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Nova Launcher v5.4 beta adds 'Sesame Shortcuts' integration for deep linking into apps

Nova Launcher developer Kevin Barry just got done rolling out Google Feed integration, and before we can even catch our breath, there's another significant improvement on the way. In the latest beta of Nova, there's built-in support for Sesame Shortcuts, which is an app of which you probably haven't heard. The gist is Sesame lets Nova deep link into your apps.

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Google announces official release of Android Testing Support Library v1.0, Espresso v3.0, and more to make writing automated tests easier

Proper testing procedures are a huge part of software development best practices, particularly automated tests. As many Android developers would point out, the story on Android was far behind the curve for many years, and it was only recently that the tools had caught up with the needs of the ecosystem. Today, Google announced a major leap forward for these tools with an official v1.0 release of the Android Testing Support Library (ATSL).

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Hands-on: Moto Z2 Force and 360 Camera Moto Mod

Motorola is now into its second generation of Mod-enabled phones with the release of the Moto Z2 Play a few weeks ago and now the Moto Z2 Force. As far as we know, there won't be a regular Z2 variant this year, so Moto seems to have split the difference between the last-gen Z and Z Force. The Z2 Force is a bit slimmer than its predecessor with a smaller battery, but it still has the shatter-proof POLED display.

We'll have a full review later, but let's see if this phone makes a good first impression. There's also that new 360 Camera Mod launching on the same day.

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Motorola publishes Moto Photo Editor app on the Play Store for new phones with dual cameras

Nearly every OEM these days uploads its stock apps onto the Play Store for more seamless updates, but it was Motorola that really started this trend. It makes life easier for the manufacturer and the consumer alike. Moto's latest addition to the Play Store is its Moto Photo Editor, a photo editor specifically for pictures shot by Motorola dual camera-equipped phones.

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[Deal Alert] Get a first-gen Samsung Gear 360 for $109.99, the lowest price we've seen, on Amazon

Though the first-generation Samsung Gear 360 may no longer be the newest thing on the block (the second-gen model debuted in March), it's still a decent offering, and it's really not that old. It becomes even more enticing when you consider its current sale price of $109.99 on Amazon, which is a mere shadow of its original $349.99 MSRP. There have been deals on the Gear 360 before, but this is the lowest price we've ever seen.

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Huawei Mate 9 drops permanently to $499 ($100 off), Honor 6X to $199 ($50 off)

The Huawei Mate 9 and Honor 6X are a pair of very good phones. The prices for both of them have usually been around $599 and $249 respectively, but they have occasionally gone on sale for less. Now it looks like both phones are dropping in price permanently.

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23 new and notable Android games from the last week (7/19/17 - 7/25/17)

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 week or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

Layton’s Mystery Journey

Android Police coverage: Layton’s Mystery Journey is on the Play Store, and yes, you'll have to pay for quality

If you are unfamiliar with the Layton puzzle adventure series of games, then you are in for a treat.

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Sprint mocks Verizon's prices with hilarious 'Twice the Price' ad campaign

With most commercials in the US, companies compare their products to "the leading brand" or "competing product." But not so in the telecom industry. Carriers often go after their competitors with satirical ads and CEO rants, calling out each other on their claims and figures. Sprint is no stranger to this behavior, and has started a series of ads directly targeting Verizon.

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Chrome will completely remove Flash support at the end of 2020

The web has changed quite a bit over the past few years. All major browsers now release updates on a strict schedule, HTTPS is becoming the norm rather than the exception (before you ask, we're working on it!), and web plugins like Adobe Flash and Java are on their way out. Browser vendors and Adobe itself have been working to transition Flash-based content to HTML5, and Chrome even started displaying HTML5 content by default last year.

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Google Maps v9.58 beta prepares to add crowdsourced Q&A sections and user-contributed videos [APK Teardown]

There's a new version of Google Maps making the rounds through the beta channel. So far, no major changes are showing up with regular usage of the app, but there is evidence of a couple really huge new features on the horizon. A teardown of the apk reveals that the Maps team is preparing to launch a Q&A section for places that would allow users to ask and answer questions for each other. Also on the schedule is the addition of video to the types of media users will be able to contribute. These are some pretty huge features, so let's get straight to it.

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