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Huawei has taken down all ROM images from its EMUI website

In a confusing bit of news, Huawei has silently taken down all the EMUI images for its phones. This change was first noticed by XDA member RedSkull23 and then picked up by the folks at XDA. We don't know exactly when it happened, or why. But, if you were looking to pull down any of those images the long way, you're out of luck. At least, for now. 

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Echo Speaker plus two months Music Unlimited and three Audible book vouchers, just $75 ($25+ off)

Amazon's Echo is one of the most popular smart-speakers out there, and we've pointed out discounts on it before. Not only is today's the lowest we've seen, but it also comes with a few treats. If you've been waiting for a bonus to sweeten Amazon's Alexa-powered pot, right now over at QVC, you can pick one up for just $75, along with three vouchers for Audible books, and two months of Music Unlimited (three for new subscribers). What a savings... savings... savings. Is there an Echo in here? 

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[Who needs iMessage?] Someday you may be able to send and receive SMS using your Chromebook

A bit over a month ago, we heard that Chromebooks might be getting SMS notification support via something called SMS Connect, which was exciting news. The folks over at Chrome Unboxed, who initially discovered this coming functionality, just found a bit more information on the subject. Not only will we be able to see when we get an SMS, but we might even be able to read and reply to them, all from the comfort of your Chromebook. 

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LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus is now available from T-Mobile, including Plus Pack battery/speaker

After plenty of rumors that LG would be releasing a new tablet sometime soon, we caught our first glimpse of the LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus last month when T-Mobile posted a support page for the device ahead of schedule. It listed most of the main specs for the mid-ranger and even had a couple of images, giving us a good look at the Plus Pack attachment. The tablet is now official, and you can get it from T-Mobile's site for $240.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact hands-on: Sony still doing Sony

Sony doesn't have much of a presence in the US, but it's still working hard to make appealing Android phones in other parts of the world. Case in point, the new Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact have been unveiled at IFA 2017. Despite looking and feeling a lot like other recent Sony handsets, there's something notable—they're launching with Android 8.0 Oreo, which is still just rolling out to Google devices. As for the rest of the phones, well, it's pretty much what you'd expect from Sony.

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YouTube for Android TV 2.01.04 update brings back brand accounts and channel switching [APK Download]

The update to version 2.0 ushered in some major changes to YouTube for Android TV. Many of them were superficial, but there were also useful things like being able to turn off autoplay. It also got a fair amount of criticism for essentially just being a web wrapper and having some things missing. The biggest disappointment for many was that you could no longer sign in with a brand account or switch channels as you could in the previous release. Google said they would be brought back soon and has just made good on that promise with a new update.

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LG V30 camera app gets ported to G6, adds nearly all of the V30's modes and features

One of the biggest reasons people flash custom recovery or ROMs is so that they can add features from newer phones onto their older devices. Case in point: after less than a week of the LG V30 being officially announced, its camera app has already been ported to its little brother, the G6.

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Huawei shows off the new flagship Kirin 970 processor at IFA 2017, complete with improved AI capabilities

The madness of IFA 2017 may have settled down, but that hasn't stopped Huawei from unveiling its new SoC, the Kirin 970. Under its in-house HiSilicon brand, the Chinese giant seeks to push the boundaries of what is possible with mobile AI. And yes, there are the typical SoC improvements here, too.

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Sony announces two more Bluetooth headphones and a pair of earbuds, all with terrible names

There have been plenty of audio product announcements at IFA, like Google Assistant speakers from JBL and noice-cancelling headphones from Sony. Now, Sony has announced a few more products at the event - Bluetooth headphones and earbuds.

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Canary Flex camera is unable to be set up with Oreo devices, but a fix from Google is on the way

With every new OS release, there are bugs that will need to be worked out, and Android Oreo is no exception. One of these bugs is completely preventing Oreo devices from setting up the Canary Flex security camera. Fortunately, Canary and Google are both aware of the situation, and a fix is on the way.

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