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Samsung to permanently discontinue production and sales of the Galaxy Note7

Following two days of non-stop news on carriers halting sales, reports of Samsung temporarily stopping production, and official partners disabling apps on the device, the only piece of news that could conceivably be next has arrived: Samsung will permanently discontinue production and sales of the Note7 worldwide, with filings made to regulators in South Korea.

The Note7 fallout has deeply damaged Samsung's brand, so it is no surprise to see the company make this decision. This is in light of multiple 'safe' replacement handsets also catching fire, just like the originals, 2.5 million of which were recalled. Samsung is known for its expertise in manufacturing - it originally said the fires were due to a faulty battery component from a manufacturer - so this botched device will have repercussions for some time.

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Oculus disables Gear VR app on the Note7

I've not been near a Note7 when it explodes, but having watched videos and seen pictures of said event, I'm assured fire, heat, and general explosiveness are involved. Probably best, then, not to use it with Samsung's Gear VR headset. With that said, Oculus has duly disabled the Gear VR app on the Note7, in the interests of safety.

reddit user /u/Bahaman23 posted on the official Galaxy Note7 subreddit (sidenote: that must be hot right now), saying that the Gear VR app on his device no longer worked. Upon opening the app, a message is displayed:

Customer safety is Oculus' top priority.

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Samsung advises all Note7 owners to power down their phones while it investigates fires

The latest chapter in Samsung's ongoing Note7 nightmare has unfolded with the company's official statement on the new wave of battery fires. It says all owners of the Note7 should immediately turn off the phone while Samsung continues its investigation. This includes any original Note7 devices that might still be floating around as well as the replacements.

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PSA: Pixel and Pixel XL do not work with Google's USB-C to HDMI dongle

Even in a world with Chromecasts and other streaming devices, it's often just easier to plug your phone directly into your TV with an HDMI cable and an adapter. Some people depend on this functionality quite a bit, and for those of you that do, it might not please you to hear that Google's Pixel smartphones will not support the company's own USB Type-C to HDMI adapter.

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System dumps for Pixel and Pixel XL are available for download

Google will be shipping the Pixel and Pixel XL in a few weeks, but you can download the system dumps from the phones right now. Developer and occasional leaker LlabTooFeR has posted the files online, but don't get excited thinking these dumps will let you install Android 7.1 on your device. This is still a chance to get a look at the Pixel's software a little early, though.

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Samsung will need to use extreme care handling a second Note7 recall, and it will suffer regardless

The Galaxy Note7 is in full-on product free-fall right now. Retailers are pulling it off shelves, Samsung has stopped production, and the once-deemed-"safe" versions of the phone are very obviously not. Things, frankly, could not have gone worse for Samsung. The Note7's launch has been brought to a screeching halt, and while many consumers may have been OK with Samsung's first battery fire flub given the relatively quick turnaround and response, this second round simply has no hope of retaining that goodwill.

This means Samsung will have to be walking-on-glass-covered-in-vinegar-and-angry-snakes levels of careful in how it manages what happens next.

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[Update: Sprint and Best Buy too] Verizon halts Galaxy Note7 sales, replacement devices can be exchanged

After AT&T and T-Mobile confirmed they are both halting Samsung Galaxy Note7 sales, and reports claiming Samsung is temporarily halting production of the device, Verizon has followed suit and halted its selling of the handset as well. The phones - both original and replacement models - can still be exchanged for something less, um, likely to explode, though.

This follows after it was claimed a replacement Note7 - i.e.

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Report: Samsung is halting production of the Galaxy Note7

At this point I think it's safe to say that Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is the most embarrassing failure in the history of Android hardware. A spate of statistically high battery fires caused a worldwide recall of millions of Note 7 units, followed by multiple reports of explosions from the allegedly "fixed" replacement phones. American carriers T-Mobile and AT&T are no longer selling the device, all four major carriers are accepting unconditional exchanges, and we at Android Police are officially recommending that consumers not buy the phone for now. It's an unmitigated disaster for Samsung.

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HTC's first Android Wear watch 'Halfbeak' leaked

HTC is perhaps the largest Android manufacturer that has yet to enter the smartwatch business. LG, ASUS, Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, Sony, and others have all released at least one watch. Now the long-rumored HTC watch has finally been leaked, under the codename 'Halfbeak.'

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Google testing numerous UI changes for Play Store, including renamed Entertainment section

The Play Store, like many other Google apps, is no stranger to server-side UI updates; however, it's pretty rare for Google to be testing multiple changes at once. Currently, Google is not only testing a renamed Entertainment section, but also a different look for the carousel, the removal of the search bar, and a new Google Play Store banner.

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