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Nokia working on 'value' 5G phone set for 2020 release

Following tradition set by the first 4G and LTE phones, the initial wave of 5G smartphones has been very expensive. The Galaxy S10 5G and Note10+ 5G will set you back $1,300, but HMD Global (maker of all Nokia-branded Android devices) wants to make something substantially cheaper.

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Moment launches a new circular polarizer and neutral density filters, 20% off 3-day sale

Moment continues to build out the selection of accessories designed for smartphone photographers and videographers. Last year brought the launch of a special filter mount designed to adapt 62mm filters, but it only fit on top of Moment's lenses. But for those times when you want the original perspective provided by your smartphone camera, or maybe you don't want to travel with a huge filter on the front of your phone, Moment is now launching a new mount and a line of smaller 37mm filters that attach directly to their Photo Cases.

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Google reportedly planning a new, louder 'Nest Mini' with 3.5mm jack, wall mount, and proximity awareness

Google's Home Mini smart speaker debuted all the way back in 2017, from which point it's worked its way into almost every cheap internet giveaway or coupon deal in the last two years. According to 9to5Google, a second-generation "Nest Mini" is planned, which will bring better audio quality, wall-mounting, "proximity awareness," and a 3.5mm jack — a feature even the hotly anticipated Pixel 4 doesn't have.

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[Update: Google denies reports] Google Play Store silently extends app review to all submissions, fails to inform developers

The Play Store has often been compared to the wild west; which may be good or bad, depending on your perspective. Unlike Apple's App Store and the Amazon AppStore, developers have long been free to publish their apps without going through a lengthy curation stage, and only those that contained malware or used restricted APIs were blocked. However, it appears Google may have quietly instigated a more involved review process that impacts every app and update.

Back in April, an Android Developers blog post mentioned that Google would be taking more time to examine apps from devs that hadn't established a track record with the Play Store.

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12 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Well, it's time for another round of app sales. Today's is mercifully smaller than Monday's, but still check it out; you might like something here.

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Midweek deals: Save on Google Home Max, Amazon Fire tablets, and more

Happy Wednesday, readers. Today we've got some fine prices on Google's biggest and best smart speaker, Amazon Fire tablets, and charging accessories from Anker. Read on to learn more.

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HTC U12+ finally gets its Pie update in the US

HTC has been slow to update its phones to Android 9 Pie, and there have even been stumbles along the way. The Pie rollout for the U12+ began last month in HTC's home country of Taiwan, and now the update has started to arrive on US models.

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[Update: Now official] Google rolls out new Material Play Store interface with bottom navigation bar

Last month we reported the Play Store was about to get a design overhaul, including a new navigation bar that moved to the bottom of the screen. Although this could only be activated by fiddling with feature flags when we published our initial post, Google is now widely rolling out the new interface to users.

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Hangouts shutdown delayed for G Suite users until at least June 2020

Google is delaying the shutdown of its longtime internet protocol chat and call app, Hangouts. G Suite users were originally told that Hangouts would be retired starting in October. Now, the deadline for G Suite customers to move has now been pushed back to "no sooner than June 2020."

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Android adds new Focus mode in Digital Wellbeing to curb distractions when you're working [APK Download]

Digital Wellbeing's features are being heavily emphasized since Android Pie. During I/O 2019, Google announced several enhancements to the embedded service including parental controls (which are already live), per-app grayscale settings (not yet), and Focus mode. The latter is now available in the latest Digital Wellbeing beta v.1.0.263.

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