This week in Android: Only the best of 2018

Huawei Mate 20

It’s the end of 2018 — well, almost anyway — and we’re taking a look back over the year that was. Our resident app expert, Joe Hindy, is breaking down the very best apps of 2018 and the very best games of 2018. Who knew some many awesome new apps hit the Play Store this year? Plus, while we saw some great phones this year, we also saw a few that may have gone a bit unrecognized.

Speaking of underrated phones, our full review of the Huawei Mate 20 is in and it’s still pretty impressive, even when compared to the Mate 20 Pro. This gorgeous phone boasts a triple camera setup and even has a headphone jack. That’s not easy to come by these days, and we appreciate it. Still, with impressive specifications under the hood, this is a mighty capable phone on its own.

We also take a look at the future of messaging, the future of 5G, and the future of OnePlus. We’re very futuristic.

Here are your top stories for the week

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XX:XX – The Android Authority year-end survey: Help us become better!

It’s the end of the year, and we want to know how you liked us. What was great? What was not? What can we do better? We’re listening!


XX:XX – 15 best Android apps released in 2018!

2018 was a great year for new apps. Joe Hindy breaks down all the best apps that came out this year, including new browsers and VPNs — you name it!


XX:XX – 15 best Android games released in 2018!

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In addition to the best apps of the year, we also have the best new games released in 2018. Looking for some great time wasters? Look no further!


XX:XX – The most underrated smartphones of 2018

We saw some great phones come out this year, but there were also some phones that flew under the radar.


XX:XX – Huawei Mate 20 review: Packing premium performance for a high price

Our Huawei Mate 20 review is in and speaking of underrated phones, this phone was greatly underrated because of its larger sibling.


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

What is RCS messaging and why is it important?

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A new messaging protocol is on the horizon, but naturally it won’t be completely smooth sailing to get there.


Huawei poised to spend billions to fix its bad security reputation

Huawei really wants to fix its reputation as a security threat, so it’s going to throw money at the problem.


5G smartphones from LG, Samsung could launch in February, retail in March

In 2019, we get all the 5Gs and LG and Samsung look to be among the very first to use the connection.


Oura Ring 2 review: The early adopter catches the worm

Oura Ring 2 Heart Rate Monitor

This health tracking ring is one of the best sleep trackers we’ve ever used, and that’s just the beginning.


Google ‘Dragonfly’ Chinese search engine allegedly shelved for now

Google was making a search engine for China before its employees kinda freaked out about it. They’re not making one any more.


Honor 10 Lite hands-on: The budget selfie king?

Honor’s latest offering sports an impressive 24MP selfie camera, but unfortunately, that’s where the impressive part stops.


There’s something very fishy about this alleged OnePlus phone leak

In a new leak from OnePlus, we see some new hardware including a larger camera sensor on the back. But where did this photo come from?


Who wants to win a Google Pixel 3?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Google Pixel 3Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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The best leather cases for the Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3 is a gorgeous device, and it would only be fitting to add a gorgeous case to protect it. Silicone and hard plastic cases are great for protection, but a leather case just adds the right touch of elegance. There are fewer leather cases for the Pixel 3 than we’d like to see, but here are the best of the bunch on the market right now.

Ruggedly handsome

UAG Monarch Series

This case isn’t entirely leather, but one of the case’s five layers is rich leather panels. Compatible with wireless charging and boasting a 10-year-warranty, this kingly case should be the only case your Pixel 3 ever needs, whether you’re on traversing a treacherous valley or a black-tie gala.

$60 at Amazon

Sleek and refined

Bellroy Leather Case

Bellroy’s case feels perfectly luxurious in the hand, with a supple softness and texture you don’t get with anything but natural leather. It offers a slim profile, minimalist design, and comes in either black, navy, or “caramel” brown.

$45 at Bellroy

Great kickstand

Maxboost Folio-Style Wallet

This black wallet case has white stitching and a triangular magnetic closure, which adds a unique accent. The front cover folds back into a convenient and sturdy kickstand, and there’s room inside for three cards and a bit of cash.

