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Surface Duo folding phone spotted in the wild with apparent camera upgrade (Update: Caught on video)

The Surface Duo is shaping up to be one of the more interesting Android devices of 2020, assuming it won't be delayed. It's Microsoft's first Android device, with a unique hardware design that seeks to be a sturdier alternative to true folding phones. Now we have the first real-world photos of the foldable, and there might be some changes since the original announcement.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ caught in hands-on video and photos ahead of launch (Updated)

If the Galaxy Buds weren't compelling enough as a pair of true wireless earbuds for you, you may want to stick around and see what Samsung's cooking up next. The rumor beat for the upcoming Galaxy Buds+ is generating some impressive anticipation already. But if you want to know exactly how the Buds will stack up with the Buds+, Evan Blass has a leak for you.

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25 new Android games from the week of February 3, 2020: Cookies Must Die, Might & Magic: Chess Royale, and Circuit Dude

Welcome to the roundup of the newest Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a solid F2P platformer, the latest Auto Chess clone, and a fantastic puzzler all about plugging in chips, pushing blocks, stepping on switches, and rotating walls. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of February 3rd, 2020.

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Motorola Razr meets pocket sand in JerryRigEverything's durability test

Foldable phones, at least for the moment, are significantly more fragile than more common types of smartphones. The screens are plastic to allow folding, not glass, and the gap between the screen and phone body can allow dirt to get inside — something Samsung learned very quickly with the first batch of Galaxy Folds. We already have a general idea of how durable the Motorola Razr is, but now Zack from JerryRigEverything has given us a better picture.

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The Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung's answer to the Moto razr—here's everything we know about it

Samsung’s first attempt at foldables was at the receiving end of a lot of criticism, mainly due to a fragile build, which even catalyzed the recall of review units, as well as a luxury price tag that deterred potential buyers. Despite some initial hiccups, Samsung got very close to the half-a-million worldwide sales figure—a milestone to marvel at for a first-gen novelty. This bumpy ride taught Samsung some critical lessons and helped it double down its efforts on the follow-up Fold. The result, rumors say, is a foldable phone that better fits your pocket—both physically and pecuniarily.

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12 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including byte, Scroll, and QuakeAlertUSA (1/25/20 - 2/08/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have a short-form video sharing app from the creator of Vine, a subscription-based ad blocker that works in the majority of mobile browsers, and an earthquake early warning app. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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Motorola Razr 'breaks' after just 27,000 folds in CNet's testing video (Update: Motorola's statement)

The long-term durability of folding phones remains in question following the original Galaxy Fold's issues. Last year SquareTrade put the redesigned version of that phone to the test, with CNet later live-streaming 100,000 automated "folds" without damaging the device. This time it's the new Motorola Razr facing scrutiny, and CNet is again live-streaming its attempts to wear the folding mechanism down.

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Cookies Must Die is a free-to-play platformer that's actually worth playing

Cookies Must Die is the latest release from Rebel Twins, the creators of Daddy Was A Thief, Aliens Drive Me Crazy, and most notably, Dragon Hills. As expected, Cookies Must Die offers a zany story, beautiful 2D art, and quality controls, though this is a free-to-play release, so the title's monetization isn't the best, but it is at least reasonably tolerable thanks to title's polished gameplay.

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Sprint and T-Mobile are latest carrier pair to adopt STIR/SHAKEN anti-spam phone number verification

Following T-Mobile's collaborations last year with AT&T and Comcast, the company is now working together with Sprint to help cut back on spam calls. Today T-Mobile and Sprint have announced they're implementing the STIR/SHAKEN anti-spam standards between their two networks, forging yet another carrier pairing that will eventually culminate with industry-wide call verification.

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Tasker picks up support for on-device ADB shell commands in v5.9.2 update