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cyanogenmod has been the most widely-used custom rom for years, with at least 10 million users at one point. after cyanogen inc kicked the bucket, the community-maintained lineageos continued cm's efforts. the official statistics page for the project now shows 515,000 active installs (at the time of writing), a great achievement for the relatively-new rom.

the statistics page has some other interesting information. the most popular device, in terms of active installations, is the oneplus one (bacon) with 40,000 installs.

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lineageos passes 500,000 active installs worldwide, oneplus one is the most popular device was written by the awesome team at android police.


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android wear 2.0 is sure getting a lot of support from developers. maybe it's the fact that the old way of installing apps on the watch (by bundling the small watch's apk file with the main phone app's apk) won't work with wear 2.0. maybe it's the long developer preview period that gave teams and individuals the time to update their apps. and maybe it's google incentivizing everyone to get their apps on wear 2.0.

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foursquare city guide comes to android wear 2.0 was written by the awesome team at android police.


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nvidia isn't letting down its guard. one month after the company brought nougat and plenty of new features in an ota update to its just-released shield tv and a couple of weeks after it did the same for the original 2015 shield tv, it's back with more updates and enhancements for these two android tv set-top boxes.

both the old 2015 and new 2017 shield tvs are getting updated from experience upgrade 5.0.2 to 5.1.

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2015 and 2017 shield tvs get experience upgrade 5.1: rumble support, new games, and amazon video enhancements was written by the awesome team at android police.


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there are a ton of people, even non-techies, who use google photos. after all, why wouldn't you? it's free with unlimited storage, allows you to access your photos from any device with the internet, backs files up automatically, and is just an awesome tool in general. photos' latest tweak for the web allows users to see which albums a particular photos belongs to.

to view the albums that a picture is in, simply tap the (i) button near the top right of the screen.

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google photos on the web now shows which albums a photo is in was written by the awesome team at android police.


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carriers in the us are finally starting to roll the official android 7.0 nougat update out to samsung's flagship duo, the galaxy s7 and s7 edge. yesterday, folks on t-mobile began to see the otas hit their phones, but now, at&t device owners are getting them as well. and yes, it's still 7.0 nougat and not 7.1.

  

for the s7 edge, the update is weighing in at a quite sizable 1.6gb, and we wouldn't expect the s7's update to be much smaller.

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at&t is pushing the official nougat update to the galaxy s7 and s7 edge was written by the awesome team at android police.


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love or hate them, bluetooth devices are here to stay for a little while. whether they be smartwatches, computers, or headsets, we rely on the wireless connection standard for convenience. but one issue that we android users have is that our favorite mobile operating system does not display the battery levels of connected devices (except for some roms like miui), unlike its fruity competitor's. along comes baton, an app that tries to solve this issue.

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baton is an app that tries to show the battery level of connected bluetooth devices, despite android's limitation in this area was written by the awesome team at android police.


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the g5 didn't work out for lg, so it made some changes with the v20. now we're mere weeks away from the g6, and it's been a pretty leaky phone. the best images of the unannounced phone we've yet seen are now making the rounds. it's not the prettiest phone, but maybe the pics don't do it justice.

the images above match what we've seen in past leaks. the g6 has a screen with rounded corners, but weirdly, the radius of the corners doesn't match the radius of the phone's corners.

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new lg g6 leak provides clearest look yet at lg's 2017 flagship was written by the awesome team at android police.


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in an attempt to keep everyone on their toes for mwc, the samsung exynos twitter account put out a teaser image hinting at a new soc. labeled as "coming soon," the heavy emphasis on the 9 implies that this is a new series of samsung's in-house chipset.

it isn't hard to imagine that this new exynos line could make an appearance in some variants of the upcoming galaxy s8, along with the snapdragon 835 versions that we'll likely get here in north america.

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samsung hints at a new exynos 9 series coming soon was written by the awesome team at android police.


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if you've been itching to dvr the live tv that you get via your ota broadcast or cable card receiver on an android tv box, then i've got some great news for you. google has partnered with silicondust, creators of hdhomerun, to bring you just that.

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[update: live channels update is... well, live] hdhomerun and google team up to bring live channel dvr to android tv [apk download] was written by the awesome team at android police.


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a few years ago, t-mobile's parent company deutsche telekom (dt) was anxious to unload its 65% share in the us carrier, and one of the primary suitors was sprint's parent company softbank. things are different now. sources claim softbank is floating the idea of selling its 83% stake in sprint to dt and letting the carriers merge that way.

softbank has been frustrated with sprint's performance in recent years. it once saw a t-mobile acquisition as a way to become a big player in the us, but talks were called off in 2014 with opposition from regulators.

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report: softbank wants to merge sprint and t-mobile by selling its stake in sprint was written by the awesome team at android police.


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t-mobile announced some significant changes to its one plan recently to counter verizon's new unlimited offer. that new plan is live today, and there are a few other small changes worth knowing about. t-mobile's international roaming will be faster and the plus upgrade is cheaper.

t-mobile offers roaming in more than 140 countries free with one (and grandfathered simple choice plans). previously that was limited to 128kbps 2g. now, it'll be faster 2g at up to 256kbps (tmo calls this 3g, but that's a lie).

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t-mobile one boosts international data speeds and lowers price of plus add-on was written by the awesome team at android police.


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zte had an interesting idea a while back. what if consumers got to design a phone? i mean, there's no chance it would end up like the homer, right? people made some unusual suggestions like eye-tracking technology and a case that sticks to things. zte's attempt to bring this phone to life as the hawkeye have hit a snag. it's cancelling the kickstarter campaign and going back to the drawing board.

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zte cancels kickstarter for hawkeye crowdsourced phone was written by the awesome team at android police.


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the world is moving beyond the venerable microusb cable. usb type-c is where it's at, and that means you'll need to replace your cables. that brings up two potential issues: you don't want to spend a lot of money, but you also want good cables. well, the highly regarded choetech cables are on sale, so that solves that.

these cables are (if you care about such things) benson-approved. thus, they should not cause damage to your device or charging hardware.

