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Security firm discovers several major flaws in MIUI

If you have read one of our several reviews of Xiaomi phones, such as the Mi Note 2 and Mi 6, you'll know that the software experience just isn't good. MIUI is Xiaomi's heavily modified version of Android, complete with less-than-stellar RAM and Bluetooth management (among other issues). But the ROM has several major security problems, as found by research firm eScan.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review: Massive phone, massive battery

It wasn't too long ago that I took a look at the Xiaomi Mi 6, a diminutive, power-packed device that felt limited and restrained by its software. But now we are taking a firm step into tablet territory (or "phablet") with this monstrosity: the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. Following up on last year's Mi Max, the second version is huge, but it comes with an equally large battery that makes the phone almost impossible to kill, especially when compared to some of the top-tier 2017 flagships.

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[Deal Alert] B&H has the gray Moto Z Play XT1635 for $349.99 ($100 off)

The Moto Z Play may be getting a tad old at this point, but it's a good phone even by today's standards. From all accounts, it does everything that most smartphone users want it to do while striking firmly in the mid-range price spectrum. B&H has the Z Play for $349.99, a total savings of $100. Plus, there's no tax collected outside of New Jersey and New York.

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LG will enable FM radio on more devices, in partnership with NextRadio

There are quite a few Android phones that support FM radio, at least on a hardware level. But the feature is rare on devices in the United States, and even more rare on carrier-sold phones (carriers would much rather you use more data). Most of LG's recent devices have shipped with the feature (at least in some regions), including the G5 and G6, but it will expand to more devices soon.

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[Update: More details] The LG V30 camera will have an f/1.6 aperture, the largest ever in a smartphone

Aperture is one of those specs that only seems to have been talked about seriously in the last few years. In fact, until relatively recently I didn't really know what it meant. I now realize how important it is, as it relates how much light a camera lens lets in, so the bigger the aperture the better your photos will generally be, especially in low light conditions. The Samsung Galaxy S8 currently has the biggest aperture of any smartphone camera, f/1.7, but LG is about to improve on that.

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The Moto Gamepad Mod will cost $79.99 and only be available through Verizon

It's like Motorola keeps shooting itself in the foot, over and over and over again. One of the most interesting Mods it announced to date, the Gamepad, will soon go on sale but you won't be able to buy it everywhere and it will cost a pretty penny.

How pretty? $79.99. For a few buttons and a 1035mAh battery. That's really pushing it. At $49.99, this would have been palatable. At $79.99, it's pushing the boundary of what Motorola can get away with and falls in line with the company's strategy of using its phones as Mods money grabs to maximize on its profit margin.

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[Update: Brand account support coming soon] YouTube for Android TV 2.0 sparks outcry for being a web wrapper and other issues

The YouTube for Android TV app was updated to version 2.0 last month, with an all-new interface and changes to the video player. While there are a few great aspects of this update, like the new auto-play screen, many users aren't happy with it.

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Lenovo says the entire Phab2 series, including the Phab2 Pro with Tango, won't get Android 7.0 Nougat

Lenovo is one of the worst Android manufacturers when it comes to updates. Motorola devices went from extremely quick updates under Google's ownership to mostly-bad support under Lenovo. The company updated its software upgrade page today, which now states that the entire existing Phab product lineup (as well as two tablets) will not receive further software updates.

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Chrome OS set to get trackpad pinch-to-zoom, launcher gestures, and back button

Chrome OS started off as a very basic computer operating system, but over time it gained touchscreen capabilities and even the option to run Android apps. This naturally calls for more input and navigation capabilities, and some additions to the Chromium open source code indicates Google is hard at work on that. In the not too distant future, we should see features like trackpad zooming on Chromebooks, but maybe not all Chromebooks.

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WSJ: Essential's investors include Amazon, release date for phone being announced next week

It's being reported by the Wall Street Journal that Amazon is among the companies which contributed to Essentials $300 million coffers. They also reveal that Best Buy and Amazon will be retail partners for the upcoming phone launch. The best bit of news, though, comes in the form of a set of dates. Although we still have no idea when the phone will launch (Essential has now very much overshot its 'end of the month' June prediction), Essential president Niccolo de Masi says, "I will give you an exact date in a week."

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