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iFixit's Essential Phone teardown reveals a very tedious repair process, nets it a score of 1

It's hard to deny that the Essential Phone has some good-looking hardware. Its titanium frame and ceramic back might make the phone a bit more durable, but what happens when you do break the phone? iFixit has just torn down Andy Rubin's new phone, and the results are not good.

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[Deal Alert] Pick up a 64GB Moto Z from Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H for $399.99 ($300 off)

In light of the onslaught of 2017 phone announcements, it's fairly easy to forget about yesteryear's devices. Attempting to make us remember it (and to probably clear out inventory), Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H all have the 64GB Moto Z for $399.99, meaning that you can save $300 off of the MSRP.

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The new Open Beta for the OnePlus 3/3T adds some stability fixes, UI changes, and more

OnePlus hasn't forgotten about its 2016 flagships just yet. Its Open Beta program is still going strong with new fixes and features for users to test before they're pushed to the official channel. This time around, beta testers can expect several adjustments, some UI changes, and other goodies, which you can find in the changelog below.

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[Update: Now $77.78] Deal Alert: Samsung's first-gen Gear 360 is down to $89.10, an all-time low, on Amazon

The first-generation Gear 360 camera may not be the newest kid on the block anymore (the new model will be called the 360 Round, and it'll be announced at IFA), but it still gets that 360-degree image/video job done. Plus, it's now available for just $89.10, the new lowest price we've seen, on Amazon. That's a full $10.89 lower than the last time we posted about a Gear 360 deal.

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"OK Google, send a Google Voice message" command is coming soon to help those with Google Voice numbers

Some of you exclusively use their Google Voice (GV) numbers, some have differentiated between friends and colleagues by giving their regular number and GV number separately to each set of contacts, and some might use the GV number occasionally for a few contacts only. Regardless of your case, sending texts from that GV number has been pretty hit-and-miss when it comes to Android Auto, Android Wear, and Assistant. But that should be fixed soon.

As explained by several complaining users in this support thread, if you have a Google Voice number and you set it as the default SMS number in Hangouts then set Hangouts as your default SMS app, when you're using Android Auto and you say, "OK Google, send a text," the command will forego your defaults and just issue a regular SMS text through your carrier number.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 announced: Android One with great specs, affordable price, wide availability, and a promise of Oreo in 2017

We haven't heard a lot from Android One lately, but it seems that the program is catching on in several countries like Japan and Turkey. You can add India to that list, as well as several dozens other countries thanks to the announcement of the new Xiaomi Mi A1.

Xiaomi had teased a new "flagship dual camera" on Twitter a few days ago, and just like the rumors predicted, this is the Mi A1, the latest Android One (A1, geddit?) phone. And I have to say, Xiaomi pulled all the stops there. It's an impressive device for an impressive little price.

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Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 will get Android 8.0 Oreo

The recent Nokia-branded phones from HMD Global have been pretty popular. The goal of a near-stock Android ROM with quick updates has also caused Android enthusiasts to take notice, especially as many budget phones don't receive major updates at all.

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YouTube, your volume controls are bad and you should feel bad

Many of you have probably seen yesterday's XKCD comic about the laughably terrible state of volume controls on mobile devices. The issue is particularly bad in Android apps, and developers really need to do something about it. Quite honestly, it's embarrassing that this is still a problem in 2017.

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Acer Chromebook 15 hands-on: One big Chromebook

Chromebooks are mostly clustered toward the bottom of the market, and that often means the materials are unimpressive, features are lacking, and the build quality is mediocre. Acer has announced an updated version of its 15-inch Chromebook at IFA 2017 and it's none of that. This device has been slimmed down compared to the last Acer CB15, it has better battery life (up to 12 hours), and it's gained an aluminum frame. You're still not going to get the best hardware out there, but this Chromebook could be just what some people want.

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Galaxy Note8 and Xperia XZ1 are Netflix HDR capable

In the past few months, Netflix has added HDR streaming support on a few devices including the Xperia XZ Premium and LG V30, and now two new phones announced in the past weeks have joined the fold: the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and the Sony Xperia XZ1.

The Note8 is the first Samsung device to be officially Netflix HDR compatible. The Galaxy S8 and S8+, despite having the required HDR displays, still haven't been officially green-lighted by Netflix to the dismay of many a user. The same can be said of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3. It's good that those who put down almost $1k for the Note8 won't have to wait or wonder whether their shiny new phone will have it, but it'd be even better if those previous devices would get the official support soon.

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