$8 at Amazon

Folio-style wallet

Arae Leather Wallet Case

If you like more of a classic wallet case, then Arae’s case is perfect for cutting down on your pocket carry. It has slots for four cards and a larger cash pocket, and your Pixel 3 is secured in an inner bumper case. Comes in black or rose gold.

$9 at Amazon

Thin and simple

Free-Case Wallet Case

This wallet case has only one slot for cards and a larger cash pocket, but you’d buy this case for its looks over its function. It has great-looking stitching, and the genuine leather should patina nicely over time. Comes in brown or black.

$12 at Amazon

Leather feel, TPU protection

Bettop Faux-Leather Case

Okay, this case technically isn’t leather — it’s a TPU case that has a leather texture applied to the back. While this means that it’s not quite as premium or luxurious as a genuine leather case, that texture feels pretty real, and TPU offers you more durability and protection at a lower price.

$7 at Amazon

Again, the selection for leather Pixel 3 cases isn’t that wide, but we at least have a few options. It may be expensive, but the Bellroy Leather Case is perfectly sculpted for the Pixel 3 by people who know leather like the back of their hands.

You should use two-factor everywhere, and your PS4 is no exception!

In a world where even gaming networks are being targeted and compromised by nefarious characters, it never hurts to add an extra layer of protection to our accounts wherever we are able. Two-factor authentication requires you to use a secondary key when logging into your account — so even if someone gets your password, they still can’t get into your account easily — and since PlayStation supports Two-Step Verification, you should absolutely use it on your PS4!

Our top picks

How to set up Two-Step Verification on your PlayStation 4

  1. From the dashboard of your PS4, select Settings.

  2. Scroll down and select Account Management.

  3. From the Account Management page, select Account Information.

  4. Select Security.

  5. Scroll down and select 2-Step Verification.

  6. Select Set Up Now.

  7. On the first Set Up page, enter your cell phone number in order to receive texts.
  8. Select Add.

  9. A test SMS message with a verification code will be sent to your cell phone. Enter your two-factor code.
  10. Select Activate.
  11. With Two-Step Verification enabled, a confirmation screen will appear, informing you that the feature is now active and the number you used will receive SMS codes every time you log in. If desired, select Sign out of this account on all your other devices if you want to kick anyone else off your account that may be logged in elsewhere.
  12. Select OK to exit the Two-Step Verification menu.

From now on, whenever you need to log in to your PlayStation account — on your PS4 or any other device — you will receive a text message with a verification code each time. Enter the code you are texted in order to log into your account. Two-factor authentication is a simple and effective way to help ensure that you are the one logging in to your account. SMS two-factor isn’t quite as secure as app-based 2FA like Google Authenticator or Authy, but it’s still an extra level of protection for your account that you should take advantage of.

Our pick

PlayStation 4 Slim

$300 at Amazon

Protect your PlayStation privacy.

No matter which PlayStation 4 you buy, you’ll be able to set up two-factor authentication in its settings, but the PS4 Slim is plays all the games you want without thinning your wallet the way the PS4 Pro will.

Google Pixel 3 international giveaway!

It’s time for the Sunday giveaway! Like every week, we’re giving away another a brand new Android phone to one lucky Android Authority reader.

A big congratulations to the winners of last week’s Insta360 ONE X giveaway, Zelijko A. from Serbia, Alam K. from Australia, and Ilya E. from Russia.

This week we’re giving away a brand new Google Pixel 3, courtesy of the Android Authority app!

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The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are here. While they may not rival the Galaxy Note 9 in terms of specs, these phones improve on the very aspect that made the Pixel 2 so great — the camera. They still sport the same single rear cameras as the Pixel 2, but there are a ton of camera software improvements here. Top Shot mode will take multiple pictures of your subject and recommend the best one. Night Sight also brings next-level low-light photography thanks to computational photography.

They both have 18:9 screens (18.5:9 for the XL), yet they still look very different from one another. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch Full HD+ screen that makes it look like a smaller Pixel 2 XL, while the Pixel 3 XL has a big ol’ notch at the top of its screen. Both phones also come with Qi wireless charging support, no headphone jack (womp womp), and still manage to squeeze in front-facing speakers.

