In a roundtable interview with journalists at MWC, Google’s hardware chief revealed the company won’t revive its premium Chrome OS laptops of the past.

The few generations of Chromebook Pixels that you’ve grown to love over the past few years? They’re the last of its kind. If you’ve got one, might as well put it into storage for preservation.

Google’s Rick Osterloh told TechCrunch and other journalists at Mobile World Congress that the Pixel laptop — the first-ever-of-its-kind premium Chromebook — has officially reached the end of its life.

When asked if Google had plans to make more Pixel laptops, Osterloh replied that the company had none at the moment, nor did it have plans to make more of the previous Pixel laptops that had sold out in August.

Chrome OS is still fine, though. “Chrome OS is a huge initiative in the company,” Osterloh reassured. And then he added: “Google hasn’t backed away from laptops. We have the number two market share in the U.S. and U.K. — but we have no plans for Google-branded laptops.”

In the meantime, Asus and Samsung make some pretty convincing Chromebook alternatives. And if you’re still aching for something that’s Pixel-branded, but more mobile, there’s still the Pixel C and Pixel smartphone for sale.

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Spec hounds and photographers, this is the P10 you’ll want to buy.

The Huawei P10 looks like a promising new flagship for the Chinese firm, bringing the technology first seen in the Mate 9 to a smaller form factor, with a palette of unique colors and finishes. But if you want the very best Huawei has to offer in terms of specs, camera optics and storage capacity, the beefier P10 Plus is the one you’ll want to buy.

The P10 Plus is based on the same Kirin 960 platform as the smaller, version, but ups the RAM to 6GB, and bumps the internal storage all the way up to 128GB, which is expandable even further via microSD. And you’ll enjoy a larger, higher-resolution display as well, with the Plus packing a 5.5-inch panel with Quad UD (2560×1440) fidelity — backed up by a bigger 3,750mAh cell. The overall design is essentially identical to the regular P10, save for the difference in size, and while it isn’t quite as easy to one-hand, the ergonomic design.

And yes, we’d be lying if we said the P10 Plus didn’t bear at least a passing resemblance to the iPhone 7 Plus, with its characteristic antenna band patterns.

As we’ve already seen from the Porsche Design Mate 9, 6GB of RAM allows Huawei’s EMUI software to keep a ton of apps in memory, ensuring you’ll only rarely need to reload apps from scratch. On top of the low-level enhancements Huawei has made to EMUI 5.1, it’s no surprise to see the P10 Plus offering beastly performance in apps and games.

But photography is where the P10 Plus really reaches above and beyond any previous Huawei phone. The core camera hardware is similar to the regular P10, which is to say it’s basically the Mate 9′s camera, with one crucial difference. Instead of using f/2.2 lenses for its 12-megapixel color sensor and 20-megapixel monochrome shooter, the P10 Plus boasts a brighter f/1.8 lens, meaning its low-light photo capabilities should be significantly improved. (That’s what makes it a “Leica Camera 2.0 Pro Edition.”)

The new ‘Pro Edition’ camera with f/1.8 lens is a big step up.

In our brief time with the P10 Plus so far, we’ve found it manages to retain more color detail with less chroma noise compared to the regular P10 and Mate 9. So signs are promising for Huawei to become really competitive in photography in the coming year. Expect further comparisons in our full review.

The Huawei P10 Plus will sell for €699 in Europe. In the UK, we’re told it’ll be ranged on Vodafone, EE, Three and Carphone Warehouse.

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Lessons learned will translate into two very different flagships each year from LG.

As I traveled across the web reading what everyone had to say about the LG G6 I noticed two very distinct things:

  1. Just about everyone who has touched one is pretty impressed.

  2. The majority of the comments on articles about it are filled with disappointment and loathing.

The first thing can make that second thing hard to understand. Yes, phones are polarizing and no matter how much one person likes a thing there will be people who don’t. But for the hivemind of the internet-of-Android to be so aligned against a thing that really does seem done well made me think a little bit. I decided the answer is actually pretty simple — there is no rule that says LG can only make one high-end global model per year.

