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[Deal Alert] Get a gold-plated Huawei Watch starting from $379.99 (up to $370 off)

The Huawei Watch is one of the best smartwatches out there, with its only real downfall being the charging puck you're forced to use. However, if stainless steel isn't premium enough for you, Amazon's got a deal for you. Two gold-plated models of the Huawei Watch, which come with some pretty luxurious bands, have been discounted by up to $370. Now that's what I call a deal.

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Android Police Readers' Choice Award 2016: Cast your vote for the best smartphone of the year

What's your pick for best smartphone of 2016? For the first time (well, that I can remember), we're asking you to cast your vote for the phone you think stole the show this year. I've assembled a list of 15 devices that I think stood out in one way or another in 2016, so please note that the list does not purport to be exhaustive - this is, gently, curated.

With that in mind, consider your vote carefully. The tallying will continue through December 16th at 11:59PM PST, at which point the poll will close. We will announce the winner in a separate post the following week, declaring that phone the recipient of the Android Police Readers' Choice Award for Best Smartphone of 2016.

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The Huawei Watch departs from the Google Store

With all the uncertainty, I don't imagine Android Wear smartwatches will be a hot item this holiday season. Some people are probably still willing to take a risk, but pickings are getting slim either way. Even though it launched more than a year ago, the Huawei Watch is still considered by many to be the best Android Wear device. It's no longer on sale in the Google Store, though.

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Huawei has announced which of its phones will be updated to Nougat

The Huawei Mate 9 was the first phone from the Chinese behemoth to come with Android Nougat — in the form of EMUI 5. Now it has announced which of its other phones will be updated to the latest version of Android and EMUI. This will come in the first quarter of 2017. 

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[Update: More models on sale] [Deal Alert] Multiple Huawei Watch models are up to $200 off on Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and Walmart

The Huawei Watch is easily one of the best Android Wear watches on the market right now, especially when it comes to design. There are a few different styles to choose from, some costing more than others. The Jewel/Pearl model, shown above with a gold finish and tiny jewels circling the display, is down to $349.99 on Amazon, B&H, and Walmart. That's a whopping $200 off the original price, by far the lowest it has ever been (the last lowest price was $470).

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[Deal Alert] Huawei's new MediaPad M3 tablet is already $60 off, down to $239 on Amazon

The MediaPad M3, Huawei's latest attempt to compete with mid-sized tablets in the iPad Mini niche, has only been officially available in the US for a week. But the tablet is already on sale, and by an impressive 20% no less. Amazon is selling the MediaPad M3 for $239, $60 off the retail price. That's not bad at all for a device with its specs, especially since competition in the premium Android tablet space (and in this smaller form factor) seems to be so thin these days.

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[Deal Alert] Get Huawei's Honor 8 for $289.99 ($110 off) with a bunch of free stuff ($25 gift card, cases, earphones, and more) from Newegg

The Honor 8 suffers an affliction that many Chinese phones are prone to: excellent hardware let down by poorly-made software. However, thanks to a beta of EMUI 5 that supposedly improves the software a bunch, the phone may be worth considering now - especially with this Black Friday deal. If a $110 discount on both the 32GB and 64GB models wasn't enough, Newegg is also throwing in the most amount of things I've ever seen bundled with a phone.

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TWRP now available for Xiaomi Mi MIX, Huawei Honor 8, and Lenovo K30-T

TWRP has long been the leading custom recovery for Android smartphones. You can flash ROMs, manage local files, install custom themes, and backup/restore your whole device. TWRP is also great because it's easily ported to other devices, and as evidence of that, the project has begun supporting three new phones.

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Huawei's MediaPad M3 for the US market ships from Amazon on November 21

It's been a while since an Android tablet from a top-tier manufacturer hit the market, and Huawei counts these days. The previously announced MediaPad M3 is coming to the US, and you can order it now. $299 gets you on the list when it ships from Amazon on November 21st.

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Huawei executive confirms company passed on chance to produce Google's Pixel phones

According to German blog WinFuture, VP of Huawei Consumer Business Group Colin Giles confirmed on the record that the company passed on a chance to be the manufacturer of the Google Pixel. The reason, according to Giles, was as we reported a little over a month ago: branding.

Huawei had no desire to go back to making phones for someone else, and Google didn't want a manufacturing partner's trademark featured anywhere on the Pixels or in their marketing. So, a potentially multi-year smartphone partnership that started with the Nexus 6P instead ended there. What could have been will likely remain a mystery - it's not even clear if Google's plans for the Pixel phones had fully materialized during negotiations with Huawei, or if the resultant decision to go with HTC may have led to larger strategy changes for the products.

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