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OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo beta updates by the end of the year, with the full, stable update to come in early 2018. The Oreo beta program for the OnePlus 3 and 3T has been opened for months.
Android Pay hits Brazil and the Czech Republic
A few weeks after its debut in Ukraine, Google's Android Pay arrives in the Czech Republic and Brazil. This mobile payment service will go live in Slovakia soon as well.
Lineage 2: Revolution hits Europe and North America
Lineage 2: Revolution has been available in South Korea, Japan, and China since early 2017, and today it finally hits North America and Europe. The game is available for both iOS and Android.
Essential PH-1 now equipped with Treble
A user on Essential's Reddit community has discovered the presence of Google's new Treble API on their PH-1 after updating to the Oreo beta that was released yesterday.
Google's new security policy on accessibility features will limit or remove 'hundreds of good, useful apps'
The next stage of Google's push to improve Android security is putting a spotlight on applications which misuse accessibility features to add functionality that wasn't expressely designed to improve use for people with disabilities. Some popular apps affected include LastPass, Cerberus, and Tasker.
The HP 2US29AV could be one of the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops
Details of HP's first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptop could have just leaked, courtesy of HP Care. The site lists availability of Care Pack services for an yet to be announced HP laptop powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Essential Phone gets unofficial LineageOS support
Although the Essential Phone's design makes it difficult to build custom ROMs for it, an XDA Developers user has been able to bring LineageOS 14.1 to Andy Rubin's flagship.
Marshmallow still most popular version of Android with 31% market distribution
Google has released Google Play install statistics which show that Marshmallow is still the most widely used version of Android with a 30.9% market distribution. Oreo comes in dead last—yes, even worse than Gingerbread—with just 0.3%.
Google Files Go file manager for Android enters public beta
Although it was scheduled to go public in December, Google's Files Go file manager for Android leaked online earlier this week, so the tech giant decided to speed things up and made the app available via the Google Play store.
Apple fixes the autocorrect bug on iPhones and iPads
The bug that came with iOS 11.1 and simply did not allow some users to type "i" by replacing it with "A" and a Unicode symbol has just been fixed by iOS 11.1.1. This update also takes care of an issue with Siri ("Hey Siri" sometimes not working).
SwiftKey announces Photo Themes, teams up with a National Geographic contributing photographer
The SwiftKey virtual keyboard app for both Android and iOS has just received Photo Themes, as well as a gallery of nature images to use with this new feature.These shots were taken and curated by Keith Ladzinski, a top photographer who worked for ABC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.
Another HTC phone looks to be on the way
HTC is set to launch another device year runs out, with the phone, the "Ocean Harmony" looking to be another mid-ranger. There's been talk of a Snapdragon 652, though, so we're not exactly sure what HTC has planned for this one.
Google Android is now 10 years old
Although the first stable release of Google's operating system came out in 2008, the first public beta build of this open source project arrived back in the first days of November 2017, thus making Android as old as a decade.
MIUI 9 global stable ROM rolls out
After spending a long time in the public beta testing stage, the Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 ROM by Xiaomi is finally rolling out to Redmi Note 4/Note 4X and Mi Max 2 handsets. The second batch consists of six more devices and is expected to get updated this month as well.
Ubisoft kicks off the Holiday Season by offering Watch Dogs for free to PC users
This giveaway that offers the PC edition of the popular action-adventure video game Watch Dogs to all Uplay users starts tomorrow and ends on November 13. However, those in a hurry can already preload the game, but they will have to wait until tomorrow to play it.
Bitcoin reached a massive US$7583 value by late last week, but dropped dramatically on Monday
Bitcoin completed a record breaking week by hitting almost US$7600 in value over the weekend, before sinking even more sharply back below US$7000 during Monday trading.
Google Pixel 2 XL's charging measured at 10.5W
Nathan Park, a freelance hardware engineer, has carried out tests on the Google Pixel 2 XL, discovering an intentional bottleneck on the device that limits the power received by the phone from the 18W supplied by its stock charger to just 10.5W.