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[deal alert] choetech usb type-c cable multi-packs on sale at amazon for up to 35% off was written by the awesome team at android police.


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of all the stock smartwatch frames to use, audiobooks... of all the stock frames! they had to pick the samsung galaxy gear, a discontinued smartwatch that runs tizen os and has nothing to do with android wear 2.0. a samsung gear live would have been slightly better, because even if it's never getting android wear 2.0, at least it runs android wear so it's in the same... galaxy. but let's not let the mistake of the graphics and marketing team at audiobooks.com take away the spotlight from the prowess of their developer team.

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audiobooks.com app update adds android wear 2.0 support was written by the awesome team at android police.


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like nest and honeywell, ecobee makes smart thermostats that you can easily schedule and control remotely from your smartphone through an app. the ecobee android app received an update at the start of the month that added support for the new cheaper ecobee3 lite, but it made one drastic change that broke the app for many users.

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[updated] ecobee's android app may not work properly on some devices with root or custom firmware was written by the awesome team at android police.


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everyone enjoys making music of some kind, from children hitting pots and pans together to an experienced musician performing to a sell-out crowd. i'm tone deaf and even i enjoy it. today, google announced it has a new experiment, a.i. duet, which uses machine learning to respond to music that you play.

a.i. duet was built by developer and musician yotam mann, based on the magenta framework google released last year. using this, he's been able to have artificial intelligence learn how to play music based on hundreds or thousands of samples, through machine learning.

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google's a.i. duet will respond to music you play was written by the awesome team at android police.


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cameras and displays are areas in which samsung mobile traditionally excels; quick updates aren't one of them. however, with the galaxy s7 and s7 edge's galaxy beta program, the south korean company proved that it was willing to change that.

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[update: regular users too] t-mobile rolling out official nougat update to galaxy s7 and s7 edge, starting with current beta users was written by the awesome team at android police.


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google's pixel and pixel xl phones are sold in three colors - very silver, quite black, and really blue. while the last color is certainly the most eye-catching, it's only been available in the united states. google originally stated that the model would only be a temporary us exclusive, and now we are seeing it arrive in other countries - first in canada with rogers, and now the uk with ee.

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really blue pixel and pixel xl now sold by ee in the uk was written by the awesome team at android police.


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one month ago, an arrest warrant was issued for lee jae-yong, the de facto chairman of the entire samsung conglomerate. the warrant later was nullified when challenged in court by samsung, but a new warrant issued today has stuck: mr. lee was arrested in seoul and charged with bribery. the entire scandal revolves around an ongoing political crisis involving the country's president. lee is accused of paying bribes to organizations run by president park's personal advisor, choi soon-sil, in exchange for political favors.

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samsung chairman lee jae-yong now actually arrested on bribery charges in south korea was written by the awesome team at android police.


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after a few years of rarity, unlimited data plans are a thing again. verizon kicked off this recent round of plan changes with its unlimited plan last week. it was then followed by t-mobile, sprint, and now at&t. like tmo and sprint, at&t had an unlimited plan, but it's making some changes. the main one being you can buy it now—no more restricting access to directv subscribers. it's still way expensive, though.

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at&t opens up unlimited data plan, but keeps the terrible pricing and no tethering was written by the awesome team at android police.


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at least since december, the play store on android tv has had a particularly annoying issue. when selecting one of several app categories, including 'action games' and 'news,' the entire play store crashes. now the issue appears to be finally fixed.

the above video shows the problem (warning: loud music) in action. this was a huge source of aggravation for both users and publishers, but version 7.5.08.m of the play store appears to fix the bug.

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play store app update fixes the crashing issues on android tv [apk download] was written by the awesome team at android police.


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the watch style is the lower-end of the two smartwatches lg has just released in conjunction with google. it's not particularly handsome, it's not particularly feature-packed, and at $249, it's not particularly well-priced; however, it's still my favorite android wear smartwatch that i've used to date.

this watch is also launching with the significantly-delayed android wear 2.0, which throws a host of new features our way, most notably standalone apps and an on-watch play store.

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lg watch style review: the pixel of android wear watches was written by the awesome team at android police.


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chances are that you haven't seen the lg g5 on any "best flagship of 2016" lists. that's understandable; the build quality's a bit iffy, and it's not the best-looking piece of tech in the world. however, at just $299.99 for a brand new, unlocked unit, it's definitely worth looking into, especially since it has features that many other flagships don't even have.

this is still a 2016 flagship, so the specs are up there with the best.

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[deal alert] get a new and unlocked lg g5 with a warranty for just $299.99 on ebay was written by the awesome team at android police.


one of the more annoying aspects of the play store is that you can't manually check for app updates. we already covered how google is testing a new installed apps screen, but we didn't get a look at one of the best aspects of it - a refresh button.

   

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previously, restarting the play store app or switching activities was required to trigger a refresh.
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refresh button for play store updates is now in testing was written by the awesome team at android police.


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the watch style is the lower-end of the two smartwatches lg has just released in conjunction with google. it's not particularly handsome, it's not particularly feature-packed, and at $249, it's not particularly well-priced; however, it's still my favorite android wear smartwatch that i've used to date.

this watch is also launching with the significantly-delayed android wear 2.0, which throws a host of new features our way, most notably standalone apps and an on-watch play store.

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lg watch style review: the pixel of android wear watches was written by the awesome team at android police.


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if you head over to myaccount.google.com/dashboard, you'll find there's a listing for the play store on this repository of your various google account stats. the figure is "installed apps," which is the number of apps google knows you have installed on devices over your entire account history.

it's an interesting figure to compare: how many apps does google say you've installed and kept on your various devices over the years?

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weekend poll: what's your lifetime installed app count on the play store? was written by the awesome team at android police.


