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Google says recurring reminders on Android Wear actually aren't fixed

Android Wear 2.0 has been quite the wild ride. Not only has the update taken months to arrive on most devices (a few are still waiting), but it brings major platform changes that not everyone is happy with. There have been a few major bugs as well, such as recurring reminders being completed without any user interaction.

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Hands-on: Battery Charge Limit for rooted devices keeps your phone's battery healthy

Those of us here at Android Police have a lot of phones, and that's putting it lightly. It's not just because we like basking in the light of a dozen tiny differently calibrated displays (though that is one of the unofficial perks). We actually need different hardware and software configurations on hand to test and compare against. Between device compatibility for new apps, checking APK releases for differences, and test environments, our desks end up being monuments/graves to recent phone history. Obviously, those phones are no use to us if they aren't charged. But, keeping them continuously topped-up isn't very good for the batteries, either.

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Google Camera with HDR+ unofficially ported to Snapdragon 820, 821, and 835 devices

The Google Pixel's camera is one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, partially thanks to Google's proprietary HDR+ image processing. Put simply, HDR+ takes multiple underexposed photos and combines them, reducing image noise in the process (you can read more about it here). But even when the Google Camera was sideloaded onto other devices, HDR+ remained disabled.

A Ukrainian developer on 4PDA named 'B-S-G,' presumably a Battlestar Galactica fan, has created a modified version of the Google Camera 4.4 APK bundled with Android O DP3 (not the version just released on the Play Store).

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Sprint Galaxy S8 and S8+ get updates for Calling PLUS, a VoLTE-WiFi calling combination

VoLTE and WiFi calling are both features that have existed on multiple carriers for some years now, but until now, Sprint devices haven't been able to use them in conjunction with each other, save for two rather unimportant devices. The latest updates for the Sprint Galaxy S8 and S8+ enable Calling PLUS, Sprint's lingo for its VoLTE - WiFi calling combo.

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Samsung's Snapdragon Galaxy S8+ (G955U) has been rooted, but it isn't ready for prime time yet

XDA is the living, breathing embodiment of the spirit of software engineering. At least, as applied to Android. And thanks to those fine folks, the inevitable march of progress has advanced yet again. XDA member BotsOne made two posts yesterday in which he confirmed that he and the others working on it were able to get read/write access to the system partition, and were subsequently able to install SuperSU.

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Google's next-gen D8 dex compiler is now in preview, improves compilation times and file sizes

If you've ever watched HBO's Silicon Valley, you'll know that making files as small as possible without quality degradation is a big deal these days. Google knows this, and has just introduced the D8 dex compiler in preview as part of Android Studio 3.0 Beta's release. It improves upon the existing DX compiler in virtually every way.

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It's Friday, so here are 30 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps, plus the Daydream Summer Sale

We've hit the end of another week. Whether you have big plans for the weekend or not, I have another app sales post for you. Today's includes some goodies (in bold), a few oddballs, and all of the apps from Google's Daydream Summer Sale. Wednesday's list might still have some treasures to be found, so be sure to check it out.

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Android O will be the last major version update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, according to OnePlus' Head of Product

In a recent interview that was published on the OnePlus forums, the head of product at OnePlus revealed that Android O would be the last major update that the OnePlus 3 and 3T would see. However, the company remains committed to providing security updates for the foreseeable future. He further revealed that the OnePlus 3 and 3T should see OxygenOS v4.5 within the next few months. 

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[Deal Alert] Google Home drops to $84 ($45 off) at Lowe's with coupon code

Google Home is currently $109 at the Google Store and a variety of other retailers, including Lowe's. That's not a bad price at all. However, Lowe's has a coupon code that lowers that $109 to just $84, making it one of the lowest prices we've ever seen for the Home. If you were thinking about purchasing one, now's the time to do so.

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[Hands-on] PixWing - Flying Retro Pixel Arcade, an enjoyable callback to simpler times

PixWing - Flying Retro Pixel Arcade has recently released onto the Play Store and boy have I been having quite a lot of fun with it. It is an arcade flying game that brings back a lot of fond memories of flying around in Pilotwings or Nights into Dreams. The fact that the graphics look like something that was released on the Nintendo 64 or Dreamcast simply adds to its charm.

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