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Google Makes AMP Launch Official, Prepare For Fast-Loading News Stories In Mobile Searches

We first spotted the rollout yesterday, but today Google made it official that its AMP initiative will be enjoying a wide launch effective immediately. AMP, which stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages, is a new feature to Google's search interface on mobile browsers that will load an optimized version of news articles far more efficiently than the conventional way of navigating to a separate webpage. While Google emphasizes that there is much more to be done, it is going to be prioritizing compatible news and displaying the AMP wording and lightning bolt logo in mobile search by default.

The program involves an open-source, HTML-based format for web developers to use in order to function correctly.

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[Who Needs The Cloud] Samsung Begins Mass Production Of 256GB UFS Chips For Mobile Devices

Samsung just announced that it has begun mass manufacturing of the industry's first 256GB Universal Flash Storage chips for high-end mobile devices. The new memory is nearly twice as fast as typical SATA-based SSDs found in PCs. Using two lanes of data transfer, the new chip can move data at up to a blistering 850MB per second.

Sequential writing speeds clock in at a rate of up to 260MB a second, or about three times faster than high-performance external SD cards. What this translates to is buttery-smooth frame rates when the chip is tasked with the playback of Ultra HD video files, even while simultaneously multitasking in a split screen.

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[APK Download] Google+ Updated To Version 7.3, Contains Bug Fixes And A Few Minor New Features

It's that time of the week again, namely Update Wednesday. With that in mind, there's a new update to Google+ which should bring a smile to many a person's face.

This release contains a bunch of bug fixes, as well as a few small, but nevertheless very welcome, new features:

10 bugs fixed
4 accessibility issues addressed
Ability to filter your notifications by All, Unread & Other
Several Community moderation tools
Delete multiple items in Activity Log at once
Hide the top bar when scrolling Collections & Communities
Even faster Web browsing on WiFi

In addition, search autocomplete has been re-enabled in this release.

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LG Says It Won't Release A Nexus Phone In 2016, But It Will Re-Release The 2nd Gen Watch Urbane

LG took a break from the Nexus program in 2014, then came roaring back in 2015 to release a sequel to the much-beloved Nexus 5. There won't be a followup to the Nexus 5X this year, at least not from LG. The company has said it needs to focus on its brand in 2016, not the Nexus program. Job one in tending to its brand is apparently to fix that watch problem.

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Google Adds Formatting And Editing Commands To Docs Voice Typing

Google added voice typing to Docs last year, but it was fairly limited. Today, Google is rolling out more features to voice typing in Docs. You now have control over formatting like text selection, punctuation, and copy / paste. While this is not strictly Android, it's pretty close and we think it's cool.

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Four Of The Xiaomi Mi 5's Stock Wallpapers Are Available For Download

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A Quick Look At The Xiaomi Mi 5 At MWC 2016 (Video)

We had a chance to quickly go hands-on with the Xiaomi Mi 5 at MWC directly after its announcement this morning, and I know what your first question is: will I even be able to buy one? Answer: probably not. Xiaomi said China and India would be launch markets with "some other countries" following down the road, but if the company planned to make a big to do of opening up new markets for their hardware, I have a feeling they'd have made a lot more noise at this launch.

With that said, should you want one, even knowing you probably won't be able to through anything but 3rd-party retailers (and likely with non-functional 4G)?

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Sony Confirms That The Xperia Z Series Is No More, Xperia X Performance Is The New Flagship

Pour one out for the Xperia Z series. It's served Sony well since 2013, going through a relatively rapid five generations in under three years, plus offshoots like the massive Xperia Z Ultra, the diminutive Xperia Z Compact and its well-regarded descendants, and even a tablet or two. But all things must pass away, and so it is with the Z moniker. Probably. There won't be an Xperia Z6 at any rate, at least according to the statement that the company gave to XperiaBlog.

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DisplayMate Says The Galaxy S7 Has The Best Smartphone Display Ever

DisplayMate has long been testing and ranking smartphone displays, and for the last several years Samsung has had a lock on the top spot. That is not changing with the release of the Galaxy S7. Dr. Raymond Soneira has once again found Samsung's latest display to be the best around, and an improvement over last year's Super AMOLED.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 Becomes Official—Snapdragon 820, Up To 4GB RAM With 128GB Storage, 5.15-Inch FHD Display, NFC, Fingerprint Sensor, Android Marshmallow, And More

Despite not much of a western presence, Xiaomi is rapidly becoming one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world. At Mobile World Congress, the company has unveiled its new flagship product: the Xiaomi Mi 5.

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