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Pixel 2 XL passes through FCC, confirms LG as manufacturer and not much else

About a month ago, the smaller, HTC-made Pixel 2 made its way through the FCC, revealing the device's Snapdragon 835 processor and an "Active Edge" squeezable frame. Now, its big brother has stopped by for the same treatment. Unfortunately, not much information can be gleaned from the various documents on the FCC's site, but this is progress.

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Hands-on with Google Lens: Promising, but it's too early to judge

One of the more exciting announcements from Google I/O 2017 was Google Lens, an upcoming feature for Assistant. The general idea is that Assistant would look at your phone's camera feed, and try to pull context information from it. Imagine Google Goggles, but using the company's incredible machine learning prowess.

While we're still waiting for the feature to go live in Assistant, we noticed in a teardown that it was being added to Google Photos. So in addition to using a straight feed from your camera, you could use Lens with any picture you've already taken as well. XDA Developers discovered that the Google Lens intent was already live, and could be activated through the use of ADB or Tasker.

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Google Photos v3.5 prepares for the launch of Google Lens and resumes work on timestamp editing [APK Teardown]

A new version of Google Photos is rolling out to Android users around the world. Like so many recent updates, this one doesn't change much from the user perspective, but it is meant to begin preparations for new features that will be enabled in the coming weeks or months. A teardown reveals more details about what we have to look forward to in Google Lens when it launches. Also showing up are the signs that we might finally get to edit timestamps on our pictures.

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Here are 35 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps for your Wednesday, plus both Apps of the Week

It's the middle of yet another week. It feels like I just wrote up Monday's app sales list, which means that some of my assignments are due sooner than I thought. As much as I'm sure all of you care, that's not the point here. Today's post involves a lot of... unpleasant themes from the likes of SaintBerlin and Maystarwerk, so prepare yourselves.

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Nexus and Pixel factory images for September's security patch are up, minus Nexus Player

It's September, and however you might feel about that, one thing is certain: Google's going to release its monthly security updates. While the OTAs were pushed yesterday, downloads for the factory images and OTAs weren't available until just now. So if you've been chomping at the bit looking for a fix for BlueBorne and haven't seen the update on your device, you can go on ahead and manually pull it down.

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Ironhide Game Studio's 'Iron Marines' is an all new RTS for Android

Iron Marines is an all new real-time strategy game from the developers who created the popular Kingdom Rush tower defense series. Instead of the familiar fantasy setting used in the Kingdom Rush games, we are now treated to a beautifully colorful sci-fi locale. While this is a premium RTS that is priced at $4.99, it's worth keeping in mind that the developers have included in-app purchases that range all the way up to $99.99.

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Google is offering Nexus 6P owners a Pixel XL as a warranty replacement

The Nexus 6P is one of those phones that had high initial quality, but it hasn't withstood the test of time very well. This phone has been plagued by battery issues that cause it to randomly shut off. Those who bought their phones from the Google Store have reported success not only with getting the phone replaced, but replaced with a Pixel XL.

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Space Harrier II Classic is the latest SEGA Forever title on the Play Store

Sega has been releasing new titles for their SEGA Forever program on a bi-weekly basis. Their last release Golden Axe came out on August 31st, and just a day short of two weeks later we have the release of Space Harrier II Classic, an on-rails shooter that was originally published as a launch title for Sega's 16bit Genesis home gaming system.

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[Update: Official vulnerability tester app] Google's September security patch fixes 'BlueBorne' Bluetooth vulnerability

Google is still working on getting the September security patches out the door, but it has posted a security bulletin detailing the changes. Several of the flaws noted in the bulletin are part of an enormous Bluetooth vulnerability discovered by Armis Labs, which bills itself as an IoT security firm. The "BlueBorne" attack exposes billions of Android devices to complete takeover by hackers, but it's not only Android. The same flaw exists in Windows, Linux, and some versions of iOS.

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Target stores are switching from iOS to Android sales floor devices

If you've spent any amount of time in one of Target's 1,800 US stores, it's likely you've seen an employee using a dressed-up iPod Touch to look up stock info. It's been that way since 2014, but the retailer is now switching to Android for all its essential sales floor activities. These aren't any devices you've ever seen, though. Target is using an enterprise-oriented Zebra TC51.

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