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Samsung Email hits 100 million downloads on the Play Store

Samsung has slimmed down the number of its apps in recent devices, but there are still a couple that come preinstalled. Its email app, appropriately named Samsung Email, is one of those. Samsung Email has just passed 100 million downloads, which is nothing short of a tremendous number.

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Telegram 4.6 adds extra settings for auto-downloads, albums support in Secret Chats, and more [APK Download]

Telegram received a minor update this weekend, bringing some extra backend goodies for us to enjoy. The last version, v4.5, had a lot more to say for itself, but cleaning things up and improving some of the new features is definitely good.

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Android 8.1 update caused some Pixel C tablets to factory reset, Google says it's fixed

When a manufacturer releases a system update, there is a general assumption that the update will not break everything. If you have a Pixel C that hasn't received the Android 8.1 update yet (or you've been holding off), consider yourself lucky - many users discovered that the OTA triggered a factory reset.

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Someone just gave their Google Home Mini a headphone jack (kind of)

We get a kick out of hardware mods here at Android Police. They're fun to see, and occasionally fun to do, especially when they make up for a product's shortcomings. Enter the Google Home Mini, a device which we mostly liked (when it wasn't bugging out). It did have one slight deficiency, though, and that was volume. It just didn't get very loud. But the folks at YouTube channel SnekTek took that as a challenge and installed an audio output jack for external amplification.

That's right, this Google Home Mini now has one feature up over the latest Pixel 2 phones: it's got a headphone jack—sort of. 

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S8 G950FD for $569.99 and S8 Plus G955FD for $619.99 on eBay ($100-150 off)

Timeless as the tides, the prices for Samsung's 2017 flagships continue to creep their way down. This time it's the unlocked dual-SIM international variant that's caught our attention. Right now over on eBay, you can pick up a Galaxy S8 (G950FD) for $569.99 or a Galaxy S8 Plus (G955FD) for $619.99. That saves you $100 in the case of the S8 and $150 for the S8 Plus. 

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Ninety7 LOFT battery base review: A $50 way to move your Google Home around the house

Google has now released three versions of the Google Home, each with its own unique size and price point, but none of them are portable out of the box. Untether them from their power cords, and you'll be left with an interestingly-shaped paperweight (well, the Home Mini actually somewhat resembles one).

Those of you looking for a mobile Home have probably run into this: Ninety7's LOFT battery base for the original Google Home. Ninety7 is no stranger to these battery bases, having made the similarly-priced VAUX, a base with a more powerful speaker for the Echo Dot. But at $49.95, the LOFT isn't cheap, and it doesn't add better speakers like the VAUX does.

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[FYI] For some, mobile data is now set to "always active" by default in Android Oreo

Android O contains plenty of power-saving improvements for the platform. But it would appear that at least one of the changes won't be improving your battery life. For some users, on updating to Android Oreo (8.0 or 8.1), "mobile data always active" in Developer options will be enabled. While that will make switching between Wi-Fi and mobile data faster, it may also consume a bit more power.  

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10 great Android games you can play on your TV with Chromecast

Google's Chromecast is often an ignored platform for gaming, but that doesn't mean there aren't a couple of quality titles to check out on your Chromecast enabled TV. Heck, you don't even necessarily need a Chromecast as you can take advantage of any Android TV device to stream the games listed in today's roundup. So without further ado, here are 10 Chromecast enabled games you can enjoy by streaming them directly to your TV.

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Weekend poll: Do you use apps that take advantage of Android's accessibility services?

Last month, Google announced that it would remove Play Store apps that were using Android's accessibility services to add functionality other than that intended for disabled users. While it was terrible news for many developers, the logic behind the decision was understandable. Recently there have been multiple exploits that take advantage of accessibility services. But unfortunately, plenty of apps use it for legitimately useful purposes as well.

Google just recently decided to pause the ban while it debates the issue internally, and we got curious about how many users might be affected by the change if it was implemented. So, do you use any apps that rely on Android's accessibility services?

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Samsung HeartWise now on the Play Store, helps patients keep up with doctor-recommended heart wellness programs

During my brief stints using Samsung Galaxy smartphones, I eschewed many of the company's branded apps, but Samsung Health was one of the few exceptions. I was impressed by how robust and slick it was and found myself tracking my blood pressure and SpO2 level every now and then just for fun. Now the Korean tech giant is bringing that health app know-how to Samsung HeartWise, a new health app built for a niche audience: patients who want to keep up with their doctor-recommended heart wellness program via their smartphone and Gear S3 smartwatch.

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