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YouTube Gaming – gamers love to watch others play games

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 02:52 PM PDT

YouTube Gaming - gamers love to watch others play games



It's no secret gamers love to watch others play games in addition to playing them. So Google released a new Android app curated with gameplay videos and tons other entertainment tidbits called YouTube Gaming. YouTube Gaming keeps you connected to the games, players, and culture that matter to you. Featuring videos and live streams with... View Article

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Pocket now recommends stories you might have missed

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 02:19 PM PDT

pocket-6-recommendationsPocket updated its apps for Android and iOS to version 6.0, which now tailors to your interests. The release brings a new Recommendations tab that scans your activity in Pocket and, armed with that knowledge, presents you with new stories and other content you might find interesting. Previously in beta, the Recommendations feature can now encourage everyone

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Facebook Unveils M, A Virtual Assistant Inside Messenger That's Partly People Powered

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 01:59 PM PDT

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Facebook is getting in on the digital assistant game currently occupied by the likes of Google Now, Apple's Siri, and Microsoft's Cortana. But the social network is taking a different approach with M, the name of its virtual pal. This little helper waits around inside Messenger to answer your questions, and in those instances when its algorithms can't come up with a solution, there are real people working behind the scenes who can.

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 01:28 PM PDT

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

AMC

AMC

Description: Stay current with the latest full episodes and video extras from your favorite AMC original series. Full episodes of our original series are available in season. Extras are always available. You can also track recently viewed episodes and resume where you left off.

 

Splat Companion

Splat Companion

DescriptionSplat Companion is a simple yet useful app that will inform you of the current Splatoon stages without having to boot up the game! That's all, really. But it's really nice!

 

Bits Watch Face

Bits Watch Face

DescriptionA helpful, touchable, customizable watch face. With just a glance, Bits displays customizable collections of helpful, bite-sized information. Watchmakers call these "complications" but we call them amazing.

 

Win 10 Launcher

Win 10 Launcher

DescriptionWin 10 Launcher is here for you (Inspired by Windows 10®). Customize your phone with unique look and feel with the fast, clean and energy efficient Launcher. Surprise your friends with new look of your Android and also share it with your loved ones.

 

Watch Faces for Smartwatch 3

Watch Faces for Smartwatch 3

DescriptionThis is the official Sony application for SmartWatch 3 SWR50. Personalize your watch by designing your own watch face. Change background, hands, time markers, accent color and more. Choose from a range of widgets to get the information you need on your wrist.

 

neutriNote BETA

neutriNote

DescriptionLet neutriNote be part of your forward thinking note taking process. With neutriNote, you can: preserve your notes in universal UTF8 format, write in rich Markdown mixed with LaTeX, use multifaceted search to get back to your data in more than one way, and extend the app with Tasker, ColorDict, Barcode Scanner

 

LINE HERE

LINE HERE

DescriptionCheck where your family and friends are, whenever and wherever you want. With LINE HERE, finding your family and friends is easier than ever! Don't want to share your location all the time? Use the timer to share your location only for a certain amount of time.

 

OneRx

OneRx

DescriptionYou can use OneRx at the doctor's office. Check discounted cash prices or copays
 right at the doctor's office to maximize your insurance benefits. Discover and notify your doctor of any restrictions or prior authorizations needed, before you get to the pharmacy.

 

PhishJustJams

PhishJustJams

DescriptionThis app is intended to bring the experience of PhishJustJams.com from the web to your phone so that it is easier to manage, and will play continuously in the background. Phish Just Jams presents the music of Phish with the lyrics and composed sections removed, so you can get just to the jams.

 

 Until Dawn™: Your Companion

Until Dawn™ Your Companion

DescriptionGet the most out of Until Dawn™ on PlayStation®4 with this companion app. All you'll need is for your PlayStation®4 console to be on the same WiFi network as your device and you're ready to go!

