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Firefox 56 will drop support for Adobe Flash on Android

Remember when being able to run Adobe Flash was a selling point for Android devices? The plugin was never officially supported past Android 4.1, but various hacks kept it alive for a while longer. Some browsers continued to support the plugin for devices that could run it, including Firefox. But the next major Firefox update, v56, will finally drop the plugin on Android.

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WhatsApp is now blocked in China

China has a long history of blocking or limiting access to websites, especially social networks and Western-owned sites. Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and many Google services are currently blocked in mainland China. WhatsApp has been partially-blocked in the past (for a while, video chats and some other functionality wasn't working), but now the entire service seems to be non-functional.

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Start off the week with 34 temporarily free and 25 on-sale apps

It's the end of September, if you can believe that, which means that I have a lot of assignments and work to get done before Saturday. Still, I have taken the time to compile the first app sales post of this final week of the month. There are a few goodies to be had, which are bolded.

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Google extends security updates for Nexus 5X and 6P to November 2018

Google has followed the same device support pattern for years - two years of major Android OS updates, and three years of security updates. You might get Android updates after that, and you might get further security updates, but it's not guaranteed. Seemingly out of nowhere, Google has extended the security update period for the Nexus 5X and 6P to November 2018.

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16 new and notable (and 2 WTF) Android apps from the last week (9/19/17 - 9/25/17)

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

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HTC One M9 on Verizon updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

HTC isn't exactly known for speedy updates, but the company has been known to push them quickly in some cases. This is definitely not one of those cases, but it would seem to be more Verizon's fault than HTC's. Slightly over a year since the release of Android 7.0, the One M9 on Verizon is finally getting a Nougat update.

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Verizon discontinues the Wear24 smartwatch after just 4 months

Verizon announced its very own Android Wear smartwatch earlier this year, powered by its LTE network. It started selling the Wear24 in May for $300 on contract and $350 without one. That seemed like an interesting proposition when consumers have shown little interest even in cheap smartwatches. Verizon didn't let this product languish too long, though. We've confirmed with the carrier that Wear24 is dead.

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Genesis, the luxury arm of Hyundai, now does personal test drives via an app

Hyundai has been pushing the tech envelope when it comes to its new luxury brand Genesis. The company recently rolled out support for Google Assistant, but now you can even arrange for a test drive from the convenience of the Genesis Valet app. There's no need to visit a dealership in person, and you can even arrange it for a time and place that's convenient to you, like your own home. It's a whole new level of luxury. 

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Finally: Google adds reminders to Google Home

Since its release nearly a year ago, Google has continued to add more functionality to the Google Home smart speaker. Some of the new features include voice calling in the US and Canada, user-definable shortcuts, and automatic audio ducking on casted content when responding to questions. But all this time, the ability to set reminders has been missing, despite it being promised at Google I/O 2017.

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LineageOS now available for Xperia Z, Xperia Z3+, LG G Pad 7.0, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and more

One of the best parts of LineageOS (and its predecessor, CyanogenMod) is that it can breathe life into older devices. Some phones and tablets can end up with several more years of Android updates thanks to the ROM community. Since we last looked at LineageOS, a whopping 10 more devices have been added, most of which are a few years old at this point.

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