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Android apps have slowly been adopting bottom bars in their UI since the option was added to Google’s Material Design spec last year. Apps like Google+ and Google Photos have been prime examples of the design for a while, but recently Spotify has added the same UI to its Android application.

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Now this one’s a doozy. Sometimes you just can’t get clear and concise statements from a company about a product’s features, and the latest is about whether or not Motorola/Lenovo will commit to monthly security updates for the Moto Z. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster, but the latest suggests that while you will get updates, you shouldn’t expect to get security patches on a monthly basis…

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After reports came out last week suggesting major layoffs had happened at Cyanogen Inc, the company’s CEO has come out to clear up a bit of the confusion as to what the future holds for the company. In those original reports it was revealed that the company was laying off a large portions of its staff and allegedly pivoting the company’s focus towards applications. As it turns out, that’s not true…

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9to5mac 

Following up on leaks and rumors regarding the BlackBerry “Neon”, BlackBerry has today officially announced its latest smartphone, the DTEK50. As the company’s second Android smartphone, this device brings a new design with a smaller form factor and no physical keyboard…

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We’ve known for quite some time that BlackBerry has been working hard to develop new Android smartphones following the release of the PRIV last year, however until now we haven’t seen too much regarding these devices. Overnight a page went live on BlackBerry’s website, though, which since been taken down, showing off new images of the upcoming BlackBerry Neon (DTEK50) as well as the full specifications list (via Crackberry).

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