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Android O feature spotlight: Notifications for apps displaying over other apps can once again be disabled

Android O's first developer preview brought us screen overlay notifications. These are sometimes helpful, but they're also rather annoying for apps like Facebook Messenger that use chat heads. Today's release of the fourth and last O developer preview allows users to hide that notification, although there are still some other annoying ones that can't be hidden.

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10 new and notable Android apps from the last week (7/18/17 - 7/24/17)

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 week or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Gratus

Android Police coverage: Francisco Franco's new app Gratus is a novel tool that reminds you to stop and appreciate life

Francisco Franco has a new app available on the Play Store, and it isn't at all what you would expect.

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[Deal Alert] Get a YI 4K action camera for $158.99 ($90 off) on Amazon with coupon code

GoPro's Hero line of cameras have become the go-to action cameras, but they can get pretty pricey. If you want something just as good, you may want to check out YI's 4K Sports and Action Video Camera. Amazon currently has the US model in White Pearl for just $158.99 with a coupon code, which is just over $90 off the MSRP.

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Gmail's Smart Reply is now available in Spanish on both Android and iOS

Back in May, Google announced Smart Reply for Gmail, a feature that would suggest three simple responses based on the email that was sent to you. This was first made available for English, but Spanish was promised to come "in the coming weeks." Two months later, Spanish speakers can finally use Smart Reply for quick and easy responses.

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Gboard for Android TV is now available on the Play Store, so far only for Android O [APK Download]

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Android O feature spotlight: Lockscreen and notification panel get a few visual tweaks

Android O's fourth developer preview was released today, and you know what that means: more feature spotlights. We already covered the new octopus Easter egg, but there are still a few other changes, even in the final developer preview. The lockscreen and notification panel have both seen a few minor visual tweaks.

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The Chromecast is four years old today

Google tried several times to gain a foothold in the living room in the early days of Android. Remember the Nexus Q? And what about the Google TV debacle? Google didn't have a real hit until it simplified its approach and launched the Chromecast. That happened four years ago today on July 24, 2013. This continues to be one of Google's best media products.

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Android O feature spotlight: DP4's Easter egg features an octopus floating around

Since its inception, Android has featured little Easter eggs in its settings based on whatever dessert name was in that version. For instance, Android 4.2 and 4.3 Jellybean's Easter egg involved a ton of jellybeans scattered on your screen that you could move around. For Android O's fourth developer preview, the jokesters at Google threw in a little octopus that floats around your screen.

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JRummy Apps, maker of various root tools, has been purchased by Maple Media

Those of you who like to root and mod your phones have probably heard of JRummy Apps. Probably best known for its Root Browser and ROM Toolbox apps, JRummy has been a staple of the Android enthusiast community for many years now. It's now been purchased by a company that specializes in app acquisitions called Maple Media.

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Kick off another week with 40 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps

Welcome to the beginning of another week. July is winding down already, which is crazy to think about. To kick things off, I'm back after a busy weekend with the first app sales post for this week. It's fairly substantial, so get ready.

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