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LineageOS ends Android 9 Pie support, cutting off 24 phones and tablets

LineageOS ends Android 9 Pie support, cutting off 24 phones and tablets

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, not only because it brings a stock-like experience to phones and tablets, but also because it has kept many devices supported long after the manufacturer dropped support. The project has offered builds based on Android 9 Pie since early 2019, and now that many devices have been updated to LineageOS 17.1 (and with Android 11 support coming soon), support for Pie is ending.

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LineageOS now officially supports OnePlus 7T Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and more phones

LineageOS now officially supports OnePlus 7T Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and more phones

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, bringing new versions of Android to abandoned phones, and a stock-like experience (with or without Google software) to newer devices. The project has mainly been working on support for Google Pixel phones lately, but now a handful of other devices have joined the official build roster.

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LineageOS 16 Pie now rolling out to Pocophone F1, OnePlus phones, Galaxy S5, and other devices

LineageOS 16 Pie now rolling out to Pocophone F1, OnePlus phones, Galaxy S5, and other devices

LineageOS is one of the most popular custom Android ROMs available, with over two million active installations. The project officially ended support for the 14.1 (Android 7.1) branch a few days ago, in preparation for LineageOS 16. The 16.0 branch is finally rolling out, and it's bringing Android 9 Pie to dozens of phones and tablets.

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Huawei shipped over 200 million smartphones this year, despite growing government concern

Huawei shipped over 200 million smartphones this year, despite growing government concern

This year has been a tumultuous one for Huawei. The company launched one good smartphone after the other, whether on the low end of the spectrum with the Nova series, or in the high-end market with its P20 and Mate 20 series. It also faced stiff regulatory opposition and found itself caught in the midst of a political/economical war between the US and China. From seeing its deals to enter the US market vanish with AT&T and Verizon to having its CFO arrested in Canada, the rollercoaster of Huawei's 2018 hasn't slowed down. But the company is ending its year on a high note and with one number worth celebrating: it shipped over 200 million smartphones in 2018.

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Huawei's latest update for the P20 Pro disables the camera's Master AI feature by default

Huawei's latest update for the P20 Pro disables the camera's Master AI feature by default

Huawei is proud of the fact that the P20 Pro sits atop the DxOMark Mobile rankings. The company attributes that feat in large part to its Master AI feature, which basically detects scenes via the viewfinder in real time and adjusts camera settings accordingly. In theory, it's a nifty innovation; in reality, the results are mixed. Huawei has apparently received enough unfavorable feedback about Master AI to compel the company to disable the feature by default in its latest update for its flagship smartphone.

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ARCore v1.5 adds support for OnePlus 6T, ROG Phone, Razer Phone, Xperia X, and many more [APK Teardown]

ARCore v1.5 adds support for OnePlus 6T, ROG Phone, Razer Phone, Xperia X, and many more [APK Teardown]

Google's ARCore team just rolled out a new update that appears to bring the augmented reality framework to several more phones and tablets. Some hot new (and upcoming) devices are on the list, like the Galaxy Note9, OnePlus 6T, and ROG Phone. These are also joined by some older models like the Sony Xperia X.

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[Update: Huawei statement] UL Benchmarks delists several Huawei and Honor devices for cheating on 3DMark test

[Update: Huawei statement] UL Benchmarks delists several Huawei and Honor devices for cheating on 3DMark test

We always say that benchmarks don't matter as much as the overall experience of using a phone, but they do still matter enough that device makers sometimes put a thumb on the scale to improve scores. A recent report from Anandtech accused Huawei of configuring phones to produce artificially high benchmarks. Now, the maker of 3DMark has banned several Huawei devices in response.

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Huawei announces four striking new P20 and P20 Pro colors, including two leather options

Huawei announces four striking new P20 and P20 Pro colors, including two leather options

Huawei's P20 is known for being available in some refreshingly funky color schemes. It launched in a few different colors, including the eye-catching Twilight variant, which has a color-changing finish that shifts from blue to purple to green depending on the lighting. Now, the P20 is getting four new non-traditional finishes: two more iridescent models, and two sporting leather.

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Android Enterprise Recommended program adds new models from Huawei, Motorola, BlackBerry, and others

Android Enterprise Recommended program adds new models from Huawei, Motorola, BlackBerry, and others

Back in February, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program, which defines which phones are ideal for business use. Devices in the program have to follow a set of guidelines from Google, such as rolling out security updates within 90 days of release. The company announced today that a handful of more devices have been added to the program, including the Moto G6, Huawei P20/P20 Pro, and Sony Xperia XZ2.

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TWRP now supports OnePlus 6, Huawei P20 Pro, and more

TWRP now supports OnePlus 6, Huawei P20 Pro, and more

TWRP is by far and away the most popular custom recovery out there. It has hundreds, if not thousands, of supported devices by now. Since we last posted about this back in late April, seven additional devices have joined the ranks, including the OnePlus 6, the Huawei P20 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi Max 2.

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