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OnePlus X gets Marshmallow next week, OnePlus 3 Nougat “soon”

OnePlus X gets Marshmallow next week, OnePlus 3 Nougat “soon”

If the usually lively OnePlus has been relatively silent lately, you can probably blame it on multiple Android versions. Or, if you are a OnePlus smartphon owner, you’ll probably be thankful they were. At a Reddit AMA, the Chinese startup shared that they had been hard at work at bringing the latest Android versions to its smartphones. The good news, the mid-range OnePlus X will be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow as early as next week. The bad news, OnePlus 3 owners will have to wait a bit longer for Android 7.0 Nougat.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry’s third fully Android smartphone, and probably its last for the year, is perhaps the strangest yet. Not exactly in terms of specs but in the price for those specs. Although related to the already launched DTEK50 by name, it is pretty much a high-end beast, at least based on BlackBerry’s own spec sheet. At the same time, however, the company might actually be putting a price tag that’s lower than equivalent smartphones this year.

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Samsung Pay celebrates 1st birthday by adding coupons

Samsung Pay celebrates 1st birthday by adding coupons

Especially in markets like the US, wallets don’t simply contain cash or credit cards. More often than not, they’re also overflowing with coupons, those little pieces of paper or cardboard that entice you to buy more for less. Any mobile payment system, therefore, will have to support digitizing and using those as well if they are to succeed in the market. Fortunately for Samsung Pay, that functionality has indeed finally landed in the US as well. And just in time to celebrate its first anniversary in the country.

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Xiaomi Mi 5s hides Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor inside

Xiaomi Mi 5s hides Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor inside

Chinese superstar Xiaomi has just released two new flagship smartphones and, while they might be too easy to pan as yet another familiar-looking pair, the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus do have a few tricks up their sleeves, especially the smaller model. While in most cases an incremental step up from this year’s Mi 5 generation, the Mi 5s in particular has an interesting feature that is, strangely and sadly, gimped by implementation: an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

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Next Pokemon GO Update finally blocks cheaters

Next Pokemon GO Update finally blocks cheaters

Since the dawn of Pokemon GO, there've been hackers making use of their ability to spoof their way through the game. Now, with the release of the next Pokemon GO update, Niantic has finally figured out how to kick out all manner of spoofers, hackers, and general chaos-makers. While a previous update appeared to do this, Niantic's spread of ousting techniques didn't quite cover all versions of the game. Now they've figured out what works, and they're rolling out the block.

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Google Pixel Phone detailed in release-level flying colors

Google Pixel Phone detailed in release-level flying colors

New images of the Google Pixel smartphone (one of two) have leaked, allowing a much clearer look at the simplicity of the company's next vision. Not entirely unlike one of several 3rd-party launchers with circular icons (as we saw earlier this month), this view of the smaller Pixel smartphone shows how the device will present an extremely straightforward way of using one's phone as an information source and app launcher. Google's "G" icon is also quite prevalent without requiring Google's full word brand mark to take up any more room than it needs to.

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Android apps exit beta for Chromebook Pixel 2

Android apps exit beta for Chromebook Pixel 2

Good news for those of you Chromebook Pixel 2 owners: you can now download Android apps on your device in a non-beta environment. Chromebook Pixel 2 users have been able to beta test Android apps on their device since back in July, but that kind of functionality was only limited to the Chromebook's developer channel. Now, however, it appears that the official update - stable Chrome 53 - is going live, after spending a few months in what was essentially a developer beta.

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DJI Mavic Pro’s secret weapon sits on your head

DJI Mavic Pro’s secret weapon sits on your head

This morning the DJI Mavic Pro was introduced with a headset by the name of DJI Goggles, delivered with a single video showing how DJI's newest drone might be paired with their also-brand-new VR headset. This headset works with what they call OcuSync, allowing the user to receive video directly from the drone, not the controller, putting them as close as possible to live action piloting. These goggles - or this headset - might be the most awesome part of the whole system.

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Google low-bandwidth modes for YouTube and Chrome testing now

Google low-bandwidth modes for YouTube and Chrome testing now

Google has announced that it will soon be offering low-bandwidth options for some its more popular apps within India. These low-bandwidth modes are coming to services like YouTube, Chrome, Google Play, and Google News, making them more accessible users who may not have access to the fastest internet connections or are limited severely in what they can do online by low data caps, which is a prevalent issue throughout the country.

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Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

This week the folks at Spotify have revealed a feature they call Daily Mix, showing users what they've heard and what they might want to hear next. This is a sort of playlist, as it were, allowing users to add or subtract from said list each day as each list evolves. This list is made with Spotify's smart algorithms which see what the user has been listening to, creating an old/new/really new set of songs for that user to listen to next.

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Samsung says that 90% of Galaxy Note 7 users stick with the device on trade

Samsung says that 90% of Galaxy Note 7 users stick with the device on trade

Samsung has been working hard during its recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone to get owners of all affected devices to return them to exchange for a new device. Samsung said earlier this month that so far about half of all the smartphones that were recalled had been exchanged. Samsung is now offering up more details on what the users of the device are actually doing when the exchange happens.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 “Argon” exists, seen at FCC, Wi-Fi Alliance

BlackBerry DTEK60 “Argon” exists, seen at FCC, Wi-Fi Alliance

Barely a week ago, we saw signs that BlackBerry’s once rumored “Argon” Android smartphone was actually still on track to be launched. In fact, it would be formally named as the DTEK60, after the DTEK50 unveiled just last July. That has now been practically confirmed in certifications spotted at both the FCC and the Wi-Fi Alliance. In addition to the confirmation, the sighting also hints that the smartphone is likely to break cover soon, wrapping up BlackBerry’s schedule for Android devices for 2016.

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