Google Pixel review roundup: iPhone’s toughest Android competitor

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The Pixel comes in beautiful blue.
Google's first phones are a hit.
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Google stepped up its fight against the iPhone with its new Pixel smartphone, but has it found a formula that’s good enough to worry Cupertino?

The Pixel looks pretty at first glance, and it’s the first handset to offer Google’s latest Android 7.1 Nougat software. It also promises a great display, stunning photos, and peak performance. Here’s what the first reviews have to say about it.

iPhone 7 first impressions: The smartphone you love, only better

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iPhone 7 has landed.
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At first glance, the iPhone 7 looks just like the iPhone 6s … and the iPhone 6. It feels the same in your hand, too. Unless you buy the jet black model, or you’re upgrading from a 4-inch iPhone, you’re not going to get any surprises when you pull this baby out of its box.

But there are some subtle changes you’ll appreciate. This is the iPhone you already know and love — only much, much better.

iPhone 7 screen protector confirms no major design changes

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Spot the difference with today's iPhone 6s.
Spot the difference with today's iPhone 6s.
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The iPhone 7 may be boasting a few more internal modifications than we had thought, but think again if you’re expecting Apple to offer a full-on redesign of the design and form factor it has been using since 2014’s iPhone 6.

That’s according to a new photo posted online, reportedly showing a very familiar glass screen protector planned for the next-gen handset, looking very much like the one employed by the iPhone 6 and 6s.

Foxconn confirms $3.5 billion takeover of iPhone display maker

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Among other things, Sharp builds iPhone displays.
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Foxconn is cementing its importance to Apple by finalizing a deal to acquire a majority interest in struggling iPhone display maker Sharp for a reported 389 billion yen — or $3.5 billion.

The multi-billion dollar bailout of Sharp was originally reported as being completed back in February, only to be placed on hold after previously undisclosed liabilities threatened the deal.

Foxconn wants an even bigger slice of the iPhone 7 pie

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iPhone 6s is a terrific smartphone, but fans are already bored of it.
Foxconn could be acquiring the company which builds iPhone displays.
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Foxconn is looking to take over more of the iPhone manufacturing process as it has offered ¥625 billion ($5.3 billion) to acquire Japanese manufacturer Sharp, which currently manufactures displays for Apple devices.