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Google App v6.16 beta prepares to add authentication to purchases with Assistant, video previews in search results, and more [APK Teardown]

A new version of the Google app began rolling out earlier this week, but there don't appear to be any major changes going live quite yet. However, this version does bring some big clues about upcoming changes. On the docket for this teardown is a new authentication step for purchases made through Google Assistant, video previews in search results, user-defined actions take form through IFTTT, and some people will be happy to find out that Google's launcher won't always add icons for newly installed apps.

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[Deal Alert] Get the Ecobee3 smart thermostat for $199 on Amazon ($50 off)

Smart thermostats are all the rage these days, and there are plenty of options for consumers to choose from. If you want something (relatively) inexpensive, you can now buy the Ecobee3 smart thermostat for $199 on Amazon, $50 off the original price.

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No, Wileyfox has not hired the Cyanogen dev team

British smartphone maker Wileyfox has been using Cyanogen OS since it launched its first phone a few years ago. Thus, the demise of Cyanogen Inc. is a big problem for the company. A report making the rounds on the internet claims that Wileyfox has upped its game by hiring former Cyanogen employees as in-house devs, including former Director of System Engineering Ricardo Cerqueira. This claim is based on some very weak evidence, so we've reached out to get the real story.

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[Finally] Simple now supports Android Pay

You guys clamor and complain about Simple not supporting Android Pay in the comments of every single one of these updated bank posts. Well, complain no more, as Simple customers can finally - yes, that word - use Android Pay. That is, if you're on an account with Simple's new partner bank, BBVA Compass.

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The CrossOver Preview for Android now supports Office 2013, multi-window, and more

CodeWeavers is well-known for its CrossOver software, which allows some Windows programs to run on Mac and Linux. Back in August of last year, the company released a preview of CrossOver for Android, designed for Chromebooks with the Play Store and x86-based Android devices. Now CodeWeavers has released an update to the Preview, bringing several major improvements.

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From the Cut the Rope devs, CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars is up for pre-registration

It feels as though it has been a while since we have seen a new release from the Cut the Rope developer ZeptoLab. Well, today there is some movement on the Play Store with a pre-registration going live for their newest game CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars.

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Usernames no longer count against the 140-character limit on Twitter

There was some consternation last year as rumors swirled that Twitter was set to drop its long-standing 140-character limit. The company ended up keeping the limit, but it's been working to make sure you can actually use all 140-characters. For example, Twitter decreed a while back that photos and videos no longer count against the limit. Now, it's doing the same for usernames. Finally

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[Update: Live] Nougat update for Verizon HTC 10 starting rollout on March 30

HTC isn't too bad when it comes to updates - most of the time. The company started pushing Android 7.0 Nougat to the unlocked US HTC 10 back in December, and over the past few months, has updated more variants in more countries. Now it's time for the Verizon HTC 10 to join the fun.

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Android Wear 2.0 update rolling out to the Polar M600 starting today

Android Wear 2.0 has been put on hold for many watches due to a bug, but apparently the Polar M600 watch isn't affected. The official Twitter account for Polar has confirmed that the update is now rolling out to the M600, and will take up to a week for all devices to get it.

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ZTE announces Android 7.1.1 preview for Axon 7 Mini users

ZTE managed to get Android 7.1.1 rolled out to the Azon 7 a few weeks ago, making it one of the few phones to have the latest build of Android. Now, it's the Axon 7 Mini's turn. Well... sort of. ZTE is starting up a preview program for the Nougat update, but not everyone will get access.

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