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CrossOver will soon run Windows apps on Android, Chrome OS

CrossOver will soon run Windows apps on Android, Chrome OS

Yes, you read that right, but don’t worry (or perhaps be worried), it isn’t as straightforward or as magical as you might think. CodeWeavers, creators of the CrossOver software that lets users run some Windows software and games on Linux and macOS will be starting a tech preview of CrossOver for Android, which will do the same for Android devices and Chromebooks. Of course, there will be rather big limitations to this almost miraculous arrangement, from what devices you can run CrossOver on, to which Windows apps you can run.

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Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Not all Nexus devices have been privileged enough to officially get the newest Android 7.0 Nougat release, but it seems that Google will be throwing them a bone. Somewhat. The Android maker has just revealed that it is bringing a feature previously exclusive only to its Project Fi customers to all Nexus owners in select countries. Wi-Fi Assistant, which helps users save on data by connecting to “verified” Wi-Fi hotspots, will soon be available to all Nexus users running Android 5.1 or higher.

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High Galaxy Note 7 demand leads to delays in some regions

High Galaxy Note 7 demand leads to delays in some regions

Expectations for Galaxy Note 7 sales were high, and it would appear that the phone has managed to exceed them. According to Samsung, the number of pre-orders has been so overwhelming that the company is now forced to delay the phone in some regions where it has yet to launch. That's definitely a problem, but as far as problems go, this is one of the better ones to have.

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Pokemon GO Appraisal feature guide and meanings

Pokemon GO Appraisal feature guide and meanings

This week's most recent Pokemon GO update includes an Appraisal feature with a set of vague values that we'll be explaining today. Exact values of each Appraisal can only be found through a teardown of the APK of the newest version of the app. We don't expect every user to do this - as such, we've got these values torn out and listed in easy-to-read boxes below. These values will remain valid until the next update - and likely beyond. If they do end up changing, we'll be sure to make a note of it!

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VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

Even with Android TV, Google’s formal presence on TV sets and boxes remains rather week. That, however, doesn’t always matter considering how its Google Cast technology exists in every Android TV and beyond, providing a bridge to Google’s services and content. Case in point is VIZIO’s Cast-ready SmartCast products, which, thanks to an updated SmartCast app, will soon be able to stream videos from Google’s own selection of movies and TV shows from Google Play Movies & TV, in addition to other services like Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu.

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Samsung Pay apparently just turned one year old

Samsung Pay apparently just turned one year old

It definitely doesn’t feel like it, especially for users in the US, but Samsung has just triumphantly announced that its mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, has just reached its first birthday. Of course, it was launched first in South Korea and took a few months before spreading out to other markets like the US. Within that time, Samsung boasts that it has already made nearly 100 million transactions in its seven current countries, which is no small feat considering who Samsung Pay is up against.

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Sony Android Nougat update list leaves out the Xperia Z3

Sony Android Nougat update list leaves out the Xperia Z3

Now that Android 7.0 Nougat has been formally launched, the wait is on for manufacturers to bring the update to their latest smartphones, and even some not so latest smartphones. OEMs usually start scrambling to shout their support from the rooftops, and it seems like Sony is one of if not the first to do so after the announcement (HTC made their public commitment last month. Surprisingly, it’s a rather long list of devices, but sadly leaves out the Xperia Z3 from 2014

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LG V20 teased to come with Bang & Olufsen audio system

LG V20 teased to come with Bang & Olufsen audio system

It seems that LG is pulling out all the stops when it comes to audio technology for its upcoming LG V20, perhaps trying to shift the focus away from the now overly competitive smartphone display and camera technologies. After boasting about how the V20 will be the first smartphone to come with a 32-bit Quad Digital-to-Analog Converter or DAC, it is now flaunting the fact that its audio system, including even its in-box headphones, has been made in partnership with Bang & Olufsen, one of the biggest names in high-end audio equipment.

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Android Nougat MR1 to bring Google Assistant, new Launcher

Android Nougat MR1 to bring Google Assistant, new Launcher

Android 7.0 Nougat is barely out the door, and here we are already talking about its first Maintenance Release, a.k.a. MR1. That, however, is to be expected, as the fresh new Android dessert apparently didn’t come with all the new features we’ve seen in leaks, like a redesigned Nexus Launcher, Google Assistant, and slightly different navigation bar. Worry, as those are still coming, but a bit later, around the time both the MR1 and the new Nexus smartphones come out of the woodwork.

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Prisma offline mode puts filters on your disconnected iPhone

Prisma offline mode puts filters on your disconnected iPhone

Hit photo editing app Prisma has gained offline support, addressing one of the most common criticisms about the tool that uses artificial intelligence to manipulate images with artistic styles. Launched back in June, initially only on iOS but subsequently for Android users too, Prisma takes advantage of a neural network to analyze photos and then apply different filters to them, spanning a range from Pop Art through to classical watercolors and oil paintings.

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Opera’s free VPN app arrives on Android

Opera’s free VPN app arrives on Android

In May, Opera unveiled an iOS app that gives Apple device owners free VPN access for their various Internet browsing activities. That itself followed the company's announcement earlier this year that it was adding a free VPN to its browser. If you're on Android and feeling left out, good news: Opera is finally launching a free VPN app for Android, too, the addition of which means most Internet browsers now have at least one way to use Opera's offering.

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Android 7.0 Nougat images appear for Nexus 9, Pixel C, Nexus Player

Android 7.0 Nougat images appear for Nexus 9, Pixel C, Nexus Player

In case you haven't heard the news, Android 7.0 Nougat released yesterday. The news is even better for owners of current Nexus devices, as they're first on the list to receive over-the-air updates to the latest version of Android. However, like previous releases, we're expecting the OTA roll out to take as long as a couple of weeks, so eager Nexus owners may not get the update right away. For those who prefer their gratification to come sooner rather than later, you'll be pleased to know that Google has started posting Nougat images for a handful of Nexus devices.

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