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Android 8.1 feature spotlight: DP2 corrects hamburger emoji, puts cheese above the patty

Despite having served burgers with cheese below the patty at the Googleplex a few weeks ago, the company has just now fixed the hamburger emoji in Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2. A few other emojis have received mild overhauls as well.

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Latest Gmail and Maps versions have white/inverted nav bars on Android 8.1

White navigation bars are nothing new, with LG phones having had them as options for many years and Samsung recently making them the default to reduce burn-in on its Galaxy phones. Now they're becoming abundant in Google phones with the introduction of Android 8.1 Oreo, both for aesthetic effect and in an attempt to minimize burn-in. Their latest appearances on 8.1 are in Gmail and Maps, where they've found new homes.

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NVIDIA rolls out SHIELD Tablet upgrade 5.3 with KRACK fix

You have to hand it to NVIDIA—it's kept the SHIELD Tablet updated for more than three years now. That's about three years longer than most Android tablets. Today, the SHIELD Tablet is getting the 5.3 upgrade, which includes a few little bug fixes along with one big fix for the KRACK vulnerability.

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[Update: X Performance joins the list] Android 8.0 Oreo now rolling out to Sony Xperia XZ and XZs

Sony's phones don't have a working fingerprint sensor in the US, have confusing names, and are almost always expensive. But software updates is where Sony really shines, and now the company is updating two more phones to Oreo.

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[Update: OTAs going out] Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 is now available for Pixel and Nexus devices

Google dropped the first developer preview for Android 8.1 last month, and now it's time for an update. The second dev preview build is now available for download via system images on the developer site. This is your chance to be on the bleeding edge of Android, but as usual, running beta software comes with some risks.

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[Update: Gen 3 as low as $151] Deal alert: Fossil Q Gen 3 smartwatches are 30% off ($178+), Gen 2 watches 50% off ($137)

Fossil has been making smartwatches with Android Wear for a while now, under the 'Fossil Q' brand. The third generation of Q watches have been available for a few months, and now you can get any of them for 30% off from Fossil's website, and a few second-gen watches are on sale too.

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Android 8.0 Oreo for unlocked HTC U11 is here [Update]

Owners of the unlocked HTC U11 can expect a treat to help them get through their post-holiday weekend Monday blues. According to a tweet from Mo Versi, HTC's VP of Product Management for the Americas region, the unlocked version of the U11 will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update tomorrow (Monday, November 27th). This comes about a week and a half after HTC began rolling out the Oreo update for U11 owners in Taiwan.

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OnePlus releases Oreo system images for OnePlus 3 and 3T

Earlier this month, OnePlus started rolling out OxygenOS 5.0 (aka Android 8.0 Oreo) to the OnePlus 3 and 3T. Meanwhile, Oreo for the newer OnePlus 5 is still in beta. If you have a 3 or 3T, and you'd rather not wait for the update to be pushed to your phone, you can now download the system images straight from OnePlus' website.

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Oreo comes to the OnePlus 5 via the first Open Beta

OnePlus is keeping to its promise, rolling out the first Open Beta to the OnePlus 5. The biggest highlight, of course, is Android 8.0 Oreo and all of the goodies that come along with that OS version jump.

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Nokia 8 gets Android 8.0 Oreo, update for Nokia 6 and 5 coming soon

One of the ways Nokia (or rather, HMD Global) is trying to differentiate itself is with quick Android updates. Android 8.0 Oreo, being the first major update since Nokia started releasing its phones, is the first major test of this claim. Now, about three months after it started rolling out to Google devices, the Nokia 8 is receiving its Oreo update.

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