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UHD content now available through Google Play Movies in the UK

Late last year, Google gave us a nice early Christmas present in the form of 4K video on Google Play. But unfortunately, that gift had a region restriction. Only those of us in the US and Canada were able to pick up media in the expanded resolution, leaving other markets with just HD content. Now people in the UK can get in on the UHD fun, too.

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14 new and notable Android apps from the last week (10/31/17 - 11/06/17)

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

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[Update: Winner] Win an unlocked V30 from LG and Android Police [US]

One of the most anticipated phones of the year would have to be LG's V30. It's the successor to the successful and unique V20, which sets a high bar. On paper, it has some impressive specs. In addition to the 2017 flagship standards like a Snapdragon 835 and narrow-bezel design, it also has a quad-DAC-powered headphone jack: a rarity in 2017.

Sounds like a great time, doesn't it? Well, we've teamed up with LG to give one away. One lucky reader will be able to grab an unlocked LG V30 for free.

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Credit card-sized 'NichePhone-S' coming to Japan, runs Android 4.2

Eastern Asia is home to some interesting smartphones, like various Android-powered flip phones from Samsung and LG. Earlier today, the 'NichePhone-S' from FutureModel was announced in Japan. It's a phone the size of a credit card priced around 10,000 yen (or $88 USD), with a heavily customized version of Android.

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Seascapes category comes to Google Wallpapers on non-Pixel devices, renamed from 'Underwater' on Pixels

Google adds new wallpaper categories to its Wallpapers app fairly often, having added three less than a month ago. However, two of those three were exclusive to the Pixel lineup, meaning that regular folk couldn't have the same pictures displayed on their home screens for whatever reason. But now, the Underwater category has made its way to non-Pixel devices as 'Seascapes,' meaning that you, too, can have images of the sea on your phone.

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TWRP adds support for Xiaomi Mi A1 and some Zenfone 4 models

Team Win Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is just about the only custom recovery worth using in 2017. It does everything most people need, works on a massive number of devices, and can be themed. The last time we covered TWRP, it added support for the Pixel 2 and a few other phones. Now the recovery is officially available for some of ASUS' new phones, and Xiaomi's first Android One device.

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[Update: Qualcomm has received Broadcom's offer] Report: Broadcom may be looking to acquire Qualcomm

Qualcomm's been in the news quite a lot this year, for a lot of different reasons. Now, according to Bloomberg, it might be making headlines again soon. Broadcom Ltd. may be submitting an offer to Qualcomm to purchase the company in what would be the single largest takeover of a chipmaker ever. It's early, though, and no offer has yet been submitted to Qualcomm. 

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Black Friday Target ad reveals $80 Google Home, $30 Home Mini with $10 giftcard, $30 Fire 7 tablet, and more

Thanksgiving is coming up this month in the United States, which means retailers are prepping for Black Friday. Just about every major store will have steep discounts on items, but whether they are worth fighting crowds for is another question. Target's ad for Black Friday was recently released, and there are a few noteworthy deals for Google, Amazon, and Samsung products.

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Unroll.me app arrives on Android to save you from a cluttered inbox

Most of us collect email subscriptions over time, but we seldom get around to digging around in our inboxes to unsubscribe from them. Unroll.me is a service that does the hard work for you. It's been available on the web and iOS for a while, but now the app has come to Android. In just a few taps (and swipes) you can unsubscribe from the junk and keep the valuable stuff.

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Check out these leaked wallpapers from the upcoming HTC U11+

With every new phone launch, the manufacturer is expected to include a number of stock wallpapers for users to choose from. They're another way of differentiating from other OEMs and adding some extra branding flair to a device. The latest flagship phone to be announced by HTC is the U11+, which we've heard was once intended to be the canceled Google Pixel 2 XL (codenamed 'Muskie'). If it had been a Pixel, it would have had Google's Wallpaper app by default, but since it's not, HTC has come up with some wallpapers of its own.

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