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Leaked Moto E6 Play press images reveal chunky bezels and micro-USB charging

Along with a multitude of other devices, Lenovo introduced the Moto E6 Plus during IFA in Berlin this year. Since Moto series usually consist of at least three devices each generation, it comes as no surprise that the company is also planning to release a Moto E6 Play. Press images have leaked today courtesy of Dutch tech publication Mobielkopen, and they reveal almost everything about the phone.

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[Update: Nor Verizon] T-Mobile Pixel 4 and 4 XL won't support RCS at launch

Google's been making a push for platform-agnostic RCS messaging for some time now, but carriers haven't always been the most cooperative partners. That apparently continues to be the case, as a T-Mobile representative has confirmed that Pixel 4 devices purchased from the carrier won't support the standard at launch.

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[Update: Frozen 2] Google Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain children's books

Some of Google Home's best features are the ones that are just for fun, like playing the "I'm feeling lucky" game show, listening to different animal sounds, and asking for interesting facts. Google is expanding on that repertoire with storytelling sound effects for certain Disney stories. Parents in the US can activate the new feature by saying "Hey Google, let's read along with Disney." Their Home device will then listen along and play appropriate sound effects and music for the chosen story, which can be selected from a library of 11, with more to come.

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OnePlus 7T now available for purchase in the US

OnePlus' latest 7T may have earned high marks in our recent review, but there was one major catch: you couldn't actually buy one here in the 'states. As of today, that's no longer a problem, as sales have opened for the OnePlus 7T in the US. For just $599, you can pick up OnePlus' latest phone through both the company's own storefront and T-Mobile.

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 receive Advanced Messaging 2.0

For years, AT&T has been trying to push its SMS successor, Advanced Messages. The problem is that the standard only supports a handful of flagships and isn't even interconnected with the networks used by other carriers. Still, AT&T is working to get Advanced Messaging out to more devices and has just pushed out one such update to the Samsung Galaxy Note8 as well as the S8 and S8+.

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Some Pixel users are seeing a 4G icon instead of LTE, but Google is working on a fix

With the latest Android 10 October security patch, some people using Pixel phones in the US have seen their LTE icon switch to 4G. This change is also visible in network settings, where it says 4G instead of LTE when you're choosing a connectivity preference. Since there's a lot of confusion about what exactly the difference between the two standards is, people used to seeing LTE instead of 4G have been concerned that their connection may have been downgraded. As it turns out, the whole gallimaufry was an unintended change of terminology, not a switch of the actual network, and Google has both a workaround to offer and a proper fix in the works.

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Google Voice adds proper Siri support before Google Assistant

Google Voice is quite a convenient service letting you call and text internationally for cheap. It's even a proper phone line replacement for some. There's one thing that we've been waiting for the service to implement forever, though: using your voice to initiate a ... Voice call. That's changing, but only if you have an iPhone or an iPad: In a collective slap in the faces of Android and Nest users, you can now talk to Siri to make calls or send text messages through Google's service.

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Pixel 4 doesn't let you use Android Pie's two-button gesture navigation

Android 9 Pie introduced the first form of gesture navigation, changing the three-button navigation bar into a pill-shaped button with a separate back key. Android 10 came with a new full-screen gesture navigation mode, and if you get a Pixel 4, it's the only option — besides the classic three-button nav, that is.

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OnePlus 8 Pro might eschew the pop-up cam for a hole-punch display

While the OnePlus 7T still isn't available in the US more than three weeks after its announcement, we’ve already started receiving detailed leaks about upcoming phones from the Chinese brand. Renders of the OnePlus 8 surfaced not too long ago, courtesy of Steve McFly — popularly known by his Twitter handle @OnLeaks and for his solid track record — and now similar images of the OnePlus 8 Pro have been shared by the same source.

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