Nintendo 2DS/3DS sales continue strongly, will hit 70 million combined sales soon
Nintendo has revealed sales figures for their 2DS/3DS line of portable games consoles showing strong sales figures of both hardware and software. Sales improved with the release of the new 2DS XL, and despite the success of the Switch, it had minimal impact on the 2DS/3DS shipment rates.
Google replacing Pixel 2 XLs sent to customers without Android installed
Continuing the trend of the Pixel 2 XL, a small number of users have complained on Reddit and the Ars Technica forums about receiving devices which are completely missing the operating system. Google reports that they have fixed this going forwards, and they are sending replacement devices for those affected.
First new version of ThrottleStop since April is now available
The first new version of ThrottleStop in nearly seven months is now available for download. In addition to the usual assortment of powerful configuration features it brings support for Apollo Lake, a new way to toggle mini mode, and the ability to hide the task area icon.
Android "Fast Pair" takes on Apple's AirPods
Google has introduced Fast Pair for Android devices. It brings a far easier way of pairing Bluetooth headphones that is very similar to what Apple is doing with its AirPods for iPhone.
Samsung Internet Browser 6.2 now available for download
The latest version of Samsung's Internet Browser app for Android brings a few useful features out of beta, including a new Night Mode and a new High Contrast Mode or the ability to download and install third-party ad blockers.
Nintendo Switch now has over 300 developers working on games
The Nintendo is having trouble keeping up with demand for the Nintendo Switch with over 7 million consoles now sold since it launched in March. Developers are jumping on board in big numbers too, with over 300 now developing titles for the console.
Windows 10 free upgrade via assisted technologies will end on 31st December 2017
One of the two remaining pathways to obtaining a free and legal upgrade to Windows 10 from an earlier version of Windows will be closed at the end of this year.
Assassin's Creed Origins is another example of DRM gone wrong
Publishers need to protect their game from piracy, and gamers should pay for the games we play. But there is a problem when the method of DRM implementation degrades the experience of those who obtained the game legitimately.
Samsung to open Oreo beta program soon, Note 8 snubbed
Samsung is set to announce the reopening of its beta-testing program, Galaxy Beta, in the coming days, with users getting the chance to have a taste of Oreo prior to the final release scheduled for Q1 2018. The Galaxy Note 8 is snubbed for some reason, however.
LG G6 spotted with Oreo on Geekbench
An LG G6 has been spotted on popular benchmark platform Geekbench, Android Oreo in tow. There are no specifics about when the device will receive the Oreo update but G6 users can now be confident that they'll get it.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will switch to Microsoft Azure for server hosting
Microsoft's relationship with the developers of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds deepens as they transfer server hosting from Amazon Web Services over to Microsoft Azure.
The Microsoft Store app will soon start offering Surface and other hardware
The Microsoft Store app will soon offer users to buy Surface and other partner hardware directly from within the app. Although hidden for now, this could be part of Microsoft's efforts to consolidate all marketplaces into one cohesive Store interface.
Huawei AppStore and video service to be expanded beyond China in early 2018
During the Huawei Eco Connect 2017 conference in Berlin, the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer, announced that they would be bringing their App Store to Europe, but there are questions around what benefit it will bring.
Skype for Android hits one billion downloads
Earlier this week, Skype for Android reached an impressive milestone. Its Google Play store page shows that this app has been downloaded over a billion times so far, also holding a 4.1/5 rating after more than 10 million user reviews.
Whatsapp's new message recall feature puts drunk-texting back on the menu
Whatsapp has finally activated the recall function on its app, a function which allows users to recall—or effectively delete—messages that have already been sent. You'd do well to take screenshots of messages you wish to use as legal proof or anything of the sort, lest they be recalled, leaving you in the lurch.
