TechDroider: Moto-G4-Plus

Moto G4 Plus spotted running Android 8.0 Oreo

Motorola has already updated the Moto X4, and the Moto Z2 Force to Official Android 8.0 Oreo.  Now, it seems that Motorola is internally testing Android 8.0 Oreo for the Moto G4 Plus. The confirmation came from a screenshot of Moto G4 Plus running Android 8.0.0 Oreo with January 2018 Security patch.

The Screenshot clearly shows Moto G4 Plus with codename Athene and channel Retla running internal Android Oreo with January 1, 2018 Security Patch.



Also Read: Moto X4 Android One Edition Receiving Official Android 8.1 Oreo Update
Apart from the Android 8.0 Oreo Goodies including new Settings and Notification panel UI, Picture in Picture (PIP), Adaptive icons, Autofill, Notification timeout, Motorola might also add several new features to the latest software update.

The Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto Smartphones may bring new Moto Key application that let's you securely save passwords, Moto Alexa, and new Moto Live Stream. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Cheers Ale Alejandro

January 2018 Security Update is now live for the Moto G4 Plus

Moto G4 Plus has picked up a new software update that introduces the January 2018 security patch.

If you own a Moto G4 Plus in the Brazil or India you should have received the over-the-air update notification for January 1st, 2018 Android security update. That’s all that is detailed in the new software version (NPIS26.48-36-2), though there is a mention of "KRACK" Fix. It’s a WiFi vulnerability that breaks WPA2 by forcing nonce reuse.

Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

Related: Motorola Moto Phones Android 8.0 Oreo Update Info

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. We will let you know once the update is out for other countries. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.


Motorola Posts February 2018 Security Patch Release Notes for the Moto G4/Plus

Motorola Posts February 2018 Security Patch Release Notes for the Moto G4/Plus
It seems that Motorola is gearing up to launch February 2018 Security Patches for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.

The February security update release notes are already live for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. Motorola mentions that the update includes WPA2 WiFi vulnerability "KRACK" Fix. The Key Reinstallation Attacks (A.K.A KRACKs) was first discovered by Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven. It’s a WiFi vulnerability that breaks WPA2 by forcing nonce reuse.


According to krackattacks.com, An attacker within range of a victim can serious weakness of WPA2 using key reinstallation attacks (KRACKs). Attackers can use this attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted. This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, and so on. The attack works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. Depending on the network configuration, it is also possible to inject and manipulate data.

So, the company is most likely to start February 2018 update official rollout for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus by the end of this month. We will let you know once the update is live. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

INTRODUCTION


Motorola is excited to announce a new software update for moto g4 & moto g4 plus by Motorola. This update brings important security improvements to your phone.

For more information on Motorola updates and repairs, visit us at www.motorola.com/mymotog.

NOTE: You cannot downgrade to a previous software version after installing this update.

ENHANCEMENTS

This update introduces changes including the following:
  • Android Security : Includes the updates of Android security patches through February 1st 2018.
  • Fix for KRACK vulnerability: includes fix to address the KRACK vulnerability issue, which affects Wi-Fi networks.
Motorola Posts February 2018 Security Patch Release Notes for the Moto G4/Plus

Moto G4 Plus Picks Up December Security Patch in the US

Moto G4 Plus Picks Up December Security Patch in the US
Moto G4 Plus has picked up a new software update that introduces the December 2017 security patch.

If you own a Moto G4 Plus in the US you should have received the over-the-air update notification for December 1st, 2017 Android security update. That’s all that is detailed in the new software version (NPJS25.93-14.7-3).

Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. We will let you know once the update is out for other countries. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.


Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus - Maintenance Release Notes [December 1st, 2017]

INTRODUCTION

Motorola is excited to announce a new software update for moto g4 and moto g4 plus by Motorola. This update brings important security improvements to your phone.

For more information on Motorola updates and repairs, visit us at www.motorola.com/mymotog.

NOTE: You cannot downgrade to a previous software version after installing this update.

ENHANCEMENTS

This update introduces changes including the following:
  • Android Security : Includes the updates of Android security patches through December 1st 2017.

Moto G4 Plus Receiving December Security Update

Moto G4 Plus Receiving December Security Update
The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus just got its latest software update with latest Android security patch, bug fixes, and improvements.

