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Chromebooks will soon show in settings when you'll stop getting updates

Chromebooks are unique among their laptop peers in that they come with a built-in expiration date. More specifically, once a particular Chromebook model reaches end-of-life status, typically several years after its initial release, these devices will no longer receive OS updates. Just last week, Google extended the EOL timeframe for over one hundred Chromebook models. Now, Google is looking to improve transparency by making this information available directly through the settings app on Chrome OS devices.

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Google gives most Chromebooks an extra year of software support (Update: Six more models)

One major problem with Chromebooks is that the support lifespan is fixed; once your Chromebook passes its End-Of-Life date, usually a few years from its release, it will no longer get updates. This is in stark contrast to traditional PCs, which can continue to receive updates (even if only through Linux) until the hardware fails. Thankfully, Google has just made this problem slightly less annoying.

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Google tests redesigned, reorganized Assistant updates tab

Google's new, less intrusive Assistant is already available on the Pixel 4, but the redesign it received has mostly affected the voice command interface. The updates tab, Google Now's spiritual successor, kept the same look. Now, Google appears to be testing an overhauled dashboard with more gradients and chronological organization.

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Treble is actually making a big difference when it comes to Android updates

We're all familiar with Android's dirty "F" word: fragmentation. Turns out, we can't really depend on phone manufacturers to keep devices updated out of the goodness of their own hearts, so Google has been rolling out changes like Project Treble meant to make that job as easy for them as possible. Based on some recently published metrics, Treble is making a big difference.

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Google Fi dark theme begins rolling out

Google Fi is joining the growing list of apps with a built-in dark theme. We saw hints that this theme was being developed — starting with a data usage widget —back in April. Now, it seems that the full theme is finally ready for deployment.

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[Update: Fixed] Google broke the Play Store's Updates tab

Google wouldn't be Google if it didn't break stuff from time to time. If you've been wondering why your Updates tab in the Play Store app is blank, rest assured knowing that you're not alone; it's an issue affecting pretty much everyone.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active gets Android 9 Pie on T-Mobile

Samsung devices haven't historically been the quickest to receive OS updates. This week, Android 9 Pie came to the T-Mobile variant of the extra-durable Galaxy S8 Active, nearly a year and a half after the Oreo update.

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Nokia promises an extra year of quarterly security updates for its first Android phones

Nokia's first salvo of Android phones debuted at MWC all the way back in 2017, with the company initially committing to two years of updates for its new devices. Well, it's been a bit over two years since those phones were released, and Nokia has decided it doesn't want to give up on them so easily. The Nokia 3, 5, 6, and 8 will continue to get quarterly security updates for an extra year, into 2020.

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[Update: Seemingly confirmed] Google's Pixel C Android tablet may not get any more security updates

Google's Pixel C, the last first-party Android tablet released all the way back in December of 2015, may have just stopped getting monthly security patches. There has been no official announcement, and device-specific delays have happened before, but the Pixel C wasn't among those that received today's July set of updates, and the precise timing is awfully suspicious.

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ASUS is cranking out Zenfone 6 updates before its release, setting a good example for other manufacturers

ASUS has never been a very popular smartphone manufacturer, but lately, the company is killing it, surprising us by updating many of its older devices to Android Pie. Then, the ZenFone 6 marked a new start and is the firm's first device to come with high-quality hardware at a fair price, stock-like Android, and a promise of timely updates. ASUS is already keeping up well and has pushed out the latest release on Thursday, which is the fourth before the device's official launch.

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