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The official Reddit app v2.1.9 receives a redesign to introduce bottom navigation

In the midst of the MWC hullabaloo, Reddit released a small redesign to its official Android app. Gone is the cluttered hamburger menu, so say hello to a bottom nav bar that's taking its place — for better or for worse. Version 2.1.9 also brings some other changes, which are mentioned in the official changelog.

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Leaked screenshot hints at a new HTC Edge Sense feature and/or phone

HTC is about to get edgy, if these recent leaked screenshots are to be believed. The company might be working on a new flagship device with high end specs like a Snapdragon 835, 5.5" display, 4/6GB RAM and 64GB storage, USB-C, Android 7.1.1, and a new mysterious "Edge Sense" feature that has something to do with the borders of this specific phone.

Our only hint is a toggle in the settings for "Edge Sense" with an icon that looks like a finger reaching for the edge of the device. One interpretation could be that HTC is following in the footsteps of Samsung and going with a curved display, allowing it to implement gestures and actions on the side of the display.

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Google Home might officially launch in the UK before the end of June

Since its launch in November of last year, Google Home has only been sold officially in the US. Sure, you can buy it there and bring it overseas or probably grab it from some black market reseller in other countries, but "officially," the device is only available in the US. That should change soon.

Rick Osterloh, SVP of Hardware at Google, revealed in an interview to the BBC at Mobile World Congress that Google Home will be launching in the UK before the end of June. It will follow in the footsteps of Amazon which brought the Echo to the UK and Germany last fall.

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SkyVR is now available for Daydream headsets

This isn't Sky's first foray into virtual reality. Previously, the British company had released Sky VR aimed at Cardboard headsets and now it's back with SkyVR for Google's newer and more capable Daydream platform. Was that confusing? Look for the space: Sky VR, space, versus SkyVR, no space. It's an important distinction.

Jokes about the name's reiteration, potential confusion, and lack of inventiveness aside, SkyVR is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in certain experiences like driving an F1 car with Damon Hill or walking the red carpet with the Star Wars cast.

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Microsoft GigJam is a really smart way to temporarily collaborate and selectively share with others

I had never heard of GigJam before today, but it immediately impressed me. This Office365 service, which started out as a closed Preview then was opened to everyone on Windows, Mac, and iOS in June of 2016, is now out of its testing phase and finally available on the Play Store.

The idea is simple enough: you want to share a specific document or piece of information with someone to get their opinion, negotiate with them, give them advice, show them how things should be done, etc, but you don't want to share all the document and you don't want it to be available to them past the needed time.

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Racelink from the makers of Zombies, Run! is a virtual racing platform for brands and charities

Finding the motivation to put on your running shoes and get out to the street and, worse, start running can be tough. Zombies, Run! makes it fun by providing a back story and a "reason" for your run: Zombies are chasing you and your survival depends on running. It's thrilling and different enough that it could be the thing you need to start running and keep doing it every day. You might even get so passionate about it that you'd participate in the app's virtual races where you compete with real runners around the world.

Now the team behind Zombies, Run! is releasing a standalone app for these virtual races, but it's aimed at brands and charities.

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Hangouts redesigns the unread message indicators [APK Download]

Hangouts users, gather 'round. There's an important update that will likely make this the most popular messaging platform in the world. Ha, I kid! That ship has sailed long ago. But there is actually a small nifty update to Hangouts that will make it easier to catch up on active chats.

Now, when you open a conversation with lots of unread messages, you'll see a new floating button at the top to "Jump to last read" (first screenshot above). Tap it and Hangouts will automatically scroll up to the last message you read for context and you'll be able to see all the new unread messages below it (middle screenshot).

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17 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (2/14/17 - 2/27/17)

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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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Apps

BatON

Android Police coverage: BatON is an app that tries to show the battery level of connected Bluetooth devices, despite Android's limitation in this area

Bluetooth, as a wireless standard, is working on its fifth major revision.

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[Deal Alert] Get a BlackBerry Priv for just $279.99 ($320 off) on eBay

The BlackBerry Priv was not just BlackBerry's first Android phone, but it's also the company's last device developed in-house. It has been a little over a year since the phone's introduction, and minus the initial price tag, it was mostly received as a good device. Now you can get the Priv on eBay, new and factory unlocked, for a penny short of $280.

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Inbox v1.41 prepares to intelligently choose snippets from emails and allow sorting [APK Teardown]

The Gmail team put artificial intelligence to task with Inbox. Its usefulness as an email client is punctuated by how effective it is at organizing and determining the importance of incoming mail. Of course, there's always room to add more clever features, whether they are designed to cut down cognitive load or just save a couple taps. A teardown of the latest Inbox update reveals two more features are coming soon to do exactly that. The first is a simple button to sort your messages, and the second is an option that uses a little computer intelligence to pick the best text from each message to show in previews.

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