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The Nokia 7.1 is a good deal in the US, but there are plenty of better deals globally

Nokia 7.1 holding back of phone

The Nokia 7.1 has been heralded by some as one of the best budget phones of the year, but it also has plenty of detractors who think it doesn’t offer the best value for money by a long shot.

Is it simply a case of American users lacking the choice of customers in India, the U.K. and other regions? After all, Xiaomi and Huawei are big-name budget phone manufacturers that don’t have a big presence in the U.S., and these companies often bring great value for money to the table.

There’s a little more to it than that though. Americans tend to skew towards contract purchases, rather than prepaid devices, said Jeff Fieldhack, research director at Counterpoint Research, in an email to Android Authority.

A unique market for mid-range phones

“By subscribers, 75 percent of U.S. wireless phone consumers are on postpaid contracts and 25 percent are on prepaid. Over the past few quarters, there has been some movement prepaid to postpaid,” said Fieldhack.

The research director noted there’s also a trend to buy unlocked phones and then put them on postpaid or prepaid contracts. However, he noted the sheer volume of prepaid users going to postpaid contracts outweighs this trend.

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Cellular networks often sweeten the deal by offering device subsidies on their contracts, so users can afford to buy that Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone XS, or whatever the most current big flagship is. Why buy that mid-range phone on contract when there are attractive deals for the best, right?

Adding more fuel to the fire is a statistic from the IDC (via New York Magazine), which found smartphones costing between $200 and $600 only accounted for 15 percent of sales in the U.S. in 2017. Meanwhile $600-plus devices accounted for 43 percent of sales, and the sub-$200 category accounted for 40 percent of sales.

In other words, the demand for phones like the Nokia 7.1 in the U.S. isn’t nearly as strong as in other parts of the world. As good a deal as it is in the States, here are six Nokia 7.1 alternatives available globally offering better value for money than the Nokia device.


Xiaomi Pocophone F1

The back of the Pocophone F1.

The Pocophone F1 was a winner in our Best of Android 2018 best value category, and for very good reason. The phone only costs $300 to $350, and brings some impressive specs.

Xiaomi slapped a Snapdragon 845 flagship chipset in the Pocophone F1, along with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. This combination pretty much destroys the Nokia 7.1’s Snapdragon 636 chipset and 4GB of RAM pairing, although HMD added 64GB of expandable storage too.

Other notable specs include a notched 6-inch full HD+ LCD screen, a 4,000mAh battery, a 12MP and 5MP rear camera pairing, and a 20MP selfie snapper. The Nokia device has the edge over the Pocophone F1 (and several other devices on the list) thanks to HDR support, but it otherwise features a similar rear camera setup and a much smaller battery (3,060mAh).


Honor 8X

The front of the Honor 8X.

Available in Europe at a starting price of 249 euros, the Honor 8X should be similarly cheap when it launches in the U.S. And yes, you get more bang for your buck in theory too.

The Huawei sub-brand’s new device features the company’s new Kirin 710 chipset, which should be more powerful than the Snapdragon 636 seen in the Nokia 7.1. You’re also getting 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a notched full HD+ 6.5-inch LCD screen.

Read: 10 best Android keyboards for all kinds of typists

The Honor 8X stands above Nokia’s device thanks to its larger battery (3,750mAh), and a 16MP front-facing camera. You’ll also find a 20MP and 2MP main camera pairing, with the latter camera used for depth effects.

Honor’s new phone isn’t perfect though, as it still uses Micro-USB compared to the Nokia 7.1’s USB Type-C connector. However, the larger screen, bigger battery, and beefier chipset certainly makes it a tempting purchase.


Motorola Moto G6

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The Moto G series has been a firm favorite in the U.S. ever since the original Moto G took the world by storm back in 2013.

The Moto G6 continues the trend of balancing price with performance, giving us a phone that ticks plenty of boxes for a mid-ranger in 2018. That means a dual-camera setup (12MP and 5MP), a notchless 5.7-inch full HD+ LCD screen, a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C support. You should also expect an 8MP front-facing snapper and a 3,000mAh battery.

