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Despite all the convenience and quality of Google’s sprawling ecosystem, some users are fed up with the fishy privacy policies the company has recently implemented in Gmail, Chrome, and other services. To its credit, Google has made good changes in response to user feedback, but that doesn’t diminish the company’s looming shadow over the internet at large.

If you’re ready to ditch Google, or even just reduce its presence in your digital life, this guide is here to help.

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Google's new Pixel phone isn't so much a revolution as a solid improvement: like this year's iPhones, Google is making incremental changes this year. If you're wondering whether it's worth going for the shiny new Pixel 3 over the now sure-to-be-discounted Pixel 2, read on.

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It sucks, but we're all going to have to get used to it: the 3.5mm headphone jack is slowly disappearing from modern smartphones. No longer just a 'feature' of iPhones, the lack of headphone jack has also spread to phones by Huawei, Google, HTC and a number of other manufacturers. If you want to keep using your old headphones with these phones, here are the adaptors you need.

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The best part about being an Android user is that if you don't like what you see, you can always download an app to change the way your device looks and feels. Perhaps you're not too keen on the way Samsung skins its feature-packed Galaxy smartphones, or you can't stand Android Pie's new gestures on your Pixel phone. Try Lawnchair Launcher instead, a malleable, sort-of-DIY version of the Pixel launcher.

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The Google Pixel range remains one of the best Android options on the market. This is in large part due to innovative software features like Assistant and inbuilt unlimited cloud storage for photos and video. If you're still using an older handset, you can get most of the Pixel's big, best features with a few clever tweaks.

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The Pixel 2, like its competition, has ditched the headphone jack, opting to include a single USB-C port on its bottom. While it makes waterproofing the device much easier, it restricts the kinds of accessories you can connect to your smartphone. Specifically, every pair of headphones you have ever owned, along with anything else depending on a 3.5mm auxiliary cable.