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GE's Kitchen Hub is a huge, Android-powered touchscreen to mount above your stove

GE's got a hot new product coming this spring. The Kitchen Hub is a 27-inch touchscreen that runs Android and lives above your stove. This isn't an Android Things-powered smart display like KitchenAid's; the Kitchen Hub runs full Android, apps and all.

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JBL Link Bar, the soundbar with Google Assistant and Android TV, will ship this spring

It's been a long road for JBL's Link Bar. First announced in May of 2018, as the first soundbar with both Google Assistant and Android TV built in, it went up for pre-order in August with an expected availability of October, but shipments were delayed and we knew it wouldn't likely come to market before 2019. We have an updated date today, as JBL has announced the Link Bar will come this Spring.

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Paranoid Android announces Pie Beta ROMs, starting with Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi Mix 2S, and Poco F1

Popular custom ROM maker Paranoid Android came back from the dead in 2017 and has just announced its long-awaited first Android 9 Pie beta builds, with initial availability for a handful of Xiaomi devices. PA is also changing the way it develops its ROM to include Generic System Images (GSI) which should allow support for a greater number of devices.

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Googler seemingly confirms that Android Q will have system-wide Dark Mode

It's no secret that Google has been taking steady steps toward supporting dark mode in most of its Android apps. Over the past year, we've seen YouTube, Phone, Contacts, Messages, the Pixel Launcher, Google News, some parts of the Maps app, and more get a darker, less retina-searing, more battery-friendly theme. After hoping that Android Pie would bring a system-wide dark mode, then being disappointed that it didn't, everyone was cautiously optimistic that Q would finally be "it." We were, maybe, 90% sure, but didn't want to get our hopes up. Now, we have more reason to dream, so let's say we can raise it to 95% sure.

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Kenwood introduces three Android Auto head units for 2019, topping out at $1,600

Android Auto hasn't changed much since last year, which means that the revised double-DIN head unit models being revealed by car electronics companies this year won't be all that interesting. Case in point: Kenwood's three new Android Auto head units, which are being revealed at CES, are pretty uninteresting. One thing, however, is rather intriguing: the flagship model's stunning $1,599.95 MSRP.

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[Update: Result of an accident] Sony appears to be blocking Kodi on its recent Android TVs

Kodi (formerly XBMC) has attracted an undeservedly bad rap outside media streaming circles, garnering a piracy-associated reputation that isn't quite merited — at least, in my opinion. Whatever you might believe, it looks like Sony might be taking a critical view of the project, too, as reports indicate that at least some of the company's recent Android TVs are actively blocking the app.

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12 best new (and 1 WTF) Android games released this week including OutRush, Run Gun Die, and Blackmoor 2

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have a gorgeous auto-runner with a slick Outrun theme, an enjoyable procedurally generated top-down shooter, and the open-beta release of Blackmoor 2. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week.

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10 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including GitNews, Remote Fingerprint Unlock, and Language Navi (12/22/18 - 1/5/19)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. For today's roundup, I have an awesome GitHub newsfeed app for discovering new and exciting repositories, an app that makes it possible to use your fingerprint reader to unlock Windows devices, and an ingenious translation app that's perfect for translating different languages inside of foreign apps. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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Volvo's electric Polestar 2 will be the first car to feature Android Automotive

Back at I/O '17, Google announced that Volvo and Audi would be the first manufacturers to introduce a standalone, more deeply integrated version of Android Auto. One year later, at I/O '18, Google actually showed off several cars with prototypes of what it now called "Android Automotive." Now that Volvo has revealed that its all-electric Polestar 2 will be the first car with Android Automotive onboard, we finally have a more concrete arrival date for Google's long-awaited infotainment system.

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After more than a year with no updates, Fox Now overhauls its Android TV app

Praise the update lords — Fox Now has finally issued an update to its Android TV app, more than one year after the last time it did so and rumors of it being abandoned for good. Version 3.10.0 brings the app almost up to date with its phone counterpart (which is at 3.11.5 now) and dresses it up with a new interface.

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