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Android Nougat Reddit AMA: Night Mode, Java, and bugs

Android Nougat Reddit AMA: Night Mode, Java, and bugs

Getting on Reddit to hold an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session is a brave thing to do. Especially when you know that your product is one of the most popular and also often criticized thing in the world. Thankfully, that didn't stop Android engineers from jumping into the frying pan to answer some of Redditors' most pressing questions about the upcoming Android Nougat release. Not surprisingly, there were a few dissatisfied voices with some of the trends in Android, but overall it has been rather civil. Naturally, there were a lot of questions raised, most of them related to development, of course, but here are a few interesting takeaways from the Q&A.

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Samsung Notebook 7 2-in-1 convertible now up for grabs

Samsung Notebook 7 2-in-1 convertible now up for grabs

It has actually been a while since Samsung put out a convertible type of laptop after the ATIV Smart PC (later renamed the ATIV Tab 7). For the first time, however, it is taking on a new form factor. Introduced last month, the Notebook 7 is the company's first laptop that can literally bend over backwards to transform into a rather hefty tablet, in the tradition of the Lenovo YOGA. Although delayed by almost a month, the Samsung Notebook 7 is now available for purchase, but do be prepared to spend quite a sum for it.

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HP Elite x3 US availability details confirmed and clarified

HP Elite x3 US availability details confirmed and clarified

The US launch of HP's Elite x3 elite Windows 10 Mobile phablet is truly at hand. How do we know? Because the company is finally talking about it out in the open. The company has confirmed some of the availability details, like how it will be shipping out by the end of August. Hopefully. The good news is that the earlier $799 price tag isn't the full story. The bad news is that, it's still going to be a bit pricey and still isn't the full Elite x3 story either.

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Poke Radar app crowdsources the hunt for Pokemon

Poke Radar app crowdsources the hunt for Pokemon

At a loss for where to find your next Pokemon catch? Or are you trying to find a particular favorite? On your own, it's going to be difficult trying to check every nook and cranny of every place you, intentionally or not, visit. Fret not, because a whole ecosystem of apps, tools, and forums have set root around the Pokemon GO phenomenon. One of the newest ones which goes by the humble name of Poke Radar, harnesses the power of the crowd, and your own selflessness, to make catching Pokemon a tad faster and easier.

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Opera’s Chinese buyout falls through, cheaper deal in place

Opera’s Chinese buyout falls through, cheaper deal in place

Instead of getting $1.2 billion, Opera will have to settle for just half of that. That is the new deal that the once extremely popular mobile web browser maker and a consortium of Chinese Internet firms have reached after the original, more lucrative offer didn't get approved in time. The new deal also involves only selling parts of Opera's overall business, but it will naturally be the most significant parts, and the very parts that could cause some concern from privacy advocates and some governments.

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Meizu MX6 tries to offer a more affordable Meizu PRO 6

Meizu MX6 tries to offer a more affordable Meizu PRO 6

Unless you're OnePlus, you're most likely to want to target as many consumers as possible. While your high-end flagship aims for the sky, you'll also want to cater to those with more limited budgets, without letting them feel left out. That is exactly what the Meizu MX 6 aims for. In Meizu's own words, it and its siblings offer great features, sophisticated design, and an attractive price. And, at least on paper, that really does seem true this time as well.

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Xiaomi teases Redmi Pro, signs of Note 4, laptop also surface

Xiaomi teases Redmi Pro, signs of Note 4, laptop also surface

Xiaomi has an even scheduled for later this month, the 27th of July to be exact, to unveil a new product. Although it hasn't exactly revealed what that is yet, it has officially teased something that it is calling a "Redmi Pro". Given how the "Redmi" brand has been used for its more affordable smartphones, it won't be surprising if the Chinese manufacturer does announce such a device. There are, however, numerous leaks that hint that Xiaomi's event might be a more colorful and product packed one than initially expected.

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Pokemon GO HoloLens mashup made almost real by Koder

Pokemon GO HoloLens mashup made almost real by Koder

While some might still contest whether Pokemon GO actually qualifies as a proper augmented reality application, there is no denying that it would be great if it were. Heck, even Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thinks so too, and so do its developers, Niantic Labs. But neither party seem to be rushing to make that happen, at least not publicly. So while biding our time, some rather enterprising developers over at Koders took it upon themselves to show the world, and Niantic, how sweet a Pokemon GO HoloLens version would be in real life.

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Galaxy Note 7 leaked to sport USB-C, Always On Display

Galaxy Note 7 leaked to sport USB-C, Always On Display

Given this is Samsung we're talking about, it isn't really out of the ordinary that it would rumored to be putting anything and everything new in the upcoming Galaxy Note 7. We've already seen "proof" of, for the first time, an iris scanner on the device. Now we're getting a glimpse of two more unconfirmed features for the phablet. For one, it could also be the first Samsung smartphone to get the new USB Type-C port that other OEMs have started supporting. And, not that surprising, it is shown also getting the Always On Display introduced in the Galaxy S7.

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Sony F8331 “X Performance” photos show a huge design change

Sony F8331 “X Performance” photos show a huge design change

Last week, we were treated to the sighting of a rather odd Sony smartphone on GFXBench that was suspected to be Sony's upcoming flagship for the second half of 2016. The specs shown there, however, were barely interesting, as they were near identical to the existing Xperia X Performance. However, there might be more to this Sony F8331 after all, with a fresh batch of leaked photos showing an intriguing change in Sony's smartphone design, which may be a welcome change after years of seeing nearly the same looks on Sony's smartphones.

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Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

While it may seem that Android Wear is on vacation of late, Samsung is pulling out all the stops to keep its Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch from descending into obsolescence. It has just announced perhaps the biggest update to the wearable to date, almost amusingly called the Value Pack Update. But while it already has a ton of new features for owners to explore, it apparently also hides one little tidbit for the more tech savvy user who wants to be truly rid of paper and cards in their wallets.

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Moto Z Play might still have a headphone jack

Moto Z Play might still have a headphone jack

With Apple believed to be ditching the headphone jack for a Lightning port audio output, Android OEMs are scrambling to beat it to the punch. Except with USB-C ports, of course. A good number have already put out such smartphones, but probably one of the first major global OEM to do so is Motorola, or just Moto for short, with the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. It seems, however, that Moto isn't completely jumping ship yet, but will, instead, give the venerable 3.5 mm hole one last hurrah in the Moto Z Play.

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