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OnePlus 5T review: Bigger screen, bigger price, but still a good deal

The motives of many smartphone makers are somewhat opaque to outside observers, but OnePlus is as transparent as they come. OnePlus iterates its hardware relentlessly to stay on the cutting edge, and it responds to the community in a way most OEMs don't. If the smartphone market is trending someplace, you can bet OnePlus is going to follow, and it'll manage to do it all a little cheaper than the other guys.

That brings us to the latest phone from OnePlus, the predictably named OnePlus 5T. This phone is dropping just a few months after the OnePlus 5, so it's not surprising much of that phone's hardware has been recycled.

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Huawei unveils the Honor 7X with a Kirin 659 SoC and a 5.5" FullView display

Following the release of the Mate 10, Huawei is taking some time to introduce the latest mid-range device from its Honor subbrand, the 7X. Honor puts out some great bang-for-your-buck phones, like the 6X earlier this year, so the 7X is likely to follow a similar path.

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Gboard update adds support for 40 additional languages, sticker packs

Gboard—the virtual keyboard app from Google—has received an update adding support for 40 additional languages, including Japanese. Although Google has long offered a separate input method for Japanese and other languages which do not have a writing system based on Latin script, support for additional languages has been added in gradually since Gboard launched on Android in December 2016. With this update, Gboard now supports over 120 languages.

This update also adds support for stickers by default. Previously, Gboard included stickers only if Allo was already installed, and you made or downloaded stickers for use with that app. Now, four default sticker packs are included in Gboard, even if Allo is not installed.

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[Deal Alert] Woot has a pair of JBL Control X Bluetooth speakers for $280 ($220 off)

While not the most exciting deal for some, this is certainly an interesting one. Woot currently has a pair of brand new JBL Control X Bluetooth speakers for just $279.99, which is $220 off the MSRP. What makes this interesting is that, at time of writing, Woot seems to be the only place that is running this sale — other retailers are selling the pair for $500.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Chromebook Pro for $449 and Chromebook Plus for $349 ($100 off)

There aren't a lot of really great Chromebooks out there, but Samsung's recent Chromebook Pro and Plus come close. Excepting the keyboards, each is one of the best devices in its class to have come out in the last year. And, in what looks like some early Black Friday preparation, retailers such as Amazon, B&H, Frys, Best Buy, and even Samsung itself have marked down prices for each. Right now you can pick up the Chromebook Plus for just $349, and the Chromebook Pro for $449.

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[Deal Alert] GoPro Karma with HERO5 Black is $899, with HERO6 Black $999 ($200 off)

Drones are a lot of fun, but they can also be pricey. To help alleviate that second part, Amazon is offering the GoPro Karma with either the HERO5 Black for $899 or the HERO6 Black for $999. That's a solid $200 off each bundle.

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[Update: Added Duo calling] Android Messages v2.7 prepares to add new message indicators and RCS support for dual-SIM phones, drops 6 MB in size [APK Teardown]

It's time for a new version of Android Messages. The latest update takes a slightly larger than average jump from v2.5 to v2.7, but no obvious changes to the UI are really popping out. However, the apk did get much smaller with this release, and there are some things visible through the lens of a teardown. We'll keep watching for other changes, but let us know if you see anything.

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[Deal Alert] Moto E4 Plus standard/Prime Exclusive variants down to as little as $119.99

Everyone hates on Motorola for releasing a ton of phones every year, but some of these phones are actually pretty good. Case in point: David, our resident curmudgeon, loved the Moto E4 Plus. Now you can get one for as little as $119.99, depending on storage configurations and whether or not you care about Amazon ads on your phone.

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Opera's Android TV browser renamed to 'Vewd Browser'

Several years ago, Opera Software spun off its TV division as a separate company, fittingly named 'Opera TV.' While the company was responsible for the various TV ports of the Opera browser, it also developed an entire software platform designed for media players, car head units, and smart TVs - similar to Roku OS and Android TV.

Opera TV was purchased by Moore Frères & Company in 2016, and in August of this year, the company announced it was rebranding itself as 'Vewd.' Now the Android TV browser, which is included on some Sony Smart TVs, has changed to 'Vewd Browser.'

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Android TV now recommends apps to install during setup

It has been a while since the last Android Oreo feature spotlight, but there are apparently still discoveries to be made. Oreo was a pretty substantial update for Android TV, with a new launcher in tow. The update has another change for Android TV - recommended apps during the setup process.

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