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1 week ago

Bose announces noise-masking earbuds to help you sleep better

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Bose's Sleepbuds will be available for all at some point in 2018.

Even if you're not an audiophile, you still likely know that Bose has created some of the best headphones and speakers we've ever seen (such as the phenomenal QC35s). Bose has proven itself over the years to know a thing or two about creating products for entertainment purposes, but the company is now taking a drastically different approach with its latest gadget – Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds.

Rather than allowing you to listen to your favorite tunes or movies, the Sleepbuds serve the sole purpose of helping you sleep better by blocking out background noise around you, such as traffic, people talking, or your partner's snoring, and playing soothing sounds to help you relax and focus on your rest.

The Sleepbuds are truly wireless earbuds that come equipped with a charging case so they have a safe place to be stored and refueled throughout the day, and Bose has three different sizes (S, M, L) to ensure that you can get the best fit possible.

You'll be able to control the Sleepbuds through the Bose Sleep app, and here you can choose what sound you'd like to hear while going to sleep, how loud you want it to be, the length at which it'll play throughout the night, and even enable alarms so you can easily wake up in the morning without disturbing anyone else around you.

Bose recently launched the Sleepbuds on Indiegogo so that it can get prototypes in people's hands ahead of their official release, but at the time of publication, all of the Indiegogo stock has already been sold out.

Sleepbuds will be shipping out to early backers in February, and they're expected to be widely available at some point later in 2018 for a retail price of $249.

Bose QC35: Wireless, noise-canceling, and near-perfect

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1 week ago

Tons of Anker cables, chargers, cases and more are heavily discounted right now

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Chargers, cables, and cases, oh my!

Is this deal for me?

Around here, we are not strangers to Anker discounts. The company loves to put its products on sale, and you guys love to buy them. Leading up to Black Friday, Anker has released another round of discounts, but we wanted to take it one step further. We've partnered with them to bring another list of exclusive discounts to the best deals community on the internet (you guys!).

Below is a combined list of Anker's pre-Black Friday deals, as well as our Thrifter exclusive ones. Be sure to check them all out and grab as many of the items as you want! These make for great stocking stuffers, so don't miss out.

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TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - There are a TON of items available at great discounts here. From charging cables to portable power banks, lights for your house and cases for your phone, you won't want to miss out on these.
  • Things to know before you buy! - Some of these items require coupon codes, and others will reflect the discounted pricing on the listing. Be sure to grab the correct code for the item you are interested in, as they are all different.

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1 week ago

Ecobee thermostats pick up Google Assistant

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Make your home warmer or cooler with just your voice.

Of all that smart home gadgets that exist, thermostats continue to be some of the most popular. Having to get up and walk over to a certain part of the house to warm or cool it is so outdated, and devices like Ecobee's thermostats allow you to easily adjust the temperature right from your phone.

However, sometimes even pulling out your phone to do this can be a chore. Thankfully, Ecobee is now adding Google Assistant support to its latest thermostats so you can use your Google Home or other Assistant-equipped devices to control them with just your voice.

You can now use Google Assistant with the Ecobee3 Lite, Ecobee3, and Ecobee4, and saying commands such as "Ok, Google, make my home warmer" will allow you to get your house or apartment at just the right temperature without having to lift a finger.

Ecobee isn't the first smart thermostat to add Google Assistant support, but the way we see it, the more the merrier.

Ecobee's new smart thermostat has Alexa built-in

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1 week ago

Best Cases for the BlackBerry Motion

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It's early, but we're starting to see some promising cases for the BlackBerry Motion emerge.

The BlackBerry Motion is starting to roll out to lucky owners in (Oh Canada!), which means that it's time to take a look at cases to keep that brand new phone safe.

At launch, the pickings for Motion cases are fairly slim — there are a couple cheap options available on Amazon but we can't recommend them just yet, so buyers beware.

However, there are a handful that we can recommend for all you early adopters, and we'll be updating this article as new options emerge. Here are the best cases for the BlackBerry Motion so far!

Incipio DualPro Case

The DualPro case by Incipio is essentially Incipio's flagship case which they make for nearly all major phones released, including the BlackBerry Motion.

