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Android platform distribution, September 2016: Marshmallow climbs, and not much else

September's platform distribution numbers for Android are now available, and... they're dully predictable. Marshmallow's growth returned to the levels we saw in July, gaining 3.5 points versus its position a month ago. Lollipop has returned to a net decline, with v5.0 losing a full point of the pie and 5.1's half-point increase not being able to make up for it. That means Lollipop, combined, is on 35% of all Android devices Google counted versus Marshmallow's 18.7%.

KitKat dropped 1.5 points, Jelly Bean (all versions) collectively dipped a meager 1.1 points, and Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread barely budged from their previous positions.

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Everybody calm down: that Brooklyn Note7 explosion reported by the NY Post was actually a Galaxy Core Prime

There's no denying that the Galaxy Note 7 recall is a big deal, but as with any big story, a little caution is called for when reporting on it. There are in fact other things that can catch fire besides the Note 7, including - gasp! - other smartphones. Such is the case with one of the more dramatic reports of a Galaxy Note 7 malfunction. As it turns out this New York Post article about a 6-year-old injured by an exploding Note 7 (which still hasn't been updated or corrected (update: see below)) is in fact about a Galaxy Core Prime, an entirely different Samsung phone model.

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[Not US] SoundHound Unlimited down from $5.99 to $0.10 in a few countries

SoundHound is a bit like Shazam, but on steroids. If it wasn't for Shazam's integration with OK Google, SoundHound would be the only music identification app I have on my phone, because it doesn't just do searches of music playing around you, it can also recognize songs you sing or hum. It works more often than you'd think, even with a couple of missed lyrics, out of tune notes, and even half-accurate hums.

SoundHound also has the benefit of the Hound voice assistant, which means that you can ask it to identify a song, add it to your Spotify playlist, get information about artists and releases, and more without touching a single button.

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LG, the V20 is your best chance for smartphone success in years - don’t screw it up

LG and the V20 could hardly have hoped for a more fortuitous turn of events in recent weeks. Samsung’s Note7 has been globally recalled for a serious battery defect, and replacement shipments are nowhere to be seen. The V20, by contrast, offers an increasingly rare removable battery. Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone 7 duo have been unveiled without a headphone jack. The V20 proudly touts its high-end wired audio capabilities as being among the best in the smartphone world. It may be of little consequence that it will likely be the first, or at least technically first, phone to ship with Android 7.0 - but of much greater import is the fact that it will be available on all four major US carriers.

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Chromecast Preview Program lets you test drive new Chromecast firmware before they're released

Back in May, Cody unveiled strings in the Google Cast app version 1.15 that pointed to an upcoming "Chromecast Preview Program." It was clear from the code that the app would start offering an opt-in option for users to test new versions of the Chromecast firmware before they're released to the public. But for months, the Preview Program was nowhere to be found in the app.

In the last couple of days, we've received a couple of tips from users telling us that the option has now shown up for them inside the Google Cast app. And now it's finally been officially announced by the Google Cast team.

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Samsung will limit Galaxy Note7 battery charges via OTA in Korea to boost returns

The international recall of the Galaxy Note 7 is becoming a full-fledged disaster for Samsung, with millions of early devices (and consumers) affected. But even with the negative press and a direct hit to revenue, Samsung would prefer its customers send their faulty phones in for a replacement rather than face even a small possibility of said phones bursting into flames. In the company's home territory of South Korea, it's going to use some more direct methods of encouragement.

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[Update: Android app too] Google Maps' speed limits start showing up while driving... on Android Auto

There are some missing features in Android and some of Google's apps that are simply incomprehensible. Speed limits are one of them. In countries where speed limits are enforceable by the law and mandatory to respect (ie not here in Lebanon), it's quite unfathomable to me that you would be using a routing and navigation app that didn't show you the speed limit of each road you were taking so you could drive safely and lawfully.

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Android Pay comes today to Natwest, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Ulster Bank in the UK

When Google announced the arrival of Android Pay on Chase in the US to the relieved sighs of many a customer and Android user, it also let us know that some new banks would be joining the ranks in the UK. At the time, the news was limited to Santander and TSB, although some avid British users had unearthed signs of support for others like Natwest, but it wasn't official nor was it functional yet.

Now, it is both. Google has updated its announcement to say that Android Pay is now available for customers of Natwest, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Ulster bank.

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E! Now, NBC Universo Now, and Oxygen Now apps now available on the Play Store

What's the point of having one app to watch your favorite TV content when you can have alltheapps?! NBC Universal seems to think so and has released even more streaming apps for each of its channels. Previously, we had Bravo Now and SyFy Now (and USA Now and Telemundo Now), but now three more channels are joining the fold.

E! Now, NBC Universo Now, and Oxygen Now are all available on the Play Store for fans of the channels. You can stream episodes from your favorite shows the day after they air, and access some limited backlog of old episodes too. But you'll need to log in with your TV provider details so this isn't a free-for-all cord-cutting solution, just another way to feed your addiction even when you're not in front of your big screen.

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[Deal Alert] Motorsport Manager 0.10 worldwide, LapseIt Pro 0.10 in UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Russia

We love on-sale games and apps here at Android Police, and we've got another two for you, with LapseIt Pro on sale for 0.10 in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, and Russia, while Motorsport Manager is available for the same price worldwide.

LapseIt is a camera app which makes creating timelapses and stop-motion videos easy. In my testing, although I found the UI a little... cumbersome, the timelapses the app creates are excellent. The gap between each independent frame can be changed, in either milliseconds, seconds, or minutes - the default is set to 2 seconds. There's lot of other settings as well, including White Balance, Color effects, Scene Mode options, and even a buggy, in-development Material UI that did not work on my Nexus 6P.

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