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[Weekend Poll] Would You Be Interested In An Android Phone With A Physical Keyboard?

The upcoming, unnamed BlackBerry slider phone running Android has leaked almost completely at this point. The short version: it's an Android phone with some BlackBerry apps, services, and a freaking slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Because BlackBerry.

BlackBerry's keyboards were held in the highest esteem by "productivity-oriented" mobile users for years because of the comparative slowness of T9 and the general lack of software keyboards until the iPhone arrived on the scene. Even then, touchscreen keyboards had plenty of evolving left to do - support for advanced multitouch, swiping, auto-completion of words, and increasing overall speed and responsiveness.

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[Deal Alert] Another Good Deal On A Quick Charge 2.0 Wall Charger - Anker Charger Only $7.99 After Coupon Code

We have another good deal to share with you all today, this time on a Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger. The charger an Anker branded unit on Amazon and the price is only $7.99 after entering the coupon code QPPAQPP5 at checkout. That's half off the normal retail price of $15,99 and every bit as good of a bargain as the last charger deal we posted.

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The one unique feature the Anker model boasts is that the LED charger indicator changes colors depending on the output. When the light is blue it indicates 5V output and when it's green it indicates 9/12V output.

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[Deal Alert] Grab 'The Martian' By Andy Weir From Google Play Books (Or Kindle) For $1.99 (Regularly $9.99)

Hollywood is bringing The Martian by Andy Weir to life on the big screen in a few months, but you can get the original novel for a pittance if you act quick. This book is usually $9.99 on Google Play, but it's on sale for $1.99 right now. Amazon has also lowered its price to match, as it tends to do.

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Popular Photo Gallery App QuickPic Has Been Bought By Cheetah Mobile, And Users Are Pissed

QuickPic is a nice little Android photo gallery-slash-viewer. Over several years it has gained a comfortable userbase thanks to steady updates, excellent communication with users, plenty of extra features, and an impressive adherence to Android design standards. So when QuickPic fans discovered that the app had been sold and re-published by Cheetah Mobile, they were, to put it mildly, pissed. They began flooding the app's Play Store page under the new developer "Cheetah Mobile Cloud (NYSE:CMCM)" with disparaging reviews almost immediately.

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Google Kayaks Around Malaysia For Google Maps Street View Photos

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PowerSquare Tango Position-Free Wireless Charger Review: A Premium Accessory For A Premium Price

Here's the thing about wireless charging: in its current form, it's a convenience. A perk, another skirmish in the eternal arms race of mobile specifications. It's nice. Wireless charging is great if you happen to sit at a desk or other stationary place, for hours at a time, and need to constantly refer to your phone. Coincidentally, that pretty much describes the entire working life of a gadget blogger, so the Tango wireless charger is great for me. Whether or not it will work for you, or be worth the considerable expense for what's basically a neat way to avoid plugging your phone in half a dozen times, will depend on how much you value that convenience.

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Customers Who Pre-Ordered A Huawei Watch Are Seeing Their Updated Delivery Dates Pushed Back To Mid-September

A lot of people are excited about the Huawei Watch (which we've taken to calling the Huawatch around the Android Police virtual office). This is probably because it's the most watch-like Android Wear device that's been shown so far, and has a round screen that's actually round. All the way around. 360 degrees of roundness, you might say. Would-be purchasers have been waiting to buy one since the watch was announced way back in March, and the first pre-orders went live on Amazon earlier this week.

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Unfortunately, those pre-orders were quickly dismissed by Huawei itself - the company said that it had nothing to announce, implying that the listings on Amazon (which quickly disappeared) and the September 2nd launch date weren't actually approved by the manufacturer.

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The BlackBerry Venice Slider Leaks In All Its Android-Powered, QWERTY-Packing Glory

A small and vocal element of the Android community have been begging for a decent QWERTY phone ever since the original Motorola DROID was retired, and a huge and vocal part of BlackBerry's userbase has been clamoring for the company to switch to Android OS before it goes the ignominious way of Palm and Nokia. So the BlackBerry Venice, which has been leaked six ways from Sunday, is a welcome if late addition to the struggling company's lineup. The latest leak shows off what looks like a production-ready phone in sharp photos from every angle. It's a looker.

The photos popped up on a Vietnamese website, Tinhte.vn.

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[Deal Alert] Get A 128GB PNY microSDXC Card For Your Phone Or Action Camera For Less Than $50 At Amazon

In the tech world, we know that big things can come in small packages, but those packages usually have a big price. Well if you are looking for microSD card with a ton of storage space, today is your lucky day because both Amazon and Newegg are is offering an over $30 discount on a PNY 128GB microSD card perfect your phones, tablets, action cameras, or wherever else you might need it.

Newegg created a splash by offering the discount and Amazon answered in kind by dropping their own price; now that Newegg has sold out, you can be thankful Amazon is still competing.

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[APK Download] Slickdeals Is Beta Testing A Major Update To v3.0 With A More Pleasant, Tabbed Interface

Those who are always on the lookout for a good buy probably have some experience with Slickdeals. The web's most popular location for bargain hunting isn't new to Android, but the experience on mobile has always been a little bit lacking. As Slickdeal's current app has gotten fairly stale, they have not been sitting on their hands. Now in beta, an update to v3.0 features a completely revamped look with better spacing, tabs instead of a hamburger menu, and a smoother overall experience.

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While some might call it blasphemy, this update arguably becomes better in spite of being a departure from Material Design.

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