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OnePlus Begins Incremental OxygenOS 2.2.0 Rollout For The OnePlus X

OxygenOS 2.2.0 is another day closer to hitting your OnePlus X, assuming you own the latest smartphone to come from the manufacturer that never settles. Depending on your luck, your phone will get the update within the next 24 hours. OnePlus has announced on its forum that the over-the-air update is going out incrementally starting today.

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[Update: More Balls] After T-Mobile, Sprint Also Takes Exception To Verizon's Balls In A New TV Ad

Considering its reliance on many, many balls, Verizon's latest network comparison ad is fairly innocuous. It uses statistics from a Root Metrics study to boast about Verizon's wireless coverage and performance in relation to its competitors AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The ad is obviously intended to make Verizon look good, and the combination of a condescending voice-over and an elaborate visualization are particularly disparaging to the cheaper, smaller networks.

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CyanogenMod's Upcoming Protected App Interface Is Super Slick, And It Supports Fingerprint Authentication

Some of the most interesting additions to Android often come from unofficial sources. Maligned though they may be, Google has incorporated many features previously only found in manufacturer skins into AOSP, and custom ROM developers add new features more or less as they feel like it, some of which are quite useful. For example, the CyanogenMod development team is working on a new integrated system for handling "locked" apps, applications that can't be accessed by the user without a password or other validation mechanism.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy Offers A Free Samsung Gear VR With The Purchase Of A Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Or Note 5, Today Only

Samsung's Gear VR headset hasn't become quite as popular as Google's Cardboard system, but not for lack of technical worthiness - Samsung's version is more sturdy and aesthetically appealing than cobbled-together headsets that have become the status quo. But if you have a compatible Samsung phone and some disposable income, it's still a great way to hop on the VR bandwagon. If you're in the market for a new Samsung phone and you live in the US, Best Buy is offering a free Gear VR with the latest flagship Samsung devices today.

The promotional page says that anyone buying or leasing a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Note 5 from the Best Buy website will be given the latest version of the Gear VR for free.

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[Ermahgerd!] Android Police Is Now Available On Apple News

It would appear that our recent editorial, which opines about things iOS does better than Android, has scored us some points in Cupertino. Today, the moment you've all been waiting for has finally arrived. Yes, you guessed it. Android Police is now available through Apple News!

From this point forward, you can use Apple's amazing News app on your favorite iOS device to catch up on all the tech news, hard-hitting commentary, and razor-sharp reviews you've come to expect from Android Police. Just imagine, you can enjoy your favorite tech news site (we ARE your favorite, right?!?!?!?!) while reveling in the better battery life, carrier integration, and messaging that's offered on that awesome iPad Air 2 that David told you to pick up for Christmas.

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[Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Remote On Sale For $69.99 At Best Buy Today Only

So you've got a TV, then you add a set top box, maybe a Blu-Ray player, Sonos, and a cable box... and suddenly you've got like 20 remotes floating around. Do they breed or something? You can just put all of them in a drawer and pick up this Logitech Harmony Smart Control remote for $70 today only at Best Buy.

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The YouTube Android App's Pull To Refresh Animation Is Now Widely Available

In many Google apps and other third-party software, you see a spinning circle appear when you pull down from the top of the screen to refresh content. This pleasant little indicator is a sign that something is loading in the background, but you have permission to keep scrolling around while you wait.

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Amazon Echo Can Now Tell You About Movies And Showtimes

Amazon's little plastic cylinder packed with electronics has one purpose in life—to answer whatever inane questions you send its way throughout the day. Okay, if you happen to order products from Amazon in the process, that would be nice too, but the other stuff is more interesting.

Take, for instance, the new ability to ask Alexa (that's what you call the lady that lives inside the cylinder with all the electronics) about movies and showtimes.

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[Android Police Podcast] Episode 192: Return Of The Angry Rhombus

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here (warning: this video is uncut). As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's show: Our review of the Google Pixel C, Huawei Honor 5X, upcoming MWC news from Sony, and more!

This week's Android Police Podcast is brought to you by Linode cloud hosting.

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