However, if you’re looking for a powerhouse device for Fortnite and PUBG, the Snapdragon 450 is a power-efficient chip, but definitely low end (a Snapdragon 625 Lite, if you will). You might want to spring for the Nokia 7.1 if gaming and general performance are important to you. Otherwise, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage rounds off this package.


Honor Play

The back of the Honor Play.

Another Honor phone makes the list, and it’s tough to argue with its inclusion when the device packs a flagship chip and a ~$300 price tag.

The Honor Play offers the Kirin 970 chipset, which should deliver a big performance boost over the Snapdragon 636. In fact, you should also expect games to run at a smoother pace thanks to the more capable GPU. Other prominent details include 4GB to 6GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 3,750mAh battery.

Read: All you need to know about every 5G phone confirmed so far

You’ll also find a 16MP and 2MP rear camera combo here, with features like light painting, depth effects, and AI-based scene recognition. Switch to the front and you’ll find a 16MP selfie camera.

All in all, you get a more powerful phone for the price compared to the HMD device. As is the case with many phones on this list, you’ll want to check the supported network bands if you’re planning to import it.


Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi Mi A2 app drawer

All the phones on the list sport a skinned take on Android, except this one. The Xiaomi Mi A2 is an Android One device, so if a clean take on Android is your main reason for wanting the Nokia 7.1, keep reading.

The Mi A2 offers stock Android, but it’s also got an upper mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset, a 6-inch notchless full HD+ LCD screen, 4GB to 6GB of RAM, and 32GB to 128GB of storage. Meanwhile, photography duties are handled by a 12MP and 20MP rear-facing setup and a 20MP selfie shooter.

It’s not all perfect on the hardware front though, as it lacks microSD expansion and a headphone jack. This is particularly disappointing when the entry-level model offers 32GB of storage. Nevertheless, the 64GB model is available for under $250 anyway, and the 128GB model can be had for just under $300. So you still get a lot more phone for the price.


Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Much like the Nokia 7.1, the Asus phone also features a Snapdragon 636 chipset, but starting at well below $250 (it’s roughly $150 in India), you’re certainly getting better value.

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 also features a 16MP and 5MP rear camera setup, an 8MP selfie snapper, 3GB to 6GB of RAM, and 32GB to 128GB of storage, but the best part is the battery life, offering a 5,000mAh battery that’s easily the biggest on the list.

The Asus phone has also since been succeeded by the brand-new Zenfone Max Pro M2. For a starting price of ~$180, Asus is tossing in a pretty powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, and a 13MP front-facing snapper. Otherwise, you can expect the same large battery, and RAM and storage options.


We’re certainly not saying the Nokia 7.1 is a bad phone. It’s a pretty good deal for $350, but the “value for money” bar is very high outside of the U.S., as these devices show.

What do you think of our list of Nokia 7.1 alternatives? Are there any other mid-range phones that offer excellent value for money? Let us know in the comments section!

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Price drop! Ventura wireless headphones now under $45

The Christmas sales start earlier every year, and we’re not complaining. We’ll continue to pick out the choice deals you might like, including the Ventura wireless headphones.

These $99 phones from Trndlabs are $49 at Tech Deals right now, but you can do even better than that with our promo code.

They won’t deliver in time for Christmas, but since you’re probably buying them for yourself anyway, who cares. You’ll need a long-lasting and stylish pair of headphones to get you through the long winter months ahead. At this price, the Ventura headphones are a solid choice.

What Tech Deals is saying:

The Ventura Wireless Headphones offer absolutely everything you want out of Bluetooth headphones. Boasting a high-end, leather black-on-black design, the adjustable band and chrome-like accents will complement any outfit. With 40mm drivers and a Bluetooth range of up to 10 meters, these headphones deliver sound and function at the top of their class.

