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Samsung launches the 2017 Galaxy A5 and A7 in India

Android fans in India are getting two new phone choices from Samsung today in the form of the Galaxy A5 and A7. Those names will be familiar, but these are the new 2017 edition A-series phones. They've got improved internals, water-resistant design, and Samsung Pay support. They're not too spendy, either.

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[Deal Alert] Over a dozen icon packs are temporarily free on the Play Store

Customization is one of the best parts of Android. Even if you have the same phone as someone else, your home screen, icons, and perhaps system theme can look entirely different. While I haven't personally used icon packs in a while (my launcher of choice is the Pixel Launcher), they still remain very popular.

Now there are at least 13 icon packs temporarily free on the Play Store, from several different developers.

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Samsung Internet Beta now live on the Play Store [APK Download]

Samsung has a tendency to make its own Android applications with little-to-no advantages over the Google equivalents. However, the Samsung Internet browser has a few features that Chrome for Android doesn't. Now the company has made a beta version of the browser downloadable from the Google Play Store.

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Join the team: Android Police is looking for new contributors

Android Police is searching for two new contributors to add to our growing roster. One of these contributors should be based in the United States, the other in Europe or the UK. (As to the latter, ideally, we are looking for a UK contributor.)

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[Deal Alert] Get a 5-port Anker Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger for $26.99 and a 20,000mAh Quick Charge 3.0 battery for $34.99 as part of Amazon's Deal of the Day

With more and more Android devices today losing support for removable batteries (the LG V20 is virtually the only mainstream competitor that still features this), consumers are being forced to look to heftier, more powerful chargers and portable batteries. In line with that, Anker is discounting a 5-port wall charger and a 20,000mAh battery, both equipped with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, for today as part of Amazon's Deal of the Day.

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Verizon's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are now receiving their official Nougat updates

Out of the big four US carriers, three - AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile - have already pushed the Android 7.0 Nougat update to their versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Now, though, Verizon is also sending out this long-awaited OS upgrade to its variants of Samsung's flagship.

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Weekend poll: What phone do you think stole the show at MWC 2017?

MWC 2017 is over, and now we all know what was unveiled. Sony, Motorola, LG, Nokia, BlackBerry Huawei, and others all unveiled new smartphones ranging from the most basic to flagship-level, and this weekend's poll will have you pick among some of the most prominent contenders for a winner.

To give you a brief rundown, the highlights were: the LG G6, Sony's Xperia XZ Premium, BlackBerry's KeyONE, Huawei's P10, Nokia's various Android phones (and the 3310), and Moto's G5 and G5 Plus.

Between them, who do you think came away with the lion's share of the glory?

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7" is only $252 on eBay (50% off)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7" (that's a mouthful) was released in July of 2015, and later an updated model with a Snapdragon 652 was released in 2016. But you can now get the S2 9.7" for $279.99 on eBay, and just $252 if you use a discount code.

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[Deal Alert] Weather Live and Etaria are both free on the Play Store (normally $0.99 each)

Ever since Google started allowing paid apps to temporarily become free, we've seen several major apps and games become discounted. We've already covered that HorseWorld 3D is free for today only, but now Weather Live and Etaria are also temporarily free of charge.

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Snapchat passes 500 million installs on Android

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