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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Galaxy Note8

Samsung began rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in early February (only to hit pause for about a week to fix random reboots), and Verizon became the first US carrier to roll out Oreo to those devices a couple days ago. Now there's word that Oreo is rolling out to Galaxy Note8 users in France and possibly some other countries.

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[Update: Google confirms] Android Auto now allows phones to be unlocked while connected

The Android Auto team has been known to put safety above all else. Most people agree that's the best strategy, but there have been some scenarios where users have pointed out that certain decisions may be over-reaching, or they might not account for common scenarios. One of the biggest points of contention since the launch of Android Auto has been a feature that effectively locks users out of their phones while connected to Android Auto. In the last couple of days, users are now being presented with the ability to swipe up and unlock their phones to use them normally.

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The Alcatel 1X with Android Go is coming to the US for under $100

It's been almost a year since Google unveiled Android Go, now technically known as Android Oreo (Go Edition), but devices you can actually buy are few and far between. In fact, only ZTE has committed to launching a Go device in the US. Now, Alcatel is announcing plans to launch the 1X in the US, too. The phone was shown off at MWC a few weeks ago. The specs are modest, but it'll cost under $100.

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[Shame] Samsung still doesn't use Android's seamless updates on the Galaxy S9 and S9+

Earlier this week, I noticed that my Galaxy S9+ review unit had an OTA update available. This update addressed some stability issues with the camera and put the phone on the latest security patch (which is certainly a good thing). But at nearly 250MB, it was quite a sizable update, too, and so installation took a bit to complete - my phone was out of commission for over five minutes.

Really, though, it shouldn't have been. Android introduced a feature called seamless updates as part of the 7.0 Nougat release...

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Xperia XA1 family

Sony is usually quick to update their phones to the latest version of Android, but like many other manufacturers, it usually leaves the budget devices for last. The Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra were launched a year ago, both with MediaTek Helio P20 chips and impressive 23MP back cameras. Now the XA1, XA1 Plus, and XA1 Ultra are being updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

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Android P: Our 5 least favorite changes so far

Ten days have passed since we started digging into the Android P developer preview release, and while we've enjoyed many of the new changes and shared with you our five favorites, there are other modifications that left us scratching our heads a little. This is a developer preview, so things are expected to be buggy, some features could be experimental and could change with the next releases, but there are others that might be here to stay.

We've scoured our long, long list of Android P posts looking for those that we either don't like or that many of you voiced disapproval for.

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Android 8.0 Oreo update now rolling out to Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+

Less than a week ago, Verizon became the first US carrier to push Android 8.0 Oreo to the LG V30. Defying its stereotype as the slowest carrier for updates yet again, Big Red has become the first one in the US to release 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

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Here are all the Android Wear watches being updated to Wear OS

Earlier today, Google announced that Android Wear is being rebranded to 'Wear OS by Google.' For now, this is a simple renaming of the OS, with no functional changes to be seen. Google has now released a list of every watch that will receive the Wear OS update, and it looks identical to the list of watches that have been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

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[Update: Google confirms new international support] Google Pay on the Huawei Watch 2 works again for some outside the US and UK

When the Oreo update landed for Huawei's Watch 2 back in February, many reported that it was disabling Google Pay (then called Android Pay). One month and one rebranding later, this issue seems to have been fixed. There are reports that something in the last few days has re-enabled Google's rebranded NFC payments for the Watch 2. 

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

Following a two-month beta testing period, Huawei is set to start the Oreo rollout for yesteryear's flagships, the P10 and P10 Plus. The news comes via a Facebook video from Huawei Philippines' account, informing users that the update should be ready.

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