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21 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last 2 weeks (7/26/16 - 8/8/16)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, and live wallpapers 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.

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Play Store app's "People" area, +1s on app pages may be getting phased out

It seems that two features of the Google Play Store app, the "People" area and the "+1" option on app listings, are disappearing. At this time, I've personally checked five of my devices, and only one which hadn't been powered on in months still had them.

There is a chance this is a bug or some kind of unforeseen consequence of Google making another change to the Play Store, but it seems much more likely that the removal of these features is completely intentional. Google+ doesn't get much love these days, and Google has dramatically reduced the prominence of it in its various other products, rebranded the "Sign in with Google+" button as just Google, and started to pivot the platform as a whole into more of a meeting place for interest-driven communities rather than a "social network." In light of that, killing off the more social-network-y features of the platform in connected products is only logical.

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Pokémon GO updated to v0.33 with Poké Ball XP fix, new driving warning, and more (but still no tracking) [APK Download] [Update]

Pokémon trainers around the world have been peeved with Niantic and the sluggish rate of Pokémon GO updates. Today, there's a new version rolling out with a number of tweaks and fixes, but unfortunately, the recently removed tracking feature is not among them. You'll get the right XP bonuses from Poké Balls assuming you can find any Pokémon, though.

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SwiftKey v6.3.9.79 update rolling out with fix for busted sync

SwiftKey disabled account sync in its keyboard late last month after a bizarre error caused predictions to be sent to the wrong users. It said an update was in the works to fix it, and now it's rolling out. SwiftKey v6.3.9.79 will re-enable sync on your device, hopefully without all the crossed wires.

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[Update: Fixed] Google Drive is down for many today, Google is working on it

How's your morning been? If you rely on Google Drive, maybe not so good. Google Drive is experiencing a widespread outage today, preventing access to files and documents. Google is working on the issue and expects to have more news later this afternoon.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Tap and Echo on sale for $50 off ($79.99 and $129.99)

It's not often that we get to post a deal at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, but I guess this one fits in the "beyond" section. If you look up the Alexa-infused Echo and Tap on the Amazon site, you'll see the same old prices. You can save some cash by heading over to Best Buy or Bed, Bath, and Beyond to pick up these devices. Both models are $50 off right now.

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Google adds Explore Interests to Now with six categories to get updates on

Google Now continues to get better and better (hands up if you're looking forward to Google Assistant) so it's only natural yet more features and improvements are being added for the predictive search facilities. A tipster has sent us four screenshots showing 'Explore Interests,' which appears to be a new way to add things you're interested in for Google to track and update you on.

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Pokémon GO passes 100 million Play Store downloads in just a month

Holy crap, you people really like playing Pokémon. A combination of nostalgia, interesting augmented reality gameplay, straight-up social novelty, and (not least) being a free game has made Niantic's Pokémon GO rocket to 100 million downloads in the Play Store in just a month. Life isn't a race, but if it was, Pokémon GO would be so far ahead of every other game that they'd see it disappearing beneath the horizon.

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OneView Calendar brings a unique twist to complex calendar management

Calendar apps aren't exactly hard to find on the Play Store. There are pretty ones, functional ones, cross-platform ones designed to work with every service under the sun, and then there's Google Calendar that everyone comes back to when their favorite stops updating. You might think there's nothing new to explore in the space, but you'd be wrong. OneView Calendar manages to put a new spin on a somewhat tired standard by refining it to an impressive degree.

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Weekend poll: Would you buy a smartphone without a headphone jack?

More and more, it seems the headphone jack is being considered an acceptable casualty in the name of modern smartphone design. LeEco generated headlines when they dropped it on their new devices, but perhaps the biggest stir came when Motorola announced the Z and Z and Force would forego 3.5mm ports in favor of... a dongle.

This caused considerable consternation. Some, though, were in favor of it - Bluetooth headphones and earbuds are increasingly popular today, and while I'd argue the traditional cabled headphone still very much has its place, that place is probably less a smartphone than it was three or four years ago.

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