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Andy Rubin’s Essential phone details begin to spill [Easter Eggs]

Andy Rubin’s Essential phone details begin to spill [Easter Eggs]

The man who created Android just showed the corner of a smartphone his new company will be releasing in the near future. This is not a detail leak, it’s a calculated preview, revealed to the world just as Samsung is set to reveal their own next flagship smartphone. Today we’re looking at the details we’ve been able to gather thus far - including several hidden in the image Rubin shared just now.

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Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Live Location is now part of Facebook Messenger whether you want it or not - whether you’re all about seeing where your significant others are at all times, or never wanted to know that information in the first place. For those that do not yet have access to this feature, we’re running down the ways in which it can be accessed on both iOS for iPhone and iPad and on Android for a wide variety of devices. This update is live server-side, now all users need to do is update their apps to make it happen.

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Amazon Go puts the future on temporary hold

Amazon Go puts the future on temporary hold

While generally I’d write and article about how "Amazon Go" is delayed with an understanding with our readers that they’d read previous articles, today we’re in a unique position. Today with news that there’s are "technical complications" in the store, according to WSJ, I’m going to discuss the implications of this delay. This delay is happening for a store which will eventually allow people to enter, pick up items as needed, and walk out without seeing or interacting with a cashier.

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Android O Launcher backported to work on Android 6 or higher

Android O Launcher backported to work on Android 6 or higher

One of the strengths of Android is its (mostly) open nature. While that can of course be abused to some extent, it has allowed users to enjoy features that would have been otherwise inaccessible to them, whether because they're using a different brand of phone or their device isn't officially supported. Take for example the latest version of the Google Pixel Launcher, formerly Google Now Launcher, which came with the recently announced Android O Developer Preview. Now that has been made avaiable, unofficially, of course, to any Android device running Android Marshmallow or later.

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Opera Mini is getting a built-in Download Helper

Opera Mini is getting a built-in Download Helper

Yes, Opera Mini is still alive. The name once synonymous with web browsers for phones, whether smart or not, has practically been overshadowed by the likes of Chrome and Firefox. That's not to say, however, that Opera doesn't have something unique to offer anymore. Keeping true to its core mission to help users save data, Opera is announcing new features it is rolling out to Android, including its own built-in download helper as well as Facebook monitoring and notifications.

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Google Play Store gets its own Free App of the Week section

Google Play Store gets its own Free App of the Week section

Who doesn't like free? Especially in the world of mobile apps, free apps, or even freemium ones, have a strong pull. Google's Play Store has lots of free apps and games but it's also notorious for having tons of low-quality, even deceptive, entries. That is probably why Google has created its own curated and recommended section for free apps. But there's one catch: its highlighted app will only be free for a week.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Update: How to catch a Gold Magikarp

Shiny Pokemon GO Update: How to catch a Gold Magikarp

An update to news of the Pokemon GO Water Event this week suggests that this may be the one and only time a Shiny Magikarp appears. That's according to our anonymous source with information on the subject - who also mentions that this decision has yet to be finalized. It could just as easily be that this Pokemon GO Water Event is just the beginning of something very awesome - Shiny Pokemon GO monsters across the whole planet - we'll see soon enough! But for now, how do we go about finding a Shiny Magikarp?

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Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

And so the Google messaging circus continues. Google has quite a few messaging apps, and some of them overlap with each other and the biggest offender is probably Hangouts. What would have been Google's main, or only, messaging platform supports chat, voice, video, and SMS, but soon it will have one less feature. According to a post on Reddit, Google will be removing carrier SMS support in May, forcing users, at least on Android, to migrate to another app, maybe Google's newly renamed "Android Messages" app.

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Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones adds Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus

Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones adds Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus

Last summer, Amazon launched what it calls ‘Prime Exclusive Phones,’ which are subsidized Android handsets offered to Prime members at a discount…and with advertisements on the lock screen. If you don’t mind having to glance at ads whenever you turn your phone on, the deal is a decent way to get a decent handset for less than the typical sticker price. We’ve seen some budget-tier handsets join the lineup over the past several months, and newest among them is both the Moto G5 Plus and the Alcatel A30.

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Samsung Pay has fully launched in India

Samsung Pay has fully launched in India

Following a test in the region, Samsung Pay has fully launched for everyone in India, marking a new milestone for the payment platform. As in other regions, those in India will be able to use their Samsung mobile device and compatible bank cards to make payments at retailers that accept the service, eliminating the need to swipe cards. Samsung says it has integrated both the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface and Paytm into the app.

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Facebook Messenger update changes how I chat [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update changes how I chat [APK download]

Starting this week, users of both Android and iPhone (or iPad) devices will see a change in Facebook Messenger. In the app they'll be able to converse with their friends and associates in a brand new way. While before, Emoji icons were allowed to be plugged in and seen, now Reactions are available too. Mentions are also about to become available to the masses - just in case I'm speaking about someone that I need to link to.

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Google Duo, Allo, Photos, Maps get juicy new features

Google Duo, Allo, Photos, Maps get juicy new features

Brazil has a special place in Google's heart. Actually in many tech companies' hearts. The South American country is a fast-growing hub for innovation and technology and, as such, is the perfect target market for Google's mobile apps and services. But rather than make them exclusive to Brazil, Google has generously rolled out updates to its Duo, Allo, Photos, and Maps apps, both Android and iOS, to all so that everyone around the world can enjoy a more "inclusive" mobile Internet experience.

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