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LG could be planning an Android One Q7 variant exclusive to T-Mobile

LG could be planning an Android One Q7 variant exclusive to T-Mobile

While the Android One program was initially intended to be something more akin to what Android Go is now, it's still a simple, bloat-free version of the OS that gets faster updates than skinned OEM devices. Until Nokia decided to go all in with Android One, there was very little choice when it came to devices, but it looks like other manufacturers are coming around to the benefits.

Rumors have been circulating for a little while that LG is planning to release an Android One smartphone. XDA Developers has been digging around for evidence, and it looks like we can expect a variant of the LG Q7 to launch running a vanilla Android build.

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[Update: Maybe not] Samsung may be using Wear OS for its upcoming smartwatches instead of Tizen

[Update: Maybe not] Samsung may be using Wear OS for its upcoming smartwatches instead of Tizen

Those of you who follow Samsung closely may have noticed that devices running Android or Android-based OSes (e.g. Galaxy S9, Galaxy J7, Galaxy Gear) all have the "Galaxy" in their name for the most part, whereas those that run Tizen/other software (e.g. Gear Fit, Gear S3, Z4) don't. You can imagine our confusion, then, when it was revealed that Samsung filed trademark applications for the names "Galaxy Watch" and "Galaxy Fit."

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Google may have a Snapdragon 710-powered mid-range Pixel phone in the works

Google may have a Snapdragon 710-powered mid-range Pixel phone in the works

We only just learned of the Snapdragon 710 a little over a week ago, but OEMs always learn of these things far before us consumers. According to a tweet by Roland Quandt of WinFuture, Google may be using the new mid-range chipset from Qualcomm in the rumored mid-range Pixel phone.

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Galaxy Note9 allegedly coming in August with upgraded camera

Galaxy Note9 allegedly coming in August with upgraded camera

Now that the Galaxy S9 is widely available, Samsung is turning its attention to this year's Note device. The Note7 was launched in August of 2016, and the Note8 went on sale in September 2017. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Samsung is targeting an August launch for the Note9, with an improved camera as the main selling point.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 passes WiFi Alliance certification

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 passes WiFi Alliance certification

Some may argue that Android tablets are dead and useless, but I'll still sit here with my Galaxy Tab S2, my miraculously still-functional Nexus 7 (2013), and shake my head furiously, refusing to accept that truth. I love Android tablets and I have continued to use them daily ever since I bought my first Acer Iconia Tab A100 many, many years ago. They're great for browsing the web and comparison shopping on Amazon and eBay, and they've been an intricate part of my daily job on Android Police as I do most of my editing work on them. That's why I'm super excited to see Samsung still pursuing tablets and getting close to launch a new Galaxy Tab S4.

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[Update: Images pulled from FCC] Images of a Google-branded Android TV dongle appear at the FCC - but they look sketchy

[Update: Images pulled from FCC] Images of a Google-branded Android TV dongle appear at the FCC - but they look sketchy

What you're looking at above is a photo from an FCC certification for a "4K ATV Stick" manufactured by "Shenzhen SEI Robotics Co." There are a boatload of photos of this apparently Android TV-powered device in the FCC listing, including a very poorly-written manual with sentences like "Set up your TV with Android phone or tablet if you have." And there's a big, fat Google "G" logo plastered on the front.

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Google reportedly working on non-algorithmic YouTube Kids app

Google reportedly working on non-algorithmic YouTube Kids app

If you're not familiar with it, YouTube Kids is a mobile and TV app designed to only show child-appropriate content. However, YouTube Kids filters content using algorithms, so inappropriate content sometimes slips through. Conspiracy theories, suggestive videos depicting superhero/Disney characters, and other harmful content has been known to appear on the app.

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LG will reportedly stick with LCD screens for the G7

LG will reportedly stick with LCD screens for the G7

Rumors about LG's next flagship have been all over the place. LG was considering rebranding the G series, then the company reportedly started over on the phone. A device called the 'G7 Neo' was privately shown at MWC last month, which had a 19.5:9 OLED screen with a notch. Whatever phone ends up being the G7, it won't have an AMOLED display, according to a new report from The Investor.

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The first Android P developer preview will apparently arrive in mid-March

The first Android P developer preview will apparently arrive in mid-March

Android O developer previews began rolling out in March last year, and if a tweet from famed leaker Evan Blass is to be trusted, we should be getting the first Android P developer preview at approximately the same time. That means that we've only got one or two weeks to wait.

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LG's next flagship reportedly launching in June

LG's next flagship reportedly launching in June

Earlier this year, LG announced that it would no longer release smartphones on a yearly schedule, opting to launch new models "when it is needed." Shortly afterwards, a report from The Investor claimed that LG was starting over on its next flagship. And all the while, there were conflicting reports on whether the phone would be called the G7 at all.

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