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Project Fi's WiFi Assistant is coming to all Nexus devices in the US, Canada, the UK, and more

Project Fi users have been able to enjoy access to Google's WiFi Assistant feature since Google launched its MVNO, but soon all Nexus owners will be able to get in on the fun. That means you can connect automatically to open WiFi hotspots via Google's secure VPN. There are some geographical restrictions, of course.

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Report: Pokémon Go usage has peaked and is now on a steady decline

Multiple mobile analytics firms have weighed in on the state of Pokémon Go, and the news could be better. Usage is down from its peak in mid-July, which you'd expect for any product that explodes like Pokémon Go. However, the trend continues to be downward for Niantic as daily active users, downloads, and time spent in the app continue to decline.

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CyanogenMod 13 comes to various Xperia and Kindle devices

CyanogenMod 13 is the latest version of the popular open source custom ROM. It delivers Android Marshmallow to hundreds of devices, many with no hope of ever receiving an official update. On other hardware, CyanogenMod offers a chance to remove heavy skins and enjoy a mostly stock Android experience. The latest wave of devices receiving version 13 represents both types.

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Google is working on an insane navbar customizer, currently hidden in 7.0

The System UI Tuner was only introduced in Marshmallow, but it's already got quite a few features, with one graduating to a fully-fledged feature (and others causing quite a bit of controversy). The next thing Google seems to be working on for it is a navigation bar customizer, allowing quite extreme customization of the now standard back-home-recents navbar.

The navbar customizer is currently hidden in Nougat's code.

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Night Mode Enabler is a simple app that brings back Night Mode and its tile to Android Nougat

The saga of Night Mode on Android is a bit of a dramatic story that started with a sneak peek in Android M, disappeared, returned again in N dev previews, only for our excitement to be short lived as we learned that it might not make it to the final release. And make it, it didn't. With the latest dev previews and Nougat's official release, the signs of Night Mode started disappearing one by one.

But there's hope after all. It seems that Night Mode is still hidden in the System UI Tuner, and all you need is an adb command to unleash it.

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Google will start ranking pages with intrusive ads lower on search results

Trying to browse the internet quickly, even on the fastest smartphones, has become much harder in recent years. Advertisements take up valuable screen real estate, and can cause your phone's browser to slow to a crawl. Even worse, some sites *coughWikiacough* have taken to using full-screen advertisements and other popups.

As Jean-Luc Picard once said, "The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!" Google has taken the offensive in the battle against intrusive mobile ads, using their influence as the most popular search engine as leverage. Starting on January 10, 2017, pages with content not easily accessible on mobile "may not rank as highly," according to Google's blog post.

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Prisma should soon work offline by processing images on your device

Prisma has been available on Android for exactly a month now, but the app's developers haven't wasted time trying to improve it in the meantime. Shortly after the app's release, an update added a much-needed Save button, but there was still one major inconvenience to using the app: the wait times and the overloaded servers.

Prisma doesn't work like all other photo editing apps. Its effects aren't just regular filters à la Instagram, but they're built on neural networks that try to understand the original image and apply changes in a way that works specifically with them. So far, when you wanted to try a filter in the app, you had to wait until your photo was uploaded to Prisma's servers, the algorithms were run there to get your edit, and then the resulting image downloaded back again to your device.

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TWRP is now available for the Galaxy Note7 (Exynos), Tab A 10.1 WiFi, J7 (2016), and Xiaomi Mi Max Pro

The developer community is always eager to break barriers and make it easier for you to do almost whatever you want with your device, provided you have a lil' know-how and the patience to read a lot of documentation and follow steps to the letter... or maybe the juvenile carelessness to try and hope it'll work from the first go.

And the first step to doing things your way on your phone is by installing a custom recovery, with TWRP being the most famous now — well, it is indeed superbly maintained and its developers are always on top of new devices. Exhibit A: TWRP is now available for the very new Galaxy Note7.

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[Deal Alert] Up to 66% off many NVIDIA SHIELD titles like MGR: Revengeance and the new Q*Bert Rebooted

Back when I was a student, a long long time ago, "back to school" was end of September or even beginning of October. But summer school vacations here in Lebanon seem to be following the same pattern as the US recently: they're getting shorter and thus school is starting sooner.

I'm not sure why you'd celebrate "back to school" with game discounts though — isn't that counter-productive? Or maybe kids are going to be so taken by their studies that it'd be nice to give them a break on the cheap, especially when playing in the sun becomes less feasible as fall hits.

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[Update: Honor 5X confirmed] Honor promises at least 24 months of OS updates for current and future phones

Most OEMs don't have much of a reputation for providing timely and consistent OS updates. There are a few exceptions here and there — LG's V20 is set to become the first non-Nexus smartphone to launch with Nougat sometime around September — but while there may be a growing trend for devices to receive major updates shortly after they're released, it is much rarer to see them getting software support for more than a year or so. Only last year did Google begin promising 3 years of security updates and 2 years of major OS updates for all Nexus phones and tablets — which is still almost half as long as an iPhone's lifecycle.

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