Huawei P11 release date, news and rumors

Huawei P11 release date, news and rumors

The Huawei P10 is a good phone that offers most of what you’d expect from a flagship in an easy to use package, but there’s nothing thrilling or innovative about the phone’s design or features.

That’s why we’ve put our heads together to come up with a range of improvements we’d like to see included in the Huawei P11 when it inevitably launches.

It’s a long way off for now, but below you’ll find all of the early rumors and news about the Huawei P11, alongside the things we’d most like to see on the upcoming Huawei phone.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Huawei’s next flagship phone
  • When is it out? In 2018, expect it at MWC next year
  • What will it cost? Over $600 or £500, if it’s like the Huawei P10

Huawei P11 release date

The Huawei P11 is expected to launch at the start of 2018. Huawei’s VP of Handsets Product Line, Bruce Lee, told Android Central the company will “probably launch devices at Mobile World Congress” in future.

MWC 2018 is confirmed for next February and we’d expect Huawei to be there with a new flagship phone, which will be a year after the launch of the Huawei P10.

The company just revealed the new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro phablets too, which suggests the company is set to stick with its normal schedule and makes us think the P11 will be ready for February 2018.

Huawei P11 price

In terms of price, it’s not currently clear what Huawei will do – but we hope to see the price drop for the next version.  The Huawei P10 costs around £570 (roughly $710/AU$945), but wasn’t released in the US. 

Watch the video below to see what has changed on the Huawei P10

Huawei P11 design and display

Little is known for certain about the Huawei P11 at the moment, but we have heard a variety of rumors about the device.

Both the Honor 8 and Huawei P10 had very similar design and features, but it’s unlikely the newly launched Honor 9 with its shiny glass back effect will make Huawei change from the P11’s expected metal based design. 

XDA Developers were provided with firmware files that suggest the P11 will have an almost bezel-less design with a notch at the top of the screen that will look similar to the iPhone X.

The cutout at the top of the Huawei P11 screen is referenced as a ‘notch’ within the system build and an example of how it’s set to look suggests it may just house the front-facing camera.

This is an example of what the notch may look like, provided by XDA Developers

There’s also word from that source which suggests the Huawei P11 will ship with a 4K display. That’s unlikely considering Huawei has continued to use Full HD panels in its phones up until now, but it would be interesting to see the company make a device to keep pace with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Huawei P11 camera

We’ve only heard one leak about the Huawei P11 camera but it suggests the Lecia partnership is set to continue and there will be some big changes to both the front and rear snappers.

Images from a digital artist that works with Huawei – and spotted by Evleaks – suggest the phone is set to come with 3 lenses on the rear camera for the first time and one of those may be as high as 40MP. That also looks like it will be capable of 5x hybrid zoom.

The leak also suggests the front camera will be a 24MP sensor, which would be a  big upgrade over the 8MP one on the Huawei P10.

Huawei P11 power

One report from China previously suggested the P11 will ship with the latest Kirin 970 chipset, which features inside both the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.

Usually Huawei debuts the new chipset tech on the Mate line and brings it to the P device later, so we expect that to happen again for the Huawei P11.

The same source also suggests the phone will ship with 8GB of RAM onboard, in a similar move to this year’s OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. We are constantly updating this piece on the latest Huawei P11 rumors, so be sure to check back for more soon.

Huawei P11: what we want to see

Although rumors and leaks are thin on the ground at the moment, we’ve put together a list of the things we’d like to see Huawei improved for the P11. Here’s everything we have our fingers crossed to see on the Huawei P11.

1. A voice assistant

The Huawei P10 didn’t come with an easy to use voice assistant. Amazon Alexa is available on the Huawei Mate 9 in the US, but not on the P10, and currently Google Assistant isn’t available for the Huawei P10 either.

The lack of Google Assistant is a shame, but Huawei is aiming to get Google’s helper onto the phone at a later date. We hope Huawei settles on what voice assistant should be used on the Huawei P11, and that it launches with one on day one.

