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U.S. security panel reportedly approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger, as long as the carriers don't use Huawei equipment

While Huawei's Chief Financial Officer faces extradition to the United States over claims that the company avoided U.S. sanctions on Iran, Huawei might be facing another blow. According to Reuters, a U.S. security council is expected to approve the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, on one condition — the combined carrier can't use networking equipment from Huawei.

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Select items on Google Express are 15% off for today only

If the recent side-wide eBay sales aren't impressing you, Google Express is here to save the day. For December 14th only (that's today!), you can get 15% off select items from a multitude of retailers. Items from the Google Store, Best Buy, hhgregg, and more are discounted.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Chime Pro, and Echo Dot bundle is just $180 ($120 off) at Best Buy

Ring was basically the first entrant in the smart doorbell market, and given that the company was purchased by Amazon for a reported $1 billion earlier in the year, it's clearly pretty good at making them. Ring's flagship smart doorbell, the Video Doorbell Pro, is now available for just $179.99 with a Ring Chime Pro and an Amazon Echo Dot at Best Buy.

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The 2-year-old Samsung Galaxy Tab A is being updated to Android 8.1 Oreo

Unexpected device updates give us Android geeks warm fuzzies, and candidates for updates don't get much less expected than budget tablets — but here we are. We've received several reports that Samsung's Galaxy Tab A, released in the spring of 2016, is being updated to Android 8.1 Oreo.

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Chrome OS 71 includes new Camera app, improved app launcher, and more

Chrome 71 arrived for desktop platforms and Android earlier this month, and now Chrome OS 71 is starting to roll out. This release includes a ton of new features, but many are limited to Google's Pixel Slate at the moment.

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Netflix certifies new devices for HD and HDR support including Huawei Mate 20

Netflix is a mega-popular streaming app on phones, so naturally, people want the video to look good. Sadly, not all phones have certification for Netflix HD or HDR. There have been a few instances where popular phones can't even stream in HD because of DRM incompatibilities. If you predicate your buying decisions on Netflix support, there are some new phones to consider today.

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Google finally rolls the new Discover out to the Google beta app

Google probably has an internal logic for rollouts that makes all the sense in the world to the developers running things. However, the process can seem bizarre and illogical on our end. Case in point: Google started turning the Feed into Discover back in October, but accounts on the Google beta app never got the update. Well, now they have.

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Google is testing a new UI for Assistant that puts Explore and your visual snapshot in the bottom bar

Google has toyed with Assistant's interface on Android countless times so far, adding a keyboard input method, Google Lens, then the Explore section, and finally the Now-like interface of upcoming cards (aka "visual snapshot"). But two things have puzzled me about it: one is that Explore and Visual Snapshot were almost invisible to people and I always had to explain where the icons were and what the did, and two is that getting to your Assistant's settings was an even more obscure process, and it was almost easier to just do it from the Google Home app than Assistant. Well, it seems that Google is working on solving at least the first of these problems.

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Sony's smaller 2018 flagship, the Xperia XZ2 Compact, is now just $450 ($200 off) at B&H

If you want a small flagship-level Android phone, your options are limited — namely, the Google Pixel 3, Galaxy S9, or Xperia XZ2 Compact. Sony's XZ2 Compact has now gone on sale, dropping to just $450 at B&H Photo. That's a $200 discount from the original price.

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Sony Xperia XA2 is $220 ($30 off), XA2 Ultra is $280 ($120 off) at B&H

If you're in the market for an affordable phone that's guaranteed to get some sweet Android 9 Pie action, have we got a pair of deals for you. Both the Sony Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra are on sale at B&H, and both are scheduled to get an update to the newest version of Android this spring.

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