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From a design standpoint, this is the most premium-looking Nexus we’ve seen since the original Nexus One all those years ago. Huawei’s taste for metal unibody phones shines through, with a phone that looks incredibly elegant despite its obvious large size. The aluminum chassis will come with a choice four different anodized finishes: Aluminum, Gprahite, Frost, and a Japan-exlusive gold. The only part which isn’t metal on the back is the slightly protruding camera hump. The phone measures in at just 7.3mm thin, 77.8mm wide and 159.4mm tall, making it smaller in every dimension than the current Nexus 6.

The 12.3MP rear camera is housed in a large pill-shaped glass panel along with a dual-LED flash. It’s also equipped with optical image stabilization and 4K video recording, along with an f/2.0 aperture to ensure low light pictures look as good as they can from a sensor this small. It also has pixels much bigger than standard smartphone cameras and can take 30fps bursts of photos to help create cool GIFs and choose the best pictures.

Nexus 6P Stories June 28

More settlements are being paid out in Nexus 6P lawsuit

More settlements are being paid out in the latest round of payments in the long-running Nexus 6P class-action lawsuit.

Nexus 6P Stories March 2, 2020

Nexus 5X, 6P, Pixel C, plus more all lose official LineageOS support

The Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C are among a group of devices that have now lost official support of the most popular third-party ROM LineageOS.

Nexus 6P Stories February 24, 2020

Settlements for the Nexus 6P class-action lawsuit are now being paid out

The Huawei-made Nexus 6P sure was a troubled but equally excellent smartphone that helped pave the way for the Pixel line.

Nexus 6P Stories September 6, 2019

As Google’s Pixel brand prepares to launch its fourth-generation flagship, a piece of the company’s past is being pushed further back. Recently, Google made the official Google Nexus account on Twitter private, hiding its legacy.

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Nexus 6P Stories June 7, 2019

The Nexus 6P offers fond memories for some people, but for others, it’s more like a nightmare. Google and Huawei have been sued twice regarding Nexus 6P issues, and now, owners of those faulty devices are entitled to a chunk of cash thanks to a lawsuit settlement.

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Nexus 6P Stories May 24, 2019

Google’s list of Android Enterprise Recommended devices are largely considered the most secure options for companies to hand out to their employees. As a result of the US ban on Huawei, though, Google has just removed the Chinese giant’s devices from the Android Enterprise list, and that even includes the Nexus 6P.

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Nexus 6P Stories November 7, 2018

As part of Google’s three-year update plan, the last Nexus devices have now received the final guaranteed OTA update. That means that build number OPM7.181105.004 will be the final official build on both the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X and signals the true death of the Nexus line.

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Nexus 6P Stories March 8, 2018

Google and Huawei facing class-action lawsuit over bootloop issue on Nexus 6P

At the beginning of the month, LG settled a lawsuit pertaining to bootlooping issues found on the Nexus 5X and other handsets. Google and Huawei have also been being sued for a similar problem that affects the Nexus 6P, and a judge just ruled that the class-action lawsuit can move forward…

Nexus 6P Stories March 7, 2018

Google drops support for Nexus 5X and 6P in Android P Preview, Pixel C also dropped

It feels like it was just yesterday that I dropped my Nexus 6P on the concrete getting out of my car. On that day in 2016, I put my Nexus 6P to rest — thankfully only for a few weeks before I got my Pixel. But after many deaths it has already endured, Nexus is dying yet again today. The latest major release of Android, Android P, will never be released on the platform.

Nexus 6P Stories January 22, 2018

Carrier-specific Pixel 2, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X Android 8.1 builds now rolling out

Last week, some Pixel 2 devices began receiving an unexpected Android 8.1 update that still featured the January security patch. Today, that carrier-specific build has been posted to Google Factory Images page, along with additional updates for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

Nexus 6P Stories December 31, 2017

One of the most essential features for most smartphone owners is the camera. Because of this, Google focused on image quality when it launched the Pixel 2 and introduced new features such as portrait mode. But while the search giant’s latest and greatest got new features, the original Pixel and the last Nexus devices were left in the dust.

