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Google is updating its policies for apps with Wear 1.0 support, multi-APK distribution to replace bundled APKs

Android Wear has come a long way in the last three years, but it was the launch of Wear 2.0 that brought the most significant changes. With most of the Wear devices updated to 2.0, Google is adjusting the way it markets apps that target small(er) screens and implementing a new distribution model that removes some of the compromises associated with supporting older Wear devices.

A post to the Android Developers Blog details plans to change the "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge requirements. Apps that originally qualified for the badge by simply implementing enhanced notifications are no longer going to be included if they don't also have a Wear app to go with them.

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Diesel On Full Guard Android Wear 2.0 goes on sale for $325

Fossil flooded the Android Wear world with announcements back in March at Baselworld 17 and the Diesel On was one of these. At the time, all we knew was that it would look like the image above, run Android Wear 2.0, and have a Snapdragon Wear 2100. Five different styles were said to be coming, and now one of them has just gone up for sale: the Full Guard with black case and quick release brown leather band is now exclusively available for $325 at Macy's and should show up on Diesel's online shop on September 25 when it will be joined by more styles.

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Verizon Ellipsis 8 HD tablet gets Android 7.0 Nougat OTA

History says we're not huge fans of Verizon's Ellipsis tablet series, but our bad opinion of them is a little tamed by the fact that Verizon bothers to at least roll one major update to them. That's the case with the Ellipsis 8 HD, which launched with Marshmallow back in November of 2016, and is now getting its taste of Nougat.

Once the OTA has rolled out to your tablet, you will have software version SUN1_20A10 and Android 7.0. That means multi-window mode and quick app switching, customizable quick settings, notification bundling and quick reply, and everything we've come to expect of Nougat.

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[Update: AP build number calculator updated] Google changed the build number format in Oreo—here's how to read it

The format of Android build numbers has been the same for years, but it's changing in Android 8.0. The first non-preview version of Oreo just rolled out with the new format, which is a big departure. Rather than being three letters followed by three other characters, it's split into three blocks of numbers and letters separated by periods. It looks confusing at first, but you actually get more information from it.

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Official Nexus/Pixel factory image and OTA pages updated with Oreo downloads

Android 8.0 Oreo made its official debut a little over a week ago, but since then, only devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program have received an official OTA to 8.0. Verizon Pixel phones began receiving the official version earlier today, but it looks like other devices haven't been as fortunate. Luckily, Google has just uploaded factory images and OTAs for Nexus and Pixel devices to their respective pages.

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LineageOS adds support for OnePlus 5, more LG G6 variants, and other devices

LineageOS has done an impressive job with adding official support for more and more devices. The last time we took a look at the ROM, it had improved its Jelly browser and merged the August security patch to all its devices. Now even more phones are receiving official builds, including the OnePlus 5.

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Misfit's Vapor smartwatch has been delayed, new release set for October

You might remember how excited we got for this smartwatch earlier this year, just after it was announced. Since then our enthusiasm fell just as our suspicions rose. But on paper, the Vapor still sounds like the best smartwatch deal out there. Unfortunately for anyone interested in picking one up, you'll have to wait a bit longer, as the release has been pushed back from the "end of summer" to October.

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Verizon starts rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to its Pixels

When Google announced that it was selling the Pixel and Pixel XL on Verizon, many on Big Red still opted to buy the phone straight from Google. The concern was that the Verizon model would have delayed updates, as a result of the often-slow process of carrier update approval.

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CloudFlare, Google, and others teamed up to take down WireX botnet distributed in ~300 apps on the Play Store

On August 17th, a botnet that would later be named WireX struck the 'net, DDoSing a handful of CDNs and content providers. Cloudflare just revealed the details of the DDoS and the fight against it in a recent blog post. Researchers at the company as well as other affected organizations were able to combat the botnet by determining the source, which was primarily found to be Android devices running malicious applications, some of which were distributed by the Play Store. Google was then notified, and hundreds of offending applications were removed from the Play Store.

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Tasker can hide Android Oreo's 'App is running in the background' notifications, root not required

One of Android Oreo's many new features is a persistent notification for each app that runs in the background. While this is certainly helpful for the average person, it can get old quick for power users that frequently run applications like Tasker and LastPass. If the messages really get on your nerves, you can now use Tasker and the Notification Listener plugin to hide them.

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