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Google Duo v26 begins testing H.265, continues work on Google sign-in and videomail, and removes camera test settings [APK Teardown]

The Duo team began rolling out v26 today, but this one doesn't have any obvious changes, so it may be a service update. A teardown is also fairly sparse, mostly calling back to some older topics, including the upcoming feature for sending video messages when connections can't be made on the spot, the removal of some camera adjustments used in development, and the start of H.265 testing. Since there's not a lot of meat to most topics, they'll be kept pretty short. Of course, if you stumble across anything new, let us know in the comments!

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Google is experimenting with augmented reality in Chrome

VR and AR might have finally started falling off the marketing buzzword lists, but Google is still pressing forward with new experiments for each. The company's latest prototype brings the magic of augmented reality to your phone by an entirely new route: Chrome. It seems that Google envisions a future where AR can be a universal part of the web.

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23 new and notable Android games from the last week (1/17/18 - 1/23/18)

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.

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DJI's new Mavic Air is a smaller Mavic Pro that shoots 4K and costs $799

DJI has unveiled today the new model in its lineup, the DJI Mavic Air. The Air will retail starting at $799, fitting nicely between the cheaper DJI Spark and the higher-end Mavic Pro. The new drone had already been leaked quite extensively, and it appears that the specs were pretty much spot-on. The Air will begin shipping on January 28 to consumers and features a more lightweight construction similar to the Spark and a 3-axis gimbal like the Mavic Pro.

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Honor 8 to get EMUI 8.0 features ported but not EMUI 8.0 / Oreo itself, other Honor devices slated to receive Oreo update listed

Huawei's been releasing Oreo betas for several of its phones, but we still haven't heard much about updates for Honor-branded devices. Now Huawei has published a list of all the devices that Oreo is being developed for. Oddly, the Honor 8 is mentioned in spite of a confirmation from Honor India on Twitter that the phone wouldn't be getting Oreo.

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Google Assistant now supports voice match for multiple Netflix profiles

Netflix was one of the first video services to add support for Google Assistant, but you could only access the main video profile. That really limited usefulness in households where everyone has their own profile. Now, it looks like Google has flipped a switch to add support for multiple profile access via voice match.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google finally preparing a fix for Nexus Player remote sleep bug from last November

Since late last November, Nexus Player owners have had the frustrating experience of erratic behavior from the remote. After about 5 to 10 minutes, the remote would seemingly go to sleep. Pressing any button causes the remote to blink for a few seconds, then hopefully reconnect. While not precisely broken, the erratic functionality from the remote has been a point of pain for owners of Google's streaming hockey puck. Finally, Google is preparing to roll out a fix.

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RED says the Hydrogen One will ship to carriers this summer with a 4,500mAh battery

Camera maker RED started teasing its first smartphone last year, promising a totally new visual experience with a "holographic" display. We still don't have any specifics on how that will work, but there are a few more specs available, along with an updated release window. According to CEO Jim Jannard, the Hydrogen One will launch with carrier partnerships this summer.

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Audiobooks now officially available from Google Play

We've known for months that Google has been planning to sell audiobooks, and a recent APK teardown revealed that the announcement would come very soon. At long last, audiobooks are finally rolling out on Google Play Books, and you can even play them from your Google Assistant speaker.

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T-Mobile completes purchase of Layer3 TV

Near the end of last year, T-Mobile announced that it was buying Layer3 TV, an online television provider. T-Mobile said that it wanted to "un-carrier" the TV industry by offering its own service, and purchasing Layer3 was the first step. T-Mobile's acquisition of Layer3 is now complete, according to a press release from today.

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