If you’re an internet Android enthusiast, the G6 isn’t made to impress you. That’s what the V30 (?) will be built to do.

The G6 is beautifully simple

The LG G6 is a complete opposite fo the G5. It’s simple, beautiful, and designed to be the perfect phone for people who want a really good phone. That’s far removed from experimental coatings and pluggable modules.

It’s obvious that LG was concerned about the display, the size, and the user experience more than anything else. Not having touched it, I’ll give them the display and the size — they certainly fit what most anyone would say is the standard for a great phone in 2017. Hearing others remark on the user experience part makes it sound like they’ve done a good job there as well, with a refined operating system and great camera. The G6 looks to be one of those phones that you’ll be able to recommend to most anyone who actually needs a recommendation.

The G6 is LG’s answer to the iPhone or the Pixel and it looks like they might have pulled it off.

Even the controversial moves of limiting wireless charging and high-definition audio to certain markets was a smart play. LG’s market research says that most people don’t care about either, and the people who care most have access to what they might want in their perfect phone. Not adding both options to every model keeps costs down, at the expense of different SKUs to keep track of. As does the 32GB storage space which is the size the vast majority would have bought had multiple options been available.

The G6 wasn’t designed to replace a computer or to carry around entire seasons of your favorite shows or full 32-bit uncompressed audio libraries. That’s because most people don’t want any of that, and for those who do LG will have you covered with the V series.

The niche market wants more

And yes, enthusiasts that want more than the basics are a niche market. The V20 was made for us, and expect to see an even bigger rollout for the V30 (or whatever names gets attached).

Giving power-users a model with all the bells and whistles separate from the more consumer aligned G series makes sense in a lot of ways. For starters, LG needs to build a phone that they can sell and make some money. A phone that’s simple, looks good, and does a few things really well is the right way to do it. Toss experimental ideas into a phone designed for people who appreciate experimental features and move the best of them into your consumer model.

Some of us want more than a Pixel or an iPhone can offer and LG has that covered with the V series.

If that sounds familiar it’s because that’s exactly what Samsung has been doing for a while. Think of the G6 as a reboot of LG and a new starting point.

If research shows people love the second screen and it can be used in the G7 without taking anything away, expect to see it. Expect to see the next crazy idea from LG to be in the next V phone, so people who love crazy new ideas can use it and provide feedback. Power users are more forgiving when it comes to aesthetics and we make a great group of lab monkeys. We’re also the people who want things like removable batteries and a ton of storage to keep our music library for listening on expensive audio components.

Don’t get too hard on LG for making their version of the Pixel or iPhone, because there are plenty of people who want to buy it. Carving out a chunk of that market is tough enough without being weighed down by things like modules or extra screens at the top to scare people away. Instead, sit back and think of what crazy-genius idea they might have in store for another V phone later this year.

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The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are coming to Canada, but not the U.S. Here’s why.

When Huawei announced the P10 and P10 Plus at Mobile World Congress this week, we assumed, like many other members of the tech press in Barcelona, that the launch would be focused on Europe. And it was — for a while. But now we know that in addition to Europe and the UK, Huawei plans to bring its new flagships to Canada in the coming weeks.

Specifically, the P10 will be launched on Rogers, Bell, Fido and Videotron, while the larger and better-equipped P10 Plus will be a Rogers exclusive. Prices and availability aren’t yet available, but based on the phones’ European prices of €649 and €749 respectively, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them broach $700 and $800 or higher.

So why are the phones launching on Canadian carriers but still shut out of the U.S.? In an interview with MobileSyrup, the company’s vice-president of corporate affairs, Scott Bradley, said that Huawei had been pushing for a move into Canada’s high-end market for several years — it’s sold mid-range devices for a while, including the recent Nova series — after finding tremendous success with the Nexus 6P.

He said that the Nexus 6P was incredibly popular at Canadian carriers, and improved Huawei’s brand recognition amongst regular Canadians. The Chinese company also invests a lot of money into research and development within the country, so there is a positive brand sentiment overall.