If you own a Moto G4 or Moto G4 Plus in Mexico,Germany, or France you should have received the over-the-air update notification for December 1st, 2017 Android security update. We will let you know once the update is out for other countries. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.


Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

Also Read: Moto G4 Plus Gets New Android 8.1 Oreo Update Via AOSP ROM

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device.

Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus - Maintenance Release Notes [December 1st, 2017]

INTRODUCTION

Motorola is excited to announce a new software update for moto g4 and moto g4 plus by Motorola. This update brings important security improvements to your phone.

For more information on Motorola updates and repairs, visit us at www.motorola.com/mymotog.

NOTE: You cannot downgrade to a previous software version after installing this update.

ENHANCEMENTS

This update introduces changes including the following:
Android Security : Includes the updates of Android security patches through December 1st 2017.




Moto G4 Plus gets new Android 8.1 Oreo update via AOSP ROM [How to install]

Now that Google has released the next version of Android, Android Oreo, the wait for the devices to get the update first has already started. Motorola has already updated it's software support page with the list of its devices that will officially get the update and yes the Moto G4 Plus is one of them.

Motorola has already started testing Android 8.0 Oreo for the Premium Moto Z Series and there's no indication when the update will be available for the G4 Plus. Anyways, those readers who are hanging on to the Moto G4 Plus, we have good news to share. Reputed Developer Nikit Sharma (Dreamstar)  has released the brand new AOSP Custom ROM based on latest Android 8.1 Oreo. It brings latest security updates, wallpapers, launcher and many more value-added features to the Moto G4 Plus.


Note: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. TechDroider cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.

How to Install Android 8.1 Oreo AOSP ROM on Moto G4 Plus:

Step 1: Download AOSP Android 8.1 Oreo custom ROM and Google Apps on to your Smartphone.

Step 2: Boot to TWRP Mode.

Step 6: Once entering the TWRP settings menu, clear phone's memory (full) by selecting 'Wipe' option. Once done, select 'Swipe to Factory Reset' perform factory reset.

Step 7: Return to TWRP settings and tap 'Install' by the selecting .Zip file in the phone's memory.

Step 8: Come back to TWRP menu setting to approve the installation by tapping 'Swipe to Confirm Flash'

Step 9: Flashing of the custom ROM begins and after few minutes, a message 'Successful' appears on the screen, thus completing installation.

Downloads




September security patch rolling out to Moto G4 Plus in India

September security patch rolling out to Moto G4 Plus in India
The Moto G4 Plus (retin) is now getting the latest September Security patch with Stability Improvement and Bug fixes.

If you own a Moto G4 Plus in India you should have received the over-the-air update notification for September Security Patch, and it's crucial that you download it, as it brings along the fix for the critical BlueBorne Bluetooth attack.

The Blueborne vulnerability was discovered only recently. It’s a Bluetooth vulnerability that leaves Android devices open to a potential takeover by hackers. The vulnerability is also present in Windows, Linux and some iterations of iOS. Note that the device still runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat after the update.


Armis Reported that the BlueBorne spread through the air (airborne) and attacks devices via Bluetooth. Armis has also disclosed eight related zero-day vulnerabilities, four of which are classified as critical. BlueBorne allows attackers to take control of devices, access corporate data and networks, penetrate secure “air-gapped” networks, and spread malware laterally to adjacent devices. Armis reported these vulnerabilities to the responsible actors, and is working with them as patches are being identified and released.

September Android security update also resolves 30 issues dated 2017-09-01, and 51 issues in the one dated 2017-09-05. Vulnerabilities range from moderate to critical, and Google particularly notes that it provides "Android partners with the flexibility to more quickly fix a subset of vulnerabilities that are similar across all Android devices."

Also Read: Moto G4 Plus September security patch OTA captured and available for download

The September Android security update for the Moto G4 Plus comes with build no. NPJS25.93-14-10. For a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE. If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Moto G4 Plus September security patch OTA captured and available for download

Moto G4 Plus September security patch OTA captured and available for download
A few days ago, we reported that Motorola has started rolling out September Security update with BlueBorne patch for the Moto G4 Plus. Well, if you can't wait for the official OTA, then this recent development might be of interest to you.

