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LG announces 'Raspberry Rose' V30 for CES

The LG V30 was somewhat of a mixed bag. While the hardware and design is excellent, the high price and questionable display quality made it a hard sell for many. LG seems to think a new color option might convince a few buyers, so it has been working on a 'Raspberry Rose' model. The new color will be shown off at CES later this month.

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[Update: Now in effect] Google raises subscription revenue for providers from 70% to 85%, but only for users retained after 12 months

Last year, there was a rumor that Google was going to follow Apple's footsteps and improve its subscription revenue split with providers by only deducting 15% instead of 30% for distribution and miscellaneous fees. At the timeRecode was optimistic that Google would make the change universal, so that any time a user subscribed to something, the provider would only lose 15% in fees.

We didn't hear anything about this until now, thanks to a bunch of changes published on the Google Developers Blog. There, we learned that subscription revenue sharing with be lowered from 30% to 15%, but unlike last year's hopeful rumor and much like Apple's terms, they will only apply for users retained after 12 months.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked LG V30 is down to $674.99 ($150 off) at B&H, no tax except in NY and NJ

Smartphones are getting stupidly expensive these days, with most flagships like the Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy Note8, and iPhone X costing well over $800 out the door. LG's V30 is one of those phones, though it hasn't seen the same popularity that the phones above have, at least among our readership. B&H is now offering a $150 discount on the unlocked V30, dropping the price down to a more palatable $675.

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EA's FIFA Soccer hits a whopping 100 million downloads on the Play Store

Soccer (or to non-Americans, football) is one of the most popular sports in the world. As a result, the FIFA video game series has had tremendous success on all sorts of gaming platforms, including Android. Proving this, FIFA Soccer has just hit an incredible 100 million downloads on the Play Store.

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[Update: Murano too] Android Auto officially lists Nissan's four 2018 compatible models

More and more vehicles and car manufacturers are adding Android Auto (and Apple CarPlay) compatibility to their onboard systems, which is a good thing by everyone's book since the default systems often suck. Nissan has been an Android Auto partner for a while, but until now it didn't have any cars listed as compatible with it (it had two 2017 Apple CarPlay models only).

That changed recently when 4 of Nissan's upcoming 2018 models were announced with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. These cars were made official around September/October, but since we don't follow car news but Android news, we only spotted them now that they've been added to the official Android Auto website.

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31 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week (12/20/17 - 1/2/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so.

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Experimental Android Auto support added to tinyCam Monitor PRO Beta

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Google posts Nexus/Pixel system images and OTA files for January 2018 patches

Google is getting an early start in 2018 by rolling out the monthly patches for Nexus and Pixel devices. The OTA files and full system images are available a few days earlier than usual, and devices should begin seeing updates in the not too distant future. It looks like several devices have two different builds available this month, so you'll have to grab the right one if you just can't wait.

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Google brings its list of Assistant smart home partners up to date with a few dozen additions

 

Google launched Assistant with only a few third-party services integrated, but the list has swelled to monstrous proportions since then. It seems like new options are being added every day, and the truth might not be far off. Google hasn't added to its official list of smart home integrations lately, but it just pushed a big update with several dozen more services.

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Samsung registers 'DeX Pad' trademark in Europe, suggesting new form factor

The dream of the phone-as-desktop will never die...not if Samsung has anything to say about it. According to Galaxy Club in the Netherlands, Samsung is taking another shot at the dream with a new version of its DeX platform, and possibly abandoning the traditional dock form factor.

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