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[Update: Now available] LineageOS 15.1 Oreo arrives on the OnePlus 2, Pixel C, and Nexus 6; two more devices get 14.1

After much anticipation, LineageOS 15.1 (based on Android 8.1) was announced last month. Only a handful of devices had official 15.1 builds at the start, but over time, more have been moved up to Oreo. The Nexus Player, OnePlus One, and Oppo Find 7 were recently added to the roster - and now three more devices are coming.

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Android 8.0 is rolling out to US unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices

The carrier unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are getting Android 8.0 Oreo today. Samsung promised all S8, S8+, and Note 8 devices would receive an Oreo update by mid-April, and they seem to be delivering. S8 and S8+ devices on Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T were all updated in March, and the unlocked Note 8 got the update yesterday.

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Google hits 100% renewable energy goal

Google announced plans in late 2016 to increase its spending on renewable energy. In fact, Google intended to go 100% renewable. Today, Google announced it met the goal last year of matching all of its global energy usage with purchases of renewable energy.

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Here are 15 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday. Another round of app sales is in order, and after Monday's, today's is a nice break. Still, there are some good options in here, so be checking for those. Peruse at your leisure and I'll see you all on Friday.

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Google Maps v9.75 beta rolls out with notifications for transit maps, hints of bicycle sharing integration, and mystery LG "perks" [APK Teardown]

Late last night, the latest version of Google Maps began rolling out through the beta channel. For many people, this will likely bring new notifications with convenient shortcuts to local area transit maps. There are also signs that Google is adding integration with bicycle sharing services, a vague hint of new activity around speed limits, and possibly some new perks for Local Guides.

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Google's Scrying Pen AI Experiment will try to help you draw a cat

Google's AI Experiments are fun showcases for feats of artificial intelligence the company's research has enabled. Scrying Pen is a new one that uses algorithms trained by data from 2016's Quick, Draw! experiment to show a path to draw one of a set of objects, like a cat or a hand.

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Apple has poached Google's head of AI

In a surprise move, Google's chief of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea stepped down on Monday. Yesterday, it was reported that he's been hired by Apple. Giannandrea had been with Google since its acquisition of startup Metaweb in 2010.

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OnePlus 6 will get option to hide notch in post-launch software update

Like it or not, the OnePlus 6 is going to have a notch. In an attempt to soften the blow and deal with the inevitable criticism ahead of the phone's launch, OnePlus has been bullish about the inclusion. Co-founder Carl Pei did an interview in which he explained the decision and its various merits, and CEO Pete Lau started up a thread on the company's forum to engage with fans on the subject.

Many who've added to the conversation have inquired about the potential ability to hide the notch somewhat, by making the status bar black with notification and status icons in white.

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The Play Store's latest look (with oodles of white space) is spreading to more users, ready or not

Interface design is a never-ending task, and no matter how much you might love the way an app looks and feels right now, there's always that angel (or is it devil?) over the developer's shoulder, whispering, “Couldn't that be a little more optimal? What if you moved this button over here?” And so, things change: sometimes for the better, hopefully not so much for the worse. A little over a month ago, we shared with you a new visual style that Google was flirting with for the Play Store, seemingly sucking the color out of the app and, well, not really replacing it with anything, leaving us stuck with vast expanses of empty white.

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[Deal Alert] Buy two Moto X4s from Project Fi and get $249 of service credit (BOGO)

The Android One Moto X4 is a good mid-range device, but the price was too high when it launched. It's only officially available from Project Fi in the United States, and the carrier has run multiple promotions in the past that brought down the price. Most recently, the phone dropped to $249 ($150 off).

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