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Android Wear may soon be sweeter than iPhone X

Android Wear may soon be sweeter than iPhone X

iPhone X TrueDepth-like radar (see: Face ID) may be employed on the next generation of Android Wear devices. In a set of concept drawings made by Google, we've seen the ways in which radar could make the next generation of wearable devices not only more usable, but useful, too. Google's Radar-Based Gesture-Recognition Through A Wearable Device might well be the reason why the future of Android Wear is a reality.

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Google 12 Days of Play sale: 99c movies, app deals, Pokemon GO holiday packs

Google 12 Days of Play sale: 99c movies, app deals, Pokemon GO holiday packs

Google has launched its 12 Days of Play sale on the Google Play Store, giving Android users nearly two weeks to get some app goods at a discount. The deal also slashes prices on other digital items, including subscriptions for other services like TuneIn's premium plan and HBO NOW. As the sale's name suggests, it'll be live for 12 days, ending on January 2, 2018. Here are some of the best deals you can get.

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Snowden’s Haven app turns phones into home surveillance devices

Snowden’s Haven app turns phones into home surveillance devices

Edward Snowden has released his own Android app that transforms a cheap smartphone into a home surveillance device. The app, called Haven, uses the phone's existing hardware, such as its cameras and microphone, to keep an eye out for intruders who could tamper with computers, hide cameras, and more. The app enables more surveillance options than you'd get with a typical home security camera.

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Samsung Galaxy X: 3 ways this folding display phone could flex

Samsung Galaxy X: 3 ways this folding display phone could flex

The Samsung Galaxy X had our attention when we first saw Samsung fold a display, right before our eyes. It was amazing to see how the company - at least the Samsung Display portion of the company - was able to take something that seemed so fragile, and treat it like something far more robust. That was well before we heard rumors of the name Samsung Galaxy X - now we're well into hardware patents season. Today we're going to look at several ways in which Samsung tested the possibilities in flexible displays for a mobile device.

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Razer Phone Review : Real Mobile Courage

Razer Phone Review : Real Mobile Courage

The first Razer Phone clearly wasn't designed to take on the competition with bright, flashy colors. Razer didn't make their first phone with curved edges, and it didn't include a front-facing 3D face-sensor setup for animated emoji messages. Instead, Razer took the top-notch knowhow of the team at formerly-NextBit and combined it with their own understanding of their massive cult of modern gamers. With some top-level branding and a genuinely nice box to package it all up, the Razer Phone is like no other company's "first try" I've ever experienced.

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Amazon Prime Video app is now on Android TV with a big catch

Amazon Prime Video app is now on Android TV with a big catch

Google’s and Amazon’s relationship is perhaps best described as “complicated”. Things have recently turned sour when Google, supposedly unprovoked, yanked out YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show. Words were thrown back and forth, conspiracies were drummed up. The two are now supposedly negotiating terms, which includes the availability of the Chromecast on Amazon’s virtual shelves and, now, the arrival of Amazon’s Prime Video app for all Android TV devices. Strangely, however, it seems that it’s not compatible with any Android TV device.

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Galaxy S9, S9+ HTML 5 test confirms screen resolution

Galaxy S9, S9+ HTML 5 test confirms screen resolution

Is there anything yet that we don’t know about the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+? At least as far as unofficial information goes? Probably not, but it never hurts to have some “independent” confirmation. That confirmation comes from the HTML5test tool that, unsurprisingly, benchmark’s a phone’s, or rather a browser on a phone, performance in rendering HTML 5 compliant web pages. Fortunately, it also hints at something we’ve already expected the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to have: tall, 18.5:9 screens.

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Huawei Honor 9 Lite launches with 18:9 screen, four cameras

Huawei Honor 9 Lite launches with 18:9 screen, four cameras

Honor might be seen as Huawei’s mid-range sub-brand but it is quickly shedding of that image. The Honor V10 and the Honor 7X before it all brought with them almost high-end specs that rivaled Huawei’s own flagships. Not everyone, however, will be able to afford those phones. Fortunately, Honor has not forgotten its core market and has announced the Honor 9 Lite which, though indeed “liter” than the Honor 9, still marks an improvement over the mid-2017 premium model.

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Galaxy J2 (2018) is coming for those who don’t need the fluff

Galaxy J2 (2018) is coming for those who don’t need the fluff

Just this week, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A8 and A8+ 2018 editions, which was expected to happen next month at CES. But, also as expected, it was pretty much like the Galaxy S8 Lite. Not everyone, however, is enamored by the new 18:9 (or 18.5:9 in Samsung’s case) screens, glass backs, and high price tags. For those consumers, Samsung still has the Galaxy J line, the latest of which, the Galaxy J2 (2018) might be very close to being announced.

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Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo beta has been leaked if you want to risk it

Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo beta has been leaked if you want to risk it

Samsung’s awful Android update track record has sometimes forced its users to look towards unofficial ways to get their fix. And it isn’t just about getting the latest features either. Being protected from well-known security exploits has recently become more than just optional. Despite being its newest flagship, however, the Galaxy Note 8 isn’t getting any special Oreo treatment. But thanks to some sleuthing by power users, you can get a taste of some pre-baked cookies. Unfortunately, it might not yet be worth the risk.

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Chromebooks running on Snapdragon 845 might be coming

Chromebooks running on Snapdragon 845 might be coming

It won’t just be Windows 10 that will be getting the special Qualcomm Snapdragon treatment next year. While there are already at least two Windows 10 on Snapdragon devices slated for the next months, there is one class of devices that may or may not be headed out to the market. Commits to the Chrome OS source code reveals the addition of support for the Snapdragon 845 on Chromebooks. And while it doesn’t immediately mean there’s already a device in the works, it at least means that Chromebooks might finally become a reality after all this time.

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Pandora for Android TV updated with Premium plan support

Pandora for Android TV updated with Premium plan support

Pandora has big news for Android TV users: an update that brings Premium subscription support, a better user interface, and more. Pandora Premium is the company's premium subscription service, not to be confused with the cheaper Pandora Plus service. With it and this new update, Android TV users can access what Pandora calls an "intuitive, personalized, and seamless listening" experience.

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