A XDA user "Johann0109" has managed to capture the Moto G4 Plus September (2017) OTA update, meaning that owners of the Moto G4 Plus codename Athene can install the update right now if they wish to (link to XDA post at the bottom of the page). But before you do, there are a few things to consider-


XDA developer echo92 has stated that this update can only be flashed on Moto G4 Plus with build NPJS25.93-14-8 (Download link available) and Security patch of 1 June 2017. Note that this OTA file is for the Moto G4 Plus, so do not attempt to flash it on other devices.

We recommend you to wait for the official OTA, as Motorola is about to push the update. Motorola earlier confirmed that they will update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo. But due to the recently discovered BlueBorne vulnerability, the company is first rolling out September patch with fixes.

Also Read: Moto G4 Plus gets Android Oreo via LineageOS

The BlueBorne vulnerability was discovered only recently. It’s a Bluetooth vulnerability that leaves Android devices open to a potential takeover by hackers. The vulnerability is also present in Windows, Linux and some iterations of iOS.

Download: OTA (September Patch for G4 Plus)

Download: NPJS25.93-14-8 (Firmware)

XDA Link




BlueBorne Fix Rolling Out With September Android Security Update for Moto G4 Plus

BlueBorne Fix Rolling Out With September Android Security Update for Moto G4 Plus
If you own a Moto G4 Plus with "retapac" Software channel you should have received the over-the-air update notification for September Security Patch, and it's crucial that you download it, as it brings along the fix for the critical BlueBorne Bluetooth attack.

The BlueBorne vulnerability was discovered only recently. It’s a Bluetooth vulnerability that leaves Android devices open to a potential takeover by hackers. The vulnerability is also present in Windows, Linux and some iterations of iOS.

The new update comes with build no. NPJS25.93-14-10. Note that the device still runs Android 7.0 Nougat after the update. While this update would have been more exciting if it had brought Nougat 7.1.1, which is already available for Moto Z Smartphones.


Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE. If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Recently Motorola announced the list of devices getting Android 8.0 Oreo and confirmed that the Moto G4 Plus will be getting Android Oreo update. Here's what Motorola said: Since the time of posting this, we have learned of some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for moto g4 Plus. It’s our general practice for the moto g family to get one major OS upgrade per device, so it wasn’t originally planned for Android O. But it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading moto g4 Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit into our schedule, we’ll update our software upgrade page when we have more info. In other words, Motorola will now update the Moto G4 Plus.
BlueBorne Fix Rolling Out With September Android Security Update for Moto G4 Plus
Via: Reddit

Motorola confirms it will update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo

Motorola confirms it will update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo
Just a little few days back, Motorola announced the list of Moto devices getting Android 8.0 Oreo update. In a move that disappoints Moto G4 Plus users, Motorola eliminated the 2016 Moto G series from that list.

Additionally, Motorola removed all mentions of Android Oreo from the Moto G4 Plus product page. The page had previously said the device would get Android “versions N and O,” but the O part was removed.

Motorola responded today with the following to their Oreo updates blog post: 
Since the time of posting this, we have learned of some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for moto g4 Plus. It’s our general practice for the moto g family to get one major OS upgrade per device, so it wasn’t originally planned for Android O. But it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading moto g4 Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit into our schedule, we’ll update our software upgrade page when we have more info.
In other words, Motorola will now update the Moto G4 Plus (Not the Moto G4 or Moto G4 Play) to Android 8.0 Oreo. However, it might take too long for the update to reach the Moto G4 Plus devices. Thoughts?

Moto G4 Plus gets Android 8.0 Oreo via Lineage OS 15

Moto G4 Plus gets Android 8.0 Oreo via Lineage OS 15
You can now download and install the LineageOS 15 based on Android 8.0 Oreo on your Moto G4 Plus (Moto G 2016) Smartphone.

Google recently launched the Next Iteration of its Android Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo. The Tech Giant also pushed Android Oreo source code to AOSP, helping the developers develop custom ROMs for their devices based on Oreo.


Well, if you are a Moto G4 Plus owner, then this recent development might be of interest to you. Developer "Dreamstar" Nikit Sharma has successfully ported Android 8.0 Oreo LineageOS 15 on the Moto G4 2016. Additionally, most major aspects of the phone are working as expected (such as RIL, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.), but it's still not suitable for daily use.

