Google announces which Android Wear watches will get Oreo update, and which already have it

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Android-Oreo-Android-Wear-Hero-1.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-462765" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Android-Oreo-Android-Wear-Hero-1.png" alt="" width="948" height="533" /></a></p> <p>As the name implies, Android Wear is simply a variation of Android specifically tailored to smartwatches. This year's Wear 2.0 update ran on top of Android 7.0 Nougat, and while<a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/10/new-android-wear-2-0-features-can-now-delivered-play-store-no-ota-required/"> some components can be updated through the Play Store</a>, the underlying system can only be updated through normal OTAs.<span id="more-463426"></span></p> <p>Google released the Wear version of Android 8.0 Oreo <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/06/oreo-will-rolling-android-wear-starting-today/">a few days ago</a>, and the update started to roll out to the LG Watch Sport and other models.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/google-announces-android-wear-watches-will-get-oreo-update/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/google-announces-android-wear-watches-will-get-oreo-update/'>Google announces which Android Wear...

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Android 8.1 update caused some Pixel C tablets to factory reset, Google says it’s fixed

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/nexus2cee_wm_IMG_7511-1_thumb.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-359796" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/nexus2cee_wm_IMG_7511-1_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="728" height="485" /></a></p> <p>When a manufacturer releases a system update, there is a general assumption that the update will not <em>break everything</em>. If you have a Pixel C that hasn't received the Android 8.1 update yet (or you've been holding off), consider yourself lucky - many users discovered that the OTA triggered a factory reset.<span id="more-463417"></span></p> <p>Google released the final build of Android 8.1 <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/05/android-8-1-ota-files-factory-images-now-live/">earlier this week</a>, and the update started to roll out to Nexus and Pixel devices worldwide (including the Pixel C).<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/android-8-1-update-caused-pixel-c-tablets-factory-reset-google-says-fixed/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/android-8-1-update-caused-pixel-c-tablets-factory-reset-google-says-fixed/'>Android 8.1 update...

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Someone just gave their Google Home Mini a headphone jack (kind of)

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_How_to_Add_AUX_port_to_Google_Home_Mini_-_YouTube__2017-12-09_19-12-39.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463412" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_How_to_Add_AUX_port_to_Google_Home_Mini_-_YouTube__2017-12-09_19-12-39-728x365.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="335" /></a></p> <p>We get a kick out of hardware mods here at Android Police. They're fun to see, and occasionally fun to do, especially when they make up for a product's shortcomings. Enter the Google Home Mini, a device which we mostly liked (when it wasn't <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/10/google-nerfing-home-minis-mine-spied-everything-said-247/">bugging out</a>). It did have one slight deficiency, though, and that was volume. It just didn't get very loud. But the folks at YouTube channel SnekTek took that as a challenge and installed an audio output jack for external amplification.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/someone-just-gave-google-home-mini-headphone-jack-kind/"...

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S8 G950FD for $569.99 and S8 Plus G955FD for $619.99 on eBay ($100-150 off)

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Samsung_Galaxy_S8_SM-G950FD_Dual_Sim_FACTORY_UNLO_2017-12-09_18-34-31.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463405" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Samsung_Galaxy_S8_SM-G950FD_Dual_Sim_FACTORY_UNLO_2017-12-09_18-34-31-728x449.png" alt="" width="668" height="412" /></a></p> <p>Timeless as the tides, the prices for Samsung's 2017 flagships continue to creep their way down. This time it's the unlocked dual-SIM international variant that's caught our attention. Right now over on eBay, you can pick up a Galaxy S8 (G950FD) for <a href="http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574915657&toolid=10001&campid=5336677250&customid=&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2FSamsung-Galaxy-S8-SM-G950FD-Dual-Sim-FACTORY-UNLOCKED-Black-Gold-Gray-Blue%2F201909374302">$569.99</a> or a Galaxy S8 Plus (G955FD) for <a href="http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574915657&toolid=10001&campid=5336677250&customid=&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2FSamsung-Galaxy-S8-G955FD-Dual-Sim-FACTORY-UNLOCKED-6-2-Black-Gold-Gray-Pink%2F201898049004">$619.99</a>. That saves you $100 in the case of the S8 and $150 for the S8 Plus. <span id="more-463403"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Samsung_Galaxy_S8_G955FD_Dual_Sim_FACTORY_UNLOCK_2017-12-09_18-39-47.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-463406" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Samsung_Galaxy_S8_G955FD_Dual_Sim_FACTORY_UNLOCK_2017-12-09_18-39-47-668x278.png" alt="" width="668" height="278" /></a></p> <p>These are the international dual-SIM...