This is a classic case style with no frills or unnecessary accents — just a two-layer case designed to protect your phone protected from drops. The interior is made of shock absorbing TPU while the outer shell is made of rigid polycarbonate with a soft touch finish. Available in all-black for $29.99, this is a reliable case with a classic look.

If you're looking for something with a bit more flash and style, Incipio will also has a Carnaby Esquire Series case available soon, so you may want to keep your eye on that one.

See at Amazon

CoverOn FlexGuard Series Case

For those looking for a cheaper, one-piece case you might want to consider the CoverOn FlexGuard series case. Available for just $6 CAD, this case is made of flexible TPU which means that it's easy to put on and will absorb the shock of any drops or impacts so your phone doesn't.

Featuring a simple minimalist look and feel including a raised bevel around the front to protect the screen, this is a slim and lightweight case that's available in your choice of black or as a clear case.

See at Amazon Canada

BlackBerry Cases

Longtime BlackBerry fans know that typically some of the best cases for BlackBerry phones are offered by BlackBerry itself, and that appears to be the case with the BlackBerry Motion.

There are two case styles available for the Motion on the BlackBerry Mobile website — the Privacy FlipCase and a classic Hard Shell case.

We've featured the Privacy FlipCase because it's the most intriguing option because it's packed with awesome features like a transparent flip cover that leaves the touchscreen fully functional with the cover closed while also doubling as a privacy shield that limits your screen's viewing angle so you don't have any looky-loos on your daily commute trying to sneak a peak at your screen. There's also a built-in card slot on the back to help free up some space in your wallet.

So far we've only found these cases available for sale from a UK-based online store, but you can also also register for availability updates from the BlackBerry Mobile website.

See at BlackBerry

Anything we missed?

Are there any cases for the Motion that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

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1 week ago

Misfit Vapor not coming to Amazon until December

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Orders that have already been placed will be fulfilled, but not as fast as you might like.

Android Wear watches are rather difficult to recommend to most folks at the moment, but one that hopes to change this is the Misfit Vapor. Misfit first announced the Vapor at CES this past January, but between delayed release dates and accidental listings on Amazon, the leadup to its launch hasn't been all that smooth.

Misfit launched the Vapor on its own site on October 31, but since then, something strange has happened. The Misfit Vapor was previously listed on Amazon, but it has since been taken down with no way to access the page. Along with being irritating to those that were eager to purchase the watch through Amazon, it also posed as a concern for those that had managed to order the watch through the online retailer.

One user on Twitter reached out to Misfit to see what was going on, and the company responded with the following message:

What exactly does this mean?

Amazon will likely allow buyers to purchase the Vapor at some point next month, but this doesn't necessarily mean those that already submitted orders will get their units shipped out by then. It take some time for Amazon to receive a product, process it, and then get it shipped out, so early buyers could be faced with a month or longer delay before actually getting their hands on the Vapor.

Misfit Vapor will finally be released on October 31 for $199

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1 week ago

Ring Doorbell: Which should you buy?

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What's the difference between the four options of Ring Video Doorbell? I've used three and can help you pick the right one for your home.

I once said that a $200 doorbell was a very silly thing. I was very, very wrong. Because the Ring Video Doorbell — as well as the Ring 2 and Ring Pro — has very quickly become one of my favorite connected home products. It's not inexpensive, and it's not perfect. But it's paid for itself several times over in terms of safety and security — and just general ease of mind.

For the uninitiated, a Ring Doorbell is a doorbell with a camera. It can detect motion before someone gets anywhere near your door, then alert your smartphone or computer. It has cloud recording (with a subscription fee, of course), so you don't have to be watching live to see see something that happened. It also has two-way audio — you can hear them, and they can hear you.

Ring also has four options for its doorbells. I've used three of them at length, and here's how I'd approach picking the right one for you:

Original Ring Video Doorbell ($179 at Amazon.)

Ring Video Doorbell

This one's the original. It's not small, and it's not cheap. But it's what got the ball rolling for a good many of us.

The OG Ring runs $179 and gives you 720p video and two-way audio, along with basic motion detection and night vision. You can hear the folks at the door, and they can hear you.

It's got a rechargeable battery, so you don't have to have it connected to low-voltage wiring to keep the internal battery topped off. But if you're going to charge over USB, you're going to have to unscrew the doorbell from the wall plate first. (In other words if you have low-voltage wiring running to the door already, use it!)

