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[Easter Egg] Tip: Use your phone's mic to blow out the candles on your birthday Google Doodle

There are many small things Google does to delight us all, from the hidden easter eggs in various apps and Android versions to the various Google Doodles you see each time you start Search. Speaking of these doodles, you must have seen a birthday doodle at least once. The design may have changed throughout the years, but there's always cake and/or candles to cheer you up.

But did you know that the latest iteration of the Google Doodle, which has been there for many months and maybe even more than a year, has a hidden easter egg? I didn't, and none of us here at Android Police did, until we received a tip about it from +Czifra János.

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The 128GB OnePlus 3T is up for a new round of pre-orders after previously going out of stock

The OnePlus 3T was unveiled a few months back, and seems to have been received well by most. Presumably to keep itself in the news, OnePlus says the pre-announced 128GB version in gunmetal grey is available for pre-order now at its site.

The gunmetal grey 128GB variant of the 3T was included in the main announcement back in November. but it's not been available to buy until now . It seems that while a 128GB version has been available before now, it may (or may not, it's very difficult to tell) have only been in limited quantities. It looks like OnePlus is following in the footsteps of Apple and Google, offering a very high capacity storage phone for extra cash, while continuing to sell the lower capacity variants too.

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The Android Things Developer Preview 2 is out, adds support for Intel's Joule, brings TensorFlow for machine learning on IoT platforms, and more

It's been a big day from the mystical Google land. In addition to all of the Wear stuff, the team behind Android Things has released the second Developer Preview for supported Internet-of-Things platforms. It brings some new features and a few bug fixes, as well as support for the Intel Joule.

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Amazon Tap firmware update enables Echo-style hands free voice commands

Here's an interesting example of a product getting better with age. The Amazon Tap speaker was introduced as a mobile, battery-powered alternative to the Echo, with access to the same Alexa voice commands, but limited in that it could only accept said commands with a button press. This made the less-expensive Tap, while interesting, not all that much better than a smartphone for voice searches. But the latest firmware update from Amazon enables hands-free Alexa commands, like the Echo and Google's Assistant on the Google Home. Talk about a value add.

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Two major vulnerabilities found in OnePlus 3 bootloader - OP has patched one, working on the other

OnePlus is something of a darling among Android power users, shipping phones that can be bootloader unlocked without any special permissions or codes. But security researcher Roee Hay found that the OnePlus 3 (and the revised OnePlus 3T) are rather more open than was probably intended. With two native fastboot commands, Hay found he could install unverified boot images and disable the verified boot feature, all without actually unlocking the bootloader with the familiar user-accessible command. Which is, well, bad: it basically means anyone can run malicious code on the phone without resetting the user's data.

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Verizon's new equipment protection plan includes same-day screen repairs, but only for some Samsung and Motorola phones

Cracking the screen glass is the easiest way to damage a modern smartphone, if only because there's just so much of it. Verizon isn't the only company making offers for a protection plan, giving customers a little peace of mind for reduced-price phone repairs in exchange for a few bucks a month. But the newest version of the plan does have an interesting bonus: they're offering same-day screen replacement for some of the carrier's most high-profile devices. Verizon is hoping that people will be willing to shell out some extra dough for the chance to fix up their screens without having to deal with shipping.

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The Google I/O 2017 ticket application period begins on February 22nd

Google I/O is but months away, so it's right about time to start organizing the trip. There's one problem: tickets. As with previous years, getting tickets is a random affair, with Google making no preference about who attends, developer or not. As such, the application period entry is from February 22 10AM PST until February 27 at 5PM PST.

I/O this year is at the Shoreline Amphitheater - the same venue as last year - in Mountain View, on May 17-19. In 2016, Google gave out sunscreen and sunblock to attendees, although I've heard numerous people grumble about it being too hot, too sunny, and not enough water supplied.

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Motorola announces the "Transform the Smartphone Challenge" finalists, now up on Indiegogo to get funded

Motorola has wrapped up its "Transform the Smartphone Challenge" and has announced that most of the finalists' ideas are available on Indiegogo for funding. Over 700 submissions went in from 55 countries and 30 states. The creative people received their Moto Mod Development Kits along with a Moto Z to test out their prototypes, and now they are ready for crowdfunding.

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Android Wear app updated for final AW 2.0 release [APK Download]

Android Wear 2.0 is finally here... sorta. The LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, the first devices to ship with the update, aren't on sale yet. And while many wearables are slated to get AW 2.0, it hasn't actually been pushed yet. Now the Android Wear companion phone app has been updated, with new features for both the app and connected watches.

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The final version of the Android Wear 2.0 SDK is out

This should come as no surprise to anyone, but Google has released the final version of the Android Wear 2.0 SDK. It adds support for everything announced with the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport yesterday, and also makes a few revisions to some of the app approval processes. On that note, there are two things in this final version to pay attention to (if you're a developer).

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