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Xiaomi's new Mint Browser wants to freshen your browsing experience

Android users are spoiled for choice when it comes to browser alternatives, from the more well known Firefox Focus, UC Browser, and Microsoft Edge, to the more niche Brave Browser and Puffin. We now how one more option — Xiaomi's Mint Browser, which boasts low storage and memory requirements.

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Nova Launcher Prime on sale for just $1 — cheaper in some countries

Nova Launcher is the defacto drop-in launcher replacement for those dissatisfied by a given phone's software. Its range of options and customizations cover the gamut from stock-ish to garish and everything in between, making an essential part of the basic Android enthusiast kit. And if you're a recent software transplant enjoying our greener pastures, Nova Launcher Prime is on sale now for a mere $1 here in the states, and cheaper in other countries.

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24 best new Android games released this week including ROME: Total War, Beach Buggy Racing 2, and Lemmings

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 the official release of ROME: Total War, the sequel to Beach Buggy Racing, and a free-to-play Lemmings release rife with greedy monetization. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week.

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Weekend poll: Do you buy phones as gifts?

It's that gift-giving time of year. As 2018 approaches its end, you've probably either stocked up on or already given away presents to friends, loved ones, and colleagues. So we're curious: When it comes to gift-giving, do you ever buy phones as presents?

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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: Top of the class

German company Sennheiser has a sterling reputation for creating high-quality audio products, so I was understandably enthused when I learned they were making a pair of true wireless earbuds. These products have improved a great deal since they first burst onto the scene, but they still tend to lag behind wired equivalents in terms of sound and can’t compete with bulkier Bluetooth sets in battery life.

Since Sennheiser is pretty late to the true wireless game, you would hope its engineers have taken their time to craft something superior to the many rival products already on the market. As it turns out, that’s not far from the truth.

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[Update: Ars denial] Samsung claims partnership with news publication Ars Technica in latest branding mishap

We all had a good laugh when Samsung announced its partnership with the knockoff "Supreme Italia" brand earlier this month. Interestingly, it seems like Samsung is making botching its partners' brands and logos somewhat of a trend. In a blog post announcing the expansion of its HDR10+ ecosystem, Samsung prominently features fellow news publication Ars Technica's logo alongside big names like Qualcomm, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, and more.

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Google Home Hub bundled with two Home Minis for just $130 at Best Buy

It seems like the Home Hub and Home Mini are the new hot items to bundle together. Earlier this month, the Google Store was selling the Home Hub with two Home Minis for $129, but that deal lasted for less than a day. Best Buy is now offering the same deal (well, technically for 99 cents more) for those of you who missed out on that.

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Get a Home Mini and second-gen Chromecast for $17 at some Walmart stores

Now that the third-generation Chromecast is available, it looks like Google and retail stores want to clear out inventory of the older model. At some Walmart locations, you can get a bundle of the second-gen Chromecast and a Google Home Mini for just $17. That's cheaper than either product would normally cost on their own.

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Lenovo releases ThinkPad-branded earbuds in China

ThinkPad laptops have been popular for over two decades, and the ThinkPad name is well-known. Lenovo has tried several times to use the brand for products other than laptops, like Android tablets, with mixed results. Now the company has introduced a pair of ThinkPad-inspired Bluetooth earbuds — the 'Thinkplus Pods One'.

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Google Duo reaches 1 billion downloads on the Play Store

Back in May of 2016, Google announced two new messaging apps: Allo and Duo. The former, as you probably know, is being killed off in about three months. Duo, however, is still alive and kicking, as it's a pretty good video calling app. It just hit a whopping one billion downloads on the Play Store, which is no small feat.

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