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Sony will further "defocus" mobile business in US, as well as India, Brazil, and China

According to investor presentation slides obtained by Xperia Blog, Sony has told investors in Japan at a recent event that the company's mobile business will be further "defocused" in the United States, as well as in India, China, and Brazil.

Sony's Xperia X line of handsets, announced at MWC in February, have been met with critical apathy, if not outright disdain in some cases. Sony announced the X series would be launching in America back in May, and the handsets have not yet begun shipping. This makes the language in the slides almost surprising - Sony is essentially admitting that it will be walking back its US mobile business, what even exists of it, just as new devices launch.

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LG gives execs the boot and restructures mobile division following disappointing G5 sales

The LG G5 was announced earlier this year with an ecosystem of "friends" that were aimed at boosting profits in its troubled mobile division. After initially solid shipments of the G5, things have turned sour fast. LG has announced a major shakeup in its mobile division that includes firing some staff and the formation of a "program management office" to oversee product development.

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Big Join update makes capturing screencasts of your devices a breeze, can even automate uploads to YouTube

Join is a pretty cool app. It can do a variety of things, from sending texts to transferring files across your variety of different devices. Developer joaomgcd has added another feature to its extensive arsenal, making it easy to record an Android phone or tablet's screen from another device.

WHAT'S NEW

  • Screen Capture with optional upload to YouTube. Check link.
  • No longer requires Contacts permission. Only requests SMS permission when needed
  • Made "Reply Directly" action available for KitKat devices
  • Added Dutch and Russian translations
  • Clipboard bubble now remembers vertical position you last dragged it to
  • When notifications are requested, all notifications are sent
  • Other bug fixes

The way this works is pretty simple: on a device with Join on it (this can be another Android, the Windows 10 app, or the Chrome extension), tap on one of the Android devices to see the list of actions, and select 'Toggle Screen Capture.' This will then record the screen of said phone or tablet.

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AT&T Ticket Twosdays is live: Buy one movie ticket and get the second one free

Not to let T-Mobile steal Tuesdays away from it, AT&T is starting its own rewards program for AT&T customers because it's "thankful for you being [its] customer." There are several aspects to AT&T Thanks, including device and accessory perks, exclusive access to concert pre-sale tickets, and Ticket Twosdays. This cleverly named reward gives eligible customers a free movie ticket with the purchase of another one.

There are plenty of limitations to the deal: one per week per postpaid customer, only 2D movies at AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group, and limited supply. But it's nice to have if you're an AT&T customer.

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[Deal Alert] New Chromecast offer gets you 75% off any movie rental in Google Play (US only)

The Chromecast only costs $35, which is a great value for the hardware. That's just the start, though. Google regularly offers promos for Chromecast users such that you might actually make money on the device over time. The latest offer is for 75% off any movie rental in the Play Store, but be aware this is US only.

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Neon, Argon, and Mercury are reportedly BlackBerry's 3 upcoming Android smartphones

A couple of months ago, we heard a rumor that Blackberry was working on 2 new midrange Android smartphones, one with a physical keyboard and one without, slated for release this year. Now Evan Blass (@evleaks) is following up with more details and specs, a third smartphone, and possible release dates.

The first phone, scheduled for July-August, is Neon. It has a 1080p 5.2" display, Snapdragon 617, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2610mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, a 13MP camera on the back and 8MP on the front. This midranger supposedly has an aluminum frame and a plastic back and should be priced free on contract.

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Many language-specific Google keyboards get Nougat support, theme support, and more


The English alphabet only includes 26 different letters, but for many other languages that are not descendant from Latin, the number of valid characters is much larger. It turns out that this can make creating a keyboard that works well in those languages a bit difficult — imagine having a keyboard with hundreds or thousands of keys and you begin to get the picture. That's why Google has developed dedicated keyboard apps with alternative input methods specifically designed for languages such as Pinyin or Cantonese to make is easier for many (or maybe even most) users around the world to type in their native tongue.

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Google confirms Nougat is Android 7.0 in video

Google's official Android YouTube channel just uploaded the video below. Above? A screen capture from it. Android 7.0 Nougat - there you have it. Google revealed the nickname of the latest Android OS earlier this morning along with the mascot you see above.

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Google app v6.1 Beta allows users to disable local trending searches, includes first tangible elements of Google Assistant, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

A fresh beta update just started rolling out for the Google app, popping the version number up to 6.1. There aren't many immediately obvious changes with this release, but it does contain a switch that will allow users to turn off trending searches in their area. But if you're looking for some potentially exciting new things, a teardown reveals the first physical pieces of the recently announce Google Assistant. There are also a couple bits related to deep search for apps and background retry for failed searches.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog:

  • Option to turn off trending searches in your area

Turn off trending searches in your area

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Google Now can be pretty awesome at picking out information that's useful to us, but that doesn't mean it doesn't overdo it from time to time.

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Super-pretty drag racing sim CSR Racing 2 is now available following geo-limited beta

The greatest challenge in racing is clearly going as fast as possible in a straight line. Turning is for chumps. That's the only explanation for the ridiculous popularity of the original CSR Racing. Now, the sequel is out after a geo-limited beta test. CSR Racing 2 is free-to-play, but you get to drive pretty cars very fast in a straight line. What else do you want?

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