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Chargie is a device that aims to bring the smarter charging features offered by a few Android phones to all smartphones – and to add even greater flexibility and intelligence. For a limited time, you can get it on sale for Black Friday.

The same smarts can be added to literally any device you own which is powered by lithium-ion batteries, and that’s most portable gadgets …

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Cyber Monday is now here at 9to5Google, and our team over at 9to5Toys has been working around the clock to bring you all of the best deals. Through Thanksgiving week, we’ll be delivering all of the most notable markdowns on Android devices, home goods, fashion, and much more. As always, the major players will be center stage this week, with Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and many others offering up notable deals. Head below for the best Cyber Monday 2021 Google deals and more.

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In the second half of next year, a handful of existing smartwatches that run Google’s operating system will get updated to Wear OS 3 based on Android 11. Ahead of that, Google has rolled out a new “System updates” screen for Wear OS.

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This is the place to find all of this year’s best Cyber Monday Chromebook deals. Black Friday week has officially come and gone, but we are now tracking notable price drops on a range of Chromebooks for Cyber Monday including models from Samsung, Lenovo, ASUS, HP, Acer, and more. We are expecting to see even more come tomorrow, but you’ll already find a giant list of price drops down below. Hit the fold for the best Cyber Monday Chromebook deals the 9to5Toys team is clocking. 

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November 26

If you have ever wanted to enjoy the wealth of content only available on streaming services outside of your own country, Ivacy VPN has just what you need and is offering an exclusive Black Friday deal to 9to5Google readers.

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Top 10 Black Friday deals still available

While we’ve been rounding up all of the best Black Friday action this week, the shopping event is beginning to come to an end. Even so, there are still plenty of notable deals out there and up for the taking. Our team at 9to5Toys has been working around the clock to deliver the best discounts, and now with time fading, we’re rounding up some of our favorite offers still up for grabs. Below, you’ll find our list of the top 10 Black Friday deals still available as of now.

Bandwidth: GeForce Now gets gift cards, Amazon Luna Black Friday offers

Nvidia this week announced just a handful of new titles for GeForce Now, but more notably the arrival of gift cards for the cloud gaming service.

As 2021 comes to a close and the platform’s third year begins, Google Stadia is bringing a few new games this week including the arrival of Farming Simulator 22 and the announcement of new Pro titles coming soon.

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The forever war looms on: iPhone or Android. Well, for those thinking of switching to an Android device from an Apple device, things have never been easier. There are so many accessories and devices that work well together to provide the same experience on a different platform. Let’s dig into these devices and accessories with our best gear for those looking to switch to Android.

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DJI Fly incompatibility with Google Pixel 6 phones grounds drone pilots

More than a month after Google’s most significant phone upgrade hit the market, DJI’s mobile application necessary to fly its most popular consumer drones is yet to support the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones.

Deals: Pixel 6 sees $100 Black Friday discount, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G $300 off, more

Black Friday has finally arrived, and so too has another chance to save $100 on the Google Pixel 6. That’s alongside an all-time low on Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G at $300 off and these Chromebook discounts. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Less than two years ago, Spotify added support for a “Car View” to its mobile app on Android and iOS, which would display a simplified UI while driving. Unfortunately, Spotify is now ending support for that feature.

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As power outages happen more frequently amid climate change, and work-from-home only becomes more popular, keeping the electricity flowing is important. Thanks to Bluetti, there’s an easy way to back up your home’s power, and for Black Friday, AC300 and other systems are on sale for hundreds of dollars off.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 rolling out another Android 12 Beta update w/ bug fixes, December patch

Samsung’s Android 12 update is scheduled to hit the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 sometime next month, and this week another patch is rolling out. Now available in the US, Samsung is rolling out an Android 12 Beta update for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 that brings the December 2021 security patch with it.

Samsung is increasing its affordable smartphone lineup after quietly launching the Galaxy A03.

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We are now tracking some seriously impressive Black Friday Android smartphone deals as the biggest shopping event of the year rolls on. With massive price drops landing on the latest models from the biggest brands out there, including Google, Samsung, Sony, and OnePlus, just to name a few, shoppers and gift-givers can now take advantage of massive price drops on some of teh best Android smartphones. Be sure to head below to browse through the most exciting Black Friday Android smartphone deals our team at 9to5Toys has uncovered.  

