduates out of beta status. Not only does that mean it's getting a new spot in a redesigned "privacy & security" section of the Google Fi app, it also means it's coming to iPhones.

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iPhone 12 Mini review: I just want a good small Android phone — is that too much to ask?

iPhone 12 Mini review: I just want a good small Android phone — is that too much to ask?

Apple's iPhone 12 Mini will, I think, mark an end to small and good smartphones. That's not because it's bad, far from it; this is a great phone. But, it hasn't sold very well, and though they might argue otherwise, smartphone manufacturers are hardly altruistic. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple doesn't refresh this model next year. The iPhone 12 Mini may very well be the small phone swan song, and it really makes me wish a company in Android-land would make the mistake of copying it.

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Is the Pixel 5 Android's version of the iPhone 12 Mini?

Is the Pixel 5 Android's version of the iPhone 12 Mini?

Apple's new iPhone 12 Mini has turned quite a few heads for one big reason: It's a flagship phone, but it's positively tiny, upsetting the ongoing trend equating bigger to better. For those who prefer Android, there's a certain degree of small-phone envy, though some consider the Pixel 5 to be Google's equivalent. But is the Pixel 5 actually a good, small phone in the same vein as the iPhone Mini? If you're asking us, the answer is a clear "no."

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Ask us anything about the iPhone 12 Mini (Q&A)

Ask us anything about the iPhone 12 Mini (Q&A)

Although you know us for covering Android devices from top to bottom, the Android Police team would be remiss if we didn’t occasionally acknowledge the handsets made by that other Californian tech giant. That's right, this week we’re taking all your questions on the new iPhone 12 Mini.

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Smartphone camera showdown: Pixel 5, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Mate 40 Pro, OnePlus 8T, Galaxy S20 FE, iPhone 12 Pro compared

Smartphone camera showdown: Pixel 5, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Mate 40 Pro, OnePlus 8T, Galaxy S20 FE, iPhone 12 Pro compared

Camera quality has always been a major differentiating factor when choosing between smartphones, but it seems like the competition has gotten more intense over the last few years. Some manufactures like OnePlus and Huawei use sensors with big megapixel counts to stand out from the crowd, while others like Apple and Google rely more on the marriage between hardware and software. With such a tight race for the winner of the camera crown, we're highlighting three recent YouTube comparisons worth a watch.

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Is the Pixel 4a actually better than the iPhone SE? We used both

Is the Pixel 4a actually better than the iPhone SE? We used both

Putting Android and iOS side by side in the smartphone arena has never been easy. While big software differences still separate the platforms in fundamental ways, even things like hardware just don't mean the same thing when you're comparing an iPhone to an Android phone. Even for us—people who are generally familiar with both—it can be difficult at times to explain what can sound like subtle contrasts end up painting two wildly different pictures. We obviously have a clear agenda when it comes to which platform is better, even if the 2020 iPhone SE seriously wowed us. But with the Pixel 4a, Google fired back in a more effective way than I think any of us had necessarily predicted.

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The most (and least) popular devices used to browse Android Police in 2020

The most (and least) popular devices used to browse Android Police in 2020

Back in 2017, we published a list of the most and least popular smartphones and tablets used to browse Android Police (the site you're reading right now). Many of you loved seeing where your favorite devices ended up in the rankings, but we never published followup posts for subsequent years — until now! We're back with a new installment for 2020, with more fun facts about the kinds of phones and tablets our readers use.

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The OnePlus Nord might save Europe from the iPhone SE

The OnePlus Nord might save Europe from the iPhone SE

With the iPhone SE making many Android users switch platforms, it was just a question of time until we'd see a response from Android manufacturers. In Europe, that might just be the OnePlus Nord. The €400 phone undercuts the €480 iPhone by €80, and its modern, sleek exterior stands in stark contrast to Apple's tried-and-true iPhone 6 look. It might just become the reset button for the Android midrange market.

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18 things Apple announced for iOS 14 that we want on Android

18 things Apple announced for iOS 14 that we want on Android

Every year, around Apple WWDC time, I like taking off my Android geek and fan cap, putting it aside, and enjoying what our friends-slash-rivals from Cupertino are doing for their users. While a few years ago, I might've enjoyed discussions about which OS was superior, these days I'm mellower and more pragmatic. iOS has borrowed a lot from Android and continues to do so, and vice-versa. The two ecosystems have a mutually beneficial rivalry and keep pushing themselves further, and in doing so keep pushing each other too.

That's why I have fun watching WWDC's main keynote. I expect Apple to implement a few features that I've been wanting on Android for years, and to add a few innovative and obvious options that I never knew I needed but now can't get out of my head.

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