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The unlocked Xperia X Compact is available for pre-order on Amazon for $500, plus a $50 credit

Customers who want a solid phone with good specs and a screen size under five inches have been having a hard time of it for the last few years. Sony seems like the only manufacturer that will give them the time of day, and their phones aren't always easy to find in any given market. Those in the US who've been salivating over the Xperia X Compact, the company's latest bantamweight heavy-hitter, can now put down some money to get an American unlocked model.

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[Not Allo] Google starts advertising Duo on the Google.com homepage

Google rarely advertises anything on the Google.com homepage. Most of the time the ads consist of single-line text banners about a new Nexus device or donating to disaster relief. They were the subject of much criticism in 2012 when they used an animated advertisement (for the Nexus 7) on the homepage for the first time.

Google is once again using its influence as the homepage for millions of users - this time to promote Duo. If you visit the Google homepage at the time of writing, you can see a text banner that reads, "Face-to-face with just a tap. Try Duo, simple video calling for Android and iOS."

Google appears to be making a large marketing push for Duo, just recently they published a series of advertisements on their YouTube channel.

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Google is rebranding 'Google for Work' to 'Google Cloud,' for some reason

Google for Work, also commonly known as Google Apps, is a service available to businesses on a subscription model from Google. As you might figure out from the name, it allows companies to create and manage accounts that can use Gmail, Google Calendar, Hangouts, Google Drive, and other related services. As a matter of fact, everyone at Android Police has a Google for Work account.

The Information reports that Google is discontinuing the use of the 'Google for Work' brand, and replacing it with 'Google Cloud.' One of their sources, someone who was briefed on the change, said "The name change is Google’s way of saying, ‘We have the best cloud platform, period.'" The Information believes they will formally announce the name on September 29.

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Sony's selfie-centric Xperia C4 and C4 Dual smartphones receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Sony isn't known for getting Android updates out especially quickly, and the fact that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is only arriving now (a month after Nougat's official release) for the Xperia C4 and Xperia C4 Dual is proof of that. Then again, this is a last-generation, mid-range phone with an unconventional MediaTek chipset, so we'll cut Sony some slack for this one.

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[Deal Alert] Get a gold Moto 360 (2nd Gen) in 42mm guise for just $228 on Amazon (40% off)

The second generation Moto 360 just celebrated its one-year birthday two days ago, but it's still one of the most capable smartwatches out. Now, for a limited time, you can pick one up in the Men's 42mm size from Amazon for just $228 in a gold-on-gold color scheme.

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LG launches Sprint and Boost Mobile's first MediaTek-equipped device, the X power

In the US, an extraordinarily small amount of phones utilize MediaTek chipsets. However, with the introduction of the LG X power to Sprint and Boost Mobile, that small amount is growing by one. The X power, which was just revealed today for the aforementioned CDMA carriers, sports a MediaTek MTK6755M (more commonly known as the helio P10) clocked at 1.8GHz. MediaTek is calling this its "first premium chipset offered in a device on a major U.S. carrier network."

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[Video] President of Samsung US apologizes for Note7 recall

The Galaxy Note7 recall, despite Samsung's best efforts, has severely hurt the company's public image. I do give Samsung credit for not only acknowledging that they messed up, but working as hard as possible to address the issue. Tim Baxter, President & COO of Samsung Electronics America, recently made a public statement on behalf of the company to address the Note7 recall.

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Google is testing the option to queue Play Store downloads for when WiFi is available

Ever since capped mobile data became the norm, we have been faced with a conundrum—download things on mobile data for instant gratification or wait until there's WiFi that won't put a dent in our data plan. The Play Store has long had an option that would prevent large downloads from starting without your express permission on mobile data, but now Google is testing a system that lets you queue these downloads for the next time you're on WiFi.

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Chrome Dev 55 adds gamepad features and better Android Pay support [APK Download]

Yesterday, I wrote about the massive number of changes that Chrome Beta 54 brought along. Chrome 55 hasn't been in development for quite as long, but there are still a few noteworthy changes. Come along with me as I journey into the wonderful world of alpha-quality software.

Users on Android 7.0 might need to use an APK to update, as there is a bug with Chrome Beta & Dev updating from the Play Store. You can find the APKMirror download link at the bottom of this post.
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Xperia X Compact added to Sony's Open Device Program

The newest little phone from Sony has been made more developer-friendly today. The Xperia X Compact has joined the Sony Open Device program, allowing the more technically inclined out there to build stock Android from AOSP for the phone. Sony has made the necessary code available for both Nougat and Marshmallow builds on the X Compact.

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