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[Deal Alert] Nest offers $50 off Thermostat, Nest Protect, and Nest Cam

Connected gadgets like Google Home and Amazon's Echo are neat enough by themselves, but they really come into their own when paired with connected home tech. If you'd like to get started on a collection of said tech, Google subsidiary Nest is currently holding a Black Friday Sale with $50 off of each of its flagship products: the Nest Thermostat, the Nest Cam security camera, and the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector. All prices are good on the Nest online store.

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Xiaomi's Hugo Barra makes dubious claim that Xiaomi isn't hurt by company's declining smartphone sales

In an interview with Reuters, Xiaomi's Hugo Barra addressed a question that seems to be one the company has managed to avoid to date: its declining smartphone sales. For all the hype Xiaomi has generated over the last few years, it has recently experienced a sudden and dramatic shift in sales figures - and not in the right direction. In Q1 2016, Xiaomi's handset sales were estimated to be down 25% over the previous year, versus a global smartphone shipment decline of just 0.1%. They declined a further 38% in Q2 2016. In Q3, its Chinese domestic sales have dropped an alleged 45%.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Fire tablets are as low as $33.33 ($16.66-$30 off)

Want a cheap tablet to keep around the house, let the kids play with, maybe browse some sites on, play a few non-resource intense games, and generally use sporadically for small tasks? Amazon's Fire tablet should definitely be on top of your list. It comes in a couple of variants: the Fire Tablet 7 is the cheapest with a 7" 1024x600 display and a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 8 or 16GB of storage, whereas the Fire HD 8 has an 8" 1280x800 display and keeps the same processor but ups the storage to 16 or 32GB. There's also a Kids Edition of the Fire Tablet 7 that comes with a kid-proof case to protect it from damage.

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[Deal Alert] Save up to $500 on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, LG G5, Moto Z Droid, and more at Best Buy

In the market for a new phone? If you're on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, Best Buy may have some deals worth looking at. Some of these offers can get a little confusing between all the different carriers and options, so try to hang on.

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[Deal Alert] The UE Boom 2 is currently half off at Verizon ($99) in a load of different color combinations

When I get a new speaker in the mail to test, one of my go-to devices for comparison is the UE Boom 2. Looks, features, sound – this speaker checks off all the boxes. Today, it even checks the box next to great price. Right now you can pick one up at Verizon for just $99, which is half the normal retail price and a full $30 less than the discounted price that everyone else is offering, including T-Mobile (better get on that Mr. Legere, can't let big red beat ya, it'll ruin your sterling reputation).

What makes this deal even sweeter is that the discount isn't restricted to just one color combination as is often the case with killer sales.

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Periscope 1.8.1 adds app shortcuts for Android 7.1, new options for broadcasting [APK Download]

Ever since Twitter integrated Periscope's streaming and viewing abilities into the Twitter mobile apps, there isn't much of a reason to have the separate app installed. Just in case you still use it, Twitter has released version 1.8.1 of the application with two new minor features - app shortcuts and new options while broadcasting.

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[Deal Alert] Get a ZTE Axon 7 for just $349.98 ($50 off), plus some free extras from select retailers

Budget flagships are abound these days, and the latest addition to ZTE's line of premium phones, the Axon 7, is one of the better ones on the market. The hardware is top-notch, and although the software isn't quite up to par with the OnePlus 3T's or the Nexus 6P's (as Ryan writes about in his review), it's certainly not the worst on the market. Now, you can pick one of these powerhouses up for just $349.98 and have some extras thrown in if you buy from the right retailers.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Echo only $139.99 (20% off), Echo Dot is $39.99 (20% off), and Amazon Tap is $89.99 (31% off)

Although the Google Home has recently been released, Amazon's Echo/Dot/Tap devices are still excellent. With far more abilities than Google Assistant has at the moment, Alexa is still the king (or queen?) assistant platform for controlling smart home devices and communicating with online services. Now you can grab Amazon's various Alexa-powered devices for lower prices.

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[Editorial] Why I'm thankful for Android Police, a story of sad and happy coincidences

What you are about to read is unlike anything I have ever written for Android Police before. There are no coupon codes, reviews, leaks, specs, or APKs in this article. Instead, this is a story that I have wanted to share with you, our readers, for quite some time. Today, as I reflected on the things I am grateful for in my life, I made the decision to sit down and write the story of one of the most random, timely, and wondrous things that have ever happened to me, all because I was an Android Police reader. If you have a few minutes to read a story, then sit down, and I'll tell you one.

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[Deal Alert] Sphero BB-8 remote controlled droid is $100 ($30 off)

To say that Disney is milking their acquisition of the Star Wars franchise would be an understatement. With Rogue One just a few weeks away, anything Star Wars is going to be popular in sales. Sphero's BB-8 remote controlled droid has been a fan favorite since its release and now it's on sale for $100, saving you $30.

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