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Pixel Launcher tricks expand while Arrow Launcher updates

Pixel Launcher tricks expand while Arrow Launcher updates

The Google Pixel launcher for Android is now available for more phones than just Google's own. Google doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the working abilities of the launcher beyond Pixel and Pixel XL - but it is what it is. At the same time, Microsoft has updated its own Arrow Launcher to take on what Google has with their Pixel phones.

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Pokemon GO update: next event before Thanksgiving plus forecast

Pokemon GO update: next event before Thanksgiving plus forecast

The next Pokemon GO event will be taking place starting this weekend and running until the 23rd of November. This allows the span of the event to command the time in the week before Thanksgiving begins, then ends the day before that holiday begins. This pre-holiday event takes place in three areas in Japan - but for those of you that don't live on that side of the sea, there's also some good news.

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Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google has announced a big update to Google Play Music. The update brings machine learning to the table in an effort to figure out what music you like based on what you are doing. The machine learning algorithm takes into account your location, activity, weather and playlists to personalize the music for where you are and what you are doing. The new updates roll out this week on Android, iOS, and the web.

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Fingerprint Gestures gives other devices a taste of Pixel

Fingerprint Gestures gives other devices a taste of Pixel

The Google Pixel is definitely no Nexus. One of the sure signs of that are the features that won’t be provided to other Android smartphones, even Nexus ones. Like the fingerprint gestures, which Google initially claimed was hardware dependent. After Google more or less admitted that it’s really only an issue of firmware, the door was opened for developers to try and bring that feature to other devices, Nexus or otherwise. And now there’s an app for that and one that’s actually available on Google Play Store.

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200,000 LG V20 units sold in the US in just 10 days

200,000 LG V20 units sold in the US in just 10 days

Perhaps LG’s return to straightforward functionality is actually paying off. It might be too early to tell, but the company is already boasting of very positive LG V20 numbers within just 10 days of kicking off sales of the smartphone in the US. It claims that around 200,000 units have been sold within that time frame, averaging at 20,000 units per day. While perhaps not the highest on record, it’s definitely twice rate its V10 predecessor enjoyed last year.

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How I use Google Daydream without a View headset (with Cardboard)

How I use Google Daydream without a View headset (with Cardboard)

Google Pixel users are now able to work and play with Google Daydream without the official Google Daydream View headset. While Google would rather that Daydream VR users use their first Daydream View headset, for sale in their store, there's another way to do it. Google has graciously allowed the Google Daydream environment to be fiddled with by anyone in an effort to draw developers for massive app and game creation.

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Pokemon GO could have similar lifespan to World of Warcraft, Niantic says

Pokemon GO could have similar lifespan to World of Warcraft, Niantic says

Even though a lot of folks may have stopped playing Pokemon GO, the mobile game that surprised everyone is far from dead. Back in October, we heard that Pokemon GO was still pulling in $2 million a day in revenue, which is a figure most apps and games can only dream of. With plenty of folks coming back to check out Pokemon GO's Halloween event, it seems the game is here to stay, but for how long?

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Vuzix Blade 3000 Sunglasses are like a smartwatch for your face

Vuzix Blade 3000 Sunglasses are like a smartwatch for your face

Vuzix is looking to fuse the world of wearable tech and augmented reality with its new Blade 3000 Smart Sunglasses. The company has unveiled its new smart specs, announcing that they'll be at showcased at CES next year. These glasses aim to give users a head-up display that can take the place of their smartphone in many instances, similar to the capabilities of a smartwatch.

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Reasons why Google’s Pixel 2 could be the best phone ever

Reasons why Google’s Pixel 2 could be the best phone ever

As we’re busy heaping praise on the Google Pixel, one interesting factoid has come out that suggest what Google does next might really blow the iPhone away. It’s not new camera features; many would argue that’s not necessary anyway. It’s also now a new processor, though we’re entirely sure that’s coming as well. Next time, it’ll be all about partnerships and how much time Google has to focus in on how to build what could be the best phone ever, hands down.

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Samsung itself is hesitating on foldable phones, says report

Samsung itself is hesitating on foldable phones, says report

Just when you thought that Samsung is really close to launching a foldable smartphone next year, it seems that it’s still not a sure deal. Or if it does come, it will be even more limited than the eccentric and curved Galaxy Round. According to reports, the embattled Korean OEM is indeed already capable of producing a foldable smartphone by late 2017, albeit in small quantities. Uncharacteristic of Samsung, however, is the report that the company is actually exercising caution, having second thoughts about the feasibility of such a product.

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HTC Bolt launched with 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation support, no headphone jack

HTC Bolt launched with 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation support, no headphone jack

Sprint has announced that it has landed a new smartphone for customers to choose that is the fastest device Sprint offers on its network. The smartphone is called the HTC Bolt and the big feature of the device is that it is built for the speedy Sprint LTE Plus network and supports 3x20 MHz Carrier Aggregation. Support for that network comes thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon X10 LTE modem.

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This is the Project Ara modular smartphone we could have had

This is the Project Ara modular smartphone we could have had

The dream of a truly modular smartphone is dead. Or at least the dream of having a consumer product by 2017. While the LG G5 and Moto Z sort of foreshadow what is possible, the fulfillment of the ideal modular smartphone died when Google killed off Project Ara, leaving us to wonder what could have been. Fortunately, the folks over at Phandroid were able to get their hands on one of the later iterations of the near complete Project Ara smartphone, revealing details of the stillborn mobile device.

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