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Acer R11, 2015 Chromebook Pixel now getting Google Play update

Acer R11, 2015 Chromebook Pixel now getting Google Play update

Last month, Google rolled out version 53 of Chrome OS in its developer channel that signaled the start of the promised Android app support for Chromebooks. Back then, the ASUS Chromebook Flip was the sole beneficiary of that update, just one of three promised Chromebooks to get support. Now it seems that the other two are finally getting their day. Although not yet official, multiple users are chiming in to gleefully share that their Acer R11 and Chromebook Pixel (2015) have just gotten an update that finally enables Google Play support for their devices.

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Galaxy Note 7 leaked photos show off its curves

Galaxy Note 7 leaked photos show off its curves

Just a few hours ago we heard word from Korean media about how the Galaxy Note 7 could possibly be even thinner than ever before, thanks to a new display technology that Samsung has been working on. And now we're actually seeing pictures of what the Galaxy Note 7 is going to be, if the source is credible, of course. And though it may not be as thin as expected from a display with integrated touch controller, it definitely looks the part, thanks to its doubly curved edges.

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AT&T BlackBerry PRIV finally gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow

AT&T BlackBerry PRIV finally gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Back in April, BlackBerry, who tries really hard to always be up to date with the latest in Android, finally released an update that brings Android 6.0 Marshmallow to its one and so far only Android smartphone, the BlackBerry PRIV. That said, it also mentioned that carriers themselves will only be rolling out the update starting May 3rd. Unsurprisingly, few actually followed that schedule. Now two months later, AT&T is finally making that promise real by rolling out Marshmallow and all the goodies BlackBerry included in that update.

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Alcatel Idol 4S with VR headset bundle preorders start July 15

Alcatel Idol 4S with VR headset bundle preorders start July 15

The Alcatel Idol 4S smartphone, first unveiled back during Mobile World Congress, will go up for preorder on July 15. The preorder won’t just be for the phone, however: buyers will get the phone bundled with a VR headset for $349.99 USD, making it a relatively cheap way to get a nice phone with a better-than-Cardboard way to view 360 and VR content. Sales will officially start in early August for the higher price of $399.99 USD.

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It’s not too late to get started with Pokemon GO

It’s not too late to get started with Pokemon GO

Whether you're reading this when it's first published or a few years down the line, it's not too late to start playing Pokemon GO. This game quickly became the most-played mobile game in the history of mobile games, handily overtaking Candy Crush Saga, Draw Something, and Clash Royale in peak daily active users just a few days after launch. Despite this, users thinking they've missed the boat needn't worry. This game isn't one a new user can get behind in irredeemably.

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Galaxy Note 7 secret detail to out-thin iPhone 7

Galaxy Note 7 secret detail to out-thin iPhone 7

The secret weapon of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may have been revealed in an analyst column sent out to industry officials in Korea just this past week. The appearance of "Y-OCTA", a technology that Samsung will have been developing for several years at least, nearly went without notice. A publication by the name of KIPOST, or The Korea Industry Post, revealed that Samsung would first apply this technology on the Galaxy Note sequel (called that due to Samsung not having revealed the name until just yesterday).

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Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO may just be the best mobile game we've ever played, but so far, only folks in the US, Australia, and New Zealand have been given an official release. It's been a week since the game first launched, and other eager players around the world are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. Today, it would appear that players in at least one European country will finally get that chance, as developer Niantic Labs has announced that Pokemon GO is now available in Germany.

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ZTE Axon 7 brings wallet-friendly premium specs to the US

ZTE Axon 7 brings wallet-friendly premium specs to the US

Around this time last year, ZTE surprised the US smartphone market by launching its first ever high-end Axon smartphone first in the US even before it opened it up to the rest of the world. Today it's doing something similar with the ZTE Axon 7, though the US can't really call dibs on this one. Nonetheless, it is still a bold and definitely groundbreaking move in a market littered with iPhones and Samsungs, offering truly high end features at nearly half the price of bigger players.

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Lenovo C2 lands in Russia with quad-cores and 5-inch screen

Lenovo C2 lands in Russia with quad-cores and 5-inch screen

A new Lenovo smartphone has launched in Russia called the Vibe C2 and it appears to be a low-range device based on the specifications. It has a 5-inch display with HD resolution and the big feature is a reasonable price according to Lenovo. The C2 will be offered in black or white colors and runs the Android operating system.

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Meizu MX6 hits Geekbench packing Helio X20 ten-core processor

Meizu MX6 hits Geekbench packing Helio X20 ten-core processor

The Meizu MX6 smartphone isn't set to get an official announcement until July 19. Ahead of that official announcement, someone who has their hands on the device already just couldn't resist a run through Geekbench to taut those looking forward to the device with its deca-core processor. Specs grabbed by Geekbench show that the ARM MT6796 Helio X20 processor runs at 1.39GHz with all ten cores.

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Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

While the likes of Ubuntu's Converence and Microsoft's Continuum promise to turn our mobile devices into PCs, there still exists a gap that needs to be filled to make that a reality. To be more specific, those promises don't exactly hold true when it comes to portability, as you need an external monitor, nor does it support one of the world's largest mobile platforms, Android. Superbook is an attempt to address that problem, with a plug and play device that lets you use your Android smartphone like a laptop, complete with a desktop interface and all the productivity that entails.

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Hangouts 11 on Android removes merged SMS, adds video messaging

Hangouts 11 on Android removes merged SMS, adds video messaging

Google just can't make it up its mind when it comes to its messaging services. It adds apps, removes features, merges, apps, removes features, and introduces duplicate features and apps. The latest example of that flip-flopping is with the Hangouts app on Android. Starting version 11, the app, which was initially a purely instant messaging app, will no longer show SMS and Hangouts messages in a single conversation. Before you sound the alarm, though, you can still send SMS from the app. They just won't take up the same space as Hangouts messages.

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