2. Better battery life

One of our main criticisms of the Huawei P10 was the poor battery life. 

We found it to be a touch worse than the Huawei P9 that went before it, so we hope that Huawei puts a lot of effort in to increase the battery life on the Huawei P11.

3. A better USP

Perhaps the biggest problem with the Huawei P10 was the lack of a big selling point. There’s no particular reason to buy this phone – it’s just all round a good handset, and we’d like to see an improved USP ready for the P11.

What exactly that should be, we’re not entirely certain. Hopefully Huawei has something up its sleeve to help tackle the big selling features that other companies such as Samsung and Apple offer.

4. Lower price

Huawei has been steadily increasing its prices for the past few years and the P10 is one of the most expensive phones the company has made.

We hope that for the Huawei P11 the company decides to drop the price down a little, to make it a more appetizing buy compared to the other flagship devices on the market.

5. Google Daydream support

The Huawei P10 doesn’t work with a virtual reality headset, so we hope the next phone from Huawei will be a part of Google’s Daydream program and connect with the Google Daydream View headset.

Huawei has previously confirmed it’s working on a virtual reality headset too, but there’s been no official announcement so far on where the headset is in production.

6. A US release

That’s a pretty simple one, but it’s a big shame the Huawei P10 never officially launched in the US and we’d like to see that be a priority for the P11. We know there are many people in the US looking forward to using a Huawei phone, so why not supply the flagship to them?


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Angry Birds and Sonic will soon be playable in Facebook Messenger

Angry Birds and Sonic will soon be playable in Facebook Messenger

Angry Birds and Sonic The Hedgehog are about to join Tetris in the Messenger Instant Games library that you can play within the chat app with your Facebook friends. The new games won’t be launching until 2018 though.

Angry Birds lands as a new version of the game that looks similar to the original mobile sensation, but that Messenger has confirmed will come with a “new way to challenge friends”. 

That sounds like it’ll be a score based competitive element rather than live multiplayer. An exact release date for Angry Birds on Messenger is unclear but we know it’ll be at some point in early 2018.

More titles to come

There’s also a series of new titles such as Sonic Jump and Disney Tsum Tsum. Sonic Jump takes elements and characters of previous titles in the superfast platforming series but repurposes them for a whole new adventure and is set to launch on Messenger in the coming weeks.

That Disney Tsum Tsum game looks to be a puzzle title that will allow “players to collect, content and pop Tsum Tsum.” Tsum Tsum, for the uninitiated, are cute chubby soft-toy logs styled like your favorite Disney characters.

Sonic Jump is on the left with the new Disney Tsum Tsum title pictured on the right.

Messenger is also bringing new features to Instant Games including the ability to live stream your play via Facebook Live and share it with all of your friends on your account.

Then there’s also a video chat that allows you to play at the same time as seeing your friends and family too.


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Apple watchOS 4 release date, news and features

Apple watchOS 4 release date, news and features

Update: watchOS 4 should now be on your wrist and we’ve updated this article with in-depth details on what it brings.

Apple’s wearable software is a big part of why the Apple Watch, Apple Watch 2 and now, the Apple Watch 3, are among of the best smartwatches on the planet and keeping pace with the best Android Wear watches out there.

With watchOS 4 the software is better than ever, and you can nab the software right now.

It includes a lot of updates, from new watch faces to improved health and fitness tracking. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next software upgrade for the Apple Watch
  • When is it out? Released September 19
  • What will it cost? It’s free for existing Apple Watch devices

watchOS 4 release date

The full release of watchOS 4 is live, having launched alongside iOS 11 for iPad and iPhone devices. That means you can grab it now if you haven’t already. Check out our full guide to updating to watchOS 4.

watchOS 4 interface

As well as adding new features (detailed below) Apple has tweaked the interface for watchOS 4.

For example, the dock now displays icons vertically rather than horizontally, and you can choose to have it show your most recently used apps rather than your favorites if you prefer.

