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Facebook Messenger Might Soon Get SMS Integration, Multiple Accounts, And A Blue Action Bar

The Facebook Messenger team is on an A/B server-side testing spree. It's only a couple of weeks ago that we reported how some users had spotted the app with a new Material Design makeover, but it seems that this wasn't the end of the Material improvements. And that's not even the only modification that's being tested for some users. There's the return or SMS integration and multiple account support too. Here's the breakdown.

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Microsoft Services Will Soon Come Preinstalled On Acer Phones And Tablets, Partnerships Expand To 74 Global OEMs

Microsoft is slowly reinventing itself, acquiring interesting companies like SwiftKey and Sunrise Calendar, changing the way people perceive it and its services, and improving its apps across multiple platforms. We've sure seen the effects here on Android Police — there's hardly any week that passes by without us mentioning the company at least once, and that's Android which isn't even its main platform.

With its new and improved services and apps, Microsoft has been trying to find a permanent home on your devices, and what better way to do that than come preinstalled on your phone or tablet? That means it'd be the de-facto office viewer for many users when they come across a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document.

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Google Drive Now Lets You Disable Shared File Notifications On Android

Google Drive has been giving us notifications about new shared files and requests to access our files for several months, but the notification setting was only accessible from Drive on the web. If you were wondering how to turn it off after you saw it on your phone, you were probably stumped. That's why the Drive team is rolling out an update that adds a Notification pane in the app's settings, which allows you to toggle them on or off.

The settings also let you pick a sound, enable vibration, and choose whether you get notified only for new shared items, or for requests for access, or both.

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[Update: Now $0.99, 80% Off] Lara Croft GO Is 60% Off On The Play Store, Down To $1.99 From $4.99 In Many Countries

To celebrate the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox consoles, Square Enix is discounting its Lara Croft GO game by 60% on the Play Store. It's a flash sale though, so you might want to hurry and grab it if the game seemed appealing to you or if you liked its spiritual predecessor Hitman GO.

Lara Croft GO is a turn-based puzzle adventure, where you play your turn moving your character along predefined paths, then wait for your opponents to make their move. There isn't a lot of urgency in the game, so you can take your time exploring the 75 different levels and figuring out the best way to finish them, all while listening to a nice soundtrack and enjoying the smooth animations and low-poly-like designs.

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LG Announces A Fancy Touch-Enabled Cover For The G5 Before The Phone Itself

LG is really excited about the G5. So excited, in fact, that they just can't wait until Mobile World Congress later this month. To tide themselves over for the next few weeks, the PR folks have officially announced a cover for the LG G5 with a familiar see-through window and the capability to perform some basic functions with a touch-sensitive material. Most of the "Quick Cover" is translucent, allowing things like the phone answer or decline slider to be seen even when it's closed. This is presumably integrated with the always-on display that was previously teased. The design is similar to HTC's Dot View design, though the dots that make up the translucent cover seem much finer.

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[Update: Fully Resizable Widgets And Other Tweaks] Clock v4.3 Adds Some Slick New Animations And Audio Support For Android Wear [APK Download]

The Clock app doesn't get a ton of updates, but when it does there's almost always something worth talking about. The latest version does a little bit of everything with a little bit of visual polish and updates for the Android Wear app. As usual, there's a link at the bottom if you'd like to grab this version before it rolls out to your devices in due time.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S Packaging Will Allegedly Morph Into A Google Cardboard Viewer

Alcatel's unannounced Idol 4S and Idol 4 leaked via its own website recently, but it's not just the phones that are important this time; the packaging is also of note. According to Evan "@evleaks" Blass at Venture Beat, the Idol 4S packaging will double as a Google Cardboard viewer.

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T-Mobile Offers The Entry-Level, Low-Resolution, 5-Inch LG K7 For $139.99

There are smartphones that you can get for cheap, and then there are cheap smartphones. The K7 handset that LG announced at this year's CES is decidedly the latter. It's now available from T-Mobile, and it will only cost you $139.99. In leasing terms, that's $5.84 on your bill for twenty-four months.

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[Deal Alert] LG Nexus 5X $20 Off On eBay - 16GB For $280, 32 GB For $330

The 5X may not be as flashy or as powerful as its more refined big brother, the 6P, but it sure is a heck of a lot cheaper. Google already is selling the phone at a pretty good price, but today you can pick up both models for $20 less on eBay.

Buydig via eBay has the 32GB 5X marked down to $330 and the 16GB model for only $280. That's a low enough price to make my fingers itch. Seriously, I'm very tempted to take the plunge and buy myself a cheap slab of Marshmallow.

Here's a quick reminder of the phone's upper mid-range specs for those of you who haven't memorized them already.

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The First Wave Of YouTube Red Originals Is Here, Starring Lilly Singh, PewDiePie, And Others

When you sign up for a YouTube Red subscription, you don't just get to watch Google's streaming video service without putting up with ads. You also get access to original programming. These are shows and movies produced exclusively for YouTube, and they're known as YouTube Red Originals.

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