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Google Cast v1.15 Reveals A New Firmware Preview Program And Some Possible New Hardware Categories [APK Teardown]

The Google Cast app doesn't get much attention these days. It's the type of software that remains installed on our phones, but rarely opened since it is rarely needed any time other than to set up Wi-Fi on a Chromecast. Otherwise, it stays out of the way and doesn't need a lot of updates. Still, a seemingly minor version bump occurred last week and it might be giving away a couple of pretty interesting details about future plans for our favorite streaming dongles.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (application packages) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Samsung Uploads S Note App Into The Play Store To Provide Future Updates [APK Download]

Have a Samsung device with an S Pen? Then you're probably familiar with S Note. This note-taking app encourages you to pull out your stylus, pen notes or a doodle, and memorize things in a way that may seem a bit more artsy than Google Keep.

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[Deal Alert] New Huawei Honor 5X Phones Are Selling On eBay For $159.99 ($40 Off)

The Huawei Honor 5X is the kind of phone that leaves buyers wondering why people are willing to pay so much for other devices. $200 gets you a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 616 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (plus a microSD slot), a 13MP camera, a metal body, and a fingerprint sensor.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Leaked In Mega-Gaudy Gold Color

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active for AT&T has been leaked already, but that was the army green camo variant. You expect the Active to look like that. Now, the GS7 Active has leaked in what can only be described as the gaudiest rugged phone ever envisioned. That's the gold GS7 Active above, or as Evan Blass jokes, it's "desert camo."

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Amazon Adds New Alexa Voice Features To Fire TV

Voice control is all the rage these days, and Amazon is pushing its Alexa voice engine hard. The Fire TV already had Alexa built-in, but today it's getting some new features. You can control video playback, launch apps, and more.

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Motorola May Be Planning To Rename The Moto X Line To Moto Z

Motorola has been selling flagship devices under the Moto X brand since 2013, but the time has come to move on, according to VentureBeat. Lenovo is allegedly moving on two whole letters in the alphabet to "Z." So, this year Motorola might be pushing the Moto Z instead of the Moto X.

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Sony's New Xperia XA Ultra Has A 16MP Front-Facing Camera And Very Thin Bezels

Even though Sony hasn't released the Xperia X, XA, or X Performance yet, it's still busy announcing new phones in the range. The latest to be unveiled is the Xperia XA Ultra, a phone with a curved glass screen and a 16MP front-facing camera.

The highlight here is obviously that front-facing camera. It has optical image stabilisation, like the HTC 10, and a wide angle 88 degrees lens. It's also got HDR, which is good for those low-light selfies. The rear camera isn't half bad either: 21.5MP, HDR, and 5x Clear Image Zoom, which presumably means digital zoom doesn't affect the image quality or something.

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[Update: Moto G4 Play Too] Lenovo Announces The Moto G4 And G4 Plus (Or Moto G 2016 If You Like)

The Moto G4, Moto G 4th Edition, or Moto G 2016, regardless of what you want to call it, has leaked several times already. We first got the blurry cam snap, then the graphics render, followed by more recent shots of the retail box and the retail unit of the G4 Plus variant.

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Evan Blass Shows Off An Official Render Of The OnePlus 3

We first spotted the OnePlus 3 last week through a series of blurry photos of a disguised phone posted onto Chinese social network Weibo. The photos revealed what looked to be a metal back on the phone, a single flash LED with no laser autofocus, a possible fingerprint scanner/button below the display, and different packaging options and designs for the phone.

Now we have further confirmation of that original leak through non other than Evan Blass, of @evleaks fame. Evan posted a render of the phone showing its HTC 10-inspired metallic design, protruding camera, OnePlus logo, bottom USB-C and 3.5mm ports, bottom-firing speaker, and a chunky home button below the display.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Has The Unlocked Sony Xperia Z5 For $499 ($100 Off)

How would you like to grab a flagship Android device for $100 less than its retail price? No, I'm not talking about the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, nor the LG G5, and not even the HTC 10. As the title says, we're here to talk about the Sony Xperia Z5.

The phone was announced back in September of 2015, but only came to the US in January of 2016. Even though it's half a year old by now, it still carries a lot of cool specs, like water-resistance and a 23MP camera sensor. The rest of the specs seem a tad less impressive now, but they're still more than adequate: a 5.2" 1080p display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, and a 2900mAh battery.

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