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[Deal Alert] Anki's Cozmo and Overdrive are down $50-55 on Amazon (about 30% off)

Did you forget to buy a gift for that one relative's kid? Think, think again. Did you gamble on a different toy that may never get delivered in time for Christmas or did you purchase another gift only to realize that it isn't exactly what it said it would be or what the child wanted? Or maybe did you forget to gift yourself something fun for the holidays? There's still time to save Christmas and save some bucks in one go.

Three of Anki's products are discounted on Amazon by $50 to $55, practically making them a third-off compared to the MSRP.

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[Deal Alert] Bose QuietComfort 25 ANC headphones are $169 on Amazon ($130 off MSRP)

Active noise cancelling headphones are awesome for work, travel, commutes, and zoning out when you're exercising or simply sitting at home and trying to relax. If you don't want to shell out a lot for the wireless kind or you don't like audio over Bluetooth, you can grab a pair of Bose's older wired ANC headphones for their lowest price ever: the Quiet Comfort 25 for Android devices are down to $169 on Amazon now.

These use an AAA battery for noise cancellation and pump your audio over a wired cable, which is compatible with Android in this version. That means the playback controls, volume buttons and mic should work without an issue on Android phones.

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Facebook's Messenger Lite app hits the 100 million installs milestone

Many who've used Facebook's main or messaging apps over the years will be acutely aware of how resource and data-hungry they can be. Messenger Lite was a welcome addition when it was released on the Play Store back in October 2016, as it promised to solve both of those issues. The only problem at the time was that it was only launched in emerging markets.

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[Neat] Samsung is adding context info to screenshot names in Android Oreo

If you've ever used Samsung's devices, you'd notice hundreds of little useful changes that the company implements on top of stock Android to make your life a little easier or give you added functionality. A new one of these changes is making its way to Samsung's Oreo software, and it's contextual screenshot names.

As shown in the image above from SamMobile, screenshots taken on a Samsung device running Oreo are titled screenshot_appname_dateandtime. Stock Android only has the date and time, so the addition of the app's name is Samsung's doing and it can be very handy. For regular users, this isn't something they'll notice, but for those of us who take dozens of screenshots every day when writing news, covering apps, and reviewing devices, it makes image management easier on the phone itself and even more so when transferred to a computer.

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IFTTT adds 9 new channels for Hive plugs, tracMO, Luxafor, Orion, and more

I always have fun seeing which services are being added to IFTTT: it leads me to discover new products I'd never heard about, it makes me imagine scenarios for automations that I wouldn't have considered previously, and it reminds me of how much of our lives nowadays can be relegated to a server somewhere.

Over the past couple of weeks, 9 new channels have been added to IFTTT. I'd only heard of Hive before, but you may find something here that you've been anxiously waiting for and that's super popular in your environment. Here they are:

  • SafeTrek, an app and service that can dispatch help (police, ambulance, fire truck) in an emergency
  • Guardzilla, a security camera company with several models including a 360-deg HD indoor cam
  • Hive Active Plug, a WiFi-connected smart plug
  • iDrate, a smart garden watering controller
  • Orion, the makers of Onyx, a connected walkie-talkie for teams
  • data.world, "an online platform designed for data and the people who work with data"...
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Samsung announces dual-camera wielding midrange Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018)

Following the user manual leak last week, Samsung has formally announced the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) as part of their midrange lineup for 2018. The new mid-rangers use the same design language as the Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as pack in a dual front-facing camera, support for Samsung Pay, and is available in black, orchid grey, gold, and blue.

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YouTube Go reaches 10 million downloads on the Play Store

We love celebrating big milestones here on Android Police and the latest is for Google's data-friendly version of YouTube, YouTube Go, which has reached 10 million downloads today.

As a bit of history, Go was announced in September of 2016 but was said to be rolling out gradually in India. It became available on the Play Store, though unofficially and only in beta, in February of 2017. We grabbed the APK back then to let you all get a look at it, but it was only in April that Google made the announcement official. Fast forward to August and YouTube Go launched in Indonesia, then November when it came out of beta in time for Android Oreo Go's official launch.

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HTC releases Android 8.0 Oreo update for the T-Mobile U11 Life

The HTC U11 Life launched with Nougat and HTC's interface in the US, despite it coming with Oreo and Android One in other countries. The update to Oreo didn't take long though: the unlocked version got the 8.0 OTA at the end of last month, and now the T-Mobile version is following along.

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Google Play direct carrier billing now supports Telcel

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Some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners claiming included headphone adapter doesn't work

The second-generation Pixel phones have had some struggles. Following user reports of problems with the OLED display, strange effects when taking photos of LED lights, seemingly muted microphones, a mysterious buzzing noise, random reboots, and crashes in Android Auto mode, it has been a tumultuous time for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners. Multiple users in the Google Product Forums have now claimed that the USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapters are not working on their phones, with sound instead being played through the device.

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