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Google's Street View cameras are getting an upgrade

Eight years ago, Circuit City closed its remaining stores, Michael Jackson died, and Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. Eight years ago was also the last time Google's Street View cameras got a major upgrade. According to Wired, the company has started rolling out updated cameras to its fleet of picture-snapping cars.

The new rig now features just seven cameras, down from the 15 mounted on the old version. Each camera has a 20MP sensor, and two 'cans' on the front and back for laser radar. All these upgrades will make for higher-resolution pictures with enhanced image clarity.

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[Update: Frank team responds] "Frank." isn’t just a phone, it’s a phony

The Android enthusiast community has always been hungry for phones that offer a flagship experience at a low cost. That's why people still mourn Google's Nexus program a year later, despite numerous hardware problems over the years (I should know, my 5 and 5X both died unexpectedly after about a year). And despite OnePlus' many misfires over the years, the company's phones are still praised.

Two entrepreneurs from Canada have been working on the "Frank." phone (which I will refer to as simply 'Frank'). The team's pitch is simple - companies charge far too much for smartphones. I'm sure many of you will agree with that - the $1000 starting price of the Note8 is insane.

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Qualcomm has no plans for a Snapdragon 836, despite Pixel 2 rumors claiming otherwise

We've been hearing for some time now that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL would have either the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm's current flagship chipset, or a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 836. However, it turns out that there was never a Snapdragon 836 in the first place.

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18 new and notable Android apps from the last week (8/29/17 - 9/5/17)

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

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ZTE and AT&T reportedly have a $650 Snapdragon 820-powered foldable dual-screen tablet called Axon Multy in the works

Tablets haven't been doing so well in recent years, but companies like Apple, Samsung, and ASUS are still churning them out. ZTE, however, seems to be taking a slightly different approach. According to Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) of VentureBeat, the Chinese OEM is working on a foldable 6.8" tablet with some fairly high-end specs. But with all this fancy tech will come a high price tag: $650, to be exact.

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Google adds so-called "Greeklish" transliteration support for Greek to Gboard

The latest buzzword for language input is transliteration. And, it's actually a pretty big deal. By typing the way something sounds instead of the way it's spelled, you can write in a language, even if you only know how to speak it. SwiftKey and Google have both been pushing the technology hard, and today Google has rolled out support for "Greeklish" or transliteration for the Greek language via Latin characters. 

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Verizon's ASUS ZenPad Z10 gets upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat

Now that Android 8.0 Oreo has made its official debut, many of you are eagerly awaiting news on when your device will receive the latest and greatest from Google. But there are still devices that didn't even have last year's Nougat, like the ASUS ZenPad Z10 tablet on Verizon - that is, until now.

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[Deal Alert] 64GB Samsung USB Type-C 3.1 flash drive just $23.99, 128GB just $42.99 for Amazon's Deal of the Day

With cloud storage solutions becoming increasingly popular these days, we're using things like flash drives less and less. However, local storage does still have its place, and USB flash drives can come in handy when you're not connected to the Internet. As part of Amazon's Deal of the Day, 64GB and 128GB models of Samsung's USB Type-C 3.1 flash drives are just $23.99 and $42.99, respectively.

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Android Oreo feature spotlight: Rollback Protection, a new part of Verified Boot, won't allow you to start a downgraded OS

This flew under our radar back at I/O, but it's big news. On compatible devices, the new Verified Boot changes in Android 8.0 Oreo will prevent a device from booting should it be rolled back to an earlier firmware. The new feature is called Rollback Protection. So if your phone is flashed with older software, you (and your data) are protected from whatever potential security vulnerabilities may have been present in earlier versions. 

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[Update: Winner] Giveaway: Win a brand new 8GB/128GB OnePlus 5, Space Black Travel Backpack, and a OnePlus 5 Karbon Bumper Case [US only]

In the market for one of 2017's best flagships? OnePlus and Android Police have teamed up to give one lucky reader a brand-new OnePlus 5. Even better, that reader will also get a OnePlus Travel Backpack in Space Black, and a Karbon Bumper Case for the OnePlus 5. It's a OnePlus-powered giveaway extravaganza.

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