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[Deal Alert] Get a first-gen Samsung Gear 360 for $109.99, the lowest price we've seen, on Amazon

Though the first-generation Samsung Gear 360 may no longer be the newest thing on the block (the second-gen model debuted in March), it's still a decent offering, and it's really not that old. It becomes even more enticing when you consider its current sale price of $109.99 on Amazon, which is a mere shadow of its original $349.99 MSRP. There have been deals on the Gear 360 before, but this is the lowest price we've ever seen.

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Huawei Mate 9 drops permanently to $499 ($100 off), Honor 6X to $199 ($50 off)

The Huawei Mate 9 and Honor 6X are a pair of very good phones. The prices for both of them have usually been around $599 and $249 respectively, but they have occasionally gone on sale for less. Now it looks like both phones are dropping in price permanently.

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23 new and notable Android games from the last week (7/19/17 - 7/25/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

Layton’s Mystery Journey

Android Police coverage: Layton’s Mystery Journey is on the Play Store, and yes, you'll have to pay for quality

If you are unfamiliar with the Layton puzzle adventure series of games, then you are in for a treat.

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Sprint mocks Verizon's prices with hillarious 'Twice the Price' ad campaign

With most commercials in the US, companies compare their products to "the leading brand" or "competing product." But not so in the telecom industry. Carriers often go after their competitors with satirical ads and CEO rants, calling out each other on their claims and figures. Sprint is no stranger to this behavior, and has started a series of ads directly targeting Verizon.

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Chrome will completely remove Flash support at the end of 2020

The web has changed quite a bit over the past few years. All major browsers now release updates on a strict schedule, HTTPS is becoming the norm rather than the exception (before you ask, we're working on it!), and web plugins like Adobe Flash and Java are on their way out. Browser vendors and Adobe itself have been working to transition Flash-based content to HTML5, and Chrome even started displaying HTML5 content by default last year.

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Google Maps v9.58 beta prepares to add crowdsourced Q&A sections and user-contributed videos [APK Teardown]

There's a new version of Google Maps making the rounds through the beta channel. So far, no major changes are showing up with regular usage of the app, but there is evidence of a couple really huge new features on the horizon. A teardown of the apk reveals that the Maps team is preparing to launch a Q&A section for places that would allow users to ask and answer questions for each other. Also on the schedule is the addition of video to the types of media users will be able to contribute. These are some pretty huge features, so let's get straight to it.

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Fleksy keyboard is back with a new owner and dev team

The Fleksy keyboard app had a dedicated group of users who were dismayed when the developers seemed to vanish last year. At the time, Fleksy announced that its development team was acquired by Pinterest, but the fate of the actual keyboard app was uncertain. Now, Fleksy is back under a new parent company called Thingthing, and there's an updated version in the Play Store for the first time since April 2016.

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Google adds SOS alerts and disaster info to search results and Maps

Back in 2014, Facebook introduced 'Safety Check,' which allows users to verify they are safe after a natural disaster or other terrible local event. Google has been working on something similar, but more geared towards keeping people informed if they're in the midst of a crisis. The feature is called 'SOS alerts,' and it's being rolled out today.

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Motorola announces Moto Z2 Force and 360 Camera Mod

The Z2 series was kicked off last month with the Moto Z2 Play, and now the step-up version is official. The often leaked Moto Z2 Force is coming on August 10th, and you can preorder it now. Unlike last time, you'll be able to get this phone on and carrier—AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. There will also be an unlocked version. The pricing is really getting up there, though. You're looking at $799.99 for the phone, and then there are mods. Motorola is also announcing a new 360-degree camera Moto Mod, and that one will set you back $300.

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Android O feature spotlight: Text-to-speech has an experimental always-on language detection option

Google's Text-to-speech (TTS) is an accessibility feature that's long been a part of Android. It's a screen reader that can read aloud anything currently on display, a vital utility for users who are blind or partially-sighted. TTS isn't updated very often, but when it is it's usually to add something meaningful. The last update added support for new languages, as well as pronunciation and intonation improvements. We've now been made aware that there's an also an experimental always-on language detection switch, available to those using Android O.

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