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Local Guides can begin submitting videos to Google Maps

A teardown of Google Maps v.9.58 turned up some signs that video contributions would become a feature in the very near future. If you're registered as a Local Guide, that time has come. Or at least it's coming, this seems to have only just started rolling out to members of the program today. It doesn't seem as though the videos are actually visible from the detail views yet, but that will probably come soon enough.

A post on the Local Guides Connect forum details the basic process as it invites members to begin submitting footage. Videos can be shot from within Google Maps, but they are limited to a length of just 10 seconds.

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Chromebooks will soon have a 'Recent' folder for finding your latest-accessed files

Chromebooks aren't just for a quick bit of browsing these days. Some people use them for general productivity, including those of us here at Android Police. So Chrome OS' latest addition to the Canary builds is something we can get excited about. As of a few days back, the Chrome OS Canary builds were updated to add a shortcut to a folder filled with recent-accessed files, making your work a few taps easier. Everyone loves an improved workflow.

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Essential Phone is now shipping

Android co-founder Andy Rubin officially unveiled the first smartphone from his new startup, the Essential Phone, back in May of this year. With a near bezel-less design, flagship specifications, and stock Android, the phone certainly seemed like a winner. But the promised 30-day shipping period came and went, with nary a word from Essential.

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Modified Pixel Launcher for all devices hits version 2.1, brings new Oreo features and much more

Google has a habit of keeping its launchers exclusive for its own hardware line. The Google Now Launcher was exclusive to the Nexus 5 for quite some time, and the Pixel Launcher is still only available on the Play Store to Pixel devices. Yes, installing the APK off sites like APK Mirror was an option, but not all of the features were intact.

However, us enthusiasts have a habit of getting our way with these things. The modified Pixel Launcher APK that we wrote about two months ago has now hit version 2.1, and it brings a ton of new things.

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30 of the best Android games for kids between the ages of 2-8

I see this question asked quite a lot. While there are plenty of sites out there that have created similar listicles, most of them appear to be pretty old at this point. This is why I have taken it upon myself to try and answer the question in a way that lists first-rate games you may not have seen previously. Simply put, this article is intended to be a fresh take on what the best Android games for kids between the ages of 2-8 are on Android in 2017.

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End the week with 21 temporarily free and 31 on-sale apps

Once again, we've come to the end of another week. The month of August is almost over, if you can believe it. Since it's Friday, I'm back again with the final app sales post. It's a pretty short list today (which is why I'm doing this in class... sh, don't tell), so let's get right in.

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Huawei releases four new MediaPad tablets, with 8 and 10-inch screens

Huawei has maintained a small lineup of Android tablets for a while now, but they have ranged from decent to only usable as a hammer. Today the company took the wraps off four new tablets, with both 8-inch and 10-inch models available. They don't really stand out at all, but they don't seem awful.

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BlackBerry rolls out updates to 8 apps including Hub, Keyboard, and Launcher

Anyone with a BlackBerry device is going to have a few more app updates than usual today. BlackBerry is announcing new versions of eight apps today, all of which are in the Play Store. Not every update here is huge, but none of them are boring "optimization and bug fix" updates, either.

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[Update: Winners] Win one of 30 Tronsmart Presto 10000mAh portable battery packs or pick one up now with our exclusive coupon [US only]

We all need a pick-me-up now and then, and so does your phone. So if you've been looking to grab an external battery pack to keep things topped up, right now you have a chance to get one of 30 Tronsmart Presto 10000mAh portable batteries for free. And if a giveaway isn't quite your style, you can still pick one up at a 10% discount on Amazon via our exclusive coupon. Whatever you do, it's a win-win. 

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Chrome will soon let you permanently mute websites

A lot of awful things can happen on the internet, but few are as terrible as landing on a website that automatically plays videos with sound. Thankfully, this is something Google is addressing in a future update to Chrome. You will be able to block sound on a per domain basis using the page info bubble.

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