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Element announces pre-orders and availability for its new 4K Fire TV Edition line

Element Electronics, the manufacturer of affordable TVs, has taken to the internet to announce that pre-orders for its new line of 4K television sets with Amazon's Fire TV built-in are officially live. Featuring Alexa, voice controls, and all of the ecosystem's streaming apps, Element is poised to tackle the low-end 4K smart TV market.

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Five talks to watch at this year's Google I/O

There are over a hundred individual events going on at this year's I/O. If anything, with new announcements, that number is only going to increase. No one has enough time to attend them all, and the cumulative investment to watch all of the events would consume almost a full week, waking and sleeping. I might work here, but even I don't have the time for that.

In my attempts to prioritize I found there were a few events that, no matter the conflict or overlap with other potential interests, I just couldn't do without. Your interests might not align if you have any specific niches outside of the Android ordinary, but this might still be a good place to start if you haven't taken a look yet.

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The HTC U11 is official, pre-orders start today for unlocked and Sprint versions

Sometimes phones leak a little, and sometimes they leak a lot. The HTC U11 has fallen solidly in the latter category. There won't be any more leaks now, though. The U11 is official, and you can pre-order one this very day. We already know a lot about the U11, including the existence of HTC's squeezable Edge Sense. There are still a few surprises, though.

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5 new and notable Android apps from the last week (5/9/17 - 5/15/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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DigiCal Calendar Agenda

Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar Agenda from Digibites. DigiCal is a powerful and customizable calendar app that offers a plethora of features not normally found in your device's default calendar. You can select from seven different calendar views, a light and dark theme, multiple widgets, integrated weather forecasts, an invitation management system, and over fifty thousand public calendars for integration with personal or corporate planning. DigiCal Calendar Agenda is free to download and use, but you can also pick up DigiCal+ Calendar, which is a premium key that unlocks extra features such as a year view, even more monthly widgets, extra customization options, and an ad-free experience for a $4.99 one-time payment.

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Pou, a Lebanese developed Tamagotchi-like game, reaches 500 million downloads on the Play Store

Getting to 500 million downloads on any platform is no easy feat. Many companies have taken their sweet time to reach that number: Twitter and Viber only made it to 500 million Play Store installs a year ago, and Snapchat, the company everyone is talking about these last months, cracked through the 500 million Android installs this past March. You must have a smash hit app or service and keep that going for a while to reach this number, and this is why only a few manage to do it.

The latest app/game to reach that number is Pou. Wait, back up a second.

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Video of Moto X4 presentation leaks, reveals Snapdragon 660, 3800mAh battery, dual cameras, and more

We all thought that the Moto X brand was no more after the Moto Z was revealed as the successor to the Moto X Pure Edition (2015), but it's coming back. The first time we heard about this was last week, when leakster @evleaks tweeted a picture of some 'moto x⁴' branding, but we now know much more about the device.

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[Hands-on] The Sims Mobile, an exasperating lesson in patience

The Sims Mobile just recently soft launched in Brazil. Having written a release announcement the other day, I wanted to circle back and explore the gameplay in order to get a better sense of what this title offers. Do we finally get the Sims us mobile gamers have always wanted, or does EA do the expected thing by pushing out another substandard product? If you couldn't tell from the title, yeah, this is one of the worst games I have ever played.

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Google Maps gains Street View images for directions and a bottom bar for location info, directions, and more

Go check out the Google Maps app and you might notice a few things have changed since the last time you poked around. In the last couple of days, Google pushed some changes to the Maps interface that add Street View images to the directions screen. It seems there's also another change showing up on more recent versions that will also move around a few widgets on the screen.

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[Pawcket Dialing] Google Phone 9.0 hides a hilarious Paw Mode easter egg

While pawking around in the latest Google Phone 9.0, our resident APK master, Cody, uncovered one unexpected piece of evidence: paws. The animal kind. Cat and dog paws had infiltrated the installation file for seemingly no reason. This of course gave him pawse as he examined all the weird ways in which they could be used then came up empty. But we wouldn't be the Android Pawlice if we didn't have secret informants ready to do the dirty work on the ground and come back with hints and sometimes answers to our investigations. And this is what we're here to talk about: the paw mystery has been solved.

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Blogger who filmed himself playing Pokemon Go in a Russian church narrowly escapes jail

Some of you may remember a bizarre story from last year in which a Russian video blogger filmed himself playing Pokemon Go in a church and was subsequently arrested for mocking religious beliefs. Ruslan Sokolovsky has now learned his fate, narrowly escaping prison time after being handed a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence.

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