If you can get a good deal on the OG Ring, it can still be a decent purchase. Otherwise, I'd take a look at ...

See at Ring   See at Amazon

Ring Video Doorbell 2 ($199 at Amazon).

Ring Video Doorbell 2

This is the 2017 update to the original Ring. It's $20 more at $199, and you get a bit more for that upgrade. For starters, the camera now shoots 1080p video. Then there's the quick-release removable battery, making it a lot easier to recharge if you don't have low-voltage wiring rigged up. Plus it's got interchangeable faceplate, though black and silver are your only options right now.

The whole thing's a little more boxy than the original Ring, but it's definitely a good buy.

See at Ring   See at Amazon

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Now we're starting to get into some sexy tech. The Ring Pro runs $249, which ain't cheap. But you get something that's far more inconspicuous on your front porch. That smaller footprint's a big deal for me.

Along with that, you get 1080p video (on either 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wifi), night vision and motion tracking, and it comes with four swappable face plates.

The biggest difference here is that Ring Pro requires low-voltage wiring. There's no internal battery, and so your options may be a little limited here. It also means that available power is key — I actually had to upgrade my 1980s low-voltage transformer to get it all to work.

But for my money, this one's been the best doorbell to date. (And I've used all three.)

See at Ring   See at Amazon

The Ring Elite, which requires professional installation. ($499 at Amazon.)

Ring Video Doorbell Elite

If you're really serious about this stuff — or, more likely, if you're dealing with new construction — it might be worth taking a look at the Ring Video Doorbell Elite. It's $500. It's a "professional-grade solution" that gives you a much more flush look, and it requires professional installation, Ring says. It also uses power over Ethernet (PoE) for the best, most consistent experience.

This one isn't for everyone — not by a long shot. But it's also a very cool option to have.

See at Ring   See at Amazon

Get in on Thrifter's MASSIVE Ring Black Friday deal!

You're not going to want to miss this. Our pals at Thrifter are offering up the Ring Pro for a mere $99 as part of a MAJOR Black Friday deal. You can get full detail here, or just enter below!

Ring Video Doorbell Pro Exclusive Doorbuster

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1 week ago

AT&T's Moto Tab is a $300 tablet for watching DirecTV

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Available for AT&T customers starting November 17.

Motorola used to be one of the biggest players when it came to Android tablets, but it's been quite some time since we've seen the company dabble with larger-screened devices. Lenovo recently announced the Moto Tab, but despite having the "Moto" branding, this is very much so a Lenovo and AT&T tablet rather than a true Motorola one.

First, let's talk about specs. The Moto Tab comes equipped with a 10.1-inch Full HD display, dual front-facing Dolby Atmos speakers, Snapdragon 625 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage (up to 128GB), Android 7.1 Nougat, and a 7,000 mAh battery.

Lenovo is selling the Moto Tab exclusively through AT&T, and as such, it comes preinstalled with just about every carrier app you can imagine. Along with a host of AT&T applications, DirectTV and DirecTV NOW are also installed – not to mention a dedicated home screen and navigation button that take you right to "TV Mode" (aka DirecTV).

Lastly, Lenovo will also be releasing "Home Assistant" and "Productivity" packages to be sold alongside the Moto Tab. The former is an Alexa speaker that you dock the Moto Tab into, whereas the latter is a foldable keyboard case.

You'll be able to purchase the Moto Tab from AT&T on November 17 for either $15/month for 20 months on an installment plan or $299 outright without a contract. That's not an awful deal if you're someone that's completely invested into AT&T and DirecTV's services, but if not, you'd be much better off with something along the lines of the Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite or Amazon Fire Tablet HD 10 for considerably less cash.

Alexa as a Moto Mod is almost a good idea

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1 week ago

Latest Plex update adds Google Assistant support on Android TV

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Available with the new v6.9.0 update.

Plex remains as one of the best ways for accessing your local movies, TV shows, and music files, and in the latest update to v6.9.0 of its Android app, a lot is being added and fixed to make your Plex experience as enjoyable as possible.

The changelog for v6.9.0 is quite lengthy, but one of the biggest additions is support for Google Assistant on Android TV. Google Assistant just debuted on Android TV in late September, so it's great to see that Plex is already updating its app to take advantage of it.

