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Play Store v7.8 prepares to add pre-registration rewards, settings for Instant Apps, Play Protect, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

The Play Store has just been updated to version 7.8 as of this morning, at least for some people. This release brings a couple of small changes to the interface and a few bigger changes in preparation for the future. Google has added a little reminder note to get people back on track with automatic updates, meanwhile it has also removed a toggle on some devices that gave users a choice about whether icons should be added to the home screen for newly installed apps. (But don't worry, that's conditional.) On the teardown front, we can see big signs of progress for Instant Apps, a move toward branding the malware scanner, and a clue that pre-registering for apps may finally be worth something besides a reminder notification.

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Synology RT2600AC review: A beast disguised as a router

When Synology approached us with an offer to review a new product, I was thrilled. The company is well-known for its NAS (Network Attached Storage) machines, but the item in question turned out to be a router. Now, I know what you're thinking: a router review from Android Police? As some of you may well know, we do not exclusively handle Android-specific products like phones, tablets, etc. Sometimes, we like to provide all of you with our opinions on other accessories and the like to help improve your experience with your Android devices. Get it?

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Comcast's new Xfinity xFi app gives you more control over your home network

Changing your network settings, especially on a per-device basis, isn't easily possible unless you have a newer router - like the Google Wifi. For Xfinity customers using one of the standard Wireless Gateways, you could change basic settings from the Xfinity Account app, but not much else. Now Comcast has released a new app, xFi, that gives customers far greater control over their home network.

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TP-Link gets into mesh routers with the Deco M5

One router just isn't cool anymore. Everyone who's anyone has released a mesh router system that uses multiple APs to blanket spaces with wireless coverage. TP-Link, which made the first OnHub device for Google, has now released its own mesh router system called Deco M5. It will compete directly with Google Wifi, Netgear Orbi, Eero, and others.

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Play Store v7.7 prepares to roll out new security features and split notification settings to a separate screen [APK Teardown]

Google is pushing out a new version of the Play Store for Android users around the world. Like most updates to this version, there really aren't any notable changes showing up already, but there are a few interesting things hidden beneath the hood. There are some new features focused on improving security for apps that are updated from unexpected sources and making its security scanner more visible to users. There's also a plan to move notification settings to their own dedicated screen.

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17 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (2/28/17 - 3/13/17)

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.

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Accu Battery

Today's roundup is presented by Accu Battery from Digibites. Batteries today are ubiquitous with just about every device we use, as they play a critical role in our day-to-day that is difficult to dismiss. This means that it is pretty important to stay on top of your battery usage.

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ML Manager makes extracting APKs from your device easy

There are plenty of reasons why you would want to extract APKs from your device. Maybe you want to back up an app or game that was taken off the Play Store, or you want to upload the latest Google app updates to APKMirror. There are about as many APK saving/extracting tools on the Play Store as malware-ridden flashlight apps, but ML Manager is probably the easiest one to use.

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[Update: faulty chargers] Barnes & Noble is apparently pulling its latest Nook Tablet from store shelves

Before November of last year, we had thought that Barnes & Noble's Nook line - one of the first real Android tablets when it launched back in 2010 - was more or less dead. The bookstore had been selling Nook-branded Samsung tablets as ostensible loss-leaders for its digital bookstore, but the $50 Nook Tablet 7" was the first truly unique device under the brand in years. Now, according to an unverified Reddit post, it looks like there might be something seriously wrong with that new reader-tablet.

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An obscure Chinese smartphone entering Europe presents a sticky problem for "Google's" Android

If you've never heard of Meizu, that's forgivable: it's a largely mainland Chinese smartphone manufacturer that has been producing Android devices for quite some time now. While fairly popular in China, their handsets have seen little traction elsewhere, primarily because Meizu really didn't bother to sell them anywhere else. Well, until recently: Meizu now is attempting to enter the European market with its phones, including the UK (and outside the EU, in Brazil, India, Israel, and New Zealand).

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20 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (10/18/16 - 10/31/16)

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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DigiCal Calendar Agenda

Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites. DigiCal is the full-featured calendar app that offers a ton of features that aren't available in Google Calendar, like seven different calendar views, light and dark themes, multiple widgets, integrated weather forecasts, an invitation management system, and over fifty thousand public calendars for integration with personal or corporate planning.

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