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Android P Developer Preview 4 (Beta 3) out for Nokia 7 plus

This year Google announced that third-party hardware would be able to get in on the Developer Preview fun, with almost a dozen handsets getting Android P—assuming their owners were willing to be guinea pigs. Nokia allowed for 7 Plus owners to opt-in and try Android P, and now the consecutive update for the next preview is rolling out in a surprisingly timely manner. DP4/Beta 3 is now landing via both image sideloading and OTA.

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[Deal Alert] NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV on sale for $139 via Amazon, but not for long

We've been waiting for this one; Amazon's latest Prime Day deal features the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV for a mere $139. That's $40 off the normal price, making this a real steal if you want a powerful streaming box for your TV.

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Chrome OS will soon have Android's Smart Text Selection

Smart Text Selection was introduced in Android 8.0 Oreo, and has two components. First, when you tap on a word, it selects the entire phrase (e.g. tapping 'Disney' expands to 'Disney World'). Second, it suggests an action or two based on what is selected (e.g. a link to Google Maps appears when selecting an address).

Chrome OS has been adopting plenty of Android features lately, and it looks like Smart Text Selection is next.

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[Update: Rollout resumes with July patch] Xiaomi Mi A1 now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update, but it might wipe your SMS history

We're big fans of the Android One-powered Xiaomi Mi A1 here at AP. Its combination of a handsome design, top-of-the-line software, great performance, and solid battery life makes it one of the best budget phones out there (even if it's not officially sold in the US). The phone received Android 8.0 Oreo just before 2018 kicked off, but it's taken until now for 8.1 Oreo to roll out. Unfortunately, it comes with two pretty major bugs.

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Xiaomi's Mi A2 and A2 Lite with Android One will launch on July 24

Despite a few hardware issues, bugs, and very late updates, Xiaomi's Mi A1 has been a great success for the company. Now, Xiaomi is ready to unveil its two successors: the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite. Both will be announced at an event in Spain on July 24.

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I used an Android Go phone for a month, and it was terrible

With the vast selection of pre-existing, inexpensive Android phones, Android Go and its worse-spec'd ~$100 handsets were quickly dismissed by many. To be honest, I shared the attitude, but I wanted to give the concept a fair shake before I shrugged it off as another well-intended but misguided effort on Google's part. So I willingly gave up all my fun flagships—my Pixels, OnePluses, Essential, etc.—and spent one calendar-precise month as a digital monk on the mountain, using only my Android Go-powered Alcatel 1X.

My opinion hasn't changed: Android Go is an overpriced, terrible experience.

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The INFOBAR xv is a gorgeous Japanese feature phone that can run a limited number of Android apps

This fall will mark the 15th anniversary of the original INFOBAR feature phone in Japan, and telecoms corporation KDDI is releasing a new edition of the device to celebrate. The INFOBAR xv will be the third in this series, and it's by far the most striking of the bunch. And sure, it will run a very short list of Android apps, but let's be honest — this is more about indulging our eyes than anything else, because this feature phone is a stunner.

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30 best new Android games released this week including Beta PUBG Mobile, FRACTER, and Star Ocean: Anamnesis

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have so many games that it's difficult to pick my favorites. FRACTER is a definite standout if you enjoy light-based puzzle games. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the new beta listing for PUBG Mobile, so make sure to check that out if you are a battle royale fan. But hey, who cares what I think. So before this section gets a little too long-winded, let's just jump right into it.

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Moto E5 Play Android Go edition announced for Europe and Latin America

Back in April, Motorola announced six phones on the same day - three with the G6 nameplate, and three with the E5 name. Apparently that wasn't enough, though, because Motorola has just announced a Moto E5 Play Android Go edition. And confusingly enough, it doesn't appear to share much with the standard Moto E5 Play.

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[Update: Wider thumbnails rolling out] YouTube is testing a new search bar design with larger thumbnails in its Android app

There's a good amount of Google apps that have top-mounted search bars, and it looks like the YouTube app may be about to join the club. This latest YouTube test we've caught gives the home screen a bit of a makeover, with the revised top bar and larger thumbnails.

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