Ventura wireless headphones at a glance:

  • Wear comfortably all day thanks to cushy, soft foam ear cups
  • Pair with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop and move wirelessly
  • Control the volume, change tracks, and accept or reject calls with the concealed controls
  • Listen for longer with 10 hours of nonstop playback time

To get the best value on the Ventura wireless headphones, follow the link to Tech Deals and stick the headphones in your basket. At the checkout use the coupon code MERRY15. The total price you’ll pay is just $41.65.

Remember, the promo code expires on Christmas day, so don’t hang about. Hit the button below to find the deal.

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Brawl Stars makes $10 million in its first week, but is well behind launch of Clash Royale

Brawl Stars gem grab

Brawl Stars, the new multiplayer mobile arena action game from developer Supercell, finally launched globally last week for Android and iOS, over a year since it first soft-launched in Canada on iOS in June 2017. This week, a new report states that the game has generated over $10 million in revenue in its first seven days after the global launch.

The report comes from the research firm Sensor Tower. In a chat with VentureBeat, Sensor Tower co-founder Alex Malafeev stated that revenue numbers for Brawl Stars were excellent, and added that in the U.S., they were about 20 times more than a similar game, Arena of Valor, made in the U.S. during its first week. Brawl Stars made $3 million just in the U.S. alone, according to Sensor Tower, and the game has also done very well in Japan, with $1.6 million in revenue from that country in its first seven days. The report added that the game was number one for downloads on the Google Play Store in 20 countries, and was in the top 10 regarding revenues in 29 countries.

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While all those revenue and download numbers are good, the launch week for Brawl Stars was well behind that of Supercell’s last game, Clash Royale. That game generated $38 million in revenue when it launched globally back in March 2016, according to Sensor Tower. Clash Royale also had about 30 million downloads in its first week, while Brawl Stars had 15 million downloads.

However, Sensor Tower points out in its report that Clash Royale launched in China during its first global week, and made about a quarter of its first-week revenue from that country. Brawl Stars has yet to make its debut in China. In addition, Malafeev told VentureBeat that Clash Royale had an advantage in that it was a spin-off of another highly successful Supercell game, Clash of Clans, while Brawl Stars has no such link with earlier games from the developer.

Kids can code their own superpowers with littleBits $50 Marvel Avengers Kit

Join the Avengers and save the day… and some cash.

Amazon has the littleBits Marvel Avengers Hero Inventor Kit on sale for $49.99. This price drop marks the first time this item has ever dropped this low, as it normally sells for $150. Our last deal on the set saw it drop to $80. So far, the reviews are fantastic.

This kit is legitimately one of the coolest products I’ve ever seen. First, kids will build and customize an interactive electronic gauntlet. Then they’ll use a free app for iOS or Android to code their super powers. Seriously, where was this thing when I was a child?! I might have to buy one anyways.

The gauntlet itself has ten authentic Avengers sound effects, though you can also opt to record your own. There are over 18 activities for kids to build, play, and code. No grown-ups are necessary for the fun, either. The app features step-by-step video instructions and kid-friendly troubleshooting.

Aside from obviously being fun, this toy will also teach your kid valuable life skills. When you raise the next Bezos, Gates, or Cook, they’ll probably buy you a yacht or something. This kit could change your life. Or just make your kid smile.

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Pay what you want to master the Adobe Creative Cloud

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It’s ‘pay what you want’ time folks, and this package is enormous. The Adobe CC A-Z Lifetime Bundle is 100 hours of training in the world’s leading design suite. You can access the lot for just a few bucks.

Whichever area of design you’d like to train in, it’s likely to be covered in this bundle. There’s instruction in Adobe Photoshop for your images, Illustrator for your graphics, Premiere Pro for video editing, and a whole lot more.

No design course in 2018 would be complete without some training in web design either, and this collection of learning kits is no exception. UI/UX and Web Design Using Adobe XD teaches you the art of making beautiful apps and websites. It’s worth $200 alone.

Here’s the full Adobe CC rundown:

While there’s almost $2,600 of training in total, you only have to beat the average price to get the lot. At the time of writing it was around the $13 mark, so it’s not exactly breaking the bank.

