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Budget-friendly Nokia 2 comes to the US

Budget-friendly Nokia 2 comes to the US

This year has seen a number of interesting smartphones from Nokia, with parent company HMD Global releasing devices that cover a number of price-points in the Android market. Unfortunately only a few of these models have made their way to the US, including the mid-range Nokia 6 and the retro-inspired, non-smart Nokia 3310. It appears that's about to change, as the super cheap Nokia 2 will soon be on sale here.

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Black Friday’s 4K smart TV dark horse is NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Black Friday’s 4K smart TV dark horse is NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Today the NVIDIA SHIELD TV was announced to have its price kicked temporarily in the bottom, just in time for Black Friday 2017. This is the device is easily my own top recommendation for smart TV central hub, and has been for the past two years, as well. While this machine is already a decent price without discount, here on Black Friday its cut down to the lowest price it's ever been (in its current form, with 3-free months of YouTube Red to boot.)

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Verizon ZenFone V Live goes live, Galaxy Tab E 32 GB in tow

Verizon ZenFone V Live goes live, Galaxy Tab E 32 GB in tow

Remember the ASUS ZenFone V? The Verizon-exclusive smartphone launched not too long ago, not even two months ago, and yet now the two companies have come out with yet another exclusive. But if you were expecting the ZenFone V Live to be an upgrade, you’d be thoroughly disappointed. Unless you’re the type that loves to livestream and needs to look perfect in front of the camera. In which case the smartphone’s “live beautification” feature is probably for you.

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OnePlus 3/3T get Android Oreo beta, OnePlus 5/5T end of the year

OnePlus 3/3T get Android Oreo beta, OnePlus 5/5T end of the year

With the launch of the OnePlus 5T, you might think that OnePlus could call it a day and declare 2017 over, right? Absolutely not. While the hardware story for 2017 is definitely finished, the software story is far from done. Especially considering the OnePlus 5T didn’t even launch with Android 8.0 Oreo. But even before the latest and greatest could get its cookie treats, last year’s OnePlus 3 and 3T are first in line. Fortunately, the Oreo beta train is still running at full speed.

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Comcast Xfinity TV app will support Sony Android TVs in 2018

Comcast Xfinity TV app will support Sony Android TVs in 2018

Comcast's Xfinity TV customers with certain Sony Android TVs will soon be able to access the content directly through the television using the Xfinity TV Partner app. The new support will be arriving early next year to Sony Android TVs, marking the latest expansion of the Xfinity TV Partner Program. Through it, the service provider is bringing its Xfinity TV service to various smart televisions.

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TIDAL app gets Sonos speaker control feature on Android and iOS

TIDAL app gets Sonos speaker control feature on Android and iOS

The TIDAL music app is on the receiving end of an update that adds an important feature for Sonos users: the ability to control their speakers from within the streaming app. The feature arrived in the most recent updates for both the Android and iOS apps, making it possible to control the wireless speakers without leaving the TIDAL app.

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Galaxy S9 pre-release leaks: fixing these S8 mistakes

Galaxy S9 pre-release leaks: fixing these S8 mistakes

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was the subject of a number of tips today and over the past few days, largely with respect to device size. What we've gotten to know about this device is, first and foremost, it'll look different from its predecessor. According to feline-icon'ed South Korea-based tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S9's backside in particular "will change a lot."

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Even OnePlus knows the OnePlus 5T’s face unlock isn’t as secure as iPhone X

Even OnePlus knows the OnePlus 5T’s face unlock isn’t as secure as iPhone X

The OnePlus 5T was announced earlier today, and just like another certain flagship device, it'll have users unlocking their phones with facial recognition. This seems to be the direction the industry is headed, and so far, the iPhone X gives us our best example of the technology through Face ID. Though the OnePlus 5T also uses facial recognition as a marquee feature, it seems that its creators know that it won't be as accurate as it needs to be before it's the only option for verification.

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OnePlus 5T vs 5: specs, pricing, release dates

OnePlus 5T vs 5: specs, pricing, release dates

This morning we saw the OnePlus 5T for the first time, and now we're comparing the device to its nearest predecessor. The OnePlus 5T is meant to be a half-step between this past generation and the next, with a T to signify the change. As OnePlus suggested onstage today, the letter "T" is in place because Apple uses an "S" for their half-step phones every other year.

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OnePlus 5T release date, price, specs: That screen boost

OnePlus 5T release date, price, specs: That screen boost

Today the OnePlus 5T was revealed in two editions. Both of these editions work with a Midnight Black exterior, and both are available in both the United States and Europe. The OnePlus 5T's two main versions, thus far, as the 64GB Midnight Black OnePlus 5T, and the 128GB Midnight Black OnePlus 5T, and both will roll with dual-lane storage based on UFS 2.1 for super speedy read/write and app loads.

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Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Google, while generous with its updates, follows a more or less strict timetable for its Nexus devices. Nexus phones and tablets are guaranteed two years’ worth of updates, including major Android version, nothing more but sometimes less. The odd exception seems to be the Nexus Player Android TV puck, which unexpectedly got Android Oreo in September, a year after it reached its end of life. Adding to the pleasant surprise is the addition of Google Assistant, which sneaked into the device via the November security update.

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Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

If you’re still looking for a “Google OS”, you need not look further than Google Assistant. Though not exactly your conventional OS with windows and displays, the voice-controlled AI-powered virtual assistant is the one uniform interface you will find in Google’s products, from Android to Google Home to Google apps. To further improve Google Assistant’s “interface”, the tech giant is providing developers with fresh new set of features that will help users discover, use, and re-engage with their apps.

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