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Android 10 now rolling out OTA to the Redmi K20 Pro in India

Android update season is always a bittersweet time for users. While the select few are lucky enough to have a shiny new version delivered OTA to their device within weeks after launch, many users will have to wait months for an update from their manufacturers. However, thanks to recent changes made to Android's code structure, Android 10 is shaping up to be the most rapidly adopted releases of Google's mobile OS. Today, Redmi K20 Pro devices in India are primed for their update.

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You might be able to test future Android updates without permanently installing them

While most of us are probably longing to get new Android updates as fast as possible, there are some people out there who would prefer to test a release before committing to it full-time, especially when it comes to betas. System administrators managing a company's fleet of devices, people who simply don't want to deal with broken apps due to a new Android version, or developers who would rather not forgo their stable daily drivers to test their products against beta OS releases could benefit from a change to Google's Dynamic System Updates (DSUs). In the future, OEMs might be able to let you install OTAs without touching your actual stable build, allowing you to try a new release before fully switching to it.

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Here's how to update the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro to Android 10 right now

Not even a week following the release of Android 10 Beta 2 for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, the official stable version of Android 10, branded as OxygenOS 10.0, is now rolling out to these devices. However, the rollout is a slow one, and if you're too impatient to wait for OnePlus' servers to deem you worthy of the update, you can cut to the front of the line fairly easily.

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How to bring back two-button navigation on the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro running Android 10

If you're a OnePlus 7 or 7 Pro user running Android 10 and you've sifted through the different navigation options available for your device, you probably noticed that two-button navigation is no longer there. For proponents of this UI, such news might be pretty disheartening.

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Grab a fresh Oktoberfest mug and bugdroid figure from Dead Zebra for $25

Oktoberfest begins tomorrow! Or tonight if you're coming off work. Or yesterday. Hey, we don't judge. But we also don't encourage the drowning of your sorrows for the fact that the Android mascot has been reduced to a mere figurehead of what it used to be. No! You can appreciate the entire bugdroid with a whole figure to celebrate the Oktoberfest season! Dead Zebra has a new Android minifigure and an ornamental stein to boot.

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TiVo's big plan to become relevant again is... a $50 Android TV stick

TiVo's fallen a long way since the heady days of the early 2000s, when its DVRs were cutting-edge technology in the early era of digital TV. With its stock now trading for under a tenth of what it did at the company's height, TiVo's new CEO hopes to pin the company's future on... a $50 Android TV dongle. Given that a slew of such dongles are likely on the way (including Dish Network's AirTV Mini) and cheap Android TV boxes are already available, TiVo's play to stand out seems to be its own branded and customized version of the Android TV interface bundled with access to its DVR service.

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The Movado Connect 2.0 is a premium Wear OS watch, available for pre-order starting at $500

Google's Wear OS platform isn't in the best shape these days, but there are still ample choices if you want to have Google on your wrist. You can even spend an obscene amount of money on a Google-powered smartwatch like the new Movado Connect 2.0. It starts at $495 (slightly cheaper than the first-gen), but Movado is notable for being one of the few non-Fossil companies still working with Wear OS.

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LG's leaked Android 10 skin is still oppressively bright, but at least there's dark mode

If you're a long-suffering LG smartphone owner who just wished that the company would just take a little bit more care of its software... let's just say we've resigned to a level of masochism. Updates are slow to come out and the UI itself contains plenty of outdated motifs. But worse news may be to come as some purported screenshots of the upcoming LG UX 9.1 on top of Android 10 have been uploaded to a South Korean forum.

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Video shows Nokia feature phone running Android 8.1

The race to smarten up a billion phones in rural, developing regions has seen some significant progress so far, most of it coming from KaiOS and Google's massive eight-digit backing into the voice-forward flip phone software suite. Recent rumors, though, have put Android as an double-blind alternative for feature phones. Now, we have our first moving vision of said concept.

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Android TV 10 set to launch by the end of 2019

With Android 10 recently launching for Pixel phones and trickling down to third party OEMs, there are now signs that Android TV 10 may be right around the corner.

Android TV arguably isn’t highest on Google’s priority list. Look no further than I/O 2019, where Android TV wasn’t even mentioned, much less showcased on stage for all to see. That said, Google is clearly not done with their pitch to build a smarter home entertainment platform.

According to representatives at Google, Android TV 10 is currently on track to be released by the end of 2019. In addition to a major software update, developers will be receiving a bit of love in the shape of a new developer kit dubbed ADT-3.

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