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Weekend poll: Are you using any Google messaging apps like Allo, Hangouts, or Android Messages?

Earlier this week it was revealed that Google was planning to "pause" development on its Allo messaging service, reassigning those resources to Android Messages and RCS—which is apparently also being called "Chat" by Google. The company remains ostensibly committed to the Allo platform as a whole, but Google's graveyard is littered with dead messaging services. Some of them are even still being used in the absence of further improvements, like Hangouts. That got us to thinking, which of Google's messaging apps might you be using?

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Weekend poll: How long have you owned your current smartphone?

Every year phones get better, which is an obvious sentiment. What isn't so obvious is the impact that ends up having on the length of ownership. With increasing water resistance and more durable materials, replacing a device due to accidental damage is a more and more uncommon occurrence. Mix in rising prices for high-end phones and the general feature-parity of the flagship space, and those inflating price tags don't bring you a whole lot of exclusive new features. Has any of that led you to hang onto your current phone longer?

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Weekend poll: How do you check the weather on your phone?

For at least the foreseeable future, the weather is one of those things we have to plan around. Whatever advanced technologies we may develop soon, I still can't pinpoint a date and dictate with absolute certainty that it be a perfectly clear and warm day. We're subject to its whims, and that means many of us need to take it into consideration when we schedule events or dress for the day.

Since the weather is something almost all of us need to be aware of, we were wondering how you got your information, especially when it comes to your phone. How do you get your weather forecast?

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Weekend poll: What operating system does your phone use?

There's a wide selection of mobile hardware these days, but the variations between flagships are getting fewer with every year. IP-68+ ratings and high-dpi OLED displays are commonplace now, and every new phone wins a camera award. The only real way manufacturers can differentiate is via the software experience, and everyone has an opinion when it comes to that, including those of us here at Android Police.

So, what operating system does your phone use?

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Weekend poll: Do you use Facebook on your phone?

Facebook's been in the news quite a bit recently, almost entirely with a negative connotation. Just earlier today we reported on the recent revelation that it had been (Update: with user permission) harvesting call and messaging metadata from users for years by exploiting Android's old permissions model. Set within the framework of the broader Cambridge Analytica outrage, quite a lot of people are upset at how their data and privacy has been handled by the house of Zuckerberg. Even Elon Musk is supporting #deletefacebook, having axed Tesla's page. That means the 4th largest (and 1st nerdiest) automaker by value in the world no longer has a Facebook presence.

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Weekend poll: Are you getting a Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+?

Although there might have been a couple hiccups, Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ are finally available for purchase in stores. The two phones might be more iterative than revolutionary, but they impressed us quite a lot in our review. So much so, in fact, that we gave the pair our Most Wanted superlative. David even recommended them over the Pixel 2 XL. So, with Samsung's latest flagships being worth it in our eyes, what do you think? Are you going to grab one?

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Weekend poll: What are your favorite new features so far in Android P?

 

Google just released its developer previews for Android P, the upcoming and as-yet-unnamed version of Android. Since this is DP1, it's too early to tell which changes will stick: some missing features are likely to return, and some new changes could still be reverted. But, we've had four days to play around with the new images and develop our own opinions. What's yours?

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Weekend poll: What do you think about 'the notch?'

ASUS' latest flagship, the ZenFone 5Z, might sound like a great value for the specifications, but it hasn't been an omnipresent part of the Android conversation for the last week online just due to pricing. At its launch event at MWC last week, ASUS didn't only reveal a new phone, it also showed off a big new iPhone X-style sensor/earpiece cutout.

It's been a polarizing development in the world of Android, and almost everyone has an opinion on the subject. From the Essential PH-1 to the alleged upcoming LG G7 (Neo), solutions for increasing display size while retaining sensor space cover a variety of shapes.

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[Classic] Weekend Poll: Do you use a custom launcher on your phone?

Probably the single most appreciated aspect of Android is its capacity for extensive customization, and many first dip their toes into those tailor-made waters with a custom launcher. It's been six years since we first asked this question, and we've come back to it regularly. But it's time to ask it again: Do you use a custom launcher?

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Weekend poll: How do you feel about the changes to Snapchat?

Snapchat may not have the widest audience compared to social juggernauts like Facebook, but there's a core of users that have stuck by the service even as competitors like Instagram integrated similar features. Of course, we've been more than a bit critical of Snapchat and its terrible Android performance over the years—late last year the company promised to (finally) make an effort on the platform. But over the last week, Snapchat has been rolling out a controversial new redesign. In fact, the reception has been so poor that over 1.2 million people (at the time of writing) have signed a petition to revert the change.

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