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[Deal Alert] Verizon's discontinued Wear24 smartwatch is down to just $49.99 ($300 off) with coupon code [Update: Deal is done]

Last May, Verizon thought it would be a good idea to start selling a $350 Android Wear smartwatch. Several months later, it discontinued the Wear24, and the leftovers have been popping up at a steep discount ever since. Today, the Wear24 has hit an all-time low price of just $50. That's $300 less than the original price.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to ASUS ZenFone 3

Back in August, ASUS announced that the entire lineup of ZenFone 3 and 4 devices would receive updates to Android 8.0 Oreo. However, the company's only promise was that every phone would have Oreo by the second half of 2018. The ZenFone 4 received the update last month, and now the ZenFone 3 is getting it.

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The default gallery app on some Alcatel phones has been replaced with spamware, and users are angry

Like most Android phone manufacturers, Alcatel has uploaded many of its phones' apps to the Play Store. This allows the company to update various system apps without sending out a full Android upgrade. Some time in mid-November, Alcatel's gallery app received such an update - a very bad update, if reviews from owners of Alcatel phones are any indicator.

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Google app v7.20 beta hints at custom hotwords, prepares Duo account linking for smart displays, podcast download management, and more [APK Teardown]

It's time for another Google app update. The beta release of v7.20 follows the trend of making few changes to the interface or functions, but there's a lot to see in a teardown. Thanks to resources harvested from the app, there are clues pointing to a new hotword to wake the Assistant, which may finally mean custom hotwords. We can also see more updates for smart displays and podcast management. There may even be a redesigned order tracking feature coming that keeps better track of status changes.

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Samsung Pay officially launches in Mexico

Samsung Pay launched in South Korea back in 2015, then expanded into the US, China, and more for a total of 19 official markets before today. Now, Samsung adds number 20: Mexico. You may be thinking, "didn't that already happen?" Well, apparently the appearance of the landing page last November was not the full launch.

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[Update: Possibly coming to Android on Feb. 9th] Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is available for pre-registration right now

Well, we already knew that Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition was going to release by the end of this year, though it is looking like the release will be sooner rather than later thanks to the game's fresh availability for pre-registration on the Play Store. So not only can you sign up to receive a notification once this title is officially available, there is an all-new trailer to accompany this pre-registration that reveals some new scenes of gameplay.

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14 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (1/23/18 - 1/29/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Adult Swim's Android app finally supports Chromecast

It's not a stretch to say that Chromecast support was the single most requested feature in the Adult Swim app. For years many people, including myself, have been lamenting the lack of Google's streaming integration in the service. And now, finally, it's here. As of today's update, you can stream Adult Swim content from the app to your Chromecast, and they've even added a Twitch-style live chat system for specific content. This is the best news so far this year. 

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: Win one of 20 BrexLink USB-C wall charger and 2 USB-C to USB-C cable bundles ($30 total value) plus a 20% off coupon for everyone [US only]

As many of us are still transitioning from microUSB to USB-C accessories, there are still places where upgrades are needed. Maybe you used to have an extra charger and cable at work, but now you're lugging the OEM one around with you. Whatever it is you need, this weekend's giveaway should help to round out your list of accessories.

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Amazon doesn't want ads on Alexa

It's fairly simple to create unobtrusive advertising on computers, phones, tablets, and other devices with a screen - users can simply ignore the ads. However, that doesn't translate to smart speakers, since the only interface is speaking. There's no unobtrusive way to stop in the middle of a sentence and start talking about a sale.

Thankfully, at least for the moment, Amazon agrees that ads have no place on smart speakers. According to a report from The Information, Sony approached Amazon several times about running ads on its Jeopardy Alexa game. The company refused each time, explaining that advertising could alienate users.

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