Bootloader unlocking appears to be disabled on some Pixel 2 phones purchased from Google

Many people, like myself, look at Google’s phones for one specific reason: they have an easily unlocked bootloader. That means when software support runs dry, or you get the itch to root/ROM, you can modify things without having to compound any potential security concerns with additional issues like exploits or undocumented software. If that’s your motivation, too, this news could be a small concern. Some Pixel 2s purchased directly from Google seem to have locked-down bootloaders. 

If last year’s Pixels are anything to go by, typically it’s just the Verizon models that have locked bootloaders, lending some credence to the theory going around that Google may have inadvertently shipped some Verizon models in place of its own unlocked SKU, though hardware IDs don’t seem to agree.

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Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is now live worldwide on the Google Play Store

Sega’s Sonic Forces: Speed Battle has officially released worldwide as of today. Luckily this release is nothing like the poorly received PC and console version of Sonic Forces as this is an entirely different game focused on multiplayer PvP gameplay. Sadly it is a competitive free-to-play auto-runner filled with loot boxes, multiple currencies, wait timers, a long grind to unlock any new heroes, plenty of advertisements, and of course a whole range of in-app purchases that go as high as $ 99.99 per item.

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Adobe Scan can now search your photos for documents using machine learning [APK Download]

There are a number of useful scanning apps on the Play Store that allow you to take photos of documents and turn them into digital copies. In fact, I wonder if proper scanners are even still sold anymore, such is the ease with which their purpose can now be fulfilled by a smartphone. Adobe Scan is one of the most popular examples of such an app, and its latest update makes it more powerful than ever.

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[Hands-on] White Night, a compelling survival horror that uses a minimal color palette as its main mechanic

You will notice right away that White Night uses a black and white color palette that clearly offers a very stylized look. While we have all seen this style used many times before, what can’t be gleaned from a quick glance is the fact that this game uses its minimal color choice to its advantage by implementing plenty of mechanics that are dependent on the way light is shone in your immediate environment.

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Giveaway: Win one of three packs of V-MODA Crossfade 2 headphones and Remix speaker [US, CAN, UK]

Two trends dominated flagship smartphones this year – small bezels and no headphone jack. I’m still not entirely sure why phone manufacturers are dropping the jack, but it means Bluetooth is the way of the future, unless you want to deal with adapters. If you’re looking for some future-proof audio accessories, we’re giving away a wireless speaker and a pair of wireless headphones from V-MODA to three lucky winners!

V-MODA Remix

First up is the Remix, V-MODA’s high-end wireless speaker.

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Telegram 4.5 adds grouped photo albums, better search, and saved messages [APK Download]

Telegram continues, as usual, to get better and better. The latest version, 4.5, adds a few new, interesting features. From grouping multiple photos into albums to an improved search implementation, Telegram 4.5 is a relatively large update.

Here’s the changelog:

  • Grouped Photos: Group media into albums when sharing multiple photos and videos. Choose the exact order of media you send
  • Saved Messages: Bookmark messages by forwarding them to “Saved Messages”
  • Better Search: Find bots and public channels faster by typing their titles in Search.

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Wednesday brings us 10 temporarily free and 5 on-sale apps

It’s Wednesday, so I’m back once again with some more app sales for you all. The list is extremely short today, if you couldn’t tell already. While there aren’t the notable entries that I noted on Monday, the smaller post today should make most of you happy.

Free

Apps

  1. Auto Wallpaper Changer (CLARO Pro) $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days left
  2. Music Translator (Recognition) $ 0.99 -> Free; 6 days left
  3. Round Corners $ 0.99 -> Free; 6 days left

Games

  1. Cubes $ 0.99 -> Free; 6 days left
  2. 82 Animals Dot-to-Dot for Kids $ 1.99 -> Free; 7 days left

Icon packs & customization

  1. Chicago 3D Pro live wallpaper $ 0.99 -> Free; 1 day left
  2. Mayan Mystery 3D Pro lwp $ 0.99 -> Free; 2 days left
  3. UX Experience S8 – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 days left
  4. BlackO PRO🔥 Dark Wallpapers $ 3.49 -> Free; 7 days left
  5. Glasic – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 7 days left

Sale

Apps

  1. 🚨 Earthquake Network Pro – Realtime alerts $ 3.99 -> $ 2.49; 2 days left
  2. Board Game Stats: Play tracking for tabletop games $ 2.99 -> $ 1.99; 4 days left

Games

  1. Unreal Estate $ 2.99 -> $ 1.99; 4 days left
  2. Radium $ 2.49 -> $ 0.99; 5 days left
  3. Spider Solitaire 3D $ 1.99 -> $ 0.99; 6 days left

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TV Show Favs gets a material design makeover in v4.0 [APK Download]

Keeping track of what you’re watching on TV is an absolute nightmare at the moment; there are just too many great series and not enough time. As with most problems we face these days, there’s an app for that. TV Show Favs is a powerful tool that helps you track and manage the viewing of your favorite shows, with all sorts of useful features such as calendar integration and reminder notifications.

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YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to show artist gig listings with music videos

Music has always been integral to the success of YouTube, and the platform is well aware of the importance of its relationship with the entertainment industry. As good as watching a music video or live performance can be, it’s no substitute for actually seeing your favorite artists live. YouTube wants to connect the two experiences and has partnered with gig ticket seller Ticketmaster to do just that.

Ticketing within the YouTube app seems like a no-brainer, and from today it will be possible to see the US tour schedules for hundreds of artists when viewing one of their official videos.

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Nexus Player gains Google Assistant functionality with November security patch

The Nexus Player, Google’s first (and only) digital media player (see note) has received support for Google Assistant as part of the November security update. This is the third Android TV device to receive the Assistant, after the nVidia Shield and select Sony Bravia televisions.

Given the quality of the microphone in the bundled controller, you are probably better off using the Android TV Remote app with your existing smartphone, but the feature does work.

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