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Google Pixel 2 to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform

Google Pixel 2 to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform

This isn't exactly an earth-shattering revelation. Even if unconfirmed, it is pretty much expected. It is only fitting that Google's premiere smartphones for 2017 will run on Qualcomm's premiere mobile chip platform for 2017. So yes, the Google Pixel 2 will run on the Snapdragon 835, just like any high-end smartphone the second half of the year. Perhaps more interesting, however, are the rumors surrounding these three "by Google" Android smartphones.

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Xiaomi phones still not coming to the US, and it no longer matters

Xiaomi phones still not coming to the US, and it no longer matters

Another new Xiaomi flagship, another year of wondering when or even if the Chinese tech superstar will bring its smartphones to the US. And just as Xiaomi changed its VP for Global, so too has it changed its tone. Whereas ex-Googler Hugo Barra was more optimistic about Xiaomi phones coming to the US "soon", newly-minted SVP Wang Xiang was more cautious, reluctant even. Long story short, it's not going to happen this year. The longer story is that Xiaomi isn't even concerned about the window of opportunity that is quickly closing.

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Refurbished and original Galaxy Note 7 land at Wi-Fi Alliance

Refurbished and original Galaxy Note 7 land at Wi-Fi Alliance

It is no secret that Samsung still wants to salvage what little is left of the Galaxy Note 7's reputation. Whether that's a wise move or not is something we'll leave to the Korean OEM to find out. Also not surprising is the fact that this refurbished model has reportedly been seen at the Wi-Fi Alliance for certification. That just means its arrival is coming soon. What is surprising, however, is to see the original Galaxy Note 7 making that same appearance and with the same certification as the refurbished model.

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Galaxy S8 owners complain about wireless charging issues

Galaxy S8 owners complain about wireless charging issues

No smartphone is going to be perfect. Even Apple's iPhones have their fair share of complaints and imperfections. Given how high-profile the Galaxy S8 is, it's really no surprise that there is a lot more noise being made about each and every potential defect or problem. Following complaints of red tinted screens, some Galaxy S8 owners are now finding themselves unable to charge their smartphones wirelessly even when using Samsung's own wireless fast charging pads.

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Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 Android Wear smartwatch now available

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20 Android Wear smartwatch now available

Casio has announced the launch of its WSD-F20 smartwatch, a wearable first unveiled during CES 2017. This smartwatch features Android Wear 2.0 and comes in two varieties: one that is black and another that is orange. This model is hawked under the Casio PRO TREK Smart Outdoor Watch name, and it is designed to handle one's adventurous outdoor activities, including ones that involve water, hiking, and more. Both versions of the watch are available now.

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Sennheiser Ambeo headset with 3D audio recording will include Apogee tech

Sennheiser Ambeo headset with 3D audio recording will include Apogee tech

During CES 2017, Sennheiser took the wraps off a unique pair of earbuds that feature microphones built into the ear pieces for binaural audio recording. While binaural audio is nothing new, the ability to record it has largely been limited in the consumer world. Sennheiser's Ambeo Smart Headset aims to change that by making so-called '3D audio' (binaural) recording as easy as putting in earbuds, and now the company has announced that Apogee tech will be used to refine the headset.

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Sony Xperia XA1 arrives in the U.S. on May 1 but preorders start now

Sony Xperia XA1 arrives in the U.S. on May 1 but preorders start now

The Sony Xperia XA1 will be available in the United States starting on May 1, but ahead of that launch date comes preorders through a couple online retailers. The Xperia XA1 will be offered in a few colors -- white, black, pink and gold -- and will be sold unlocked for use at any supported carrier. This handset features an edge-to-edge 5-inch display, a fairly substantial 23-megapixel rear camera, and (much) more.

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Galaxy S8 out-pre-sells its predecessor

Galaxy S8 out-pre-sells its predecessor

If there was any worry that the issues surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 would hurt Galaxy S8 sales, it can probably be laid to rest. Samsung delivered an update on Galaxy S8 pre-order numbers today, and though we don't get a specific number, we do get a general idea of how well Samsung's latest flagship did before launching last week. In short, it did very well.

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Unroll.Me reminds me how to quick-check my privacy

Unroll.Me reminds me how to quick-check my privacy

The folks at Unroll.Me are in hot water for selling user data to Uber this week - but as they are, I'm reminded to do a check. "Check yourself before your data gets sold to Uber" - that's as good credo for the modern digital person. While it does not appear that Unroll.Me really sold any personal data to Uber, the angry mob has spoken. If you're going to sell user data to 3rd-party companies, you need to make that clear in the user agreement nobody reads anyway!

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The biggest Pokemon GO update since the beginning

The biggest Pokemon GO update since the beginning

This summer the biggest Pokemon GO update since the Gen 2 event will be unveiled. This update will be one of several that'll be released through the end of the year, each of them designed to bring old and new players to the game and engage them in a way that wasn't possible before. In addition to releasing new Pokemon, Niantic's plans for the future include a new way to battle in Pokemon Gyms and the long-awaited Pokemon Trading system present in each other main-line Pokemon game for Nintendo devices.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium getting Bronze Pink option in June

Sony Xperia XZ Premium getting Bronze Pink option in June

Most phone manufacturers would wait until a phone is released to begin offering different color variants, but not Sony. Instead, Sony has announced a third color for its Xperia XZ Premium before we even have a solid launch date. So, if the standard choices of Deepsea Black and Luminous Chrome aren't doing it for you, you won't necessarily have to wait until after launch to get something different.

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You can somewhat reclaim the Bixby Button again

You can somewhat reclaim the Bixby Button again

The greatest irony of the Galaxy S8 is that Samsung launched a crippled Bixby in the worst way possible. Whether you're still waiting for promised features or have no care for Bixby at all, that means you're left with a practically useless hardware button. Some have tried to give that button some other purpose in life, but Samsung quickly slammed that door shut. Now BixRemap tries to pick up where others left off but also does two things differently. For one, it can only launch Google Now. For another, Samsung hasn't yet blocked it.

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