Thanks to the developer behind Camera NX, PixelPixel XLNexus 6P, and Nexus 5X owners can now enjoy taking portrait mode photos by merely sideloading an APK…

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Nexus 6P Stories November 14, 2017

Google’s Pixel 2 brings along a lot of useful software features, but one that’s easily forgotten is the always-on display. It’s a subtle thing, but useful nonetheless. Now, some clever developers have found a way to bring that feature to Google’s original Pixels, as well as some Nexus devices.

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Nexus 6P Stories September 25, 2017

Google is extending security updates for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X by two months

Even though both phones have had trouble with age, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have been solid devices, and they’re still going to be supported for a couple more months with major software updates. However, both phones are going to be getting security updates for another year, and Google has just randomly extended that…

Nexus 6P Stories September 13, 2017

Some Nexus 6Ps bought from Google Store, Project Fi are being replaced w/ Pixel XLs

In its lifetime, the Nexus 6P has suffered from a spate of issues ranging from bootloops to early battery shutdowns. As such, owners have had to replace their phones, with some having to repeat the process several times. About a week ago, Google appears to have begun shipping Pixel XLs as replacement devices for affected customers.

Nexus 6P Stories July 23, 2017

Late last year, the Nexus 6P and 5X were plagued with bootlooping problems. Unfortunately, for most of the owners who had bricked devices, they were out of warranty, so Google, Huawei, and LG didn’t replace them. This has since caused several class action lawsuits to be filed. Thankfully, for those who still have a broken Nexus 6P, an XDA member has come up with an unofficial solution to bring life back to the handset…

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Nexus 6P Stories April 25, 2017

The Google Pixel has a stunning camera that can produce excellent pictures thanks to its HDR+ mode. While smartphone photography has excelled in recent years thanks to these techniques, there are still physical limitations.

Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, one Googler experimented with capturing low-light shots with the Nexus 6P and Pixel. The resulting nighttime photography, though requiring heavy post-processing, is comparable to a DSLR.

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Nexus 6P Stories April 21, 2017

As much as we loved the “final” crop of Nexus smartphones, neither have aged super well. One of the biggest issues facing Nexus 6P owners has been early, unexpected battery shutdowns. The cause has been unclear, but Google and Huawei haven’t done much to fix it. Now, they’re facing the consequences of that.

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Nexus 6P Stories April 14, 2017

Android 7.1.2 finally finished its rollout to Google’s collection of Android smartphones this past week, but according to many users on Google’s support forums, it broke a crucial function for many — the fingerprint sensor…

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Nexus 6P Stories February 24, 2017

Android 7.1.2 Public Beta rolling out to the Nexus 6P without fingerprint gestures

Released at the end of January for Pixel and other Nexus devices as part of the public beta, Android 7.1.2 is now rolling out to the Nexus 6P. This update strangely lacks the fingerprint gestures added to the 5X, while containing the same bugs as the initial build.

Nexus 6P Stories February 1, 2017

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Announced on Monday, the Android 7.1.2 OTA is now rolling out to the Google Pixel and Nexus 5X. On the latest developer preview, the latter device is receiving a much requested feature: a swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to reveal notifications…

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Nexus 6P Stories December 26, 2016

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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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Nexus 6P Stories December 20, 2016

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We’ve long hailed the Nexus 6P as one of the best Android smartphones on the market and by most measurements, that’s still very true. However, as with any phone, things start to degrade over time. That’s especially true when it comes to the battery, but something especially odd and potentially dangerous has been happening with the Nexus 6P, and Google still hasn’t fixed it.

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Nexus 6P Stories December 19, 2016

Nexus 5X, 6P devices on Android Beta Program now receiving OTA for final 7.1.1 release

While Android 7.1.1 began rolling out to Nexus and Pixel devices at the beginning of the month, users on the Android Beta Program have still been waiting for the final release. After a two week delay, the update is beginning to rollout to the Nexus 5X and 6P.

