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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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Samsung has added its Secure Folder app and file encryption tool to the Play Store

The march of Samsung apps moving to Google Play continues. This time it's Secure Folder that has made its way over to every Android Police reader's favorite app store. Whatever it is you might need to keep hidden from prying eyes, now you have one more way to keep the app up-to-date. Unfortunately, it seems that it's limited to Samsung devices.

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Android O feature spotlight: The Google Clock app gets a makeover in v5.1

With each new version of Android, Google tends to make small tweaks to some of its default apps. Such changes are often nothing more than superficial, a way of giving the new OS release a fresh feel. We're now on the third Android O Developer Preview, and the official clock app has been treated to a visual refresh, its first meaningful update since February.

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Developers, take note: Alarm.com's latest update is the best example of app shortcut configuration we've ever seen

If you are into home security as well as technology, Alarm.com is a popular choice to fill that niche. It is a smart home solution that, as you would expect, allows you to control your security system as well as things like cameras, lights, doors, and thermostats. It even supports Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Think home automation with a security slant, and you've basically got what Alarm.com is about. Initially, this post only set out to talk about the new features in the most recent update, but one of the changes was so incredibly well done that we couldn't help but diverge in our discussion of it.

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Never Settle: OnePlus confirms it won't update the OP2 to Android 7.0 Nougat

For having the slogan, "Never settle," the OnePlus 2 has caused owners to settle for less quite often. The phone itself wasn't well-received, due to the lack of NFC connectivity and other problems. And despite initially promising Android 7.0 Nougat for the OP2, there have been no releases or further news, leaving owners annoyed to say the least.

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Sony releases the PlayStation Video for Android TV app to the Play Store

As time moves on, we see more and more streaming and rental services trickle onto Android TV. The latest in this saga is Sony's PlayStation Video, which lets you watch any movies and shows that you've previously purchased via the PS store on your ATV. Now anyone can download this from the Play Store. Yippee.

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Sprint just got three new ZTE devices: the MAX XL, Warp Connect, and Sprint Phone Connect 4

If Sprint is your carrier of choice, you just got three new CDMA-compatible devices to choose from. As of yesterday Sprint now has the ZTE MAX XL, a big but inexpensive phone with a big battery. It isn't new, though it did come out this April. But, it is new to the carrier. There's also the ZTE Warp Connect if a hotspot is more to your liking. Lastly, we have one of the most interesting Android devices in recent memory, the Sprint Phone Connect 4, which gives you a landline over a cellular connection.

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OnePlus touts improvements to OnePlus 5 audio recording in loud environments

OnePlus is one of those companies that likes to slowly tease their products before releasing them. When you think about it, it's pretty clever; fans get more information, and OnePlus gets more coverage. The latest tidbit that OnePlus has 'leaked' about its upcoming iPhone 7 Plus clone is regarding its audio recording quality, specifically in noisy environments. However, it doesn't seem as impressive as the company is trying to make it seem.

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