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Google is testing another Search results layout with rounded cards, new colors, and the 4 mysterious colored dots again

Thanks to the magic of A/B server-side tests, Google can try hundreds of different layouts for its apps and services and compare results between them. And the company's engineers are seriously taking advantage of that to check the influence of any design and option combination that they can think of. (Sidenote: this has made our lives hell at Android Police. The number of tips we get about changes we've already covered, the number of times we have to quadruple check something is new, the confusion over whether something is rolling out to everyone or just some people, the guessing game over whether it's a new app version feature or a server-side switch...

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[Small Tip] If the keyboard is your preferred Assistant input method, you can switch to voice by triggering Assistant again

Many of us were happy to see the recent addition of a keyboard input method in Assistant and the setting to choose it as a preferred method. After all, many of us don't like to shout at our phones all the time because we either need some privacy, we're often in public, or we may simply not feel comfortable talking to an inanimate object.

But what if the keyboard is your preferred input method and there's that one time where you would rather use voice instead? Maybe your hands are wet or dirty, maybe you're carrying something with your other hand and you can't easily type your request with just one, or I don't know...

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Comparing the best Twitter clients for Android (2017 edition)

For the longest time, the Twitter Android app just wasn't very good. Sure it was functional, but it was clear that Twitter was focusing more on its iOS client. Third-party clients were, for that time period, the absolute best way to use Twitter on Android devices. Even though the official app has improved drastically over the past year or so, especially with the Material makeover, there are still plenty of excellent alternative clients.

Many Twitter clients have been abandoned after hitting the API token limit, and since it can be hard to keep track of which apps are still in active development, I figure a comparison might be a good idea.

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[Deal Alert] BlackBerry Priv STV100-2 32GB down to $225 on eBay

By now the BlackBerry Priv has lost most of its shine and appeal, but if you're looking for a good enough smartphone at a decent price either for a relative or as a second device, then the Priv is worth considering. Add the fact that it's one of the rare Android smartphones with a physical keyboard and it can easily tickle the fancy of a few users who won't touch a phone without a real QWERTY.

The Priv has been dropping in price every few weeks lately. The last time we saw a deal on one, it was $259.99 on eBay, and now it's even lower.

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Google is testing round icons for stories to read in the Feed

Someone at Google has a real fascination with round icons. Over the past few years, we've seen them become the default shape for most of Google's app icons, adorn the Pixel launcher's app drawer, pop up in the Play Store, get tested as search shortcuts in the Google app, just to name a few instances. And now at least one user has spotted round icons for the different stories to read cards in his Google Feed.

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[Update: Now $189] Deal Alert: Samsung's new Gear 360 camera is $209 ($20 off) on Amazon

Back in March, Samsung revealed the second-generation Gear 360 camera alongside the Galaxy S8. The new design did away with the tripod mount in favor of a non-moving grip handle, and it could record video at a higher resolution than the old model. Now you can get it for $209.46 on Amazon, a drop of $20.53 from the original price.

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[Update: 5.3 released as stable] Exclusive: Nova Launcher finally gets Google Now integration [APK Download]

Nova Launcher is the go-to launcher for so many not just for the sheer amount of customization it offers, but also the speed and frequency at which the team instills new features. However, one feature that people have constantly clamored for has always been left out: Google Now integration. It just couldn't be added due to constraints that Google had put in place. But today, Nova Launcher is finally receiving this long-awaited functionality.

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Google Maps navigation is crashing on Android Auto for many - here's how to fix it [APK Download]

Google gets made fun of for treating its customers like beta testers quite often, and the latest situation the company has gotten itself into doesn't do that reputation any favors. In very close proximity with another Android Auto issue, users on the Android Auto User Community in Google's Product Forums are reporting that Google Maps is crashing when navigation is initiated.

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Kick off your holiday weekend with 16 temporarily free and 71 on-sale apps

Here we are on the eve of a holiday weekend in the U.S. (might already be there for some of you) and I'm back once again to let you all know about the latest round of app sales! In addition to these, you might have noticed that the Play Store is running some summer deals, including a $0.99 movie rental. Check out this blog post to get started.

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Google rolls out a new "Remove, report, and ban" option for G+ community moderators

In light of the spam issue on its social networking platform, Google has announced that it's rolling out a new tool for community moderators. Dubbed "Remove, report, and ban," the company hopes that this will help to curb the swill problem on Google+.

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