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Xiaomi Mi 5X announced with 5.5" 1080p screen and dual camera setup, along with Mi AI Speaker

Xiaomi's phones are traditionally great value for money, and with the unveiling of the company's latest smartphone, there don't seem to be any plans to change that. The Mi 5X, despite its very iPhone-inspired looks, packs some impressive hardware inside for its 1499 RMB price. Xiaomi also announced the new Mi AI speaker, which takes aim at products like Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

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EasilyDo rebrands itself as Edison and renames its popular 'Email' app to 'Edison Mail'

Earlier this year EasilyDo released a new app for Android, with the descriptive name 'Email.' It was basically a feature-clone of Google's Inbox for non-Gmail accounts, giving you the same intelligent mail sorting, package tracking, travel bundling features on your third party accounts. It is a popular application. And, today EasilyDo is changing their name to Edison, and 'Email' will now be known as Edison Mail. 

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Anker Giveaway: Enter to win a massive PowerHouse portable charger ($500 value), or one of 10 PowerCore batteries (US, CA, UK, FR, & DE) [Fixed blocked international entries]

There are a lot of portable batteries out there, but most of the ones we talk about on Android Police are narrowly targeted to use as a pocketable backup plan for your phone. The Anker PowerHouse, though, has a whopping 120,000 mAh capacity as well as 110V AC and 12V car outputs to go along with 4 USB ports. You can power your whole camping trip with this thing.

Oh yeah, Android Police and our friends at Anker are giving away one of them (a $499 value) as well as 10 PowerCore batteries for the runners up.

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Opinion: Motorola's Z phones are quickly becoming little more than Mod money grabs

Motorola announced the Z2 Force at an event in New York City yesterday, ostensibly the 2017 flagship for the struggling smartphone brand, following up the Z and Z Force of 2016. The Z series is notable both for marking a major transition in Moto's flagship strategy, but also for the Moto Mods that underpinned the alleged reasoning behind that shift.

Motorola loves to toss out figures about the adoption rate for Moto Mods, but it hasn't issued any really solid ones in regard to which Mods people are using or how often they're using them. The reality is that this is probably because the battery Mod - the most painfully, glaringly, obvious use case for Mods - makes up the great bulk of that uptake.

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[Update: Officially live] Actions on Google will soon support British English

In a bid to make its Assistant more powerful, Actions on Google was launched in the US late last year. The service allows third-party developers to build their own voice actions for the Assistant, integrating it with their own apps. To encourage development, Google introduced a competition with cash prizes to anyone making compelling actions. Until now the service has only supported US English, but after support for more languages was previously promised, it seems the UK will be next to see Actions rolled out.

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Android O feature spotlight: Google's "grinning face with smiling eyes" emoji no longer looks constipated

Different types of emoji, trivial as they may seem, can manufacture lots of controversy. Just look at how many votes and comments our blobmoji vs O-moji poll generated, or the fact that it caused a Change.org petition to be created. However, I think we can all agree that the "grinning face with smiling eyes" emoji that Google used in the first three Android O developer previews looked pretty stupid; it didn't so much look like a grin as it did constipated. Thankfully, Android O DP4 has fixed this terrible issue.

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Phiaton announces travel-friendly wireless headphones that won't break the bank

Designer brand Phiaton has developed a reputation for premium headphones and earphones with high-quality sound to match their good looks. Unless you can find a good a deal, the products are usually out of reach for most people due to the prohibitive price points. That's where the BT 390 comes in. These brand new on-ear headphones are designed to bring the brand a new group of followers, enticing them with a much more affordable $79 price tag.

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[Deal Alert] Some Udacity Android Nanodegrees are 50% off for the next two days

Most of our famed Deal Alerts tend to be for commercial products, but this one is a bit unique. Udacity, a provider of so-called "Nanodegree" certificates in computer science subjects, is offering discounts for certificates in Android development in the next two days. So if you've always wanted to work in application development, and if you think you can handle the workload that such an education will provide, you can get 50% off your first two monthly tuition payments if you sign up by tomorrow. 

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Meizu makes the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus official, dual cameras and secondary AMOLED screen in tow

Meizu has finally put all the leaks and rumors of its latest flagship phone to rest. The Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus are officially official, though details are still rolling in. From all appearances, most of the information we've heard in the last few months was pretty accurate. Both phones come with dual cameras, a secondary display on the back, and Flyme OS 6 (Meizu's fork of Android).

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Google app starts autoplaying in-line videos and adds toggle to turn the feature off

Back in March, Cody discovered hints of the Google app adding video previews and autoplay functionality. Since then, we didn't hear anything about the feature or spot any signs of it until today when reader Tycho pointed that there's a new "Video" section in the Google app's settings.

I've checked all my devices, ranging from a Galaxy S7 Edge on the latest Google app beta to the Nexus 7 (2013) which I rarely update and is still on version 7.3.19.21 of the Google app from many moons ago: they all have it. I'm quasi-sure the setting wasn't there before, I've also searched every recent screenshot we've received of the Google app's settings and it's not there.

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