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Most Wanted: The top smartphones of 2016

The end of the year has arrived, and it's time to make our picks for the phones that represented the best of what the [Android] smartphone industry had to offer in 2016. Without further ado, here are the recipients of the Android Police Most-Wanted award in 2016 for "Top Smartphone," in no particular order.

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[Update: Austria] Google Opinion Rewards is now available in Switzerland

Hé, les Suisses, vous étiez jaloux des Français et de leur accès à Google Opinion Rewards? Bah maintenant, il n'y a plus aucune raison de rester envieux: Opinion Rewards est disponible en Suisse!

Of the national languages in Switzerland, I only speak French, so excuse me if I can't write that sentence above in German, Italian, or Romansh. But I'll translate the general sentiment to English for those of you who are still reading me: Google Opinion Rewards is now available in Switzerland.

According to a couple of tips we've received, the app is now downloadable from the Play Store in Switzerland and users can sign up, start answering surveys, and earn a little bit of cash for each of them. Four languages are available for surveys: French, Italian, German, and English.

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[Deal Alert] V-Moda Crossfade M-100 headphones on sale for their lowest price ever, just $144.33 after coupon code

Of all the products I have reviewed for Android Police, there are few that I have loved more than the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones. They are built with precision, look amazing, and sound great. Yes, I'm gushing a bit, but V-Moda makes products that are worthy of praise.

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[Bonus Round] Hero Generations, Time Locker, Defend Your Turf, Eternal Maze Puzzle Adventure, Tower of the Wizard, Retro Winter Sports 1986, and The Station

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we have a unique RPG-strategy game, a shooter/runner that controls time, a pixelated strategic combat title, an adventure in a corn maze, Game Boy and Atari-style throwback games, and a sci-fi text adventure.

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Google is testing new search suggestions in the Play Store

Google likes to continually tweak the interface and features of its tools and apps, especially the most widely-used ones. Today an Android Police reader spotted new search suggestions in the Play Store, in a way that's familiar for general Google searches but hasn't actually been seen on Android's app listing yet. The new UI element shows suggested additions to your search term after the query has been entered - not to be confused with search suggestions that expand from the bar itself.

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Titanium Backup developer offers a preview version of EvGenie, a synced calendar app

Google Calendar covers most of the basics for synced calendar users, but anyone who wants something more robust needs to go on a bit of a hunt. Titanium Track, the indie developer team behind the power user favorite Titanium Backup, is on the job. Their latest project is EvGenie, an advanced calendar designed for seamless backup across multiple devices and sharing with family members or coworkers. It's currently on the Play Store in an open preview. It's free to download.

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[Deal Alert] Get a gold-plated Huawei Watch starting from $379.99 (up to $370 off)

The Huawei Watch is one of the best smartwatches out there, with its only real downfall being the charging puck you're forced to use. However, if stainless steel isn't premium enough for you, Amazon's got a deal for you. Two gold-plated models of the Huawei Watch, which come with some pretty luxurious bands, have been discounted by up to $370. Now that's what I call a deal.

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YouTube v11.47 is testing double tap to seek and it can be enabled temporarily [APK Download]

If you're anything like me, you've been eagerly looking forward to the day we might finally have a way to jump short spans of time in the YouTube app. Don't get me wrong, the seek bar is great for videos if they're only a few minutes in length. However, it's not so effective if you're watching a 2-hour video and want to rewind 20 seconds to rewatch the last thing that happened.

Signs of rewind and fast forward functionality began appearing in YouTube more than a year ago, and a small number of people even got to use it, but that turned out to be a false start.

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Netflix and Google Photos integration for Google Home going live for some users

Google showed off Netflix integration with Google Home at the company's October 4 event. The feature would allow users to play Netflix content on Chromecasts, or Chromecast-compatible devices, with simple voice commands. Now the long-awaited feature appears to be going live for some users, along with Google Photos integration as well.

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Wink Hub 2 review: Powerful home automation made approachable and fun

I bought an apartment in October. You can imagine the joy at the thought that it'd be my future family's home, terror at the sight of the mortgage value on the signed contract, and all the excitement about getting to set up a house from scratch. I could pick everything that I loved from design to materials to colors to organization, and yes, also automation.

I wanted lights that turn on when the doors open, A/C units that cool the place when I'm coming home and the outside heat is too much to bear, cameras that catch intruders the moment they are detected, a washing machine that notifies me when the load is done, colored lights that coordinate with whatever I'm watching on TV, blinds that open and close with the sunset and sunrise, and much more.

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