There’s also now a flashlight option in Control Center, which can be toggled to display a white light, a red light or a flashing light – the last of which could be handy to alert motorists to your presence if you’re out in the dark.

watchOS 4 faces

As part of watchOS 4 Apple has created several new watch faces, one of which has Siri built-in. 

The face will show you cards with upcoming calendar events, traffic alerts and other relevant information throughout the day. It can pull in data from the likes of Breathe, Maps, Wallet, Activity and Alarms, and you can also tap on a complication in the top left corner to launch Siri.

There’s also a new Toy Story watch face. This includes Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear, each of which has their own animations. You can pick which character you want displayed or select to cycle them at random. If you choose that option you’ll also find some other Toy Story characters are thrown in from time to time.

This isn’t the first Disney watch face to hit Apple’s wearable’s, as there’s already one which lets you choose between Minnie or Mickey Mouse.

The third and final new watch face is a kaleidoscope one, which lets you choose a picture and have it transformed into a kaleidoscope pattern. With various photos to choose from and several different kaleidoscope styles there’s a lot of variety here.

watchOS 4 fitness

Other than new watch faces, watchOS 4 has also brought monthly challenges to the activity app. These are personalized and based on what you achieved the previous month.

It also brings intelligent coaching, which Apple says will allow you to reach your goals quicker. You’ll get a notification if you’re close to an achievement, along with suggestions on how to reach it and words of encouragement.

Whenever you do hit a goal or close an activity ring the watch screen will burst into a full screen celebration.

The Workouts app is getting some small upgrades to make it easier to use too.

For example, if you rest at the end of the pool while swimming it will identify how many lengths you’ve done and record the information. In all the swim tracker can now automatically log your sets, rests, pace for each set and your distance for each stroke type.

There’s also a new workout type for high-intensity interval training, and you can get into workouts quickly, starting them with a single tap.

You can also do multiple workouts at the same time and swipe to the side to switch between the exercises you’re doing. It should make tracking triathlons much easier than before.

Plus, you can pair your Apple Watch with a wide range of gym equipment, to keep your fitness stats in sync.

And when you start working out the Apple Watch can automatically enable Do Not Disturb mode, so you won’t get interrupted.

The heart rate app has also been improved. It now shows a graph of your heart rate throughout the day, as well as showing averages when resting or walking, and alerting you if your heart rate rises higher than it should when you’re inactive.

watchOS 4 music and more

The Apple Music app on Apple Watch will now automatically sync music. That means you can get Apple Music playlists like New Music Fix, Favorites Mix and your most listened to music downloaded directly to your watch offering you more options to listen to music while on the go.

Apple is also bringing native core Bluetooth with watchOS 4. That will let you pair accessories with your watch and means you can pair other trackers such as a glucose monitor.

watchOS 4 also allows you to make person to person payments with Apple Pay. This is part of new Apple Pay upgrades for iOS 11, but also works on your Apple Watch too. 

Plus, you can now control your iPhone’s video camera from your wrist, while the timer app can display seconds rather than just minutes.

You can also now get Apple News on your wrist, showing you the latest headlines (though you’ll still need a larger device to read the full stories), and the Mail app has been reworked slightly, giving you more control. The Control Center also now has a flashlight function.

watchOS 4 compatibility

The watchOS 4 update is available for all Apple Watch, Apple Watch 2 and Apple Watch 3 devices. In other words it’s available for every model of Apple’s wearable.

However, you will also need an iPhone with iOS 11, and some older handsets can’t get that update. Check out our iOS 11 compatibility guide for full details.


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Android Oreo is coming to Android Wear watches from today

Android Oreo is coming to Android Wear watches from today

A new update will be heading to Android Wear watches from today that brings Android 8 Oreo-based features including some new battery saving enhancements and more.

It’s not a major upgrade like Android Wear 2.0 was when it launched earlier this year – and it’s likely Android Wear 3.0 will be bigger too – but it does bring some interesting tweaks to your watch.

There’s a new touch lock function that’s designed to disable the touchscreen when you’re using your watch in the rain. Plus there’s what’s described as battery saving background limits.