 


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How to install Cyanogen OS 12.1 on OnePlus One

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 12:43 PM PDT

Cyanogen OS 12.1 is here for the OnePlus One. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidCyanogen this week rolled out its latest Cyanogen OS 12.1 update for the OnePlus One, which features a new web browser, new interface icons for a bunch of baked-in apps, and lots more. If you don't want to wait for the update to reach you over-the-air, here's how to download and install it manually. First,

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The NVIDIA SHIELD set-top box is now available in the Google Store

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 12:06 PM PDT

Back in March, NVIDIA officially unveiled the SHIELD set-top box running Android TV. Now, several months later and after launches at other retailers, Google is finally lining its digital storefront with the box.

NVIDIA officially announced today that both versions of the SHIELD set-top box are now available in the Google Store. The base model will run you $199.99 and offers 16GB of built-in storage. The 500GB option is $299.99. For those that buy the box, you'll find a controller in there along with an HDMI cable, a USB to microUSB cable, and the power adapter to make the whole thing hum along nicely.

If that's not enough, there are some accessories, too. That includes a SHIELD remote for $49.99, a stand for the set-top box for $29.99, and individual SHIELD controllers for $59.99.

Anyone plan on picking up the SHIELD from the Google Store?


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NVIDIA Shield now available on Google Play Store

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 11:53 AM PDT

Buy NVIDIA Shield is now available to purchase on Google Play Store in addition to shield.nvidia.com, Amazon and Best Buy. Starting at $199.99 this Android TV set top box is capable of streaming 4K content. So you can watch your favorite Netflix shows — as well as content from YouTube, Kodi and elsewhere — in Ultra HD with Dolby... View Article

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YouTube Gaming Is Now Live In All Countries Where YouTube Is Available

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 11:48 AM PDT

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Just as it promised yesterday, Google has opened YouTube Gaming to the public today. This new game streaming arm of YouTube has its own special site and app, which we've already torn asunder. You can head over right now and watch live streams of people getting completely wrecked in Hearthstone, replaying New Vegas, and endlessly slaying monsters in The Witcher 3.

YouTube Gaming has a number of ways to surface content you might be interested in.

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YouTube Gaming Is Now Live In All Countries Where YouTube Is Available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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New Nexus 5 specs promise big camera improvements

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 11:18 AM PDT

Meet LG's brand new Nexus. Photo: Marques BrownleeLeaked specifications for LG's upcoming Nexus 5 reboot promise significant improvements to its rear-facing camera, including a laser autofocus sensor. They also confirm the device will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM. We've seen leaked images of the new Nexus 5, and many rumors have revealed certain internal components.

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Pocket Updated To Version 6.0 With A New Tab For Recommendations

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 11:12 AM PDT

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When you open up your Pocket, what do you see? If you haven't been running the beta version for the past few weeks, you've seen all the articles you've gathered from across the web. Now you will also see recommendations, content Pocket thinks you'll be interested in alongside the stuff you've saved.

To determine which articles to recommend to people, Pocket looks at what content users with similar reading habits saved to their accounts.

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Pocket Updated To Version 6.0 With A New Tab For Recommendations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Deal: Amazon Fire phone hits a new low at $130, basically free

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 10:49 AM PDT

I feel like we've pretty well established at this point that the Amazon Fire phone probably doesn't belong as your daily driver, but at this new low price of $130, you are basically walking out the door with the phone for free if you are a Prime subscriber anyway.

As a reminder, the device comes with a year of Prime ($99 value), a pair of magnetic earbuds that are actually quite good ($19 value) and a microUSB cable and power adapter that are worth $5-10. Total that all up and you are looking at about $130 worth of stuff, and then there's the phone itself.

For "free" it is an excellent little device to have around the house for playing games, watching videos, reading, playing music or as a potential device for a child. Again, I'm not going to give you the hard sell on the Fire phone being anyone's dream phone, but it is perfectly reasonable hardware for general usage and well worth the now near non-existent cost.

If you are particularly adventurous, you can even give the version of CyanogenMod 11 that is floating around for it a shot.


