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Xiaomi just owned itself in the most Xiaomi way imaginable

Xiaomi is a huge smartphone presence in many countries, and it got there, at least in part, by copying Apple. We could dress things up and pretend that wasn't the case, but we've all got eyes. Xiaomi recently unveiled another not so subtle Apple clone with its "Mimoji" AR emoji feature. The company was adamant it wasn't just copying Apple's Memoji... and then it literally stole Apple's Memoji promo video.

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[Update: No more errors] Tapping the Google Assistant icon on mobile web search brings up an error page

Google recently introduced one-tap access to Google Assistant from its mobile search engine webpage, presumably because being able to trigger it from the home screen or a physical button from every single device ever is a good thing. And if the device you held didn't have the assistant, the link would take you to a page where you could download it. Well, that link seems to have been broken.

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Google's internal Android Q Beta bug testing group blew up last night for some reason

If you're signed up to the Android Q Beta program, you may have gotten the same email we all did here at Android Police last night just after 5:30 p.m. PDT from a Google engineer. The email was a bug report concerning engineer's Pixel 2 on Beta 4.

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That ridiculous Energizer 18,000mAh battery/phone raised just 1% of its Indiegogo goal (unsurprisingly)

You may remember that back in February at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Energizer unveiled a boatload of phones. The most bizarre of the lot had a humungous 18,000mAh battery, dual pop-up front cameras, and it could seemingly also be used to break through glass in an emergency. In news that will shock nobody, it has spectacularly failed to reach its lofty Indiegogo crowdfunding target.

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Fail: Android Wear 2.0's Russian and Hungarian keyboards are missing letters, but a fix is coming soon

Something that Android Wear 1.x was sorely missing was support for on-screen keyboards. It just isn't ideal in some circumstances to have to talk to your watch. Naturally, one of the features people got most excited for in Wear 2.0 was the ability to type using a keyboard. However, it appears that some languages' keyboards have some missing characters.

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Fail: Samsung dishonors Cookie Monster by using a cracker as the cookie emoji

If there's one thing that everyone knows about Sesame Street's Cookie Monster, it's that he loves cookies, namely those of the chocolate chip variety. In fact, it's more of an obsession than a love. You can imagine, then, how important the cookie emoji would be to Cookie Monster on World Chocolate Day. However, Samsung dishonored our furry blue friend by utilizing a cracker emoji instead.

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Wrecked: This video "re-review" of Google Home is the saddest, funniest thing you'll see today

Google Home isn't a bad product (well, I don't think it is), but it's also far from a perfect one, thanks in large part to the fragmented state of Google's Assistant. While I could go into a breakdown of just why Google Home's version of the Assistant is inferior in some regards to the one on your smartphone, sometimes a 30-second video really can encapsulate the frustration of being an early adopter of technology.

I'll let Android Police alumnus Ron Amadeo take it away.

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HTC's U Ultra doesn't fare well against JerryRigEverything's wrath, proves that it's not great at anything

Despite its great looks, the HTC U Ultra wasn't very well received by the press. In his review of the U Ultra, David absolutely ripped the phone apart, saying that it's unclear why the phone exists at all, and that HTC should go back to the drawing board. One of David's complaints about the phone was how easily the display scratched. In his latest video, JerryRigEverything proves that there's a lot more wrong with the phone's durability than that.

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Yesterdays T-Mobile Tuesday Domino's deal ended with a bunch of people with no pizza

Last week John Legere unveiled Uncarrier 11, the one where T-Mobile resorts to outright bribes (excuse me, giveaways) to buy customer loyalty. Is this something to be upset over? Not really. Free stuff is free stuff.

Except for many T-Mobile customers, the promised free pizza was not available.

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Huawei Announces Via Bizarrely Upbeat Blog Post That The Four-Month-Old US Ascend Mate2 Won't Be Getting A KitKat Update

Buyers of the Huawei Ascend Mate2 in the US are fuming today over news that there won't be a KitKat update for this device. It's not unusual for older devices to be left in the dust, but the Mate2 was announced in early 2014 and only went on sale for US consumers in June of this year. Huawei has shown some interest in breaking into the US market as of late, but the Chinese OEM is going to have trouble if this is the kind of support we can expect.

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