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[Deal Alert] Amazon is selling the $500 rose gold Huawei Watch for a crazy low $220

In the early days, Android Wear had a luxury problem. Okay, the early models had a far way to go to be considered luxury. They had to first work their way up to unembarrassing, let alone classy.

But these days you can throw half a grand at a stylish gold watch if you want to. Better yet, you can catch one on sale for less than half that.

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[Update: Honor 5X confirmed] Honor promises at least 24 months of OS updates for current and future phones

Most OEMs don't have much of a reputation for providing timely and consistent OS updates. There are a few exceptions here and there — LG's V20 is set to become the first non-Nexus smartphone to launch with Nougat sometime around September — but while there may be a growing trend for devices to receive major updates shortly after they're released, it is much rarer to see them getting software support for more than a year or so. Only last year did Google begin promising 3 years of security updates and 2 years of major OS updates for all Nexus phones and tablets — which is still almost half as long as an iPhone's lifecycle.

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Honor 8 unveiled for the US, pre-orders begin August 17 for $400 with $50 gift card

Although the Honor 8 was revealed more than a month ago in China, it's just now been introduced to the US. Honor is calling this its first flagship for America, so it had better impress. The company is specifically toting the 8's 12MP dual camera system (no Leica branding?), the snappy fingerprint sensor, and the performance.

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[Update: Redmi Note 3] CyanogenMod 13 nightlies come to the Honor 5X and ZenPad 8.0

The corporate half of the Cyanogen world might have seen better days, but the community-developer ROM is still going strong. They've recently released the CyanogenMod ROM to two new devices. The Huawei Honor 5X and ASUS ZenPad 8.0 have all been given initial nightly builds of CM 13 (based on Android 6.0 code), available to download and flash now.

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A leaked Android 7.0 beta ROM for the Huawei P9 is in the wild

Who says that Nexus owners get to have all the fun? Yesterday an innocuous XDA thread claimed to have a beta version of an Android 7.0 build, ready and waiting for Huawei's dual-camera phone, the P9. Usually that sort of post when we're still weeks or months away from a full AOSP release of a new Android version is, to put it bluntly, bunk. But in this case, users who have flashed the ROM say that it's functional and apparently legitimate - Huawei's proprietary EMUI skin, marked as version 5, is running on top of Nougat. It's working on the EVA-L09 model; others may not be compatible.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Nexus 6P 64GB and 128GB down 26% on Amazon, starting $403.75

Far be it from me to tell you what smartphone to own, but if you were looking at getting a Nexus device, I'm going to go on a limb and advise you to skip the Nexus 6 and 5X and even the 32GB Nexus 6P, and go straight to one of these 64GB or 128GB Nexus 6P deals on Amazon.

As part of its Prime Day Deal, Amazon is discounting these models of the Nexus 6P by 26%. If memory serves me right, the biggest discount we've seen on the Nexus 6P is $80 off plus a $50 gift card from B&H.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Honor 5X $119.99 (40% off $199.99)

The 5.5-inch Huawei Honor 5X Marshmallow update is finally rolling out, solving one of the major issues we had with this device in our original review. With only 16GB of on-board storage (which we figured closer to 8GB after counting the OS and bloatware), Android 6.0 Marshmallow's SD card capabilities make this a much more attractive offering, especially considering the price! We saw the 5X on eBay for $159.99 back in March, but this is by far the best deal yet: $119.99 on Amazon for an unlocked device that will work on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.

Just to recap our initial thoughts:

A $200 smartphone with a fingerprint scanner, a decent camera, solid battery life, and LTE...

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Huawei Honor 8: A glass-backed, cheaper P9

The Honor 8 is Huawei's newest offering announced yesterday from China. It seems to compete with Huawei's own recent flagship, the P9, on every dimension except two: build quality (glass back vs. unibody construction) and price (this one is about 30% cheaper). We covered the P9 back in April, and the Honor 8 really is almost identical as you can see from the specs:

 Honor 8P9
ProcessorKirin 950 (4 x Cortex A72 2.3GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8GHz + always-on I5 coprocessor)Kirin 955 (4 x Cortex A72 2.5GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8GHz + always-on I5 coprocessor)
GPUMali T880
Memory & Storage3GB/32GB, 4GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB
Screen5.2" 1920x1080 LTPS LCD (423 PPI), 96% NTSC color reproduction
Camera (rear)12MP, F2.2, dual lens (1 B&W, 1 RGB)
Camera (front)8PM, F2.4
SD CardHybrid microSD (dual nano SIM or nano + SD)
Battery3000mAh
SoftwareEMUI 4.1 on Android 6.0
Measurements145.5 x 71 x 7.44 mm, 153 g145 x 70.9 x 7 mm, 144 g
Build"2.5D" glass front and back, metal frameAll metal unibody construction
ColorsWhite, Gold, Black, Pink, BlueWhite, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Gray

As far as I can tell, except for being ever so slightly slower, bulkier, and cheaper with the glass back, these two phones are almost identical.

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Huawei releases Marshmallow for the Honor 5X with EMUI 4.0

See that green bugdroid above? It's carrying a heavy(ly customized) version of Marshmallow specially to your Huawei Honor 5X. Wrapped tightly with it is a new version of EMUI for the device: 4.0.

In terms of Marshmallow, you should expect the usual features that we've been talking about for nearly a year now: Now on Tap (which is getting more useful with time), Doze mode for better battery optimization while idle, better volume controls, a new open apps menu, and more.

As for EMUI 4.0, it brings a few interesting modifications. There's motion control to launch different apps or perform some actions while the screen is off (draw M to launch the music player, double tap to wake, etc), a personalized navigation bar with a notification drop-down shortcut à la LG, one-handed mode, different drag locations to drop the notification shade or the toggle shortcuts, and a few more.

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Huawei files a 4G patent complaint against T-Mobile USA

Huawei isn't just in the smartphone and hard-to-pronounce name businesses, they're also a telecommunications giant that handles an enormous amount of business-to-business infrastructure all over the world. That means a diversified portfolio of hardware, software, and (waaait for it) technology patents. BizJournals reports that the Chinese company is bringing that portfolio to bear against T-Mobile US today, alleging that the budget-friendly cell carrier refuses to license 14 of its 4G patents.

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