Nexus 6P Stories November 1, 2016

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Google’s Pixel smartphones support a handful of features that the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X don’t. Why not? According to Google, the hardware doesn’t support at least some of them — namely Night Light and Fingerprint “Moves.” Google confirmed outright last month that the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X physically couldn’t support fingerprint gestures since they require the new fingerprint sensor…

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Nexus 6P Stories October 31, 2016

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While Google’s Pixel is taking the spotlight from Google’s former flagship, the Nexus 6P, that’s not going to stop a lot of people from continuing to use the decent spec’d device. However, it seems like a handful of those users are experiencing some odd battery issues on their devices…

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Nexus 6P Stories October 16, 2016

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Google is making some big claims on the camera found on its new Pixel smartphones, and to complement the hardware, Google has added a few new tricks to its camera app on the Pixel. Google Camera v4.2 is found out of the box on the Pixel, and thanks to developers on XDA, a modified version of that new version is available for anyone using a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P.

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Nexus 6P Stories October 8, 2016

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It’s been almost a year since I bought my first device with USB-C, the Nexus 6P. At first, the standard was still so young that it was pretty difficult to find accessories that worked properly and were actually useful. Fast forward to now and the market has changed, thanks in no small part to the growing number of USB C powered smartphones and tablets on the available today…

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Nexus 6P Stories October 4, 2016

Google purges the Google Store, dropping Nexus devices, VR, NVIDIA Shield, Dell Chromebook 13

After releasing a plethora of new hardware yesterday, Google has decided to remove multiple other products from the Google Store to make room for the new arrivals…

Nexus 6P Stories October 3, 2016

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Huawei has been a big smartphone name for a long time, but it was just in the past couple of years that the company decided to make its debut in the United States. Things kicked off with the Huawei-made Nexus 6P which proved to be a decent success. Later we saw devices like the Honor 5X and Honor 8, which also saw their share of praise from customers and reviewers alike. However, according to a report from Android Police, things haven’t quite worked out as planned…

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Nexus 6P Stories September 28, 2016

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We’ve been hearing about Google’s upcoming Pixel smartphones for quite some time, but until just recently, we hadn’t had a good look at what each device actually looked like. Over the past two days, Evan Blass has leaked out two new renders of the Pixel and the Pixel XL, giving us a better idea of what to expect. Both phones are going to look pretty much the same with nothing more than a half-inch of screen separating them.

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Nexus 6P Stories July 5, 2016

The best Android phones you can buy [July 2016]

It’s already July, and with an ever-increasing number of notable Android OEMs reaching maturity, we’ve seen more new handsets than usual launch this summer. We had the Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X at CES in January, followed later by Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and others around the time of Mobile World Congress, and last month saw the new OnePlus 3 and Moto Z. But which ones are the best buys?…

Nexus 6P Stories June 28, 2016

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VR is slowly taking over the tech space as more and more companies make their attempts to steal your content-consuming eyeballs. As you may know, Google was among the first to debut a mobile VR experience with Google Cardboard, but it was pretty barebones to say the least.

At Google I/O 2016 we got a sneak peek at what Google has in store for virtual reality in the coming months with Google Daydream. And right around the corner from the full Android N release, Google has debuted a set of developer tools to allow anyone with a Nexus 6P to test out Daydream right now…

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Nexus 6P Stories June 7, 2016

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The summer is here, and that means we’ve seen a lot of new Android smartphones announced in the first half of this year. Starting off the year was the Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X at CES in January, of course followed later by Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge as well as the LG G5 in February at Mobile World Congress. But which ones are the best buys? Keep reading to find out…

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Nexus 6P Stories June 3, 2016

