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The Essential Phone now has a more palatable starting price.The Essential Phone didn't have an easy go of things in its first few weeks on the market. Lauded for its incredible industrial design, the phone's software was barebones to a fault and its camera was criticized for its slow speed, poor low-light performance, and lack of features. Now months later, Essential's marketing department peep-quiet, the phone has received numerous updates, many of which have improved the overall software experience Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Central

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Besides the poor camera performance, perhaps the biggest complaint with the Essential Phone was the price. While the phone definitely had a premium design with a good software experience, the $700 asking price was a sore point for potential buyers. Now the phone is getting a permanent $200 price drop. According to TechCrunch, Essential believes that dropping the price would help it better break into the smartphone market, which is obviously dominated by companies like Samsung and Apple. It's Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Police

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All Chromecasts are not created equal, especially when it comes to Daydream. Google's latest update to the Daydream VR platform includes an exciting new way to share VR experiences with those in the room with you. A quick click on the Chromecast icon will send everything the player sees to the closest television, which is a lot more fun than just watching someone with a headset on their face. The big question now is which Chromecast will offer the best experience for this? And if you already have Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Central

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The Google Home doesn't have a display of its own, but it's becoming very good at controlling other screens around your house. You can start playback of content from Google Photos, YouTube, and others with a simple voice command, turning the Home into a voice-controlled TV remote. Google has now added the ability to easily watch news videos on your TV using Assistant commands. Google Home already responds to "play the news" or "play [category] news," which starts playing a relevant news summary Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Police

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This isn't a great sign. Consternation surrounding the display in the Google Pixel 2 XL is well known at this point, and to be honest most of it has been pretty overblown. But we have something new to talk about now: screen burn-in. It's something people with OLED screens worry about (to varying degrees) and something people who prefer LCDs like to poke fun about. But one of our Pixel 2 XL review units, in use for about a week, is already seeing some pretty crazy levels of burn-in. That's some pretty Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Central