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[Update: Trees theme hits stable for 4/20] Reddit app v3.0 beta adds night mode, account drawer, themes, and more

The official Reddit app has been not so good compared to many of the alternative clients, but it's getting better today. The v3.0 update is in beta, and it adds a number of important features. The app finally has a night mode that won't sear your retinas in a dark room, and it's easier to access/switch accounts. Oh, and you can turn on a "Pony" theme. What more could you want?

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Google Assistant turns to external answers when its own services are offline

Google's software Assistant and corresponding Home hardware are there to answer your questions (within certain limits), but it may not always be Google that answers. In some circumstances, including things like service outages, it looks like Google is able to hand off questions it would typically answer to third-party apps or services. With your consent, of course.

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Huawei's new virtual assistant will 'provide emotional interactions'

Despite Google Assistant now being available on most Android devices, many OEMs have been looking to build their own virtual helpers. Samsung has Bixby, LG has ThinQ, and now Huawei has... something. The company already has an assistant on its Chinese devices, but now it's working on a new one that will 'provide emotional interactions.'

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Chrome 66 adds experimental support for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets

Google Chrome 66 came out a few days ago, with your usual list of new APIs and user improvements. However, one major new feature flew under the radar. This is the first stable Chrome release with experimental support for Valve's OpenVR API, allowing VR content to be viewed on all popular headsets. This includes the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

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Don’t expect lengthy software support from Motorola’s new Moto G6 and E5

If you’re planning to buy one of Motorola’s newest handsets, you should be aware that you won’t get lengthy software support. Motorola is promising just one major Android upgrade for the new Moto G6 series, while the Moto E5 series may not get a major update at all.

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AT&T fires up fake 5G in more than 100 new markets

The first 5G networks should begin appearing later this year, but AT&T is already rushing to call its network "5G." The so-called 5G Evolution is faster than the current version of LTE, but it's not really 5G. Today, the carrier has rolled out its pseudo-5G in 117 new markets, bringing the total count to 141.

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[Update: Now available] Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact now up for pre-order in the US

The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are arguably Sony's best-looking phones yet. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in February, the latest Sony flagships have rear fingerprint sensors and sport 18:9 displays with far less bezel than we're accustomed to from Xperia devices. They both include the freshest Snapdragon 845 chip with 4GB of RAM and will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo.

I was impressed by them in my hands-on at MWC, especially in view of Sony finally embracing a more modern design aesthetic — even if the Compact is a little chunky. Sony doesn't usually concentrate on the US market too much, but we learned a couple of days ago that Best Buy would have both phones available to pre-order from today, and both are now live on the site in a range of different colors.

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Display notches: The good, the bad, and the (very) ugly

The war on bezels has been hard-fought, and smartphone makers like Samsung, OnePlus, and Google have made steady progress in their quest to minimize wasted space. The masses have cheered the heroes on as they endeavor to end bezels, but you have to be careful what you wish for. Device makers are now trending toward display notches to shave off what little bezel is left, but not all of them are doing it very well. In fact, some display notches are little more than lazy iPhone clones. That does not mean display notches can't be done well on Android, but we don't have all the pieces of the puzzle yet.

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LG G7 ThinQ will have a Google Assistant hardware button

Renders of the forthcoming LG G7 ThinQ cropped up earlier this month, showing the phone to have four hardware buttons. Power, volume up, and volume down are obvious, but the fourth, we speculated, could be something like Samsung's Bixby button. We were sort of right: CNET reports that "people familiar with the smartphone" say the additional key will be a dedicated Google Assistant button.

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Files Go updated with navigation drawer, other tweaks [APK Download]

Since it was released late last year, Google has steadily been adding new functionality to Files Go, its smart file manager. Most recently, we've seen additions such as file search and better notifications, a beta channel, and Google Drive file backup. The latest change involves a move to a navigation drawer, along with a couple of other adjustments.

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