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[Update: Link to Sony's message] It looks like Sony might be prepping to push Nougat to their Android TVs soon

We got a tip earlier today from a user whose Sony Android TV gave him a message about an upcoming update. The message does not explicitly mention Nougat, but among the features listed are some that are exclusive to Android 7.0. Unfortunately, we don't know exactly when the update will hit, but the included information says that it is scheduled to begin after 05/2017.

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ARM announces its next-generation 'Mali-Cetus' display processor

Most Android devices use ARM processors, usually with ARM's 'Mali' display unit to render graphics. Usually every new Mali upgrade is a small incremental improvement over the previous design, but not this time around. ARM has taken the wraps off 'Mali-Cetus,' the company's next-generation display processor.

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[Deal Alert] Start off this week with 24 temporarily free and 15 on-sale apps

The weekend (for most of us) is over and we're back again. Monday means the first round of free/on-sale apps for the week, so here are the ones that we've collected over the weekend. 

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Samsung launches Galaxy S8 Bixby voice commands in Korea

Bixby was supposed to be one of the Galaxy S8's defining features, but it was far from ready at launch. Instead of the voice commands Samsung promised when it announced Bixby, we got a news feed, reminders, and some borderline useless computer vision gimmicks. Now, Samsung is aiming to endow Bixby with voice commands. They're only available in Korea right now, but it's a start.

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Opinion: Even if you can, you probably shouldn't buy a Google Pixel anymore

The Google Pixel is a notoriously hard phone to get a hold of. Persistent stock issues have plagued Google's first "in-house" handset from day one, and things really are little to no better six months after the launch event. Honestly, it's a bit embarrassing just how consistently incompetent Google seems to be at keeping a reasonable inventory of phones available for purchase. But setting that aside, as one of the Pixel's most ardent evangelists, I think there's something it's probably time for me to come clean on: Even if you could buy a Pixel today, I really think you shouldn't.

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[Deal Alert] Get the international Galaxy S7 edge for $479.99 on B&H and eBay

We've seen plenty of deals on the Samsung Galaxy S7 lately, but not so much for the S7 edge. If you've been holding out for that model, you might be excited to see the international unlocked S7 edge for just $479 at B&H and eBay.

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Leaks of Fitbit's latest watch show the spirit of the 80s is alive at Fitbit

It looks like Fitbit's latest smatwatch has been leaked today. The writers over at Yahoo Finance managed to get ahold of some images of the new device, and it's very unique looking, with a brightly colored square beveled-edge aluminum unibody design, a textured rubber strap, and knurled buttons. It certainly sets itself apart from most other wearables.

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7 new and notable Android apps from the last week (4/25/17 - 5/1/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Paralign - Aligning Thoughts

Today's roundup is presented by Paralign - Aligning Thoughts from Paralign.me. Finding like-minded individuals can often be a difficult task. This is especially true when you want to reach out, but are wary of the judgment of your peers.

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The 5 best things about the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are probably the two most excellent phones to have come out this year. And that isn't an empty statement. After all, they won our editor's choice "Most Wanted" award during our recent review. Let's break down, then, exactly why they deserve your attention.

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Animated PNG format: How does it compare to Animated WebP and GIF?

The Graphics Interchange Format was initially developed by CompuServe in 1987, and has become a staple of the internet. However, GIFs have some limitations, and many sites have switched to using HTML5 video in WebM or MP4 format (such as Gfycat, Imgur, Twitter, and others).

There are a few competing formats that are designed to overcome the problems of GIFs, namely Animated PNG and Animated WebP. Now that Chrome 59 (currently in beta) supports both formats, it's worth discussing - which is better?

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