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[Deal Alert] The Samsung Gear 360 camera is $50 off at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo

360-degree video is So Hot Right Now. Between the launch of Daydream, expanded support in apps like YouTube, and a continuing interest in headsets like Gear VR and the Oculus Rift, video creators wouldn't be unwise to dip a toe into this particular pool. (If only wearables had stayed so hot.) Samsung's consumer-grade 360-degree camera, creatively called the Gear 360, is currently on sale for $50 off at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. That brings the price down to $299.99.

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[Update: RUU available] Nougat for the unlocked HTC 10 rolling out today, only in the USA for now

HTC's got a Thanksgiving treat for you folks in the US - at least the people who own an HTC 10, anyway. Nougat is arriving starting today! Excellent news.

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Blu promises to completely remove the update software that stole user data

Blu took a substantial hit last month when security firm Kryptowire discovered a pre-installed service on several of the company's phones was sending users' data to a server in China. The offending service was part of the OTA update module provided by third-party company Adups. Blu has now promised to get rid of the Adups software after previously neutering it.

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The Google On app gets a UI revamp and becomes Google WiFi in latest update [APK Download]

Google released the Google On app last year alongside the OnHub, but the OnHub is yesterday's news. The hot new router in town is Google WiFi. Devices are going to be hitting virtual and physical store shelves in a few days, and the On Hub app is being updated to prepare. It's no longer called "Google On," though. It's Google WiFi now.

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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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Motorola isn't planning on releasing a Moto 360 successor anytime soon

The second-generation Moto 360 is still a solid Android Wear offering, even if it's getting a bit long in the tooth. However, this 15-month old device will remain as the most recent Moto smartwatch for the foreseeable future, as a Moto exec confirmed today that no new smartwatch has been planned for Android Wear 2.0's release.

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Verizon LG G5 owners report that the Nougat update is arriving today

Normally we see Verizon post a service alert on its website well before any of its customers receive a new software update on their devices. Today the company seems to be breaking that long habit, but the affected users aren't complaining. According to posts on the dedicated sub-Reddit and XDA forum, the Verizon version of LG's modular G5 is being updated to Android 7.0 starting today. Huzzah, tally ho, three cheers, et cetera.

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Google Daydream View headsets in Crimson and Snow colors available for pre-order, shipping on December 8th

The Daydream View headset launched several weeks ago with just a single option—the "Slate" color. I like to call it gray. Now the more stylish Crimson and Snow colors (right and left above) are available for pre-order. They cost the same $79 and will ship on December 8th.

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Nokia announces a return to the smartphone market for 2017, will be powered by Android

Nokia has been through the wash a bit recently, with Microsoft buying its phone business and Chinese companies using the Nokia name to sell devices by. The Finnish company announced a return to the tablet market in May, and now it is announcing it will return to smartphones in 2017, along with manufacturing partner HMD Global.

A new section devoted to phones has appeared on Nokia's website - you'll see that the website is operated by 'HMD Global Oy,' which is now the exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand. HMD Global is also Finnish, so the company remains in Finland, although it's not clear if the devices themselves will be manufactured in Finland.

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[Update: Xperia XZ too] Sony begins its Nougat upgrades with the Xperia X Performance

It's been a few months since Android 7.0 hit the AOSP code repository, and this is about the time of year that owners of non-Nexus (non-Pixel, now) flagships start to ask why their upgrades are taking so long. Well if your flagship just happens to be the latest high-powered Sony smartphone, you're in luck. The Xperia X Performance is receiving its Nougat update starting today, according to XperiaBlog. For the record, that's just a little over three months of waiting for the upgrade - not bad by current Android standards.

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