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Samsung November 2021 security update is rolling out now to these Galaxy devices

While Android 12 for Samsung devices look more likely with each passing week, the Korean firm is rolling on with its consistent monthly security patches. For November 2021, a select few Samsung Galaxy smartphones are already seeing the latest updates. Here’s the full, continuously updated list.

November 25

For just one-time purchase, you can backup all of your important data with pCloud. Whether you have collected years of precious photo memories, or thousands of work docs, that stuff is irreplaceable. Cloud backup is the most convenient way to keep copies of your files in case of disaster.

With pCloud, you can store or save just about anything you want with 500 GB or 2 TB storage plans. And the best part is there’s no monthly subscription: pCloud offers cloud storage for life for just one price. Right now, save 75% on a lifetime plan in pCloud’s Black Friday sale.

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Black Friday and associated holiday sales are some of the best times to buy a smartwatch, but many Android users don’t have a definitive go-to option for a smartwatch. In late 2021, these are the best smartwatches you can buy for nearly any Android phone.

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2021 marked a big year for the Galaxy Note series, but not in a good way. Rather, it was the beginning of the end as Samsung prioritized its foldables over the Galaxy Note line. Now, the death of the Note seems set in stone, as Samsung reportedly has no plans for a 2022 Galaxy Note, and is also planning to end production of the Galaxy Note 20.

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OnePlus has rolled out the November security patch to these phones

OnePlus promises to deliver regular system updates for its wide array of smartphones for at least two years and in some cases longer for flagships, so let’s see how they’re handling the November 2021 security update.

How to watch Thanksgiving day football on Android, Google TV, Chromecast, etc.

Thanksgiving Day football is here, and that means just about everyone and their brother in the US will want to watch the games. Here’s how you can watch the three Thanksgiving Day football games today at 12:30 pm ET, 4:30 pm ET, and 8:20 pm ET tonight on Android devices, Google TV, and Chromecast.

Like in previous years, Made by Google is providing a “sneak peek” of holiday deals. The Google Store’s 2021 Black Friday sale will start a week before Thanksgiving, and the highlight is $50 off the Pixel 5a with 5G.

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November 24

It was established in Avengers: Endgame that Hawkeye, a.k.a. Clint Barton, has a Pixel 3. As revealed in the trailer last month, that usage continues in Hawkeye, with the Disney+ show seeing the main characters use a Google Pixel.

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In a recent video discussing the history of Google’s phones – well worth a watch! – YouTuber MKBHD shared a tidbit about the development of the Google Pixel 5. However, we’re skeptical of the claim that Google switched the Pixel 5 from a Tensor chip to a Snapdragon one “at the last second.”

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I’ve been an avid fan of foldables since I first laid my hands on one, and three months into using Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3, there’s one piece of the experience I keep coming back to. For me, the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s S Pen support has been handier as of late, but I’m still annoyed at how difficult it is to bring around.

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Zoom will bring ‘Gallery View’ back to its PWA on dual-core Chromebooks in December

Earlier this week we reported that Zoom was starting to cut off its original Chrome OS app, leaving Chromebook owners with a new PWA that unexpectedly pulled Gallery View support for many. Now, we can confirm that Zoom intends to bring this feature back in the coming weeks.

How to add camera and mic access tiles to Quick Settings in Android 12

Privacy is a very big concern among many consumers these days, and for a multitude of great reasons. Android 12 tried to address a couple of those issues, helping users to feel a little safer when using their devices. That’s why one feature implemented was an option to block camera and mic access built directly into the Quick Settings. Here’s how you can set it up and use it.

Shoppable small business murals in LA, NY highlight Google Lens ‘Shopping’ capabilities

Google, in partnership with American Express, is marking Small Business Saturday this weekend with “shoppable murals” in four US cities that promote both local shops and Google Lens.

Black Friday week Android app deals: Kingdom Rush Vengeance, Crying Suns, Aeon’s End, more

It’s time to add even more of the best price drops of 2021 to our ongoing Black Friday Android game and app deals roundup. Alongside new all-time lows on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 Lite and Galaxy Watch 4, we are now tracking loads of top-tier Android apps at some of the best prices of the year. Highlights of today’s new additions include titles like Kingdom Rush Vengeance, Crying Suns, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Aeon’s End, Peppa Pig: Golden Boots, OsmAnd+ Offline Maps, and much more. Head below for all of today’s early Black Friday Android game and app deals. 

