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Damien Wilde

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Damien is 9to5Google’s resident Video Producer based in the UK.

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Yesterday

The late-2020 gaming rush is now upon us, which means the gaming release schedule is now really heating up ahead of the busy holiday period. October 2020 has seen some serious PR missteps and controversy alongside heaps more incremental updates and improvements to Stadia, while more a new wave of games have hit the service too!

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One of the biggest complaints we had over the OnePlus Buds was not the audio experience but the lack of ability to access and apply updates without a OnePlus smartphone. That is set to change, thanks to the HeyMelody app, which will let you install OTA updates on non-OnePlus smartphones.

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OxygenOS 11.0.2.3 rolls out for OnePlus 8T w/ 5G, power usage boosts, more

The OnePlus 8T hasn’t been available for purchase for too long, but already we’ve seen two updates roll out. The latest being OxygenOS 11.0.2.3 which resolves a few minor issues that we have even seen on our own early units.

OxygenOS Open Beta 9 rolls out for OnePlus 7T/Pro w/ October 2020 patch

The OxygenOS Open Beta 9 update is now rolling out for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro with the October 2020 security patch in tow.

October 29

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The OnePlus 8T is probably the best OnePlus smartphone to date in a number of key areas. It also falters in a few, simply to justify the existence of the OnePlus 8 Pro.

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OxygenOS Open Beta 3 rolls out for OnePlus 8/8 Pro w/ October patch, Canvas and AOD tweaks, more

The OxygenOS Open Beta 3 is now rolling out for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro with the update based upon Android 11 and bringing with some fixes for brand new features and the October 2020 security patch.

The Google Play Store continues to test new features on an almost weekly basis, the latest of which is a direct app-to-app comparison called “Compare apps” option appearing for some, allowing direct feature checking between various similar applications.

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[Update: Camera renders] Galaxy S21 renders show new ‘wrap-around’ camera design, more

The first renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 – and S21 Ultra) – have now been shared, giving us a glimpse of what looks like a refinement of the existing S20 series design.

October 28

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As we careen toward the inevitable death of Google Play Music proper, features are crashing toward YouTube Music in an attempt to make it a viable alternative. The latest is the ability to sort playlists, songs, and albums alphabetically on the desktop or browser version of YouTube Music.

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The 4-year-old Galaxy S7 receives September 2020 security patch

Samsung’s recent solid track record of keeping devices updated with the latest patches continues as the now 4-year-old Galaxy S7 is getting a rare update in the form of the September 2020 security patch.

OxygenOS 10.5.9 has now started rolling out for the original OnePlus Nord — not to be confused with the as-yet-unavailable N10 and N100 — bringing with it the October 2020 security patch plus some other notable new features.

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[Update: Round 3] OnePlus launches IDEAS 2.0 campaign to help improve OxygenOS

Having one of the most active online communities has seen OnePlus become a major player in the Android space over the past few years. The company still wants to ensure that fans have their voices heard after launching the OnePlus IDEAS 2.0 campaign to help improve and enhance future versions of OxygenOS.

October 27

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The battle for control of your smart-home tech has been fierce for years, but it’s about to heat up even further as Google rolls out a redesign of the classic Smart Display UI — which could change the way you interact with your Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, or other Smart Display hardware.

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[Update: TAB Family Edition] TCL launches TAB 8-inch Android tablet at Verizon w/ $199 price

LTE-connected Android tablets are often expensive and not always worth the money, but Verizon and TCL are hoping to change that with the $199 TAB.

October 2020 patch now rolling out for Galaxy Tab S7 series

The recently released Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ are now the latest Samsung devices to get officially updated with the October 2020 security patch.

[Update: Spring 2021 release] Leaks suggest a new Crash Bandicoot game is coming to Android and iOS

The growth of mobile gaming means that we’re starting to see more of our favorite console characters break free and head to our smartphones — the next such star could be Crash Bandicoot.

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