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Will Sattelberg-Phones Editor

Will Sattelberg

Phones Editor

About Will Sattelberg

Will is the Phones Editor at Android Police, which means he usually has a dozen different smartphones on his desk at any given time. He covers everything from leaks of your next phone to the components that'll power it. He's got plenty of opinions about the current state of Android phones — thoughts you'll read in his reviews, editorials, and more. You'll also find him writing up our buyer's guides, where he hopes to help shoppers make the right choice in their next phone. Will appears on the Android Police podcast, where he occasionally taunts his co-hosts with bad opinions about smartwatches and charging cables, and writes AP's weekend polls. In his spare time, he produces podcasts, rewatches the same 37 films, and pretends not to have a never-ending backlog of video games. He lives in Buffalo, NY and is willing to give you chicken wing recommendations at any time. Just ask.

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Weekend poll: Will RCS on the iPhone benefit your life as an Android user?

Sure, you aren't on iOS, but I bet a lot of your friends are

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If there was one connective thread weaving together this week's biggest stories in mobile, it was messaging. After Nothing announced a new service designed to bring iMessage support to its latest smartphone — a platform that crashed and burned within 24 hours — Apple made even bigger waves by confirming its plans to add RCS support to the iPhone in 2024. While plenty of questions remain about how Apple's support will shake up the smartphone landscape, the explanation as to why it's tackling RCS, at least, remains pretty clear.

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Nothing pulls its iMessage app from the Play Store following privacy disaster

Nothing Chats' security protocols were seemingly non-existent

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Even when it was initially announced, Nothing Chats seemed like a sketchy idea at best. You'll find plenty of methods for bringing iMessage to Android — either by routing messages through your own Mac or through a remote server farm — but a phone manufacturer throwing its weight behind one of these solutions certainly raises the stakes. It only took a few hours following the launch of Nothing Chats for the earliest security concerns to pop up online. Now, just a day after the app hit the Play Store, it seems like the dream of Nothing Chats might be turning into a nightmare.

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At $700, the Motorola Razr+ is your gateway into the world of foldables

Or score the midrange Motorola Razr for just $500

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2023 has been a pretty fantastic year for Android phones, but if you wanted to focus on the most exciting devices around, you had to keep your eye on foldables. Sure, the Pixel 8 Pro delivered some excellent improvements over its predecessor, and the Galaxy S23 Ultra is as reliable as ever, but this year's slate of folding phones have proven the tech is here to stay. And while it's easy to focus on Samsung and Google, my favorite devices — foldable or otherwise — actually originated from smaller, lesser-known companies.

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Best Black Friday Android phone deals: Pixel, S23, Razr & more

Save big on new phones for you and your loved ones

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If you're looking to upgrade from your aging smartphone, there's no better time than Black Friday. As manufacturers and retailers alike aim to sell as many devices as possible amid the busiest economic quarter of the year, you — as the smart shopper that you are — can take advantage of their desperation and save hundreds on the device that we keep our most important data and connections on. Whether you're after an affordable budget device at an even lower price or you're looking to pick up one of the best Android phones without breaking the bank, Black Friday provides the perfect window.

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Best Motorola phones in 2023

Everyone's favorite legacy smartphone maker is still at it

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Motorola has made a major comeback with its latest flagship phones that can easily compete with the best Android phones on the market. In the past, Motorola was known for producing low-end and midrange phones, but they have now stepped up their game with some really impressive devices.

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Why Apple finally decided to adopt RCS on iPhone

Google's #GetTheMessage campaign failed to persuade Apple. It doesn't matter

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You can't say Apple doesn't know how to surprise its audience. Seemingly out of nowhere, the company confirmed it plans to add RCS support to iOS next year, a complete reversal on its previous policies (which, no joke, included buying your mom an iPhone for a better messaging experience). In the wake of this surprise announcement, which will see better interoperability between Android and iPhone users than ever before, we saw a rush to try and explain exactly why Apple is making this move at this time. There's an easy explanation, but that doesn't mean some of the company's rivals can't claim victory anyway.

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Apple is adding RCS support to the iPhone next year

Those green bubble complaints from your iPhone-owning friends are about to disappear — sort of

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You know that old saying, "when pigs fly?" You might want to check some nearby farms, because it seems like we're living in that sort of topsy-turvy world. After a month chock full of news surrounding iMessage's lack of interoperability with Android devices — including pressure from the EU and a new chat application from Nothing — Apple is finally succumbing to the pressure. Starting next year, your Android device is about to play a whole lot nicer with your friends' iPhones, as Apple is adding RCS support to iOS.

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Best budget Android phones 2023

These days, you don't have to pay through the nose to get a decent phone

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It's an exciting time for smartphones. Thanks to increasingly powerful new chips, we're long past the days when you had to choose between spending a bundle on a premium phone or settling for sluggish performance on a budget model. As the most expensive flagship smartphones strive to deliver console-quality gaming and advanced computational photography experiences, more affordable phones have benefited from a healthy range of powerful midrange processors that can now easily handle all the daily tasks that most smartphone owners need and won't need to be left behind when the next Android update comes along.

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Best foldable phones in 2023

Whether you want a clamshell phone or a folding tablet, there's something here for you

More than four years after the launch of Samsung's first Galaxy Z Fold, foldable phones have finally become commonplace. Despite the astronomical prices, buyers have found themselves lured in by the promise of perfected mobile productivity or — in the case of clamshell phones — portability in a fun-sized package. What may have seemed like a novelty has proven to be a new type of device and some of the best Android phones around, destined to win over power users and gadget fanatics everywhere.

