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WhatsApp's sweet old text-based statuses are back in the latest beta

Last month, WhatsApp turned its app into a Snapchat clone by overhauling the entire concept of statuses. Forget short text and emoji blurbs, now you were supposed to share photos and images with others and follow minute-by-minute to see who snooped on your image and, more importantly, who didn't. Because they want to make a point and prove they don't care enough about you.

While the Status tab is still there and unremovable (ugh), the regular old text-based statuses are back in the latest beta for those of us who aren't hip or interesting or vain enough to share a new image every day. Just like before, you can find your own status and edit it under your profile settings at the bottom in the About and phone number section.

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Hangouts Meet app is out for Android [APK Download]

One of the many announcements for G Suite customers today was the split of Hangouts into two new apps - Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Meet is a video conferencing app, designed to be as easy to use as possible. The iOS version appeared before the official announcement, but now the Android app is live as well.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition adds new Strangers skins, villager trading, and a bunch of tweaks and bug fixes in 1.0.4

Mojang's Sisyphean quest to port all the features of the desktop version of Minecraft to the Pocket Edition continues. The latest update, 1.0.4, brings in NPC villager trading stalls and a new set of skins for the Biome Settlers. A bunch of other fixes and tweaks have been added in to smooth out gameplay and generally tidy up. The 1.0.4 update is now live on the Play Store, though it might take a day or two to roll out to your specific phone or tablet.

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YouTube Kids v2.14 prepares for a remote access app for parents and gaming-themed content [APK Teardown]

YouTube Kids has an update rolling out and parents are probably curious what this one holds. As it turns out, things look pretty much identical in the app, so there probably aren't any notable changes going live with this one. However, a teardown did turn up a couple of things parents might want to keep an eye out for in the future. There's a new app coming soon that will enable remote access to manage parental controls. Additionally, a new page may be coming for gaming-themed videos.

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Crime awareness app Vigilante is now Citizen, launching on Android

Crime is no laughing matter. Odds are, we have, or know someone who has, been affected by crime to some degree. Being able to avoid trouble is not always easy, but that's where Citizen, formerly known as Vigilante, comes in. The app is relaunching with its new name and it's on Android.

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Google's Jamboard, the digital whiteboard, will be available this May for a hefty sum

Back in October, Google announced the Jamboard, which is a digital whiteboard for G Suite customers. At the Google Cloud Next event today, pricing and availability was announced: $4,999 to purchase plus a $600 yearly maintenance fee. Oh, you can cut that $600 in half for the first year if you order by September 30.

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Motorola slowly rolling out Android 7.0 to the Moto Z Play

Motorola used to be just as good as, if not better than, Google itself when it came to updates. On more than one occasion, a Motorola device would be updated to the latest Android version before the Nexus rollout was complete. Unfortunately, Motorola under Lenovo's ownership has a more relaxed approach to updates, leaving customers annoyed and upset (and rightly so).

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Plex for Android 5.6 adds app shortcuts, media flags for locally synced content, plenty of bug fixes, and more

Plex is pretty awesome, especially when new features like Plex Cloud get added, and the company does a good job at keeping its apps updated and in good repair. The bump to v5.6 brings a few new things and a ton of bug fixes. This is quite the changelog, so without further ado, here it is.

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Post apocalyptic physics platformer 'Mushroom 11' sprouts on Android today

Have you ever wanted to shape an amorphous blob of goo with your finger as a way of traversing an eerily beautiful post-apocalyptic world? Well, today is your lucky day, weirdo. Developer Untame has released their popular physics platformer Mushroom 11 on Android. This game is new to the Play Store, so reviews are few and far between. If Steam reviews are anything to go on, we're in for a treat.

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Newest Greenify update adds app shortcuts and more

Greenify has been around for some time and long-time Android power users should be familiar with it. The app serves to improve battery life and system performance by hibernating apps that are misbehaving. This can save on data, resources, and power usage. Since Doze came to Android, I have found less use for Greenify on my devices, but it still has a loyal following.

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