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January 2018 platform distribution numbers show Oreo still at less than 1%

The time has come again for Google to provide an overview of what versions of Android are out there in the wild. Last month saw some big (proportional) gains for Oreo as most other versions of Android continued to slide. This time, we have the first appearance of Android 8.1, but Oreo's adoption is still in lock-step with Nougat last year.

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Google allegedly testing Russian support for Assistant

Google Assistant currently supports English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. As you may have noticed, Russian is one of the many languages missing. The 150+ million native speakers represent a huge potential market for Google, and now it looks like the company is Russian (heh) to add support for the language to Assistant.

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[Update: rolling out to G Suite customers] Google Calendar on the web finally moves to Material Design

Google unveiled Material Design all the way back in 2014 (has it really been that long?). At the time, the company promised that it would use that design language across all its products, on mobile and desktop. It has taken a while for Google to deliver on that claim, at least for its desktop apps and websites.

One of the major holdouts was the Google Calendar web app, which has changed very little over the past few years. Back in May, Google announced during a G Suite presentation that Calendar would receive a redesign in Q4 2017. Then in August, the interface began a limited rollout, but it was never fully released.

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Asus ZenFone Max Plus coming to North America with 4,130mAh battery and 'full-view display'

Asus sure does like its superlatives. Case in point, the 'ZenFone Max' wasn't good enough, so now there's a ZenFone Max Plus. The "Plus" means it's better, but better how? This one pairs a big battery with an 18:9 screen for a more modern look. It's coming to North America soon for a very competitive price.

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Samsung shows off 2018 Family Hub fridge with Bixby and SmartThings, and 146-inch 'The Wall' TV at CES

Samsung unveiled its first Family Hub fridge back in 2016, and the concept of a 'smart refrigerator' hasn't become any less ridiculous since then. Still, the company made a sequel last year, so people must be buying them. The third-generation model was unveiled at CES, along with an insane 146-inch TV that Samsung calls 'The Wall.'

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Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra feature Snapdragon 630, rear fingerprint sensors, Android 8.0 Oreo, and more; L2 also announced

Sony seems serious about improving its smartphone game. The Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra, despite having interesting camera setups and not-terrible pricing, were let down by the lacks of a Snapdragon processor and a fingerprint sensor. The XA2 and XA2 Ultra, which were leaked a few days ago, fix that with a Snapdragon 630 and a rear-mounted scanner. Also announced was the budget-oriented Xperia L2, which sports a rear fingerprint sensor as well.

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Google unifies its payment platforms under the new 'Google Pay' branding

Google offers various ways to pay for things on devices and the web, and all these transactions fall into one of several products buckets. It's a bit confusing, but Google is streamlining its payment branding today with the launch of Google Pay. Android Pay, Google Wallet, and even Chrome autofill payment info will be unified under this brand. As for when—this is happening right now. Some people already see hints of Google Pay on their devices.

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Asus announces Chromebox 3 at CES, with 8th gen Intel Core chip and USB Type-C

While they might be less attractive than a full-fledged Chromebook, desktop computers running Chrome OS have their uses. The Asus Chromebox has been among the best in that form factor, and the company took to CES 2018 to announce a third generation of the device, alongside some other small form factor computing solutions.

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[Update: More titles] Razer publishes an official list of 120Hz-optimized Android games

One of the aspects David heavily praised about the Razer Phone when he tried it is the 120Hz display. But what good is a high refresh rate when you can't take advantage of it to the max? After all, gaming is the one major aspect Razer built this display for and it'd be good to know how it can best be utilized.

That's why Razer has published a list of all the 120Hz-optimized games on its site so you can check those out to see the full benefits of the display in action. You can check the list out at the source link below, or for convenience's sake, I've also included it here.

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[$$$] NVIDIA announces 65" 4K 120Hz gaming displays with Android TV built in

Have you been holding off on your next high-end gaming monitor purchase because you're unable find one that's 65 inches across and has built-in smart TV features? Me either. But, if you're a serious living room desktop PC gamer, today's announcement from NVIDIA and its partners Acer, Asus, and HP could have you reconsidering your next big TV investment.

Essentially, NVIDIA has developed a reference platform for these manufacturers to produce displays that combine an NVIDIA Shield (i.e., Android TV), NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, and a 4K 120Hz HDR screen more than five feet in diameter. It calls these "BFGDs," or Big Format Gaming Displays, which is what NVIDIA says this acronym stands for even though we all know that is absolutely not what it stands for.

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