There are also vibration strength settings that mean you can switch up the way it jiggles on your wrist and you can turn it down if you find the vibrations too irritating when you get a notification.

Further wrist tweaks

All this news comes from a blog post by Hoi Lam, Wearables Developer Advocate at Google, but it doesn’t specify which watches will be getting the update.

The post confirms the update is coming from today, but it has only so far been spotted on the LG Watch Sport. We’ll be sure to look out for the update on other watches, but much like the Android 8.1 update the roll out will be dependent on the watch manufacturers.

Google is also bringing support for seven new countries and languages, including Czech, Portuguese and a few versions of Spanish too.


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What is Android Go? How Google plans to bring a better Android to low-end phones

What is Android Go? How Google plans to bring a better Android to low-end phones

[Update: MediaTek has confirmed its chipsets now offer support for Android Go, with devices set to ship from Q1 2018]

Google’s I/O Developer conference 2017 brought about the announcements of Google Assistant on iPhone, new Android O features and the launch of Android Go.

Android Go is a whole new version of Google’s operating system designed specifically for those with low-end devices that don’t pack much RAM or processing power.

It’s a lighter version of the Android OS and makes the system more optimized for devices with lower performing specs. It’s designed specifically for phones with between 512MB to 1GB of RAM, which are now few and far between but still exist.

Devices such as the new Moto C or the rumored Huawei Y3 will likely be able to run Android Go, as each has limited RAM onboard.

How will Android Go work?

Android Go takes the features of Android O, and tries to make these work as best they can on a lower-end device. As well as optimization, the new software will focus on rebuilding Google’s core apps – such as Gmail and Google Chrome – to ensure they use less storage space, processing power and mobile data.

Android Go will also highlight apps that use less data, storage and memory on the top of the Google Play Store. A section that says “optimized for your device” will show you lighter versions of the apps you love, such as Skype and Facebook.

This helps you use less data to download and use apps, and Android Go also shows you how much data you’ve used, so you can keep a close eye on your remaining allowance. That means if you have a more limited internet package you can make it go further with Android Go and the light apps it highlights. 

Other services are launching alongside Android Go, including YouTube Go, which will allow you to watch YouTube videos offline (a feature previously reserved for YouTube Red subscribers), meaning you can download them using Wi-Fi and won’t be using as much data while you’re out and about.

When will Android Go launch?

Android Go will launch at the same time as Android O officially lands on devices, which will likely be October. 

The first devices toting Android Go won’t land until 2018, but if a lower-end device gets updated to Android O before then it could also benefit from Android Go.

Why is Google launching Android Go?

Google wants as many people as possible to have access to the Android platform and services.

Google currently has over two billion active Android users and it wants to expand that to another billion by focusing on those who can’t afford high-end devices and making the low-end Android experience that bit better.

If you own a top-of-the-range Android device you won’t ever be using Android Go’s features, but for those who can’t afford dazzling phones it makes a lot of sense to bring the highlights of Android O to those on tighter budgets.

Who’s on board?

MediaTek has confirmed that it is chipset partner for Android Go, with its   MT6739, MT6737, and MT6580 SoCs (system on chips) now offering support for Google’s paired down operating system.

It has also confirmed that Android Go devices with its chipsets will ship from Q1 2018.


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Honor 7X release date, prices and features

Honor 7X release date, prices and features

The Honor 7X is the new mid-range phone from the Chinese company and we’ve put together this guide to teach you everything you need to know about the latest handset.

[Update: We now know the official price for the phone in the US and UK, plus we’ve published our full Honor 7X review too. Read on below to find out how much the phone is set to cost you.]

The Honor 7X is a follow-up to the Honor 6X, which launched earlier this year at CES, and it also follows up on the success of the more expensive and high-tech Honor 9.

