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The 2-year-old Samsung Galaxy Tab A is being updated to Android 8.1 Oreo

Unexpected device updates give us Android geeks warm fuzzies, and candidates for updates don't get much less expected than budget tablets — but here we are. We've received several reports that Samsung's Galaxy Tab A, released in the spring of 2016, is being updated to Android 8.1 Oreo.

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Android 9 Pie arrives on the OnePlus 5 and 5T with Open Beta 20/22

It has taken OnePlus a bit longer than expected to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, but the wait is over — if you're willing to use beta releases, anyway. Open Beta 22 for the OnePlus 5 and Beta 20 for the 5T are now available, which are based on Android Pie.

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Android 9 Pie beta release now available for the Nokia 8

Despite HMD Global's promises of super-quick Android updates across its entire line of Nokia phones, Pie is taking a while to reach most devices. The Nokia 6.1/6.1 Plus, 7.1, and 7 Plus have received Android 9, but the rest are still waiting. For the impatient Nokia 8 owners out there, you can now download a Pie beta for your phone.

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[Update: LTE band warning] Xiaomi begins rolling out Android 9 Pie stable to the Mi A1, more or less

Day after day, more devices join the Pie slice of the Android version distribution pie, and today's addition is the Android One-toting Xiaomi Mi A1. Well, to be frank, we're not really sure if the update is rolling out correctly, has been pulled, or what, because reports are quite contradictory.

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Stable Android Pie rolling out to the Pocophone F1

The Xiaomi-made Pocophone F1 has been one of the hottest releases of 2018, as long as you live in a region where the phone exists. However, it came with Android Oreo. As you know, Pie is the new hotness, and now the Pocophone is getting its update. No OTA on your end yet? No problem—there's a download option.

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The Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K streaming player is down to just $40 at Walmart

Xiaomi's Mi Box S is already an almost-too-good-to-be-true bargain. For less than the price of a Chromecast Ultra, you get 4K, HDR streaming apps on your TV — and it works as a Chromecast receiver. The streaming box was down to $50 last month, and now it's even cheaper: just 40 bucks.

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Google Play Services drops support for Android 4.0 ICS

Android 4.0, nicknamed 'Ice Cream Sandwich,' was an exciting release. It brought all the improvements in Honeycomb back to smartphones, and for the first time ever, Android had a somewhat-cohesive visual style. However, those days have long since passed, with 4.0-4.0.4 now representing less than 0.5% of the overall Android install base.

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[Update: C2 sales get started with 10% discount] Mobvoi announces TicWatch C2 at London event, plus TicPods Free earbuds are now on sale

Chinese AI company Mobvoi hosted an event in London today, in part to raise awareness for digital wellbeing, but mainly to make two announcements. The TicPods Free true wireless earbuds that we first heard about in April are now on general sale, but the main attraction is the brand new TicWatch C2.

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[Update: Beta arriving] Samsung's One UI Pie beta now available on unlocked Note 9 in the US

Samsung has traditionally been behind on UI design, which I know is shocking for the company that brought you TouchWiz. However, it's trying to turn things around with One UI. The revamped Pie-based interface is coming next year in stable form, but there's a beta. That beta has apparently expanded to US unlocked Note 9 devices. Yay.

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The December update for the 2016 Pixels is here a day late (but at least it's better than last month)

When the December security patches arrived yesterday excluding the 2016 Pixels once again, original Pixel owners no doubt wondered if they would have to wait until the end of the month to nab their update like they did in November. Thankfully, that's not the case this month as the factory images and OTAs have arrived just one day late for the first-generation Pixels.

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