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The Information: Google plans to release a Google Home with mesh networking

Ever since the release of the first Chromecast, Google has been working hard to establish a place in your home. Last year's $129 Google Home was a major release, but it seems like Google isn't stopping there. According to a report from The Information, Google is working on an upgraded version of the Home to compete with the Amazon Echo.

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The Honor 8 Pro is official with a Kirin 960, 5.7" QHD display, dual cameras, a 4,000mAh battery, and more

Huawei is off to a busy start this year. Not only did it put out the Honor 6X, a surprisingly good budget phone, and the P10 series, but now the company has unleashed the Honor 8 Pro upon the world. Also known as the Honor V9 in China, the slim Honor 8 Pro looks to be one of the best phones out of the Chinese giant's sub-brand yet.

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HTC U leak reveals full specs, Edge Sense feature details, plus 4 microphones and dual speakers

The HTC U, codenamed Ocean, is the hottest item in the rumor mill now that the Galaxy S8 has been announced. The last we heard about the U, it was supposed to launch in April with a Snapdragon 835, 5.5" WQHD display, 12MP back cam and 16MP front cam, and Android 7.1. The headline feature though is the sensors around the frame that can detect your squeezes and swipes across the edges.

Now Android Headlines seems to have come across the HTC U's presentation doc and thanks to it, we learn a bit more about the phone. Specs-wise, we have a confirmation about the processor, screen, and Android version, though there's no mention of either cameras' resolution.

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A sight for four eyes: Alcatel announces a phone with four cameras


You know what's better than three cameras on a phone? That's right, four cameras on a phone. That seems to be the logic behind Alcatel's just-announced Flash smartphone, and — at least on paper — it's hard to argue with the math.

The new smartphone is the result of what was probably an inevitable match-up between a device with two rear-facing cameras and one with two front-facing cameras (remember the LG V10?), making it the first in the world to sport four lenses. The two cameras on the rear each house a 13MP sensor, while the two on the front comprise a 8MP+5MP combo.

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Google Wifi's app update also shows meshed and wired status for each access point

The title says it all. The Google Wifi was updated a couple of days ago with a "Scheduled Pauses" option to stop your internet at predefined moments during the day and night. But the app update also included one more change that nerds like our own Artem were requesting and dying to have: a status option for each access point to see how it is connecting to the network.

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Google Photos details info page shows you the people inside a photo

Google Photos is really good at recognizing people in a photo and grouping their pics together. It's one feature I've come to rely on to find all the photos I have of specific friends or family members and even photos of "person X and person Y and person Z" together. But there were still a couple of small things missing from Photos' facial recognition like the option to manually tag a person in a pic or the ability to see who Google had recognized in a photo from the photo itself, not their dedicated page.

But the latter is now implemented. Actually, it was implemented at some point in the last few versions: I can confirm that it wasn't there in 2.10.0.148909749 but it is live in 2.12.0.151124741, so it was added to Photos sometime between March 13 and 30.

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YouTube Go beta is now officially available in India

When YouTube Go was announced last September, the focus was on India and users were asked to sign up to be notified. But then last month YouTube Go made it onto the Play Store unofficially and users around the world were able to download it from APK Mirror and try it out. Some could register their phone numbers and use it fully with the ability to download videos, others couldn't and were limited to streaming. But still, Go wasn't yet officially announced.

Now it is, well at least in beta, and the first official country Go is available in is India.

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'Muskie,' the larger of the next-generation Pixel phones, appears in AOSP

I know, I know - we won't do this every time they show up. But! We caught our first sighting of the larger next-generation Pixel phone in the AOSP gerrit, codename 'muskie.' You can see one such example we fished out below.

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Android O feature spotlight: Automatically enable WiFi when you're near a saved network

It's important to take advantage of WiFi in this era of capped data plans, but what if you forget to turn your WiFi on? That might happen much less often in Android O. There's a feature (not currently active) that can turn WiFi on for you when you get near a saved network.

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The LG G6 gets tortured by JerryRigEverything, emerges mostly unscathed

LG isn't really well known for building strong, reliable smartphones. Last year's G5 was a build quality nightmare, and even its newer phones are still bootlooping (on a completely unrelated note, check out our Nexus 5X long-term review). With the G6, though, LG incorporated a beefy metal frame, as well as some other little tweaks that make this 2017 flagship one of the more durable phones that JerryRigEverything has tested.

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