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Fourth Android 8.0 Oreo beta now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

It's been about a month and a half since Samsung announced the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. Since then, there have been a second and a third beta, and now there's a fourth. The latest update, build number ZQL8 for both phones, features a long list of bug fixes.

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[Update x2: Available for more watches] Google announces which Android Wear watches will get Oreo update, and which already have it

As the name implies, Android Wear is simply a variation of Android specifically tailored to smartwatches. This year's Wear 2.0 update ran on top of Android 7.0 Nougat, and while some components can be updated through the Play Store, the underlying system can only be updated through normal OTAs.

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15 Christmas-themed Android apps, games, live wallpapers, and watch faces to get you in the holiday spirit

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be prudent to put together a list of apps, games, live wallpapers, and watch faces that are appropriately holiday-themed. There are a total of 15 Play Store listings within this list, and each one has been hand-picked. So if you are looking for some great Android-specific apps with a Christmas theme, you have clicked on the right listicle.

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Android 8.1 may have made the Pixel 2 XL's fingerprint unlock slower for some

Have you noticed that it takes just a bit longer to unlock your Pixel 2 XL when you use the fingerprint reader? If so, you aren't alone. In the last few weeks since the update, there have been multiple reports that the Pixel 2 XL takes about a second longer to unlock the device when using the fingerprint reader. The good news is that Google is looking into it. 

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Chase Freedom cardmembers can get 5% cash back on mobile wallet purchases, including Android Pay, in Q1 2018

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Tor Browser's security slider now available on Orfox for Android

The desktop Tor Browser is designed to make accessing sites as safe and anonymous as possible, sometimes at the cost of usability (JavaScript is disabled by default) and speed. It remains a popular tool for privacy-conscious users, but the mobile browser always lacked a major feature - Tor's security slider. This allows the user to change how intrusive they want Tor Browser to be, from simply acting as a proxy to locking down features like JavaScript and web fonts.

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[Update: Winner] International Giveaway: Win a Pixel 2 and a free copy of PowerDirector 16 from CyberLink and Android Police

The new Pixel 2 is Google's latest and greatest flagship, packing together excellent performance, a truly incredible camera, and some of the best software out there. Now, thanks to CyberLink and Android Police, our readers have a chance to snag one for free. That's right, we're finally giving away a Pixel 2. Even better, the winner will also get a copy of Cyberlink's PowerDirector 16.

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2K's NBA franchise returns with the release of 'NBA 2K18' for Android

Another year, another NBA 2K release. This time around there are a few notable changes to the mobile version of NBA 2K18. You can expect a couple of additional gameplay controls, an eclectic mix of tunes from around the world, an expanded script in the career mode, and a new multi-season mode that gives you the opportunity to control a franchise’s future and become the next NBA dynasty.

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Grammarly releases Android keyboard to make your grammar more better

Spell check is, thankfully, something that smartphones support in this day and age. Grammar is a tougher nut to crack, though. On the desktop, Grammarly offers tools that go beyond a simple spell check, and now you can do that on Android, too. The new Grammarly Keyboard will pedantically pick apart everything you write in search of grammatical errors. However, it's a little lacking in actual keyboard features.

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[Update: Allo too] You can speak to Assistant in Korean on your phone and Android Wear watch

At I/O this year, Google promised support for the Korean language would be coming by the end of the year to Assistant. Then at the October Pixel event a couple of weeks ago, Google also stated that Actions on Google (third-party Assistant integrations from different services) now support Korean. Between then and now, it appears that support for the Korean language has gone live on Assistant.

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