Windows 10 Settings app to get some Fluent Design makeover in 'Redstone 4'
Upcoming builds of the 'Redstone 4' early development branch of Windows 10 will feature Fluent Design System elements being incorporated to the Settings app. As development of 'Redstone 4' progresses, we can expect to see more Fluid Design elements being incorporated in key areas of the user interface and inbox apps.
Assassin's Creed Origins is now available for purchase
A decade after the release of the first game in the series, Assassin's Creed Origins takes the player all the way back to Egypt's Ptolemaic period. This new game runs on Windows PCs, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
Microsoft Andromeda is a foldable ARM-based Booklet PC rumored for 2018
Microsoft could launch a foldable Surface device in 2018, if rumors prove accurate. The device would be a spiritual successor to the cancelled Courier device first revealed in 2008.
Samsung to release Oreo updates in Q1 2018
Samsung is set to release updates to Android Oreo by the start of 2018. Particular details of the company's plans are unknown at the moment but we expect the Galaxy Beta program to be re-opened soon.
Amazon's new Appstore app focuses on Amazon Coins
The new version of the Appstore app works on Fire tablets, Fire TV digital media players, and Android-driven devices. It features a visual overhaul and an increased focus on Amazon Coins.
Amazon Key lets couriers unlock your door when you're not home
Amazon has released their Amazon Key service which uses an Amazon produced smart camera, a smart lock from Yale or Kwikset, and the Amazon Cloud to allow delivery drivers to unlock your front door and leave your parcel inside.
Oreo beta program for Nokia 8 opened
HMD has introduced its beta program, beta labs, for the testing of the beta version of Android Oreo on the Nokia 8. The company previously promised users of the Nokia 8 that they would get Oreo before the end of the year, so this comes as no surprise.
Gmail finally gets native add-on support
Google has announced the implementation of its add-on feature on the Gmail client, with both the desktop web client and Android app benefiting from the move.
Android Instant Apps gives the Play Store a 'Try Now' button to test and use apps without installing
The Android Instant Apps Platform has now had a full public release allowing users to try applications without needing to install them. The platform also allows continued use and access to application features.
Original Xbox titles now available on Xbox One, 360 titles getting One X enhanced
Microsoft has made 13 original Xbox titles available on the Xbox One, which are available now. These will be followed on November 7 by four revamped Xbox 360 titles that will be specially enhanced for the Xbox One X.
Android Oreo released for the Xperia XZ Premium
Sony has released the Oreo update to users of the XZ Premium. This is about par for the company, as it becomes the first OEM to send out working Oreo updates.
Give money to people you know using Paypal's new Facebook Messenger integration
Paypal continues to integrate with the platforms we use to communicate with each other and is now integrated in Facebook Messenger.
Ubuntu Linux 17.10 now available with GNOME 3 as default desktop interface
The new Ubuntu Linux 17.10 release is nicknamed "Artful Aardvark" and comes with the latest version of GNOME as the default desktop, thus dropping Canonical's Unity graphical shell.
Deal | For a limited time you can claim Civilization III for free and play just one more turn
The Humble Store has Steam keys for the Complete Edition of Civilization III available for free, but get in quick because this deal ends on Saturday.
Windows 10 Fall Creators update now rolling out
Microsoft has commenced the global rollout of its Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. Users can either wait for the update to reach them, or do a manual clean install of the latest Windows 10 ISO to get it immediately.
The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 will not get Oreo
The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 has been around long enough to move from Lollipop to Marshmallow and then to Nougat. Sadly, it has just been confirmed that this slate for gamers will not get an official Oreo update.
Last-gen OnePlus devices get first taste of Oreo
OnePlus 3 and 3T users in the Open Beta Program have received an update that finally gives them a taste of Android 8.0.0 Oreo. It's but a beta update, of course, so it comes with a slew of bugs and worries.
Samsung Bixby 2.0 might arrive this week
Although the current version still has to add support for a few widely used languages, Samsung Bixby 2.0 is apparently on its way and the updated virtual assistant is expected to come with improved third-party integration and support for other devices than smartphones.
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