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(Update: Now available) Philips releases 24" Android TV made for your kitchen

Assistant-powered Smart Displays aren't the perfect kitchen device for everyone — they have a few limitations with what sort of content they can stream, and you can't just plug them in to watch cable (if you have it). In many cases, a tried-and-true TV is the best solution, and Philips new 24" Android TV means you won't have to give up any smarts, either.

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Play Store navigation becomes simpler on Wear OS [APK Download]

Google may have just bought Fitbit, but it still has to take care of its home-grown wearable OS, Wear OS. While you could argue that the platform feels pretty much dead in the water, the company still adds new software features every once in a while, like a redesigned system navigation a year ago. Now Google has decided to give the Play Store on watches a facelift and has released a new version that makes it easier to navigate it on the small screen.

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Google's Stadia suffering from a majorly rushed launch with lots of missing features

Stadia, Google's hotly-anticipated game streaming service, is only six days away from going live. After formally announcing it back in March, the company has been periodically keeping us up-to-date on its features, requirements, and list of launch-day games, trying to cover all the bases. As revealed inside today's Reddit AMA, however, there is a long list of features that will be missing when Stadia launches on the 19th.

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Battle Breakers is the first title to join Fortnite on the Epic Games launcher

Battle Breakers has been in testing on the Play Store since 2017, but Epic has unceremoniously turned the servers off for the Play Store version, most likely because the game has been officially launched through the Epic Games launcher, a third-party app that was previously known as the Fortnite Installer. If you're unfamiliar with Battle Breakers, it's a free-to-play RPG that contains hero collection mechanics. The story revolves around menacing monsters from space that have trapped the world's heroes inside of magical crystals, and of course, it will be your job to free these heroes by fighting these monsters in an RPG setting.

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Verizon's revolutionary new Moto Razr doesn't even work on its 5G network

Motorola finally announced the long-rumored Moto Razr yesterday, and it's going to be launched exclusively on Verizon in January 2020. While the company positions the device as revolutionary and cutting-edge, there's one thing in it that certainly isn't that: Its antennas can't receive Verizon's mmWave 5G transmissions.

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WhatsApp rolls out new Facebook branding, shows more signs of dark mode [APK Download]

After announcing its intention to rebrand WhatsApp and Instagram to clarify that they're part of its properties, Facebook is now rolling out this change to WhatsApp. The app is also showing more signs of dark mode, which has been in the works for a while.

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Google Photos will rename its confusing Assistant tab to 'For you'

One of the many perks of Google Photos is its built-in "Assistant," which suggests photo collages and animations for you, makes movies and albums for your special occasions, and suggests you archive documents and receipts. The feature's name can be confounding though, as Google obviously has another Assistant that does something completely different, but this confusion will soon be fixed.

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(Update: Note 10 US rollout) One UI 2.0 beta 2 released with fixes and November patch, Note 10 and S10 5G join the fray

The One UI 2.0 beta release brought Android 10 to the Galaxy S10 line last week, but the S10 5G and the Note 10 series couldn’t make the cut. The two omitted models are now being brought under Samsung’s beta program in different parts of the world, as per SamMobile’s learnings. These devices are joining the program while, concurrently, S10 units already in the test program are getting the second beta.

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Google Play Store autoplay videos are coming, but you'll be able to turn them off

Many people find autoplaying videos incredibly annoying, but they help content creators and advertisers hook up consumers more efficiently. That's why many platforms try to find a balance by making autoplay opt-out and letting you turn it off in settings, all while hoping that only a small percentage of people will actually do that. After Google recently introduced autoplay videos to the Play Store, the company now seems to be testing such a toggle.

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Google reveals The Claw, a phone mount for the Stadia controller

Earlier today, two Google Stadia team members hosted an AMA on Reddit to answer people's questions about the upcoming Stadia game streaming service. Although the Q&A session dampened some of our enthusiasm for Stadia by revealing a bunch of missing day-one features, the AMA contained a pleasant surprise: Google made a phone mount for the Stadia controller, and it is called "The Claw."

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