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Alexa comes to Android with new app for Huawei Mate 9

Alexa comes to Android with new app for Huawei Mate 9

A couple of days ago, support for Amazon's Alexa landed on iOS by way of the Amazon shopping app. Today, we're getting similar treatment on Android, but for now, only Huawei Mate 9 owners are getting in on the action. Huawei is currently in the process of pushing out its Huawei Alexa app to Mate 9 owners in the US, unlocking Alexa functionality on those devices.

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A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

This morning the folks at Niantic responsible for developing Pokemon GO have made one big change to Evolution Items. Also known as "Special Items" in the game, Evolution Items are a series of special items that only drop very rarely in the game from Pokestops. Or at least they were very rare in the past. Now they’ll be dropping one whole heck of a lot more commonly - at least for the time being.

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LG G6 getting a mobile payment system of its own

LG G6 getting a mobile payment system of its own

LG announced today that its new flagship smartphone, the G6, will take the fight to Apple and Samsung in more ways than one. That's because the G6 will feature a mobile payments system all its own, putting it in a position to compete with Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. LG says this mobile payment service will go live in Korea this June, but so far that's really all the company has shared about this new G6 feature.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the Galaxy Note Tablet that never was. In the best way possible, Samsung has created an Android answer for the iPad Pro. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has some of the qualities of the Samsung Galaxy Note series - save a couple of the most important features. Where the Galaxy Tab S3 could have excelled above the iPad Pro, Samsung has decided to play it safe. Can Samsung’s newest Galaxy-branded tablet be the high-end tablet-with-stylus Samsung needs to go toe-to-toe with its biggest mobile competitors?

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OnePlus 3, 3T gets new OxygenOS MP Early Access program

OnePlus 3, 3T gets new OxygenOS MP Early Access program

More and more Android users expect fast and timely updates for their phones, especially when it comes to the monthly security fixes. Not all smartphone makers, however, have the capacity to always have an army of testers available all year round. Especially smaller companies like OnePlus. Almost as a tit for tat arrangement, OEMs have started enlisting the help of eager users in testing future releases. As if two testing programs weren't enough, OnePlus is adding one more, just to make sure everything is well-polished before release.

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Google Search shortcuts save your fingers from typing

Google Search shortcuts save your fingers from typing

Today's generation has it easy. Almost any piece of information is just a few keystrokes away, thanks to the power of the Internet as well as the overarching, and sometimes terrifying, reach of Google. Keeping up to date with the latest news and trends couldn't be easier, too. But if typing the same queries again and again is too much work, Google is making that easy as well. The latest version of Google Search, both apps and mobile web, will give your fingers a break, making all the searches and news you need available with a single shortcut and a single tap.

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Galaxy S8 DeX Station dock to have active cooling

Galaxy S8 DeX Station dock to have active cooling

Much of the features of the upcoming Galaxy S8 have already been leaked to death. Some, like the Bixby AI-powered assistant, has even been confirmed by Samsung itself. One feature, however, has mostly remained on the sidelines, the Continuum-like DeX desktop. While details are still scarce, the accessory that will make DeX possible has recently come to light. The DeX Station dock is unlike any smartphone dock you've seen. Because in addition to transforming the Galaxy S8 on a desktop, it also has a fan to keep the smartphone cool.

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Nintendo Switch would have run Android, Cyanogen refused

Nintendo Switch would have run Android, Cyanogen refused

There's a rather harsh saying that goes "beggars can't be choosers". Apparently, that doesn't apply to Cyanogen, Inc. The once esteemed startup has practically descended into ignominy, which effectively ended up killing the most popular Android ROM in the market. You would think that company would jump at the prospect of having its CyanogenOS powering what is now the most popular gaming device, Nintendo Switch. But in typical Kirk McMaster fashion, the CyanogenOS CEO supposedly more than just told Nintendo "no". He told them, instead, to "stick it".

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Android O unchained: here’s what’s coming

Android O unchained: here’s what’s coming

Google has just announced the first developer preview of the next Android version, currently still called Android O. But unless you have a very recent Nexus or Pixel device and are brave enough to flash the images yourself, you’ll have to wait for the final release or, at the very least, an OTA update from the Beta program. In the meantime, however, Google has given enough appetizers to have Android fans salivating for the coming Android release, which is going to be a rather big one based on this list.

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How to download Android O update features for your phone

How to download Android O update features for your phone

Today Google released Android O Developer Preview for smartphones of several types. Users that wish to partake in this download will want to pay attention to the warnings from Google made this afternoon. This release is different from those in the past in that it's specifically NOT part of the Android Beta program - instead, it's meant for developers extra-specifically.

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Eevee evolution Pokemon GO update: a time to start over again

Eevee evolution Pokemon GO update: a time to start over again

Today's news update to Pokemon GO has to do with the way powers are handled for a variety of monsters, including Eevee. Espeon and Umbreon might not be the best evolutions available for this always-catch-friendly Pokemon. Instead, the other three - original evolutions - of Eevee might end up being a whole lot more useful to the everyday player. For those that need to complete the Pokedex, there's still a set of secret methods for nabbing the full set of 5.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-release date photos show Easter’s secret weapon

Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-release date photos show Easter’s secret weapon

What you're about to see is shocking, to say the least - a Galaxy S8 from Samsung in a color that's perfect for the Easter Bunny. This is the Violet Samsung Galaxy S8 we've heard rumors of - or at least it certainly appears to be said phone. What we've got to go on is very little in the way of final proof, but a set of photos that look rather legitimate.

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