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Android 8.1 Factory Reset just basically bricked a phone

Android 8.1 Factory Reset just basically bricked a phone

A story on Reddit submitted by one Tom Bolger suggested today that forgetting one's PIN code on Android 8.1 could be disastrous. His situation involved upgrading his phone to Android 8.1, then forgetting his PIN code for said phone. His next step seemed to have been the big mistake - a full Factory Reset.

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Android 8.0 Oreo numbers seem to be off to a good start

Android 8.0 Oreo numbers seem to be off to a good start

Well that was quick. Not quicker than iOS rollouts, of course, but, considering this is Android we're talking about, the fact that Android 8.0 already showed up less than two months after it launched has got to be a good sign. Better yet, it's already at 0.2%. Again, a laughable number in the grand scheme of things, but, relatively speaking, it bodes well for Google's latest and greatest Android release yet.

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Nexus Player finally gets its Android 8.0 Oreo update

Nexus Player finally gets its Android 8.0 Oreo update

Remember the Nexus Player? Yes, that pucked-shaped, ASUS-made device that was supposed to showcase the best of Android TV, just like the Nexus phones were supposed to do. It was launched back in 2014 but, surprisingly and unlike Nexus phones of that year, it is still getting major Android updates. In fact, it has now just received Android 8.0 Oreo after a short delay due to a showstopping bug. Now the few Nexus Player owners still hanging around can boast to their Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 contemporaries that they are now enjoying some cookie goodness the Motorola-made phone won’t officially get.

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Moto G4 won’t get Android Oreo despite Motorola promise [UPDATE]

Moto G4 won’t get Android Oreo despite Motorola promise [UPDATE]

We are often told not to make promises we can’t keep. That sage advice apparently doesn’t apply to the grown ups in the business world, where companies have no qualms taking back their honored word. Sometimes, they even do so in a sneaky way in the hopes no one will notice. Unfortunately for Motorola, some people did notice that it quietly tampered with evidence that it said it would upgrade the Moto G4 to Android Oreo, which, as it stands, now seems to be unlikely.

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These Motorola phones will get the Android Oreo update

These Motorola phones will get the Android Oreo update

Motorola has just announced the list of its smartphones that will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. A dozen handsets have made the list, many of them being exactly what we expected: the moto z and its various variants, moto z2 Play / Force Edition, and more. Motorola also has an online tool that allows its handset owners to select their carrier and phone to find out if/when it'll be updated.

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Pixel 2’s Always on Display is just hidden in Android Oreo

Pixel 2’s Always on Display is just hidden in Android Oreo

While the Nexus phones played a fair game, with features available for any device running the same version of Android. In contrast, the Pixel phones had some features that were exclusive to them, at least for a short while. One of the latest ones is Google’s official implementation of the Always On Display feature. It turns out, however, that it is actually available for any Android Oreo device. That is, provided that ROM developers flipped the right switch.

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Substratum Andromeda add-on brings rootless theming to Android Oreo

Substratum Andromeda add-on brings rootless theming to Android Oreo

There is now even less reason for Android users to root their device. That is, if their device already runs on Android 8.0 Oreo. As promised and hyped a few weeks ago, the folks behind the Substratum theme engine have come out with a new Andromeda add-on to take advantage of Oreo's newest hidden feature. And while the add-on does cost you more than a dollar, it might well be worth the price considering it lets you nearly completely theme your Oreo phone without rooting it first.

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BlackBerry Priv won’t get Android Oreo, DTEKs also unlikely

BlackBerry Priv won’t get Android Oreo, DTEKs also unlikely

BlackBerry is one of those regarded to be quite fast at pushing out updates to its devices but there are still limits to what it is able to accomplish. Unfortunately for owners of its more or less recent Android phones, they will be running into those limits hard. In an interview with UTB Blogs, Alex Thurber, BlackBerry Mobile Solutions General Manager delivers some bad news. The BlackBerry Priv won’t be getting Android 8.0 Oreo, and the DTEK59 and DTEK60 might be on a similar boat.

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Android Oreo bug uses up mobile data even when on Wi-Fi

Android Oreo bug uses up mobile data even when on Wi-Fi

No non-trivial software is without bugs, even the most meticulously crafted ones. Bugs do slip through the cracks, but some are so bad you wonder how they didn’t get caught before release. While this recently discovered issue on Android 8.0 won’t eat kittens or any living being for that matter, it will eat your data. Some users already on Android Oreo report that their phones continue using up mobile data, even while they’re connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.

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Here are the Sony Xperia phones that will get Android 8.0 Oreo

Here are the Sony Xperia phones that will get Android 8.0 Oreo

Sony unveiled a couple of new products at IFA 2017 yesterday, including two expected Xperia flagship and one odd and unexpected Android mid-ranger. While the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact are more or less flagship phones, there was a bit of uncertainty whether it will ship with Oreo or not, considering how close it was to Android 8.0’s launch. Beating LG to the punch this year, Sony proudly said that those two will launch with Oreo from the get go. Even better, Sony is sharing which smartphones will get updated to Android 8.0 in due time.

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Verizon Pixel, Pixel XL Oreo updates include surprise features

Verizon Pixel, Pixel XL Oreo updates include surprise features

The advantage of owning a Google Pixel or Nexus device is that, at least within the device’s supported lifespan, you’re guaranteed to get Android updates and new versions first before anyone else does. At least in theory. If you got your device via a carrier, however, you will still face some delays, though not as much as OEM phones. The good news is that Verizon has finally started pushing out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Pixel and Pixel XL phones under its care. The strange news is that it comes with two features never before heard in Oreo land.

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Pixel Launcher 2.0 brings a taste of Oreo to unrooted phones

Pixel Launcher 2.0 brings a taste of Oreo to unrooted phones

As open as the Pixel phones may be, Google has included a few features that, sometimes temporarily, remain exclusive to the device. One of those is the app launcher. Fortunately, thanks in part to Android’s open nature, there have been ways to use the Pixel Launcher, as it is commonly called, on other devices. Unfortunately, most of those ways require rooting a device, which may seem to much to ask just for an app launcher. That is where AmirZ’s Rootless Pixel Launcher comes in. And in version 2.0, actually now 2.1, users can get a foretaste of what it’s like to live in Android 8.0 Oreo.

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