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Android O feature spotlight: Developer Preview 2 adds a Bluetooth AVRCP version selector

Bluetooth seems to be getting some improvements in Android O. When the first Developer Preview dropped, we saw that the OS will let you choose which Bluetooth codec, including aptX and aptX HD, to use when streaming audio wirelessly. In a similar vein, Developer Preview 2 now has an option for you to choose which AVRCP version to use, instead of just getting stuck with the default v1.4.

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Bluetooth streaming added to Google Home, now you can play anything

Google’s Rishi Chandra took to the stage during Google's I/O keynote to talk about incoming features for Google Home. After announcing that some great music services will be coming to the smart speaker — including Spotify, Deezer, and SoundCloud — he also dropped the news that support for streaming over Bluetooth was incoming.

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[Deal Alert] Anker discounts some of its highly rated Bluetooth speakers and headphones by up to 40%

If you've been thinking about picking up a Bluetooth speaker or a set of Bluetooth headphones, Anker is offering an Amazon daily deal that cuts up to 40% off some of their well-reviewed products. Heck, you can never have enough Bluetooth speakers, and why not add another pair of Bluetooth headphones to your collection?

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[Deal Alert] Jaybird drops Freedom and X3 earbuds to $99.99 for Mother's Day

Is your dear mother still listening to music with wires? Then as her offspring, you are duty bound to rectify that this Mother's Day... according to Jaybird. To help out with that, the Freedom and X3 Bluetooth earbuds are on sale for just $99.99 right now.

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Google has fixed the Pixel's annoying Bluetooth bug, no system update required

If you own a Pixel or Pixel XL, you might have encountered an annoying bug where the phone's Bluetooth connection would randomly shut off. You could still turn it back on, but it could shut off again without warning. Not the kind of software quality you would expect from a $650+ device.

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Android O feature spotlight: Support for aptX Bluetooth streaming (update: confirmed)

Google announced Android O today (have you heard?), and one feature on the list that caught my eye was a reference to "high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs" now being supported by the OS. While Google doesn't specifically reference aptX, there really isn't much else they could be referring to. aptX is a proprietary streaming protocol owned by CSR, who are now owned by Qualcomm.

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[Deal Alert] Get an LG Tone Pro Bluetooth headset for $25, refurbished for $20 ($50/$45 off)

While not the prettiest, "neckbuds" are quite useful as far as Bluetooth headsets go. I have only come across a few activities where my LG Tone Ultras are more work than they're worth (*ahem* bench pressing). Consequently, I have worn mine to death, so this deal is right up my alley. Over on DailySteals, you pick up some LG Tone Pros (model number HBS-770) for $25 brand new, or save $5 on some refurbished ones. These normally go for $70, so this deal is insanely good.

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[Update: Fix coming soon] Bluetooth randomly turning itself off on some devices, including the Pixel and Pixel XL

Over the past week or so, hundreds of users have reported about a particularly annoying bug with Bluetooth on the Pixel and Pixel XL. For seemingly no reason at all, Bluetooth will suddenly turn off. It can be turned back on just fine, but it will later shut itself off again.

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[Deal Alert] Get a set of Samsung Level On Wireless headphones for just $99.99 ($100 off), plus a variety of other Samsung audio deals from Groupon

We've published quite a few Deal Alerts already today, and that trend isn't stopping. As fellow tech geeks, it's our sworn duty to inform you all about any great prices on technology we find out there. In case today's deals on other Samsung products, like the Gear 360 camera or Level U Pro wireless headphones, didn't tickle your fancy, we've got some more coming your way right now.

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The last update to Google's Phone app may be linked to Bluetooth calling issues

Google regularly rolls out updates to the dialer app on its phones via the Play Store. In the most recent update, the changelog claims "bug fixes," but many users are reporting it introduced a new bug. Dozens of reviews on the Play Store say the February 10th update broke Bluetooth calling.

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