In contrast, Huawei doesn’t sell any phones through U.S. carrier channels, and only recently introduced its first high-end devices in the Honor 8 and Mate 9. One impediment to getting those devices into the market was Enhanced 911 certification, which is required by both the FCC and Canada’s regulator, the CRTC. It took until mid-2016 for Huawei’s homegrown Kirin chips to be certified for E911, which is why Huawei kept its high-end phones out of the U.S. for so long.

The tepid response to the Honor 8 may have been the P10′s downfall in the U.S.

Unfortunately, despite the Mate 9 selling well through unlocked channels, disappointing sales of the Honor 8 likely precluded Huawei from pushing forward with a go-to-market strategy for the P10 series, despite its significant improvements. Without carrier support, a mid-sized phone in the $650-700 range would easily be overshadowed by the Samsung Galaxy or LG G flagship of the day, and Huawei currently feels more comfortable competing in the less crowded phablet space — one where the Mate 9 fits nicely, especially in the absence of a Galaxy Note.

What’s nice about the P10 and P10 Plus launching in Canada is that they will be optimized for North American carriers, making importing the devices a more tantalizing prospect than the equivalent Asian or European SKU, which wouldn’t have the right bands.

Would you import a P10 or P10 Plus into the U.S. from Canada? Let us know in the comments!

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This has crossed into ‘ridiculous’ territory — but we now have a better idea of why.

Another year, another Sony phone launching in the U.S. without a fingerprint sensor — despite the exact same model packing the biometric authentication process everywhere else in the world. With the announcement of the Xperia XZ Premium and XZs, Sony once again has a couple of enticing phones. And even though it seems to have made good strides in terms of cameras and a few other pain points, this one issue still plagues it. For whatever reason, Sony cannot bring a phone to the U.S. with a functioning fingerprint sensor.

The question of why this is the case has been a constant bugbear for us as we speak with Sony representatives time after time, and at MWC 2017 we got perhaps the most candid explanation of what’s going on.

Speaking with Don Mesa, who is Head of Marketing, North America for Sony Mobile U.S., we started to get a more concrete picture of what’s going on here. When asked about the exclusion of fingerprint authentication on the Xperia XZ Premium specifically, Mesa explained, “There are a lot of external and internal factors that contribute to us making a conscious decision not to include [fingerprint].”

For now, in order for Sony to sell phones in the U.S. it cannot include fingerprint sensors.

The “external” portion of that statement is the interesting part, and something that wasn’t previously disclosed. For the past couple of years, Sony’s stance on not including fingerprint sensors in the U.S. was that it didn’t see demand for them and there was a business decision made to not include the feature. This external factor, it seems, is something to do with deals it has made (or terminated) in the U.S. specifically. When asked further about those factors Mesa continued, “[...] that was very much about us consciously deciding that we want to continue our business here [in the U.S.], and [that's] one of the conditions for us to be able to do business.”

So here’s the meat of the issue: based on some deal previously made relating specifically to the U.S., in order for Sony to sell phones in the country it cannot ship them with functioning fingerprint sensors. Taking the lesser of two evils, Sony chose to continue to sell phones with the fingerprint sensor disabled instead of give up on the U.S. entirely — and this seems to be the case still, as Sony has continued to sell a wide range of unlocked phones here. So despite this bizarre limitation against using fingerprint sensors, Sony still sees the U.S. as an important market and wants to keep selling its top-end devices here.

When pressed for specifics, Mesa acknowledged the rub with U.S. carriers in Sony’s transition from selling carrier-backed phones to going entirely unlocked, eventually leading to this fingerprint situation in some way. Events like the launched-then-canceled Xperia Z4V and various one-off carrier devices that never sold well seem to point to Sony having troubles dealing with the U.S. operators. It wouldn’t be surprising if a deal (or deals) gone bad led to some fingerprint exclusivity problems as a penalty of such a fallout. Of course the real rub here is the specifics of such deals are not — and may never be — disclosed.

So what can we take away from this? Well, the first part is that Sony confirms it is indeed consciously shipping its phones to the U.S. with fingerprint sensors … and that at the same time it is explicitly disabling them in software. Sony Mobile U.S. is, for the first time, also confirming that without these outside factors influencing these decisions, it would prefer to be shipping phones in the U.S. with fingerprint sensors enabled. That in no way completely lets Sony off the hook here, though — it takes two to tango, and Sony itself was obviously involved in whatever mechanism led to this odd limitation surrounding fingerprint sensors. Someone signed off on this, and it’s been a constant thorn in the side of the company since.

