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Messages 3.7 adds contact sharing, fully rolls out Automatic previews, and removes Smart Reply [APK Download]

Messages, the renamed Android Messages, has seen a few interesting changes in the past months. A new Material UI, a dark mode, and an overhauled search experience have rolled out to the app, and although today's update may not seem as groundbreaking, it's certainly quite useful as it finally lets you share contacts.

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Razer has now over 100 UltraMotion-compatible games

The Razer Phone 2 is out, with its impressive 120Hz display, front-facing speakers, and light-up RGB logo on the back. It's the ultimate gaming device, despite its slightly uncomfortable grip, and now you can make the most of its hardware thanks to Razer's updated list of compatible titles.

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[Update: Now available] Asus reveals another low-end Chromebook, the C423

Are you waiting for a successor to the Chromebook Flip C302? Too bad, because Asus is giving us another low-end Chromebook instead. Following the entry-level C223NA that launched last month (our review is coming soon), Asus has quietly listed another inexpensive Chromebook on its site - the C423.

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[Update: Lenovo gets it] Smart displays will soon get multi-room audio, Home View, improved device control, and more

Google has just announced a "major" OTA update for all smart displays. Coming at the end of the month, the update will introduce some much-requested changes, such as multi-room audio grouping, as well as features shown off at the recent Made By Google event. That includes the Home View smart home device management; some trickle-over functionality from Digital Wellbeing; tighter Next Hello Doorbell integration; and new/improved control for devices including TVs, set-top boxes, speakers, and smart remotes — including the Logitech Harmony.

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Netflix HDR support added for LG G7 One, Sony Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 Premium

Netflix HDR support kicked off with the LG G6 back in May 2017, but quite a few devices have been added since then. Most recently, the Sony Xperia XZ2, the Huawei Mate 10, and the Huawei P20 were added. Three more phones have just joined the roster: the LG G7 One, the Sony Xperia XZ3, and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium.

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[Update: Rolling out to all Pixels] Google promises to fix camera bug resulting in unsaved photos

A few nasty software bugs have been discovered on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, one of which causes some photos not to be saved. It's not entirely clear what triggers the bug in the first place, though there were reports of it affecting other Google-made phones too, like the Pixel 2 XL.

Whatever the root cause is, Google has promised it will be fixed "in the coming weeks."

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Google’s new Game of Thrones Chromebook marketing is kinda funny, but mostly cringey

Last Friday (the 19th), the @Google account tweeted out that "Winter is coming for Chromebook..." together with a confusing video that showed a clip from Game of Thrones playing inside Slides on a Chromebook. The crossover event seems to have resolved as a new "White Walkers" page is now up on Google's Chromebook site. At first glance, it seems like an out-of-touch marketing effort, or a last minute attempt to use up acquired licensing, but parts of it are at least a little funny.

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eBay's new Instant Selling program aims to beat out competitors' smartphone trade-in values

There's no shortage of trade-in programs out there. All major carriers and several OEMs have them, and companies like Gazelle exist solely for trade-ins. eBay has just launched its own program, dubbed Instant Selling, and it thinks that it can beat out the other companies' values.

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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 675, a mid-range chip designed for mobile gaming

 

Qualcomm waited over a year to deliver a successor to the Snapdragon 660, a well-received mid-range chipset launched in 2017 that ended up gracing a lengthy list of devices including the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), Asus ZenFone 4, and Nokia 7 Plus. The Snapdragon 670 arrived in August, promising enhanced AI performance and the usual performance improvements. Fast forward just a few months and Qualcomm has now doubled up, launching the Snapdragon 675 at its 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. The aim? A chipset optimized for mobile gaming.

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Qualcomm shrinks mmWave antenna ahead of 5G handset reveals in 2019

 

5G is coming. That's a line you've no doubt read countless times by now. But just as it begins to ring false (like a wireless tech version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf), it's also more accurate than ever. In July, Qualcomm revealed new antenna for mmWave spectrum — the finnicky, high-frequency stuff that's crucial to 5G. These antenna modules were actually small enough for practical use in smartphones, a major milestone. Today at its 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, the chipset maker announced that it shrunk a version of those antenna modules by 25 percent, and that consumers can expect to see them in action in commercial 5G devices in early 2019.

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