With Assistant on Plex, you'll be able to use your voice for searching through your library of content, skip to the next episode of a series you're watching, etc.

In addition to this, the update also allows you to see the status of your hardware transcoding as an overlay over Plex's video player, background scanning and thumbnail generation for local playback, a personalization screen for Plex News on mobile, and plenty more. Add this together with more bug fixes than we have time to mention, and you're looking at a healthy update.

Plex v6.9.0 is available now on the Google Play Store, but if the update isn't showing up for you quite yet, you can also download the APK file here.

Hulu for Android TV now supports Google Assistant voice commands

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1 week ago

Alexa as a Moto Mod is almost a good idea

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Your Moto phone can now be a mostly functional Amazon Echo. Cool?

The coolest thing about Moto Mods as a concept is the ability to extend the capabilities of your phone with hardware that would be less convenient as a standalone device. When you look at the Projector Mod, the Speaker Mod, and the Gamepad Mod, you see these things perfected as accessories that genuinely improve the experience on both sides of the equation by making each feel like a better product by adding the other half.

And then there's this Alexa Mod.

See at Best Buy

The idea is fairly simple. Attach the Mod, and your phone is now also an Amazon Echo. It works well, too. There's a notification light ring just like an Echo with microphones that work very close to as well as an Echo and a decent boost in speaker power compared to what the Moto Z2 Force is capable of. There's some solid integration here as well, the speakers in the mod can be used for anything, not just Alexa services, and when the Mod is attached you get an Alexa button you can tap in the notification tray. All things considered, this is an idea headed in the right direction.

Trying to use this Mod for any real amount of time is where things get confusing and the connection between the two halves starts to break down. For starters, this Mod completely covers the camera on the Moto Z 2 Force. If you want to use this as a connected speaker and suddenly need to take a photo, you have no choice but to clumsily remove the Mod. The design of the Mod also introduces some limitations. It's designed to be rested on the back, putting the phone at an angle which introduces a ton of glare depending on how you sit. There are no options to adjust this, unless you want to lay the phone down on its face.

This leaning position exposes a USB-C power port on the back of the Mod, which is in theory a great idea. You could effectively leave this plugged in on your bedside table and use it as a dock to charge your phone at night. Just drop the phone in, and suddenly you also have an Amazon Echo in your bedroom when you want it. The downside here is the design of Moto Mods in general. It's not convenient or easy to remove the mod, and when you connect the pins there's an occasional chance things don't line up just so and the phone never starts charging or communicating with the Mod. It looks like it would be a cool bedside dock, but in practice it's not so great.

My biggest issue with this setup is the execution of Alexa through the Moto Z2 Force. First off, it's an incomplete experience. You can't use the "Drop In" feature like you can on an Echo and simple commands for things like radio stations return different results than an Echo would. The thing that makes this extra frustrating? Both of these things work great in the actual Alexa app I have installed on this exact phone. This is a specific disconnect in the permissions Amazon has granted to this Mod as a third-party Alexa device.

It's also slightly slower than an actual Amazon Echo. This isn't likely to be something most people notice, but since I already have Echo devices throughout my house I occasionally found myself in rooms where both the Alexa Mod and the Amazon Echo could hear me. In every test, the Alexa Mod would respond to my request or question at least a full second slower than an actual Amazon Echo.

Finally, there's the price. Motorola is asking $149.99 for this Mod, and in case you're unaware, that's the same price as three Amazon Echo Dot speakers. In fact, you could buy an Echo Dot and the special battery Fremo made to make it portable and a much louder speaker to connect to the Echo Dot and still have at least $50 left compared to the what you would spend on this Alexa Mod for your Moto phone.

Moto Mods are awesome because they are frequently convenient in a way nothing else can be, and this mod doesn't feel like it meets that description yet. The integration isn't quite there, the design is a little questionable, and for what you get it's prohibitively expensive. A lot of this is actually Amazon's fault, as aggressive pricing is a bad business decision for Motorola and Amazon at least part of the reason the integration isn't fully there. Unfortunately, blaming Amazon or Motorola doesn't make this speaker Mod as cool as it could be. Hopefully with a software update or two, that will change, but for now this is one Mod you should probably pass on.

And remember, it could always be worse.

