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Moto Z and Z Force get Android Nougat, Daydream support this week

Moto Z and Z Force get Android Nougat, Daydream support this week

Good news for those of you with a Moto Z or Moto Z Force in your pocket: Android Nougat is officially coming. Motorola said as much when it announced that it would support the devices with Nougat updates before the end of the year, but it looks like the roll out begins this week. Motorola says this is a global push, so you can look forward to some Nougat goodness regardless of where you happen to be.

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Why Anki’s Cozmo Robot leaps in value this December

Why Anki’s Cozmo Robot leaps in value this December

Anki's Cozmo Robot is set to get an update in December to increase its abilities and expand its intelligence. This will be the first major update to the robot since launch, and Anki suggests it'll be a big one. Anki says their goal is to make the robot grow and learn well into the future so that its owners will never find it boring. At this point it's able to lift cubes, play games with cubes, and speak our name. Next, it gets a whole lot more interesting.

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving Event update secret details

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving Event update secret details

Pokemon GO's second in-game event was announced today by Niantic for Thanksgiving weekend. This event will be very similar to the first event in Pokemon GO, Halloween, with tricks and treats galore. This next event won't be quite so transparent as the first, but we've got the data you're going to want to dive into to make the most of the event as it's happening. Also take note, those readers new to SlashGear - this is just the latest in a string Pokemon GO updates accurately tipped to us in the past few weeks - stay tuned!

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Nokia to return to smartphones in 2017

Nokia to return to smartphones in 2017

Nokia was the biggest name in mobile phones before the smartphone generation really kicked in. The firm had a hard time competing with Android devices from Samsung and iOS devices from Apple and eventually vacated the smartphone realm altogether and focused on feature phones. With feature phones being all but dead today in the face of decent low cost smartphones, Nokia wants back in the game.

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Best of Android flagship phones of H2 2016 – The Pros and Cons

Best of Android flagship phones of H2 2016 – The Pros and Cons

The year is about to come to a close, but before that is, of course, the holidays and the shopping season and the shopping that goes along with it. If you’ve been waiting until then to make that long-planned high-end smartphone purchase, either for yourself or a lucky, special someone, the good news is that there is quite a lot to choose from. The bad news: there is a lot to choose from. To help whittle down the selection, here are 8 of the most notable Android flagship smartphones that popped up in the second half of the year.

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Moto Z Droid, Force Droid slowly getting Android 7.0 Nougat

Moto Z Droid, Force Droid slowly getting Android 7.0 Nougat

Once upon a time, Motorola, while still under the watchful eye of Google, would roll out major Android updates as fast as Google can for the Nexus. Those days may be long gone, but it seems that ol’ Moto is still trying to do good by its fans. At least those from Verizon, that is. The good news: some owners of the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid have reported receiving the update that will take them to Android 7.0 Nougat. The bad news: the same cannot be sent of any other Moto Z model, including the Moto Z Play.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix might be coming in white soon

Xiaomi Mi Mix might be coming in white soon

Xiaomi unveiled its Mi Note 5 phablet last month, but that was immediately upstaged by the Mi Mix that was announced alongside it. After all, how can one not be curious about a smartphone that boasted of a near bezel-free design, with 91.3% of its face dedicated to the screen and the screen alone. While we await word of a smaller version, if that is indeed a thing, Mi Mix believers might be in for a treat. Leaked photos of a Mi Mix dressed in ceramic white has surfaced and noted to be on its way to make it even more obvious at a glance that your phone practically has no bezels.

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Galaxy Beta Nougat Preview breaks Gear VR compatibility

Galaxy Beta Nougat Preview breaks Gear VR compatibility

Living on the cutting edge sometimes comes at a price. For owners of a Gear VR headset and compatible smartphone, that cost cuts deep. Such owners who have enrolled into Samsung’s Galaxy Beta Program in order to be one of the first to experience Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices have discovered, perhaps to their dismay, that their smartphones could no longer work with their virtual reality headsets. That leaves these users with no choice but to leave the program and go back a step if they want to still use the Gear VR. That is, if they still can.

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Huawei Mate 9 Lite gives buyers a budget-friendly option

Huawei Mate 9 Lite gives buyers a budget-friendly option

Yes, there’s a fourth Huawei Mate 9. After the Huawei Mate 9 and the Porsche Design Mate 9 that were announced at a global event, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro was unveiled in China. Now, without any formal announcement whatsoever, the Huawei Mate 9 Lite joins the fray. More models, more choices, more confusion. Especially as they look almost so alike. The Mate 9 Lite, however, will undoubtedly appeal with its presumably lower price to match its obviously lower specs.

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Samsung reiterates: Galaxy S7, S7 edge are safe, for now

Samsung reiterates: Galaxy S7, S7 edge are safe, for now

To the shock of no one, perhaps except Samsung, consumers have started to doubt almost every Samsung consumer electronics, especially smartphones. Even washing machines are no exception. There have been reports of some other smartphone models also exhibiting overheating problems and even catching fire. Given how Samsung is banking on the Galaxy S7 family to carry it through until the Galaxy S8 breaks cover, it is vigilant in dousing any flames that would otherwise mar its reputation. In the midst of a growing number of reports, Samsung advises consumers to keep calm while it looks into matters.

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The Best Google Pixel phone cases: Live, Silicone, 3rd-party

The Best Google Pixel phone cases: Live, Silicone, 3rd-party

Today we're running down the best Google Pixel cases that've been released thus far for the larger of the two devices, the Pixel XL. As Google is in the process of making a very big deal about these devices, both the Pixel and the Pixel XL are enjoying attention with cases from many brands. We've done some syphoning of the best of these cases and bring you the best of the best, as follows.

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Samsung Gear S3 supports Samsung Pay on any Android phone

Samsung Gear S3 supports Samsung Pay on any Android phone

The Samsung Gear S3, Samsung's latest smartwatch device, is now available in the US and UK, and, as you'd expect, it features support for Samsung Pay, the company's own mobile payments service, along with features including LTE connectivity, GPS, and a heart-rate sensor. But it seems Samsung has been saving a little surprise for the Gear S3's launch: the watch will support Samsung Pay even if it's paired with a non-Samsung Android smartphone.

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