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This Google Pixel 2 definitely wouldn’t be an iPhone ripoff

Pixel 2 Release Date USA

Google’s first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones were unquestionably two of the best handsets released in 2016. They’re sleek, they’re powerful, and they run “pure” stock Android. While sales of the first “made by Google” smartphones weren’t big sellers compared to leading flagship smartphones, an extremely vocal minority of hardcore Android fans adored the Pixel duo. As great as they were — and still are — they were also undeniably iPhone ripoffs.

Google designed the phones in partnership with a company that has been known to copy an iPhone or two in the past, so it didn’t exactly come as a surprise that Google’s Pixel looked just like an iPhone 6 with a big glass panel slapped on the back. The company’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to be far less iPhoney than the originals though, and one Google fan has created some concepts that definitely don’t look anything like Apple’s iPhone lineup.

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This is the closest we’ve come so far to seeing a real iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Release Date

To call the iPhone rumors cycle predictable might be the understatement of the year. Apple tries as hard as it can to keep the wraps on its unreleased iPhones, but there are simply too many people involved with the development and manufacturing of consumer electronics devices. There’s no way to plug every hole, and no company is more affected by that plain truth than Apple. Each and every year ahead of new iPhone releases, we get early details, then schematics and CAD drawings, then more details and component leaks, then dummy unit mockups, and so on. You can practically set your watch by the iPhone rumor cycle.

With August just around the corner and September a stone’s throw away, we’ve reached peak iPhone 8 rumor season. Apple’s plans have been finalized for some time now — we exclusively confirmed Apple’s final iPhone 8 design way back in May — and leaks are flowing freely. Now, thanks to all the earlier details we’ve seen, a new round of images gives us a look at what is believed to be the closest we’ve come to seeing Apple’s real iPhone 8.

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MetroPCS just gave you another great reason to lose your contract

MetroPCS scam calls vs T-Mobile

There’s fewer and fewer reasons for anyone to tie themselves to a postpaid monthly cell contract. It used to be that postpaid customers got all the good perks, better pricing, and higher-tier plans, but that just isn’t true any more.

This week’s example: MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid arm, will roll out spam call identification and blocking services that T-Mobile currently offers to its postpaid customers. The features — which, by the way, are identical to anti-spam features Verizon charges $3 for — will be free for all MetroPCS customers starting tomorrow.

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Google’s Pixel 2 might be the fastest smartphone released this year

Pixel 2 Rumors

Every year, flagship phones get faster. That’s not a surprise any more, and devices like the Galaxy S8 and the OnePlus 5 pack mobile chips built on 10nm tech, a first for smartphones. Every high-end handset this year will have similar chip technology inside, including the iPhone 8 and the Pixel 2.

But new rumor claims that Google’s upcoming pair of phones will have a chip version that’s going to be even faster than the Galaxy S8’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

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Samsung’s beefier Galaxy S8 leaks in new video

Galaxy S8 Active Rumors

The Galaxy S8 is one of the best-looking phones that you can buy right now. A simple trick like stretching the display across almost the entire front side of the handset did wonders for a phone that already looked amazing.

But good things don’t always come in pairs, and Samsung is about to launch a Galaxy S8 version that’s not going to be nearly as pretty as the original.

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