OnePlus releases ‘Switch’ app for migrating to a new device

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_op-switch.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-466806" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_op-switch.png" alt="" width="728" height="400" /></a></p> <p>Google has offered its own basic device backup/restore tool as part of Google Play Services for years, and <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/10/04/pixel-phones-come-quick-switch-adapter-can-migrate-data-another-ios-android-device/">an actual migration tool is present on Pixel devices</a> (which allows for USB transfer from iPhones, among other improvements). OnePlus has now released its own migration tool, simply titled 'OnePlus Switch.'<span id="more-466805"></span></p> <p>The app can be installed on any Android device running Lollipop (5.0) or higher, but a OnePlus device is required as the target.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/30/oneplus-releases-switch-app-migrating-new-device/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/30/oneplus-releases-switch-app-migrating-new-device/'>OnePlus releases 'Switch' app for migrating to a new device</a> was...

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The most (and least) popular devices used to browse Android Police in 2017

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_ap_resize-2.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-466807" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_ap_resize-2-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Last August, <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/08/25/the-most-and-least-popular-devices-used-to-browse-android-police-aug-2016/">I published a list</a> of the most and least popular smartphones and tablets used on Android Police. That post was surprisingly popular - and I've had repeated requests for a follow-up. Now that well over a year has passed, I think the time is right for a new installment, and one spanning a far greater time period than the month-long data set I used to compile the last version.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/30/least-popular-devices-used-browse-android-police-2017/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/30/least-popular-devices-used-browse-android-police-2017/'>The most (and least) popular devices used to browse Android Police in...

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Best Android apps of 2017 for your new phone, tablet, or Chromebook

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Best-Apps-of-2017-Android-Apps-on-Google-Play.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-466708" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Best-Apps-of-2017-Android-Apps-on-Google-Play-728x334.png" alt="" width="668" height="306" /></a></p> <p>With the new year only two days away, I thought it would be nice to compile the best apps of the year (much like I did with the <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/24/best-android-games-2017-new-phone-tablet-chromebook/">best games of the year</a>) in one of our app roundups so that everyone can find some quality releases to utilize on their recently received phone, tablet, or Chromebook. I have personally hand picked every single one of these apps, so there may be some included in this list that you may have never heard of, but rest assured every...

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TWRP now supports Razer Phone, Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus, and more

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_razer-phone-728px.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-466788" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_razer-phone-728px-728x485.png" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Team Win Recovery Project, better known as TWRP, is basically a synonym for "custom recovery" these days. It makes it easy to step into the world of custom ROMs and other flashable things for older and newer devices alike. Since <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/08/twrp-now-supports-oneplus-5t-moto-g5-plus/">our last update</a> earlier this month, TWRP has added 11 more smartphones and tablets to its ever-growing roster, including the Razer Phone and Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus.</p> <p><span id="more-466787"></span></p> <p>Here's a rundown of the latest devices to get TWRP support:</p> <ul><li>Razer Phone (<a href="https://twrp.me/razer/razerphone.html">cheryl</a>)</li> <li>Xiaomi Redmi 5 (<a href="https://twrp.me/xiaomi/xiaomiredmi5.html">rosy</a>)</li> <li>Xiaomi...

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Amazon’s Alexa Android app just reached 10 million installs on the Play Store

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_amazon-alexa.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-466790" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_amazon-alexa-728x471.png" alt="" width="668" height="432" /></a></p> <p>There is no denying that Amazon's Echo devices and Alexa voice assistant are a huge success at this point. What started out as a weird little cylinder you can command to play music and ask a few questions has now become an entire line-up of devices, an ecosystem that has engendered many integrations from thousands of companies worldwide, and has kickstarted an entire product category and tech section that was nearly non-existent before it.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/30/amazons-alexa-android-app-just-reached-10-million-installs-play-store/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/30/amazons-alexa-android-app-just-reached-10-million-installs-play-store/'>Amazon's Alexa Android app just reached 10 million installs on...

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Android 8.0 Oreo comes to the OnePlus 5T with the OxygenOS Open Beta 1

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_op5t-oreo.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-466783" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_op5t-oreo-728x373.png" alt="" width="668" height="342" /></a></p> <p>With a little time left before the year is over, OnePlus' engineers and team appear to still be hard at work trying to make Oreo for the OnePlus 5T happen and it looks like they succeeded. The first Open Beta for OxygenOS has rolled for the new 5T and it brings with it the first taste of Oreo on the phone.</p> <p>If OnePlus' effort with the OP5 is to be taken as a benchmark, the 5T might go from <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/25/oreo-comes-oneplus-5-via-first-open-beta/">first beta</a> to <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/15/oxygenos-open-beta-2-8-0-oreo-released-oneplus-5/">second beta</a> to <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/24/oneplus-5-ota-oxygen-os-5-0-android-8-0-oreo-started-rolling/">release</a> in less than a...

