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OxygenOS 3.2.8 update rolling out for the OnePlus 3

OnePlus has a Thanksgiving day surprise for owners of the now defunct OnePlus 3. The phone is receiving an incremental update to OxygenOS version 3.2.8, which brings mostly bug fixes while remaining on Marshmallow. The update is on a staged rollout, as per the usual.

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[Deal Alert] Get Huawei's Honor 8 for $289.99 ($110 off) with a bunch of free stuff ($25 gift card, cases, earphones, and more) from Newegg

The Honor 8 suffers an affliction that many Chinese phones are prone to: excellent hardware let down by poorly-made software. However, thanks to a beta of EMUI 5 that supposedly improves the software a bunch, the phone may be worth considering now - especially with this Black Friday deal. If a $110 discount on both the 32GB and 64GB models wasn't enough, Newegg is also throwing in the most amount of things I've ever seen bundled with a phone.

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[Update: free battery, charging cradle, and CAM Plus] Deal Alert: Get an unlocked LG G5 for just $399.99 from Amazon and Newegg ($250 off)

The LG G5 is one of the odder phones that came out in 2016; its "Friends" module integration was a complete failure, its build quality is lackluster, and it hasn't sold particularly well. It's obviously not the best smartphone on the market, but it's still a pretty decent one - one that you can now pick up in an unlocked variation for just $399.99 from Amazon.

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[Deal Alert] Get a 2nd-gen Google Chromecast or Chromecast Audio for just $25 ($10 off) at a ton of stores

 

The Chromecast is well-loved, and for good reason - it's so cheap, yet so useful. At its MSRP of $35, it was already great bang for the buck, but for Black Friday, multiple retailers are knocking $10 off the prices of both the standard Chromecast (the newer second-generation model from 2015) and Chromecast Audio to $25.

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Verizon offers deep discounts on Pixel phones (as low as $240) and Google Home for Black Friday

Black Friday deals have been kind of underwhelming for the last few years, but Verizon seems to be taking full advantage of its "exclusive" on the US carrier version of the Pixel phones. For customers who buy a new phone today (Thanksgiving) or tomorrow, the price is reduced to $10 a month for the Pixel and $15 a month for the Pixel XL. That works out to just $239.99 for the Pixel and $359.99 for the Pixel XL (only the 128GB model of the larger phone is being discounted) over the two-year payment period.

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LG is issuing full refunds for some malfunctioning Nexus 5X phones

Most of the time when a customer sends a gadget in for repair, under warranty or otherwise, the manufacturer will either fix the problem with the original unit, issue a refurbished unit that's also been fixed, or (if supply and/or time is low) send out a new one. None of those three options seem to be available for certain ailments of the Nexus 5X. According to an Android Police reader and several posters on the dedicated 5X subreddit, LG is issuing full refunds for owners that are suffering from a particular malfunction that causes a "boot loop" and an unusable phone.

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Play Store game reviews start showing detailed "Feature Ratings" circles for specific aspects

Games are a little more complicated to review than apps. Maybe the story and premise are intriguing and engulfing, but the controls are horrible. Or maybe the graphics are gorgeous, but the gameplay is terribly bad. What rating do you give? You might err toward an average rating, but wouldn't it be better if there was an easy way to specify which aspects were good and which were disappointing, for the benefit of the devs as well as other users?

One Play Store interface change might solve that problem. New Feature Ratings circles have started showing up for some users, letting them see separate ratings for a game's controls, gameplay, and graphics.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XZ down to $580-$600 in all its colors on Amazon

If I was going to spend about $600 on a phone, I wouldn't put it down on a Sony device. Don't get me wrong, I love the company, but I don't think its prices for the past year or so have been realistic and I would fear the huge loss in resale value. But that's just me. If you like Sony, this deal should be right up your alley.

The unlocked Sony Xperia XZ with a US warranty is down to $580-$600 on Amazon. When it was first released, the XZ was priced at $699.99, but we saw its price drop to $649.99 in October.

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Google and Buzzfeed partner up to add a sticker pack to Allo, just in time for Thanksgiving

Scrolling through Buzzfeed articles is possibly the most mindless thing to do on the web - apart from aimlessly browsing Wikipedia - so it makes sense companies want to capitalize on the site's reputation. Google has done just that, adding a number of Buzzfeed stickers into Allo, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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LG's bootloader unlock tool supports the LG V20 for the "US open market"

Few LG devices are lucky enough to get an official bootloader unlock method, so it's always worthy of a mention when a new phone gets supported on LG's bootloader unlock tool. We've seen the G4 and G5 for the EU open market, the V10 for Europe except France, and this is the first time a device from North America makes it onto the list.

The LG V20 "for the US open market" codenamed US996.USA is now listed on LG's bootloader unlock page. That page also has a detailed set of instructions to follow to unlock the bootloader. It also explains that the LG warranty is voided when you're done and that the process can't be undone.

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