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back in january, we got our first look at the htc one x10. much like the one x9 before it, the x10 is a 5.5" budget phone designed for markets like india. now we have a better look at it, courtesy of a post on weibo.

as seen in the images below, the x10's design is very different from the one x9 (which looked a bit like the nexus 6p). it appears to have a unibody aluminum design, with a fingerprint sensor on the back - something the x9 didn't have.

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htc's upcoming budget phone, the one x10, gets leaked was written by the awesome team at android police.


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if you're on a budget and want an android phone, you usually have two choices - buy one of the many low-end android devices, or purchase an old flagship. for the latter case, you can now get a manufacturer-refurbished lg g4 for just $119.99 - about $130 less than the unlocked g4 on amazon.

now before you jump to buy it, there's a few things you should know. although these devices are manufacturer-refurbished, they do not include a warranty or the original packaging.

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[deal alert] get a manufacturer-refurbished at&t unlocked lg g4 for $119.99 on ebay was written by the awesome team at android police.


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if you're on a budget and want an android phone, you usually have two choices - buy one of the many low-end android devices, or purchase an old flagship. for the latter case, you can now get a manufacturer-refurbished lg g4 for just $119.99 - about $130 less than the unlocked g4 on amazon.

now before you jump to buy it, there's a few things you should know. although these devices are manufacturer-refurbished, they do not include a warranty or the original packaging.

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[deal alert] get a manufacturer-refurbished at&t unlocked lg g4 for $119.99 on ebay was written by the awesome team at android police.


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the watch style is the lower-end of the two smartwatches lg has just released in conjunction with google. it's not particularly handsome, it's not particularly feature-packed, and at $249, it's not particularly well-priced; however, it's still my favorite android wear smartwatch that i've used to date, and one that i think will strike well with the average consumer.

this watch is also launching with the significantly-delayed android wear 2.0, which throws a host of new features our way, most notably standalone apps and an on-watch play store. although it's the watch sport that is acting as a showcase for everything that wear 2.0 can do, the style is still a rather competent smartwatch.

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lg watch style review: the pixel of android wear watches was written by the awesome team at android police.


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gather 'round folks, i have a play store discount for you and this is one you can all benefit from. yes, for once, this deal isn't limited to a few european countries plus mexico, brazil, australia, and maybe india. nope, this deal is worldwide, or at least it appears to be valid in more than 25 countries that i checked going from indonesia (idr 1500) to bulgaria (bgn 0.20), switzerland (chf 0.20), south africa (zar 1.50), lebanon (lbp 200), canada (cad 0.10), the united states (usd 0.10), and more.

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[deal alert] guns'n'glory premium is down to 10 cents on the play store worldwide was written by the awesome team at android police.


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a few weeks ago, we reported on facebook's testing of a new bottom navigation bar, showing 'home' and 'explore' feeds. we've now received word that facebook is testing some more bottom tabs, except this time, they've been moved from the top.

the tabs, which were previously on the top under the app bar, have now been repositioned to sit at the bottom, much the same as the facebook app on ios.

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facebook tests out more bottom tabs and 'direct share,' another snapchat clone was written by the awesome team at android police.


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google and lg set out to build a pair of watches to launch android wear 2.0. what resulted were two wildly divergent products that make no attempt to hit the middle ground. richard reviewed the watch style, which features a lithe frame but includes fewer features than almost any wear-based smartwatch that came before it. i'm looking at the watch sport, an unapologetically huge device with a wide array of capabilities that allow it to be a serviceable stand-in when you leave your phone behind.

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lg watch sport review: the right smartwatch for the wrong audience was written by the awesome team at android police.


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check markverizon has been making a lot of headlines with new wireless plans as of late, but they've all been in the realm of post-paid customers, those data-hungry hoity-toity bourgeoisie one percenters of the wireless world. the company hasn't forgotten the little guy, in so much as that little guy can afford a verizon-compatible phone and some of the most expensive dollar-per-gig rates in the industry. today they've announced a new 2gb prepaid option for $40, which is now the cheapest prepaid plan on the network.

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verizon updates its prepaid plans with a new 2gb/$40 option was written by the awesome team at android police.


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one tradition with sony smartphones is that they are nearly always overpriced at launch. sony's latest flagship, the 2016 xperia xz, was no exception - it started at a whopping $699. although the official msrp has been marked down to $649 since then, you can now get it from amazon for just $449.99.

i would say that the xperia xz is definitely a good phone at this price - it has a snapdragon 820 cpu, 5.2" 1080p display, 3gb of ram, and expandable storage. it also has some features rare in flagships these days, like expandable storage and dual sim support.

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[deal alert] sony xperia xz is now $449.99 on amazon ($200 off) was written by the awesome team at android police.


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cloud storage is great. with it you can safely tuck away all your important photos, videos, documents, and other digital possessions in someone else's server and access them at any time. any time you have an internet connection, that is. for people who fly often, have a limited data plan, slow internet, or a severe case of paranoia, local storage still reigns supreme. if you need a lot of it for a reasonable price than look no further.

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[deal alert] 256gb sandisk ultra microsd card on sale for $135 at amazon ($45 off) was written by the awesome team at android police.


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if you have purchased a google home or any of amazon's products with alexa on-board, chances are that you are itching to add more connected devices to your residence that can be controlled with your voice. if that's the case, then a smart thermostat, like the 3rd gen nest learning thermostat, should definitely be on your shopping list. particularly since you can pick one up for 15 percent off at target this week.

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[deal alert] nest products, including the nest learning thermostat, are on sale for 15 percent off at target was written by the awesome team at android police.


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chromebetathumbnewthere's a nifty feature lurking in the latest chrome beta (and dev, for that matter) version on android. if you download a file and there happens to be a file of the same name already in your downloads directory, chrome asks if you want to replace it. that's a kindness even desktop chrome doesn't provide.

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the behavior in chrome for android prior to v43 is that duplicate files are renamed as somefilename(1), somefilename(2), and so on.

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[update: replace option gone] chrome beta now asks if you want to replace downloads rather than clutter your device with dupes was written by the awesome team at android police.


