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T-Mobile's 5G plans: 600MHz and millimeter wave in 30 cities this year, but no devices

At this year's MWC, the buzzword that seems to be heard in most presentations and promotional materials is 5G, and T-Mobile isn't waiting around. AT&T has revealed some of its desires for 5G in the coming years, but team magenta's plans are ambitious. Even as it claims not to want to "win the 2018 race," the company wants 30 cities set up with high-frequency 5G by the end of 2018. Unfortunately, you won't actually be able to use it until next year. 

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Sony introduces the wireless Xperia Ear Duo with open-ear ambient stereo sound

When Sony's Xperia Ear was first announced as a concept project in February of 2016, we were all a little wary of the utility of an assistant living inside our ears. But with Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant spreading their wings everywhere from our speakers to our appliances and even our headphones, the idea isn't as alien anymore. So Sony is following up now on its original Xperia Ear, which eventually launched in October of 2016, with an upgraded model dubbed the Xperia Ear Duo.

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Sony announces Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact with 18:9 displays, Snapdragon 845, and refined design

We knew Sony's devices would be in for a little design refresh at this year's MWC and now the rumor mill can be put to rest after Sony lifted the veil off its new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The new phones look exactly like the leaked renders and have a distinct Sony vibe to them with the still large bezels on the top and bottom, but with rounded corners, 3D glass and aluminum frame, and a curved back that bulges significantly on both devices, but especially so on the Compact.

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30 languages and multilingual support, routines, and location-based reminders are coming to Google Assistant

It hasn't been 2 months since Google Assistant dominated half the conversation at CES (with Alexa taking the other half) and now it's back again with more announcements and new things for MWC. After Google's teaser that new Android One and Go phones are coming at MWC next week, now we have a new announcement from the Google Assistant team and it's a big one. Some would call it a worldwide one.

First is the news that Google Assistant will be spreading to more languages and locales. From the current 8 languages, it will reach 30 by the end of the year and thus cover 95% of all eligible Android phones worldwide.

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