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HTC releases the U11's kernel source code

It's always nice to see companies respect the GPL, which requires OEMs to release the kernel source code for phones they create. HTC is usually pretty good about releasing source code for new devices in a timely manner, and to that end, the company has uploaded the U11's kernel code to its website.

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Bixby-equipped Galaxy Note FE may launch in South Korea on July 7th, priced at over $600

Ah, the Galaxy Note7. It had such promise, but it was gone too young. Now, though, it's getting a second chance on life in the form of the Galaxy Note FE, and it's launching in South Korea in early July with the Bixby virtual assistant on board.

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Motorola announces the Moto E4 and E4 Plus at $129.99 and $179.99, respectively

The fate of the Moto E was not clear after Lenovo took control of Motorola, but the budget-oriented family of smartphones will continue. Motorola just announced the Moto E4 and E4 Plus, which will begin shipping later this month for a downright reasonable $129.99 and $179.99, respectively.

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Sprint will be the only carrier selling the Essential phone

After months of rumors, Android co-founder Andy Rubin unveiled the Essential PH-1 phone last month. The phone has high-end specs, nearly no bezel at the top or sides, and optional accessories like a 360-degree camera. But a phone from a startup was likely a hard sell to US carriers, and it seems the only carrier that wanted it was Sprint.

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Huawei faces possible UK sales ban unless it agrees to pay patent royalties

The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has ruled against Huawei in its fight to avoid paying patent royalties to data software firm Unwired Planet. In an unprecedented move for a case of this kind brought in the UK, the judgment not only applies to sales of Huawei devices in the UK but also globally, which would prove vastly more costly.

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Android O feature spotlight: Gboard gets an incognito mode for Chrome

Google Chrome's incognito mode is meant to make more suspicious (insert Lenny face here) browsing history invisible at your beck and call. However, Google hadn't previously made incognito mode on Android disable keyboard suggestions. To alleviate this, browsing in incognito on Chrome Dev with a device running Android 8.0 will now make the incognito fedora and glasses appear on your keyboard, and Gboard won't remember unique words that you type.

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Weekend poll: Does your phone have a USB-C port or microUSB?

Adoption of the new USB-C port standard has commenced surprisingly rapidly. While there are some holdouts in the world of budget phones, every major smartphone manufacturer but Apple has embraced the new port, even if across various levels of the USB standard or support for features like USB Power Delivery (USB-PD).

USB-C brought long-awaited features like a fully-reversible connector, increased charging speeds without "breaking" the USB standard, support for USB 3.0 and 3.1 features (well, for phones that have them), and the increasing adoption of things like USB audio. USB-C is, frankly, a no-brainer.

So, among Android Police readers, I'm curious how many of you have smartphones with USB-C ports.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Amazon Fire HD 6 8GB w/Special Offers just $30 at Woot today

If you are sad with the current state of Android tablets, perhaps you need something cheap to tide you over while you wait? Today you can pick up refurb Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablets over on Woot with 8GB of storage and Special Offers, all for the low price of $30. With a little elbow grease, you can even toss Google Play on it and enjoy a slightly dated Android experience while we all collectively cry over what could have been.

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Android Messages v2.3 from Developer Preview 3 adds "mark as read" to notifications, replaces settings with Notification Channels, and prepares to add smart replies [APK Download + Teardown]

The third developer preview of Android O came with a stack of new versions for Google's assorted apps. Many of them are essentially unchanged from the regular versions available through the Play Store, but there are a few offering up some excellent new features. Android Messages falls into that group as it adds the option to mark a message read from the notification shade and customization for contact notifications has been completely reorganized to take advantage of Android O's Notification Channels. A teardown also reveals that Android Messages is going to join the ranks of semi-intelligent chat apps that offers suggestions based on context.

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[Update: Now $116] Deal Alert: Samsung's Galaxy S8 DeX dock is $134.55 ($15 off) at Amazon

With the launch of the Galaxy S8, Samsung became the latest tech company to try turning a smartphone into a computer with a special dock. It's not a crazy idea given how powerful our mobile devices have become, but the implementation has never been quite right. By all accounts, Samsung has come the closest yet to a usable solution with its DeX docking station, compatible with the Galaxy S8 or S8+. It would usually set you back $150, but Amazon is currently knocking more than $15 off that retail price.

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