And no matter the mechanism of how this all came to be, it isn’t much solace for those of us in the U.S. who are big fans of Sony design and hardware but will continue to refuse to buy its phones until they have such a basic feature. U.S. customers deserve a fingerprint sensor just as much as anyone else in the world buying a Sony phone. And Sony itself seems to think this is a short-term limitation that, when lifted, will comfortably be put in the rear-view mirror as it continues to sell unlocked phones in the country.

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A few weeks ago Daniel Bader wrote many kind words here on Android Central letting you know that CrackBerry Kevin was coming out of retirement to celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry and to cover the hell out of the BlackBerry “Mercury” launch.

Fast forward through a crazy few weeks of editorials, youtube videos, tweets, instagram photos and even an onstage appearance at BlackBerry’s press event and it feels to me like CBK never left. It’s been a helluva fun month!

More exciting than CBK having tech blogging fun again is that the newly-christened BlackBerry KEYone has shaped up to be helluva good phone. Having used one now for a few days now, I think it’s a phone that BlackBerry users past and present will absolutely love, and many who have never touch a keyboard before may even find themselves developing a crush on if they give it a try. The hardware build quality and design is top notch. The physical keyboard is fantastic to type on (having a fingerprint sensor in the spacebar is brilliant), the battery life is amazing, having the same camera sensor as the Google Pixel means it takes fantastic photos, and despite having a keyboard there all the time the screen size itself as you use the device is BIG (prior to the KEYone I was using the Pixel XL, DTEK60 and iPhone 7 as daily drivers). This finally is the no compromise BlackBerry I have been waiting on for YEARS. Running on Android, I finally have the app ecosystem I need and it’s also giving me the features of BlackBerry I’ve always loved.

Enter to Win an IOU for a BlackBerry KEYone from CrackBerry Kevin

Clearly, I’m gushing all over for my new BlackBerry KEYone. And I know there a LOT of former BlackBerry users here on Android Central who used to be highly active on CrackBerry (I’m glad when you left you found your way over to the best Android site and community in the universe!). In the spirit of our CrackBerry 10 year anniversary, the return of CBK and the fact that I’m legit in love with a BlackBerry again, I want to give a KEYone away to an Android Central reader.

To enter, you just need to fill out the form below! We’ll run this giveaway through to the end of March and I’ll announce the winner here on Android Central on April 1st. Open worldwide! As soon as the KEYone becomes available for purchase I’ll buy and one send it to you myself.

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Rebuilding the BlackBerry Community Bottom Up!

With a giveaway of this nature, we typically make it really easy to enter – just asking for you to leave a simple comment to enter. This time around I am asking for more, for a reason. I want to be able to get to better know and communicate with all of the biggest BlackBerry and Android fans in the world. First Example – I want to know what city you live in. If I’m visiting, I want to be able to send out an email to all the fans living there – you never know, maybe we can make an impromptu meet up happen to talk tech. Second Example – Occupation. So we can better plan our content, I’d love to get a better sense of everybody’s background in this community: are we students, IT admins, entrepreneurs, business professionals, teachers or ??? If you’re on social, I’d love to know your handles so we can follow you there too. The data will not be shared, and only your name and email address is mandatory to enter, but knowing more about you will help reforge a stronger BlackBerry community!

Enter now. Good luck!! And if you ever want to swing by for a visit, don’t be shy. The team over here at Android Central is CRUSHING it on all the coverage, but nobody will get mad if you spend some time hanging out on both Android Central and CrackBerry :)

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The rebirth of another storied smartphone brand begins. This time it’s Nokia.

Nokia is still a company that is focusing on their core business: networking technology. They’re quite good at it; there’s a good chance you’re using Nokia tech on a regular basis through your cellular network, even if it’s not a Nokia. But the Nokia brand? That’s all about smartphones. And while Nokia knew that, they also sold their phone business to Microsoft in 2015 (which Microsoft has struggled to turn into a successful business as well). So with no phone business of their own and a bunch of disgruntled former Nokia/Microsoft employees, HMD was born.

