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Hands-on with the Galaxy Note7: Eyeball scanning is standard

There is perhaps no better-selling “enthusiast” or “power-user” smartphone than Samsung's Galaxy Note series. When it debuted in 2011, it was dismissed as ridiculous by many (myself included). It was too big, we said - too big to hold, “and for what? Who needs this?” many of us barked at the time (how wrong we were). But the Note series became a runaway success, and each year, millions of Samsung fans await the latest iteration.

Last year’s Note, though, may have been the biggest letdown in the Note series yet. It had no microSD slot, no removable battery, and it didn’t even launch in Europe - perhaps a signal of the Note series entering a wind-down phase.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is official with a Snapdragon 820, 5.7-inch curved AMOLED, iris scanner, and more

The number "six" is so last year—Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Note7 to bring the numbering in-line with the flagship S phones. There were a myriad of leaks leading up to this moment, so nothing here is too surprising. It's a big Samsung phone with a stylus, a curved AMOLED, an iris scanner, and speedy internals.

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32 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (7/19/16 - 8/1/16)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks 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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Play Store v6.9 includes sign of built-in app streaming, a VR purchase screen, a new API Level, and more [APK Teardown]

There's a new version of the Google Play Store rolling out to users right now, but it doesn't appear to be brimming with any big, bold new features. However, there are some interesting bits and pieces floating around inside of the APK that point to some of the things we can look forward to in the future. A teardown of v6.9 points to a built-in app streaming interface and a custom purchasing experience for Cardboard. There are also quite a few odd little tweaks to various other things. We're still looking for more changes, so hit the download link below and take a look around for yourself.

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Download: Some of the new wallpapers from the unreleased 2016 Nexus phones

Nexus wallpapers. You want them because duh. These are a handful of the new static wallpapers that Google will unveil with the new Nexus phones later this year. We don't know if this is all the wallpapers, but it's a good portion of them. We also know for a fact that Google is working on a tremendous number of new live wallpapers with varying animations and functions (yep, functional LWPs, from Google), and we'll share more about those when we have it.

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Exclusive: This is Google's new "Nexus Launcher" that may debut on the 2016 Nexus phones

According to multiple reliable sources, we believe that Google plans to debut a brand-new launcher for Nexus devices some time in the near future, likely on its 2016 Nexus (if they are Nexuses) smartphones Marlin and Sailfish.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

We do not have possession of any APKs we can distribute or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

Confidence level

We give this rumor a confidence level of 9 out of 10.

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PSA: Google Album Archive shows you all your photo albums in one place [Update]

Google has a lot of products and services that involve photos, and it can be hard to keep track of where everything is. The company added a cool feature to the Google "About Me" account info screen recently that makes it easier to find all your photos. It's called Album Archive, and it, well, archives all your albums.

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Nexus updates with August security patches are available for download

The monthly security patches are starting to roll out, and the sideload-able Nexus files are available for download if you don't want to wait. The full system images are there so you can start fresh, but the OTA files are available too if you want a quicker method. As usual, don't expect feature updates in this OTA, but there are ample fixes for vulnerabilities large and small.

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[Trust no one] Samsung's Twitter support reps are telling people the unlocked US Galaxy S7 won't get updates, but that's completely wrong

We hear regularly from readers who were given confusing (and sometimes alarming) information by the support reps for one company or another. This is almost always a result of the front-line customer service people being misinformed or confused, but the latest Samsung support blunder is a particularly annoying example of this phenomenon. The official Samsung support Twitter account is adamant that the new US unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge won't get updates, but that's just nonsense.

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Google will start pushing Android notifications when new devices are added to your account

Google already sends email notifications when a new device accesses your account, but people are programmed to ignore email. According to Google, native Android notifications are four times more effective at getting your attention, so that's what it's going to show you from now on when devices are added to your account.

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