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[Update: Fix coming] Pixel 4 display only works at 90Hz if the screen brightness is above 75%, but workarounds exist

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL have already been in the hands of reviewers and customers for a while now. With the first real-word reports coming up, we were stunned to see huge discrepancies between battery usage statistics and ominous 60Hz screen refresh rate lock-ins for some people who seemingly couldn't get the 90Hz Smooth Display mode working. A recent finding shines light into the issue: The display only switches to 90Hz with a screen brightness set above 75%.

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Samsung wants Progressive Web Apps in its app store

Progressive Web Apps (often shortened to PWAs) are web apps designed to closely mirror the functionality of native apps, with features like offline support and notifications. Earlier this year, Google introduced a new technology for compiling PWAs into Android apps for submission to the Play Store, and now Samsung is inviting web apps to its Galaxy Store.

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Google hypocritically flags Fleksy keyboard for mature content over 🖕 emoji

The popular Android keyboard app Fleksy was recently forced by Google to bump its Play Store rating to PEGI 16/Teen for "mature content." The content in question is apparently the middle finger emoji. This decision by Google stinks of hypocrisy, given that its own Android software keyboard Gboard includes the same emoji, and manages to finagle a PEGI 3/E rating on the Play Store.

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OnePlus shares OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro Open Beta 4 details

OnePlus' regular updates come fast enough, but its Open Betas land with an almost staccato pace. A new Open Beta 4 is already gearing up for release on the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro to follow Beta 3, which landed just twelve days ago. Most of the changes in this latest version are fixes (it is a beta, after all), but a few new features are landing, including transfer of iPhone data through iCloud in the OnePlus Switch app, the addition of The Weather Channel as a source of data for the built-in Weather app, and a handful of UI changes.

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Pixel Live Wallpaper app arrives on Play Store

Google's Pixels come with some pretty snazzy "live" wallpapers that respond with parallax and motion effects to your touch and phone orientation, and the aptly-named application that controls these live wallpapers on the Pixel 4, called Pixel Live Wallpaper, has just appeared on the Play Store. Unfortunately for folks hoping to emulate the Pixel experience, this official app is for Pixel 4 and 4 XL only.

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15 temporarily free and 28 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

It's another Wednesday, which means it's time for the mid-week Android Police app sales! Today's list is longer than Monday's, though it has less of note. Still, there's always something — I'm a big fan of the 80's-inspired icon packs from Drumdestroyer myself.

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Duo video call integration spotted in Google Messages web app

Based on at least one report we've received, Google may be testing adding Duo integration into the Messages web app. A new prompt may be appearing for some, implying that Duo will be using your contacts in Messages to check for availability on Duo, which links to a support document by Google which confirms this integration. Following this prompt, a new icon for Duo-based video calling appears in supported conversations on Messages.

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ZeptoLab's newest game is Om Nom: Merge, an adorable take on 2048

ZeptoLab is a famous mobile game development studio thanks to its casual arcade series Cut the Rope and its many spinoffs. The last monumental release from the company was CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars, though it would appear that the developer is going back to its roots with a new testing release titled Om Nom: Merge, though we're not too sure exactly where it's being tested since it just popped up on our radar. This means the majority of Android users will not be able to play just yet. The game appears to offer a twist on the classic 2048 formula, where you'll combine Om Noms to create new characters for the purpose of eating fruit so that you can earn in-game currency.

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T-Mobile's OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren is its second 5G phone, coming soon

Last year OnePlus and McLaren collaborated to make a limited special edition phone called the OnePlus 6T McLaren. The partnership must have been fruitful for both sides, as they have teamed up again for the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren edition which became available earlier this month. Initially thought not available in the US, the phone will be coming here after all but as an exclusive to T-Mobile with 5G support.

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Save 20% on tickets to droidcon San Francisco 2019 [Sponsored Post]

Every year, thousands of Android experts, developers, and enthusiasts gather to celebrate the power and prevalence of the world's most popular mobile operating system. Since launching in 2009, droidcon has become an epicenter for discussions and workshops that explore the latest Android technologies and how they shape the future of mobile computing. The next droidcon conference, hosted in San Francisco, is now just one month away, and we have all the important details, including how you can get your hands on tickets at a discounted price.

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