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Bixby voice commands finally hit Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices in the US, and the update's available now

Bixby's voice assistant aspect has been delayed for a long time in the United States. It debuted in Korea on May 1st, but it was delayed for us 'Muricans because there were reportedly some issues with getting it to grasp all of English's strange little rules. Last we'd heard, Samsung had unveiled a Bixby Early Access program for the impatient. Bixby voice is finally officially available in the US of A, and Samsung is trying to get Galaxy S8 owners on board by rewarding them for using the assistant.

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Snap Inc's 'Spectacles' can now be purchased from Amazon for $129.99

Back in September of last year, Snapchat renamed itself to 'Snap Inc' and released the 'Spectacles.' These camera-equipped sunglasses were designed to record video for use with Snapchat. Initially they were only available from a series of pop-up shops, then they became available from Snap's website in February.

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Nintendo Switch Online app shows up on the Play Store, but it doesn't work yet

If you've ever owned a Nintendo console, you'll know that online services have never been the company's area of expertise. 'Nintendo Switch Online' is the online service for Nintendo's latest console, which will become a paid service sometime in 2018. One major component of that service, the companion mobile app, is now available for download.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Sony Xperia XA Ultra for $199.99 from Amazon and B&H ($100 off)

Prime Day may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean that the deals have stopped rolling in. The Sony Xperia XA Ultra can be had for $199.99 from both Amazon and B&H, which is a total savings of $100.

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15 new and notable Android games from the last week (7/12/17 - 7/18/17)

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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Games

Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two

Android Police coverage: Minecraft's next adventure arrives with Story Mode - Season Two

Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two is the latest adventure game from Telltale Games to land on Android. While it has been for the most part received positively, the glaring issues of the aging engine are definitely starting to come to a head.

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Magisk v13.3 released with fixes for the latest SafetyNet detection methods

This is becoming a common refrain, but Magisk has been updated to bypass SafetyNet, again. Just a few days ago Magisk developer topjohnwu told us that he was hard at work on a fix. While he wasn't able to provide a firm date at the time, he may have over delivered on his promise of "soon." The latest update, v13.3, escapes SafetyNet detection. Your Magisk Manager app should prompt you for an update sometime soon.

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OnePlus adds its weather app to the Play Store

Newer builds of OnePlus' OxygenOS include a custom weather app. It's not as comprehensive as some apps, but it looks nice. Now, that app has arrived in the Play Store. It's only for OnePlus phones, but the company will be able to update it with new features without updating the whole phone.

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Some OnePlus 5 owners report the phone reboots if you call 911

The OnePlus 5 offers a lot of features you don't usually see in a phone that costs under $500 like a dual camera, lightning fast fingerprint sensor, and a Snapdragon 835 SoC. However, owners of this phone say it may not be so good at one very basic and important feature—calling 911. Apparently the OnePlus 5 might reboot if you dial emergency services, which is a pretty serious problem.

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Allo v14 includes improvements to the image editor, scrubber for audio clips, and much more [APK Teardown + Download]

Yesterday's update to Allo came with announcements that it now supports reactions (basically "likes") and that the doomed blobmoji are to be kept on life support in the form of a sticker pack. As meager an update as it might seem at first glance, it turns out that there are several other new features in this release. On top of that, a teardown shows quite a bit is in the works.

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Hangouts Meet gets chat functionality, but Hangouts Chat is still unfinished

It's time for the next installment of "The Messaging Mess," an unintentional comedy series from Google. After focusing on Allo as a consumer messaging platform, Google has taken to removing features from Hangouts. At the same time, it's launched a pair of business-oriented Hangouts services known as Meet and Chat. However, only Meet is generally available. Starting today, Meet has chat, but it's not Hangouts Chat. It's all so simple.

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