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Today only: The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro with 4G is down to just $219 on Amazon ($79 off)

Today only: The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro with 4G is down to just $219 on Amazon ($79 off)

Mobvoi's TichWatch Pro 4G is one of the most exciting WearOS ones on the market. It combines good built quality with impressive battery life, thanks to its layered screen technology. The timepiece traditionally sells for $299, but is down to just $219 today only, which is $79 off its regular list price.

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Unannounced Moto G8 Power briefly shows up on Amazon

Unannounced Moto G8 Power briefly shows up on Amazon

We've been following the upcoming lineup of Motorola phones for the last couple of months. Most of the specs and renders leaked pretty thoroughly just last week, revealing almost everything about the G8 and G8 Power, and giving at least a good glimpse of what to expect for the G Stylus. While the leaks have been pretty spot on, it never hurts to get a bit more, especially when it's straight from retailers — and thanks to Amazon, we now have more renders and details to peruse for the G8 Power.

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YouTube Music starts showing song lyrics from LyricFind for some users (APK Download)

YouTube Music starts showing song lyrics from LyricFind for some users (APK Download)

Songs and lyrics come hand in hand, at least if you don't listen exclusively to instrumentals and electronic music. When you're failing to understand what an artist is saying — be it because they're talking too fast, growling too much, swallowing letters left and right, or speaking a foreign language for you — lyrics help you decipher the mess and understand the song's message. Several music streaming services offer lyrics along with songs, like Spotify (though in its own Behind the lyrics flavor) and Apple Music, and now YouTube Music is getting ready to join the fold.

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Google Play Points loyalty program rolls out to the web store

Google Play Points loyalty program rolls out to the web store

Google's Play Store loyalty program, Play Points, launched in the US last year and has let you earn perks for trying new apps and purchasing media since then. So far, it has been limited to the mobile version of the platform, and you couldn't view your benefits, challenges, and points on the web interface. Google is eager to change this, though, as first people report they have access to their scores and perks on the Play Store website.

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Opinion: Samsung is fast becoming the Android update king

Opinion: Samsung is fast becoming the Android update king

Until recently, the words "Samsung" and "timely updates" were never uttered in the same sentence, unless you were emphasizing the contradiction between them. The Korean behemoth had a reliable, albeit very leisurely update schedule, pushing Android users who valued prompt access to security patches and new features away. With Android 10, things changed drastically, and Samsung has been impressing us more and more, with both major OTA rollouts and monthly security patches. Whether it's due to a different strategy, new team or leadership, Android's Project Treble, or some magical potion, Samsung is quickly becoming the OEM to beat for Android updates and we can't help but applaud its recent efforts.

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Keep your devices going while saving 30% on RAVPower chargers during one-day Amazon sale (up to $20 off)

Keep your devices going while saving 30% on RAVPower chargers during one-day Amazon sale (up to $20 off)

The latest Deal of the Day is live over at Amazon, and today's discounts should be of particular interest to anyone who finds their devices' batteries dying more than they'd like. Amazon is offering a selection of charging products from accessory manufacturer RAVPower to keep your electronics juiced up throughout the day. To many, RAVPower is best known for its extensive lineup of power banks, several of which we've reviewed here at AP. Today only, buyers can save anywhere from 25-40% on power banks, cables, and chargers for the home or car.

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Netflix for Android adopts AV1 video codec, currently limited to Save Data mode

Netflix for Android adopts AV1 video codec, currently limited to Save Data mode

AV1 is the hot new video codec on the block, offering around 30% better compression than Google's VP9 standard without a noticeable loss in picture quality. With Chrome and Android now supporting the format natively, many services have started to switch to it, and now Netflix is joining the fun.

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Midweek deals: Save on TicWatch watches, true wireless earbuds, and more

Midweek deals: Save on TicWatch watches, true wireless earbuds, and more

Welcome to February! To usher in the second month of 2020, we have our usual deluge of deals that are ripe for the picking. This Wednesday, we're taking a look at an assortment of Mobvoi TicWatch Wear OS smartwatches, some true wireless earbuds, an adorable bunny baby monitor, and more.

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Viber now lets you save notes and to-dos

Viber now lets you save notes and to-dos

Viber announced today a new note-taking feature appropriately dubbed "My Notes." Notes are accessible from your Chats list; adding a new note is the same experience as sending a message, and your list of notes looks an awful lot like a normal Viber conversation, but with additional features to help with organization.

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You can enable Bixby Routines on older Samsung phones like the Galaxy S9, and here's how (APK Download)

You can enable Bixby Routines on older Samsung phones like the Galaxy S9, and here's how (APK Download)

Samsung introduced a new feature called Bixby Routines to its phones last year, allowing you to set up simple automated rules for certain actions — sort of like IFTTT, or a less powerful, built-in version of Tasker for Samsung phones. Though it is available on devices like the Galaxy S10, Note10, and Galaxy Fold, Samsung never brought the feature to the older S9 or Note9, even in recent Android 10/One UI 2 updates. However, we have verified that sideloading the latest version of the Bixby Routines app brings the feature to older devices, including the Galaxy S9 and Note9, and it also works for some on older devices like the Galaxy S8 running Android Pie.

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