It may sound suspiciously cheap, but there are no elephant traps here. You’re buying not bidding, and the average price to beat is no secret either. Thousands of bundles have already been sold, which is how Tech Deals can afford to offer them at such a great price.

Even if you pay just $1, you still get Adobe After Effects: The Complete Motion Graphics Course. At $297 value it’s quite a steal. If you’re feeling generous and top the leaderboard you may even win the epic giveaway, whatever that is.

Hit the button below to find out more. The average price is creeping up, so the faster you move the less you’ll pay.

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The best tempered glass screen protectors for your Pixel 3 or 3 XL

A screen protector is one of the most important accessories you can buy for your phone, but the subtle curves along the edges of the screen on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL make it tricky to find the perfect fit. Google doesn’t have a recommended screen protector on the Google Store — which they usually include for most of their phones — and I think that speaks volumes. I’d recommend the film screen protectors from Skinomi for both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL since they’re easy to install, compatible with cases, and shouldn’t leave you frustrated with bubbles or dust.

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Supershieldz Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (3-pack)

This three-pack of tempered glass screen protectors for the smaller Pixel 3 is your best value. Because of the curved edges of the Pixel 3 display, it doesn’t quite go right to the edge, but you should get good protection for your phone.

$8 at Amazon

Tempered Glass for Pixel 3

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector (3-pack)

amFilm also offers a three-pack of tempered glass screen protectors that are also designed to be slightly smaller than the full screen on your phone to ensure that there’s no bubbles or gaps along the edge. The user reviews are pretty solid and its always nice to have a couple spares on hand.

$10 at Amazon

Case-friendly film for Pixel 3

IQ Shield Case Friendly Film Screen Protector (2-pack)

If you don’t want to risk the halo effect that comes with a tempered glass screen protector, check out this two pack of case-friendly screen protectors from IQ Shield. This is a flexible film that’s designed to be easy to install and tough enough to protect your Pixel 3 from any scratches.

$8 at Amazon

Case-friendly film for Pixel 3

Skinomi TechSkin Case Friendly Screen Protector (2-pack)

Skinomi offers a wet-install film screen protector that’s really easy to install on your Pixel 3. You get all the supplies you need for a perfect installation the first time, and you get a second one to give to a friend or use if the first one ever peels off.

$8 at Amazon

Tempered Glass for Pixel 3 XL

Caseology Tempered Glass Screen Protector (2-pack)

The biggest strength of Caseology’s tempered glass screen protectors for the Pixel 3 XL is the handy installation guide that makes it dead simple to line up the screen protector perfectly on your phone. Just be aware that you might get that halo effect around the edges because the screen protector goes a bit over the curve.

$13 at Amazon

Tempered Glass for Pixel 3 XL

Mr Shield Tempered Glass Screen Protector (3-pack)

Tempered glass is probably not your best bet for protecting your Pixel 3 XL display, but you might get a good fit from this Mr Shield three-pack. Expect to maybe have to use all three to find the ideal fit, or just deal with the halo effect around the edge.

$5 at Amazon

Case-friendly film for Pixel 3 XL

IQ Shield Case Friendly Film Screen Protector (2-pack)

A film screen protector isn’t as good as tempered glass screen protectors in most situations, but it might be the better solution for the Pixel 3 XL. IQ Shield offers a two-pack of film screen protectors that includes everything you need for a bubble-free installation the first time.

$8 at Amazon

Case-friendly film for Pixel 3 XL

Skinomi TechSkin Case Friendly Film Screen Protector (2-pack)

Last but certain not least is the Skinomi film protector for the Pixel 3 XL. Skinomi products are really easy to use and they’re a trusted brand for screen protectors that you can rely on.

$8 at Amazon

Even if you have to settle for a film screen protector for your Pixel 3 or 3 XL, you’ll be happy that it’s there when you save yourself the heartache of scratching or cracking your phone’s screen. Be sure to leave a review on Amazon of your experience, too, since that always gives valuable feedback to other customers and the company itself. Your best value for the Pixel 3 XL is the Mr Shield three pack of tempered glass for just $5, but keep in mind that you might deal with frustrating fit issues.