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August 19, 2017

Android O incoming – Google hosting live stream on Monday (Update: even more Oreo trolling)

Update 2: The suspicious among us don’t trust much of what comes out of a Googler’s social media accounts just prior to a new version launch, and few Googlers troll quite as hard as Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Android. Last year Lockheimer pushed Nutella on us repeatedly before Android N became Nougat, and this year Android Oreo has cropped up in his feed again and again.

Nevertheless, now the tables have turned, as no one’s buying Lockheimer’s follow-up tweet after a video file with the name GoogleOreo_Teaser was picked up on Google+ (see Update 1 below). As funny as it would be that Lockheimer had been telling the truth this whole time, he is officially the boy who [...]

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August 11, 2017

Android O will (sorta) be the end of the road for the OnePlus 3/3T

After the OnePlus 2’s very lukewarm response, there was much rejoicing when the OnePlus 3, and later the OnePlus 3T, turned out to be a return to form for OnePlus. With the company’s attention now on the OnePlus 5, however, it might not come as a huge shock that Oliver Z, OnePlus’ head of product, confirmed that the OnePlus 3/3T will not be given major software updates following Android O.

In an interview with OnePlus’ community manager, Oliver confirmed the eventual move, though the phones will still get security patch updates “for the foreseeable future”:

Android O is going to be the last Android version update we’ll release for OP3/3T. We’ll continue to [...]

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August 1, 2017

OnePlus 5 update tracker: OxygenOS 4.5.7 now rolling out

OxygenOS 4.5.7 is now rolling out to the OnePlus 5. The update was announced earlier today in the OnePlus forums and it delivers a couple of new features in addition to some bug fixes and enhancements.

The new version introduces a brand new font, named OnePlus Slate, which offers an aesthetic change for OnePlus 5 owners, but the software also comes with a useful functional upgrade: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) can now be used during 4K video recording — something which should result in less-shaky images.

The July security patch, meanwhile, is also bundled with OxygenOS 4.5.7.

See also: OnePlus 5 International Giveaway! OnePlus 5 International [...]
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July 28, 2017

Greater control over a website’s notifications coming to Google Chrome in Android O

One of the more significant changes within Android O involves what Google’s upcoming update has done relative to notifications. From notification dots to how they are presented in general, notifications received plenty of attention from the search giant. Google’s work on that front is not done, however, since it will update Chrome to give websites their own notification channels.

To be clear, this feature is not available in any current version of Chrome, which all currently offer five notification channels: Browser, Downloads, Incognito, Media, and Sites. With these channels, you can set the level of importance and tell Android how you would like the different types [...]

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