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When Google released the Pixel last year, it was taking a stand. No longer would Google hardware be tainted with the brands and logos of other companies, even if behind the scenes, Google still needed help from those same companies to actually build its phones. And despite designs that were almost offensively ugly, a lack of standard flagship features such as water-resistance and expandable storage, and massive supply chain problems that made it hard to actually buy one months after its initial release, there were bright spots like the Pixel's excellent HDR photo mode and an untainted Android experience.

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The Google Pixel 2 has the best camera of any smartphone. This much we already know to be true. It also has an excellent portrait mode for blurring the background in photos, but it doesn't use two camera lenses to do that like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy Note8. Instead, it uses some very smart software and machine learning, and the minute difference between the pixels in its camera sensor, to simulate blur that looks very nearly as good as a much larger and more expensive digital SLR.

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Perhaps you've been using the same browser since you first unboxed your phone, or perhaps you switch between them on a weekly basis: There are just as many choices for browsers on mobile as there are on desktop and each runs a little differently. Below we've run through every major browser available -- from stalwarts like Chrome and Safari to newer browsers like Puffin.

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If you're in the market for a Google Pixel 2 when it comes out on October 31, you're probably in the market for a case too. The pair go together like hand in glove and, just like gloves, there are plenty of options to wrap around your phone to keep it safe. Here are a few of the cases coming out soon for the Pixel 2.

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Windows Phone is dead, but Microsoft isn't getting out of mobile -- in fact it's redoubling its efforts. With plenty of apps for iOS and Android out now and improving fast, you can recreate much of the feel of a Windows Phone on your existing handset, as long as you can live without those rotating tiles. Here's how to go all-in with Microsoft on mobile.

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Battery life is the number one concern when people think about buying a new smartphone, to the point that if a phone had nearly double the longevity of even the most expensive flagship handsets, it would be easy to overlook some of its faults. But at some point deficiencies start to drag down the novelty of having a really big battery, which is precisely the problem with the Asus ZenFone 4 Max. This thing has one of the biggest batteries you can find in a smartphone -- and it's only $US200! Yet budget components take all the fun out of it.

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We often talk about flagship phones here at Gizmodo -- they're where you'll find the best of the best in brand new technology. Technology like super-wide full-screen displays with super-thin bezels. Thing is, though, that tech trickles down into mainstream, affordable phones -- like this one. The LG Q6 is the cheapest way to get a good camera and a great screen in any new phone under $500.

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When it announced the iPhone X, Apple pushed the expectations (and price tags) for flagships phones higher than they have ever been before. Now, Google gets a chance to hit back with its own homegrown handsets that will not only show how Google has matured as a hardware maker, but also what's coming soon on Android Oreo. And with a full year of experience and development (including a bunch of new IP and personnel) under its belt, Google really can't afford to mess up its second-generation of Pixels.

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With Apple's September event over, you'd be forgiven for thinking we were done with big phone launches this year. But it is not so. The last big hurrah for this year is Google's very-not-very-secret announcement of the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, scheduled for early tomorrow morning.

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While there were 1.4 million tablets sold in Australia over the last year, as a whole, sales are on the decline (by roughly 10 per cent). Android has seen the biggest hit - with a 29 per cent drop in the first half of 2016 alone.

And while absolutely thrashed on the smartphone stakes, analysts are predicting it'll be Windows overtaking Android by the end of the year.

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You probably know a bit about the laptops, smartphones, and other devices set in front of you, especially if you bought them after agonizing over the choices for weeks. Even for those devices you did carefully pick and buy yourself, as the years roll by it can be easy to forget exactly how much RAM is installed or what the make and model of the processor actually is. For devices you've been given by someone else, you might have next to no idea about what's inside.

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Even though it feels like we're still processing all of Apple's latest devices and announcements, it's time to switch gears and prepare for what's coming on the other side of of the smartphone divide. That's because Google's big fall event is less than a week a way, and it's going to have important news for anyone who cares about Android, smartphones, Chromebooks and anything else Google can figure out how to puts its digital assistant in.