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OnePlus releases new OP3/OP3T Open Beta, complete with awful new boot animation

September 20th, 2017

I normally like covering the Open Betas that OnePlus puts out for its devices. Ever since the program launched last year, it's shown that the "underdog" Chinese manufacturer is cleaning up its act regarding updates (the OP2 incident notwithstanding). However, this time around, I'm left facepalming. Why, you may ask? Aside from the normal bug fixes and optimizations, OnePlus decided to change the boot animation... and I think that it's pretty terrible.

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OnePlus releases new OP3/OP3T Open Beta, complete with awful new boot animation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Music v7.12 adds an option to prevent external devices from auto-playing music [APK Download]

September 20th, 2017

Smartphones have become a critical component for many of the things we do in our lives. There are still plenty of bugs and weird little things that don’t quite work right on our phones, but it’s when they have to connect to other devices that many of …

SparkFun publishes app to detect gas pump/ATM card skimmers

September 20th, 2017

Generally speaking, a skimmer is a small device used to steal credit/debit card information. Thieves will place them on top of card insertion slots on unwatched payment terminals (example), like those on gas station pumps and outdoor ATMs. When you in…

‘Aire’ is a hovering robot with Alexa that will definitely scare your pets

September 20th, 2017

Robots on Kickstarter or Indiegogo usually are slow-moving and expensive products, with little or no real utility. I don’t think ‘Aire’ is anything different, but it’s certainly… special. For $699 (or $749, once the base tier runs out), you can have…

Here’s a thing: Google Maps now plays nice with multi-window

September 20th, 2017

This flew under our radar for a while, but Google Maps was updated a while back to add some extra support for Android’s multi-window. Now when you’ve got Maps open together with another application, it will continue to work, updating your location and…

[Deal Alert] Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus on sale for $499.99

September 20th, 2017

Samsung is currently pushing the Galaxy Note 8, but it’s extremely expensive. The Galaxy S8 Plus is a good alternative if you want a big Samsung phone, and it just so happens there’s a refurbished model on sale right now. For $550, you get a Verizon GS8 Plus, which is also unlocked for use on GSM networks. Add a coupon code, and it’s $499.99.

The Galaxy S8 Plus on Daily Steals comes in your choice of black, silver, or orchid gray.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus on sale for $499.99 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v7.12 confirms squeezable sides on Pixel 2, prepares for multi-step shortcuts, resuming podcast episodes, and more [APK Teardown]

September 19th, 2017

As we close in on Google’s October 4th launch event, a new beta release of the Google app itself is rolling out with hints about some of the things we may hear about during the presentation. In this update, we find further confirmation that one or bot…

The September Oreo update broke SafetyNet and Android Pay for some Nexus 6Ps, but there’s a fix

September 19th, 2017

Update-woes continue. A recent OTA (OPR6.170623.017) for the Nexus 6P appears to have broken SafetyNet and, subsequently, things like Android Pay. Thankfully, there’s a fix. All you need to do is update to a slightly newer build (OPR6.170623.019), and we’ve even got a link if you’d rather not wait. 

The problem was reported on Google’s Product Forums, and just yesterday Google promised to resolve the issue with a corrected OTA.

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The September Oreo update broke SafetyNet and Android Pay for some Nexus 6Ps, but there’s a fix was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Some users are experiencing random reboots on Android 8.0 Oreo

September 19th, 2017

Usually, updates improve an experience, but that isn’t always the case. For some, the recent upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo seems to have come at the cost of stability. A large number of people have reported frequent random reboots occurring since they made the jump, including some of us here at AP. 

My Pixel XL on Oreo keeps rebooting in the middle of me doing stuff pretty much every single day.

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Some users are experiencing random reboots on Android 8.0 Oreo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs S8+: A $270 surcharge for a stylus?

September 19th, 2017

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+ look like twins, but there are many differences between both smartphones. Which is better?(This is a preview – click here to read the entire entry.)

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