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Early alpha version of TWRP for Pixels released after work done to combat file-based encryption

It's just under a month after the brand new Pixel devices came out, so naturally developers and custom ROM makers have been hard at work building their wares for the new phones. Included in this is TWRP, the most popular custom recovery for Android (RIP ClockworkMod).

TWRP for the Pixel and Pixel XL is still in alpha format, meaning it is still buggy and should not be used if you're not aware of what you're doing. Specifically, restoring data is not working correctly, because of the new file-based encryption (which enables Direct Boot) that the Pixels employ. TWRP's lead developer Ethan Yonker says in a Google+ post that, "If a restore doesn't work correctly, it can trigger an automatic wipe of your data," which doesn't sound like fun at all.

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Codes for free Daydream View VR headsets are going out for Pixel pre-orderers

Google first revealed that Pixel pre-orderers would receive Daydream Views free of charge at last month's Pixel unveiling, and now, there's finally some movement; promo codes for the VR headsets are being sent out via email to customers who pre-ordered via the Google Store.

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Google announces RAISR, a method of upscaling images with machine learning

You probably know as well as I do that the internet is littered with low-resolution images, either a limitation of a device's camera or purposely-downgraded for faster loading on slow connections. Unfortunately, enlarging an image many times over while still preserving detail is something only possible in episodes of CSI. But thanks to the magic of machine learning, Google has been developing a solution - RAISR, short for Rapid and Accurate Image Super-Resolution.

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21 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (11/1/16 - 11/14/16)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications 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.

Apps

Fingerprint Gestures

Android Police coverage: 'Fingerprint Gestures' app brings one Pixel feature to more Android devices

A lot of Nexus 6P and 5X owners were less than thrilled when the Pixel phones were given fingerprint gestures that were technically possible, but not enabled, on their phones.

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Android has an official Instagram account now, complete with obligatory food pictures

Do you love to #engage with your favorite #brands on social media? Android already has a Google Plus page and a Twitter account, but now there is an official Instagram account as well. With the username @android (as you might expect), the only upload so far is the above six-image collage.

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YouTube Gaming v1.9 adds a viewer counter to live streams and a new easter egg [APK Download]

An update to YouTube Gaming began rolling out last week, but this one is pretty tiny by most standards. While it surely has the typical bug fixes and performance improvements, the only visible change is a brand new counter above the chat box on live streams. Of course, with the increased version number, there is also a new Easter egg to track down, and the answer is in this post – if you happen to be a collector, that is. As always, if you don't already have the update, there's a download link at the bottom of the post.

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[Update: Winners] Humble Mobile Board Games Bundle adds 3 games—plus, we've got 10 free codes to give away

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle has been live for a week, and you know what that means. Yes, more games. This is a board game bundle that already included such favorites as Catan and Ticket To Ride. Now you get three more games for one reasonable price. You can also get a chance to win the bundle free right here.

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[Update: APK Added] Google Play Music is getting a smarter recommendation engine, new home screen, and automatic music caching for offline play [APK Download]

Google is doing a big upgrade to Play Music this week, enabling a smarter and more contextually aware recommendation engine, an easier to use interface, and a more streamlined caching system for offline playback. You'll notice some big changes to the look of the Play Music home screen on both the web and mobile devices, and hopefully some better music suggestions.

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Bing adds augmented reality 360 Search, plus Music, Events, and Lottery

Microsoft wants to beat Google at its own game, so to those ends the company drives hard and fast when it comes to search. The newest feature to hit the app is 360 Search, an augmented reality-infused experience that helps take you where you want to go. Other new things include enhanced music and events features as well as a new 'Lottery' section showing the latest winning results for jackpots and such.

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Samsung Rewards will let you earn free stuff by using Samsung Pay

Samsung has a history of running promotions to encourage people to give Samsung Pay a shot. Now, it's launching a revamped rewards program to keep you coming back. Samsung Rewards gives you points each time you use Samsung Pay, and that can eventually lead to free gift cards, cash back, and even free Samsung gear. It's a more extensive program compared to the Samsung Pay Rewards card that rolled out a few months ago.

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