How to stop Facebook from tracking your location on Android even when you’re not using the app

Facebook is rolling out a new feature to its Android app that lets you stop the company from tracking your location even when you’re not using the app. This is a function that’s already built into iPhones, which let you limit whether an app can track you any time, only when you’re using it or never. Facebook uses your location information to target ads, show you nearby events and to identify where you’re logging in from, and it stores a copy of your precise location data. You have to manually en


Facebook is rolling out a new feature to its Android app that lets you stop the company from tracking your location even when you’re not using the app. This is a function that’s already built into iPhones, which let you limit whether an app can track you any time, only when you’re using it or never. Facebook uses your location information to target ads, show you nearby events and to identify where you’re logging in from, and it stores a copy of your precise location data. You have to manually en
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How to stop Facebook from tracking your location on Android even when you're not using the app

Facebook is rolling out a new feature to its Android app that lets you stop the company from tracking your location even when you’re not using the app.

This is a function that’s already built into iPhones, which let you limit whether an app can track you any time, only when you’re using it or never.

Facebook uses your location information to target ads, show you nearby events and to identify where you’re logging in from, and it stores a copy of your precise location data. You have to manually enable Location History for Facebook to track you in the first place, but you may have done this if you’ve ever used a feature like location tagging for photos.

I’ll show you how to stop Facebook from using your location on Android even when you don’t have the app open.


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India watchdog probes accusations that Google abused Android: Sources

India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet Inc’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The European Commission found Google had abused its market dominance since 2011 with practices such as forcing manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser, together with its Google Play app store on Android devices. The Indian watchdog could ask its inve


India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet Inc’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The European Commission found Google had abused its market dominance since 2011 with practices such as forcing manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser, together with its Google Play app store on Android devices. The Indian watchdog could ask its inve
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India watchdog probes accusations that Google abused Android: Sources

India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet Inc’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has for the past six months been reviewing a case similar to one Google faced in Europe that led to a fine of 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) by antitrust regulators last year, three of the sources said. Google has challenged that order.

The European Commission found Google had abused its market dominance since 2011 with practices such as forcing manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and its Chrome browser, together with its Google Play app store on Android devices.

“It is on the lines of the EU case, but at a preliminary stage,” said one of the sources, who is aware of the CCI investigation.

Google declined to comment. The CCI did not respond to Reuters’ queries.

The watchdog’s enquiry into allegations against Google over its Android platform has not previously been reported.

Google executives have in recent months met Indian antitrust officials at least once to discuss the complaint, which was filed by a group of individuals, one of the sources said.

The Indian watchdog could ask its investigations unit to further investigate the accusations against Google, or throw out the complaint if it lacks merit. The watchdog’s investigations have historically taken years to complete.

Android, used by device makers for free, features on about 85 percent of the world’s smartphones. In India, about 98 percent of the smartphones sold in 2018 used the platform, Counterpoint Research estimates.

In October, Google said it would charge smartphone makers a fee for using its popular Google Play app store and also allow them to use rival versions of Android to comply with the EU order.

The change, however, covered only the European Economic Area, which comprises the 28 EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

“The CCI will have a tough time not initiating a formal investigation into Google given the EU case, unless they can show the problem has been addressed (by remedies),” one of the sources said.

The Indian complaint presents the latest regulatory headache for the Mountain View, California-based company in a key growth market.

Last year, the Indian antitrust watchdog imposed a fine of 1.36 billion rupees ($19 million) on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position. It also found Google had put its commercial flight search function in a prominent position on the search results page.

Google appealed against that order, saying the ruling could cause it “irreparable” harm and reputational loss, Reuters reported.


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Microsoft recommends switching to iPhone or Android as it prepares to kill off Windows phones

Microsoft says anyone who still uses its Windows 10 mobile platform — once called Windows Phone — should switch over to an iPhone or an Android phone. A change to the Windows 10 Mobile support page was first spotted by Thurrott, a site that covers Microsoft. “With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device,” Microsoft said. The company once had huge plans for Windows on mobile devices, particularly when it refreshed the operatin


Microsoft says anyone who still uses its Windows 10 mobile platform — once called Windows Phone — should switch over to an iPhone or an Android phone. A change to the Windows 10 Mobile support page was first spotted by Thurrott, a site that covers Microsoft. “With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device,” Microsoft said. The company once had huge plans for Windows on mobile devices, particularly when it refreshed the operatin
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Microsoft recommends switching to iPhone or Android as it prepares to kill off Windows phones

Microsoft says anyone who still uses its Windows 10 mobile platform — once called Windows Phone — should switch over to an iPhone or an Android phone. A change to the Windows 10 Mobile support page was first spotted by Thurrott, a site that covers Microsoft.

