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Google clarifies Pixel charging speeds, 5" Pixel peaks at 15 watts, only XL can do 18W

Earlier today a well-known community tester of USB devices reported that the 5" version of Google's Pixel phones was not able to pull more than 15 watts of power off the stock 18W USB-PD charger, despite Google's specification site for the Pixels implying heavily that both devices were capable of 18W charging.

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USB Type-C™ 18W adaptor with USB-PD

18W charging

We reached out to Google, and it turns out this was just a marketing materials mistake: the official specification page for the Pixel has been updated to correctly state that the phones support USB-PD charging from 15-18 watts, as opposed to simply 18 watts.

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Wear Dialer for Android Wear lets you place calls from your wrist

Phone calls are not my favorite thing in the world, but I suppose if I have to make one I'd prefer the minimum of effort to be expended. Wear Dialer from HuskyDEV lets you initiate calls from your wrist. That sounds easy.

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There are more 'Education' apps than any other category on the Play Store, and other weird stats from 42matters

42matters is an analysis firm that monitors broad trends on mobile data, specifically on the Play Store and the App Store. The company is mostly B2B, that is, most of their products are only helpful if you're working on some other aspect of the mobile market. But they've made a sliver of the data they've collected through their API free to the public, and it's fascinating. While the 42matters data isn't official, it does give us an interesting look into the Play Store as a whole.

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Reckless Racing 3 is the latest Play Store game to go on sale for $.10 in some countries

Is it weird that AppSales.net displays its prices in US currency, even for sales that aren't actually valid in the United States? Yes it is. But with a 95% discount on a really solid top-down racing game, we can forgive a little international inconsistency. The latest Android game to get the ten cent treatment is Reckless Racing 3, Pixelbite's threequel to one of the best games in the early Android era. It's normally three dollars, or equivalent local currency, so snatch it up quickly.

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Google and Warner Bros. let muggles hunt for Fantastic Beasts in Search, Maps, Daydream, and Allo

There's a new Harry Potter spinoff hitting movie theaters soon, in case you haven't turned on a television, surfed the web, or looked at a billboard in the last few months. And because Warner Bros. isn't interested in making a new movie without the potential for yet another billion-dollar set of sequels, they're pulling out all of the stops for the marketing for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. That includes some new Easter eggs (do wizards celebrate Easter? Maybe chocolate frogs or something) in Google Search, Maps, and the upcoming Daydream VR platform.

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Google's Daydream View officially available on November 10th

You've been able to order a Daydream View from the Google store for a while now, but we didn't know when units would actually ship. Now, Google has given an exact date—Daydream View is officially launching on November 10th.

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Google: "We're evaluating" a firmware update to 5X and 6P to add fingerprint scanner gestures

Google introduced a simple fingerprint scanner gesture on the Pixel and Pixel XL that allows you to "swipe" the scanner to access the notification shade. This was not brought to the Nexus 5X and 6P, though, despite being an Android 7.1 feature, and the devices use the same fingerprint scanner hardware as the new Pixels. After some confusion, technical reasons were offered up for the lack of support for the feature - namely: the firmware version of the scanner on the old phones wasn't capable of implementing it, but that a firmware update was seemingly possible - it seemed that Google could potentially add the feature to the 5X and 6P, but for one reason or another chose not to.

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OnePlus community build 3.5.5 now available for the OnePlus 3 with redesigned call UI, switchable launcher layouts, and more

OnePlus has been doing this "community build" thing for a few months as it works to unify its Oxygen and Hydrogen ROMs. There have been several community builds, and the latest is 3.5.5. It's available for download now, if you've got a OnePlus 3 and some courage. This is still Marshmallow, though. No sign of Nougat yet.

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The Lenovo Phab2 Pro is now available for purchase, won't ship until December

After years of fiddling around with Project Tango development hardware, Google has partnered with Lenovo to launch the first real consumer Tango device. This is the big day—the Lenovo Phab2 Pro is available for purchase. It's priced at $500, but it won't ship until December.

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Hangouts v14 adds app shortcuts for 7.1 Nougat, changes setup steps for group chat, and reorganizes several chat settings [APK Download]

Earlier this year Google's VP of Communications, Nick Fox, declared Hangouts would be refocused on the enterprise market where it had found much more adoption. Ironically, the couple of updates since that statement haven't exactly screamed professionalism, or even added much of anything particularly relevant to the workplace. That changes with v14, which cleans up and improves various aspects of group chats. This version also enables app shortcuts (formerly Launcher Shortcuts) for use on Android 7.1 and makes a few other tweaks, as well.

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