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Misfit announces Vapor X smartwatch with newer Wear 3100 processor, available today for $200

Misfit has several Wear OS watches under its belt already, and today, it's adding another to the lineup. The Vapor X packs a lot of nice-to-haves, like a rotating crown, two programmable buttons, a heart rate sensor, and most importantly, Qualcomm's Wear 3100 chipset.

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Sony's 9-inch, single-DIN Android Auto receiver launches in December for $600

Android Auto is an increasingly standard option on new vehicles, but if you want to implant it into your existing car, you'll need some hardware. Sony's new XAV-AX8000 is an interesting option, featuring a big honkin' nine-inch display. One caveat: it'll set you back 600 bucks.

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Smart Lock's 'Trusted Face' mode is broken on Android Q Beta 6, but there's a fix

All the way back in Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google added a 'Trusted Face' mode to Smart Unlock, giving all devices a slightly-secure way of unlocking with the front camera (the easily-fooled face unlock in Android 4.0 doesn't count). However, many people on the latest Android Q beta are having issues with it. If you're in that group, don't worry, there's a fix you can try.

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Android Q's Easter egg arrives in Beta 6, complete with hidden Picross puzzle

In years past, some of the Easter eggs hidden in major Android releases included a kitty collection game, a Flappy Bird clone with lollipops, and a Flappy Bird clone with marshmallows. Android Pie's Easter egg simply showed the letter 'P' with moving circles, but Android Q's is slightly more fun.

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Here's why Google thinks Android Q's gestures are a good idea

Much controversy has surrounded the new gesture navigation in Android Q. While some people love it, others prefer the old three-button layout (or depend on it due to impairments), and some even prefer Pie's two-button navigation. Google put a lot of thought into creating the new system, working together with OEMs, and is confident that its solution is the best. The company goes to great lengths to prove this with some statistics published in a blog post on Thursday.

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The back gesture sensitivity option in Android Q Beta 6 does nothing to solve Google's gesture woes

Google decided to introduce a new version of gesture navigation in Android Q, which is an excellent idea. The 2-button gesture nav design from Pie was, let's face it, terrible. The new full gesture navigation system in Q has some good ideas, but the back gesture is a mess. Google's latest attempt to fix that in Beta 6 isn't going to be enough.

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[Update: 4G can now be activated] Mobvoi launches a revamped version of the TicWatch Pro with 4G/LTE

Wear OS smartwatches are seen as sub-par compared to the competition, mainly because most of them still use outdated processors or lack key features. With the TicWatch Pro, Mobvoi managed to design one of the most attractive intelligent timepieces powered by Google's OS on the market. However, despite its good selling points, the product lacked LTE connectivity, which prevented owners from using all their watch's features on the go. Thankfully, the manufacturer is announcing the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE, which builds up on its predecessor's specs and adds 4G functionality on top, confirming the leak we reported last month.

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OnePlus' Android TV shows up at Bluetooth SIG, revealing multiple screen sizes

OnePlus entered the smartphone market with a bang when it launched its "flagship killer" back in 2014. While the company still sells phones for less than other competing flagships, it's now an established player. With smartphone growth slowly declining, OnePlus has decided on a new market to disrupt: television sets. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has already revealed that he has a TV in the making, and further information has now leaked that points to multiple screen sizes.

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[Update x2: Essential OTA] Google releases Android Q Beta 6 with last-minute gesture navigation tweaks

We're in the endgame now... for Android Q. The fifth beta release came out last month, but Google wanted to squeeze in one last update before the finished product. Android Q Beta 6 is now rolling out to Pixels in the beta OTA program, and flashable images should be available shortly.

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