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Android O feature spotlight: Android System is already using notification channels

There are some cool things you can play around with in the Android O preview, but some of the most useful features won't be available until developers start implementing them. For instance, the new notification channel feature. As it turns out, Google has already implemented notification channels in the Android System. That means you can get a feel for how it'll work.

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The Moto G5 Plus is not eating SIM cards, people just need to pay more attention

We've gotten a few reports in recent days that Motorola's latest budget phone is hungry. Hungry for what, you may ask? SIM cards. Several reviews on Amazon allege the G5 Plus SIM card tray is defective and causes SIM cards to become lodged in the phone. Having a Moto G5 Plus at the ready, I'm struggling to figure out how anyone can get this wrong.

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Android has overtaken Windows for the first time as the most popular OS in total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile combined

The research arm of StatCounter, an independent web analytics company, has revealed an interesting stat today: according to its numbers, Android has overtaken Windows for the first time in terms of worldwide total internet usage.

This bold statement comes with a lot of asterisks. We're talking about total internet usage here, not sales numbers or users. We're also looking at worldwide usage across all platforms combined (desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile). And even then, the difference is minimal at 37.93% for Android compared to 37.91% for Windows.

The distinction of platforms is important because if we were only looking at desktops, Windows would have an 84% usage share.

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[Deal Alert] Get a 2016 Sony XBR X850D 55" 4K HDR Android TV for just $769 ($230 off) from Buydig on eBay

Large displays such as TVs and monitors have been rapidly going down in price in these past few years. The Sony 4K Android TV we're featuring here is a perfect example of this; this exact model (XBR55X850D) retailed for $1600 just over a year ago when it came out, and now its price tag has more than halved to $769. What a world we live in.

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Daydream VR support is absent on the Galaxy S8 and S8+

Google initially spearheaded virtual reality on Android with Google Cardboard, which evolved into the more complete Daydream VR platform. Unlike Cardboard, which could start on any somewhat-recent Android or iOS device, Daydream support requires the phone manufacturer and Google to make sure everything works.

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Android 7.1.2 appears to be rolling out now to Nexus Player and Pixel C

Android O is expected later this year, but there's still (at least) one more update to Android 7.1. Google released the first 7.1.2 Beta back in January, followed by a second beta in March. We've now received multiple reports of 7.1.2 being pushed to users outside the beta program.

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Google is moving to a new issue tracker

When it comes to Android issue tracking, Google has always used Google Code. However, Google started phasing out Code for most users in 2013, and Google's projects are the only active repositories left. Now the company has started to shift to a new issue tracker, hosted at issuetracker.google.com.

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Google Map Maker is officially dead

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New Archer, P.I. game allows you to solve cases alongside the FXX show

In preparation for Archer's newest season Dreamland premiering on April 5th, (on a new network no less) FXX has just released a tie-in game that will allow you to hunt for clues within the private investigator themed show. While Archer, P.I. is available for download today, you will have to wait for the first episode of Dreamland to air in order to jump into the meat of this release.

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YouTube improves on its iOS-esque UI test with a bottom nav bar and some layout changes

YouTube is constantly testing new interfaces or features, often at the same time. Case in point: we published an article about a new YouTube comments layout on Android just two days ago, and here you are, reading another one today. As you may have guessed from the title, the bottom nav bar is back, but with some nice tweaks from the last time we saw it. It's virtually identical to iOS's YouTube app now.

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