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Android Advisor 41

Android Advisor is your go-to source for everything Android, from smartphones, tablets and the best mobile apps to wearable and in-car tech, optimised for the small screen of your mobile device. Whether you're new to the Android operating system or a seasoned user, you're sure to find something you like in Android Advisor's wealth of analysis, reviews, features and tutorials. Android Advisor will not only help you to choose the best phone or tablet for your needs, but also to get more out of that device.

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12 Issues

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2 min.
news first look: nokia 8

Nokia has confirmed its Nokia 8, pitched squarely at content creators with 360-degree spatial Ozo Audio recording, three premium Carl Zeiss cameras, and a new ‘Bothie’ photography mode that lets you capture the entire picture from both the front and rear cameras. Release date It’s due to go on sale in September. Price The Finnish firm has so far only confirmed the Europe pricing, which will be €599. We’d expect to pay around £549 in the UK. New features Carl Zeiss cameras Front and rear cameras are Carl Zeiss branded, with a dual 13Mp camera at the rear that has one colour lens and one mono. There’s also a 13Mp selfie camera on the front, and all three have an f/2.0 aperture. Dual-Sight Nokia talks about ‘Bothie’ photos, which are created by combining snaps from the front and rear…

5 min.
android o team hold reddit ama session

1. Dark mode isn’t coming, so stop asking Google teased us with dark mode on both the Android N and O developer previews, but it’s not making it into the full release anytime soon. The reason? “Reliable and consistent theming is hard.” Numerous questions about themes and dark mode stacked up on the Reddit board, and Android engineer Alan Viverette addressed it thusly: “There are technical and logistical issues with theming. The technical side is largely solved in O with Runtime Resource Overlay support (a Sony framework that allows the system to modify the look and feel of an app while it is running); however, we still don’t have stable APIs for describing what can be themed or adequate ways to verify that existing applications properly support theming.” Instead Viverette thinks it’s more…

10 min.
xiaomi mi max 2

£216 inc VAT from fave.co/2gZ7OnD Xiaomi recently updated its giant 6.44in-screen Mi Max with a second version that offers even more battery capacity, more storage, more memory and an improved camera. Price Xiaomi phones aren’t officially sold in the UK, so you won’t find them through any high-street mobile operators. However, they’re easy to get hold of via Chinese importers such as GearBest, which supplies all our Xiaomi phones for review. The only thing is you’ll need to buy them upfront and pair them with a SIM-only deal, but prices are good. GearBest lists two versions of the Mi Max 2: one with 64GB (£216) storage and the other 128GB (£299 from fave.co/2gZeguy). Both are international models, which means they support Google Play out of the box and are easy to get on with…

11 min.
moto z2 play

£379 inc VAT from fave.co/2vbN1lM The Moto Z2 Play is the mid-range smartphone you’ve been waiting for: it’s sleek, sexy and offers a range of Moto Mods that extend the functionality of the smartphone. But is it enough to tempt users away from the likes of the flagship-killing OnePlus 5? We’ve spent some time with the Moto Z2 Play, and here’s what we think. Design As we mention above this is a stunning device. Crafted from brushed aluminium, the Moto Z2 Play looks more like a high-end smartphone rather than a mid-range handset, and feels great in the hand too. From the chamfers around the edge of the display to the slight curvature at the edges to make it more comfortable to hold, every design element has been carefully considered. It has an impressively…

5 min.
nokia 3

£129 inc VAT from fave.co/2wPMo07 Nokia is back, and with it comes new Android phones. HMD Global, a Finnish startup, is using the Nokia brand to bring the new phones to the market, as well as a reboot of the famous and much-loved Nokia 3310. Here, we take a closer look at the Nokia 3, the cheapest in the new range. Design The Nokia 3 has a 5in, 1280x720 Gorilla Glass screen housed in a compact polycarbonate body, with a rounded aluminium frame that looks impressively premium considering its price tag, and a soft-touch finish to the back of the body. Obviously that resolution is a little lower than you might hope for these days, but once you factor in the smaller form factor it still delivers 294 pixels per inch, and the visuals…

3 min.
moto g5s vs g5s plus

We explain the key differences between the two new budget phones from Motorola to help you choose which is best for you. What’s different? For a start, the price. The Moto G5s is £40 cheaper than the G5s Plus at £219, and if you’re on a tight budget that could make all the difference. Neither phone is on sale just yet (they should be on sale imminently), but Amazon is already listing product pages for the Moto G5s and Moto G5s Plus. Out of the box the first thing you’ll notice is the difference in size. The Plus model is roughly 3mm taller and wider than the G5s, but they are of a similar thickness. Correspondingly, the Plus weighs in a bit heavier at 168g versus 157g. This is because the G5s Plus has…