To the left of most Android homescreens is a feed that “actively tunes itself to a user’s interests and displays content that aligns with those interests.” This is Google Discover and something that people have many varying opinions about that are rooted in what it replaced: Google Now.

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Video conferencing app Zoom exploded in popularity during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and remains quite popular to this day. To better serve its Chrome OS users, Zoom announced earlier this year that it would launch a new Progressive Web App(PWA) that has since launched in beta with some new features. In recent weeks, Zoom has discontinued the functionality of its original Chrome OS extension, leaving users only with the PWA, which is experiencing multiple issues.

This post has been updated after publication for clarify and to reflect information from Zoom.

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New Android TV, Chromecast with Google TV devices get six free months of Peacock Premium

NBC is giving away six free months of Peacock Premium to new owners of Android and Google TV devices in a long-running offer that will be available all of next year.

Google heavily implied that the Pixel 6 had super-fast charging by selling a 30W charger for the device. However, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are instead capped at around 23W for wired charging. So, is Google’s charger actually worth buying? Or would third-party alternatives be a better value?

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As Chromebooks continue to move into the workspace, the need for privacy will steadily increase. The next big privacy advancement for Chromebooks will let you know when someone is snooping or looking over your shoulder.

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Deals: Google Nest Thermostat drops to $95, Beats Studio Buds for $100, more

All of today’s deals are headlined by the Google Nest Thermostat at $95. That’s alongside the Best Studio Buds hitting $100 and Fitbit Charge 4 at $69. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Just a month after the stable Android 12 update dropped for Google Pixel devices, Samsung followed suit by unleashing One UI 4.0 for selected Galaxy devices, including the S21 Ultra.

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Samsung is now adding Pro Mode support for the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s dedicated telephoto camera via a new “Expert RAW” app.

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To help even more people take advantage of their Android phones, Google has added a further 17 languages to the “Look to Speak” accessibility app.

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November 23

This Black Friday, you don’t have to break your budget to get an excellent robot vacuum and mop to keep your floors clean all year round. For a limited time, Roborock is offering as much as 42% off of its best vacuums, with options perfect for all budgets and homes.

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These are the best Android smartphones [Late 2021]

The end of the year is often a great time to buy a new smartphone as holiday discounts abound. If you’re looking to get a new device, here are some of the best Android phones we’d recommend in late 2021.

Black Friday week Android app deals: XCOM Enemy Within, Fenix 2 Twitter, Cubasis 3, more

As Black Friday week rolls on, we are ready to add to the growing list of Android game and deals with today’s fresh new set of price drops. Our Android hardware deals continue with the now live Motorola sale at up to $600 off and the OnePlus Nord N200 5G back at the all-time low. But for now it’s all about the apps with highlight deals including XCOM: Enemy Within, Lovecraft’s Untold Stories, Riptide GP2, Fenix 2 for Twitter, Cubasis 3, and more. Head below for a closer look at today’s early Black Friday Android game and app deals. 

How to customize your Google Pixel 6 homescreen

Android 12 brings a lot of key features to Google’s Pixel devices. From Material You to helpful privacy settings that block out your precise location, there are plenty of options to play with. One aspect you’ll likely see the most, though, is the homescreen. Fortunately, you can customize every aspect of it to fit your needs.

YouTube TV offers $.99 per month/channel intro pricing on Showtime, Starz, & other add-ons

While not explicitly a Black Friday deal on the level of the Google Store or Fi, YouTube TV is offering a slew of add-on discounts at $.99 per month for the first two billing periods. 

Following the launch of the Pixel 6 series, many have begun looking to Google’s next mid-range phone, the presumed “Pixel 6a.” We’ve uncovered the first specs for the Pixel 6a, including its Google Tensor chip and how the cameras will be a downgrade from the Pixel 6.

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For the final drop of 2021, Stadia Pro is getting six games in a bigger month than usual that’s mostly in line with past December offerings.

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Deals: OnePlus Nord N200 5G hits $200, Sony XM ANC earbuds from $128, more

All of today’s best deals enter with a rare OnePlus Nord N200 discount at $200 on top of Samsung’s latest microSD cards starting at $23. That’s alongside Sony’s popular ANC earbuds on sale from $128. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

A fresh leak offers up our first potential look at the OnePlus 10 Pro’s specs, and it seems to be a relatively minor upgrade on the whole.

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