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your options are limited if you want a newer phone with a removable battery. the lg v20 is a match, but it's spendy. carriers are asking $700-800, and the unlocked version on amazon is not much cheaper. however, b&h has the us unlocked phone on discount today. you'll pay just $499.99, but the price goes back up tomorrow.

this version of the v20 is similar to what you can get from carriers with a snapdragon 820 soc, 4gb of ram, 64gb of storage, and a 3200mah removable battery.

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[deal alert] lg v20 on sale for $499.99 ($300 off) via b&h today only was written by the awesome team at android police.


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snap inc., the company that owns snapchat, unveiled the 'spectacles' last year. the glasses, with a distinct toy-like design, can record 10-second clips that can be uploaded to snapchat. now you can actually order them online, instead of hunting down a kiosk or buying one second-hand from ebay.

the glasses cost $129.99 and are available in black, coral, or teal. the current shipping estimate is 2-4 weeks, and should you misplace the charging case or cable, you can buy them from the new site as well.

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snap inc's spectacles are now available online for $129.99 was written by the awesome team at android police.


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we've seen several carriers update their htc 10 models to android 7.0 nougat over the past few months, including t-mobile and various european providers. now sprint has finally pushed the nougat ota to the htc 10 on its network.

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the update, which we've now seen several reports of, clocks in at 1.3gb. if you have a sprint htc 10, keep in mind that the update is likely a staged rollout, and it may take a week or two to reach everyone.

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htc 10 on sprint now receiving android 7.0 nougat ota was written by the awesome team at android police.


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it's presidents day in the us, which means a fair number of you are probably sitting around enjoying your day off (unless you aren't american or your employer hates freedom). what should you do with your free time? maybe check out some apps and games. you don't even have to spend a lot to do it. there are some very attractive sales in the play store right now.

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terratime: $0.99 from $2.99

forecaster: $0.99 from $1.99

floatify pro: $0.99 from $2.99

aqualert premium:water tracker: $0.10 from $2.99 (non-us)

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thomas was alone: $1.99 from $4.99

star chindy: $2.49 from $3.46

potion explosion: $2.99 from $4.99

colt express: $2.99 from $4.99

bounden: $0.99 from $2.99

marble age: $2.99 from $4.99

bronze age: $1.99 from $2.99

steam: rails to riches: $1.99 from $4.99

the tiny bang story: $0.99 from $2.99

majesty: northern expansion: $0.99 from $1.99

majesty: fantasy kingdom sim: $0.99 from $1.99

syder arcade hd: $0.99 from $1.49

whispering willows: $0.10 from $4.99 (non-us)

vr space: the last mission: $0.99 from $1.99

space hulk: $8.49 from $11.99

borderlands: the pre-sequel: $7.49 from $14.99

borderlands 2: $7.49 from $14.99

nba 2k17: $4.99 from $7.99

civilization revolution 2: $2.99 from $9.99

xcom: enemy within: $2.99 from $9.99

oddworld: stranger's wrath: $0.99 from $2.99

oddworld: munch's oddysee: $0.99 from $2.99

guns'n'glory premium: $0.10 from $1.99

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monday app and game sales: thomas was alone, terratime, xcom: enemy within, and more was written by the awesome team at android police.


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the moto z play was released by motorola last year, as a slightly less-expensive alternative to the moto z. a combination of a less powerful cpu, a lower-resolution screen, and a massive 3,500mah battery has earned it a reputation for being an endurance champ. now motorola has released the kernel source code for the recent nougat update.

if you're unaware, the linux kernel that android uses is licensed under the gnu general public license, meaning any company that modifies it has to release its modified code (some oems don't really care to, but that's another story). the main advantage is that custom rom developers can use the modified kernel source to create more stable roms.

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kernel source for nougat on the moto z play now available was written by the awesome team at android police.


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if you need a cheap backup or replacement phone (the former is always my go-to excuse to justify buying phones), then amazon has you covered in one of its offerings in the gold box deals for today. the 16gb/2gb blu life one x2 is currently going for $119.99, which is a respectable savings of $30. 

for that money, you get an unlocked gsm dual-sim phone with a 5.2" ips fhd display, snapdragon 430, 16gb of storage (expandable via microsd), 2gb of ram, 16mp/8mp cameras, a 3,150mah battery, and android 6.0.1 marshmallow.

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[deal alert] the 16gb blu life one x2 is $120 from amazon's gold box deals ($30 off) was written by the awesome team at android police.


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carriers3unlimited smartphone data is back! roll out the barrels, re-download netflix, and disable all those "wi-fi only" settings options, happy days are here again. but don't throw away your data meter just yet: the new batch of unlimited data plans from american carriers isn't what it used to be. a lack of limits now comes with an asterisk, like your favorite sports star "enhancing" his performance. so the question is no longer, "which mobile unlimited plan is the best?" instead, it's "which carrier is going to put the least amount of petty restrictions on my so-called unlimited data?"

let's break it down.

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which unlimited data plan sucks the least? was written by the awesome team at android police.


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on this quiet holiday monday (in america), there's something notable happening on at&t's network. the long-awaited nougat update for ma bell's lg g5 has started rolling out. check for the update on your device and you may well find success.

the update clocks in at about 1.5gb with build number nrd90u. it includes the january 1st security patch level. it's only 7.0 rather than 7.1, but that should come as no surprise.

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the nougat update is rolling out to the at&t lg g5 was written by the awesome team at android police.


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in what appears to be a server-side update to the service, whatsapp has announced a new "statuses" feature today that really isn't about chat status so much as it is a rip-off of snapchat's stories (which was earlier ripped off by instagram last year). if you know what snapchat stories is, you know what today's whatsapp update is: it really is that similar. take a look at the video and screenshots below.

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whatsapp turns chat statuses into a straight-up snapchat stories clone was written by the awesome team at android police.


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ssh clients are commonly used for connecting to remote linux/mac computers, and there are a few good choices for android. while juicessh is more feature-packed, connectbot has always been fast and functional enough for my needs. connectbot has just been updated for the first time since 2015, and it brings some much-needed changes.

the most noticeable new feature is a material design overhaul. cutting and pasting has also been improved, as well as full ipv6 host support and a few other minor tweaks.