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Commander One review: A superior alternative to Android File Transfer on Mac

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_commander-one.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-466652" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_commander-one-728x366.png" alt="" width="668" height="336" /></a></p> <p>As a Mac user, I've felt like a pariah over the past years that I've also been using Android as my go-to mobile platform. Mac works fantastically with iOS, but Android doesn't have any powerful integration with any desktop environment. That's been the status-quo of things for as long as I remember. Android does work well enough with Windows when you're just trying to transfer some files though. But if you're on a Mac, simply plugging in the phone with a USB cable and choosing the MTP mode (File Transfer)...

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Check out XDA’s incredibly detailed analysis of the Pixel 2 XL’s display

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Color-Calibration-Poll-hero-728x485-1.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-466767" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Color-Calibration-Poll-hero-728x485-1-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Sometimes you don't want to read up on how someone "feels" about a product. Everything's subjective, of course, and it's good to combine multiple viewpoints, but once in a while, it's nice to just sit down and examine the raw data, that way you can come to your own conclusions. And Dylan Raga over at <a href="https://www.xda-developers.com/pixel-2-xl-xda-display-analysis/">XDA-Developers</a> just assembled an intense and in-depth analysis of the Pixel 2 XL's display that's worth a read.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/29/check-xdas-incredibly-detailed-analysis-pixel-2-xls-display/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/29/check-xdas-incredibly-detailed-analysis-pixel-2-xls-display/'>Check out XDA's incredibly detailed analysis of the...

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Verizon Pixel 2 bootloader can be unlocked via a simple fastboot command

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_p2-3.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463687" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_p2-3-728x410.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>The biggest disadvantage to picking up the smaller Pixel 2 on Verizon's network is the locked bootloader. Big red dictates that the phones it sells have to be locked down tight. That's a problem if you're into ROMs or if you'd like to root without an exploit. However, the folks over in the XDA forums have discovered a trivially simple way of unlocking the bootloader which is every bit as easy as the typical method for non-carrier locked Pixel 2 phones. <span id="more-466753"></span></p> <p>Unlocking a bootloader on a Nexus/Pixel...

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Android 8.1 update confirmed for Nokia 2, with some Android Go optimizations included

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_nokia-2-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-466749" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_nokia-2-hero.png" alt="" width="728" height="400" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/04/nokia-3-5-6-8-will-get-android-8-0-oreo/">HMD Global confirmed in September</a> that the entire line of Nokia phones would be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. The confirmation didn't explicitly mention <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/31/hmd-announces-e99-nokia-2-low-end-specs-impressive-4100mah-battery/">the Nokia 2</a>, because it hadn't been officially announced at that point, leaving some to wonder if HMD's super-budget model would be left on Nougat. Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, has confirmed on Twitter that the Nokia 2 will actually jump straight to Android 8.1.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/29/android-8-1-update-confirmed-nokia-2-android-go-optimizations-included/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/29/android-8-1-update-confirmed-nokia-2-android-go-optimizations-included/'>Android 8.1 update confirmed for Nokia 2, with some Android...

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Comment: WeChat is offering official IDs, could Apple ever do the same?

A new report today from The Wall Street Journal details how Tencent’s hugely popular WeChat app is working with the government to launch official, digital IDs in China. Could disruption from tech companies in sectors like this be a sign of services Apple might offer in the future? AirPods China’s Ministry of Public Security and Tencent launched […]

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ASUS ZenFone 4 is now receiving its Android 8.0 Oreo update

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Screen-Shot-2017-12-29-at-1.37.30-PM.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-466721" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Screen-Shot-2017-12-29-at-1.37.30-PM-728x546.png" alt="" width="668" height="501" /></a></p> <p>ASUS has just announced that Oreo is now rolling out to the ZenFone 4 via its ZenTalk forum. <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/30/asus-announces-zenfone-4-pro-zenfone-4-zenfone-4-max-north-america/">Released just a couple of months ago</a> alongside its siblings, the ZenFone 4 Pro and ZenFone 4 Max, the ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) is now receiving 8.0 over the air, though it may take a few days to reach your device.</p> <p><span id="more-466718"></span></p> <p>Features touted include a swipe up for your app drawer, a "more friendly setting UI design," background limits, Autofill, smart text selection, picture-in-picture, notification dots, Instant Apps, new emoji, adaptive...

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