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[Update: More specs] Samsung Galaxy Note10: Release date, pricing, features, and more

The Galaxy Note10 is fast approaching, and we've got a roundup and breakdown of various rumors about important, core aspects of the phone's upcoming launch and features. Check out our Q&A style guide below to learn all the latest about Samsung's new Note in an easy-to-read, digestible format.

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Whatever OS Huawei has been working on, the company says it won't replace Android

If you've kept track of the political football in Washington that is Huawei, you'll know that the Trump administration, which supports the Chinese tech manufacturer, is at odds with Congress, which wants it disassociated with U.S. trade partners. The company has publicly been preparing contingency measures for a variety of situations, including replacement software for its smartphones should Android become unusable as a result of the ban. However, one of its board members has revealed that it has no intentions to leave Android, contradicting what executives have previously said about their plans.

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T-Mobile is adding bloatware next to the Google Discover feed on its REVVLRY phones

While the amount of bloatware has generally shrunken in recent years, you can almost be certain that you'll still find more pre-installed software on carrier-issued phones than on their international or unlocked pendants. The same is true for T-Mobile's REVVLRY phones, available for purchase starting today. A Play Store listing of a "T-Mobile Play" app has surfaced that adds an additional tab on these phone's Google Discover feed sitting next to the leftmost homescreen.

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37 temporarily free and 48 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It's the end of the week, which means it's time again to check out the latest sales available on the Google Play Store. I've highlighted the more interesting releases in bold, so make sure to pick them up while these sales last. Have a great weekend!

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[Update: Even more specs] ASUS ROG Phone 2 confirmed to have 120Hz display, Snapdragon 855 Plus

In the gaming world, displays with higher refresh rates are coveted. Last year's ASUS ROG Phone came with a 90Hz display, so we're not all that surprised to see confirmation that the ROG Phone 2 will have a 120Hz unit. This beats out the OnePlus 7 Pro's 90Hz and matches the Razer Phone 2's rate.

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The original Nokia 6 is down to just $129 ($100 off) on Amazon

There are several budget phones around, but it's sometimes more interesting to buy a slightly older mid-range device. Indeed, their prices can drop to appealing lows while having better internals than more recent handsets. If you're looking for a new phone and don't want to break the bank, the Nokia 6 (2017) offers relevant specs and just dropped to $129 on Amazon.

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Get Google Assistant on your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch with GAssist

It can easily be argued that Samsung's Tizen smartwatches are better than Wear OS competitors in a number of ways, but the voice assistant is not one of them. Bixby will never be able to compete with Google Assistant in this space, so it's always been a bit of a blow for Samsung watch owners. Until now, that is, as a new app is bringing the Assistant to the Galaxy Watch and others Tizen running 4.0 and above.

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TWRP adds support for the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are capable mid-range phones, standing out from the competition by using the same high-quality cameras as in Google's flagships. With the devices being on the market for about two months now, the modding community has already had plenty of time to work on them. And indeed, TeamWin has ported its TWRP software to the two phones, unlocking their full custom ROM and root potential.

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AirDroid launches new screen mirroring app for remote tech support

A year ago, AirDroid released AirMirror, an app that allows you to control other mobile devices right from your phone. It's great for helping out parents and friends in tech distress but it comes with some limitations. The device you want to control has to be rooted or set up by tethering it to a computer before you can access it. AirDroid's latest product, Remote Support, addresses this issue. While it won't allow you to outright remote into another device, you can see a mirror of the other party's screen as you interact with them through chat, voice messages, integrated calling, plus you can suggest touches and swipes that will show up on their screen.

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Sony’s $250 Extra Bass headphones can’t compete with the 1000XM3 — even on price

Most ANC headphones on the market, Sony's own WH-1000XM3 included, are fairly neutral-sounding. But given how popular Beats headphones are, it was only a matter of time before a bass-focused ANC offering popped up in the market. The WH-XB900N Extra Bass caters to that specific audience, and at $250, it undercuts the 1000XM3's MSRP by $100.

However, the XB900N feels like it's lost a lot more than that $100 in value when compared to the 1000XM3. It's worse in every measurable metric, and not just by a little. Consider the recent discounts that have brought the 1000XM3 to sub-$250 prices, and you can quickly see that it doesn't make much sense to recommend the XB900N at all.

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