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Fitbit OS 4.1 brings smart wake to older smartwatches, better heart-rate measuring for Versa 2

In time for the holiday season, Fitbit is updating a whole bunch of software and services in the hopes of getting everyone excited and resolved for a healthier 2020 — just as it hopes Google ownership will improve its stance in the fitness tech marketplace. Fitbit OS 4.1 will be rolling out some features originally exclusive to the Versa 2 to other smartwatches while Fitbit Premium will be adopting more special routines to inspire some better habits.

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Motorola One Power among the first Motos to receive Android 10 beta

Adoption rates for new versions of Android have increased over the past couple of cycles and it helps that OEMs are showing up early with Android 10 beta programs earlier than ever before. Motorola, though, has generally been on and off the ball with how it updates its devices — nevermind which devices get updated — but it may still come as a surprise that one of its first phones now testing Android 10 is the Motorola One Power.

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[Update: US beta teaser] Samsung may begin Android 10 beta for Galaxy S10, Note10 in just weeks

With Android 10 out and about on release, we're now waiting on Samsung, the world's largest producer of Android smartphones, to update its phones' software based on the new OS version. We typically expect the company to run a beta program in the fall and, according to SamMobile, this will be the case again.

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Xiaomi starts MIUI 11 beta, may deploy final version in less than a month

For all of MIUI's troubles, it remains as the default software user interface on every one of Xiaomi's smartphones in China. And given that the company posts timely updates on this platform, it should matter how people experience this default state. Thus, we now see MIUI 11 come into play with a focus on font and sound aesthetics as well as a few new productivity apps and a couple of under-the-hood tweaks.

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Google rolling out theming options, tab grouping, and tab previews to Chrome 77

We've been talking about it from the coal mine to the beta stage to its release last week. Now, Google is bringing life into Chrome 77 with server-side updates to a few existing features and the introduction of a couple others that will roll out over this season — from new ways to manage your tabs to new, simple themes, here's what's being flagged in this gradual roll-out.

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Xiaomi delivers a shut-off toggle for MIUI ads in beta

Xiaomi is in a bad spot right now. Revenues aren't growing as fast as investors want. Competition in a saturated smartphone market is stiff. And software sales and service fees just aren't stacking up. Part of that formula comes from the ads plaguing its MIUI software experience from embeds in the web browser right down to the settings. Now, the company is beta testing an ad-free experience that may end up in the final update to MIUI 10.

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T-Mobile now testing Android 10 updates for Galaxy S10, Note10

Did your phone get a day one update for Android 10? If you don't have a Pixel or Essential Phone, probably not. Apparently, though, if you bought the newest Samsung smartphones from the past year, you might be able to get it fairly soon — that is, if you bought it from T-Mobile.

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OnePlus 6, 6T, 7, and 7 Pro receive their third Android Q developer previews

OnePlus has released the third version of its Android Q Developer Preview simultaneously for OnePlus 6, 6T, 7, and 7 Pro users, bringing update pulses together for the first time. The program's latest refreshes come as Google itself is about to finish its beta process for Q on the Pixels. But on OnePlus's end, the company has implied that participants will need to temper their expectations on when the OS upgrade will be finalized.

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OnePlus 7 Pro has Android Q Beta, kernel files out now, OnePlus 7 source code still to come

Now that the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are getting some circulation with consumers, it's time to release the floodgates and let the community do what it wants with the phones — that means letting developers develop. So, the company has released Android Q Beta builds for both devices and is in the process of pushing out kernels for each one.

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[Update: Downloads are up] OnePlus 3 and 3T are gone but not forgotten, receiving minor OxygenOS 5.0.4 update

Even though OnePlus still sells only one phone at a time, pulling the plug on the well-reviewed 5T far too early, the company’s software support for both new and old devices can be pretty impressive. Unless you don’t still own the OnePlus 2 or OnePlus X, in which case we’re sorry.

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