Deal: Get $100 in Project Fi credit with Moto X4 Android One purchase

Back in September, Google revealed that the Android One edition of the Motorola Moto X4 would join the list of its official Project Fi-compatible smartphones. At the time, that made the phone the most affordable of all the phones that would work on Google’s mobile network, with a price of $399. Now, Google is giving buyers an additional incentive as part of its Black Friday sales efforts. It will give Moto X4 buyers on Project Fi a $100 credit on the network.

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From now until November 30, if you decide to purchase the Android One Moto X4 from Project Fi, a service credit of $100 will be applied to your Fi account after the device has been activated. The credit is supposed to be put in place within 30 days of the Moto X4 shipping, and the phone must also remain active on the network for 30 days.

As a reminder, the Android One Moto X4 current runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box, but because it is part of the Android One program, it’s likely to get an update to Android 8.0 Oreo in the very near future. The phone includes a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, with a microSD card slot to add even more storage. It also has a dual rear camera setup with a main 12 MP sensor, and an 8 MP secondary sensor, along with a single 16 MP front-facing camera.

Interested? Click the link below to get the discount.

Deal: Get the BlackBerry KEYone for $100 off at Amazon and Best Buy

Cyber Monday 2017 hasn’t officially arrived yet, but some companies are getting a head start for what is supposed to be the biggest online shopping day of the year. For example, BlackBerry has started an extended Cyber Monday sale on the unlocked BlackBerry KEYone, selling the smartphone with its traditional hardware keyboard for just $449.99, or $100 off its normal $549.99 price tag.

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The phone is available for the lower price at both Amazon and Best Buy’s websites, and it also covers the GSM model that works on AT&T and T-Mobile, along with the CDMA network version that works on Verizon. The special lower price will end at 12:59 a.m. Eastern time on December 3, or while supplies last. This discount does not extend to the more recent BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition.

In addition to its hardware keyboard, which includes touch-sensitive frets between rows of keys, the BlackBerry KEYone has a 4.5-inch display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor,  3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a microSD card slot to add more storage, a 12 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front facing camera, and a 3,505 mAh battery.

If you used and loved your older BlackBerry phones with their keyboards, will this lower Cyber Monday price make you want to try out the BlackBerry KEYone?

Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to unlocked HTC U11 on November 27

The unlocked HTC U11 will receive its Android 8.0 Oreo update on Monday, November 27, according to HTC’s Mo Versi on Twitter. This news comes just two weeks after the U11 in Taiwan started receiving its Android 8 update.

By now you’re probably aware what new features will arrive with the Android Oreo update. In case you need a refresher, you can check out our full 8.0 review right here.

So far, there aren’t too many other Android phones running Oreo. According to the latest Android version distribution numbers, Oreo is only installed on .3% of all Android devices. All of Google’s Pixel phones are running Oreo, as are the OnePlus 3/3T and Nokia 8. There are also Oreo beta programs in place for a handful of other devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG V30Essential Phone, and OnePlus 5, so we should see that .3% jump up quite a bit over the next couple months.

But what about HTC’s other devices? Back in August the company announced that the HTC U Ultra and HTC 10 will be updated to Oreo, though we don’t have any more details at this time.

If you own an unlocked U11, be sure to leave a comment when you receive your update. We’ll let you know when the update begins rolling out.

First OxygenOS Open Beta with Android Oreo arrives for OnePlus 5

OnePlus has been working to bring the latest version of Android to all its latest devices. Last week the company rolled out Android 8.0 Oreo to the OnePlus 3 and 3T, and now it’s the OnePlus 5’s turn.

The Open Beta Program for the OnePlus 5 is now live, which brings Android 8.0 Oreo, UI tweaks, and more to the company’s first flagship of 2017.

With Android 8.0 Oreo, the OnePlus 5 will gain plenty of useful features like picture-in-picture mode, improved auto-fill, smart text selection, notification dots, and much more. To learn all about Oreo, check out our full review here.

The OnePlus 5 is also gaining some visual improvements including new Quick Settings and app folder designs. The beta build also brings the OnePlus 5T’s Parallel Apps feature, as well as the October 2017 security patch.

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Keep in mind that this is beta software (the official rollout isn’t due until early 2018), so you might want to think twice before you install this on your main smartphone. You might experience app crashes, poor battery life, and more.

You can find out how to install the first Open Beta build at the source link below. If you do end up installing it, OnePlus would like you to fill out a UI/UX survey and report any bugs you experience.

As noted last week, the Android Oreo update for the OnePlus 5 unfortunately won’t bring Project Treble support. A future build may include Face Unlock, though that feature isn’t present in this first build.

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This week we reviewed the ZTE Axon M, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, and published our initial thoughts on the OnePlus 5T. We were also lucky enough to interview members of Essential and Made for Google. Here’s the news of the week!

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No more low-quality accessories: an interview with Made for Google’s Blade Olson We were lucky enough to interview Blade Olson, head of the Made for Google program, about the certification process, what partners need to do to join the program, and more.


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