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connectbot ssh client gets its first update since 2015, adds material design ui and other features was written by the awesome team at android police.


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smartphones have never produced particularly good sound through their speakers. sure, phones like the older htc ones, the nexus 6 and 6p, and the axon 7 have dual front-facing ones, but none of those are any match for a true, dedicated speaker. even the jbl moto mod for the moto z line isn't all that great for its price and size. now, though, you can get a highly-rated and highly portable bluetooth speaker in the form of the ue roll 2 for just $49.99 on amazon.

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[deal alert] get a ue roll 2 bluetooth speaker for just $49.99 ($50 off) from amazon was written by the awesome team at android police.


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if you're a telegram user (hi), then you'll understand how cool this latest news is. the privacy-focused messaging service is finally getting custom theme support on android, which is just fantastic. you have three basic ones to start, and one of those is dark theme. 

other than that, you get the standard default theme — you know, the one we've all been staring at for a while. the final one is blue, which feels slightly redundant, but, i think that it looks quite nice.

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telegram v3.17 brings the long overdue support for custom themes was written by the awesome team at android police.


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in what appears to be a server-side update to the service, whatsapp has announced a new "statuses" feature today that really isn't about chat status so much as it is a rip-off of snapchat's stories (which was earlier ripped off by instagram last year). if you know what snapchat stories is, you know what today's whatsapp update is: it really is that similar. take a look at the video and screenshots below.

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whatsapp turns chat statuses into a straight-up snapchat stories clone was written by the awesome team at android police.


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carriers3unlimited smartphone data is back! roll out the barrels, re-download netflix, and disable all those "wi-fi only" settings options, happy days are here again. but don't throw away your data meter just yet: the new batch of unlimited data plans from american carriers isn't what it used to be. a lack of limits now comes with an asterisk, like your favorite sports star "enhancing" his performance. so the question is no longer, "which mobile unlimited plan is the best?" instead, it's "which carrier is going to put the least amount of petty restrictions on my so-called unlimited data?"

let's break it down.

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which unlimited data plan sucks the least? was written by the awesome team at android police.


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swiftkey is celebrating a milestone by reaching support for 150 languages. think that's too many? the ethnologue says there are more than 7000 languages spoken in the world today, so 150 will seem like a teeny number by comparison, except that it should cover a huge portion of the earth's population because many of the other languages have less than 1000 native speakers.

for a bit of comparison, google's gboard seems to be around the same number on my phone, offering a choice of 149 languages and dialects.

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swiftkey for android now supports 150 languages was written by the awesome team at android police.


google regularly rolls out updates to the dialer app on its phones via the play store. in the most recent update, the changelog claims "bug fixes," but many users are reporting it introduced a new bug. dozens of reviews on the play store say the february 10th update broke bluetooth calling.

those affected by the issue are unable to make calls over bluetooth—audio continues to happen on the phone rather than the connected bt device.

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the last update to google's phone app may be linked to bluetooth calling issues was written by the awesome team at android police.


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dockjide's remix os is all about offering android apps with a desktop interface, with a bonus of relatively cheap mobile hardware. and while the company has been expanding its reach into more retail products, the latest project it's showing off is probably its most ambitious yet. the "singularity" system allows users to plug their phone into a monitor, connect a mouse and keyboard, and run the familiar remix desktop interface while the phone is still operating in its standard android mode.

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remix tries its hand at the mobile-desktop hybrid os with singularity was written by the awesome team at android police.


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android things is google's simplified build of android for internet of things devices (i still hate that term), first released last year as a developer preview. the previews only support a handful of developer boards - the intel edison and joule, nxp pico, and raspberry pi 3. now qualcomm has committed to supporting android things on its snapdragon 210 soc later this year.

the snapdragon 210 is by no means a powerful processor, currently found in low-end devices like the acatel pixi 4 and microsoft lumia 550.

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qualcomm will add support for android things to the snapdragon 210 later this year was written by the awesome team at android police.


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the samsung galaxy note 7 debacle created quite a gaping wound in the android world. a lot of people loved that phone, some even ridiculously calling it "perfect." the recalls and eventual cancellation left much to be desired, an opportunity that xiaomi leaped on. the mi note 2, the chinese oem's attempt to fill the void, is a big, beautiful, and powerful device.

even with its resemblance to the note 7, xiaomi has taken steps to make this phone stand out.

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xiaomi mi note 2 review: chasing perfection, but falling just shy of it was written by the awesome team at android police.


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as found in an alleged system dump from the unannounced galaxy tab s3 by one of our tipsters, three images depict what is almost certainly a clipart mockup of samsung's upcoming galaxy s8 smartphone and some of its features. it is unclear why the images of the phone exist in samsung's tablet, but it may have something to do with functions whereby the two devices sync data or otherwise work together.

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alleged tab s3 system dump and photos confirm major galaxy s8 features, including on-screen buttons was written by the awesome team at android police.


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samsung flow is not a new app, but the basic gist is that you can use your galaxy phone's fingerprint scanner to unlock your tab pro s windows 10 device. it also allows you to do other things like see and interact with your phone's notifications on the desktop and transfer content and activity between the two (where supported). thus far, this has been limited to a single tablet, but samsung is apparently planning to expand this to all windows 10 devices soon.

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samsung flow will soon allow you to unlock any windows 10 device with your galaxy's fingerprint scanner was written by the awesome team at android police.


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oneplus started its existence as a brash upstart, and today it's... a brash upstart. it is, however, a brash upstart that has produced a very good 2016 flagship phone. the oneplus 3 and 3t are basically the same phone, but the 3t has more power under the hood and dollars on its price tag. both phones offered similarly good experiences at launch, and now they're even better with nougat.

so, how do these phones (specifically the oneplus 3t) hold up?

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oneplus 3t review addendum: proof that oneplus can be a major player in 2017 was written by the awesome team at android police.


