Microsoft Band 2 is company’s latest attempt to persuade Android owners to use Cortana

With Microsoft almost out of the consumer phones business, it’s working harder to find a new home for its intelligent assistant, Cortana. After initially making it available to Android users six months ago, it has now updated its health app so that you can access Cortana through the Band 2 fitness wearable.

With Cortana on your Band, you can access your personal assistant for instant notifications of important events, communications, and voice-active info without reaching for your phone. Speak into the mic on your Band to Cortana to take actions for you …

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Some Google Pixel 2 XL owners reporting screen flashing issue w/ Always-On Display and lockscreen [Video]

Google just can’t catch a break with the Pixel 2 XL’s screen, or, more accurately, with its terrible quality control on this phone. Along with burn-in, “tearing,” and weak oleophobic coatings, another issue is popping up — screen “flashing.”

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Some Google Pixel owners are reporting failing microphones, warranty replacement may be the only fix

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL easily became our picks for the best smartphones of 2016, but they’ve not been without faults ─ and a lot of them. Since release, Google has been dealing with issues such as battery hiccups, speaker popping, camera bugs, and much more. Now, some Pixel owners are reporting a new issue with their microphones.

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Some Google Pixel owners are reporting bizarre camera app freezing issues

One of the best features of the Google Pixel, by a long shot, is the fantastic rear camera. The 12.3MP sensor is capable of taking some breathtaking pictures and some incredible video, however, it’s not perfect. We’ve already seen that the Pixel has some lens flare issues under certain lighting conditions, but now, some users are reporting some strange issues with the camera app.

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Android Nougat and EMUI 5.0 rolling out to all Honor 6X owners starting today

Honor debuted its mid-range 6X back at CES 2017, and while it’s a pretty good smartphone overall, it shipped with one mind-boggling issue — it came out of the box with Marshmallow and Huawei’s terrible EMUI 4. The company said that it would be updated “soon,” and today, it’s finally living up to that promise, albeit a bit late.

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Google is offering $20 Play Store credits to Canadian Chromecast/Chromecast Audio owners

There are already a lot of good reasons to own a Chromecast, and from time to time Google gives us yet another. Free offers seem to be constantly coming with the Chromecast, including everything from free Spotify and Google Play Music trials to free rentals over on Google Play. Sadly though, most of these offers are limited to US owners. To show a little love for our friends up north, Google now has an offer exclusive for users in Canada.

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Xperia X Performance owners can now try Android Nougat beta in some countries

Earlier this year, Sony began offering an early Developer Preview version of Android Nougat to owners of older Xperia Z handsets. Now, the company (via XperiaBlog) is apparently offering an early beta of Android 7.0 Nougat to owners of the Xperia X Performance as well. Unfortunately, it’s only available to people in select countries…

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Some Nexus 6P owners reporting bootloops, potentially a hardware issue

Prior to the release of the Google Pixel, one of the best Android smartphones on the market was the premium, powerful, and affordable Nexus 6P. However, the reputation of that device is certainly going downhill with several issues popping up as the phone ages. Now, some Nexus 6P owners are reporting a bootloop issue on their devices.

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