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Article Contents While Allo's new web client scored most of the headlines this week, its sister app Duo wasn't to be left out in the cold. A new update to the video chat app is out with a few changes of its own. Notifications are a significant part of this release with a new toggle in settings for all users and full support for Notification Channels on Android O. And for some users, there are a few tweaks to the UI of the Audio/Video selector and contact list. What's New Unofficial Changelog: Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Police

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I’ve always said that smart homes are not for me. I mean, what are light switches for? I don’t need an app to turn my lights on! And controlling things with voice commands and talking to a loudspeaker that is listening around the clock is truly weird and creepy. Or so I thought, until a few weeks ago. I could have written this article much better! What do you think? 6629 participants The house in which I live has some 120 years under its belt and has experienced more history Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Droid Life

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One of the (many) obstacles to higher adoption of smart home technology is the expense. Back in March, Bloomberg reported that Nest was developing a sub-$200 smart thermostat. A recent tweet from Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, may show the new device. I might just move on from phones altogether... — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 19, 2017 Bloomberg initially said that the cheaper Nest thermostat would drop the metal edges and contain lower-end parts to keep Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Police

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You don't have to spend $699 to get these wallpapers. The new Essential Phone has a pretty mind-bending screen with super-tiny bezels, and it just looks even better with one of its default wallpapers loaded. Those wallpapers have picked up some attention, and that's to be expected — so that's why we want to offer them up for anyone to use. Here are six different wallpapers that come pre-loaded on the Essential Phone. A couple of them actually aren't super-high resolution, but a few of them are. Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Central

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Motorola's high-end phones haven't been my favorite devices for the last few years, but the budget lineup is fantastic. In fact, the Moto G5 Plus is probably the best phone you can get in its price range. It's even better if you have the version with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, but that's usually too spendy at $300. Today, it's about $60 cheaper—just $239.99, which is only $10 more than the base model. The Moto G5 Plus has a Snapdragon 625, a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD, a 12MP camera, and an excellent Read more [...]
Article originally published at: Android Police