OxygenOS Open Beta 2 (8.0 Oreo) released for OnePlus 5

<p style="text-align: center"> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_op54-728x455.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone wp-image-464298 size-hero-size" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_op54-728x455-728x455.jpg" width="668" height="418" /></a></p> <p>It's been less than a month since the first Android Oreo Open Beta for the OnePlus 5 landed, and already the company is releasing its second beta. This time around you don't have a substantially new version of Android to look forward to, but there is a pile of fixes and improvements to dig into.<span id="more-464296"></span></p> <p>The full changelog for Open Beta 2, which is almost entirely bugfixes or incremental changes, is just below:</p> <div class="note-wrapper"><div class="note note-note"><div class="note-heading"><i class="icon-note"></i></div> <div class="panel-info"> <h4>What's new:</h4> </div> <article><div class="entry"> <p><strong>Launcher</strong></p> <ul><li>Fixed widget issues</li> <li>Fixed shortcut issues</li> </ul><p><strong>Camera</strong></p> <ul><li>UI improvements</li> </ul><p><strong>File Manager</strong></p> <ul><li>Added f4v...

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Android 8.1 may have made the Pixel 2 XL’s fingerprint unlock slower for some

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_p6.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-464287" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_p6-728x473.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="434" /></a></p> <p>Have you noticed that it takes just a bit longer to unlock your Pixel 2 XL when you use the fingerprint reader? If so, you aren't alone. In the last few weeks since the update, there have been multiple reports that the Pixel 2 XL takes about a second longer to unlock the device when using the fingerprint reader. The good news is that Google is looking into it. <span id="more-464286"></span></p> <p>[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q7wSV7sLSU?feature=oembed&w=668&h=501]</p> <p style="text-align: center"><em>Fingerprint unlock in slow motion on Android 8.1 (left) and 8.0 (right)</em></p> <p>Thankfully it isn't a...

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BlackBerry Priv is officially dead as monthly security updates cease

BlackBerry got a fair bit of attention earlier this year with the reveal of the BlackBerry Keyone, but its first Android device — the Priv — didn’t garner nearly as much praise or attention. Now, two years after its release, the Priv is officially dead. The best gifts for Android users As per usual with Android flagships, […]

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Google shutting down Tango AR after three years in favor of ARCore

While ARCore made its first big consumer debut with AR Stickers on the Pixel and Pixel 2 this week, Google announced today that its original augmented reality project is shutting down. Tango will no longer be supported next year and given the advantages of ARCore, this moving is not all too surprising. Nintendo Switch The Tango […]

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Kernel source code was just released for the Razer Phone

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/nexus2cee_razer.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-460967" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/nexus2cee_razer-728x485.png" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>The lifecycle of device modification usually goes a little like this: a phone gets released with an unlockable bootloader -> that phone's kernel source gets released -> the same phone then gets increased developer attention resulting in custom kernels and ROMs. Today the Razer Phone has hit that intermediate milestone, and the source code for its kernel has been released to the public as per the terms of the GPL.<span id="more-464267"></span></p> <p>For most of us this probably isn't a big deal, but if you're an enthusiast that gets...

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Google is shutting down Project Tango

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/nexus2cee_2016-11-28-18.49.01.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-397641" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/nexus2cee_2016-11-28-18.49.01-728x410.png" alt="" width="668" height="376" /></a></p> <p>Project Tango was Google's first attempt to bring a solid augmented-reality experience to the average user. It relied on an array of cameras and sensors to accurately map 3D areas, which led the (few) devices supporting Tango to be rather large and expensive. Today, Google announced that it is ending support for the platform.<span id="more-464254"></span></p> <p>The official Twitter account for Tango announced the shutdown earlier today:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">We’re turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018.</p></blockquote><div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/15/google-shutting-project-tango/" class="read-more">Read More</a><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/15/google-shutting-project-tango/'>Google is shutting down Project Tango</a> was...

