First Android Oreo (Go edition) phones will debut next week

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After initially debuting alongside the update to Android 8.1 back in December, Android Oreo (Go edition) is finally about to appear on its first devices.

Google says that the first Android Oreo (Go edition) phones will be introduced next week at MWC 2018. The devices will go on sale “soon after”.

No OEM partners have been announced for these Android Oreo (Go edition) devices, so it’s unclear what kind of phones we’ll see next week. Android Oreo (Go edition) is a version of Android Oreo that’s optimized for smartphones with 1GB of RAM or less, though, so expect them to have fairly entry-level specs.

The goal of Android Oreo (Go edition) is to offer a smartphone that’s affordable but with an experience that doesn’t suffer because of it. These devices will have less storage and processing power, but that will enable manufacturers to sell the devices at affordable prices, sometimes at less than $ 50.

Android Oreo (Go edition) is optimized for these types of phones, complete with Google apps that are designed to use less memory and storage. The goal is that with all of these optimizations, consumers can buy an affordable Android Oreo (Go edition) device and still have a good experience using it.

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A New ‘Hanger’ Game is in the Works and it Looks Bananas

The folks over at developer A Small Game have been bringing us joy through their fun and overly violent rope-swinging games for many years now. We had a really good time when we took the original 2012 game Hanger [Free] for a spin in just our second ever TA Plays video (remember those?). The goal was to hook and swing your way through more than 70 levels filled with deadly hazards and try to make it to the end in one piece. Well, the one piece thing is actually pretty optional, as during your journey it’s pretty likely you’ll get some limbs or a torso lopped off at some point, but as long as a badly bleeding but still alive portion of you crosses the finish line then you’re all good. Then in July of 2015 A Small Game released the follow-up Hanger World [Free] which brought more of that wonderful swinging mayhem but amped it up in every way with more levels, more playable characters, and even a full-fledged level editor built in. We enjoyed Hanger World a whole bunch too.

Well, the fun’s not over as A Small Game has announced in our forums that a new Hanger game is in the works, and following in the footsteps of those that came before it, it looks to be the biggest and best Hanger game ever. They’re also making a few pretty big changes to the formula of the previous games. First of all, this one will be played in portrait with just single button controls as opposed to the landscape orientation and virtual controls of the older games. Also, there will be one endless level randomly generated each day, and everyone in the world will play that same level and you can even see where other people have failed while you’re playing. Down below and at the top of this post are some very early teaser gifs of this new Hanger in action.

Ok, so that one on the right? Yeah that was just a performance test to stress test the game’s engine, but I think A Small Game and the players in our forums feel like there’s some potential to make some sort of crazy game mode out of that many hangers at once. Currently the team has only been working on this new Hanger for a few weeks, and they expect to keep plugging away at it and have it ready for release sometime this summer. In the meantime though, any and all suggestions and feedback are welcome, as they’re keen on implementing the types of stuff that the actual Hanger players want to see into the new game. So head over to the forum thread to drop your thoughts and/or ideas, and keep an eye on that thread as well if you’re interested in doing some beta testing when the time comes for that. We’ll be keeping an eye on how this one shapes up too and are looking forward to a new Hanger experience later this year.

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NEWSBYTE: Qualcomm extends portfolio to support IoT apps

Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon 820E embedded platform, a computing solution designed for enterprise IoT applications. Its Qualcomm Adreno 540 GPU and quad-core Kyro CPU will provide multicore processing for computer vision, virtual reality, and AI applications.

The Snapdragon 820E platform aims to bring Qualcomm Technologies’ expertise in mobile connectivity to the commercial IoT market. The new embedded platform is designed to support connected computing and provide the powerful, energy-efficient processing required to handle some of the latest technologies.

Read more: MIT’s NanoMap helps drones to navigate safely at high speed

Targeting next-gen IoT

With the ability to power computer vision, artificial intelligence, and immersive media, the target applications are broad. According to Qualcomm, they include “the next generation of IoT applications, such as virtual reality, digital signage, smart retail, robotics, and more.”

“We are excited to introduce the award-winning premium tier Snapdragon 820 platform series to our extended life embedded portfolio, helping innovators everywhere to create exciting and innovative IoT products,” said Jim Tran, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

“The Snapdragon 820E is a powerful and versatile embedded platform that is designed to support both complex connected computing and immersive visual graphics, while providing the ultimate in performance and power efficiency that is ideal for small form factors and a wide variety of cutting-edge IoT applications.”

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820E embedded platform is being introduced to the market via third-party distributors, and initially through Arrow Electronics.

Read more: Reuters’ AR & VR visions revealed

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How To Remove Scratches From iPhone X Stainless Steel Frame To Make It Look Brand New Again

Here’s how you can remove scratches from Silver iPhone X stainless steel frame the right way to make it look like brand new again.

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Motorola Moto Z2 Force on AT&T gets Oreo update

AT&T has started pushing out a new update to Motorola Moto Z2 Force units on its network. Weighing in at 334MB and arriving as build number OCX27.109-47, it’s a major update that brings along Android Oreo. As clear from the above screenshot, the Android security patch level now stands at December 1, although the carrier’s official website says it should be January 1. It’s been just a couple of days since the roll out began, so you’ll have to be patient in case you haven’t received the update notification yet. Source | Via

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