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Lenovo Smart Clock now has 'Impromptu' alarms, improved automatic brightness, and more

The Google Assistant-powered Lenovo Smart Clock was a questionable purchase when it first went on sale for $80, but now that the device regularly goes for $30-$40, it actually makes sense to buy one — as long as you're fine having an alarm clock with no battery backup. Google is now giving the clock a few new features, including a new type of alarm.

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Google reveals ADT-3 Android TV box with 4K and HDR, but it's only for developers

Ever since the Nexus Player fell out of support, there hasn't been a first-party Android TV box — at least not for regular buyers. The ADT-2 was released last year as a budget Chromecast-like dongle, supporting 4K and HDR, but it was only intended for developers creating Android TV apps. Alongside the announcement of Android TV 10, Google has also revealed a new ADT-3 streaming box.

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Google offering free Nest Mini speakers to Google Fi customers

Time was, Google would hand out Home Mini speakers like they were candy. Now, there's a new cheap speaker in town. We saw the first Nest Mini freebies late last month, and now Google Fi customers can get a free speaker, too.

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Nokia 9 PureView gets its Android 10 update, 7.1 to follow next week (Update: Available for 7.1 now)

Earlier this week, Nokia held its anticipated Nokia Mobile Live event in Cairo, Egypt to discuss its hardware and software efforts for the immediate future. In addition to unveiling the new Nokia 2.3 smartphone, the once-prolific phone manufacturer officially released Android 10 for the 9 PureView and provided an update on the OS roadmap for its newest devices.

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Google Opinion Rewards is now available in Taiwan

After a lot of controversy over disappearing credit, Google has finally started rectifying the situation by being more transparent about when your earned credit via Opinion Rewards expires. Putting that behind it, the company is ready to expand the paid surveys's availability to another market: Taiwan.

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FX File Explorer is back on the Play Store after being wrongfully accused of displaying deceptive ads (Updated)

Google has a serious problem with draconian, overreaching app removal policies in the Play Store. Instead of taking the time to discuss minor issues with developers, the company loves to use a sledgehammer to crack the nuts. The latest app to take the hit is FX File Explorer, a popular file manager with more than 5 million downloads and a 4+ rating. It has been removed without warning because it allegedly sports deceptive ads, which is not true as far as we can tell.

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Oppo has big plans for 2020 — Expect a smartwatch, true wireless earbuds, AR glasses, and more

At its Inno Day 2019 event in Shenzhen today, Oppo outlined its plans for the coming year and showcased a few new products that will be hitting the market. You probably only associate the Chinese company with smartphones, but that's about to change as it seeks to diversify its portfolio with a range of interconnected devices.

Oppo wants to build out an ecosystem comprising AI-enhanced IoT products such as true wireless earbuds, smartwatches, 5G routers, and even a pair of AR glasses. Enabling new human-machine interactions is a key focus of Oppo's ambitious expansion plans, and 5G connectivity will also be at the center of everything they do in 2020.

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Android 10 rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S10 series (Update: S10 5G)

Samsung has been testing Android 10 on its Galaxy S10 series extensively, with one beta update chasing the other over the last few weeks. The company is apparently finally satisfied with the software, as it has just started rolling out the stable release with version 2.0 of One UI in tow. It looks like it's only coming to some people in Germany, but it can't take too long until it arrives at more customers.

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Gmail will let you propose new meeting times and add notes to calendar invites

Google introduced an option to propose new meeting times in Calendar last year that helps you reschedule when you can't make it. Since the feature is somewhat hidden (you need to click an event in Calendar to make it show up), the company has decided to make it accessible via invites in Gmail, while also introducing a deep link for note taking.

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Automatic Call Screening is coming to all Pixel phones on Android 10 'over the coming weeks'

Google announced a slew of updates as part of the first Pixel feature drop yesterday, among them the ability to automatically screen calls from unknown numbers on the Pixel 4. It looks like this option won't stay limited to the latest phone in the lineup for a long time, as Business Insider cites Google saying that it'll "roll out to all Pixel devices with Android 10 over the coming weeks."

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