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Chrome feature secretly rolls out, breaking business tools for thousands before Google can fix it

Google's known for regularly tinkering around with its apps through server-side updates, staged rollouts, and A/B testing, all for the sake of improving the user experience. While most of these changes are executed without a hitch, every now and then, something big breaks. Most recently, Google managed to crash the Stable version of the Chrome browser on thousands of business machines without warning.

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Watch Friday's Android Police Podcast with Michael Fisher!

Are we jaded, old geezers chomping at cigars and looking for a fight? Or is the new Moto Razr really just a no-good, terrible, very bad thing? Michael Fisher, also known as Mr. Mobile, is here to challenge us with technological optimism on the Android Police Podcast.

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Get a refurbished Acer 2-in-1 Chromebook for $99 today only

Chromebooks are the best bang-for-your-buck value when they're cheap. A $99 Windows laptop will only make you sad, but a $99 Chromebook can be a usable computer. Case in point: you can get a refurbished Acer 2-in-1 model for just $98.99 right now from Amazon-owned Woot.

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Sony details Android 10 update timeline for its Xperia phones

Despite continuing losses in its mobile business sector, Sony still churns out phone after phone, much to the delight of its ardent fan base. It also maintains its existing lineup with new software updates and, just like many other manufacturers before it, the company has just shared when which of its devices will receive Android 10.

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Yelp app getting first real makeover in years, allows you to swipe through reviews

If you feel pretty strongly about a business, you might head to some place like Yelp to express your thoughts. But if you haven't been using its Android app lately, we can get why: it's cramped, has too many tabs to dip into, and even retains a few elements from Android's old Holo era. Well, we've been tracking a design overhaul that Yelp has been slowly dosing out and is meant to remedy all of those faults.

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Facebook tests 'Popular Photos' Instagram clone in News Feed

Your News Feed can get a little crowded. It's flooded with text, links, ads, and comments, when what you really want are those juicy pics. Usually, you'd turn to Instagram for that fix, but you might soon find it right in the Facebook app: a new feature, Popular Photos, will show you more pictures in a self-contained feed.

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Xbox One owners can now control their consoles with Google Assistant (Update: Public release)

We've known since June that Microsoft was working on integrating Alexa and Google Assistant with Xbox in lieu of its own voice assistant, Cortana. With Alexa support already up and running on Xbox One, it's now time for Google Assistant to get in on the action.

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Pick up a Polk Command Bar for $200 ($100 off) and get a new reason to shout at Alexa

Ever since the introduction of virtual assistants like Alexa or the Google Assistant, manufacturers have tried to shoehorn them into every possible product or appliance. Everything from microwaves to eyeglasses can now accept voice commands. While these may not be the most practical examples, there is one product category that seems to be a natural fit for voice assistant integration — home theater equipment. Both Polk and JBL have attempted to combine the functionality of a soundbar and a smart speaker into one device. Polk's entry into this developing market, the Command Bar, is currently on sale at Amazon for $200 — a savings of $100.

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One UI 2.0 beta 4 starts hitting Galaxy S10 units

Samsung’s early 2019 flagship lineup has begun receiving its fourth beta update with fixes to several issues that previous releases introduced. This is supposed to be a simultaneous rollout in all markets where One UI 2.0 beta is currently live for the Galaxy S10 variants. For now, we’ve got confirmation from both the US and the UK, while SamMobile could verify the update’s rollout in Germany.

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Stable Android 10 update for Huawei P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20, and Mate 20 Pro is rolling out in Europe

Despite being a big player in the smartphone industry who pumps out almost as many phones as Samsung, Huawei has proven itself to be quite nimble when it comes to major Android software updates. After starting its Android 10 beta program faster than most other companies in September, it's beginning to roll out the stable version of EMUI 10 for its P30 and Mate 20 series of phones to users on the old continent.

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