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quite a few 2016 flagships have been receiving updates to android 7.0 nougat in the past few days. both t-mobile and at&t have pushed the official, non-beta update to the galaxy s7 line, at&t has begun sending it out to the lg g5, and sprint just updated the htc 10. continuing this trend, sprint's galaxy s7 and s7 edge are receiving their nougat updates.

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nougat is now arriving for the galaxy s7 and s7 edge on sprint was written by the awesome team at android police.


often i see plenty of android gaming news scattered around the web, but with very little on offer to centralize this type of information. i figured i could bring you all some of the more interesting tidbits i found, by way of a collection post on ap. this way, when so much of androids gaming news trickles out, i can collect the more intriguing bits. which should keep you all from being inundated with post after post of gaming centric articles, while also staying up to date.

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gaming news breakdown: hints of a new bethesda mobile game, n.o.v.a. legacy beta, and a teaser trailer of alto's odyssey was written by the awesome team at android police.


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huawei has been producing some pretty sweet smartphones lately. most recently, we found the mate 9 to be a solid smartphone all around. the chinese company's latest smartphone, the honor v9, packs a lot of amazing specs into a remarkably thin metal chassis.

up front, the v9 sports a 2.5d glass-covered 5.7" 1440p ltps lcd display, with on-screen buttons that, in traditional huawei fashion, are closer together than they should be.

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huawei's thin new honor v9 sports a 5.7" qhd display, a kirin 960, nougat, and a massive 4000mah battery was written by the awesome team at android police.


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titanium backup is one of the most popular apps for backing up important data or files, so it's great to see official confirmation from the developers that the app will soon support android's adoptable storage feature, which means external storage can act like internal storage.

while it's hugely convenient to be able to put a microsd card into a brand new phone and have all your files there waiting for you, external storage has long had limitations surrounding security and the possibility of data loss.

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[update: it's live] titanium backup tweet confirms adoptable storage is coming to the powerful app was written by the awesome team at android police.


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smartphones have never produced particularly good sound through their speakers. sure, phones like the older htc ones, the nexus 6 and 6p, and the axon 7 have dual front-facing ones, but none of those are any match for a true, dedicated speaker. even the jbl moto mod for the moto z line isn't all that great for its price and size.

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[deal alert] get a ue roll 2 bluetooth speaker for just $49.99 ($50 off) from amazon was written by the awesome team at android police.


back in september of last year, amazon released a new model of its chromecast competitor, the fire tv stick. the $39.99 dongle is a major upgrade from the previous model, with better performance and wi-fi capabilities. now amazon is now selling it in the united kingdom, germany, and japan.

as opposed to the chromecast, which doesn't have any ui or controls of its own, the fire tv stick has most of the functionality of a standard media set-top box.

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amazon's newest fire tv stick available for pre-order in the uk, germany, and japan was written by the awesome team at android police.


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games-02welcome to the roundup of the best new android games that went live in the play store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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android police coverage: unworded is a creative typography-based puzzler, now available on android

unworded is, in a word, trippy.

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39 new and notable android games from the last 2 weeks (2/8/17 - 2/21/17) was written by the awesome team at android police.


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google is rolling out an update to its camera app for nexus and pixel devices. the latest version isn't sporting any major new improvements, but it's not without a few refinements. this version adds an easier to use (but not entirely convenient) zoom control, tweaks the exposure control, and adds an option to mute camera sounds. we're still looking for more changes, but in the meantime you can pick up the latest version from apk mirror if it's not already available to your phone.

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google camera v4.3 adds a new zoom bar control, tweaks exposure control behavior, and allows muting camera sounds [apk download] was written by the awesome team at android police.


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earlier this month, instagram began testing the ability to add a combination of videos and photos to a single post, up to 10 altogether. the feature was very broken at the time, but instagram has worked out all the bugs since then. starting today, the feature will rollout to all android and ios users.

when importing a picture/video, you'll see a new button to select multiple photos and videos. you can pick up to 10 pieces of content, re-arrange the order, and edit each one individually.

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instagram now allows up to 10 photos and videos in one post was written by the awesome team at android police.


the bank of america android app had its material overhaul last year, so it already looks better than a ton of banking apps. however, today it's getting better, with the new ability to send, receive, or request money from almost anyone in your contacts.

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previously, money could be sent, but it did not use your phone's address book, and requesting money was difficult. the new feature, however, uses your phone's address book to get emails of the person you want to send money to, or request money from.

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bank of america update adds sending or receiving money with almost anyone, using your phone's address book was written by the awesome team at android police.


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over the past week or so, hundreds of users have reported about a particularly annoying bug with bluetooth on the pixel and pixel xl. for seemingly no reason at all, bluetooth will suddenly turn off. it can be turned back on just fine, but it will later shut itself off again.

i've noticed this happening on my own pixel - my huawei watch will often report that it's disconnected. there are several reddit threads and google product forum posts about the issue, with hundreds of users reporting the same problem.

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many users are experiencing random bluetooth disconnects on the pixel and pixel xl was written by the awesome team at android police.


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for those of you t-mobilites that don't dig the lg v20, i've got another deal for you to check out. the big lg plablet isn't the only phone that's currently on sale at magenta mobile, the samsung galaxy s7 and s7 edge are also marked down to the same killer low price of just $360. yup, both are that price, no premium up-charge for the more svelte and curvaceous edge. 

there are no strings attached to the promotion, you just need to be a t-mobile customer.

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[deal alert] samsung galaxy s7 and s7 edge on sale at t-mobile for $360 was written by the awesome team at android police.


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lg is expected to unveil the g6 in a few days at mobile world congress, but noted leaker evan blass has beaten it to the punch. blass has posted the full press renders on twitter, and they look very much like we expected from past leaks.

it seems that lg is going for a very different vibe this year. the bezels are slimmer, the screen has rounded corners, and there doesn't appear to be a removable panel for battery access.

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press renders of the lg g6 leak ahead of announcement was written by the awesome team at android police.


