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Here are Google’s top apps, content for 2016

Here are Google’s top apps, content for 2016

The year is about to end, and as is the tradition almost every where, it's a time for reminiscing and retrospectives. That's true back in the analog days and still true even in today's digital age. Being one of the biggest sources of digital content, Google Play has some insight into the hottest trends of the year. So naturally, Google is in the position to reveal what's hot and what's not as far as apps, music, and movies go. While some of them are as you would expect, there are others that will have you scratching your head.

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Huawei lists which phones will get Android Nougat and when

Huawei lists which phones will get Android Nougat and when

By this time, most smartphone manufacturers have already either rolled out Android 7.0 Nougat to their top devices are have promised that "soon". That's true for LG, Sony, and even Samsung. Not to be outdone, Huawei has chimed in to say which ones will be lucky enough to get the update. And while the Huawei P9 is a no-brainer, for reasons yet unknown, it seems that Huawei's 2015 flagships are, at least for the moment, left out of the party.

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Pokemon Go Nearby crosses the pond to the UK

Pokemon Go Nearby crosses the pond to the UK

Pokemon Go is about to get interesting once more. At least for the residents of the UK. As hinted earlier, developer Niantic Labs is starting to rollout its "Nearby" tracking feature outside its initial test area of San Francisco. And one of the first beneficiaries are our friends from across the Atlantic. Now they have a more reliable way of associating which Pokemon to which Pokestops, making it easier to catch just the type that you want. But as with anything, it does come at a cost.

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Motorola bows out of smartwatches

Motorola bows out of smartwatches

The Moto 360 may have been the poster-child for Android Wear smartwatches, but don't expect a sequel any time soon, Motorola has warned. The company, one of the first to launch a smartwatch with a circular touchscreen, has confirmed that not only has it scrapped any 2016 plans for a new connected timepiece, neither does it intend to release one alongside the upcoming new version of Android Wear. It's another blow to a segment that, though highly marketed, has arguably failed to deliver in practice.

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Amid distraction fears, Android Auto gets “Ok Google” voice trigger

Amid distraction fears, Android Auto gets “Ok Google” voice trigger

Google has enabled "Ok Google" voice triggers to Android Auto, allowing users of the in-car interface to issue commands or dictate messages without having to press a button first. Designed to increase in-car safety while still offering access to smartphone features users have progressively become dependent on, Android Auto relies on a customized interface designed for easier use while on the move. Until now, though, it had required users either press an on-screen button or a button on the steering wheel to actually get the system's attention.

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Nokia-branded Android phones begin arriving next year

Nokia-branded Android phones begin arriving next year

Those of you who have a soft spot for Nokia will be pleased to hear that smartphones bearing the company's name will be making a return next year. Today Nokia and HMD Global Oy announced the terms of their licensing agreement, which was signed six months ago. Perhaps most importantly, this means that Nokia will be entering the realm of Android, a move many fans wanted to see Nokia make before it was bought up by Microsoft.

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Android Nougat update: Xperia incoming, is your phone next?

Android Nougat update: Xperia incoming, is your phone next?

Good news for those of you with an Xperia XZ or Xperia X Performance: your wait for Android 7.0 Nougat is about to come to an end. Sony announced this morning that the upgrades to Nougat are beginning to roll out, so if you don't see the OTA update yet, it's only a matter of time before it appears. That's all well and good for Xperia owners, but for the rest of us still waiting, what kind of timetable can we expect before Nougat arrives on our devices?

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Pokemon GO Secrets of the new Nearby Tracking System

Pokemon GO Secrets of the new Nearby Tracking System

The new Pokemon GO nearby update (with its new tracking system) is server-side, so users may not realize what's been changed this week. As such, today we're dishing what's happened this week for tracking Pokemon in PGO from top to bottom. Pokemon GO's latest update for tracking "Nearby" monsters is a system similar to what was introduced in Beta form earlier this year. It's just a TINY bit different than what it was when it was released in California in its test iteration.

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Australia carrier blocks remaining Note 7 smartphones

Australia carrier blocks remaining Note 7 smartphones

Around the world there are still some users of the Galaxy Note 7 who just refuse to return the devices, which are prone to burst into flames during charging. The issue is so serious that many airlines around the world have banned the devices from aircraft. While in the US, the harshest stance that has been taken so far is to limit the battery of the device to 60%, things have gone much more serious in Australia.

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Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance Android Nougat rollout begins

Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance Android Nougat rollout begins

Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance smartphone users will be among the first Xperia users to get their hands on the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The update brings with it a slew of new features including multi-window support to make multitasking easier and allow users to run two apps at once. A simple double tap will swap between the two apps. The update also brings improved battery life to both devices.

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Some Google Pixels reported to have severe camera problems

Some Google Pixels reported to have severe camera problems

One of the key strengths of the Google Pixel smartphones is their camera, rated by DxOMark to be the best of the best so far. Even more impressive is the fact that they were able to pull it off without Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). So it is completely understandable if a good numbers are up in arms after experiencing no small amount of problems with the Pixel’s camera and with no fix yet in sight. To add insult to injury, Google representatives seem to have stopped responding to the issue as well.

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DirecTV NOW mobile apps land in time for service launch

DirecTV NOW mobile apps land in time for service launch

Earlier this week, AT&T unveiled its most ambitious expansion yet, going beyond your conventional ideas of wireless service providers. DirecTV NOW is its not so subtle attempt to corner the live TV streaming arena were the likes of Sling and PlayStation Vue dish it out. But while almost everything was in place, there are still a few bits missing, noticeably the apps that would enable DirecTV NOW’s mobile presence. Well, wonder no more as both iOS and Android apps have appeared, and just in the nick of time as well.

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