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The $60 phone, day eleven: the "slowening" begins, I take a hiatus

Aziz Ansari's cultishly popular Master of None is a show you should watch (and also a Netflix exclusive). Ansari plays Dev, a not-convincingly-struggling actor in New York City. At one point, he is cast as a doctor in a film called The Sickening. Which, in the words of the show, is a "black virus" movie. The plot is familiar: there's some kind of unstoppable super-plague that turns everyone into not-zombies, and Dev's character is the one man who is trying to stop it. He, too, of course, succumbs to The Sickening in the end.

The purposely generic and vague namesake of that fake movie, though, I find is perfectly fit to be coopted and molded for use in describing a common Android smartphone phenomenon: the slowening.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Duos on sale for $569.99, the lowest price yet

Your carrier probably wants upward of $700 for the Galaxy S7 Edge, but you can avoid those prices if you don't mind buying from eBay. There's a listing live right now for the dual-SIM GS7 Edge at the low, low price of $569.99. That's even cheaper than the last time it popped up.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 on T-Mobile gets Android Marshmallow update

Folks who chose to get an LTE-enabled tablet from T-Mobile and went with the Galaxy Tab S2 are starting to receive an over-the-air update bringing Marshmallow to their device. For a few months at least, users will get to have the latest and greatest on their Android tablet.

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Play Books v3.9 adds smarter search suggestions, badges for series with new content, and more [APK Download + Teardown]

It has been a couple of months since Play Books has been in the news, but there's a new update rolling out and it brings a couple of new features. Version 3.9 gives search a little more help with more thorough suggestions and adds a badge to series when new content hits the store. Those two things along with some other general bug fixes and improvements are certainly nice, but there are also a couple of things to talk about in a teardown. Keep reading for details or skip straight to the bottom for a download link.

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Samsung is beta testing Samsung Pay for the Gear S2

Samsung Pay has been available for almost a year, but it's only worked on Samsung's phones. Now, the company is looking at expanding Pay to its line of Gear watches. Anyone in the US with a Samsung phone and a Gear S2 can give Samsung Pay a shot, but it's not as robust as the phone version.

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The UMi Super Euro Edition gives you the feature-packed phone in a stunning royal blue [Sponsored Post]

In commemoration of the recently-completed Euro Cup, UMi has released the Euro Edition of its popular smartphone, the UMi Super. The Euro Edition was requested by over 230,000 fans and the company has responded to show users how much UMi cares. It will only be available for a limited time, however, so you have to act fast if you want to get it.

While some people like a phone that looks a little more subtle, the UMi Super Euro Edition comes in a bold royal blue color. If you want a phone with a fresh new look, the UMi Super Euro Edition is right up your alley.

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Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition is now available in the US, exclusively at Best Buy

Samsung, no stranger to special edition phones, has one just in time for this summer's Olympics in Rio. The S7 edge Olympic Games Edition is now on sale in the USA, where it is exclusively available at Best Buy. The unlocked phone will run you $849.99, an extra $100 above the non-Olympic equivalent.

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Sony's next flagship phone leaked, shows off new design and USB Type-C

Sony's phones have looked more or less the same from one generation to the next for years, but the company may be looking at a more substantial redesign. A device believed to be the F8331 has been photographed in the wild, and it doesn't look like the Sony phones of the past. It does still have some of the company's hallmark features, though.

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Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5 - the final preview - is available for download

The Android 7.0 Nougat Developer Preview 5 is available now - get it right here (OTA images here). There's an official blog post accompanying the release from Dave Burke here, as well. What do you need to know? Preview 5 will be the final preview release for Android Nougat. The next major update that comes for supported Nexus devices will be the official Android 7.0 OTA.

Here are the notable changes from Google, among which is a disclaimer that this update breaks Android Auto Google Maps, with the explanation that a new version of Maps (v9.31) will be released in the coming weeks to address this problem.

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Opera agrees to sell its browser business to group of Chinese buyers for $600 million

After a previous deal fell through, Opera has reached an agreement to sell the mobile and desktop browser portion of its business to a group of Chinese companies for an estimated $600 million. Opera will retain its advertising business in a bid to avoid a long regulatory holdup.

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