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Why hello there digital natives (blame Huawei for that one), welcome to another news brief from Android Central! Today, we've got the latest episode in the continuing saga of the Note 7 recall, with the phone being blamed for setting a car on fire in Florida. Google has announced that it will make emails look less crappy, and it looks like interest in Pokémon Go is waning. That said, the game is still generating six times as much revenue as its closest rival.
Meanwhile, Canadians can look forward to receiving a less flammable version of the Note 7 starting later today, as Samsung gets ready to exchange all 21,953 defective units sold in the country before the end of the month. More importantly, Bohemian Rhapsody is now in VR! Here's what's making the rounds on the interwebs.
Galaxy Note 7 implicated in Florida car fire
The dire press for Samsung's latest phone continues, with the potentially explosive handset being blamed for starting a car fire in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The local police department says the cause of the fire hasn't been confirmed yet, but that the owner made a statement saying he'd been charging his "Samsung 7" when it exploded. Local news station WPBF has video of the inferno, which it explicitly blames on a "Galaxy Note 7." (via The Verge)
Bohemian Rhapsody comes to VR!
Queen guitarist Brian May is an awesome dude. He's an incredibly talented musician, holds a PhD in astronomy, and is a massive fan of VR. He has teamed up with Google and VR production house Enosis VR to create the Bohemian Rhapsody Experience, a VR experience that takes us on a "journey through frontman Freddie Mercury's subconscious mind," featuring interactive elements and spatial sound. It's Bohemian Rhapsody like you've never heard it before. Download the app here.
Your emails are about to get more responsive
Google will start implementing responsive design in Gmail, allowing content within emails — text, buttons, and images — to dynamically scale based on a device's form factor. The optimizations will make their way to the Gmail app first, followed by the web client. The changes will commence rolling out from the end of the month.
Flame-free Galaxy Note 7s start shipping to Canadians
The first batch of Canadians can start looking forward to receiving replacement Galaxy Note 7s starting today, the company confirmed to Android Central. A process that started just over a week ago to exchange recalled Note 7s promises to have nearly 22,000 devices replaced by the end of the month.
Pokémon Go sees a sharp decline in paying customers
According to market research firm Slice Intelligence, the number of Pokémon Go U.S. players making in-app purchases has declined by a massive 79%. That said, the game pocketed 28% of all in-game revenue in August, six times that of its closest rival. That number is set to decrease slightly to about 25% this month.
LeEco teases Le Pro 3 with 8GB of RAM, 256GB storage
LeEco has started teasing its upcoming flagship Le Pro 3, which will offer 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. The teaser sees LeEco take a stab at the battery capacitiy of the latest iPhones, with the company claiming that the Pro 3's battery will be "Bigger than bigger" (biggest?). The Pro 3 is scheduled to launch on September 21.
Huawei Mate 9 could pack dual 20MP cameras + Kirin 960 chip
A promotional image posted on Chinese social network Weibo appears to confirm the presence of a new dual camera setup in the successor to the Mate 8, and also mentions the unannounced Kirin 960 chipset by name. Kirin 960 is rumored to be among the first SoCs to use ARM's Cortex-A73 cores, which are even faster and more efficient than the A72 cores used in Kirin 950 and 955. Conspicuous in its absence: Any Leica branding whatsoever. More
BREAKING: The Pixel XL will look like a phone
If the blurry photo of the purported Pixel XL has you wanting for more, then you'll definitely want to take a look at this unofficial fan render of the phone based on the leaked "image." Yep, sure does look like a phone.