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The rumor mill has all but confirmed that HTC is making the next two Nexus phones (which, as we told you yesterday, will be more influenced by Google), but sketchy rumors suggesting Huawei is planning a reboot of its Nexus 6P have today become a lot less sketchy. Previously, all we saw was a benchmark of a 2016 Nexus 6P with 4GB of RAM and — purportedly — a Snapdragon 820, but now we have a statement from the Chinese company itself…

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Nexus 6P Stories May 3, 2016

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We’re nearing the end of the first half of 2016, and that means a lot of new Android smartphones have been announced. Starting off the year was the Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X at CES in January, of course followed later by Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge as well as the LG G5 in February at Mobile World Congress. But which ones are the best buys? Keep reading to find out…

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Nexus 6P Stories April 13, 2016

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We’re pretty big fans of the Huawei-made Nexus 6P, even arguing at one point earlier this year that it was the best Android device available. Now, if a trademark filing is any indication, Huawei appears to be planning some sort of successor to the device as the company this month has filed for a new trademark for a device named the “Huawei 7P” (via Phandroid).

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Nexus 6P Stories March 30, 2016

Amazon bans the sale of dodgy USB Type-C connectors and adapters

Following the launch of the Type-C equipped Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C devices, Google engineer Benson Leung set out to save us from all the dodgy non-compliant cables and adapters available on Amazon. Without the correct technical compliance, a Type-C adapter could charge a device too slowly, or at worst, ruin the product. Following Leung’s extensive testing, Amazon has now prohibited the sale of non-compliant accessories.

Nexus 6P Stories March 24, 2016

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“Be together, not the same” is the mantra Google has been spreading for quite some time now. It’s a good reflection of its intent and purpose; with 1.5 billion active users and a myriad of OEM partners contributing to its growth, the OS couldn’t ask for more diversity. Among Android enthusiasts, however, a vastly shared belief is that the stock, unadulterated, ‘vanilla’ experience delivered by Google is generally superior to basically any of the offerings brought to the table by third parties. This mainly stems from a bad history that saw manufacturers continuously deliver sub-par experiences and often lag far behind in the update cycle, not to mention the numerous design inconsistencies which added up to Google’s own often messy and unclear aesthetics. When Material Design was introduced back in 2014, however, a few things started to change.

For one, notoriously ill-designed UIs such as those from LG and Samsung (as well as from HTC, Sony, and most others) started to follow Google’s now precise and definite guidelines more closely, giving Android an overall sense of basic consistency at least across major instances. Samsung’s TouchWiz, in particular, got often criticized over the years because of its excessive bloatware and poor design choices, but with the massive hardware overhaul brought by the Galaxy S6 last year, software too got a considerable Lollipop-based facelift which went a little under the radar. The Galaxy S7 brought the whole thing one step further, and even coming from a long series of stock Android devices, I have to admit that my experience with TouchWiz wasn’t just not bad, but left me thinking of it as an outright smart, good-looking and overall well designed ‘skin’…

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Nexus 6P Stories March 22, 2016

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Yesterday morning, at a relatively low key event without much fanfare and following the almost ritual avalanche of leaked schematics and what have you, Apple officially announced the iPhone SE. With a chassis virtually identical to that of the iPhone 5s – and 5 before it, for that matter – the smaller-sized iPhone came back in all of its four-inch glory, and not without raising eyebrows.

According to the company’s claims, however, about thirty million people bought a 4-inch iPhone last year, amounting to almost 8% of all Apple phones sold. Considering the massive marketing push made to advertise the four bigger-screened iPhones introduced in the past couple of years, that certainly is no small feat, indicating that there indeed still is interest for smaller devices, a market the Cupertino giant would be naive to ignore.

Sure, the much more variegated Android landscape has offered a few notable options in years past, but those were either afterthoughts, less powerful ‘mini’ versions of established flagships, or devices explicitly designed to be sub-par when compared to their siblings. The iPhone SE may lack 3D Touch and newer-generation Touch ID, but the rest of the package is clearly inspired by the iPhone 6s’ spec-sheet, and nothing says that this smaller sibling isn’t here to stay.

