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Moto Z and Moto Z Force review: A modular miss

Motorola is trying something new—it's like a whole new company with new owners, new phones, and a new approach to making money on said phones. The Moto Z and Z Force (currently only available as Verizon exclusives) are "modular" phones with a series of snap-on rear panel accessories. They're also very thin and lacking a headphone jack. There are certainly reasons to be skeptical of these devices, but they're also very interesting in an industry that has had trouble innovating beyond the standard black slab.

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Spotify beta switches the slide-out navigation drawer to a bottom bar

I don't like this recent trend of using bottom navigation bars. Not because it is reminiscent of iOS apps, but because I have gotten so used to sliding a navigation drawer from the side that reaching the bottom of my phone's screen is just not engrained in my muscle memory. Also, the way it's implemented often uses screen estate that can be better utilized to display more data than to provide switches to other tabs that I may not need or use all the time. But that's just my opinion.

It looks like the bottom navigation panel or bottom bar or whatever you want to call it is here to stay.

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[Update: Amazon too] Deal Alert: B&H, Best Buy, and Newegg offer up to $130 off the Nexus 5X, $100 off the 6P

New Nexus phones are right around the corner... which means it's a pretty great time to pick up the current models with a sweet discount. B&H Photo, Best Buy, and Newegg are all offering dramatic price cuts on the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P. Here's a breakdown of this weekend's deals:

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25 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (7/12/16 - 7/25/16)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

DigiCal Calendar Agenda

Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites. DigiCal is the full-featured calendar app that offers a ton of features that aren't available in Google Calendar, like seven different calendar views, light and dark themes, multiple widgets, integrated weather forecasts, an invitation management system, and over fifty thousand public calendars for integration with personal or corporate planning.

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Google's Phone app now shows a warning about spam callers and makes it easy to block and report them [APK Download]

There are about a half-dozen countries that have enacted some form of official "do not call" registry and many others that have signed in laws to prevent various types of spammy behavior from running rampant over the telephone system. Unfortunately, little to nothing is done to enforce these laws and the penalties usually aren't steep enough to discourage bad behavior. Google is taking matters into its own hands and giving users a way to fight back. Starting today, a new version of the Phone app is rolling out to Nexus and Android One devices with built-in spam warnings.

The warning feature comes as a part of the phone app's existing Caller ID capability, which already maintains a very thorough directory about various businesses.

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Google Maps getting cleaner look for maps with highlighted areas of interest

Google is in the process or rolling out cleaner maps to Google Maps in an attempt to show more relevant information to users without overcrowding. You'll notice certain elements going away, but there is one new thing coming to your maps—areas of interest. If Google thinks there's some cool stuff in a particular area, you'll see it highlighted on the map.

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Steve Kondik reassures community CyanogenMod is here to stay, calls "app pivot" untrue

CyanogenMod founder and Cyanogen Inc. cofounder Steve Kondik has published a blog post on the official CyanogenMod blog today. That is the blog associated with the community project, not Cyanogen Inc. Kondik's post appears to serve dual purposes: to ensure the community that CyanogenMod isn't going anywhere (and no one suggested it was), and that the company's alleged "pivot to apps" isn't happening.

After Friday's layoffs, the post makes sense. There's no reason to believe that the reduction of staff at Cyanogen Inc responsible for the maintenance of the open source CyanogenMod project mean the community-driven effort is in danger.

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Humble Mobile Bundle 19 includes The Banner Saga, Super Stickman Golf 3, and more

Humble Bundle isn't doing the constant Android game bundles anymore, but when they do a mobile bundle these days, it's a good one. Humble Mobile Bundle 19 is now live with seven rad games and more on the way. You can pay what you want to unlock one, two, or all three tiers of games. The best ones are, of course, in the top tier.

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[Update: Group chat changes] Hangouts 11 for Android finally adds support for video messaging (APK download)

Hangouts 11 for Android is here! Can you guess what it adds? No, not Allo, silly: it adds video messaging. Finally. Hangouts for iOS has supported the sending of video messages (or attachments, whatever you want to call them), and Android has mysteriously missed out on this feature to date. As of today, that changes - and we've got the APK for you to download.

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[Deal Alert] Google Store joins in $100 off Nexus 6P deal, adds $30 off select Chromebooks, $5 off Chromecasts, and more

There's another Nexus 6P sale at retailers like B&H and Newegg, and as usual, Google is catching up with a sale on the Google Store. The 6P is $100 off, but there are some other goodies too. You can get deals on Chromecasts, the Huawei Watch, and more.

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