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Nokia 6 gets an Amazon Prime Exclusive discount, LG G6+ coming

Nokia 6 gets an Amazon Prime Exclusive discount, LG G6+ coming

Even if you missed the storm of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are companies more than happy to satisfy your shopping cravings all the way to next year. Amazon, for example, is putting some of its already discounted Prime Exclusive phones on even more discounts. The mid-range Nokia 6 is leading the fray, with the somewhat high-end LG G6+ following next week. But if you know your Prime Exclusives, then you probably already know that there is always a catch.

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Galaxy A8 (2018) might have Samsung’s first dual front cameras

Galaxy A8 (2018) might have Samsung’s first dual front cameras

Despite its prowess in mobile photography, Samsung hasn’t been quick to jump on the dual camera bandwagon. It was only with the Galaxy Note 8 that it really puts is weight on the matter, with relatively positive results. It still hasn’t gone dual on the front, which, admittedly, few of the big OEMs have. But that could be changing with the 2018 Galaxy A8 and A8+, a.k.a. this year’s Galaxy A5 and A7, which could be the first Galaxy to finally get two cameras on its face.

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Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app

Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app

Samsung had a nearly perfect 2017 if not for one nitpick. It obstinately placed the rear fingerprint scanner in an inconvenient and odd location. Granted, that flaw wasn’t as bad as exploding phones, but it, unfortunately, marred the Galaxy S8’s and Galaxy Note 8’s image. Samsung has apparently learned its lesson and will be putting the sensor dead center. At least that seems to be the confirmation based on Samsung’s own Health app, which has been updated to show the new backside layout.

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Android Wear Oreo: which smartwatches are getting it and when

Android Wear Oreo: which smartwatches are getting it and when

There might be hope for Android Wear smartwatches yet. It hasn’t been a year since Android Wear 2.0, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, came out (which should have actually rolled out late last year) and now a new major update is coming to Google’s smartwatch family. Well, semi-major. It’s no Android Wear 3.0 but the update does bring the Android 8.0 Oreo to wearables. But just like the fragmentation that plagues Android itself, the biggest question is which smartwatches will get it. Fortunately, Google has a list.

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Samsung’s $400 trade-in deal is back: get a Note 8 or Galaxy S8

Samsung’s $400 trade-in deal is back: get a Note 8 or Galaxy S8

Samsung has brought back its $400 trade-in promotion, giving customers a way to get a substantial discount on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Note 8 smartphones. This isn't the first time Samsung has offered this deal -- in fact, it was available as recently as Black Friday. A look at Samsung's trade-in website shows that the $400 savings offer is back, you'll just need an acceptable phone to swap in.

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Google Home Mini update brings back the touch function

Google Home Mini update brings back the touch function

Google has an update for the Google Home Mini that restores its touch functionality, a feature that was stripped away shortly after launch due to a potential issue that some device owners faced. The update is bringing back the functionality, but doing so with a somewhat big change in how it works: rather than tapping the top of the device to give it a command, you'll instead need to long-press the side.

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Plex on Android updated with DVR time shifting and more

Plex on Android updated with DVR time shifting and more

Plex has just blessed its Android product with proper DVR functionality, including the ability to watch a show even if it is currently being recorded via a single tuner. This new functionality applies to both the mobile version of the Android app and the Android TV version. This is joined by full time shifting functionality, enabling users to do things like rewind and pause DVR content during Live TV.

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Essential Phone Camera update brings Facebook and YouTube 360 streaming into play

Essential Phone Camera update brings Facebook and YouTube 360 streaming into play

This week the folks at Essential released an update to their Essential Phone's camera app. The Essential Camera app build 0.1.091 was made to bring YouTube Live 360 support for the first time. The ability to broadcast Facebook Live 360 video to a Facebook page was added in this update as well.

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Galaxy S9 display set Samsung an incredible challenge

Galaxy S9 display set Samsung an incredible challenge

Nobody accused Samsung's Galaxy S8 of having oversized bezels, but the upcoming Galaxy S9 will trim the borders even further, new reports promise. The Android smartphone is one of the most anticipated handsets of 2018, with speculation around whether Samsung would increase the physical size to accommodate a larger Super AMOLED panel.

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Four wild new Sony phones rumored for 2018 release

Four wild new Sony phones rumored for 2018 release

A new set of Sony phones might change the companys fortunes with full-body displays and under-screen fingerprint readers. That is, if these images prove to be indicative of actual products. While a surprising number of blogs are reporting the images you see here as photographic proof of the existence of these devices, we're not quite so ready to take these images at their word - not at first, anyway.

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Google puts Android accessibility crackdown on hold

Google puts Android accessibility crackdown on hold

Android is often lauded for having an open platform that gives developers a lot of leeway to perform things many of the platform’s rivals withhold. Unfortunately, there will always be those who will try and abuse that freedom for personal gain. That is why Google gave Android app developers an ultimatum last month to only use Accessibility Services if their app is intended for that and that purpose only. In its zeal to protect its platform however, Google may have jumped the gun, which it seems to have realized, causing it to stay its 30-day deadline.

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UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case

UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case

There has been a big push to get smartphones to record health data over the last few years. Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new smartphone case that is able to check blood glucose levels for diabetics at home or on the go. The device is called GPhone.

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