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[Update: Three owner confirms availability] Xiaomi is expanding its reach across Europe

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has confirmed that it is expanding its reach across Europe. Its popular handsets and other devices will go on sale in France and Italy later this month. One carrier has already confirmed that it plans to sell Xiaomi smartphones in the U.K., too.

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[Update] You can now set up a Google Assistant payment method in six countries outside the US

Your Google Assistant settings have had a "Payments" section for quite some time where you can set up a payment method and address. This is used for both making purchases through Google Express merchants as well as sending payments to other users. However, both options are only available to users in the US. So if you tried to add a new payment method outside the US, you wouldn't be able to complete the setup. But that seems to have changed.

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Samsung Pay seems to have quietly rolled out in France

Samsung may have quietly just rolled out Samsung Pay in France, according to SamMobile. Samsung had announced last month it would be making Samsung Pay available in France "before this summer," and that is indeed the case. Some French users have reported being able to download Pay and use it to complete a purchase, even despite the fact that Samsung has made no official statement confirming availability.

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Huawei announces the €229 Honor 9 Lite for Western Europe

Continuing to expand its international Honor device portfolio, Huawei is bringing another previously limited-market phone to other parts of the world. The Honor 9 Lite, previously only released in China and India, is a toned down version of the Honor 9 and it is coming to Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and the U.K. for a mere €229 via Honor's online store starting today, February 6.

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Google Daydream View (2017) is now available from Google Store in France, Italy, and Spain for €109

The new Daydream View VR headset went on sale here in 'Murica around two weeks ago. But products like these tend to have a little delay in availability in overseas countries, as evidenced by the Pixel 2 XL only having gone on sale in Italy and Spain three days ago. Now, the 2017 model of the Daydream View is up for grabs in those two countries, as well as France, for €109.

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Latest Humble Bundle celebrates 9 Made in France Android games

Pour ceux qui valorisent l'esprit national et veulent essayer quelques jeux développés en France à prix réduit et tout en faisant un don pour des organisations de charité (Americaines ou Anglaises seulement, malheureusement), le dernier paquet humble est fait juste pour vous.

Oops, I didn't see you there, non-French speaking readers. Sorry. Let me catch you up. The latest Humble Mobile Bundle is all about games developed in France by renowned names like DotEmu, Playdigious, Mi-Clos, and more. It features 9 Android titles in the usual tier-pricing scheme.

If you pay more than $1, you get arcade games Mechanic Escape ($2.99) and Pang Adventures ($3.99) plus typography puzzler unWorded ($2.99).

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Google Home is coming to France, and it (predictably) speaks French now

Get ready to say "bonjour" to Google Home, French speakers. Google's Assistant-powered speaker will soon be available for purchase in France, and as you might expect, that means Assistant can also speak French now. This comes on the heels of Google Wifi launching in France late last month.

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[Update: Now available in France and Germany] Google Wifi may be coming to France on Monday

It isn't officially announced, but earlier today Google posted a teaser GIF about upcoming product availability on their French Google+ page. The meaning of the image wasn't entirely clear since it's just an animation of some buildings growing out of the ground, as a bubble in the center reflects waves around. However, since the filename was "Google Wifi #3.gif," I don't think it's too much of a stretch to make a guess.

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Google plans a Nougat party and an official Android statue for French town of Montélimar

Remember when the fanciful dessert codenames for Android were an inside joke rather than an actual marketing push? Ever since version 4.4 "Kit-Kat" (and the tie-in promotional campaign with Nestle), it seems like Google has been making a sincere effort to make users as aware of the codename - which is now more of a slogan - as the release number itself. So when the French town of Montélimar asked Google if they were interested in some kind of promotional event for Android 7.0 "Nougat," the company jumped at the chance.

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[Update: rewards through PayPal] Google Opinion Rewards now available in France