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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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[Update: Live in SF, others 'soon'] Lyft announces Scheduled Rides, soon users will be able to plan their trips ahead of time

Lyft, the definitely-not-a-taxi service that is not Uber, is adding a useful feature: scheduled rides. This means exactly what you think, giving the option to call for a, well, Lyft for some future time. With that said, you probably can't use scheduled rides just yet as it is currently being piloted in San Francisco.

Assuming Lyft does roll it out to their other markets this summer as they say they will in their announcement, there will be some guidelines. The main thing is you cannot schedule your ride more than 24 hours in advance.

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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.

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.

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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