Microsoft said that on December 10, 2019 it will stop sending “new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or technical content updates from Microsoft for free.” In other words, there aren’t going to be any more updates, and only a few phone models will even be supported until that final date.

“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device,” Microsoft said. “Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices.”

Microsoft has put a lot of effort into both the iPhone and Android, where its suite of Office products are available. It also has a partnership with Samsung, which sells some versions of its flagship Galaxy phones with Office pre-installed.

The company once had huge plans for Windows on mobile devices, particularly when it refreshed the operating system in 2010 and launched Windows Phone 7. At the time, it held a parade and declared that both BlackBerry and iPhone were dead. Microsoft also acquired Nokia’s mobile unit so that it could build Windows Phone products internally. That too was a failure, and Microsoft eventually wrote down its $7.6 billion Nokia acquisition.

There are lots of reasons for why Windows failed on mobile. The largest was probably because there weren’t enough apps, including popular ones that were also available on Android and iPhone. Terry Myerson, the former head of Windows Phone, talked a bit about its failure in March of last year.

“We had a differentiated experience, but it’s so clear in hindsight that the disruption in business model which Android represented was enormous, and that building our early versions of Windows Phone on an incomplete Windows CE platform, designed for small embedded systems, left us too hobbled to ever catch up,” Myerson said.


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Apple’s newest iPhones are attracting more Android users than last year, survey shows

Apple’s latest iPhone models are attracting more Android users to the brand than in previous years, a new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found. The report found that 16 percent of iPhone buyers upgraded from an Android phone in the 30-day period after the launch of the iPhone XR. “It appears that iPhone XR did serve to attract current Android users,” Mike Levin, CIRP co-founder and partner, said in a statement in a press release. But, based on the pricing and features, we can


Apple’s latest iPhone models are attracting more Android users to the brand than in previous years, a new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found. The report found that 16 percent of iPhone buyers upgraded from an Android phone in the 30-day period after the launch of the iPhone XR. “It appears that iPhone XR did serve to attract current Android users,” Mike Levin, CIRP co-founder and partner, said in a statement in a press release. But, based on the pricing and features, we can
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Apple's newest iPhones are attracting more Android users than last year, survey shows

Apple’s latest iPhone models are attracting more Android users to the brand than in previous years, a new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found. Signs have pointed to relatively weak demand overall for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, like lowered guidance by some of Apple’s key suppliers and the company’s announcement that it will no longer disclose unit sales for the iPhone.

The report found that 16 percent of iPhone buyers upgraded from an Android phone in the 30-day period after the launch of the iPhone XR. After the iPhone 8 and 8s were released in September 2017, 12 percent of iPhone buyers upgraded from an Android phone, and when the iPhone X was released in November 2017, that number was 11 percent.

“It appears that iPhone XR did serve to attract current Android users,” Mike Levin, CIRP co-founder and partner, said in a statement in a press release. “Of course, Apple doesn’t just state plainly its launch strategy. But, based on the pricing and features, we can infer that Apple positioned the iPhone XR to appeal to potential operating systems switchers from Android.”

CIRP’s report found that nearly a third of iPhone buyers in the U.S. flocked to its cheapest new model, the XR, which starts at $749. In the 30 days after its launch in October 2018, CIRP found that XR sales made up 32 percent of total iPhone sales in the U.S. During the same 30-day period after the XR release, sales for the the iPhone XS and XS Max accounted for 35 percent of U.S. iPhone sales combined.

In an interview with CNET last month, Apple’s vice president of product marketing, Greg Joswiak, said the iPhone XR had “been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available.”

This share of XR sales tracks with that of previous models in their first month on the market, CIRP said, acknowledging that it can’t make an exact comparison since this year Apple launched its more cheaper model second, diverting from previous launch strategies.