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the skype app for android isn't great - it's often slow, with somewhat-awful call quality and the occasional crash. back in december, microsoft released skype mingo in beta, a new lightweight skype client designed as a hub for all your communications. now the app is out of beta, and it's called skype lite.

microsoft is touting skype lite as, "built in india, for users in india." to this end, skype lite is better equipped to handle challenging network conditions and opens faster than the normal app.

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skype mingo is now skype lite, designed for low data usage [apk download] was written by the awesome team at android police.


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don't skip this article t-mobile subscribers, this is one of the best deals i have come across for quite some time. t-mobile has discounted the very capable and well-regarded lg v20 to just $360, down from $769. we were excited about this phone going on sale for $500 just a couple of days ago, and this is a way better deal! on top of a killer price, lg has a separate promotion running for people who purchase a lg v20 (or g5) through t-mobile.

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[smoking hot deal alert] the lg v20 is on sale at t-mobile for just $360, plus get a free lg minibeam projector ($350 value) by mail after your purchase was written by the awesome team at android police.


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the cnn app has been on android for many years at this point, and it's gone through several redesigns. not all of them have been welcomed by users. in fact, people usually complain loudly. this time is no exception. cnn has revamped its app for the v5.0 update. it's quite different.

the changelog isn't very descriptive, saying, "the entire app has been rebuilt for speed, simplicity, in-depth story telling and a focused, first-in-class video experience." i think it's undeniably a smoother experience, and the notification settings are nice.

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cnn app gets a full redesign in v5.0 update was written by the awesome team at android police.


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google is rolling out an update to its camera app for nexus and pixel devices. the latest version isn't sporting any major new improvements, but it's not without a few refinements. this version adds an easier to use (but not entirely convenient) zoom control, tweaks the exposure control, and adds an option to mute camera sounds. we're still looking for more changes, but in the meantime you can pick up the latest version from apk mirror if it's not already available to your phone.

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google camera v4.3 adds a new zoom bar control, tweaks exposure control behavior, and allows muting camera sounds [apk download] was written by the awesome team at android police.


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mobile world congress starts in a few days, and huawei will be on hand to announce the p10. it's not like we really need it to—the phone has been thoroughly leaked in the run up to mwc, and now there's yet another. this time our old friend evan blass has dropped a high-resolution press image. that's it above.

the last time we saw the p10, it was in the form of some low-res renders in different colors (green phone, anyone?).

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yet another image of the huawei p10 leaks was written by the awesome team at android police.


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back in june of last year, google introduced two-step verification prompts to mobile devices. this made using two-factor authentication a lot easier, since it formerly required you to enter codes every single time. however, these prompts looked pretty barren and showed little to no information about the device that was requesting access to your google account. now, though, google is updating them to fix that issue.

 

 

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google's phone prompts for 2-step verification are getting updated to show more info was written by the awesome team at android police.


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samsung's first action camera, the gear 360, was announced back in february of last year and released in august. the camera's main selling point is its two fish-eye lenses, capable of recording 360-degree video. now you can get the gear 360 for just $189.99 - the lowest price we've seen for it.

for this kind of a price drop only months after release (it was originally $350), you're probably wondering what the catch is.

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[deal alert] get a samsung gear 360 camera for $189.99 ($160 off) from groupon was written by the awesome team at android police.


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there are uncountable cheap bluetooth headphones available these days, but the more expensive sets from established companies do tend to offer more features. if you don't have to actually pay more, then it's a win-win. samsung's level u pro bluetooth headphones are currently on sale for a mere $29.99 on b&h. that's $70 off the retail price.

the samsung level u pro support 24bit digital audio over bluetooth, and you can tweak the performance using the samsung level app.

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[deal alert] samsung level u pro bluetooth headphones on sale for $29.99 ($70 off) at b&h was written by the awesome team at android police.


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for the second straight year, amazon has ranked #1 on the harris corporate reputation poll - with the company earning a record-high score of 86.27 this time.  to celebrate, amazon will take $8.62 off all purchases of $50 or more.

the offer is only valid if you enter 'bigthanks' at checkout, and does not apply to digital content, video games, or amazon gift cards. the offer expires at 11:59 pt tonight, so you won't be able to use it for long. obviously using the discount on orders around $50 would yield the most value - i recommend stocking up on smartphone accessories like usb cables and cases.

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[deal alert] amazon is offering a discount of $8.62 on all orders of $50 or more, today only was written by the awesome team at android police.


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the annual google i/o developer event has gotten hugely popular over the years as google has increasingly used it to announce major products and os updates. getting a ticket to google i/o is not a sure thing, but you can throw your hat into the ring starting right now. just make sure you've got enough cash to cover the newly inflated ticket prices.

as in past years, google i/o tickets are being distributed raffle-style.

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we've published quite a few deal alerts already today, and that trend isn't stopping. as fellow tech geeks, it's our sworn duty to inform you all about any great prices on technology we find out there. in case today's deals on other samsung products, like the gear 360 camera or level u pro wireless headphones, didn't tickle your fancy, we've got some more coming your way right now.

groupon has got quite a few deals on samsung products.

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[deal alert] get a set of samsung level on wireless headphones for just $99.99 ($100 off), plus a variety of other samsung audio deals from groupon was written by the awesome team at android police.


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metro bank is a fairly new retail bank, having only been around since 2010. there are only 14 cards and banks in the united kingdom supporting android pay, including the bank of scotland, hsbc, isle of man bank, and others. now metro bank joins this list, with it recently announcing official support for android pay.

google's own list of participating cards and banks in the uk hasn't been updated yet, but the bank's website says that metro debit and credit cards are supported.

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metro bank in the uk adds support for android pay was written by the awesome team at android police.


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14601926110_abd4641030_heveryone wants faster lte data, and carriers want to give it to them (and protect and expand their subscriber base at the same time). t-mobile's latest attempt to expand its network is what it's calling "lte-u" in a new press release. after the fcc certified compatible network hardware from nokia and ericsson, t-mobile announced that it will be rolling out support for the high-frequency network additions in the spring of this year.

