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There's A Last Minute Quick Fix Update For The OnePlus 5T Rolling Out

I guess OnePlus noticed they needed to add some finishing touches or fixes to some oversights in the device software. This update includes fixes to improve unlocking, video recording, screen off gestures, EIS stabilization, and a fix for the KRACK vulnerability. Kind of odd that they didn't have this fix in place before the launch -- since they fixed the KRACK vulnerability in the OnePlus 5 earlier this month.

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YouTube TV Has Picture-In-Picture Support Now

On Android Oreo, YouTube TV has picture-picture or PiP support now. It's another app to join the small group of apps that support this new functionality, and the only rival service to Hulu and Netflix that supports PiP. If PiP is important to you -- then the $35/month YouTube TV subscription might be worth it. But most likely, it's not. When you want to watch a show or a movie -- you don't want to multitask. Or at least...that's what it is for me.

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OnePlus Isn't Supporting Android Oreo's Project Treble

I'm honestly sad to have come across this news. Android Oreo was promising faster updates to new versions of Android via Google's Project Treble. Apparently though, only devices running Android 8.0 at launch are required to support Project Treble. Devices that launch with Nougat are not required to do so -- and so the OEM can decide whether or not to support it. Essential and Google are supporting it on Nougat devices...but apparently OnePlus is not taking advantage of this opportunity. This presents a major reason not to purchase the OnePlus 5T...might as well wait for the 6 because the 6 will be forced to comply with Project Treble.

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Microsoft's Skype App Pulled From Google Play And Apple's App Store In China

Chinese local authorities claim that the app does not comply with local laws. Google and Apple have since then taken action to remove the app from the Chinese app market. It is still available in other countries. It's a shame to see this happen -- what's next, all the messaging apps?

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Android 8.0 Features You Might Not Know About

The first one is that you can now access widgets related to the app you have long-pressed on. So basically, long-press an app and you will have a widget shortcut prompt available. You can enforce background activity limits on apps -- which will save battery and stop their ongoing processes that happen when you aren't using the app. However, notifications might not work and you may encounter various bugs by not allowing the app to run in the background. Snooze notifications? I have this in Android 7.0 -- so not a new feature. Side-loading managed on an app per app basis -- this is pretty cool, because it used to be all or nothing. Now you can say only allow sideloaded apps from sources you trust like Google, Tesla Coil, or another source you personally trust. It might be a pain to manage though. And lastly, there is notification customization. I think we have a bit of this in 7.0 already, but maybe it is more in depth on 8.0. You can essentially block or disable notifications that are repetitive or distracting meanwhile allowing more important notifications like texts, emails, and maybe social media if it's work related.

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OnePlus 3 And 3T Get Android 8.0 Update

It's not often that old phones get the latest Android software -- and even some new phones don't even have it yet...like the Galaxy S8 and LG V30. This update will definitely improve the viability of owning a OnePlus 3 or 3T for at least the next year. I love seeing OnePlus really crush it when it comes to software updates now -- they had a history of virtually non-existent software updates. Seems like they upped their game when they launched the OnePlus 3.

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EngineerMode On OnePlus Devices Poses Security Risks

EngineerMode is an app found on OnePlus devices as far back as the OnePlus One... because it comes with all versions of OxygenOS -- the pre-installed Android version on OnePlus devices. This app allows you to obtain root access just by running a few ABD commands. This is dangerous because a rogue app that you might accidentally download can execute the commands and gain system access to your handset. OnePlus claims they will remove EngineerMode in an upcoming OTA.

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Firefox Quantum For Android, Isn't As Good As It Could Be

Firefox has been talking about their Quantum update for a little over a year. It's finally preparing to make its way to Android as part of Mozilla Firefox version 57 and future updates. The main changes that are expected to be great haven't arrived yet, so the first impression isn't the best yet. It should get better. But then again...I've been mainly using the Google App which opens webpages in Chrome. I probably won't use Firefox 57.

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Android 8.1 Will Show Which Apps Are Draining Your Battery

Something new that is coming in 8.1 will be the ability to see which apps are draining your battery. Greenify was a popular app that filled this role previously. And the Android OEM skin on the Samsung Galaxy S8 also does this. I guess there will be no reason to install Greenify in the future -- unless you are really in love with the app. I was quite sure that there was a setting in Android that displayed which apps were using the most battery I just looked, and yes, there was a battery usage panel, maybe not as nice and easily understandable as the new one, but there was one.

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Hackers Claim to Break Face ID a Week After iPhone X Release

Well, this certainly isn't good news for iPhone users. It's especially bad for iPhone X users. They just spent $1000 on a phone with a brand new type of phone security that is easier to crack than Touch ID. Seems like both the Pixel 2 and iPhone X have had rocky launches this year.

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