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OxygenOS 5.1.5 for the Oneplus 5 and 5T has a hidden Treble surprise

When OnePlus released the OxygenOS Open Betas 13 and 11 for the OnePlus 5 and 5T, respectively, The company snuck in a little surprise in the form of support for Project Treble. That's a pretty big perk since Treble makes updates (and ROMs) easier for developers by further separating hardware from software when it comes to updating Android. Now that feature appears to have silently made its way to the OnePlus 5 and 5T with the recent Oxygen OS 5.1.5 update. 

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Sony confirms Pie update timeline for Xperia XZ1, XZ2, and XA2 devices

Google has rolled out Android Pie to Pixel devices, and Essential managed to get an update out on the same day. A few OEMs like Moto and HTC have offered some insight on what they're updating. Today, you can add Sony to the list. It says updates are coming to devices in XZ2, XZ1, and XA2 families. Some of them might be here sooner than you expect.

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Motorola lists all devices getting Android 9 Pie

While Android Pie rolls out to phones from Google and Essential, most OEMs haven't announced which devices will receive the update. HTC revealed a few days ago which of its phones are being updated, and now it's Motorola's turn.

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OxygenOS 5.1.11 addresses OnePlus 6 screen flickering issue, improves HDR, and brings other fixes

OnePlus is pushing out an update to its latest flagship, addressing the screen flickering issue some people had and adding some other improvements, optimizations, and fixes. As always, you'll find the official changelog below.

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Amazon Fire TV gets new Alexa interface with latest update (v5.2.6.6)

With the release of the Fire TV Cube in June, Amazon also debuted a more minimalistic interface for Alexa. The new UI has been exclusive to the Cube up to now, but the version 5.2.6.6 update for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices brings them in line with their square-sided sibling.

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LG G6 (VZW) update delivers G7's Super Bright Camera mode

Verizon just published an update changelog for the LG G6, which is getting the G7's Super Bright Camera mode. That's basically it, but here are the notes in case you're interested.

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[Update: Security bulletins] Android 9 Pie system images and OTA files are available for download

Today is the big day—after months of beta builds and speculation, Android 9 Pie is rolling out to Pixels (and at least one other phone). You don't need to wait for the Pixel OTA, though. Google is ready to go with OTA files and full system images for the 2016 and 2017 Pixel devices.

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Essential Phone's Android 9 Pie update is rolling out, minutes after Google's announcement

Mere minutes after Google announced the Android 9 Pie name and official launch, Essential has tweeted that its own Pie update is rolling out to the PH-1 right now. Somehow, in spite of the serious financial problems the company is facing, it's still absolutely killing it in terms of updates.

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[Update: Downloads are up] OxygenOS v5.1.4 for the OnePlus 5 and 5T delivers improved camera performance, new sleep standby optimization, and more.

Plenty of OEMs are happy to let older hardware languish when it comes to updates, but OnePlus has become one of the more prolific manufacturers with keeping its older handsets up to date—barring a few specific missteps. On that note, an OTA for the OnePlus 5 and 5T is currently in an incremental rollout. Oxygen OS v5.1.4 delivers improved photo clarity, a new sleep standby optimization setting, and group messaging in the stock messaging app. Let's take a look and see for ourselves.

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[Update: Now hitting US] HTC U12+ update with smoother video auto zoom and more rolling out in Taiwan, coming soon to US and Europe

HTC isn't doing particularly well these days, and the few people out there who purchased a U12+ likely weren't too pleased with the last bit of news about their devices announced: 'CryptoKitties.' Luckily, HTC is releasing an update for the U12+, starting with the Taiwanese dual-SIM model and coming soon to US and European versions.

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