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Google Assistant coming to Android TV, more actions in development

Until now, Google Assistant has been limited to the Google Home and the Pixel phones (unless you edited your phone's build.prop file). Assistant is slowly making its way to more devices, starting with Android TV. "In the coming months," it will become available on all Android TV devices in the US running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher (sorry, ADT-1 owners).

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NVIDIA updates the SHIELD Android TV with a smaller body and a new controller for hands-free voice control

NVIDIA's yearly CES bash just wrapped up, and once again there's a new SHIELD coming for gamers. Well, "new" in a very limited sense. The new version of the Android TV-powered set top box looks nearly identical to the SHIELD TV that's been available since the summer of 2015. It's 40% smaller than the original - closer in size to competitors like Roku - but inside is the same Tegra X1 system that we're familiar with. (Which is still some of the most powerful "mobile" silicon around.) The big change, as hinted by the leak last month, is in the controller.

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LG knows that people are not interested in modular phones, so it will shift future focus to design and usability

Shockingly, LG has come to the conclusion that the mass consumer market is just not interested in modular devices — most especially when those modules require dropping more money in addition to the MSRP of the phone. And some of the modules were not exactly inexpensive. So, who's surprised about this? Anyone?

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android get Page setup and ODF/EPUB support

The Android apps for Google Docs can be handy for quick edits, but lack many of the features available through the web app. Today's update for the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android bring a few useful features to mobile.

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Panasonic Automotive and Qualcomm join forces on yet another Android-based concept car infotainment system

Well, this is a bit surprising. Fiat Chrysler and Google announced a collaboration earlier this week to create a new Android-based automotive infotainment system — now Panasonic Automotive and Qualcomm are joining forces to create another one. They are touting this concept as "next-generation," whatever that means anymore.

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ASUS's ZenFone 3 Deluxe gets torture-tested by JerryRigEverything, fares quite well

Drop test videos have been pretty popular for a while, but after the iPhone 6 Plus's "bendgate," durability videos really took off. It's easy to understand why; existing owners want to be confident in their devices' build quality, and prospective buyers don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on something that can be scratched by a penny (ahem, Jet Black iPhone 7). In the latest JerryRigEverything video, Zack (not Jerry) takes a look at the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, one of ASUS's higher-end models.

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Polaroid announces the $199 Polaroid Hoop security camera

Polaroid is one of many dead brands used to sell mediocre electronics, including smartphone and tablet lineups running Android. C+A Global, with a license to use the Polaroid brand, revealed the Polaroid Hoop security camera at CES today.

Claiming to adhere to the 'Polaroid brand DNA elements,' the Hoop is your run-of-the-mill home security camera. It has a 1080p camera with a 140-degree lens, can be mounted to walls, and runs off battery packs or AC power. Additionally, the Hoop has a "weatherproof construction," so it should be able to withstand usual outdoor conditions.

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LG announces Smart InstaView Refrigerator, runs webOS with Alexa integration

Remember when Palm was still very much alive, and competed against Android and iOS with its own webOS? After HP bought the company in 2010, they promptly ran the entire OS and ecosystem into the ground and sold it to LG. Now webOS is a mere shadow of its former self, continuing to exist on various LG electronics (mostly TVs).

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All six original Mega Man games are now on the Play Store, and yup, they're terrible

Please don't give Capcom any money for its official Mega Man Android ports. The company hasn't earned any. You'd think that almost 30-year-old games, designed to run on a console with less computational power than the average DVD player, could be ported to Android with relative ease. You would be wrong. All six of the original Nintendo Entertainment System Mega Man games are now on the Play Store for two bucks a pop, and they're just as good as that trailer indicated they would be. So, they suck.

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Samsung announces Chromebook Plus and Pro, both with 360° hinges and stylus pens

CES 2017 is in full swing, with laptops, cars, drones, fridges, connected toothbrushes, and other items being exhibited and announced. In lieu of this, Samsung's joining the party, having just announced its new Chromebook lineup via a press release, with the Plus and Pro looking hugely impressive.

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