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We're ending support of Google Contributor 2.0 / Funding Choices because it's a huge mess and bad for our readers

As you may have noticed, we have been running Google Funding Choices for the past month or so on Android Police. Today, I'm announcing that we're pulling support for it. Funding Choices is riddled with issues, and we get feedback about buggy or just plain awful behavior - like the whole site being blocked - every single day.

Funding Choices and Contributor 2.0 are easily the most beta products I've ever tested from Google, and are not ready for prime time. Even after launch, navigation on the backend dashboard site was not working properly, stats weren't updating, and are to this day a hacky collection of Google Sheets documents.

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Skype brings back status icons on the mobile app, adds new themes

Last month, Microsoft introduced "the next generation of Skype." The highlight features were Snapchat-like stories, a revamped user interface, and support for "add-ins" that extend the app's functionality. But the update wasn't popular with everyone, and Microsoft has implemented a few changes in response to feedback.

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Daydream v1.7 is rolling out with redesigned home, controller performance improvements, and more [APK Download]

A new version of the Daydream VR app is rolling out today, and it's more than just a bug fix. Google says the Daydream Home interface has been tweaked for better content discovery, and the controller should be less annoying in several ways. If you don't want to wait, we've got the APK all set for you to sideload.

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Sprint will be the first carrier in the U.S. to get BlackBerry's KEYone, available starting tomorrow

BlackBerry's KEYone officially launched in Canada a couple of months ago. At the original announcement, TCL (who licenses the BB name) said that the U.S. would be getting its own versions of the anachronistic phone in the months to follow. Starting tomorrow, new and current Sprint customers will be the first to pick up the KEYone here in America.

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[Deal Alert] Get an open-box Gear S3 Frontier for $239.99 from eBay ($110 off)

The smartwatch market feels like it's petering out, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some good options to be had. One of the best out there is Samsung's Gear S3, which represents an alternative competitor to Android Wear. You can grab the Bluetooth-only Frontier version for $239.99 over on eBay. Even though it's open-box, you're still saving $110 off of a brand new smartwatch.

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New round of Pixel 2 leaks points to display profiles, always-on display, and more

Maybe you saw our big Pixel 2 leak the other day? Now that the cat is out of the bag, other bits of info are beginning to leak out. Over at XDA, they've got a few more potential details on this upcoming phone, including what we can expect the fancy new edge-to-edge display to do.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ just $575 and $675 at Groupon ($150 off)

If there is one thing about flagships that is certain: give it enough time, and the prices will fall. The Galaxy S8 series may have started out at $750-$850, but today over at Groupon you can pick one up for just $575-$675. That's $175 off the launch price and $150 off the price at most other retailers. 

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New Release Radio on Google Play Music gives you a customized daily mix of the latest releases

Following an early access test for the Galaxy S8, Google has now released a new station for users of Google Play Music: New Release Radio. It's a daily mix of recently-released music based on your own tastes. Whatever you are into, each day you'll be able to check out the latest songs by your favorite artists. 

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Moto Z2 Play review: Not a bad phone, but still a step backward

Motorola began pushing its Moto Mod accessories last year with the Moto Z and Z Force. Those phones were underwhelming, but the Moto Z Play won some fans thanks to the incredible battery life, solid performance, and the lower price. It also worked with all the same Mods, if you were so inclined. Not even a year later, Motorola has kicked off the Z2 era with the Moto Z2 Play. It's available now on Verizon and (soon) unlocked from Moto, priced at $400.

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Sony's latest 4K HDR Android TVs will work with Amazon's Echo devices

Today Sony has announced that the company's latest 4K HDR televisions, powered by Android TV, will soon be updated to work with Amazon's Echo devices. This new feature will arrive via a firmware update sometime this month. So the next time you yell at your TV, there might be some purpose to it. 

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