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Nothing's new chat app brings iMessage to Android

Teamed up with Sunbird, Nothing wants to bridge the gap between iOS and Android

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Although Nothing is still a relatively new entry into the ever-shrinking Android wars, its first two smartphones still managed to leave us impressed. The Nothing Phone 1 was a solid mid-range attempt at breaking into the industry, while its successor — the aptly named Nothing Phone 2 — managed to improve in nearly every way while finally arriving in North America. We're still months away from a potential launch for the Nothing Phone 3, but that isn't stopping the company from making an announcement that is as exciting as it is likely to be controversial.

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Android isn't cool with teenagers, and that's a big problem

Nearly 9 in 10 US teenagers use an iPhone, spelling disaster for Google's mobile future

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It's no secret that Android is the most-used operating system in the world, a title it first earned after surpassing Windows in 2017. Unfortunately, that's a fact not quite represented in the US. Although Android held the top mobile OS spot for years, Apple finally managed to overtake the competition in September of 2022, surpassing 50 percent market share for the first time. As you'd probably guess, those numbers have only increased from there.

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Google Pixel 9: News, leaks, rumored price, and release window

Let's look ahead at what Google has in store for its 2024 flagships

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With the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro launches out of the way, it's time to look forward to what's on the horizon. You could pick up this year's Google flagships — they're pretty good, especially on sale — but imagining what's around the corner is more fun. The Pixel 9 will be here before you know it. Considering Google's record for leaks, the possibility of seeing a device in the wild is higher than you might think. Here's everything we know about the Pixel 9.

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Best Samsung phones in 2023

There's an amazing Samsung phone out there for every size and budget

Whether you're on a strict $200 budget or looking to make a $1,800 splash for the latest and greatest foldable, Samsung has you covered. The smartphone and electronics titan has lofty expectations of itself and, luckily for Android fans, usually paves the way with some of the best Android phones money can buy. Some may criticize Samsung for its design choices or One UI's occasional heavy-handedness, but these quibbles usually range from unwarranted to wildly inaccurate.

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Weekend poll: Do you wirelessly charge your smartphone?

Or are you all about fast wired charging?

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When shopping for a smartphone, the first thing most people turn to is the specs sheet. With designs so similar — give or take a foldable — knowing what makes a specific Android phone tick is the best way to pick what's right for you. Some features, like ultra-wide lenses or high-refresh rate displays, are basically a given, while others, like top-tier chipsets and UWB, are usually only found on high-end flagships.

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Best camera phones in 2023

Looking for a smartphone that captures the special moments in your life? Get the best possible mobile photography with these camera phones

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These days, camera performance is one of the most important factors when choosing a smartphone. This one factor seems prized above all others by those seeking an upgrade, and it’s no wonder why. Mobile photography has come leaps and bounds over the last decade. In an increasingly visual world, there is nothing better than capturing and showing off meaningful moments in a crisp and colorful shot.

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Samsung Galaxy S24: News, leaks, rumored price, and release window

Samsung's next flagship lineup will be here before you know it

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Although the Samsung Galaxy S23 series remains some of the best Android phones you can buy right now — particularly the massive Galaxy S23 Ultra — it's easy to look ahead at what's next. Samsung recently announced two new folding phones, including the massive Galaxy Z Fold 5. But if you're uninterested in foldables, the Galaxy S24 series is the company's next set of incoming flagships, set for release early next year.

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Google wants the EU to force iMessage to play nice with Android

Maybe public pressure wasn't enough after all

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To call Google desperate in its attempts to persuade Apple to adopt RCS support within iMessage would be an understatement. For over a year now, Google's "Get the Message" campaign has tried to apply pressure through a series of pseudo-PSAs, even as Apple has all but ignored these calls for change. Today marks a new step in the cross-platform messaging battles, as Google is turning to EU regulators in an attempt to force RCS adoption — or, at the very least, some kind of improved messaging interoperability — on iOS.

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Google Pixel Fold: Price, specs, news, and features

Everything you need to know about Google's first crack at a folding phone

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Google finally unveiled the Pixel Fold at Google I/O 2023, its first folding phone that goes head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. Like Samsung's flagship foldable, this device is a book-style folding phone that has a regular smartphone-like screen on the front and a tablet-like display on the inside. But unlike that model, it uses a completely different aspect ratio to make the device wide and short.

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All I want for Christmas is a small Android tablet

I'm dreaming of a portable big-screen device, and foldables just aren't cutting it

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A few weeks ago, while enjoying some much-needed downtime on the weekend in the middle of Techtober, a handful of rumors hit my social feed that had me excited. A new iPad Mini refresh — the first in two years — was perhaps just days away, just in time for upcoming travel plans that would trap me on a plane for endless hours. Now, don't get me wrong. I like my iPad Air as much as anyone else does — frankly, I prefer it even over most of the best Android tablets on the market today, thanks in large part to a handful of iPad-enhanced apps on the App Store still missing from the Play Store — but something smaller seems perfect for fitting into what I use a tablet for.

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Weekend poll: Would you be willing to pay for modern console games on Android?

With Resident Evil Village on iOS, it's hard not to feel that pang of jealousy

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October was chock full of big game releases, from Alan Wake II to Spider-Man 2 to Super Mario Wonder, but there was one launch that, if you're an Android user, likely slipped through the cracks. Resident Evil Village isn't a new game — it's two and a half years old, if you can believe it — but it is new to iOS, where it arrived timed perfectly with Halloween. It's far from the only modern console game iPhone 15 Pro owners are getting over the next few months. Assassin's Creed Mirage, Death Stranding, and Resident Evil 4 are all set to launch soon, with two of those games having launched on consoles this year.

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