You'll need to Unlock Bootloader and Install TWRP Custom Recovery in-order to Install the LineageOS 15 Android 8.0 Oreo Rom on Moto G4 Plus Athene. You can grab the Custom Rom ZIP file from below.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Download LineageOS 15 for Moto G4 Plus Athene

Direct Download: Lineage OS 15 (Athene) //XDA

Google Play Protect is breaking bluetooth on Moto G4 Smartphones

Google Play Protect is breaking bluetooth on Moto G4 Smartphones
The recently announced Google Play Protect helps you keep your device safe and secure. It runs a safety check on apps from the Google Play Store before you download them. It checks your device for potentially harmful apps from other sources, warns you about any detected potentially harmful apps found, and removes known harmful apps from your device.

Now, the Google Play Protect feature is mistaking a system app called Bluetooth Share 7.0 for something unsafe on several Moto G4 devices. Play Protect then disables the app and displays a message "Bluetooth Share 7.0 can damage your device, Uninstall/Remove now."

Once removed, your Bluetooth will fail when turned on. Since Bluetooth Sharing app is a system app and it cannot be uninstalled. You can revert the changes back (Enable the Bluetooth Sharing app) by going to Settings > Applications > Reset Application Settings.

Are you facing such issue? Let us know in the below comment section!


Motorola rolls out June 2017 Android Security patch for the Moto G4 Plus in India

Motorola rolls out June 2017 Android Security patch for the Moto G4 Plus in India
Motorola is now pushing a new software update for the Moto G4 Plus in India with Build no. NPJS25.93-14-8 and it comes with the latest security patch. It weighs in at around 55MB.


The update only contains June 2017 security patch, and it doesn't bring any new features whatsoever. While this update would have been more exciting if it had brought Nougat 7.1.1, which is already available for few Moto devices.

The update is already rolling out to the users of  Moto G4 Plus in India. If you did not receive the update wait for few days or try checking for it manually by heading over to system updates section in the Settings app.


Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.
Motorola rolls out June 2017 Android Security patch for the Moto G4 Plus in India
Thanks Manish Mndl

March Android security patch now rolling out to the Moto G4 Plus in India

March Android security patch now rolling out to the Moto G4 Plus in India

The Moto G4 Plus smartphones in India are now receiving latest March, 2017 Android security patch. This software patch contains Google’s critical security updates for the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

Along with the March, 2017 Security patch, the update also contains Bug fixes and Stability improvements. The  update comes with build no. NPJS 25.93-14.4. It reportedly improves battery life of the Smartphone. The official OTA software for the Moto G4 Plus is up, and you can go flash it up.

Motorola has already updated the Moto G4 along with the Moto G4 Plus to Android 7.0 Nougat. While this update would have been more exciting if it had brought Nougat 7.1.1, which is already available for Google's Pixel and Nexus devices.

Got the latest March Security update on your Moto G4 Plus? Let us know in comments section below!

March Android security patch now rolling out to the Moto G4 Plus in Brazil

The Moto G4 Plus smartphones in Brazil are now receiving latest March, 2017 Android security patch. This software patch contains Google’s critical security updates for the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

Along with the March, 2017 Security patch, the update also contains Bug fixes and Stability improvements. The  update comes with build no. NPJS 25.93-14.4. It reportedly improves battery life of the Smartphone. The official OTA software for the Moto G4 Plus is up, and you can go flash it up.



Motorola has already updated the Moto G4 along with the Moto G4 Plus to Android 7.0 Nougat. While this update would have been more exciting if it had brought Nougat 7.1.1, which is already available for Google's Pixel and Nexus devices.

Got the latest March Security update on your Moto G4 Plus? Let us know in comments section below!



Screenshots:
March Android security patch now rolling out to the Moto G4 Plus in Brazil

Source: XDA | Via: Droidholic

Moto G5 Plus vs. Moto G4 Plus: 3 Major Differences

Moto G5 Plus vs. Moto G4 Plus: 3 Major Differences


Moto and Lenovo has unveiled a new Moto G family at MWC, a family that includes two 5th Generation Moto G(s), the Moto G5, and Moto G5 Plus.


The Moto G5 Plus is a huge upgrade over the Moto G4 Plus in terms of Specifications and design changes, In this article we will talk about Major differences that you will find in the Moto G5 Plus and the Moto G4 Plus-



  • The Moto G5 Plus sports a 2.0GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 3GB/4GB RAM/32GB ROM, while the Moto G4 Plus features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB memory options.
  • The Moto G5 Plus comes with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with dual autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash, the Moto G4 Plus comes with a 5-megapixel front, f/2.2 wide-angle and 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, laser and phase detect autofocus.
  • The all metal body Moto G5 comes with Fine Gold and Lunar Grey color option, while with the plastic build, the Moto G4 Plus comes with White and Black color option. The G5 Plus has a complete revamp design.

