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Asus stuffs Galaxy S21 power into the body of a Pixel 4a, calls it Zenfone 8

Asus stuffs Galaxy S21 power into the body of a Pixel 4a, calls it Zenfone 8

Taiwan-based manufacturer Asus is well-known for its PCs and, these days, its ROG Phones for gamers. But it's always had a stake in mobile tilted towards a wider audience, too. That stake gets a major update today with two new entries: the small and powerful Zenfone 8 and the highly-engineered Zenfone 8 Flip.

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Google Play Pass more than doubles the number of countries it's available in

Google Play Pass more than doubles the number of countries it's available in

Google's Play Pass program, where customers trade a monthly or annual subscription fee for all-you-can-eat downloads, premium features, and in-app perks for certain apps, has expanded to 48 new countries.

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Google is facing even more flack for FLoC from the EU

Google is facing even more flack for FLoC from the EU

Google knows that third-party cookies tracking users around the web are on the way out, as even the company itself is planning on phasing out support for them in its own Chrome browser. But the online ad business is only as lucrative as it is due to extensive tracking practices, so Google is looking for an alternative to cookies. Enter FLoC, or Federated Learning of Cohorts. The technology is supposed to make tracking less privacy-invasive by assigning people to random groups with similar interests, instead of following every individual around. But many other companies think that FLoC will still be pretty invasive, and now, even some European regulators are chiming in, voicing their concerns.

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OnePlus sales grew by over 300% in Europe and India in Q1

OnePlus sales grew by over 300% in Europe and India in Q1

Despite all of the criticism OnePlus is receiving for its update policy, its latest phones, and the OnePlus Watch, the company seems to be in a great state. It just reported one of the strongest quarters in Europe ever, with a 388% growth in sales and 286% in revenue compared to Q1 2020, with the UK being in the top three of the best performing markets.

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Samsung may soon release a more affordable version of the popular Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung may soon release a more affordable version of the popular Galaxy S20 FE

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE was one of the best phones of 2020, and it came very close to being the Android Police 2020 Readers' Choice Smartphone of the Year. While the US market only received the 5G variant of the phone, consumers in the UK, Germany, and India, among others, had the chance to pick up a 4G variant powered by the Exynos 990. In what seems to be a way of acknowledging the drawbacks of its in-house processor (and/or the dropping costs of last-gen silicon), the company is all set to unveil a 4G variant of the phone that's powered by the Snapdragon 865+.

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TCL announced a bunch of new phones

TCL announced a bunch of new phones

TCL's presence in the mobile world may be understated compared to the Samsungs or Xiaomis, but having only put out phones under its own name for the past couple of years, the company has definitely has its foot on the gas pedal. Today, three new phones are joining the TCL 20 series, bringing this year's catalogue up to five devices.

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Nokia has a bunch of new phones you'll probably forget exist next week

Nokia has a bunch of new phones you'll probably forget exist next week

Nokia is preparing a fresh batch of entry-level phones — including those with 5G — for 2021. But in the E.U. and U.K., where the six devices and some wireless earbuds will arrive first, there's more to this announcement than just hardware and new names.

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This Google Assistant-powered Fiat 500 is basically a Pixel Car

This Google Assistant-powered Fiat 500 is basically a Pixel Car

The Fiat 500 doesn't turn any heads, except perhaps those of car enthusiasts looking for an extended sneer. But it's a popular model: a cheap, fuel-efficient, and eminently practical grocery-getter for urbanites. For the upcoming model year, Google and Fiat have joined forces for a "Hey Google Edition" of the hatchback, offering more extensive integration with Google Assistant than ever before.

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These are the coolest neobanks and fintech startups from across the pond

These are the coolest neobanks and fintech startups from across the pond

Simple is shutting down, and there aren't really any great alternatives out there in the US. But what about the other side of the pond? Europe is a hub for financial technology (fintech) startups and some of the innovative new banks are looking to expand their business to the US (some already have). So let's run through what's available in Europe and see what you could soon have access to in the States.

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The Nuki Box is bringing smart-lock convenience to apartment dwellers across Europe

The Nuki Box is bringing smart-lock convenience to apartment dwellers across Europe

Nuki has quickly become a popular smart home brand for budget-minded buyers, offering smart connected locks that work with European-style door mechanisms. While it makes the Nuki Opener for individual apartment door buzzers, the company is expanding its support for apartment dwellers and owners with the Nuki Box.

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