See at Best Buy

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1 week ago

T-Mobile's $200 REVVL Plus comes with a 6-inch display and dual cameras

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T-Mobile's REVVL Plus delivers a big screen on a budget.

T-Mobile unveiled its first self-branded phone — the REVVL — back in August, and the company is now following up with a Plus variant. Like the standard model, the REVVL Plus is aimed at the budget segment, featuring a 6-inch Full HD panel along with dual cameras at the back.

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1 week ago

Should you upgrade from the LG G6 to Pixel 2?

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The LG G6 and Pixel 2 are both solid phones in their own right, and as such, trying to pick between the two can be difficult.

There have been a lot of great smartphones this year, but because devices such as the Galaxy S8 and iPhone X tend to steal a good chunk of the limelight, it can be easy to let a lot of other solid devices slip under your radar. For a lot of people, the LG G6 was one such phone.

You can now pick up the G6 for as little as $399 if you know where to look, and for that price, you're getting one heck of a phone. Along with its 18:9 display and minimal bezels, the G6 also features a solid dual-camera setup, slick design, and snappy performance.

However, as great of a deal as the phone currently is, spending a bit more cash to get the Pixel 2 just might be worth it. Here's what some of our forum users had to say.

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I didn't mind my G6 when I had it... except for the camera. In low light and even mild light I had issues with some major lag/blur. Other then that it was fun (especially the wide angle lens). If I had a choice though my Pixel 2 XL would be my choice still simply due to updates + better camera performance.

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Morty2264 11-13-2017 10:36 AM “

I can certainly understand how you are feeling, OP. With all the great phones out there, it's so hard to land and stick with just one. The G6 is awesome but yes, the Pixel 2 series... That's an amazing lineup of phones. The Pixel 2 (smaller version), to my knowledge, does not have the screen issues that some Pixel 2 XL's have. I'm in the mixed camp when it comes to the Pixel 2 XL. Yes,...

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Jeremiah Bonds 11-13-2017 12:22 PM “

G6 was my wife's favorite phone and I think she still kind of prefers it over the Pixel 2xl. But that's her, everyone is entitled to their opinions.

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bhatech 11-13-2017 11:04 AM “

G6 was one of the worst flagships I have owned this year, crappy front facing camera and software. Even Samsung software is 1000 times better than what LG puts. LG is just a wanna be Samsung. If you are coming from G6 Pixel 2 is like a great upgrade. I know G6 gets lots of praise mostly it's priced low and everyone seems to have sympathy for LG because it's an underdog. But personally not a big...

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1 week ago

Amazon offers a sneak peek at some of its best Black Friday deals

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The Amazon Black Friday sneak peek is here, and it doesn't disappoint!

We've seen ads from nearly every major retailer already, and one of the last ones that we have been waiting for is Amazon. The company has teased things already, but never officially revealed any detailed plans, until now. Some deals will begin as early as November 17, but Amazon does not specify which ones will launch on which date.

As expected, Amazon will offer an exclusive window of time for Voice Shoppers to take advantage of Black Friday deals, and that begins at 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, November 22.

Amazon Devices

Electronics

Toys

Home Furnishings

Smart Home

Video Games

Music, TV, Movies & Books

Pets

Sports & Outdoors

Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs:

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1 week ago

How I turned my Samsung Galaxy S8 into a Microsoft phone

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Microsoft loves mobile, as long as you're using an iOS or Android device. In fact, turning your Android into a Microsoft centric phone is pretty easy.

Microsoft's new mobile effort revolves around bringing the best of Windows 10 to Android and iOS. Now that Windows 10 Mobile is all but dead, it's time to start embracing Microsoft's new goal; making Android and iOS better for Windows users. Timeline, Cloud Clipboard and Continue on PC are all Windows 10 features that aim to tie your Android or iOS device to your PC further, and vice versa.

I recently went out and purchased a Samsung Galaxy S8 with the intention of turning it into my new Windows phone. Now, calling it a Windows phone isn't entirely accurate since it's not running Windows; so I like to call it a Microsoft phone. It's a smartphone that's loaded up with Microsoft software and services, and outside of live tiles and UWP apps, it has everything my Lumia Windows phone had, and that's fantastic.