What's your pick? Moto G5 Plus or Moto G4 Plus? Share your thoughts in the comment below!

Moto G4 Plus gets December Security patch and a new System Animation


Motorola has already updated the Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 to Android 7.0 Nougat. However, The Moto G4 Plus is now getting a new software update with Security Patches, bug fixes and Stability improvement.



This new update contains December, 2016 Security patch, Notification tone volume fix and a new OS update animation, It costs around 114MB. This update is available for both the Moto G4 Plus users running Soak test and Official update.


Gif via: AndroidPolice


Here's the changelog- 



  • Notification tone volume: We have introduced improvements to the volume of the notification tone.
  • Android security: Includes the updates of Android security patches until January 1st 2017.
  • Stability improvements: Includes changes that fix bugs and improve the stability of your phone.

Screenshot:-

Moto G4 Plus gets December Security patch and a new System Animation


Android 7.0 Nougat OTA starts rolling out for the Moto G4 Plus

Android 7.0 Nougat OTA starts rolling out for the Moto G4 Plus

After a bunch of Soak tests, Motorola has started rolling out Official Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Moto G4 Plus in India. The new update contains Google's latest Android 7.0 Nougat, New Moto Actions and much more.

This update is rolling out in batches, So not everyone will get the update right-away but it should reach your Motorola phone in the coming days.

Haven't received the notification yet? Just Go to Settings > About Phone and Software update! 




It is probably the best New Year Gift from Motorola to Moto G4 owners, Comment below if you have or haven't received the update yet!

Moto M vs. Moto G4 Plus: 5 key differences

Moto M vs. Moto G4 Plus: 5 key differences


The new Moto M is Motorola's first all-metal smartphone. This new device is priced between the Moto G4 Plus and the Moto Z Play.


The Moto M shares quite similar specs with the Moto G4 Plus, with few upgrades, In this article we will talk about Key differences that you will find in the Moto M and the Moto G4 Plus-




  • The Moto M comes with a Mediatek Helio P15 Processor paired with 3/4GB RAM while the Moto G4 Plus features a Snapdragon 617 Processor paired with 2/3GB RAM. The Gaming and Overall performance of the Moto M is not so great while the Moto G4 Plus handles high-end Games just fine.
  • The Moto G4 Plus sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, hybrid autofocus (phase detection plus laser autofocus) and dual-LED (dual tone) flash, the Moto M comes with a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash. The Moto M finds it difficult to focus quickly, but the Images taken by Moto M are more sharp and vibrant than the Moto G4 Plus.


  • The Moto G4 Plus comes with more software features including "Moto Actions" and "Moto Display" which are quite handy, while one can't use these Actions on the Moto M. 
  • The Moto M comes with a hybrid card slot in which one can insert either two Sims, or a MicroSD card and a Sim, While the Moto G4 Plus allows you to insert a MicroSD card and two Sims at the same time.
  • The Moto M is an all-metal smartphone, which looks more premium than the Moto G4 Plus, which has a plastic build.


What's your pick? Moto M or Moto G4 Plus? Share your view in the comment below!


Moto G4/G4 Plus gets Official Cyanogenmod 14.1 (Android 7.1)

Moto G4/G4 Plus gets Official Cyanogenmod 14.1 (Android 7.1)


As reported earlier, Cyanogen Team has finally started developing Cyanogenmod 14.1 which is based on latest Android 7.1 for supported Android Devices. The nightly builds of CM14.1 are already available for many devices.



Yesterday, Cyanogen released Android 7.1 based Cyanogenmod 14.1 for Moto G 2016 (Athene).

Also Read: Here's what's New in Android 7.1 Nougat



Motorola has already started rolling out Official Android 7.0 Nougat for Moto G4 Plus (Soak test users). But If you are a Pro user and want to get Latest Android 7.1 Nougat taste then Grab the first Cyanogenmod 14.1 nightly build from the Cyanogenmod Download Section for Moto G4/G4 Plus.



Grab the latest build from Cyanogenmod website.

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