Below we’ll run you through everything you’ll need to know about the Honor 7X, including when it will be launching and what we know about how much it’ll cost.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest mid-range phone from the Honor brand
  • When is it out? On sale December 5 in the UK, rest of the world unclear
  • What will it cost? Set to cost $199 or £269.99 (around AU$475) 

Honor 7X price and release date

Honor has now revealed the price of the Honor 7X and its set at $199 or £269.99 (about AU$475). An Australian release for the phone has yet to be announced, but we’ll update our review of the phone if we hear further details.

If you live in the US or UK you’ll be able to buy the phone now directly from Honor’s website, but it’s not expected to start arriving in customer’s palms until December 15. Other retailers will be selling the phone in the near future too.h

Honor 7X design and display

Honor has opted for a metal uni-body design here that’s not as rounded as the Honor 6X and instead has a flat rear. We don’t know the specifics when it comes to the size of the phone, but Honor claims it’s 2.7mm thinner than the iPhone 7 Plus, which is a phone that’s 7.3mm thick.

Color choices will be limited to blue and black in the UK, and we’ve yet to learn what the color options will be around the rest of the world. There is a gold option too, but it seems that will just be for China at the moment.

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Blue is the color option for the Honor 7X that you’ll likely see the most.
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The black version is also available, but stock may be a little more limited.
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Gold will be an option for the Honor 7X, but so far it’s limited to the Chinese market.

Honor has included an 18:9 ratio screen for the first time here. That means the phone is able to have a large display without increasing the size of the actual handset, and Honor has managed to fit a 5.93-inch display in what would usually house a 5.5-inch display.

The resolution is Full HD+, which means 2160 x 1080 and comes in at 408 pixels-per-inch.

The bezels are thin on either side of the screen, and the fingerprint sensor is on the rear of the phone to ensure it’s not taking up room on the front.

On the bottom edge of the phone you’ll find the speaker, along with the micro USB port for charging and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Below you can see a full look around the phone in our press image gallery

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Honor 7X camera

The Honor 6X was one of the first times we saw a dual-camera on the rear of a mid-range device and Honor has kept this going with the latest handset.

There’s a 16MP rear camera that works alongside a 2MP depth-sensing camera. This allows for an improved wide aperture mode as well as a ‘Portrait’ mode for better looking photos of people.

On the front of the phone there’s an 8MP shooter that comes with depth of field features to play around with, as well as selfie effects and a beauty mode.

Honor 7X power and specs

The phone is powered by Honor’s latest homemade – but not top of the range – chipset that’s called the Kirin 659. 

That works alongside 4GB of RAM, which is a high amount for a mid-range phone. There’s also 64GB of storage as standard, but you’ll have to use the 256GB-capacity microSD card slot if you want to be able to use further storage.

That second slot can also be used for another SIM card alongside your original one if you need to have two running at the same time.

The phone also comes with Histen 3D spatial audio technology, and gamers might want to know that Modern Combat Versus has been optimized for the larger screen, but Honor doesn’t seem to have plans to do this for any other games.

It runs Android 7, overlaid with the company’s Emotion UI.

Honor 7X battery

The Honor 7X is packing a 3,340mAh cell, which is exactly the same size as the one inside the Honor 6X. Considering this is powering a phone with a larger screen we may see a bit of a detrimental effect on battery here, but the chipset should be better optimized, so we’re hoping for a similar life.

Honor claims it’ll last for 12 hours of constant video playback, but unlike the pricier Honor 9, there aren’t any fast charge features included here.


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Fitbit Ionic will soon let you listen to music with Deezer

Fitbit Ionic will soon let you listen to music with Deezer

The Fitbit Ionic launched back in September this year and for music lovers it offers 2.5GB of storage onboard for you to upload and play your own tracks (or music with Pandora in the US) without having to carry your phone.

Now Deezer is partnering with Fitbit so you don’t have to own the music you want to listen to on your Ionic smartwatch. In 2018 you’ll be able to link up your Deezer account with your Ionic and listen to music you’ve uploaded to the watch’s storage.

It means you can take your own curated playlists, favorite albums or Deezer Flow series from the streaming service and listen to it on your run without having to carry your phone in your pocket.

