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Xiaomi Mi TV Stick gets leaked (again) in benchmarks and unboxing photos

Xiaomi's new Android TV device, the Mi TV Stick, has already been leaked several times. Now there is absolutely nothing left to the imagination (besides official US pricing), because unboxing photos and hands-on videos have been published.

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The ultimate guide for installing the Google Play Store on Amazon Fire tablets

Amazon's Fire tablets are incredibly popular, mostly because they're incredibly cheap. However, none of them come with access to the Google Play Store, which is how most Android devices download and install applications. Instead, Fire tablets come bundled with the Amazon Appstore, which has a much smaller library and lacks any Google-made apps and services. No YouTube, no Chrome, and so on.

The good news is that it's not incredibly difficult to install the Play Store on a Fire tablet, and the whole process can take as little time as 10 minutes. This complete guide for installing the Play Store on Fire tablets has detailed instructions for every model produced since 2014, with added troubleshooting steps if you run into issues.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 713 review: Peak Chrome OS value

For the first few years, Chromebooks were only worth buying if they were cheap as dirt. As Chrome OS has improved, so has the hardware. While Chrome OS is still more limited than Windows or macOS, there's an argument to be made for a nicer piece of hardware running Google's software. Not too nice, though. Chromebooks like the Pixelbook or Galaxy Chromebook are too expensive to be genuinely competitive. The Spin 713, on the other hand, is priced just right.

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Google's response to Android apps getting delayed or killed in the background leaves a lot to be desired

Google's Android AMA is underway, and the team's engineers have already answered the most hotly-anticipated question: How will Google fix the problem of inconsistent background limits across different manufacturers and devices? It's a long-standing problem where overly aggressive power management tweaks break functionality in plenty of apps, resulting in a headache for developers and frustration for users. According to the AMA, Google does plan on making a few changes to help fix things, but the company isn't doing all that it could.

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Critically acclaimed platformer Celeste is coming to Stadia

Stadia has been rightly concerned with securing big-name AAA experiences to pad out its catalog, but indie representation has been growing in recent months. Soon, Google's cloud gaming platform will add another indie heavyweight: critical darling (and one of my personal favorite games of 2018) Celeste.

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Soda Dungeon 2 is an idle dungeon crawler, and it's officially available on Android starting today

Afro-Ninja Productions and Armor Games have teamed up once again to bring a sequel to their successful idle RPG Soda Dungeon to a host of platforms on July 9th. Better yet, the publisher and developer duo have released Soda Dungeon 2 in early access on the Google Play Store ahead of its official launch, leaving PC and iOS in the dust. Much like the original, this sequel is a free-to-play release, which means eager fans can check out the game right now without spending a dime.

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Tetris gets three new modes, including a daily tournament with cash prizes

This past January, N3TWORK Inc. released a new version of Tetris for mobile, and it was well-received, thanks to competent monetization, smooth controls, and a few welcome skins. Well, as of today, Tetris has received a monumental update. First and foremost, there's a new competitive tournament mode called Tetris Primetime, which works a lot like HQ Trivia, in that you can actually win money by playing in this nightly live tournament. But that's not all, because two more modes are included in today's update, Tetris Together (a family mode) and Tetris Royale (a battle royale mode similar to Tetris 99).

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Microsoft Team's Together Mode puts you in a virtual auditorium

Alongside Slack, Google Meet, and Zoom, Microsoft Teams has quickly become one of the go-to solutions for remote working and living, connecting coworkers and friends in times of social distancing. Microsoft recognizes this and is pouring a ton of resources into the service, having only recently introduced a personal version of the platform for Android. In a blog post today, Microsoft announced a whole slew of updates for all of its Teams users, including a snazzy new Together Mode that digitally recreates meetings, classrooms, and auditoriums to make people feel more connected. It's also launching smart displays running Cortana and Teams.

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Google pulls video that revealed Android 11's launch date

Android 11 appears to have a launch date set, according to a video published (and since unpublished) by Google for the recent "Hey Google" Smart Home Summit. There may yet be a delay, and the context of the announcement is a little unclear, but a slide on the developer-focused video clearly says, "September 8th Android 11 Launch."

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Galaxy Note20 Ultra hands-on video gives us our best look at this behemoth

The same source that brought us photos of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra this week has gone ahead and made a video about it. There really isn't too much more to the video from @jimmyispromo than the pictures he's already posted to Twitter, but it does show a pretty realistic Samsung smartphone with an S Pen existing in human timespace.

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