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Google app v7.3 beta prepares for podcast subscriptions, data saver for Now Cards, and more [APK Teardown]

Version 7.3 of the Google app began rolling out to users in the beta channel earlier today. There are a few odd little changes to be found poking around in the UI, like a new menu shortcut on many of the Assistant settings screens that leads to the Activity Controls settings, but it's all pretty innocuous. We'll surely see more significant features going live as Google activates them remotely over the coming weeks™. Nevertheless, there are some interesting things to be found during the course of a teardown.

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Here are a few ways machine learning has improved Gboard

Google has been improving Gboard with the same type of tools it uses for speech recognition: machine learning. The budding technology is rapidly becoming a ubiquitous method for improving results and performance. If a network can be trained to accurately accomplish something in a performant way, odds are you'll see it introduced to any product it can be applied to. Gboard and text-input as a whole are no different, and we are reaping the benefits of improved corrections and predictions every time we swipe out a low-accuracy message to a friend. But how do these improvements work?

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Verizon's LG K8 V is getting an update to Android 7.0 Nougat

Last year, LG unveiled the LG K8 budget phone, alongside the less-powerful K5. As you might be able to tell from the name, the LG K8 V is the Verizon variant, and now Big Red is pushing an Android 7.0 Nougat update to it.

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[Deal Alert] Get $15 off purchases of $75 or more on eBay for today only

eBay periodically offers site-wide discounts, and today the site is bringing it back again. From now until 8PM Pacific Time/11PM Eastern Time, you can save $15 on almost any purchase of $75 or more.

There are a few minor catches; gift cards and coupons are not eligible, and your total has to be greater than $75 excluding shipping, handling, and taxes. You also can't use this discount on eBay Real Estate - $15 off a new house probably wouldn't do much good anyways.

All you have to do is use the coupon code PREMEMDAY15 at checkout. Pretty easy.

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KONAMI's PES2017 Pro Evolution Soccer fast breaks onto the Play Store

Straight out of a soft launch, PES2017 Pro Evolution Soccer is finally here. If you are looking for a soccer game that is as close to the console version as we will ever get, this is probably going to be your best choice. Sure the touch controls may not lend themselves well to such a highly strategic game, but hey, who cares when you can now play soccer on the go.

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Google Photos archiving is rolling out to everyone right now

It was a few months ago that we spotted an option for photo archiving in a teardown of Google Photos. Now, that option has gone live. Check your app and you may very well have a new "Archive" option in the navigation panel. Almost everyone on the AP team has it, as well as several tipsters.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ get Pixel navigation buttons with custom overlay

A user over at XDA put together a little modification that gives the Galaxy S8 and S8+ a taste of the Pixel's navigation icons. It's just an overlay, and it does have a couple of small bugs of its own. But, it is a basic and straightforward little feature that can improve your aesthetic quality of life. At least, if you find Samsung's stock look is a bit too busy for your tastes.

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Paradox Interactive have released Prison Architect: Mobile for good behavior

Prior to today, Prison Architect: Mobile was only available as a soft launch title in a few select countries. Well, that changes forthwith as it is officially available right now for all of us to enjoy. Well, to be specific, those of us with a tablet can enjoy it. Sadly the game is not compatible with non-tablet devices. But those of you who do happen to own an Android tablet, then it would appear that you are in luck.

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PayPal Android app updated with Xoom money sending features for 62 countries

Yesterday PayPal updated its Android app to take advantage of Xoom, a service that allows you to transfer money internationally. PayPal acquired Xoom back in 2015 and only began integrating Xoom's features into its own services late last year. With Xoom users can send money to people in over 62 countries via a few different means, including topping up prepaid phones. Anyone who may be regularly sending cash to friends or family abroad will likely welcome the new Xoom integration.

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Zombie Gunship: Survival lays down covering fire for its arrival in the Play Store

Most zombie apocalypse games assume you'll have limited resources, but Zombie Gunship: Survival gives you access to an AC-130 aircraft and unlimited ammunition because, I mean, why not? The original Zombie Gunship was just level after level of blasting zombies, but the sequel adds a few new reasons to blast zombies. Some of them are good, and some not so much.

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