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Galaxy Note 5 teardown explains S Pen jams

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 10:44 AM PDT

Once you get to this stage, you have a serious problem. Photo: Android PoliceUnless you've only just discovered the Internet, you'll already be familiar with an apparent Galaxy Note 5 design flaw that causes its S Pen stylus to become stuck when reinserted upside down. Now a new teardown image reveals exactly what causes the expensive jam. Inside every Galaxy Note 5 there are to levers, one of

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YouTube Gaming is going live, Android app available now

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 10:41 AM PDT

Yesterday, a report surfaced that pointed to August 26 as the launch date for the long-awaited (by some) YouTube Gaming, Google's direct answer to the massively popular Twitch streaming service.

And sure enough, YouTube Gaming is now going live. To christen the arrival of the newest streaming service on the 'net, the Android app is also available for those users that want to get their streaming content on their mobile devices. As Google already announced earlier in the year, YouTube Gaming offers dedicated pages for games, as well as streamers, and even game publishers. There are even categories for Let's Plays, Machinima, eSports and plenty of others to browse through.

The Android app says that there are more than 25,000 games to watch videos for on the app, and YouTube Gaming users can chat with other viewers as they watch their favorite streams. As you watch more videos, YouTube Gaming will recommend others for you to check out.

YouTube Gaming will be live streaming some major gaming events, too, including PAX, Gamescom, E3 and more, and the app says that the YouTube Gaming community is already over "100 million strong."

You'll need to be running Android 4.1 and up to take full advantage of the app. A link to it is down below.

Do you plan on checking out YouTube Gaming, or are you sticking with Twitch?


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Amazon Underground offers $10,000 worth of apps and games totally free

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 10:16 AM PDT

Get Amazon Underground now! Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidAmazon has been pretty generous when it comes to Android app giveaways in the past, but you ain't seen nothing yet. With its new Amazon Underground app, the retail giant is offering up $10,000 worth of apps and games that are "actually free." Underground replaces Amazon's regular shopping app for mobile, and includes all of the

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Amazon Underground is now official with ‘Actually Free’ Android apps

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 09:25 AM PDT

Amazon has never been afraid to hand out free apps for Android devices, and now that initiative is getting a huge boost as the company launches "Amazon Underground."

With this new digital storefront, Amazon is hosting upwards of $10,000 in apps, games, and in-app items as "Actually Free" downloads. What that means, according to Amazon, is that the entire app experience is free, including the app itself and any in-app content. So playing games like Jetpack Joyride no longer means paying a bit more money to unlock something you want.

Amazon Underground includes apps like the aforementioned popular game as well as Cut the Rope 2, Goat Simulator, and OfficeSuite Professional 8, plus many, many more. The company says that Underground is going to be a long-term initiative and that new promotions will be added at a regular pace down the road. Unfortunately, just what might be added next isn't known.

For Android users, you'll need to head into Settings and turn on app installs from unknown sources. Once that's done, you'll need to head to http://ift.tt/1fGdzjG and install the app from there. If you already have the standard Amazon app installed on your device, the Underground app will replace it, but you'll still be able to shop Amazon's main site just fine through the Underground app.

What do you think of Amazon Underground?


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YouTube Gaming v1.0 Rolls Out With Asteroids Easter Egg And Evidence Of Upcoming Screencasting Support [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 09:04 AM PDT

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Many gamers are acutely aware of the impending launch of Google's new live-streaming service YouTube Gaming, which will go head-to-head with Amazon's recently acquired Twitch.tv. After the last few months of beta testing, YouTube Gaming is finally set to leave beta later today to allow users from almost anywhere in the world to broadcast their own gameplay footage live to anybody would would like to watch. Google has just released the Android app, which serves as the guide and viewer for live shows and much of the recorded gaming content on YouTube.

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YouTube Gaming v1.0 Rolls Out With Asteroids Easter Egg And Evidence Of Upcoming Screencasting Support [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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iPhone 6 smokes Samsung Note 5 in speed test

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:52 AM PDT

The Note 5 has super specs, but can't match iPhone 6's speed. Photo: SamsungThe Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is one of the most beefed up and powerful smartphones the world has ever seen. In terms of raw specs, the Note 5 blows the 2014 iPhone 6 out of the water with 4GB of RAM and a zippier processor, but as Apple has taught us for so many years,

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Amazon Ditches Its Free App Of The Day In Favor of Amazon Underground, With '$10,000 Worth of Apps And Games That Are Actually Free'

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:32 AM PDT

2015-08-26 15.17.25Amazon has had some pretty great deals as part of its Free App of the Day, but apparently that's over now. The prolific retailer is replacing it with Amazon Underground, which includes "over $10,000 of app and games that are actually free." Specifically, Amazon is giving away paid apps and in-app purchases with an agreement that reimburses app developers based on the amount of time the apps are actually used. It's very much like Amazon Kindle Unlimited, without the extra charge.