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Ninety7 LOFT battery base review: A $50 way to move your Google Home around the house

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_IMG_20171119_152937.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463260" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_IMG_20171119_152937-728x409.png" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>Google has now released three versions of the Google Home, each with its own unique size and price point, but none of them are portable out of the box. Untether them from their power cords, and you'll be left with an interestingly-shaped paperweight (well, the Home Mini actually somewhat resembles one).</p> <p>Those of you looking for a mobile Home have probably run into this: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/20/loft-49-95-portable-battery-base-google-home/">Ninety7's LOFT battery base</a> for the original Google Home.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/ninety7-loft-battery-base-review-50-way-move-google-home-around-house/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/ninety7-loft-battery-base-review-50-way-move-google-home-around-house/'>Ninety7 LOFT battery base review: A $50 way to move your...

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[FYI] For some, mobile data is now set to “always active” by default in Android Oreo

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Mobile-Data-Acrive-hero.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463379" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Mobile-Data-Acrive-hero-728x409.png" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>Android O contains plenty of power-saving improvements for the platform. But it would appear that at least one of the changes <em>won't</em> be improving your battery life. For some users, on updating to Android Oreo (8.0 or 8.1), "mobile data always active" in Developer options will be enabled. While that will make switching between Wi-Fi and mobile data faster, it may also consume a bit more power.  <span id="more-463378"></span></p> <p>Our own Artem noticed it enabled on his device although he hadn't flipped that switch himself.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/fyi-mobile-data-now-set-always-active-default-oreo/" class="read-more">Read...

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10 great Android games you can play on your TV with Chromecast

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_lcd-tv-television-screen-icon-png-24.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463303" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_lcd-tv-television-screen-icon-png-24-728x487.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="447" /></a></p> <p>Google's <a href="https://store.google.com/us/product/chromecast_2015?hl=en-US">Chromecast</a> is often an ignored platform for gaming, but that doesn't mean there aren't a couple of quality titles to check out on your Chromecast enabled TV. Heck, you don't even necessarily need a Chromecast as you can take advantage of any Android TV device to stream the games listed in today's roundup. So without further ado, here are 10 Chromecast enabled games you can enjoy by streaming them directly to your TV.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/10-great-android-games-can-play-tv-chromecast/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/10-great-android-games-can-play-tv-chromecast/'>10 great Android games you can play on your...

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Weekend poll: Do you use apps that take advantage of Android’s accessibility services?

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DSC00681.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463351" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DSC00681-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Last month, Google announced that it would <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/12/google-will-remove-play-store-apps-use-accessibility-services-anything-except-helping-disabled-users/">remove Play Store apps</a> that were using Android's accessibility services to add functionality other than that intended for disabled users. While it was terrible news for many developers, the logic behind the decision was understandable. Recently there have been <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/13/toast-overlay-used-malicious-android-apps-install-additional-malware/">multiple</a> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/05/25/recently-revealed-cloak-dagger-android-attack-uses-overlays-accessibility-services-deceive-users/">exploits</a> that take advantage of accessibility services. But unfortunately, plenty of apps use it for legitimately useful purposes as well.</p> <p>Google just recently decided to <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/07/google-pauses-accessibility-app-ban-considers-responsible-innovative-uses-accessibility-services/">pause the ban</a> while it debates the issue internally, and we got curious...

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Samsung HeartWise now on the Play Store, helps patients keep up with doctor-recommended heart wellness programs

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_heartwise-app-s3.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463287" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_heartwise-app-s3-728x522.png" alt="" width="668" height="479" /></a></p> <p>During my brief stints using Samsung Galaxy smartphones, I eschewed many of the company's branded apps, but Samsung Health was one of the few exceptions. I was impressed by how robust and slick it was and found myself tracking my blood pressure and SpO2 level every now and then just for fun. Now the Korean tech giant is bringing that health app know-how to Samsung HeartWise, a new health app built for a niche audience: patients who want to keep up with their doctor-recommended heart wellness program...

