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Tidal splashes onto Android TV with its lossless music streaming

If you are someone who would pay 20 bucks a month for lossless streaming audio, you would probably like the option to play those high-bitrate tunes through the receiver connected to the biggest screen in your house. It's only fair. Rejoice, audiophiles and audiophile wannabes (like me), because streaming service Tidal has released an Android TV version of its app. 

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Pandora for Android TV adds premium subscription support, Google Assistant, and more

Pandora went many years without a traditional music streaming option like Spotify or Play Music, but it eventually added the $10 Premium tier that allows you to play whatever tuns you want. However, the Android TV client has been lagging behind. Today, a new version is rolling out that adds support for Premium subscriptions along with a few other features.

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Android Auto app reaches 10 million installs on the Play Store

It's a good milestone day for Android's side-projects and apps. Earlier we reported that the Android Wear app had reached 10 million downloads on the Play Store and now we're seeing the same number for the Android Auto app.

10 million downloads since March of 2015 is a nice number, especially considering that the app is geo-restricted and you either have to be aware that it works on phones without needing a compatible car or have to have purchased a new compatible car or heads-up unit in the past 2 years or so to know about it. By comparison, the Android Wear app has been available for about 3 and half years, is available worldwide, and the cost of entry is much lower (if you don't take into account those who use the Auto app as standalone).

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[Hell hath frozen over] Amazon releases Prime Video app for Android TV

What a world we live in. After Amazon and Google's long-lasting row of we won't sell your products and you won't get our services, the last straw seems to have been pulled when Google disabled YouTube on some of Amazon's products. Now Amazon is trying to make up a little by selling Chromecasts again (while nefariously plotting something with Amazontube?) and the second step appears to be by making Amazon Prime Video available on Android TV devices. Hell, indeed, hath frozen over. It will go liquid nitrogen when the regular Amazon Prime Video app for phones adds support for Chromecast or when you can link a Google Home with Prime Video as the main video source.

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Android 8.0 Oreo beta is now available for Nokia 6

Since its revival by HMD, Nokia has garnered a reputation of clean software and quick updates for itself, and it seems to be holding on to that. About a week after releasing the Oreo beta for the Nokia 5, the Finnish company has done the same for the larger Nokia 6.

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[Neat] Samsung is adding context info to screenshot names in Android Oreo

If you've ever used Samsung's devices, you'd notice hundreds of little useful changes that the company implements on top of stock Android to make your life a little easier or give you added functionality. A new one of these changes is making its way to Samsung's Oreo software, and it's contextual screenshot names.

As shown in the image above from SamMobile, screenshots taken on a Samsung device running Oreo are titled screenshot_appname_dateandtime. Stock Android only has the date and time, so the addition of the app's name is Samsung's doing and it can be very handy. For regular users, this isn't something they'll notice, but for those of us who take dozens of screenshots every day when writing news, covering apps, and reviewing devices, it makes image management easier on the phone itself and even more so when transferred to a computer.

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HTC releases Android 8.0 Oreo update for the T-Mobile U11 Life

The HTC U11 Life launched with Nougat and HTC's interface in the US, despite it coming with Oreo and Android One in other countries. The update to Oreo didn't take long though: the unlocked version got the 8.0 OTA at the end of last month, and now the T-Mobile version is following along.

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Fourth Android 8.0 Oreo beta now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

It's been about a month and a half since Samsung announced the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. Since then, there have been a second and a third beta, and now there's a fourth. The latest update, build number ZQL8 for both phones, features a long list of bug fixes.

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OxygenOS Open Beta 2 (8.0 Oreo) released for OnePlus 5

 

It's been less than a month since the first Android Oreo Open Beta for the OnePlus 5 landed, and already the company is releasing its second beta. This time around you don't have a substantially new version of Android to look forward to, but there is a pile of fixes and improvements to dig into.

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Android 8.1 may have made the Pixel 2 XL's fingerprint unlock slower for some

Have you noticed that it takes just a bit longer to unlock your Pixel 2 XL when you use the fingerprint reader? If so, you aren't alone. In the last few weeks since the update, there have been multiple reports that the Pixel 2 XL takes about a second longer to unlock the device when using the fingerprint reader. The good news is that Google is looking into it. 

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