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Samsung Appears To Be Pushing Notification Ads To Some Users

Have you heard? Samsung has announced new phones. In case you have not heard, here's an ad in your notification shade. It looks like this has happened to at least a few people thanks to the Samsung Push Service. In a separate incident, I myself have been served an ad by the bundled Peel remote app. Is nothing sacred anymore, Samsung?

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[Update: The Drop Test Part Was A (Dumb) Joke] Project Ara Will No Longer Use Electropermanent Magnets To Connect Modules Because They Don't Pass Drop Tests

Speculation is rampant about the future of Google's incredibly ambitious Project Ara modular phone after news broke a few days ago that the planned 2015 test run in Puerto Rico had been cancelled. Now the Project Ara Twitter accounted has shared a tidbit of news that might offer a partial explanation of the delay. The electropermanent magnets that were supposed to hold the hardware modules in place don't pass drop tests.

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Latest Android Wear Update Adds WiFi Support To The LG G Watch R

Google added support for WiFi communication to Android Wear in the 5.1 update a few months ago, but not all watches had the necessary hardware. The pricey LG G Watch R was among those lacking proper support. LG said it planned to rectify that in an update over the summer, and indeed it has in the new Wear update.

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Sony Officially Introduces The SmartBand 2 Lifelogging Wristband, Hitting Stores In September

Is a leak a leak if it comes directly from Sony? Anyway, we've had reason to know the SmartBand 2 was on its way. We've just been waiting for a time frame. Well, here it is. Today Sony has officially announced its updated fitness band. The SmartBand 2 will go on sale in 60 countries for around 119 Euro starting in September.

The big addition for this year's model is the inclusion of a heart rate monitor. This extra sensor gives the SmartBand 2 the ability to detect your pulse and gauge how quickly your heart is beating. It can then track this information as you walk, run, or workout.

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[Update: Winner] Win A Free Nexus 6 From Android Police And Ting

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

Stephen Hammack

Remember when we poked fun at MVNO Ting for using an old Android Police mockup for advertising the phone? Then they spotted our story any someone at Ting decided to take our ball and run with it? That was fun. It turns out those Ting folks are pretty swell, and to prove it, they'd like to give one of you a Nexus 6 for free, gratis, and nothing.

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[Update: Available Now] A T-Mobile Version Of Samsung's 8-Inch Galaxy Tab A Has Popped Up On The Carrier's Website

Way back in April Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Tab A, a new tablet line with a 4:3 screen and metal body that screams "iPad alternative" in every language. So far we haven't heard of any carriers taking a bite, but Samsung's tablets are so ubiquitous that it was more or less inevitable. T-Mobile hasn't officially announced a Galaxy Tab A for the "Uncarrier," but the company's support site now has a listing for a branded version.

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[Deal Alert] Brand New AT&T Unlocked LG G Flex 2 Selling On eBay For $290

The LG G Flex 2 isn't as big as its predecessor, which makes it a more practical device to own. Unfortunately, a slightly curved screen isn't really exciting enough for the cost (AT&T wants $709 off contract). But while the G Flex 2 may not be a must-have phone, it's still a nice one. One you can get on eBay for a significantly more reasonable $290. And it will come brand new—not used, nor refurbished.

These are AT&T unlocked units, so you're free to take them over to T-Mobile, but it won't support all the same bands. This model comes in silver.

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[Update: Nexus 9] Marshmallow MPA44I Developer Preview OTA Roundup

Nexus OTAs are a pretty big deal, even when they're not official releases. With that said, here are the OTA links that we have for the Android Developer Preview 3, build MPA44I. If the link for your device isn't shown, it means we don't have it yet. We'll update this post as links come in. As with any OTA, these are intended to be flashed in stock recovery on a completely stock, unmodified MPZ79M system. If you have modified the system (root, Xposed, etc.), these won't work. In that case, you should flash the factory images instead.

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Nexus 9

volantis MPA44I from MPZ79M

Nexus 6

shamu MPA44I from MPZ79M

Nexus 5

hammerhead MPA44I from MPZ79M

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Google Maps Views Is Officially Dead, And The Migration To Google Maps Has Begun

Google Maps is arguably the best way to get from point A to point B, but it is also one of the best ways to explore places around you. From restaurants, to movie theaters, to state parks, Google Maps has all the information you could ever need. How does Google have information for all of these places? Surely there can't be a couple people sitting in Mountain View documenting every mom and pop shop in the world. In fact, most of the information that appears in Google Maps is there because of contributors. There are Googlers who help verify information, but the contributors are the people who add addresses, hours, reviews, etc.

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Project Fi App Update Includes Cross-Device Account Management, Improved Roaming Experience, Visual Tweaks

As a recent (and mostly happy) convert to Google's Project Fi carrier experiment, I've taken up the task of covering Fi news for AP including updates to the Fi app, Google's super simple app for managing your account and keeping tabs on data use.

Today, the app got an update to E.1.3 that brings a few small improvements and one big one - cross-device account management. Basically, Fi users can now install the app on their other devices and manage their accounts from any of them, rather than being stuck to just the Nexus 6.

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The update also brings an improved experience for initial setup/activation.

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