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[Update: Pulled] Latest Google app beta (v8.14.12) repeatedly crashing for many

Developer previews aren't always the most stable, and they aren't meant to be. They are the process by which a stable is created. Because of that, sometimes it's possible to run into a few issues when using them, and it appears many are seeing a repeated force close problem with the latest version of the Google app beta (v8.14.12).

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AMC TV now has its own Android TV app

We talk a lot about cord-cutting — "skinny bundles" and the like — but there are still plenty of cable holdouts. Cable boxes are largely terrible, though, so any opportunity to not use them is a boon. To that end, AMC has just released an Android TV app.

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WhatsApp group audio and video calls are now rolling out to everyone

After leaks and teardown revelations aplenty, WhatsApp group calls were finally formally revealed at Facebook's F8 developer conference in early May. By the end of the month, the feature had started showing up for some. Now, WhatsApp has announced that group audio and video calls are rolling out to all users.

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T-Mobile partners with Nokia in $3.5 billion 5G network deal

T-Mobile has announced that it's partnered with Nokia to build its 5G mobile network. The carrier will pay Nokia $3.5 billion for "its complete end-to-end 5G technology, software and services portfolio." T-Mobile called the agreement a multiyear deal, but doesn't go into specifics, saying only that the two companies will work together "in the critical first years of the 5G cycle."

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Google fires shots at Microsoft and Apple with new Chromebook ad

Google has made countless advertisements for Chromebooks, but none of them have directly pointed out flaws in traditional operating systems like Windows and macOS - until now. The company just released a new Chromebook commercial that calls out its competitors for being annoying, buggy, and slow.

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[Update: More sellers] Asus ZenFone 5Z up for pre-order now, arrives August 6

Asus announced the ZenFone 5Z all the way back in February. It's very much a 2018 Android device: it's got a Snapdragon 845, six or eight gigs of RAM, two cameras, and of course, that notch. Months later, the 5Z is now available for pre-order. You can reserve one now for the low price of $499.99.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium now available for a whopping $1,000

Sony's newest flagship device, the Xperia XZ2 Premium, was announced back in February. It has all the features you'd expect from a high-end 2018 smartphone, like a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB RAM, 64GB of storage (with microSD expansion), IP65/68 water resistance, and more. The updated design, with curved glass and a rear fingerprint sensor, was highly anticipated.

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LG is charging $1,800 for a special edition V35, and it's only making 300 of them

LG has a treat for its most devoted Korean fans: a special edition V35 ThinQ that costs a totally reasonable $1,800 (or 1,999,800 won). That premium gets buyers a ceramic back, a nice pair of Bluetooth headphones, and exclusivity — there will only be 300 of the device made.

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Epic Games may distribute Fortnite for Android on its website rather than the Play Store

Fortnite is supposed to come to Android this summer, but developer Epic Games hasn't offered any firm timeline yet. A recent report suggested that Fortnite would launch as an exclusive on the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and that may not be the developer's only trick. The game may never come to the Play Store at all. Instead, everyone would need to download it from the Epic Games website.

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[Deal Alert] Get a new first-gen Pixel (128 GB) for $350 on Woot

We've seen a lot of good deals on the first-generation Pixel lately. Earlier this month, B&H had the phone for as low as $330 for the 32 GB variant, with the 128 GB at $400. Now, you can grab the larger-capacity model for just $350 on Woot.

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