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[Update: Samsung Galaxy J5, J5 Pro] Google formally welcomes OnePlus 6T, Xperia XZ3, and more to the ARCore club

Covering a topic as massive as Android, and trying to do a comprehensive job of that, often requires tracking down information from multiple sources and doing a heck of a lot of cross-checking. Sometimes we'll hear one thing from a manufacturer statement, get other details from an app teardown, and finally maybe see Google step up to make its official proclamation. Just a few hours back we popped the hood off the latest ARCore release to see what was changing inside, and now Google's updating its own list of ARCore-supporting hardware.

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Nokia's first hole-punch phone appears in new renders

Huawei, Honor, Motorola, Samsung, and a few other companies are working on 'hole-punch' phones — where a small area inside the screen is removed for the front-facing camera. It looks like Nokia is now joining the party, if renders from a leaked CAD file are to be believed.

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HMD releases kernel source code for the Nokia 8.1

The recently released Nokia 8.1 (also called Nokia X7 in China) is one of the more powerful Android One devices you can currently buy. HMD Global launched the phone last month with Android Pie and has now published the kernel source code.

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Nokia 8.1 launches as global edition of China's Nokia X7, sporting a Snapdragon 710 for €399

Nokia announced the X7 for the Chinese market in October. At a hardware event in Dubai today, the company revealed its identity for the rest of the world: the Nokia 8.1. It's the same phone as was announced a few weeks ago — dual rear cameras, Snapdragon 710, and a competitive price tag — just with a new name.

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