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Android Auto app reaches 10 million installs on the Play Store

It's a good milestone day for Android's side-projects and apps. Earlier we reported that the Android Wear app had reached 10 million downloads on the Play Store and now we're seeing the same number for the Android Auto app.

10 million downloads since March of 2015 is a nice number, especially considering that the app is geo-restricted and you either have to be aware that it works on phones without needing a compatible car or have to have purchased a new compatible car or heads-up unit in the past 2 years or so to know about it. By comparison, the Android Wear app has been available for about 3 and half years, is available worldwide, and the cost of entry is much lower (if you don't take into account those who use the Auto app as standalone).

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HTC tries to show off U11+ selfie camera, fails

Some promos are better left unpublished and HTC should have gotten to this conclusion after seeing this video for the U11+. Even if they paid Danielle a lump of cash and got an entire team to work for weeks or months on setting this up, filming it, and editing it, with heart-fluttering music to go, this video should not have seen the light of day for one main reason: it fails at its purpose.

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Samsung Pay launches bill payments for India

It's been a busy year for Samsung Pay, as the Korean company's mobile payments platform has been gradually rolled out around the globe to counter competing services from Google and Apple. It's particularly popular in India, where Samsung's MST technology is the most common at payment terminals. It launched there in March this year, and now it's gaining another handy feature: bill payments.

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[Hell hath frozen over] Amazon releases Prime Video app for Android TV

What a world we live in. After Amazon and Google's long-lasting row of we won't sell your products and you won't get our services, the last straw seems to have been pulled when Google disabled YouTube on some of Amazon's products. Now Amazon is trying to make up a little by selling Chromecasts again (while nefariously plotting something with Amazontube?) and the second step appears to be by making Amazon Prime Video available on Android TV devices. Hell, indeed, hath frozen over. It will go liquid nitrogen when the regular Amazon Prime Video app for phones adds support for Chromecast or when you can link a Google Home with Prime Video as the main video source.

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Android Wear app hits 10 million downloads on the Play Store

Android Wear has been out for several years now, though it can't be considered a commercial success. After all that time, the companion app has just reached 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store. That being said, that figure doesn't allow us to draw any conclusions about sales figures.

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Samsung and KT deploy LTE-R, enabling consistent LTE connections on high-speed trains

In advance of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Samsung and KT have deployed the first LTE-Railway network for the Wonju-Gangneung train line in Gangwon Province. This line, which is scheduled to start service this month, features trains which operate at 155 mph (250 kmh). This allows commuters to move between Gangneung on South Korea's east coast to Seoul within two hours. LTE-Railway (or LTE-R) is a new network technology which allows devices to maintain a constant LTE network connection in a moving train.

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Hangouts calling now works on Firefox without plugins

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Chrome Beta 64 blocks redirecting ads, switches to a white navigation bar, and more [APK Download]

Chrome 64 is scheduled to be released in January, which means we get a beta version this month. In Chrome Beta 64, the blocking feature for redirecting ads is enabled by default, there's a white navigation bar for Android 8.1, and plenty of smaller changes for users and developers are included.

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Gunstar Heroes is the newest entry in the Sega Forever classic games compilation

Sega has been re-releasing its back catalog of Genesis / Mega Drive games as part of the Sega Forever collection on a bi-weekly basis. Gunstar Heroes is the latest game in the lineup, though actually being able to play the game is another problem altogether.

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Google Duo v25 prepares to help users deal with a low battery and low volume [APK Teardown]

As we hit the last few days before Christmas, app updates from Google have gone from a firehose to a slow trickle. It's only natural that most of the developers don't want to ship any major updates right before their holiday plans for fear that they might be called in to fix a catastrophe. Hey, I've done it too. Nevertheless, there's a new version of Google Duo rolling out today. It probably comes as no surprise that this one isn't taking any unnecessary risks either. There are a few very minor tweaks to the interface. However, there is a little bit for a quick teardown, so let's get into it.

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