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Nokia 3 will be updated to 7.1.1 by the end of August

It might not be available in the US just yet, but HMD Global is already preparing to update the entry-level Nokia 3 to Android 7.1.1. The phone launched with Android 7.0 Nougat, which isn't too shabby, but 7.1.1 will bring with it a few new features. If this is a predictor of future software support, customers that pick up one of the new Nokia Android phones may have a lot to look forward to. 

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Microsoft is bringing the Windows Dev Center to Android [APK Download]

If you're a Windows developer, you'll be familiar with the Dev Center, an invaluable tool for monitoring your apps. The personalized dashboard tracks key performance and health data so you can maintain any apps you have in the Windows Store. Microsoft is now getting ready to launch an Android app with the same functionality, so you can check in on your software on the move.

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Google Home team is investigating issues with playing uploaded and purchased music

Last month, Google Home got a feature many users had been longing for since launch: the ability to play songs uploaded to or purchased from Google Play Music. Before that, you could only play songs in Google's catalog, which is kind of useless if you're not a subscriber. Unfortunately, it seems that users are experiencing mixed success with the new feature and Google is now investigating the problems.

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[Deal Alert] NYNE Bass bluetooth speaker with built-in subwoofer and mic $69.99 at Woot ($60 off)

If you are all about that bass (at least as applied to music) and you happen to be looking for a bluetooth speaker, then this deal is for you. Over at the popular daily deal site Woot you can pick up a NYNE Bass portable bluetooth speaker for a mere $69.99. This particular deal slid under our radar until now. But, if you are interested, there are still a few hours left to snag one. Like most Woot deals, this one is set to expire at the end of the day. 

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Weekend poll: Do you use Bluetooth headphones?

With smartphone makers seemingly dropping the headphone jack left and right lately, I've come to wonder if Bluetooth headphones are ready to swing in and replace our trusty wired headsets. I've been trying out a few popular sets of Bluetooth earbuds from companies like JLab and Jaybird, and while I understand the appeal over traditional wired headphones, I also see the downsides.

That's not to speak of over and on-ear Bluetooth headphones, which are definitely seeing a steady uptick in popularity. Oh, and neckbuds. For those of you who are... into that.

Do you use Bluetooth headphones with your smartphone?

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Google Play Services passes five billion downloads, becomes first app to do so

Five billion is a big number. If you combine the populations of the top 10 most-populated countries on Earth, you get less than that number. The best-selling game console of all time, the PlayStation 2, only sold enough units to cover 3.2% of five billion. Google Play Services has now passed five billion downloads on the Play Store, becoming the first app to do so.

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What we use, 2017 edition: The stuff Jordan can't live without

 

So here we are already elbows-deep into 2017. Let me start off by saying that I love this job — I work with and I have met some great and intelligent people. By some miracle, I have earned the "right" to write up one of these posts. Now is your chance to see into the other side of your screen to get a glimpse of how I bring you such profound content.

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[Update: Winners] We're giving away 30 Chuwi Hi-Dock 4-port Smart Docks with QC 3.0 support ($20 value each) [All countries eligible]

If you're an Android Police reader, chances are that you sometimes have enough devices in need of a charge that you find yourself either having to decide which one gets to charge first or needing to juggle multiple chargers at one time. But if you win one of these Chuwi Hi-Dock 4-port Smart Docks, you'll never have to worry about that again.

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Galaxy S8 Active training manual leaked, with more details and photos

We already know a fair bit about the upcoming Galaxy S8 Active. It was initially leaked about a week ago, and a high-quality render was revealed earlier today. We can now confirm earlier leaks, as we have obtained a Samsung employee training manual for the S8 Active.

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Cortana v2.9 changes the interface and brings back the hamburger menu [APK Download]

Microsoft has been working on Cortana for Android quite a bit recently. The app received a major redesign with version 2.0 in December, and added lockscreen support in March. Cortana 2.9 has just been released, which changes the UI again.

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