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LG turns a $343 million profit for Q4 2017 in early reports

LG quietly let it be known today that they will emerge from the fourth quarter of 2017 with a $343.2 million profit and that they expect a yearly profit increase of 84.5% over 2016.

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WSJ: AT&T has backed out of deal to sell Huawei phones

It's been rumored for some time - and was considered a near-given in circles of mobile tech gossip - that Huawei would be launching a smartphone on AT&T in early 2018. Many assumed this would be the company's flagship Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro, at least until a report from the Wall Street Journal this afternoon seemed to put those plans on ice.

According to the Journal, AT&T allegedly has backed out of a deal to sell Huawei smartphones, and on the eve of what most thought would be the announcement of that partnership here at CES 2018.

The story offers no reason for AT&T's decision to kill the deal, and given how many moving parts such partnerships can entail, it really could be anything.

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Google's Head of Product for Allo and Duo moves to Facebook

Amit Fulay served as a Product Manager at Google since 2010, most recently as Head of Product for Real-Time Communications. In other words, he was the head of Allo, Duo, WebRTC, and other projects within the company. Fulay announced on Twitter today that he has left Google, and now works at Facebook.

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Facebook kills its "M" virtual assistant

Facebook first announced its virtual assistant, simply named 'M,' back in 2015. It ran inside Facebook Messenger, and was apparently trained and supervised by real people. It started off as a limited test to residents of San Francisco, then Facebook rolled it out more widely last year.

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Ricoh announces plug-in partner program for Theta V 360-degree 4K camera

Ricoh's Theta V came out just last summer, bringing 4K 360-degree recording in a diminutive package. At the time, Ricoh announced that the new camera would be able to make use of first-party plug-ins via the companion app. Now the company is expanding things to a larger audience, opening up a new "Plug-in Partner Program" for the Ricoh Theta V. 

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January 2018 platform distribution numbers show Oreo still at less than 1%

The time has come again for Google to provide an overview of what versions of Android are out there in the wild. Last month saw some big (proportional) gains for Oreo as most other versions of Android continued to slide. This time, we have the first appearance of Android 8.1, but Oreo's adoption is still in lock-step with Nougat last year.

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Blizzard's official Overwatch League app now live on the Play Store

Some of you may not know that we have an Overwatch team here at Android Police. Well, by "team," I mean three of us play Overwatch together sometimes. And, by "play," I mean that two of us flail against a keyboard and get carried by Corbin. Anyway, Blizzard has just released the official Overwatch League app for following the competitive esport's inaugural league season, giving you yet another avenue to not watch us play.

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15 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (1/2/18 - 1/8/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Anker PowerHouse 200 offers 200Wh in a seven-pound package for $299.99

Many of you probably know about the Anker PowerHouse, a massive 434Wh battery that can be had for $499.99. But if that was too much money for more power than you needed, Anker has just unveiled the PowerHouse 200, a smaller and less expensive version. It's still a giant brick of a battery, but if you just don't need 434Wh, this is the car battery-shaped battery for you.

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First Alert’s Onelink Safe & Sound will keep you from suffocating with Alexa or Google Assistant

As expected, this year's CES is all about the smart assistant and smart speaker. The latest company to jump onboard isn't quite what you'd expect, though. First Alert, commonly recognized as a manufacturer of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, has just announced its new Onelink Safe & Sound, which combines those previously mentioned alarms with high-end speakers and your choice of Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant.

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