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Wrecked: This video "re-review" of Google Home is the saddest, funniest thing you'll see today

Google Home isn't a bad product (well, I don't think it is), but it's also far from a perfect one, thanks in large part to the fragmented state of Google's Assistant. While I could go into a breakdown of just why Google Home's version of the Assistant is inferior in some regards to the one on your smartphone, sometimes a 30-second video really can encapsulate the frustration of being an early adopter of technology.

I'll let Android Police alumnus Ron Amadeo take it away.

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[Deal Alert] Grab the Sphero Star Wars BB-8 for $88.81 on Amazon ($150 MSRP)

I don't have kids, I've never seen Star Wars (I keep saying I'll watch them to rectify my nerd cred score, but two full-time jobs, a new apartment, and wedding preparations sorta leave me with no free time), and yet I still want this Sphero Star Wars BB-8 robot. I mean it's cute, it's a robot, it does things, and it does them with Android. What's not to like? Oh, the price...

At an MSRP of $150, this was one rather expensive toy. At its average price of $120 over the past months, it was still above the impulse-buy threshold. As a matter of fact, the lowest price we'd previously seen it at was $100 around Black Friday.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Chromebook Plus on sale for $419 ($30 off) at multiple retailers

The Samsung Chromebook Plus was announced in January as part of the new generation of touch-friendly Chromebooks that launch with support for Android apps. It's a spendy Chromebook at $450, but it's already on sale after just a couple weeks. It's not a huge sale, but every little bit helps.

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Instagram two-factor authentication rolls out more widely on Android

Instagram started rolling two-factor authentication one year ago. However, to the best of our knowledge, that feature didn't show up on Android or at least it was limited to a few users and accounts. We hadn't received any reports of it until a couple of days ago when we got a tip and we checked it out. Our tipster and several of us on Android Police can see 2FA in our Instagram settings now, but we're not sure if it's limited to those enrolled in the beta or if it's there for everyone.

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ZTE's Quartz smartwatch is real, and we've got pictures and details

An independent source has exclusively filled us in on the details of ZTE's upcoming and first Android Wear smartwatch, Quartz. We last heard about this watch when it passed through the FCC in February, but we now have some more information, and even a few pictures of it up-close.

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HTC's U Ultra doesn't fare well against JerryRigEverything's wrath, proves that it's not great at anything

Despite its great looks, the HTC U Ultra wasn't very well received by the press. In his review of the U Ultra, David absolutely ripped the phone apart, saying that it's unclear why the phone exists at all, and that HTC should go back to the drawing board. One of David's complaints about the phone was how easily the display scratched. In his latest video, JerryRigEverything proves that there's a lot more wrong with the phone's durability than that.

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LineageOS passes one million active installs, most popular device is the OnePlus One

After Cyanogen Inc. closed up shop rather suddenly last year, many former CM developers and maintainers picked up development under a new name - LineageOS. The project has become immensely popular with former CM users, and has continued to expand support to more and more devices.

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LeEco is reportedly trying to sell its Silicon Valley property

Back in October of last year, LeEco officially started its expansion into the United States. Its bizarre launch event, consisting of a prop electric car and confusing talks of an ecosystem, left press and consumers alike scratching their heads. Just days after, the CEO admitted LeEco's rapid expansion wasn't working out, and two months later, matters only became worse.

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Weekend poll: Do you regularly use VR?

2017 is supposed to be the year of VR. (Or was it 2016?) As such, I'm curious how many of you are doing your virtual duty to the tech trend overlords and engaging with this content. Mobile VR headsets are all the rage right now, with players coming out of the woodwork all over the place in an effort to get in on the ground floor of the VR revolution.

Except, I'm curious if you, bleeding-edge tech enthusiasts, actually even care about or use VR (or, have used it more than a handful of times after relegating your headset to an indefinite residence in the closet).

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AccuWeather has released a Gear VR app, because why not

As Oculus and Samsung continue to look for more partners to develop Gear VR apps, apparently they thought a virtual reality weather app would be compelling. Or maybe this was actually AccuWeather's idea. Either way, AccuWeather has published an app for the Gear VR, titled 'Weather for Life.'

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