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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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20 Black Friday phone deals: iPhone, Pixel, Galaxy and more

20 Black Friday phone deals: iPhone, Pixel, Galaxy and more

We're a week away from Black Friday and that means most retailers have published their planned deals for the retail holiday. Smartphones are a hot item, and not just the big-name one: retailers are listing deals for everything from the Pixel and latest iPhones to budget handsets from prepaid carriers. Here are 20 Black Friday phone deals spread across four different pricing tiers.

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Pokemon GO update plus secret events beyond Thanksgiving

Pokemon GO update plus secret events beyond Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is closing in for Pokemon GO and Niantic has a few tricks up their sleeve for the next big event. But first, some less obvious changes made to Pokemon GO over the last week that'll be taking effect this weekend. For starters, there's the switching of the nests - or nest migration, if you prefer. This is the term used for Niantic's switching of places where certain Pokemon spawn in big groups.

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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update released (sort of)

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update released (sort of)

This week the folks at Samsung have released the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in several countries. It's important to note that this update is not the final release, just a Beta. It's also important to note that this Beta release is available to the public - it's not just closed off to certain users with VIP status.

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Apple offers iPhone 6 Plus repairs for “Touch Disease”

Apple offers iPhone 6 Plus repairs for “Touch Disease”

Back in August, reports came in of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units suddenly exhibiting problems in touch sensitivity, leading to a practically useless smartphone. Nicknamed the “Touch Disease”, this particular problem was attributed to rather poor quality in the soldering of the smartphone’s touch controller component. Now three months later, Apple has finally spoken up about the matter and is offering repairs for any iPhone 6 Plus experiencing the issue. And, of course, Apple is placing the blame solely on the user.

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Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

One of the biggest criticisms of Google’s open mobile platform is security. For some, especially those looking from the iOS camp, Android’s security framework is a joke. That’s not to say that Google hasn’t been working on improving the situation significantly. Especially in its first ever “by Google” smartphone, the Pixel. Now Google briefly explains some of the added security measures implemented for the device, specifically on the rather contentious topic of encryption.

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Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

This week it became apparent that Google was banning a number of accounts because of a Pixel phone flipping scheme. Google's terms of service says to users: "you may only purchase Devices for your personal use," and goes on to say that they "may not commercially resell any Device." Now a number of users are up-in-arms about how Google has reacted to their attempt at gaming the system, so to speak.

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