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[Update: Japanese too] Smart Clocks gain support for French and German, as Lenovo expands sales

With its Smart Clock, Lenovo introduced a new type of Asssitant-enabled smart display. Unfortunately, it could only speak English when it came out, as it runs off a custom Android Things platform, which is different from the one used by Lenovo Smart Displays and Nest Hubs. However, Google just updated its official Assistant support pages to indicate the device now supports French and German.

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Samsung 512GB microSD card drops to $90 ($110 off) on Amazon

If you're looking to extend your device's storage space, here's an exciting deal for you: Samsung's 512GB EVO Select microSD card just dropped to $90, down from the initial $199 MSRP. The card had already been as low as $100 back in May, but it's now available for $10 less.

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The best cheap summer backup phones: Relax with a phone you can afford to lose

I love flagship phones, but I'm always a little concerned when I take one with me, say, kayaking, or to a concert. Summertime is full of such potentially phone-ruining events, so if you're worried about the safety of your thousand-dollar pocket computer, consider grabbing one of these cheapo alternatives as a backup.

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Curious cutout on new Pixel 4 leak raises questions

Two sets of images related to the upcoming Pixel 4 have appeared today. In addition to the earlier renders that showed off the smaller Pixel 4 for the first time (that we know of), noted leaker IceUniverse earlier tweeted out a pair of photos showing off what appears to be either the front-facing glass for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL or screen protectors for the two phones. Either way, a honkin' cutout on the right side of that now-familiar top bezel raises some questions — or potentially answers them when it comes to those "Face Authentication" details spotted in Android Q.

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Tinder goes rogue, breaks Play Store policy by processing payments without Google

Over the past few years, there has been growing criticism from developers towards the substantial cuts that app stores take from purchases, both for applications themselves and in-app transcations. Some argue that the standard 30% cut is too much, and the discussion isn't exclusive to the mobile space either on PC, game storefronts like Epic and Discord are attempting to make a name for themselves by charging fewer fees. The latest company making a fuss is Match Inc., maker of the Tinder dating app.

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Giveaway: Win one of two Amarey A900 robot vacuum cleaners (US)

The Amarey A900 is one of the best robot vacuum cleaners around, thanks to its great value and ability to clean up nearly any mess, from spills on hardwood to pet hair on carpets. We've partnered with Amarey to give away two of its A900 robot vacuums, and if you want to buy one, it's also on sale at Amazon.

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OnePlus Screen Recorder adds frame rate setting and floating widget toggle in v2.2 [APK Download]

As an Android blogger, one of the tools on OnePlus phones I am most thankful for is the Screen Recorder introduced with the OnePlus 7 Pro. Documenting details for our readers is a whole lot easier when the process of recording a demonstration is built right in. Other lovers of the app will be glad to hear that a brand new update for OnePlus Screen Recorder has been spotted today. Version 2.2 delivers a new frame rate setting, plus an option to hide the floating widget while recording.

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These are the first detailed renders of the small Pixel 4

Seemingly every year, leaked images and renders of the larger upcoming Google Pixel phone are released long before we get to see the smaller model. In 2018, it took until August 30th (about a month before release) until images came out of the small Pixel 3. Today we're seeing the first detailed renders of the regular Pixel 4, and... it looks like the 4 XL.

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Turkish manufacturer distributes software image from XDA Forums for its own Android Q beta program

The XDA forums are the capitol of all Android root/ROM development efforts these days, and from its multitudes of developers and endless pages of posts come most of the homebrew software that provides us with root access, liberates draconian device restrictions, and keeps older phones ticking. Android enthusiasts aren't the only ones making use of the software there, though. Turkish OEM General Mobile recently rolled out its own Android Q beta program for two of its phones even though it isn't among the manufacturers Google lists as participating in these early Q tests. It turns out, that's because General Mobile's Android Q beta is merely a lightly-tweaked ripoff of an unofficial GSI from XDA's forums.

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New Android Q-style icons and other UI tweaks spotted in Google's Messages app

Over the last couple days, some tweaks to the Messages app on Android have been spotted in testing, updating the iconography and style in the message composition area to more closely match Android Q's outlined aesthetic. Also of note, Messages now supports transparency behind the new gesture bar in Android Q, though we can't be sure when this change happened.

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