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Verizon Is Finally Ready To Deliver The Droid Turbo 2's Marshmallow Update

Sometimes you have to wait a long time to get the announcement that the latest version of Android is coming to a device that you own. That period of time can be agonizing, especially when you have your eyes set on a particular feature.

The experience is only made worse when the announcement doesn't bring an update any closer.

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HTC Announces The One S9 With A MediaTek Helio X10, 2GB Of RAM, And 5-Inch 1080p LCD

It would appear HTC is not done with the "One" branding. The company has just announced the One S9, a device that appears to slot into the same not-quite-flagship space as the A9. In fact, it looks like a cross between the M9 and the A9. This device comes with a MediaTek SoC and just 16GB of on-board storage, so it's not exactly competition for the HTC 10. You probably won't be able to buy it where you live anyway.

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[Deal Alert] NVIDIA Offers SHIELD Android TV Buyers A Second First-Party Controller Free ($60 Value) For A Limited Time

NVIDIA's SHIELD is the best stand-alone Android TV device on the market... in an admittedly limited field of competitors. At $200 with an included controller, it's at a fairly premium price for a set-top box (the top-of-the-line Roku streaming gadget is $130, for example). But if you plan to take advantage of its unique PC game streaming capability or NVIDIA's growing stable of exclusive Android games, it's not unreasonable for two bills. Now the pot gets a little sweeter: for a limited time, NVIDIA will throw in a second controller with a SHIELD TV purchase.

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BlackBerry Priv Receives Android 6.0, Carrier OTA Updates Going Out Starting May 3rd

Marshmallow is now making its way to BlackBerry's flagship, and only, Android device.

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Now That Twitter Has Murdered Fenix, Finch Is A Decent (And Free) Alternative Third-Party Client For Android

So, Twitter. Hi. It's been a while. Are you people still completely screwing both the developers and the users that helped to make your platform a household name? Yeah? I kind of thought you'd get your heads out of your asses at this point, but I guess not. Since your stupid, stupid, stupid policies have killed yet another quality Twitter app for Android, ostensibly so you can continue to push your entirely mediocre first-party solution, it's time for us to look for another one.

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[Hands-On] Google Announces MODE 'Snap-And-Go' Watchbands For Android Wear

Google already sells various Android Wear devices in the Google Store, but now it's getting into the accessory game with the MODE watchbands. These watchbands are on sale today in leather and silicone varieties and will work on any watch (Android Wear or other) that uses standard lugs. They're designed to be easily swapped with a new clip system, but they're not cheap. Google is asking $50 for the silicone ones and $60 for leather.

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You'll Soon Be Able To Pay For Netflix Subscriptions Through Google Play

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[Deal Alert] Telltales' Game Of Thrones Episodes Are Now $1.99 (60% Off) And The Entire Season Pass Is $4.99 (75% Off)

The way I understand it, Game Of Thrones is a TV show where every character that you love or hate dies, where people get terrified when Winter is coming, and where dragons and nudes cater to every person's weird and unfulfilled fantasies. Or something. I want to watch the show, but I can't handle all the suspense, so I'm going to wait until the last season starts and then binge watch it until I forget what daylight is and what real people do.

The Game of Thrones Android game is a different story though. It's an adventure game developed by Telltale, which has made a name for itself in this genre thanks to intriguing scripts and excellent voice acting.

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Nokia Wants To Acquire French Digital Health Company Withings For 170 Million Euros

Ever since it sold off its mobile business to Microsoft and its mapping entity to a consortium of German carmakers, Nokia has been struggling to find its identity and reinvent itself amidst a changing and challenging ecosystem. Its network arm is still going strong, but the brand has lost much of, if not all of its halo when it comes to consumer-facing technologies.

Now Nokia might be looking at a new direction and an interesting way to sneak back into the market, as a digital health provider. It announced today that it wants to acquire Withings, a French company that specializes in Internet of Things products and connected health gadgets.

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Download: Android N Notification Sticker Sheet (For Sketch) To Quickly Mock Up Notifications

For the designers in our audience, I'm back with another quick Sketch resource to download - this time, it's a sticker sheet for N-style notifications. There are eight variations, plus a simple frame to stick your sample notifications in.

Android N's notifications actually follow a very predictable style so far. There's a header line, which usually has an icon, app name, some secondary identifying info, time, and an expand/collapse toggle, and then there are two lines of text. The top line is primary messaging or identifying info (like a message-sender's name) and the second line is a secondary message, explanation, or text preview.

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