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31 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (8/31/16 - 9/12/16)

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

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

Hotlap Heroes

Android Police coverage: Hotlap Heroes brings top-down local racing with up to 8 players to Android TV

It's not often that we see a game that's exclusive to Android TV, except for the ones that NVIDIA snags for its SHIELD.

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Pixel Launcher works with Google Calendar to show the correct date, changes some UI elements

It's been a few hours since the Pixel Launcher was leaked, and from the screenshots we saw initially, it didn't seem like much had changed in the name's transition from Nexus to Pixel. However, since downloads became available, we've discovered more and more subtle tweaks to the interface. Arguably the biggest change is the integration of the date into Google Calendar's icon.

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[Deal Alert] The $600 Huawei Watch Jewel/Sapphire is on Amazon for $295

What's this, three Deal Alerts in one day? You better believe it, because the Jewel/Sapphire Huawei Watch is down to $295.32 on Amazon. With the typical asking price of $599.99, this is an absolute steal.

You might be wondering, "What's the catch?" As far as I can tell, there isn't one. The Huawei Watch features a 400x400 resolution screen, a speaker, and of course runs on Android Wear. It's also one of two devices that you can flash the Android Wear 2.0 Preview on, so it's safe to assume it will receive the final update when it is released.

Possibly the only downside is that the Huawei Watch doesn't have the newer Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU, which recent Android Wear devices include.

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Grab the leaked new Pixel Launcher here [APK Download]

A few hours ago, LlabTooFeR tweeted out some screenshots of the launcher formerly known as the Nexus Launcher. On the surface, the Pixel Launcher looks nearly identical to the Nexus Launcher, save for an icon change and a version number change; however, we have a post in the works on some new integration between the Google Calendar icon in the app drawer and Pixel Launcher.

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Galaxy Note7 recall now underway in Canada after over 70 battery fires reported in US alone

Samsung has partnered with Health Canada (the government agency responsible for consumer safety) to officially begin the Note7 recall in Canada. Note7 owners in Canada can now start the process of swapping out their defective phones. To drive home the importance of trading in the old phones, Samsung and Health Canada have revealed that 70 phones have caught fire in the US alone.

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Google is testing a crazy new bottom bar interface in Maps

The current version of Google Maps has an Explore bar at the bottom of the screen, giving you access to nearby points of interest. It appears that some people have started seeing a different version of that bottom bar with options for seeing locations, driving, or transit details. It looks rather handy.

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[Update: More devices] Motorola posts factory image for Moto G4, removes all the other ones

If you need a factory image for Motorola's new Moto G4 (XT1624), there's good news. It's now available. If, however, you need a factory image for an older Motorola phone, you're out of luck. The Moto G4 is currently the only device with an official factory image available for download. The Moto G4 Plus is also not listed right now.

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Latest Google Maps beta shows distance to locations in search

A few days ago, we posted a teardown of the latest Google Maps beta. Another minor, but much appreciated, change in this beta version is that distances now appear alongside results in search.

This is a very minor feature, but definitely one worth mentioning. Most of the time when I searched for locations, I had to look at the map myself and figure out which was the closest. As you would expect, it shows the distance in either Imperial 'Murican or Metric units, depending on your preference.

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If you want to try out the beta release, you can download the APK from APKMirror.

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[Deal Alert] Get the Huawei Honor 8 for just $360 with free JBL headphones and case on Newegg ($40 off)

Less than a month ago, Huawei released the Honor 8, a rebodied P9, in the US. David reviewed the phone and found that while it has solid hardware, the software in its current state is severely flawed. If you're willing to wait for the supposedly completely revamped EMUI 5 to come out, you can grab an Honor 8 from Newegg for just $359.99 with a coupon code and also get a pair of headphones and a clear case for free.

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Like them or not, Google's Pixel phones will be the iPhone competitor we've demanded for years

Last year, I attended the launch of the Nexus 5X and 6P. Google also introduced the Pixel C, a refreshed Chromecast, and the new Chromecast Audio at this event to an audience of maybe 100 to 150 journalists. For the biggest company in tech, it felt like a small affair, and if I'm honest, one without much sense of occasion. We were seated in an artsy venue in San Francisco in a room that had been converted into a sort of banquet hall. Front and center, there was a small stage. I watched Sundar Pichai walk up that stage to greet us good morning, much in the way the Senior Vice President Of Team Building would kick off ManageCamp '16 at the Hilton.

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