Developer preview page code suggests Android N beta might land on non-Nexus phones

Traditionally, when it comes to Android developer previews, Google only makes the pre-release software available to the Nexus smartphone and tablet lineup. This year, it’s already broken with tradition by releasing the first developer preview of Android N earlier than usual, and it could throw another curve ball by making a version available to non-Nexus owners.

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Lenovo launches Vibe X3 line of phones for Chinese markets

Known stateside for their purchase of Motorola, Lenovo makes and sells their own branded smartphones in China and some European countries. The Vibe X3 continues the Vibe series, but it’s now a lineup of three models. All three share a 5.5-inch full HD Gorilla Glass display and rather serious audio tech, but differentiate in other specs…

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Google will be ‘more opinionated’ about Nexus phones, but what does that mean?

During an interview with Walt Mossberg at Code Conference today, Sundar Pichai spent some time talking about the future of the Nexus line of smartphones. He mentioned that Google would put “more thought” into them, and upon further questioning added that Google plans to add more features atop stock Android to make the Nexus experience better. He also said that Google, which already works closely in tandem with OEMs, would be “more opinionated” about the design of the phones.

But what exactly does that mean?

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Google said to unveil Pixel phones alongside 4K Chromecast, Google Home, & Daydream VR viewer on Oct. 4

The news that says Google is seemingly dropping the Nexus branding for its upcoming pair of flagship smartphones in favor of a more streamlined “Pixel” and “Pixel XL” nomenclature has just dropped, but Android Police is adding fuel to the fire with additional pieces of information regarding Google’s upcoming hardware focused event, which is said to be planned for next month with a slew of juicy announcements…

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These 2016 Nexus renders give the phone(s) some color, but they aren’t realistic [Gallery]

A few days ago we told you about a new render that is supposed to accurately depict the aesthetic of HTC’s upcoming Nexus handsets, and now a Redditor has taken those to the next level with some color. The new renders show the phone in red, white, silver, and black…

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Opinion: There are lots of great Android phones coming this fall, but I’m most excited about V30

Things are about to get exciting in the mobile landscape with just every Android OEM, as usual, prepping to release more new flagship smartphones. In the crowd there’s Google, Samsung, LG, Andy Rubin’s Essential, Huawei, Moto, and others prepping new releases. It goes without saying that there’s a lot to look forward to, but there is one I didn’t expect to be so excited about: the LG V30.

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Oppo Advent Calendar game will give customers up to €80 discount on R7-series phones

Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Oppo, has revealed its plans for the holiday season. For seven days between December 7th and December 13th, customers will be able to visit Oppo’s virtual advent calendar and claim a new badge every single day. The more different badges you have by the end of the seven days, the more discount you get on an Oppo R7 series purchase from the Oppo Style online store.

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Users who play every day and end up with 7 different badges will have a chance to win one of two Oppo R7s handsets. The first two players to collect 7 will be the winners, so you’ll have to be as early as possible to be in with a shot. If you end up with 5 different badges, Oppo will award you an €80 voucher to use on OppoStyle.com. Players with 3 badges will get a €40 voucher and players with just one badge get €20. Those who share the game on social media using the #OPPOXmas hashtag will be entered to win a selfie stick or VOOC battery charger.

Rules and links the game will go live on December 7th with details on which regions are eligible for prizes.

Google is flexing its marketing muscle ahead of the Pixel phones’ October 4 launch [Gallery]

Most people know Google for its software prowess and the multiple services literally billions of people use every single day, but seeing Google-branded products is still a bit weird. The company knows that, and given its commitment to hardware, it’s no wonder why it’s trying to change your mind about its status as a legit competitor in that realm.

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EIS might not be the new OIS yet, but the Pixel phones’ video stabilization is insane [Video]

We reported yesterday on why Google decided not to opt for an OIS-enabled camera module in its Pixel smartphones, but much like with its jaw-dropping stills, the “seeing is believing” rule holds true — perhaps even more in this case. And, fortunately enough, some interesting videos are being thrown around on the internet…

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This week’s top stories: YouTube’s Material reDesign, new Android phones, CyanogenMod + Honor 5X, more

In this week’s top stories: The best Android phones you can buy (May 2016 edition), we go hands-on with CyanogenMod on the Honor 5X, the latest Android phone leaks, and we show you how to enable YouTube’s new Material reDesign on the web.

Head below for all of the handy links to this week’s most shared stories and videos.

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