HMD is licensing the Nokia brand to produce phones bearing the Nokia name, look, and spirit (much as BlackBerry has licensed their brand to TCL and produced the BlackBerry KEYone). Nokia’s new phones are a departure from the old ones in one very important way: gone is Windows, all hail the new Android-powered Nokia.

While Nokia might come out with some higher-end devices in the months and years to come, the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 are decidedly low-end phones. But don’t let the low-end specs or prices fool you — these are shockingly nice phones.

Nokia 3

On the bottom rung of the new Nokia smartphone line-up is the Nokia 3. This 5-inch phone is powered by a lowly MediaTek 6737 processor (a quad-core 1.3GHz chip) and sports 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, plus microSD expansion support. It’s certainly not a powerhouse phone, nor should you expect it to be. The IPS LCD is a respectable 1280×720 (that’s 294ppi at 5 inches), while the cameras are 8MP on the front and back — both are ƒ/2.0 lenses with 1.12um pixels.

This phone has a two-part construction that will be familiar to most Nokia fans, with an aluminum unibody frame and a polycarbonate back plate. It’s fairly reminiscent of the old Nokia 925. It feels really solid and comes in your choice of a silver+white, black, dark blue, and a sexy copper frame with a white back. There’s no fingerprint reader here, and there’s a trio of capacitive navigation buttons under the display.

Software-wise, the phone’s running Android 7.0, and aside from the custom camera app is “pure” Android, down to using the same launcher as the Pixel phones. Despite the low-end hardware, in poking around the phone it was actually nicely responsive. Just goes to show what kind of experience you can get on even middling hardware when you don’t load it down with bunches of poorly implemented customizations.

The phone itself measures 8.48mm thick (so not the thinnest, but also not bulky) and packs a Cat. 4 LTE radio and 2650mAh battery. The only real knock against the phone is one that’s somewhat understandable, given the price point, and that’s the Micro-USB port instead of the modern USB-C. But at just €139, there’s only so much you can ask for.

Nokia 5

The Nokia 5 comes in a bit larger and a bit more powerful. It bumps up to a 5.2-inch IPS display, though still with a 1280×720 resolution (that’s 282ppi at this size) and swaps the MediaTek processor for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset. It has the same 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD expansion, and Cat. 4 LTE support. The rear camera in the Nokia 5 has seen an upgrade, jumping to 13MP, though still with 1.12um pixels and an ƒ/2 aperture lens. Again, the Micro-USB port makes a sad appearance, providing power to a 3000mAh cell.

A fingerprint sensor sits front-and-center below the display, taking the place of the home button, though it’s still flanked by capacitive back and multitasking buttons. The body of the phone is a single piece of machine aluminum, coming in silver, black, dark blue, and copper, though all have black glass fronts with lightly curved edges. While it’s hard to do a machined aluminum phone without making it look like an iPhone, HMD set the Nokia 5′s antenna cutouts along the top and bottom of the phone — as if the iPhone 7′s plastic-inlay strips had been shifted slightly off the backside.

The end result is a phone that simply feels and looks great, and at €189 it’s an easy sell.

Nokia 6

The current top end of HMD’s smartphone line-up is the Nokia 6. This phone was actually launched in early January 2017 in China, but is now making its global debut at the starting price of just €229 in matte black, silver, copper, or “tempered blue”.

For that price, you’re actually getting a really decent phone. Running on top of a Snapdragon 430 CPU with 3GB of RAM and a 32GB internal storage drive (plus microSD expansion) is a 5.5-inch laminated IPS LCD panel with a full HD 1920×1090 resolution. While it looked a little yellow, it was admittedly hard to judge in the blue-hued light of the event venue.

The rear camera’s been bumped up to a 16MP sensor (with smaller 1.0um pixels) behind a ƒ/2 lens, along with a dual-tone LED flash. The machined 6000-series aluminum body is simply beautiful and solidly built (as one would expect from a phone bearing the Nokia name).

