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Nexus 5X Review Preview: Plastic Fantastic

The 2013 Nexus 5 was a much beloved device—it was great at a few things, good at others, and cheap enough that its shortcomings didn't seem so glaring. It struck such a good balance that many owners passed on the (humongous and expensive) Nexus 6 last year. Now, there's the Nexus 5X, a spiritual successor to the 2013 Nexus. I haven't had the 5X for long enough to give it a proper full review, but I've got some impressions to share in advance of the review.

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Nexus 6P Review Preview: So Far, It's Everything I'd Hoped

I've been getting to know the Nexus 6P for a few days now, and while I don't feel a few days is enough time to write a complete review, I thought it would at least be helpful to write a review preview with initial impressions and findings from the new Nexus.

The Nexus 6P is undoubtedly the more "premium" of the new Nexus phones this year. While the 5X is meant to carry on the affordable and performant legacy of the original Nexus 5, the 6P has perks like 240fps slowmo video, a higher-specced (if somewhat embattled) processor, true stereo front-facing speakers, a bigger, denser display, and an all-metal body.

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[Weekend Poll] Did You Pre-Order A Nexus 5X Or 6P?

I know, I know - we do a lot of Nexus polls around this time of year. But they're relevant! While we've asked you about your preference between the Nexus 5X and 6P, we have yet to inquire as to how many of you have actually pre-ordered the devices.

The Nexus 6P is kind-of-sort-of insanely expensive in some regions of the world, with Italy clocking in at an eye-watering 699 Euro (around $780) for the 32GB base version. Granted, the 5X is also ludicrously expensive in the Eurozone, at 479 Euro for the 16GB model. Suffice it to say, Google hasn't priced these phones affordably in every corner of the world.

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[Deal Alert] Control Your TV, Nest, Philips Hue, And More With This Logitech Harmony Home Control For Just $80 ($70 Off) From Best Buy

Just as expensive universal remotes started to feel outdated, Logitech smartly joined the boom in smart home devices. While your old Logitech Harmony remote handled your cable box, TV, and maybe a couple of other auxiliary media devices, the new stuff goes far beyond entertainment systems. Today, you can jump on the bandwagon at a pretty steep discount as Best Buy offers the white Logitech Harmony Home Control for $80, a discount of $70.

If that sounds like a suspiciously high discount, nothing is afoot. It's $50 below Amazon's price, too. The regular market price on this thing is from $125-$150, so this is a seriously good deal.

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[Deal Alert] Get Yourself A Highly Rated Aluminium CHOETECH Three Coil Wireless Charger For $29 After A $7 Off Code

Wireless charging is just peachy, but it's even peachier (trust me, it's a real word) when you have a charger with multiple coils. The more coils you have, the wider the charging area is, removing the aggravation of having to perfectly align your phone. Right now, you can grab a CHOETECH Qi wireless charging cradle with, count 'em, three charging coils, for $29 after a $7 off coupon code. That's enough coils to make a boa constrictor jealous (snake joke, it had to be a snake joke).

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The CHOETECH charger is a sharp looking device constructed out of aluminium, giving it a more premium feel than similarly priced devices.

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Motorola Is Already Testing Marshmallow On The Moto X Pure Edition, No Soak Test Just Yet

Motorola started to cultivate a reputation for reliable and quick Android updates after the company was acquired by Google... then began to shoot itself in the foot following the Marshmallow release. It looks like the company is still interested in timely updates for its flagship phones, at least: Motorola Senior Director David Schuster told his Google+ followers that engineers have already begun testing Android 6.0 on the Moto X Pure Edition (that's the new Moto X Style if you live outside the US).

"There have been a couple reports of a Marshmallow "soak test" that has started for Moto X 2015 Pure Edition.

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Chromecast And Android TV Users Are Seeing Widespread Casting Issues, Cast Receiver APK Update Fixes Them [APK Download]

Have you been having trouble casting videos or other content to your Chromecast or Android TV device lately? You're not alone - we've been getting tips for the last day from all over the Android world about casting failures, and based on threads on Reddit, XDA, Google's support forums, and even NVIDIA's SHIELD forums, the issue has been affecting hundreds and possibly thousands of people. Various culprits have been suspected, from a recent Marshmallow update for the Nexus Player to compatibility tweaks for the new Chromecast model. According to a Reddit user claiming to be a member of Google's Cast on Android TV team, it isn't either of those.

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YouTube Gaming v1.1 Promises Background & Offline Playback, Cardboard Support, And Battletoads [APK Teardown]

Not everybody is into live streaming gameplay, but for those that are, and particularly those that play a lot of games on Android, this week's update for YouTube Gaming was a pretty big deal. It brought much-needed support for recording and live broadcasting your screen directly to YouTube. While the update is significant for the features we now have, it also happens to include some signs for a few more things we can expect in the future. We can see a few of YouTube's newer features are going to hop over to the gaming side, including background playback, offline playback, and even Cardboard support.

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Verizon DROID Turbo 2 And DROID Maxx 2 Promotional Pamphlet Leak Confirms Rumored Details

Verizon's yearly refresh of its exclusive DROID line is fast approaching. The company will announce its new Motorola-produced phones on October 27th (a week from Tuesday), but thanks to a series of leaks, there won't be a lot of surprises on stage. The latest one is a pamphlet for the DROID Turbo 2, a high-end sequel to last year's flagship, and the DROID Maxx 2, a mid-range option that focuses on battery life. The leak comes from Droid Life, and it confirms several details that were leaked and/or rumored previously.

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First of all, the DROID Turbo 2 will get access to the customization options on Moto Maker, a first for the DROID series.

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HTC's New 'Restore' App Is Only For Android 6.0 Devices (Which HTC Doesn't Have Yet)

HTC has promised to reveal an Android 6.0-powered device on October 20th, and that event is just around the corner next Tuesday. But the company hasn't released any upgrades for its current devices just yet (not that anyone really expected them to at this point). Despite that, HTC just released a new app on the Play Store, HTC Restore, which is only compatible with Marshmallow HTC phones. All none of them. Presumably the app is on the Play Store in advance of that new phone, which we expect to be the HTC One A9 "Aero."

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The app is...

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