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Amazon's newest Fire TV Stick available for pre-order in the UK, Germany, and Japan

Back in September of last year, Amazon released a new model of its Chromecast competitor, the Fire TV Stick. The $39.99 dongle is a major upgrade from the previous model, with better performance and Wi-Fi capabilities. Now Amazon is now selling it in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan.

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Gaming news breakdown: Hints of a new Bethesda mobile game, N.O.V.A. Legacy beta, and a teaser trailer of Alto's Odyssey

Often I see plenty of Android gaming news scattered around the web, but with very little on offer to centralize this type of information. I figured I could bring you all some of the more interesting tidbits I found, by way of a collection post on AP. This way, when so much of Androids gaming news trickles out, I can collect the more intriguing bits. Which should keep you all from being inundated with post after post of gaming centric articles, while also staying up to date.

So without further ado, lets get into some Android gaming current events here folks!

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Huawei's thin new Honor V9 sports a 5.7" QHD display, a Kirin 960, Nougat, and a massive 4000mAh battery

Huawei has been producing some pretty sweet smartphones lately. Most recently, we found the Mate 9 to be a solid smartphone all around. The Chinese company's latest smartphone, the Honor V9, packs a lot of amazing specs into a remarkably thin metal chassis.

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[Update: It's live] Titanium Backup tweet confirms Adoptable Storage is coming to the powerful app

Titanium Backup is one of the most popular apps for backing up important data or files, so it's great to see official confirmation from the developers that the app will soon support Android's Adoptable Storage feature, which means external storage can act like internal storage.

While it's hugely convenient to be able to put a microSD card into a brand new phone and have all your files there waiting for you, external storage has long had limitations surrounding security and the possibility of data loss. Adoptable Storage, introduced in 6.0 Marshmallow, mostly negates those issues by encrypting the storage and treating as it would to what's built-in.

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Nougat is now arriving for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge on Sprint

Quite a few 2016 flagships have been receiving updates to Android 7.0 Nougat in the past few days. Both T-Mobile and AT&T have pushed the official, non-beta update to the Galaxy S7 line, AT&T has begun sending it out to the LG G5, and Sprint just updated the HTC 10. Continuing this trend, Sprint's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are receiving their Nougat updates.

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The last update to Google's Phone app may be linked to Bluetooth calling issues

Google regularly rolls out updates to the dialer app on its phones via the Play Store. In the most recent update, the changelog claims "bug fixes," but many users are reporting it introduced a new bug. Dozens of reviews on the Play Store say the February 10th update broke Bluetooth calling.

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Remix tries its hand at the mobile-desktop hybrid OS with Singularity

Jide's Remix OS is all about offering Android apps with a desktop interface, with a bonus of relatively cheap mobile hardware. And while the company has been expanding its reach into more retail products, the latest project it's showing off is probably its most ambitious yet. The "Singularity" system allows users to plug their phone into a monitor, connect a mouse and keyboard, and run the familiar Remix desktop interface while the phone is still operating in its standard Android mode.

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Qualcomm will add support for Android Things to the Snapdragon 210 later this year

Android Things is Google's simplified build of Android for Internet of Things devices (I still hate that term), first released last year as a developer preview. The previews only support a handful of developer boards - the Intel Edison and Joule, NXP Pico, and Raspberry Pi 3. Now Qualcomm has committed to supporting Android Things on its Snapdragon 210 SoC later this year.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 review: Chasing perfection, but falling just shy of it


The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle created quite a gaping wound in the Android world. A lot of people loved that phone, some even ridiculously calling it "perfect." The recalls and eventual cancellation left much to be desired, an opportunity that Xiaomi leaped on. The Mi Note 2, the Chinese OEM's attempt to fill the void, is a big, beautiful, and powerful device.

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Alleged Tab S3 system dump and photos confirm major Galaxy S8 features, including on-screen buttons

As found in an alleged system dump from the unannounced Galaxy Tab S3 by one of our tipsters, three images depict what is almost certainly a clipart mockup of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone and some of its features. It is unclear why the images of the phone exist in Samsung's tablet, but it may have something to do with functions whereby the two devices sync data or otherwise work together. But in these images, clearly shown is the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, as well as Samsung's much-awaited switch to onscreen navigation keys.

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