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Amazon Ditches Its Free App Of The Day In Favor of Amazon Underground, With '$10,000 Worth of Apps And Games That Are Actually Free' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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3D Space Flight Simulator The Battle Of Sol Released For The SHIELD Android TV

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:32 AM PDT

image (1)Looking for something a little different for your super-powered Android TV device (while you wait for all those PC game ports, like Borderlands and Metal Gear Rising, that NVIDIA is being oddly quiet about)? Then take a gander at Battle of Sol, an old-school space fighter sim with new next-gen graphics and a simplified control setup. The game was released on Steam last month after a lengthy Early Access period. It's fashioned after the 90s staples of the genre like Wing Commander and Freespace.

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WhatsApp update brings custom notifications for individual conversations

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 08:23 AM PDT

WhatApp's latest update is available now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidWhatsApp's latest update on Android makes the app even more useful for chit-chatters by allowing users to assign custom notifications to individual chats. The release also brings new emoji, lets you mark messages as read or unread, and more. With custom notifications, you can assign different tones to individual conversations, so without even looking at

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Samsung announces pricing and availability for the Galaxy Tab S2

Posted: 26 Aug 2015 07:21 AM PDT

Last month, Samsung introduced the world to the Galaxy Tab S2, which comes in two different size variants of 9.7 inches and 8 inches. The company stated that both tablets would launch globally in late August and today, it's fulfilling at least part of its promise. Samsung has announced US pricing and availability for the Galaxy Tab S2, so let's dive in and see what we're looking at.

Pre-orders for both sizes of the Galaxy Tab S2 begin today for the Wi-Fi only model, with the tablets becoming available on September 3. The Galaxy Tab S2 will be sold online as well as in retailers across the US. Samsung is also offering a limited time trade-in option for other tablets that will give users $100 or more to trade in their old tablet and get a Galaxy Tab S2. Pricing for the Wi-Fi model is set at $499.99 for the 9.7-inch model and $399.99 for the 8-inch model

An LTE model will also be available on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular, with exact pricing and availability set to be confirmed by each individual carrier.

For a reminder, the Galaxy Tab S2 features some of the best specs available in a tablet. It packs in a 2048×1536 Super AMOLED display, 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos processor and more within an ultra-thin body that's a mere 5.6mm thin, making it Samsung's thinnest tablet to date.

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Google Apps Customers Finally Have Gmail Event Data Integrated With Calendar

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 11:02 PM PDT

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Living life primarily as a Google Apps customer must be a rough existence. You get to see all the shiny new things regular Gmail users are getting, but when can you have it? Later. Much later. The latest old feature made new again for Apps customers is automatic Gmail event integration with Google Calendar. Yay.

This feature came to regular Gmail users late last year with the release of the revamped Calendar app.

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Google Apps Customers Finally Have Gmail Event Data Integrated With Calendar was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Hey Samsung, go back to Engineering 101

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 08:42 PM PDT

If it can go wrong, it will.

I specifically remember my Manufacturing Engineering Professor saying this in class one day. It means that if you don't specifically design how the product can be used and include safeguards for how the product shouldn't be used, people are going to figure out how to use it wrong. It doesn't matter if the wrong use is obvious or if the misuse is flagrant, there are a lot of troubles you can save yourself from if you can protect your end user from using you product wrong.

You've probably noticed a lot of public service announcements today from your favorite blogs regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and issues related to inserting its S Pen in backwards. If you insert an S Pen into the $700+ Note 5 writing side out, the S Pen can get permanently stuck and will probably damage the S Pen sensor so that the device will always think the S Pen is removed. Inserting the S Pen in backwards seems a bit silly. I'm sure it looks silly to have the pointy end of the S Pen poking out of the device, but it doesn't matter. It if can go wrong, it will. And in this case, it has for Samsung.

