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Verizon Wireless Announces Galaxy Note 5 And HTC One M8 Android Marshmallow Updates

Verizon Wireless has announced that Android 6.0 is on its way to the Galaxy Note 5. That makes this the first Marshmallow-packing over-the-air update to hit the Note 5 in the US. Verizon has beat AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to the punch. This is also the first Galaxy device on Verizon's network to make the leap.

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[Update: Winners!] Win A Blu Life One X Or Vivo 5 (Six Phones Total) From Blu And Android Police

We've been working with Blu for quite a while now, and the company has been putting out some of its best phones to date over the last few months. With the release of the Life One X (2016) and Vivo 5, Blu has once again set the bar for what a "budget" phone can — and should — be. For $150 and $200 respectively, these are two of the absolute best phones that are available on the market today in this price range.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future.

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OnePlus 2 Gets Updated To OxygenOS 2.2.1, And No, It's Not Marshmallow

OnePlus has been hounded pretty regularly in recent months by anxious OP2 owners wondering when Marshmallow is coming. Well, there's an OTA starting to roll out today and... it's not Marshmallow. Still Android 5.1, sorry. It does, however, bring RAW support to the camera, new security patches, and other little fixes.

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[Deal Alert] Nekteck Car Jump Starter Portable Power Bank On Sale For $49.99 At Amazon After $30 Off CC

There is nothing worse than getting into your car as you prepare to leave for work and discovering your battery is dead. You could call AAA - if you have a membership, your parents - if they live close by, or a friend - if you have any of those. Regardless of whom you call, by the time they get there, you are going to be late to work.

The other option is to buy a portable battery pack that doubles as a car jump-starter and keep it in your trunk for just such occasions. There are a ton of different companies that make these things, and today, one of them is on sale.

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[No Cables, No Problem] Fastboot Gains Networking Capabilities, Wireless Flashing Isn't Far Off

If I were to say that I'm going to flash a new system image to your Nexus phone without attaching a USB cable, you might think I'm a little crazy. Well, I could be a little crazy, but that thing about the cable is definitely coming true in the very near future. Google has added networking support to the fastboot tool. When paired with a phone with a supported bootloader, it will be possible to perform all of the usual fastboot commands wirelessly.

In a recent commit to AOSP, support for the TCP protocol was added to fastboot. The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is one of the basic building blocks of communication on the Internet, used for reliable transmission of data from one point to another.

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Multiple Images Leak Of The Unannounced 'HTC 10'

HTC left Mobile World Congress to Samsung and LG, preferring to have the stage to itself when it announces its 2016 flagship in a month or two. Some of the wind has been taken out of HTC's sails today with multiple leaks of the "HTC 10."

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Opera Beta Gets A New Tab Switcher And Physical Web Support With Chromium 49 Upgrade

Opera might be getting ready to be sold out to a Consortium of Chinese companies, but that's not stopping the Norwegian team from updating the different apps and browsers under its umbrella. The most recent update touches Opera Beta, the open beta version of the full fledged browser (not Opera Mini). It upgrades the browser's codebase to Chromium 49, which as you'll recall enables Physical Web support with Bluetooth connectivity inside the browser for beacons for example.

The most significant change in the interface is a new tab switcher and selector similar to the one that's been active in Opera Mini for a while.

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VLC 2.0 Beta Adds Local Network Browsing And Lets You Use The Android TV Interface On Any Device

If you've ever tried playing an odd video format on your phone, chances are you've used one of a couple of well known video players like MX or VLC. After a slow start, the latter has been receiving rather frequent updates and improvements that keep pushing it forward. VLC also has an active beta program (of which you can be a part by joining this Google+ community and then becoming a tester on the Play Store) and its latest release is version 1.9.0 which is actually a beta for version 2.0.0. Let's pretend that's not unnecessarily convoluted and move on.

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WhatsApp Starts Emphasizing End-To-End Encryption, Collapses Long Messages, And Tests Some Minor Interface Changes

You know WhatsApp's Android developers have finished hibernating when they start throwing one build after the other like a going out of business sale. In the past couple of weeks, they unleashed the new emojis on everyone then proceeded to launch an official Play Store beta program and update the latter with miscellaneous things before starting to test the new documents sharing option. In the latest incarnations of the app between 2.12.493 and 2.12.500, a few other interface changes snuck in, one of which points to an important shift in WhatsApp's way of doing things.

Emphasis on end-to-end encryption

First, if you're on version 2.12.498, you might notice a new message inside chat windows confirming that this chat is now end-to-end encrypted.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: djay 2, Today Calendar, And Many More For $1

Google is running another of its big app promotions today through March 10th, and that means you can get some great deals on popular stuff like Today Calendar and djay 2. The recent Poweramp and Nova Launcher sale is also part of this promo, but that's just the start. Note: these deals are available in a lot of countries, usually at the lowest regular price in that country's currency. There are also some unrelated sales going on, so we're lumping it all together.

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