The Stream+ is an Android TV box with integrated TV tuners, and it’s available for pre-order

The Android TV ecosystem currently consists of the SHIELD and some other things no one buys. There may soon be another Android TV device worth picking up. The Stream+ from Channel Master is up for pre-order, and it ships later this month. This is an Android TV box, but it also has built-in dual TV tuners and DVR functionality.

The hardware looks like a slightly warped Google Home that was cut in half.

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OnePlus 5T gets first Android Oreo beta as OnePlus 5 beta brings Face Unlock

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus has unleashed some beta goodies for folks willing to put early software on their phones.

First up, OnePlus has released the first OxygenOS Open Beta build based on Android Oreo for the OnePlus 5T. This update includes Oreo as well as the December 2017 Android security patches, launcher improvements, and more:

Updated to Android O (8.0)
Launcher

  • Optimized the app shortcut style
  • Combine icon options with app shortcuts
  • Now able to upload photos to Shot on OnePlus

System

  • Added Picture in Picture
  • Added Auto-Fill
  • Added Smart Text Selection
  • New Quick Settings design
  • Updated Android security patch to December

To get this update, you’ll need to follow the instructions found here. Keep in mind that this is a beta update, so you may encounter bugs while using the software.

OnePlus also has a treat for OnePlus 5 owners. The release of OxygenOS Open Beta 3 brings with it Face Unlock, a feature that launched with the OnePlus 5T and is now being offered on the OP5 as well. 

In addition to Face Unlock, this update brings optimizations for vibration, general bug fixes and improvements, and the December 2017 Android security patches:

Recorder

  • Added app shortcut on Launcher

System

  • Added Face Unlock :p
  • Optimizations for vibration
  • Fixed connection issue of 5G Wi-Fi
  • General bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated Android security patch to December

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New Samsung Music app update brings Android Oreo support

Samsung has started pushing out a new update to its Music app. Arriving as version 16.2.08.22 and weighing in at 26MB, the update brings along support for Android Oreo among other changes. Here’s the complete change log: So all the other changes are new additions – from Alphabet Scroll index to Shuffle Play to a new edge light off option. Of course, some usual bug fixes are included as well. Multiple other Samsung apps like Smart Switch, Connect, and VR have already been updated with Oreo support. Via

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[Update: Murano too] Android Auto officially lists Nissan’s four 2018 compatible models

More and more vehicles and car manufacturers are adding Android Auto (and Apple CarPlay) compatibility to their onboard systems, which is a good thing by everyone’s book since the default systems often suck. Nissan has been an Android Auto partner for a while, but until now it didn’t have any cars listed as compatible with it (it had two 2017 Apple CarPlay models only).

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Some Android games are quietly using your microphone to track your TV habits

Some smartphone games are listening to what your mic picks up — but not to hear what you say. Instead, they’re trying to hear what you’re watching.

This is something smartphone apps have been doing for a little while now: using microphone access to tell what shows you watch, which ads you hear, and even what movies you see. But a report in The New York Times last week shows the practice may be more prevalent — and more secretive — than consumers might like.

The Times says that it identified more than 250 games on the Google Play Store that include just one specific type of software for monitoring users’ TV habits. It’s from a company known as Alphonso, and the apps that include it — the ones that disclose it, at least — often don’t make…

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