Today, the issue was elevated enough that Samsung felt the need to issue a public statement on the S Pen insertion issue. In summary, they said to follow the instructions in the Note 5 user manual. First, how many of you have EVER read a manual for your phone? I'm genuinely curious (feel free to comment below). I've owned and reviewed dozens of phones, and have never felt the need to consult the user manual. Think about your audience here, Samsung. You're the top mobile device manufacturer in the world. Your audience is literally everyone. Grandmas, teenagers, nerds, NBA players, everyone. Your job is to design a phone that is usable and isn't going to be ruined when someone makes a silly mistake.

Samsung should have done one of two things: Either design the Galaxy Note 5 so that when the S Pen is inserted the wrong way, it won't get stuck and won't damage anything or design the Galaxy Note 5 so the S Pen could not physically be inserted the wrong way. With either option, this whole fiasco would have been a non-issue. It feels a little insane to me that the Note 5 made it out of any sort of "real life" testing with this issue not being found. In testing, they should have tried every angle to break the phone. They should have found the Note 5′s weaknesses so they could have designed them out of the product. I'm surprised this wasn't one of the first things tested. Regardless, Samsung didn't design the $700+ Note 5 well enough that something simple like inserting the S Pen the wrong way is a non-issue.

Some of you may feel this Note 5 S Pen issue is blown out of proportion, or you may feel people are idiots for putting their S Pen in the wrong way. That's fine. You're all entitled to your opinion. But in my opinion, Samsung should replace all the Note 5s out there with stuck S Pens and broken S Pen sensors. Sure, Note 5 users didn't read and/or follow the manual, but Samsung designed their Galaxy Note 5 poorly. Samsung has the resources to design a phone without silly flaws like this. They should be able to design a phone that's completely usable without having to read the user manual first. They should be able to use a phone that can't be used wrong. If it can go wrong, it will.

What are your thoughts on the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen issue? Did Samsung screw up? Or are the backwards S Pen inserters a bunch of dummies? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.


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DANGER! Don’t Put Your S-Pen In Backwards On Your Note 5

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 08:36 PM PDT

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Have you recently picked up a shiny new Galaxy Note 5?  Do you love it?  I'm sure you do but there's something you need to be aware of.  Do NOT, I repeat DO NOT, insert the S-Pen into the device backwards, you'll wreck your phone!

One of the first tech sites to uncover the design flaw was Android Police who warns that inserting the S-Pen backwards may cause you to break the mechanism that detects when the phone is attached/detached.  While I haven't tried doing this myself, the guys at Android Police state that there really isn't any more resistance inserting it backwards then putting it in properly which heightens the possibility of users doing this.

Samsung has issues a couple of statements regarding the issue but so far they're pretty unhelpful.  They simply advise you to follow their instructions and to insert the S-Pen properly.  The guys at Android Police also suggest that Samsung may have known about the issue and chose not to fix it.  Their evidence?  The Note 5 user manual has very specific instructions to insert the pen with the "nib pointed inward."  The Note 4 user manual has no such instruction.

Hopefully this issue won't be experience by many users but be careful nonetheless.  It'll be interesting to see if Samsung chooses to recall and/or redesign their flagship phablet.

[AndroidPolice]

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Review: OPPO R7

Posted: 25 Aug 2015 08:36 PM PDT

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The more premium end of the mid-range market of smartphones has been relatively dormant for some time and of the devices that have been available, a good number aren't particularly flashy or elegant, despite the price bump for specs.

Enter OPPO R7, the "style in a flash" handset the Chinese OEM is marketing as such and for a number of reasons as we found in our time with it.

THE PROS

  • Premium metal unibody design and build
  • Attractive price point
  • Impressive front-facing 8MP camera
  • VOOC rapid charging

THE CONS

  • ColorOS 2.1 has its fair share of bugs
  • Device slows with little effort
  • Capacitive nav button arrangement makes multitasking difficult
  • NFC again absent

 

THE DESIGN AND BUILD

OPPO has fast ...

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