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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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3 min.
google shows off the pixel 4’s dual camera after leaks surface

Well, that’s one way to deal with the leaks. Google recently revealed a key feature of the Pixel 4 months ahead of its presumed release following a leak by YouTube creator Unbox Therapy just 24 hours earlier. In the tweet from its Made by Google account fave.co/2RzXAIV the company showed off the back of the Pixel 4, featuring a dual camera array and no fingerprint sensor. That’s a shocking reveal from a company that generally likes to copy Apple’s hype game with its press conferences. Leading up to the release of the Pixel 3a at Google I/O, for example, Google teased the arrival of ‘a new hero’ along with the date of the keynote. However, in true Google fashion, it downplayed the announcement as a mere appetizer with the tag line:…

2 min.
google says it’s done making android tablets

If you’ve been waiting for a Pixel Slate 2 or Pixel C 2, we have some bad news: Google has said that it won’t be making its own branded tablets any more – Android, Chrome, or otherwise. Google confirmed a report that stated the company was done making tablets. It said the decision was made public at an internal company meeting in June and included two smaller-sized tablets that were in development. A spokesperson from Google said: “Chrome OS has grown in popularity across a broad range of form factors and we’ll continue to work with our ecosystem of partners on laptops and tablets. For Google’s first-party hardware efforts, we’ll be focusing on Chrome OS laptops and will continue to support Pixel Slate.” That’s probably for the best. While Google’s Android phones…

4 min.
six burning pixel 4 questions following google’s official ‘leak’

Google might have pulled the greatest trick with the Pixel 4. The Made by Google Twitter account confirmed a leak that was just starting to make the rounds: the Pixel 4 will have a second camera on the back, along with a new design that looks a lot like the presumed iPhone 11. And in doing so, it made the Pixel 4 a whole lot more interesting. That’s because there’s a lot more to be excited about than a square camera bump and a new sensor. Google may have squashed a few months of rumours and leaks with the first Pixel 4 image, but it also completely changed my expectations for the upcoming handset. By revealing what should be one of the phone’s biggest features months ahead of the game, Google…

7 min.
ee 5g

Price: £59 from fave.co/2Nt2Vn5 5 G has been buzzing about for a while – as much as a buzzword can buzz, in fact. It’s the next numerical step after 4G but does it really improve smartphone use for the average person? While it’s not as simple as being faster (we’ll get to that) 5G has officially launched as a consumer product in the UK. BT-owned EE got there first, and lent me a OnePlus 7 Pro 5G device with unlimited data to test out. The basic line here is 5G is very fast, but with the caveats that it probably isn’t that fast where you live, and it isn’t noticeably faster than 4G for most smartphone tasks. Sure, the speed tests slam dunk 4G, but for what people actually do on their phones,…

11 min.
sony xperia 1

Price: £849 from fave.co/2RBoErc Just when we thought Sony had settled into a naming pattern for its flagship phones it changes track again. The grandly named Xperia 1 goes for broke on the latest Sony smartphone philosophy: do what we do best, and unapologetically so. This means the Xperia 1 is a tall, thin purple 4K smartphone with pretty great cameras. It’s an odd, expensive mix of a lot of good things, with some things missing. It’s not for everyone, but for once, Sony is comfortable that it isn’t – and the phone is all the better for it. Display The screen is the place to start with the Xperia 1. After 2017’s Xperia XZ Premium boasted the world’s first smartphone with a 4K HD LCD display, the Xperia 1 brings you the first…

9 min.
vodafone smart v10

Price: £105 from fave.co/2RBByVY Despite being locked to its network, Vodafone’s smartphones are notable for undercutting the price of many rivals. The Smart V10 is one of the cheapest smartphones you can buy with the latest version of Android, and for its meagre price tag you get a fully fledged experience which warrants a higher price. While no feature in particular stands out, Vodafone has prioritized the everyday use of the phone, and made compromises in areas the average consumer will rarely notice. Phone enthusiasts may become frustrated by its limitations, but for many people the Smart V10 will provide everything they’re looking for. Design Vodafone has redesigned the Smart V10 to look and feel like a modern smartphone. Gone are the thick bezels from its predecessors, replaced by a beautiful 5.9in edge-to-edge display. The 720p LCD…