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Weekend poll: Do you use Android Pay?

Android Pay is adding new banks all the time, and it's even expanding its global presence slowly but surely. This week, I'm asking how many of you actually use it.

Android Pay is something that I was very skeptical on initially, going back to the days of the Google Wallet branding. Why on earth would I use my phone to pay for something when swiping my card was so easy? Well, chip readers started showing up en masse here in the US after the big Target credit card breach, and with them came two things: a more time-consuming payment process and, often, support for contactless payments.

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You can now order items from Walmart through Google Express and Google Home

Nothing says 'the future' like asking your smart speaker to buy groceries for you. While the Google Home can't drive to the store itself, it can order them through Google Express. Google previously announced that it would partner with Walmart to offer easy voice shopping through Assistant, and now it's live.

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Android O feature spotlight: Default Wi-Fi hotspot SSIDs are now unique

There is a small problem you can run into when setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot in previous versions of Android. By default, the SSID is just AndroidAP, and a lot of people don't change that. So if your phone, tablet, or laptop connected to such an access point in the past, they'd try again every time they saw that Android AP SSID. But as of Android 8.0 Oreo, any devices that never ran a previous version of Android will get a unique hotspot SSID. 

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[Deal Alert] AT&T/unlocked LG V20 is down to $329.99 on Breed via NeweggFlash

The LG V30 may have been announced, but it still isn't for sale in the US. Until then, last year's V20 reigns as the newest LG V-series phone you can purchase stateside. And now, you can get an AT&T/unlocked model for just $329.99 on NeweggFlash through seller Breed.

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The Doogee S60 is 'the one who reinvents rugged phone'

There are a few rugged smartphones on the market, like the Galaxy Active series or the LG X Venture. But maybe those aren't tough enough for you. Do you need a phone that will survive "fields, underwater and other outdoor environments"? What about one that is "manly, strong, and special in market"? If so, the Doogee S60 might be for you.

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[Update: APK Download] Twitter Lite arrives in the Play Store, but only for the Philippines

Twitter Lite was released in March as a Progressive Web App. Not only was it a significant upgrade over the previous mobile Twitter site, but it included almost all the functionality of the native app (including push notifications). In fact, it earned a spot in our best Twitter clients list a few months ago.

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Here's a thing: you can swipe to remove videos from lists in YouTube for Android

Everyone loves swiping, right? You can do it on your keyboard, in your homescreen, you can even do it at people in Tinder. And YouTube appears to want some of that action. As of version 12.34.54, which was released a few weeks back, you can now swipe to remove videos from your lists in the Android YouTube app. Prepare to left swipe dat video you were never actually gonna watch. 

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Happy Anniversary: Nine years of Android love

Dear Android,

It’s been nine years already. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Froyo. But Oreo just came out, and we've even got two more Pixels on the way. After all these years, Android, you’ve never looked better. So much has changed since we first met. 

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LiFX introduces Mini range: Smaller and more affordable smart lights, pre-orders starting $24.99

When it comes to smart lights, I prefer the LiFX approach to the Hue approach: no hub dangling off my router and simple Wi-Fi connectivity win me over every time. LiFX also makes it very simple to pick lights for different regions depending on voltage and Edison screw, which you'd think would be an easy choice for other companies to offer. And now it looks like you'll have more than the voltage/screw to choose from as LiFX is making its new range of Mini bulbs available for pre-order.

The Mini bulbs are smaller A19 bulbs that should fit better in compact bedside or tabletop lamps.

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Paranoid Android updated to 7.3.0, adds its own camera app, launcher tweaks, and BlueBorne fixes

Our readers are probably quite familiar with Paranoid Android, as the developers behind AOSPA have been prolific over the last few months. The latest update for the ROM, v7.3.0, brings a lot of changes. But the biggest addition doubles down on the project's earlier commitment to photo quality. As of today, Paranoid Android has its own camera app.

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