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LG's 'stylishly resilient' X venture makes its way to AT&T on May 26th, features MIL-STD 810G and IP68 certifications

LG first launched its X-series line of phones halfway through last year, and it's been continuing to roll new models out. The latest in this saga is the AT&T-exclusive X venture, which, as you might be able to tell from its name, is a rather rugged device. AT&T calls it 'stylishly resilient,' but let's be honest - only half of that statement is true.

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[Deal Alert] Anker PowerCore II 3x USB 6A 20000mAh dual input battery $34 after $10 off coupon code

If you've been waiting for a reason to pick up a big external battery, perhaps you should consider today's deal as a potential motivation. Right now we've got a coupon code that brings Anker's PowerCore II down to $34 over at Amazon. Not a bad price for something with a 20,000 mAh capacity that can charge over a pair of inputs at 4A, and spit 6A combined over three USB ports, with 3A max output per port.

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SMS support for Hangouts officially ends today, excluding Google Voice and Project Fi subscribers

Today is the day that Hangouts finally loses SMS support. We were warned by Google about it months ago when Hangouts started showing a warning that it would no longer support the feature. But, as of today, it's finally set to happen. For anyone who isn't on Project Fi or Google Voice — both of which will continue to support SMS in Hangouts — this is the end of an era.

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[Deal Alert] Start off this week with 17 temporarily free and 15 on-sale apps, plus the first 0.10 App of the Week

It's the start of another new week, which means it's time for a new apps post. The weekend brought us quite a few, so we'll dig right in. As always, the free apps will remain in your library unless you uninstall them within the Play Store's refund window. It's just like buying an app in that regard. And the time remaining on the sales is accurate as of this writing.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung now offering a Galaxy S8 BOGO deal on T-Mobile better than T-Mobile's own deal

By all accounts, Samsung is having no problem selling the Galaxy S8. Still, Samsung and its carrier partners are offering a number of impressive discounts on this device, including the T-Mobile BOGO we told you about a few weeks ago. Now, Samsung has a better T-Mobile BOGO deal if you buy the phones directly from it. Not only is it faster, you get more free stuff.

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12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (5/16/17 - 5/22/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers 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.

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Paralign - Aligning Thoughts

Today's roundup is presented by Paralign - Aligning Thoughts from Paralign.me. Finding like-minded individuals can often be a difficult task. This is especially true when you want to reach out, but are wary of the judgment of your peers.

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AT&T's LG Phoenix 2 has received Android 7.0 Nougat

Considering many high-end phones never get major Android updates, it's always nice to see budget phones continue to be supported. This time around, AT&T's sub-$100 LG Phoenix 2 phone is getting Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Editorial: Assistant is the key to Google's Android Automotive project

Google spent much of the I/O 2017 keynote talking about machine learning. In fact, we heard the phrase "AI first" as a description of Google's current plans. You probably have a little sliver of Google's AI capabilities in your pocket right now—Google Assistant. There's one place in particular Google really wants Assistant to live, and that's in your car.

Voice commands in general are extremely well-suited to the car, so it should come as no surprise that Google had two Assistant-infused "Android Automotive" demos on-hand at I/O—one from Volvo (above) and another from Audi. It's more clear now than ever that Google wants to be the smart interface for your car, and it plans to do it with Assistant.

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The 'Swipe for notifications' gesture now matches device orientation for Nexuses running Android O

Since the release of the Pixel last year it's been possible to swipe down on the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor to pull down the notification shade. It took a while, but the feature eventually came to the Nexus 5X, and finally the 6P. Ever since it came to the Nexuses, there was a bug wherein the axis wouldn't change along with the orientation. The release of the second developer preview for Android O (DP2) fixes this, and you can now logically swipe down from whichever side of the device is currently the top, depending on how you're holding it.

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Exclusive: Nest is working on a 4K camera with advanced smart features

Google-owned Nest used to be one of the few companies selling WiFi home security cameras, but now everyone is doing it. While Nest still has a very polished solution, other companies are quickly closing in. So, what can Nest do to set itself apart? We've learned from a trusted source that Nest is on the verge of announcing a 4K home security camera, but it won't actually record in 4K. Instead, it uses the 4K resolution to power some cool zooming tricks.

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