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[Weekend Poll] Would You Buy A Xiaomi Mi 5... Assuming It Was Available In Your Country?

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is a phone that, statistically, most of you probably will not be able to buy through official channels if you read this website. While it will be available in two massive markets - namely, China and India - the rest of the world will once again be sitting on the sidelines for the launch of Xiaomi's latest and greatest low-cost but powerful mass-market smartphone. Xiaomi is expected to expand its list of markets at some point with the Mi 5, but the general assumption is that expansion will still be restricted to Asia or other emerging markets for the time being.

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How To Buy A New Amazon Echo Dot Without Using Alexa Or Fire TV

Amazon really wants people to use voice command to buy stuff. So much so that the new Echo Dot, the smaller, cheaper version of the Amazon Echo that can use an existing speaker can only be bought through voice commands, specifically on an existing Amazon Echo unit or through Amazon's Fire TV platform. At least, that's what the launch announcement says. It turns out you can get one through the Amazon Android storefront app just as easily, no extra hardware required (though you do need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber). Here we go:

1. Download and install the Amazon Shopping app on an Android phone or tablet.

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38 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 12/3/15—3/4/16

Smart watches might not be an essential piece of technology yet, but the more apps and watch faces there are, the more useful they become. Sure, many of them are ill-advised and may murder your battery (killer app?), but that's the price you pay to find the truly good apps. Today we have many apps and watch faces, some of them are just for fun and others might be genuinely useful. You won't know until you check them out.

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ZeroLemon Releases A Giant 9000mAh Extended Battery For The LG V10 - Amazon Has It For $60

ZeroLemon, purveyor of enormous batteries and even bigger cases to the mobile masses, has another extended battery on offer. This time it's for the LG V10, the high-end phone with a weird little stock ticker screen above its primary panel. As with most of ZeroLemon's designs, it wraps around the entire phone with specific cutouts for buttons and ports. The extended battery is 9000mAh, exactly three times bigger than the V10's stock battery, and it's selling on Amazon for $60.

The V10 bucks the trend of slim and enclosed batteries in flagship phones, which means the extended battery can be attached directly to the phone's battery compartment without a pass-through port.

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Snag An Open Box 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 For Just $129.99 On eBay ($100 Off)

Earlier this month we saw the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 available for $215, a significant discount from its usually high price. This brought it down to only slightly less than what the 8-inch model typically costs. Except now folks in the US can pick up the latter on eBay for even less.

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After User Backlash, Amazon Says It Will Return Encryption To Fire OS Devices This Spring

You might have heard that Amazon disabled the option for software encryption in the latest version of its Android-based Fire OS for the Kindle Fire series of tablets. (This isn't new - Fire OS 5 has been rolling out to various tablets since last year.) And if you read news that isn't Android Police, you probably also know that it's not the biggest story involving encryption right now. After consumer backlash following the Apple-FBI encryption case, Engadget reports that Amazon says it will return software encryption in the next major update.

Customers might have had something to say about the loss of encryption capabilities even without the highly public spat between Apple and the FBI over the San Bernardino iPhone case.

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Tablified Market Gets A Material Makeover — Still The Best Way To Find Tablet-Optimized Apps

When I got my first Android tablet sometime around 2012 or 2013, I turned to Tablified Market to find good tablet apps. At the time, the Play Store didn't have any way of filtering tablet-optimized apps (and it still sucks at that) and Tablified was doing a great job of curating them into categories and easy to browse lists. But despite its good content, the Tablified app was merely an HTML wrapper for the website. It was slow to load and just dreadful in terms of responsiveness (here's what it looked like). With time, I started using it less and less until the app stopped being developed around April 2014 and I let it go.

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Android Police Podcast Episode 198: One-Hundred And Forty-Three EVO 3Ds

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here (warning: this video is uncut). As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's episode: Android N leaks reveal details about the upcoming OS, Google's new Hands Free payment system, and more!

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Twitch Android App Update Introduces Ability To Subscribe To Broadcasts

Playing video games is hard work. Okay, playing games, providing commentary, and doing the occasional editing does take effort. Some producers on Twitch attempt to monetize their content by getting users to subscribe and pay a few bucks a month. This feature is available in the browser, and now it has made its way to the Android app.

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HTC Says That The One A9 Will Never Come To Verizon After All

HTC announced the One A9 late last year with support for T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint out of the box. Verizon support was promised in early 2016. However, it looks like that dream dies today with word that HTC has been unable to get certification for the Verizon network.

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