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Honor 7X review: A contender for budget king

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DSC_0148-1.png" class=" no-style"><img class="aligncenter size-hero-size wp-image-463147" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DSC_0148-1-728x440.png" alt="" width="668" height="404" /></a><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DSC_0148_1.png"><br /></a></p> <p>Honor is back here at the end of 2017 with another budget phone that, for all intents and purposes, is a better bang for your buck than its predecessor, the <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/03/17/honor-6x-review/">6X</a>. The specs have seen a slight boost, but the biggest change is the addition of Huawei's FullView display. Yes, that's right: a budget phone with an 18:9 screen, <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/07/xiaomi-redmi-5-5-plus-come-189-displays-big-batteries-prices-starting-799-cny-121-usd/">something thus far uncommon</a>.<span id="more-461225"></span></p> <p>The 7X outright bests its predecessor and goes right up against the <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/06/moto-g5s-plus-review-steadily-advancing-flagship-territory-not-clear/">Moto G5S Plus</a>, all while sitting at an extremely...

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Essential Phone camera updates add 360-degree live-streaming on Facebook and YouTube, other improvements

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DSC00679.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463295" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_DSC00679-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>When the Essential Phone landed back in September, one of the biggest criticisms most <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/09/11/essential-phone-review-essentially-okay/">reviews</a> had for the diminutive device was its decidedly mediocre camera. Subsequent <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/23/essential-phone-gets-permanent-price-drop-499/">price drops</a> and <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/27/insane-deal-alert-essential-phone-plus-360-camera-just-399/">recent sales</a> may have increased consumer interest, though, and Essential remains <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/30/essential-camera-app-gets-updated-portrait-mode-reduced-compression/">committed</a> to <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/05/essential-announces-new-ota-update-improve-camera-performance/">improving camera</a> performance—at least, as much as they can.</p> <p>Two days ago, the Essential camera app and 360-degree hardware were updated again, adding support for YouTube Live 360, Facebook Live 360, and improving 360-degree image quality and software stability. <span id="more-463294"></span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p...

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Shazam reportedly about to be purchased by Apple

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/nexus2cee_shazam-lite.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-389660" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/nexus2cee_shazam-lite.png" alt="" width="728" height="400" /></a></p> <p>Shazam was one of the first third-party applications available on the iPhone, as it launched in 2008 alongside the iOS App Store. Later that year, it arrived on Android, and it has continued to maintain a strong userbase. According to a report from TechCrunch, Apple could be looking to buy Shazam as soon as Monday.<span id="more-463298"></span></p> <p>If you're not familiar with the app, it uses your phone's microphone to listen to music currently playing, and give you information about it (and links to buy it).<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/09/shazam-reportedly-purchased-apple/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a...

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TWRP now supports OnePlus 5T, Moto G5 Plus, and more

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_5t-1.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-463254" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_5t-1-728x473.png" alt="" width="668" height="434" /></a></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/11/20/oneplus-5t-review-bigger-screen-bigger-price-still-good-deal/">OnePlus 5T</a> is without a doubt an enthusiast phone. And what good would an enthusiast phone be without an available custom recovery? TWRP has just added support for the 5T, as well as the Moto G5 Plus and a few other devices.</p> <p><span id="more-463253"></span></p> <p>Here are the five devices that you can now flash official TWRP on:</p> <ul><li>HTC E9+ <a href="https://twrp.me/htc/htca55mldtul.html">(a55ml_dtul)</a></li> <li>Lenovo Vibe K5/K5 Plus <a href="https://twrp.me/lenovo/lenovoA6020.html">(A6020)</a></li> <li>Motorola Moto G5 Plus <a href="https://twrp.me/motorola/motorolamotog5plus.html">(potter)</a></li> <li>OnePlus 5T <a href="https://twrp.me/oneplus/oneplus5t.html">(dumpling)</a></li> <li>ZUK Z2 Pro <a href="https://twrp.me/zuk/zukz2row.html">(z2_row)</a></li> </ul><p>The OnePlus 5T's introduction here will excite many, and many owners of the...

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