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Google shutting down Allo

Google plans to kill chat app Allo by the middle of next year, the company said in a blog post, confirming a report earlier on Wednesday about the product’s imminent demise. Despite owning the world’s dominant smartphone operating system in Android, Google has never been able to create a chat experience to rival Apple’s iMessage or Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp. Meanwhile, Google will focus fully on the development of Messages, its other chat app for Android phones. That initiative was the b


Google plans to kill chat app Allo by the middle of next year, the company said in a blog post, confirming a report earlier on Wednesday about the product’s imminent demise. Despite owning the world’s dominant smartphone operating system in Android, Google has never been able to create a chat experience to rival Apple’s iMessage or Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp. Meanwhile, Google will focus fully on the development of Messages, its other chat app for Android phones. That initiative was the b
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Google shutting down Allo

Google plans to kill chat app Allo by the middle of next year, the company said in a blog post, confirming a report earlier on Wednesday about the product’s imminent demise.

Despite owning the world’s dominant smartphone operating system in Android, Google has never been able to create a chat experience to rival Apple’s iMessage or Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp.

Allo, which launched two years ago to much fanfare, will only work until March 2019, at which point users will have to download any conversations they want to save. Meanwhile, Google will focus fully on the development of Messages, its other chat app for Android phones. Earlier this year, Google announced that it was working with mobile carriers on a new Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard, an upgrade to classic SMS texting, to make messaging work better across Android devices, and bring users features like read receipts and seamless group chats.

That initiative was the beginning of the end for Allo, which saw its product lead defect to Facebook earlier this year.

Google also said in its blog post that it plans to support another one of its chat apps, Hangouts, until it makes two of its enterprise apps, Hangouts Chat and Meet, available for non-paying users.

A Google employee tweeted earlier on Thursday that Meet and Chat would launch for regular consumers next year:

Google has long had a complicated, messy strategy when it comes to chat apps, and has axed a laundry list of communication products, including the original GChat, the social network Buzz, and the collaboration tool Wave. Earlier this year, it announced it was shutting down its social network Google Plus after it discovered a security bug that left private profile data exposed.


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Evan Spiegel vows Snap will still be an independent company in five years

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel vowed on Thursday that his company will remain independent five years from now. “Will Snap be an independent company?” Despite those challenges, Spiegel said employees remain committed to the company’s vision of improving how people live and communicate through camera technology. “One of the things that has been a challenge for us for perhaps too long is Android,” Spiegel said. “There’s actually a higher propensity for negative content to be shared on these services because


Snap CEO Evan Spiegel vowed on Thursday that his company will remain independent five years from now. “Will Snap be an independent company?” Despite those challenges, Spiegel said employees remain committed to the company’s vision of improving how people live and communicate through camera technology. “One of the things that has been a challenge for us for perhaps too long is Android,” Spiegel said. “There’s actually a higher propensity for negative content to be shared on these services because
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Evan Spiegel vows Snap will still be an independent company in five years

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel vowed on Thursday that his company will remain independent five years from now.

“Will Snap be an independent company?” asked New York Times columnist Ross Sorkin.

“Yes, sir,” answered Spiegel, speaking before an audience at the annual DealBook conference in New York.

“We have a real believe in what were trying to accomplish, and we believe that it’s fundamentally different from what we’re seeing in the world,” Spiegel said after Sorkin asked what it would take for the company co-founder to sell the company. “We really just want to make sure that we can continue to make that vision real.”

Spiegel and Snap have endured a tough 2018 that has seen the departure of notable executives, the company’s stock price hit all-time lows and the company’s Snapchat lose its place as most popular among teenagers to rival Instagram.

Despite those challenges, Spiegel said employees remain committed to the company’s vision of improving how people live and communicate through camera technology.

“Five years from now I think people are going to start beginning to see how important the camera is as a tool in their lives.,” Spiegel said. “People are going to be using the camera in ways that they can’t even imagine today, in a way that makes it as essential a tool as your phone is.”

During the interview, Spiegel also discussed Snap’s focus on rebuilding its Android app, saying that one way Snapchat can continue growing is through expansion in emerging markets where Android devices the dominant smartphones.

“One of the things that has been a challenge for us for perhaps too long is Android,” Spiegel said. “We’re effectively doing six, seven years of Android product development in one year to rebuild the product in a way so it can really perform for users who maybe don’t have the top Androids.”

Spiegel also addressed the issue of spam, malicious and harmful content that has been afflicting social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Facebook-owned Instagram by saying that “these problems are impacting these platforms because they’ve created an environment where that sort of behavior thrives.”

