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Project Fi's new referral challenge offers up chances to win bill credits, Play gift cards, and trips to Google HQ

Are you a Project Fi customer? Do you like free things? Google may have just the thing for you with the Fi Referral Challenge, which offers up chances to win a number of prizes. In fact, if you're one of the top 3 referrers, you'll also get a trip to Google's headquarters in Mountain View.

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Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+ updated with new navigation bar features and Daydream support (but not really)

Earlier this month, T-Mobile Galaxy S8s received an update that reportedly enabled Daydream, but Daydream was (and still is) incompatible. T-Mobile later updated its changelog to reflect this. However, Verizon hasn't learned from Team Magenta's mistake and is reporting Daydream support in their new update's changelog as well. But things you do get include an updated navigation bar (for better or for worse), as well as the ability to send GIFs during phone calls.

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Cheetah Mobile's Security Master app hits 500 million installs on the Play Store

Everyone's favorite developer, Cheetah Mobile, has published many apps with tens of millions of downloads. Some have even hit 100 million. 500 million, however, is a challenge for any company, but Cheetah Mobile has cheated the odds and hit 500 million downloads on Security Master, its second app to do so.

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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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