See Samsung Galaxy S8 at Amazon

Microsoft has made switching from Windows phone to Android or iOS incredibly easy, so much so my Android phone feels even more connected to my Windows 10 PC than my Windows 10 Mobile device ever did. Things such as Microsoft's own Android Launcher, Edge, Cortana, Outlook and OneDrive bring all the features and functions I need out of the Windows experience on my phone.

I've even reprogrammed the dedicated Bixby button to launch Cortana instead, using an app called bxActions. When I press the dedicated button, it launches the Cortana app. If I hold the button down, it takes me immediately to voice mode where I can say commands and have Cortana do things. It's super handy having a dedicated Cortana button on the side, as it makes adding things like reminders or checking the weather super convenient.

I use Edge because it uses my Microsoft account to sync data, not because of the underlying engine.

Using Edge on Android is a nice addition, as it syncs your bookmarks and form data across your PC and phone. I don't care that it's using the Chrome engine underneath, because I don't have an issue with Chrome's engine. I use Edge because it uses my Microsoft account to sync data, not because of the underlying engine. Being able to continue files and web pages on my PC from my phone is also super convenient, more so than I was originally expecting.

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This will improve over time, too. With Timeline and Cloud Clipboard in Windows 10 Redstone 4 builds, apps and things you copy will also be transferable across devices. Near Share is a new feature in the works for Windows 10 right now too, which will undoubtedly be coming to Android phones; allowing you to share files, photos and more instantly between your PC and phone directly from the Share UI on Windows 10.

The only things I need from Microsoft to complete my Microsoft experience is a dedicated Phone and SMS app. Once I'm able to make cellular calls or send SMS texts from a dedicated app on my PC and phone that sync that data across devices, my Microsoft smartphone experience will be complete. It'd also be nice to see a Movies & TV app on Android or iOS, but that's not a priority for me.

The beauty of Android is that it's an open platform. Sure, most Android phones come bundled with Google services, which isn't ideal if you're someone who isn't into Google's ecosystem; but the good news is you can essentially replace all of that with Microsoft's own offerings. You can set Edge as your default web browser, Microsoft's Launcher as your default home experience, OneDrive as your photos cloud backup solution, Outlook as your default email and calendar client, and more.

The beauty of Android is that it's an open platform.

You can also download package disablers, which I don't actually recommend unless you know what you're doing. Package disablers allow you to disable some software and services that Google and OEMs bundle onto Android devices. For example, I used a package disabler to disable some of the things Samsung includes on the Galaxy S8, including Samsung Cloud, TouchWiz, Bixby and even Samsung's built-in keyboard. I don't want or use Samsung's services. Of course, most people, even Microsoft users, won't want to disable these.

I also personally like to disable pretty much everything Google on my Android, outside of Google Play Services and the Play Store. I disabled everything from Chrome to the Google Assistant, as Microsoft offers alternatives in that regard. If Microsoft has an app that does something Google or Samsung offers, then I'm absolutely going to be disabling the Google and Samsung offering in favor of Microsoft's.

Windows 10 Mobile is no longer the best choice for Microsoft fans

If you're still using Windows 10 Mobile because you think Windows phone still offers the optimal "Microsoft" experience, it's time to re-evaluate that thought process. Microsoft has put so much work into making Android and iOS 'the' platforms for Microsoft software and services on mobile that Windows 10 Mobile simply doesn't hold a candle to the integrations and features Microsoft apps have on other platforms anymore.

If you're still using Windows 10 Mobile because you think Windows phone still offers the optimal "Microsoft" experience, it's time to re-evaluate that thought process.

Redstone 4 will see this trend continue. Microsoft is building features into Windows 10 on PC that tie directly into the apps and services available on iOS and Android. This is not something that is happening on Windows 10 Mobile. As we have reported in the past, Microsoft is leaving Windows 10 Mobile behind with feature2, with no new features in development. Windows 10 Mobile doesn't have an ecosystem to support it anymore.

Sure, Windows 10 Mobile still works today, and it will continue to work for a long time. However, Microsoft isn't going to be building experiences that benefit Windows 10 Mobile and PC integration anymore. That focus is now on Android and iOS, and that's incredibly exciting. If you've decided to remain on Windows phone, just know that your tight integration between your PC and phone is now matched on rival platforms, and will quickly find that over time, Android and iOS phones will have better integration compared to what Windows 10 Mobile can offer.

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