“There’s actually a higher propensity for negative content to be shared on these services because negative content has more engagement,” he said. “You’ve ended up with systems that incentivize negative behavior.”


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HTC launches its blockchain-focused phone, but you can only buy it in cryptocurrency

HTC unveiled its flagship blockchain-focused smartphone on Tuesday, the Exodus 1, as the struggling manufacturer looks to shift its strategy to focus on new technology. The Taiwanese phone maker said it developed its own cryptocurrency wallet called Zion to make its new phone function as a hardware cryptocurrency wallet. “Think of it as a micro OS that runs in parallel with Android,” Phil Chen, HTC’s decentralized chief officer, told CNBC over the phone. “It basically is a wallet, but the wallet


HTC unveiled its flagship blockchain-focused smartphone on Tuesday, the Exodus 1, as the struggling manufacturer looks to shift its strategy to focus on new technology. The Taiwanese phone maker said it developed its own cryptocurrency wallet called Zion to make its new phone function as a hardware cryptocurrency wallet. “Think of it as a micro OS that runs in parallel with Android,” Phil Chen, HTC’s decentralized chief officer, told CNBC over the phone. “It basically is a wallet, but the wallet
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HTC launches its blockchain-focused phone, but you can only buy it in cryptocurrency

HTC unveiled its flagship blockchain-focused smartphone on Tuesday, the Exodus 1, as the struggling manufacturer looks to shift its strategy to focus on new technology.

The Taiwanese phone maker said it developed its own cryptocurrency wallet called Zion to make its new phone function as a hardware cryptocurrency wallet.

The Exodus 1 comes with a secure enclave — a secluded area on the phone’s chip kept separate from the Android operating system (OS) it runs on — that uses technology made by SoftBank’s Arm Holdings to keep a customer’s cryptocurrency safe.

“Think of it as a micro OS that runs in parallel with Android,” Phil Chen, HTC’s decentralized chief officer, told CNBC over the phone. “It basically is a wallet, but the wallet, what it does is hold your private keys.” Private keys are lines of code which are meant to be known only to the owner of a cryptocurrency to allow them access to their funds.

Chen said the benefit of keeping this area of the phone separate from Android was that Google’s OS is “fundamentally insecure with a centralized system,” and therefore storing cryptocurrency using Android would make a user’s funds more vulnerable to a hack.

He said the significance of integrating blockchain technology in the phone is that it bolsters the security and privacy of a user’s assets, and will in the future help with protecting a customer’s data and identity. Blockchain can be thought of as a tamper-proof digital ledger that records cryptocurrency transactions and other data across a distributed network with no central authority overseeing it.

“The dominant companies in our world today are Google and Facebook, and in China, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, because they basically own all our data,” Chen said.


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Google EU antitrust ruling does not threaten dominance

Last week, Google complied with the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling by changing how it bundles its apps, and allowing phone manufacturers to make devices with modified — or “forked” — versions of Android alongside phones with Google’s version. But as details leak out about how exactly these changes will be structured, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll make a dent in Google’s mobile dominance in the EU. From the beginning, Google has denied stifling competition and is still appealing


Last week, Google complied with the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling by changing how it bundles its apps, and allowing phone manufacturers to make devices with modified — or “forked” — versions of Android alongside phones with Google’s version. But as details leak out about how exactly these changes will be structured, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll make a dent in Google’s mobile dominance in the EU. From the beginning, Google has denied stifling competition and is still appealing
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Google EU antitrust ruling does not threaten dominance

Last week, Google complied with the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling by changing how it bundles its apps, and allowing phone manufacturers to make devices with modified — or “forked” — versions of Android alongside phones with Google’s version.

But as details leak out about how exactly these changes will be structured, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll make a dent in Google’s mobile dominance in the EU.

From the beginning, Google has denied stifling competition and is still appealing the EU’s decision, though these changes prevent it from having to pay additional fines in the meantime (it had 90 days to change its conduct before facing charges of up to 5 percent of Alphabet’s average daily worldwide revenue).

Still, Android, which Google gives away for free, has 74 percent market share in Europe, according to StatCounter. In July, EU antitrust regulators ruled that Google was using this dominance to push consumers towards its own search engine and other services —where it makes money — and weakening rival app makers in the process.


