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LG releases V40 and G8 Pie kernel source

LG's update performance as of late has been less than stellar. Despite the formation of a "Software Upgrade Center" several years back, the company is still slow to get new versions of Android out the door. The V40 is still waiting on that Pie update, but it shouldn't be long now. LG has released the Pie-based kernel source for the V40 and LG G8.

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All Samsung Galaxy Fold variants will ship with a Snapdragon 855 processor

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, it wasn't specific about the device's processor and merely said it would be a 7nm one. Since the American Galaxy S10 variant features the 7nm Snapdragon 855 SoC, this could have meant the larger handset would ship with the same processor. International S10 models come with Samsung's 8nm Exynos 9820 chip, though, which created some uncertainty with regards to the non-US Galaxy Fold's processor. However, the foldable device's firmware has revealed all versions will get Qualcomm's chip, breaking the brand's tradition of building phones with its own chip for non-US flagships.

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Sony camera app renamed Imaging Edge Mobile, new Transfer & Tagging utility launched

For photographers with a WiFi-equipped Sony camera, the Play Memories Mobile app was a useful tool that would enable remote shooting and easy image transfers to your smartphone. With the version 7.0/7.1 update, Sony is rebranding it Imaging Edge Mobile and launching an add-on app that allows for FTP background transfers and high-speed voice tagging.

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Energy Ring wraps a battery indicator around the Galaxy S10's hole punch camera

The hole-punch shaped front cam on the Galaxy S10 family might have been an eyesore for some, but that only lasted all of two minutes. Soon, creative users were making wallpapers to fit perfectly with the cutout, then they established a subreddit for them, and Samsung got in on the fun in an official manner. But if wallpapers aren't your thing, or if you want something to hide that camera in other apps, there's now another approach. Energy Ring, a new app, puts the battery indicator right around the camera hole, almost making you forget about it.

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Google adds multiple pinned sports scores and live results in league standings

While Google is not known for its consistency, it still manages to add a healthy flow of elements to its search-integrated sport scores. The latest round of new features was introduced right before the football soccer World Cup 2018, including much more detailed information during live games and the official unveil of floating scores or "pinned matches." Now, the latter is improved: as spotted by Scott Oldfield on Twitter, you can have multiple floating info cards cluttering your screen.

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Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 is the best solution for European-style locks

I have tested dozens of smart home products in my time here on Android Police, yet few of them have been as reliable and as effortless to use as Nuki. This smart lock that I reviewed back in December of 2017 has stayed on our door, offering us quick access to our house without any keys. So when the company told me it had a second generation available, I quickly jumped on the opportunity to try it out.

Nuki 2.0 doesn't change a lot, but improves a few features. The lock is still made for Euro Style/Profile Double Cylinders. It is now also compatible with knob and oval cylinders, uses Bluetooth 5.0 for better range, works with Apple HomeKit, has a Zigbee radio (though it's not active yet), and more conveniently, comes with a little sensor that detects when the door is physically open or closed.

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[Update: B&H, too] Get a 64GB/4GB Moto G6 from Amazon for $200 ($120 off)

Motorola's G line really kicked off actually good budget phones here in the US, and the brand continues to be one of the biggest players. Though it's not the newest model around, you can get yourself a 64GB/4GB Moto G6 for $199.99 from Amazon, a very nice $120 off MSRP. And yes, this is the standard version, not the ad-supported Prime model.

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[Update: It's back] Samsung's Gear S3 Frontier is now $200 on Amazon

If you want a smartwatch, and Google's Wear OS isn't appealing to you, Samsung's Tizen watches are the next-best thing you can use with Android phones. The Gear S3 is one of the company's older watches, as it came out in late 2016, but it's still supported and has some features the newer watches lack. Now you can get it for just $199.99 on Amazon — around $20 cheaper than the typical price, and $150 below the original MSRP.

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Hiding outgoing call ID now live on Google Voice for Android and desktop

Around the middle of last month, 9to5Google spotted that Google Voice was picking up up a toggle to strip caller ID on outgoing calls — à la *67, but without having to dial it every single time. The new feature rolled out to the iOS version of Google Voice last month, and now it's here for both Android and the Google Voice site.

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[Update: Laggy but not broken] Google Maps rolling out public event creation to some users

Yesterday, we spotted a new bit of documentation on the Google Maps Help site: a page detailing the process to add a public event through the Google Maps Android app. The feature is even live right now, though its behavior is a bit inconsistent in our tests, and isn't present for everyone.

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