Like the Nokia 5, you’re looking at a bottom-front mounted fingerprint sensor flanked by capacitive navigation buttons and antenna cutouts that have been pushed to the very edge. The curved edges of have been swapped for more angled ones, with the front sporting a crisp chamfer.

Nokia 6 Arte Black

You like your black aluminum Nokia Android phones shiny? Then you’ll want Arte Black edition of the phone. They’ve taken the aluminum body and polished it five times over and then anodized it black twice. Oh, and they upped the RAM to 4GB and the internal storage to 64GB. Otherwise, it’s the same phone, just a shiny blank fingerprint magnet.

Want one? That’ll be €299.

Android 7

HMD has taken a very spartan approach to the software; the Nokia series of phones is running Android 7 Nougat with barely any customizations — the only visible non-Google app was the camera app, which isn’t a bad thing considering how minimal the Google Camera app is.

They’re committing to staying on top of security and OS updates, which should be made easier by having stayed on the light side for their customizations and standardized as many components between the devices as possible. It’s a question of if they’ll be able to deliver, however. Nokia is merely the brand, and while HMD is full of veterans from Microsoft and Nokia, they’re also a small and new company with limited resources. At least they won’t have to worry about managing an entire manufacturing supply chain as Nokia did — HMD has outsourced their manufacturing to Foxconn — the same company that makes the iPhone (no wonder the Arte Black Nokia 6 looks familiar).

The trio of Nokia phones will be launching globally in the second quarter of 2017, with HMD putting special emphasis on getting the new phones into the developing markets where the price-to-performance ratio will be most appreciated.

Oh, and there’s a brand-new Nokia 3310 feature phone coming and it’s simply adorable.

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Best adult apps in VR

26 February 2017

Finding adult apps for VR is easy, finding awesome adult apps in VR can be more difficult.

Porn in VR is all over the place these days. In fact, all you have to do is a quick Google search and you’ll find plenty of websites and apps that can give you what you’re looking for. Not all adults apps are awesome though. So instead of slogging through the internet and hoping you find an awesome app, we’ve done the work for you. Below you’ll find the best apps in VR for adult entertainment.


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The latest from Samsung is set to be unveiled.

Even though we know the Galaxy S8 won’t arrive until April, Samsung is well overdue for a tablet lineup refresh and that’s what we’re expecting to see at its MWC 2017 press conference. In particular we’re looking at a Galaxy Tab S3 of some sort to replace the well-aged Galaxy Tab S2 series, and though we have a few details via leaks we don’t know the whole story just yet.

Samsung could surely drop some interesting unexpected announcements on us as well, as is often the case at these big shows.

So join us to watch the livestream of the Samsung press conference at MWC 2017 — it all kicks off at 7:00 p.m. local time in Barcelona, which equates to 1 p.m. in New York and 10:00 a.m. in San Francisco.

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Amazon Alexa is expanding into phones, and Motorola’s implementation is definitely the most interesting.

Motorola is set to launch a new Moto Mod for its Moto Z line that sits on a bedside table or at an office, providing Amazon Alexa connectivity through a Harman-branded speaker while docked.

Announced at the company’s press conference for the Moto G5, Motorola says that its Moto Mods will take three forms in the future: first-party, collaborations, and full third-party creations. Motorola’s head of Mods, Dan Dery, reiterated that the company is dedicated to the platform indefinitely, and that is may not need to launch phones as often in the future because Mods are so good at augmenting new features launched annually with phone refreshes from other companies.

The Alexa Mod, which doesn’t have a release date, works as a dock, offering always-on listening and a loud Harman-made speaker to answer questions while the Moto Z is docked. It holds the phone at an angle for easy reference, and the company hinted that this wouldn’t be the last partnership between the companies.

Dery also announced a few new Mods that will be launched in the coming months, including updated battery Mods, a small accessory to charge other Mods, a wireless charging attachment, and a game pad (which is my personal favorite).

He also outlined a number of prototype or concept Mods that may not see the light of day, such as a portable printer that connects to the phone, a multi-SIM card holder, and, most impressively, a robot building kit for kids.

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