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t-mobile's 'lte-u' program will use unlicensed spectrum for more lte bandwidth was written by the awesome team at android police.


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at this point, i'm convinced everyone has a unique play store app layout. several ui changes are in various stages of testing - including expanded cards on search, a new my apps screen, a 'top features' list, and several others. there's yet another ui change in testing, this time expanding the play store categories.

currently, the play store app has two tabs at the top - 'apps & games,' and 'movies, music, books.' this experimental change seperates these into more categories, including apps, games, movies & tv, music, books, and newstand.

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back in june of last year, google introduced two-step verification prompts to mobile devices. this made using two-factor authentication a lot easier, since it formerly required you to enter codes every single time. however, these prompts looked pretty barren and showed little to no information about the device that was requesting access to your google account. now, though, google is updating them to fix that issue.

 

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google opted to set loose a small deluge of updates late into wednesday afternoon. the first we're checking out is the maps app, which was just promoted to version 9.47. this update doesn't appear to bring any major new features, but it takes a couple of steps to weave the timeline feature into other parts of the interface and completely redesigns the blue dot menu. we're still looking for changes, so let us know in the comments if you stumble onto anything else.

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google maps v9.47 makes timeline entries more accessible, redesigns the the blue dot menu, and puts a share button where it belongs [apk download] was written by the awesome team at android police.


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droid turboso here's a pretty crazy deal. best buy is selling the verizon-branded droid turbo 2, the motorola flagship from late 2015, for $312. that's a pretty good deal on its own, even if it comes with a bit of a bummer that it's only available on an installment plan ($12.99 for 24 months).

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[deal alert] best buy offers the motorola droid turbo 2 for just $312, plus a $200 gift card was written by the awesome team at android police.


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rotated text 1google's docs and associated programs aren't really replacements for full desktop office suites - at least not yet. but little by little, the company keeps adding more and more features to their web and mobile tools. sheets, the google equivalent of microsoft excel and similar spreadsheet programs, is getting some crucial updates on the web and android very soon. a big one is support for standard accounting number formatting (available in the format menu).

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droid turboso here's a pretty crazy deal. best buy is selling the verizon-branded droid turbo 2, the motorola flagship from late 2015, for $312. that's a pretty good deal on its own, even if it comes with a bit of a bummer that it's only available on an installment plan ($12.99 for 24 months).

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[deal alert] best buy offers the motorola droid turbo 2 for just $312, plus a $200 gift card was written by the awesome team at android police.


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talking to a company's customer support rep isn't often a pleasurable experience, and sometimes it's made even more automated and less personal when getting replies from a nondescript "support" or "help" social media or email account without a face or name. that's an issue you could face on twitter, when multiple reps are in charge of a company's account and presence, but depending on the company's policy, they either hide in anonymity or have to remember to sign messages with their initials or names to seem more approachable to users.

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twitter custom profiles for direct messages help personalize customer support chats, starting with t-mobile was written by the awesome team at android police.


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i'm a fan of synology. i've had their ds416play diskstation for a while (review coming) and i never fathomed the idea of having my own "server" but they made the process as simple and fast as possible so that even someone like me, with no background whatsoever in server management, could be up and running in a matter of minutes.

beside their diskstation lineup, synology also makes a couple of routers and tries to simplify many a router setup process and hurdle with smart add-on packages.

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synology vpn plus lets you access your synology router's vpn server from your phone was written by the awesome team at android police.


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another year, another exynos soc. after teasing the exynos 9 last week, samsung has officially unveiled its new line of mobile chips. samsung's exynos chipsets are arguably the last remaining major competitor to qualcomm's snapdragon series, after both ti and intel ceased manufacturing mobile processors and the loss of popularity of nvidia's tegra lineup among smartphones, and showcase the company's best efforts in developing an in-house soc.

the new exynos 9 series 8895 is samsung's first to be manufactured using a 10nm process, improving its performance by 27% while consuming 40% less power when compared to the 14nm structure used on last year's exynos 8 chips.

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this week was slightly different for the one game + one app 10-cent deals on the play store. the game, guns'n'glory premium, dropped its price first and unlike the majority of previous deals, it happened worldwide. the app, however, was nowhere to be seen until now, and ta-da, it's tiny planet fx pro. womp womp.

that's not the most enticing discount, especially considering that it has dropped to 10 cents before.

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[deal alert] tiny planet fx pro is 10 cents in several countries (not in us) was written by the awesome team at android police.


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google opted to set loose a small deluge of updates late into wednesday afternoon. the first we're checking out is the maps app, which was just promoted to version 9.47. this update doesn't appear to bring any major new features, but it takes a couple of steps to weave the timeline feature into other parts of the interface and completely redesigns the blue dot menu. we're still looking for changes, so let us know in the comments if you stumble onto anything else.

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google maps v9.47 makes timeline entries more accessible, redesigns the blue dot menu, and puts a share button where it belongs [apk download] was written by the awesome team at android police.


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yesterday, nasa announced that it (along with international partners) had discovered seven earth-size planets orbiting a single star. even more importantly, three of them are located in the star's habitable zone, the range around a star where liquid water is possible. the solar system (named trappist-1) is unfortunately located 40 light-years away from earth, so sending a probe or a person there isn't really possible for now.

still, it's a very important discovery, and google is commemorating the event with a google doodle.

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new google doodle celebrates the discovery of seven exoplanets was written by the awesome team at android police.


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i've said before that comments on internet posts are a double-edged sword; on the one hand, you can have fantastic conversations with them or you get a toxic cesspit with people spitting whatever drivel comes to mind. google is hoping to combat the latter with its newest machine learning initiative called perspective.

in cooperation with jigsaw (another one of alphabet's attempts to tackle global security challenges), perspective will launch with an api that publishers and platforms can use on their sites.

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google introduces perspective, a machine learning initiative to help police comments was written by the awesome team at android police.


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