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International HTC One M9 Getting OTA Update (v1.40.401.5) With Camera And Battery Life Improvements

HTC is pushing an update to the One M9 today, but only if you're using the international version of the device. Phones in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa should see the v1.40.401.5 update popping up any time now. It's not a major update, but it addresses several common M9 complaints.

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[Update: Winners] Win One Of TYLT's New 4.8 Amp RIBBN Car Chargers From TYLT And Android Police

Look, there isn't much exciting about car chargers that we haven't already seen before. I get it. But you know what? There's always a way to take something that's existed for a while and make it better, which is precisely what TYLT has done with its newest car charger, RIBBN.

If you've ever seen another TYLT car charger before, then RIBBN probably looks familiar to you - it's aesthetically very similar to the company's existing charger, BAND.

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Huawei Watch Reportedly Delayed Until Late Q3 Or Early Q4

A new report claims that Huawei has pushed back the release of the Huawei Watch until September or October. Of course, there was never an official launch date for the watch, but that's much later than everyone was expecting. The reason cited in the report for the delay is "incompatibility issues with Android Wear." That could mean any number of things.

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[Deal Alert] Compact KMASHI 10000mAh External Battery Under $10 On Amazon After Coupon

External battery packs provide backup power, but with the way some phones routinely die every evening, you may come to depend on one as a regular source of supplemental energy instead. In such an instance, it helps to pick up one of the smaller options available. It's also nice if you can get one for under $10.

Fortunately, we've come across a KMASHI 10000mAh power bank that scratches both itches. It's going for $14 on Amazon, but if you enter the coupon code GOQL7EVL at checkout, you can drop $4.50 off the price.

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Upcoming SHIELD Android TV Update Will Add MPEG-2 Codec Support For HDHomeRun Compatibility

More codecs are always better, especially if you're talking about a device that's (arguably) primarily for watching video. Android TV will get MPEG-2 support when the Android M build comes out - in fact you can check it out right now if you have a Nexus Player - but apparently NVIDIA doesn't want to wait. According to this forum post, an update to the new SHIELD Android TV will enable MPEG-2 codec support within a month.

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[APK Teardown] Camera v2.5 Is Preparing A New "Smart Burst" Feature That Automatically Picks The Best Photos It Has Taken

Google's Camera app isn't exactly feature-rich, at least not when it is compared to alternatives offered by OEMs and many independent developers. Of course, that may be one of the reasons it is fairly popular – the interface remains simple and the features that did make it in, like Photospheres, are pretty cool. After looking through the latest update, it looks like Google is working toward another major feature addition called Smart Burst, and it might just become the best way to take photos of your friends.

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Hands-On With The Blu Life One And Life 8 XL: Two Upcoming Budget Smartphones With A Lot To Offer For The Price

Back at CES earlier this year, Blu announced a handful of phones, including the Vivo Air, Studio X, and Studio Energy. Today, we're looking at the final phone from that announcement, the Life One, as well as another handset Blu has coming out in a few weeks, the Life 8 XL.

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Verizon's LG G Pad 7.0 Gets Its Lollipop Over-The-Air Update

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[Deal Alert] The Sony SmartWatch 3 Is $149.99 ($50 Off) With Free Shipping At Expansys

These days you can probably find someone to give you an Android Wear device, if you're not too picky about which model you select. But if you've had your heart set on Sony's latest take on the smartwatch, now's the time to bust out your wallet. Online retailer Expansys is selling the SmartWatch 3 for $149.99 on its American storefront.

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Google Geocontextual Search Live With Multiple Commands, Like "OK, Google - What's The Phone Number For This Place?"

At an event in Paris, Google apparently showed off a brand-new feature of the search app that is aware of your current location in relation to your queries. Google calls this Location Aware Search, or geocontextual search if you want to get technical. Basically, this allows you to ask questions without specifying an address or proper place name and still get information if you're near said place.

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