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Photos of Nest Mini leak ahead of announcement, basically just a Home Mini with a hole in the bottom

Images of Google's upcoming Nest Mini, successor to the earlier Home Mini, have just leaked courtesy of the folks at WinFuture. Based on these images, you'd be forgiven for confusing the new speaker with the older model, since it basically looks the same, excluding a hole on the bottom for mounting it more easily on a wall.

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[Update: Fabric cases] Here are some more Pixel 4 leaks ahead of tomorrow's Google hardware event

We're just one day away from Google's big hardware event, but the company's leaky ship has ensured pretty much every detail about the Pixel 4 and 4 XL is common knowledge by this point. Further images, videos, and possible pricing trickled out over the weekend, so we may as well round them up even if there's not an awful lot of new information.

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Huawei Mate X is supposedly being released in China this month

There has been much hype surrounding folding phones, and while the Samsung Galaxy Fold was almost launched, canceled at last minute, and then relaunched, the Huawei Mate X has been taking its sweet time. This is bound to change, as the company has confirmed that it's launching its own take on foldables in China this month, while a video showing off the device and its retail box has been making its rounds on Twitter.

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[Update: Listing removed] Pixel 4 pre-orders go live early at Best Buy Canada

When Best Buy is your retail partner, it becomes immensely hard to keep your unannounced devices under wraps — this is particularly true for Google’s hardware. In separate instances, the retailer stocked Pixel 3a XL and Chromecast 3 units long before their respective announcements. This time, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, due for launch this Tuesday, fell victim of a similar practice at the hands of Best Buy Canada, who posted and then took down a pre-order page for the two Google phones.

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Google's Pixelbook Go leaks in full with hands-on video

The Pixelbook Go has already been victim to a pretty comprehensive leak, but our friends over at 9to5Google have just gotten a full hands-on with a prototype of Google's upcoming Chromebook. Price aside, pretty much every detail has now been leaked, meaning that the October 15th event probably won't be all that interesting.

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Unannounced OnePlus 7T Pro with Snapdragon 855+ shows up early on Amazon UAE

OnePlus plans to unveil the 7T Pro today at 8 am PST, but over at the United Arab Emirate's Amazon, the company is already listing its upcoming flagship smartphone as "in stock," with sales starting October 21. As expected and leaked earlier, the device looks almost identical to its predecessor, the 7 Pro, though its interior is slightly improved.

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Pixel 4 roundup: Release date, rumors, pricing, features, and more

Google's Pixel 4 and 4 XL are anticipated to be revealed in just a few days, not that there's too much left for the company to show us. Leaks for the upcoming pair of phones have been rampant, and there probably aren't many mysteries left. With all these details floating around, we've assembled the info we have right now into a list that's easy to parse in a convenient question-and-answer format.

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Google mandates Digital Wellbeing for all Android devices going forward

Smartphone addiction, like nicotine addiction, is real and it has several negative consequences, such as adversely affecting your social life, your ability to work or study, and even messing with how your brain functions. In response, some companies have created apps to help you find a good balance, like Google's Digital Wellbeing. Starting from September 3rd, 2019, Digital Wellbeing will no longer be an optional phone feature but a requirement for all Android manufacturers to implement into their devices.

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Google to make mobile gaming more predictable and performant with Gaming Device Certification

The mobile gaming industry is big and projected to generate about $90 billion by 2021. With 2.4 billion people expected to play mobile games in 2019 alone, many companies have been releasing devices branded as "gaming" phones, such as Asus, Razer, Xiaomi, and more. Going along with this rising trend, Google has started a new program called Gaming Device Certification that will ensure future gaming phones perform smoothly, predictably, and support the latest gaming APIs.

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Pixel 4 may finally pick up official AT&T carrier support

Over the years, U.S. carriers have steadily taken greater interest in the Pixel series. The first Made by Google phone launched as a Verizon exclusive in 2016, followed up by Sprint and T-Mobile penning their own deals in early 2019 with the Pixel 3. Now there are rumors that AT&T is finally ready to offer Google's incoming Pixel 4.

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