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Niantic is adding Raid Battles, Gym Badges, and more to Pokémon GO, but it has to temporarily disable all gyms to do it [Update: APK and changelog]

Ah, Niantic. The Google spin-off had a hit on its hands last summer with Pokémon GO burst onto the scene. Slow updates and a poor reliability in the early days probably hobbled the game, but it's still chugging along. Niantic's next update will add some neat features, but it also requires all gyms to be disabled during the rollout. Something tells me people won't like that.

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Update for certain Galaxy S8/S8+ models allows hiding the navigation bar

After years of sticking to physical navigation buttons, Samsung finally switched to a virtual navigation bar on the Galaxy S8. Not only did the software navigation look cleaner, you could also change the order of the buttons. Now Samsung is introducing another customization option, but only on certain S8 models for now.

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LG to release an enhanced G6 "plus version" alongside a software update bringing new features

The LG G6 was launched in its native South Korea way back in March. The global rollout took a little longer, with an unlocked US version not getting its release until May. Variants of the flagship sold in different regions were also subject to varying features, with wireless charging exclusive to the North America model, for example, while quad DAC audio was available only to Korean consumers. In spite of what would appear to be a fragmented global launch, LG came up with its best ever phone, and one that went some way to making up for the disappointing G5. Not resting on its laurels, LG has announced the G6+, bringing with it some key spec upgrades, and a software update with new features that will also be available on the original G6.

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[Deal Alert] LG's Tone Studio wearable speakers just $137.31 at Amazon ($93 off)

We've all had the tremendous need to make absolutely sure everyone within earshot knows what we are listening to. Well, right now you can fill that void by picking up the LG Tone Studio not-quite-headphones for $137 over at Amazon. We've caught the price drop on these three times before, but this is the lowest we've seen them at yet. It's such a hot deal, in fact, that it looks like Amazon blew through their available stock. You can still place an order, but it might not be fulfilled for a while. 

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[Update: Extra $30 off] Deal Alert: Today is the last day you can get the Sprint LG G6 for just $120 at Best Buy

Best Buy's short Father's Day promo is set to expire tonight, so if you are interested in picking up LG's latest flagship, the G6, on Sprint for just $5 a month over 24 months, you'll have to do it soon. That price works out to $120 over two years, a savings of $609 over the full retail price. That is an exceedingly good deal. The promotional offer does have some terms and conditions associated with it, and the phone isn't likely to work outside of Sprint's network. But, if it fits your niche, it's a fantastic price. 

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F-Droid's lead app maintainer Boris Kraut is leaving the project

Boris Kraut, the former lead app maintainer for F-Droid, has announced in a recent post to the site's forums that he is leaving the project. Among the reasons cited for his departure were a lack of interest and motivation due to not actually using Android himself, as well as some internal disagreement about the best way to handle some future challenges the organization faces. He will still be around in the F-Droid IRC in the meantime. 

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Google adds support for app listings in local currencies for 8 new countries

Residents in countries like Bangladesh and Macau can get used to seeing round numbers on their bank statements from Google Play. Google has just rolled out support for setting specific prices in local currencies for eight new countries. Keep in mind, these countries previously had Google Play, and purchases in them were still in their local currency. But, now developers can set specific prices in these places, if they choose to.

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[Deal Alert] Galaxy S8 for $525 or S8+ for $625 when you trade in your old phone

You might have one or two (or more) phones sitting unused in a desk drawer or in a closet. Maybe your iPhone 3G or Droid 3 hasn't seen the light of day for a few years. If that's the case, and you've been eyeing a Galaxy S8, Samsung has just the deal for you.

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YotaPhone 3 will arrive later this year and start at $350

Pictured: YotaPhone 2

Every once in a while, a smartphone comes to the market with a totally unique feature or form factor. There was the Galaxy S4 Zoomthe dual-screen Kyocera Echo, and Samsung's projector phone to name a few. The original YotaPhone, which included an e-ink display on the back side, certainly fits into this category.

The YotaPhone 2 was released in late 2014 for some regions, but the North American release was cancelled. Yota Devices has officially announced the next model, fittingly named the YotaPhone 3, at the China-Russia Expo in Harbin.

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[Update: Xperia XA too] Nougat is rolling out to the Sony Xperia XA Ultra

Not to be forgotten to the passing of time, it appears that the Sony Xperia XA Ultra has started receiving a substantial update. Nougat is finally coming to the year-old phone, and not a moment too soon, either.

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