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WhatsApp introduces its own emoji set in the latest Android beta v2.17.364

WhatsApp has always used iOS' emoji designs and fonts in all of its apps. Whether you're on iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Symbian, or desktop, you would see the same emojis independent of your device's built-in emojis. That created a unified approach to avoid any confusing moments like, "you sent me a gun!" and "I said it was a water gun!" However, it looks like WhatsApp is now breaking the shackles of its iOS emojis... somewhat.

In the latest Android beta v2.17.364, WhatsApp introduced a new set of emojis that are its very own. They look like iOS and Android Oreo emojis had a baby and from every comment we received, no one is enthused about them.

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AOSP Android Oreo can now be compiled for Xperias through Sony's Open Devices program

Sony may not come to mind as one of the most developer-friendly mobile tech companies out there, but its Open Devices program proves otherwise. The latest fruits of this creation come in the form of AOSP Android 8.0 Oreo, which is now available for six Xperia smartphones.

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Here are 29 temporarily free and 37 on-sale apps to start off your week

Welcome to October. Though it's late, I'm back again for the first app sales post of the month — the day got away from me, so I apologize. The list today is pretty typical for a Monday, for better or for worse. There's plenty to choose from, so let's dive in.

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Android Wear beta program opens up for 8.0 Oreo, only available for LG Watch Sport

Now that Android 8.0 Oreo is out of beta and making its way onto devices in earnest, the Wear team is taking a turn with its own preliminary firmware update. Starting today, Google's Beta Program page is now distributing an early version of the next release of Android Wear. However, if you were looking forward to a lot of new features, you might be disappointed to hear that this is being referred to as a "technical upgrade to API 26" – mostly an update to the underlying infrastructure. On top of that, only one watch qualifies for betas at this time: The LG Watch Sport.

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Facebook launches the data-sipping Messenger Lite in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Canada

To call the Facebook suite of apps a bloated mess would be an understatement, most especially the ever-growing Messenger — I think I've used it once, after which I uninstalled it. However, in a surprising turn of events, Facebook has launched the "lite" version of the app in North America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. 

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Microsoft's Groove Music Pass is dead in favor of Spotify

Microsoft has a streaming music service, though you'd be forgiven if you've forgotten about it (or in my case, forgotten about it several times). The relative unpopularity of it has pushed the tech giant to put to rest its Groove Music Pass in favor of Spotify.

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Huawei stealthily unveils the Nova 2i with four cameras and a FullView display

Huawei has unceremoniously unveiled the latest in its mid-range line, the Nova 2i. Complete with the company's 18:9 FullView display and four cameras, this phone appeared on Vmall, Huawei's official store. Astute readers may notice a similarity here.

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Android platform distribution for October 2017 includes the first hint of Oreo at 0.2%

Another month, another update to the Google Developer dashboards. This time there's something new in the Android version stats, although it's a very, very small something. After the unsurprising no-show last month, Android 8.0 Oreo has made its first appearance this time with a grand total of 0.2% device share.

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More detailed Pixel 2 pictures leak, show off all three colors

We saw some Pixel 2 XL pictures from famed leaker @evleaks earlier today, but it turns out he wasn't done. Blass has now released pictures depicting the Pixel 2 in all three color variants, as well as the back of the XL. We're preparing ourselves for some nasty comments about those bezels.

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Wink announces support for more products including SmartThings sensors, motorized blinds, Sengled lights, and more

Wink is a well-known name when it comes to the smart home space, and in a blog post today the company announced support for a bunch of new products. It supports five new lighting solutions, seven new security products/sensors, and three motorized window solutions (fancy words for automated window blinds). Connecting all your smart home devices into one seamless solution has never been easier. 

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