And that begs the question of how this is going to impact the Android landscape. Are Android manufacturers going to follow suit the coming years, or instead pray for the SE to be a one hit wonder (or a complete dud) – and thus something less to worry about?

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Nexus 6P Stories March 14, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Nexus 6P from $425, Lenovo 11-inch Chromebook $129, 200GB MicroSD $60, more

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Deal: 32GB Nexus 6P down to $425 (Reg. $499), 64GB down to $475 (Reg. $549)

Just a few days after B&HPhoto kicked off an awesome promo on both the Nexus 6P and 5X, Amazon is offering its own discount on the latest and greatest stock Android flagship smartphone.  Although color options are limited, you can now get a healthy $75 discount on both the 32GB and 64GB   versions of the Huawei-made Nexus 6P.

Nexus 6P Stories March 11, 2016

Deal: Nexus 6P for $449 plus free $50 gift card (Reg. $499), 32GB Nexus 5X down to $279 (Reg. $399)

If you’re looking for a great value flagship smartphone, and have a particular taste for completely vanilla Android, you’re in luck. Both of the current Nexus phones, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have been discounted today…

Nexus 6P Stories March 10, 2016

Nexus 6P OTA software update rolling out with performance improvements

A couple of days back we brought you news that — along with the March security patch — the LG Nexus 5X was getting some much needed performance improvements with the latest OTA software update. As it turns out, the Nexus 6P is subject to similar improvements with its own over-the-air update.

Nexus 6P Stories March 9, 2016

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In a surprise move, Google announced today (as we told you earlier this morning) that the Android N developer preview is available for download. The simplest route is through the yet-to-be launched Android Beta Program, but as usual Google has also posted the factory images.

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Nexus 6P Stories February 11, 2016

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LlabTooFer, who’s slowly building himself something of a reputation for leaking reliable HTC-related information, is back with another nugget today. According to the leaker, the HTC ‘Perfume’ One M10 will feature a Sony IMX377 camera sensor on the back. This is the same 12MP 1.55um camera with laser autofocus and PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) found in the two new Nexus smartphones…

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Nexus 6P Stories February 2, 2016

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One of Google’s latest slogans created to showcase the essence of Android in a nutshell spells: “Be together, not the same.” It is both a testament to the company’s general embracement of diversity and arguably one of the most precise ways to describe the OS as a whole. Fans, however, have long had trouble trying to identify the ‘ultimate’ Android device, despite the sea of devices whose supposed heterogeneity should guarantee a perfect match for everyone.

In an endless fight among the various OEMs to come out at the top of the critics’ — as well as the fans’ — rankings, one trend has notoriously stood out. People love Android devices because of the software (specifically its flexibility), and in spite of the countless efforts made by manufacturers to tweak and enhance the OS in order to make it better, the pure, unadulterated experience offered by Google has long been preferred by virtually every enthusiast.

Be it because of its simplicity and cleanliness, dedication to Google’s brand, or the sheer fact that updates are not hampered by carriers and other third parties, stock Android has always had the upper hand over UXs such as Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense — at least to those who even know what “TouchWiz” is. To this day, the problem with Google’s vanilla OS still resides almost solely in the hardware it runs on.

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Nexus 6P Stories February 1, 2016

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Google has just posted the new factory images with February’s security patch for Nexus devices. The images are still based on Android 6.0.1, so don’t expect anything besides security fixes. There’s also a new factory image for the Pixel C…

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Nexus 6P Stories January 26, 2016

Google gives the Nexus 5X another price drop, now available from $299 on the Google Store

Two weeks ago, Google permanently lowered the price of the Nexus 5X by $30 to $349. Today, alongside a Valentines promotion, the smaller Nexus device is getting what appears to be another price drop, this time to $299. “Was starting at $349, now starting at $299,” the wording says on the Nexus 5X Google Store listing…

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