Directly on your wrist

If you own a Fitbit Ionic, you’ll be able to download the app to the watch and then connect your Deezer account. Unfortunately, although Deezer offers free accounts elsewhere, you’ll need a Premium account to take advantage of the service on the Ionic. 

Premium subscribers will be able to listen to anything on the go including their Deezer Flow, which is an infinite playlist made by Deezer and is tailored to how you listen to music depending on the time of day and tracks you’ve previously liked.

Deezer Flow may one day be able to take your heart rate into account when used on the Fitbit Ionic.

Moore said it isn’t a focus at the moment but could be a feature added in the future. He said, “It’s not a priority for us at the moment as there are a lot of other things we want to do with Flow, but having the ability to monitor your heart rate and then change the tactics around flow to combine with a workout regime is perfect.”

Exactly when Deezer’s Ionic app will be launching on the watch is currently unclear, but we’ve asked by Fitbit and the streaming service for more details and will update this article when we hear more.

Plus new apps for Ionic

Fitbit has also launched lots of new apps that will arrive by the end of the year for free on the Ionic including Yelp, Clue, Game Golf, Surfline, Nest, Hue Lights, Flipboard, The New York Times, TripAdvisor and United Airlines.

It’s also confirmed we’ll see British Airways, Lyft and Walgreens apps added at some point in January 2018.

Lucy Sheehan, Marketing Director at Fitbit, told TechRadar, “These are apps you’ll want to use in your life. It makes sense to have a boarding pass on there, it makes sense to have Phillips Hue and Nest.”

This news suggests Fitbit wants to tailor its app offering so it only has useful options rather than offering every application possible on your wrist.


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OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition won’t make it to the US or UK

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition won’t make it to the US or UK

You may have heard of the Star Wars emblazoned OnePlus 5T that has been announced in India over the weekend, but we have now had confirmation it won’t be coming to either the US or UK.

A OnePlus spokesperson told TechRadar, “It won’t be making it over to the UK or North America regions I’m afraid. Just India for the time being.”

So far the phone has only been announced for the India market but the exact release date isn’t yet set.

OnePlus hasn’t ruled out bringing the Star Wars edition of the OnePlus 5T to any other countries, but the company will need to announce it soon to be able to get the phone in customer’s palms before the release of The Last Jedi later this month.

Not in your galaxy

The new themed edition of the phone comes with a striking red power button on the side and the Star Wars logo in red on the bottom rear. 

The promotional image also suggests there will be some Star Wars themed software with a First Order stormtrooper wallpaper on the screen of the phone

Apart from those changes it looks to much the same product as the OnePlus 5T we’ve reviewed and cited its premium look, high-end performance and Face unlock as the highlights of the phone.


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Samsung Galaxy S9 may launch alongside a Dex pad rather than a docking station

Samsung Galaxy S9 may launch alongside a Dex pad rather than a docking station

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is heavily rumored to be debuting at the start of next year, and a new report suggests the company will release an updated version of the Dex computer dock alongside the phone.

Website GalaxyClub has reported the stand will instead be a pad this time and the sources seem to think it’ll launch alongside the new phone and come in black.

The original Samsung Dex allows you to plug your phone into a monitor with a keyboard and mouse.

The report suggests this new pad will allow you to use a computer screen but without a keyboard and mouse, as you can use the touchscreen instead. Though presumably you’ll still be able to use a keyboard and mouse if you want.

Early next year

If the rumor of it being a pad is true, it’s currently unclear how you’ll connect your phone up to it. It may be that we see the company include a USB-C cable or it may connect wirelessly.

Or Samsung might make this into a wireless charging pad, considering the Galaxy S8 is a big advocate of the tech.

Samsung didn’t include the Dex charging dock in the box with the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8, but it was regularly supplied as part of a deal when you bought the handset from some retailers, so the second generation pad might come bundled with the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus at some stores.

Via SamMobile


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Best Android Wear apps for your smartwatch in 2017

Best Android Wear apps for your smartwatch in 2017


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