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Google will stop bundling its apps on Android phones in response to EU fine

In response to the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling in July, Google will change how it bundles its apps on Android phones and charge a licensing fee for phone makers that want to pre-install apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube in the EU. Google will also end restrictions on phone makers selling modified or “forked” versions of the mobile operating system. Previously, Google tied together a suite of 11 different apps that phone makers would have to pre-install if they wanted to license


In response to the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling in July, Google will change how it bundles its apps on Android phones and charge a licensing fee for phone makers that want to pre-install apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube in the EU. Google will also end restrictions on phone makers selling modified or “forked” versions of the mobile operating system. Previously, Google tied together a suite of 11 different apps that phone makers would have to pre-install if they wanted to license
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Google will stop bundling its apps on Android phones in response to EU fine

In response to the European Union’s $5 billion antitrust ruling in July, Google will change how it bundles its apps on Android phones and charge a licensing fee for phone makers that want to pre-install apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube in the EU.

Google will also end restrictions on phone makers selling modified or “forked” versions of the mobile operating system.

Previously, Google tied together a suite of 11 different apps that phone makers would have to pre-install if they wanted to license its app store, Play. In July, the EU ruled that this bundling was anti-competitive — pushing consumers towards Google’s search engine and weakening rival app makers — though it only specifically called for Google to separate Chrome and Search from Play.

In response, Google said in a blog post on Tuesday that it will start offering separate licenses for Search and Chrome, as well as a license for its suite of apps like Maps, Gmail, and Docs. That means that if phone makers want to pre-install those apps separate from Chrome and Search, they will have to pay a fee, though the amount was not specified. Google says that the new licensing fee will offset revenue lost through compliance efforts that is uses to fund the development of Android, which it offers as a free, open source platform.

Although Google doesn’t make money from Android directly, it generates advertising revenue through search as well as Chrome, Maps and Gmail, serving ads within those apps and using data it collects from users to better target ads across its platforms.

“Since the pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with our other apps helped us fund the development and free distribution of Android, we will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets shipped into the EEA [European Economic Area],” wrote Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of platforms.

Google’s previous agreements with phone makers also prevented them from selling modified versions of Android if they wanted to use its suite of apps, but the company will now allow manufacturers to build forked smartphones and tablets for the EEA.

Overall, Google’s Android powers more than 80 percent of the world’s smartphones. These changes, which will come into effect on Oct. 29, will only affect phones for the EEA, a group of 28 EU countries.

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Google’s new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are two of the best Android phones you can buy

Google fixed almost all of my complaints about last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Those phones felt cheap and had displays that I thought looked washed out, until Google offered a software update that fixed the issue. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL improve on last year’s design in almost every way. But Google fixed other things, too. Google uses software for zooming, and the results are impressive compared with a hardware zoom lens.


Google fixed almost all of my complaints about last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Those phones felt cheap and had displays that I thought looked washed out, until Google offered a software update that fixed the issue. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL improve on last year’s design in almost every way. But Google fixed other things, too. Google uses software for zooming, and the results are impressive compared with a hardware zoom lens.
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Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are two of the best Android phones you can buy

Google fixed almost all of my complaints about last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Those phones felt cheap and had displays that I thought looked washed out, until Google offered a software update that fixed the issue. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL improve on last year’s design in almost every way. They look similar, but have much better displays, which are more colorful and pleasing to look at than last year’s screens. That means photos, movies and apps all look much more vivid, instead of dull as they did last year.

But Google fixed other things, too. Both devices are now IP68 water-resistant, which means they can last up to 30 minutes under three meters of water. I dropped my test unit in a fountain outside the office, and it still works just fine. I’m glad Google is finally adding this feature, which is also available on other Android phones and the iPhone.

The camera is incredible and a lot of fun to use. Google doesn’t use two lenses like Apple does. Apple uses a dual-lens system for zooming and creating portrait photos in some cases, but the results are just as good on the Pixel. Google uses software for zooming, and the results are impressive compared with a hardware zoom lens. Google’s software takes the blurry image that’s originally snapped and then fills in the details so that it looks more clear.

The Portrait mode, which blurs the background around a subject, is super impressive, sometimes better than the iPhone XS Max I own. Colors sometimes looked more accurate to me on the Pixel 3, too, but that really comes down to personal preference.

Take a look:


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-10-15  Authors: todd haselton, magdalena petrova
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