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Set your away message to ‘RIP’ because AIM is officially dead today

<p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_64793552.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-464259" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_64793552-728x481.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="441" /></a></p> <p>Anyone who grew up on the internet prior to the smartphone era has probably spent a lot of time on AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM in the common vernacular. AIM made sense in that world, but not anymore. True to its previous announcement, AIM has gone offline today.</p> <p><span id="more-464253"></span></p> <p>AIM was a big part of our lives in years past. See, back in the day, we didn't all have devices in our pockets that could send an unlimited number of messages at a moment's notice.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/15/set-away-message-rip-aim-officially-dead/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/15/set-away-message-rip-aim-officially-dead/'>Set...

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[Update: Official changelog posted] Gboard v6.8 adds a handwriting keyboard and enlarges emoji, hints at new theme engine, Motion Stills integration, and more [APK Teardown]

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2017/12/15 12:47PM PDT Update" href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/15/gboard-v6-8-adds-handwriting-keyboard-enlarges-emoji-hints-new-theme-engine-motion-stills-integration-apk-teardown/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2017/12/15 12:47PM PDT</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">Official changelog posted</span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/nexus2cee_gboard.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-461074" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/nexus2cee_gboard.png" alt="" width="728" height="300" /></a></p> <p>As Cyber Monday was wearing down, Google was already winding up some app updates. A new version of Gboard began rolling out late in the afternoon, and with it comes the long-anticipated handwriting support, meaning we can finally uninstall the separate handwriting keyboard. There are also some tweaks to the emoji picker. As we look to the teardown, there are...

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[Deal Alert] Misfit Vapor is available now on Amazon for $140 ($60 off)

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Amazon.com_Misfit_Wearables_Fitness_Tracker_-_Bla_2017-12-15_14-48-23.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-464242" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nexus2cee_Amazon.com_Misfit_Wearables_Fitness_Tracker_-_Bla_2017-12-15_14-48-23-728x435.png" alt="" width="668" height="399" /></a></p> <p>Misfit's Vapor smartwatch has been the butt of many jokes since it was announced. The delays combined with the product's name almost too aptly, with many crying "vaporware!" each time it made it into the news. Turns out we'll all have to eat a generous portion of humble pie, as Misfit's latest Android Wear-powered smartwatch is now listed as in stock on <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Misfit-Wearables-Fitness-Tracker-Black/dp/B074G2THXZ?tag=androidpolice-20">Amazon</a>, and you can grab one now for just $140.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/15/deal-alert-misfit-vapor-available-now-amazon-140-60-off/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/15/deal-alert-misfit-vapor-available-now-amazon-140-60-off/'>[Deal Alert] Misfit Vapor is available now on Amazon...

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U.S. intervention in Apple’s Irish tax case rejected by EU court

The latest development in Apple’s long running $15B Irish tax case is an EU court shooting down a request from the U.S. government to become involved. AirPods Reuters reports that the second-highest court in Europe rejected the U.S governments request to intervene in support of Apple “because it failed to prove a direct interest in […]

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iTunes won’t arrive in the Windows Store this year after all

HomePod isn’t the only thing that needs a little more time from Apple before it ships. Earlier this year Apple and Microsoft announced plans to bring iTunes (and therefore Apple Music) to the Windows Store by the end of the year. Now ZDNet reports that the promised deadline will indeed be missed. 9to5Mac Happy Hour […]

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[Update: More details] New Google Home Mini update 1.29 restores top tap functionality with long-press on the side

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2017/12/08 9:33pm PST Update" href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/15/new-google-home-mini-update-restores-touch-functionality-long-press-side/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2017/12/08 9:33pm PST</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">Clarification</span> </div> </a> </li><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2017/12/15 11:25am PST Update" href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/12/15/new-google-home-mini-update-restores-touch-functionality-long-press-side/#2"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_2"> 2</span>: 2017/12/15 11:25am PST</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">According to updated support docs, you won't actually need to side long-press to stop an alarm or timer - a single tap will suffice. </span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p><a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/nexus2cee_homemini.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-450017" src="http://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/nexus2cee_homemini-728x364.png" alt="" width="668" height="334" /></a></p> <p>The Google Home Mini is a super-affordable way to get Google Assistant in your life, but Google was forced...

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