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LG X Venture rugged smartphone launches in US via AT&T

LG X Venture rugged smartphone launches in US via AT&T

LG has announced that its latest X-series smartphone, the LG X Venture, is launching in the United States through AT&T. This handset is designed for 'active lifestyles' and others who require a rugged phone capable of withstanding demanding use. The LG X Venture, among other things, is MIL-STD 810G tested and includes things like a waterproof design able to handle submersion in up to 1.5m of water for up to half an hour at a time.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 BOGO deal is weirdly competitive

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 BOGO deal is weirdly competitive

Samsung hasn't been slow in selling Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ phones, but if you've been holding off buying the new Android flagship then it may have the deal you've been waiting for. Although its curved AMOLED touchscreen, slimline glass and metal construction, and speedy Snapdragon 835 processor have meant the Galaxy S8 isn't cheap - especially if you buy it unlocked - Samsung itself is running a BOGO deal in the US that's worth considering. Best of all, it appears Samsung could teach the carriers something about being user-friendly.

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The next Pokemon GO event tipped X2 [Promo Codes Update]

The next Pokemon GO event tipped X2 [Promo Codes Update]

As the Pokemon GO Rock Event winds down, the next event begins to brew. Information on the next event in Pokemon GO has been tipped to us as a companion for the Gym overhaul. This fabled overhaul of the Pokemon Gym system is just about upon us, and with it will come an event that's quite similar to the one we're in the middle of right this minute.

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This could be what the Galaxy S8 Active looks like

This could be what the Galaxy S8 Active looks like

With the regular Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus still relatively new devices, we haven't heard too much about their rugged counterpart, the Galaxy S8 Active. Previous rumors have indicated that it is indeed coming, but today a new listing with the Wireless Power Consortium is taking everything one step further by actually showing us an image of the device. As expected, it looks a fair bit different from the standard Galaxy S8.

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Amazon Echo Look’s mobile apps are now available

Amazon Echo Look’s mobile apps are now available

Amazon's launch of the screen-toting Echo Show may have made people forget the fact that it launched a different Echo model just two weeks prior. And for good reason too. The camera-enabled Echo Look, after all, seemed to cater to a very niche market. Some might even look at it, pun totally intended, like a month-late April Fools or an SNL skit. But to show it really means business, it has just released the Android and iOS apps to help users fend off the fashion police.

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Android O will allow graphics driver updates from Play Store

Android O will allow graphics driver updates from Play Store

In some ways, mobile platforms have influenced trends in the desktop space, from minimalist user interfaces to app sandboxes to sanctioned app stores. It seems, however, that the next trend will be going in the opposite direction, with desktop platforms influencing the "plumbing" of mobile operating systems. That is, perhaps, nowhere more evident in the upcoming Android O, which will have an update system not so unlike desktop OS updates. Like being able to update graphics chip drivers independently, downloading the updates from the Play Store.

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Nokia 9 prototype shows promise

Nokia 9 prototype shows promise

If you thought Nokia and HMD would slow down after 6, 5, and 3, you'd be dead wrong. It seems that the Nokia 9 is very close to ready. Despite being shrouded in an ugly, blue "anti-leak" case, this alleged prototype of the Nokia 9 still has a lot to say. And if the final product is anywhere close to this prototype we might be looking at a mighty fine high-end Android phone very soon.

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Android Go is just a config, not new version, of Android

Android Go is just a config, not new version, of Android

It's not that hard to compare the recently announced Android Go with the more or less dead Android One initiative and conclude that the former replaces the latter. After all, both target entry-level devices which are most likely going to litter emerging markets. Considering the Android Go presentation was direct to the point but short on the details, that conclusion is easier reached. But in a post-I/O interview with NDTV, Google VP of Product Management for Android and Google Play Sameer Samat makes it pretty clear. No, Android Go isn't replacing Android One, and, no, it isn't a distinct version of Android either.

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Moto Z2 Play at TENAA has an even more disappointing battery [UPDATE]

Moto Z2 Play at TENAA has an even more disappointing battery [UPDATE]

There is only so much you can fit in a very cramped space. At least not without risking a repeat of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster. Rumors of the successor to the Moto Z Play haven't exactly been encouraging, but this sighting at TENAA dashes what little hope was left. According to the Chinese certification agency, which leaves little to the imagination, the Moto Z2 Play will indeed have a thinner body as previously leaked. Unfortunately, it will also have an even smaller battery than previously leaked.

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Android O will let you pause system updates

Android O will let you pause system updates

No matter what type of smartphone you have, system software updates are important to take notice of; they can introduce advanced new features, as well as vital security patches. Unfortunately, these update files are often very large and can become available at inopportune times. No one likes to start a download and then need to transfer to an area where there's spotty internet, or be on the go an unable to charge the battery when it's needed. Fortunately the upcoming Android O will have a handy fix.

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Here’s how to try Android O Beta right now [Download]

Here’s how to try Android O Beta right now [Download]

This week Google released the Public Beta download for Android O, the next new version of Android. This version of the software introduces some radical chances to the mobile operating system, including picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, and Smart Text Selection. To take part in the Public Beta, users have only to tap a few buttons and let it go automatic!

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This Galaxy Note 8 3D print video raises release questions

This Galaxy Note 8 3D print video raises release questions

This week a video has appeared with a 3D print of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 3D print. It is believed that this print was made using plans for a real-deal Galaxy Note 8 which would normally be seen by the eyes of a 3rd-party accessory manufacturer. With these plans, a user such as "Concept Creator" is able to get a handle on what the Galaxy Note 8 will feel like and generally look like, too.

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