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Universal Studios Hollywood gets an Android app, more than 2 years after the Orlando theme park

Resorts and theme parks are one of the few touristic attractions I'd go to where I'd have the dedicated app installed and at the ready a few days before even visiting. I'd check out the map, see the different rides, and pick beforehand my musts and maybes so I don't have any regrets by the end of the day.

But if I were to visit Universal Studios Hollywood prior to today, like David did this Sunday, I would have no such luck (#DavidsLuck). The resort didn't have an Android app, unlike its Orlando sibling which has had it since June 2014. (There was a third-party app for Hollywood, but it was just down to the essentials.) Today, though, is another story.

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Chromebook Pixel 2 gets Android apps on the Chrome OS stable channel

A few days ago, Google released Android apps to two Chromebooks: the Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip. These arrived with version 53 of Chrome OS, on the stable channel. However, the Chromebook Pixel 2, which has had Android apps in beta up until now, has been waiting for the stable release. This painful period is over, Pixel 2 owners, because you too can now join in on the Android fun with the release of stable Chrome OS 53 to last year's flagship Chromebook.

From what we can tell, it works the same way as it did on the beta.

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Chrome is getting better at saving data, even on videos, downloading pages for offline, and suggesting personalized content

The Chrome team has announced a bunch of new features for its browser and made a few others that we've heard about before official. Without further ado, let's delve into everything new you can expect to see in Chrome stable (and sometimes just Beta and Dev) now.

Data Saver for videos

Data Saver has been an option of Chrome for a while now, but it's still limited compared to the powerful compression of Opera. At best, I've seen it reduce my usage by 15%, but that might be changing soon as the feature gains one important addition: video compression (just like Opera). The team claims that this can save you up to 67% of data on mp4 videos, which is fantastic.

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OnePlus partners with O2 to sell the OnePlus 3 in the UK, available from September 29

"Anyone got a OnePlus One invite?" is a phrase I remember well. They were the good ol' days. Actually, no, they weren't, they were awful. Anyway, those days are now behind us because OnePlus has announced an exclusive partnership with UK carrier O2 to sell the OnePlus 3 in brick-and-mortar stores.

This is OnePlus's first carrier partnership, so it's a momentous occasion for a phone maker that three years ago only sold phones online through an annoying (but admittedly clever marketing) invite system. For UK citizens, it will make OnePlus a lot more visible in the mainstream phone market, which can only be a good thing, plus it fixes a long-standing OnePlus problem: customer service.

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WhatsApp's public group links are now live in the latest beta (bonus: quick media forward icon)

WhatsApp's public group links have been rumored for months and we've even been able to join public groups since June, but unless you had modified the app thanks to some root-only shenanigans, you couldn't issue links to any groups just yet.

Now the feature is live in version 2.16.281 of the app, which is still in beta. If you're the admin of a WhatsApp group, when you go to add a new participant to your chat, you will have a new Invite to group via link option at the top of your contacts list. Tapping it opens a new screen with the unique link to your chat, which you can share via WhatsApp (although that does defeat the purpose, nah?), copy, share via any other app, or revoke.

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YouTube Go is a data-friendly version of YouTube, rolling out gradually in India

The YouTube team has been making lots of efforts over the past couple of years to bring its service and millions of videos to more users worldwide. This involves those who have access to fast internet connections and plenty of data, but also those who have very little data bandwidth and are still limited to 2G or congested 3G. Video, by default, doesn't fit well with the latter, but through conscious efforts like YouTube Accelerator and YouTube Offline, it can reach more of those devices and people who would seemingly be off-limits.

YouTube Go seems to be the culmination of these efforts.

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33 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (9/13/16 - 9/26/16)

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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 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

Sorcery! 4

Android Police coverage: Sorcery! 4: The Crown of Kings concludes the game-book series with numerous possible endings

The Sorcery series has become a favorite among fans of the game-book genre, and with good reason - its combination of unique design and solid storytelling is laudable.

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New Lenovo layoffs at Moto, company has now lost over 95% of employees in four years

Speaking to Droid-life, both sources inside the company and Motorola itself confirmed today that Lenovo has conducted a brutal round of layoffs at Moto. According to DL, over 50% of Motorola's existing US staff have lost their jobs. A 20-year veteran of the company allegedly posted on Facebook that he had been laid off, so it looks like Lenovo is cutting deep at the device-maker.

One source told them that over 700 employees would be asked to leave of the over 1200 Motorola currently employs. No doubt Lenovo hopes to cut costs by integrating much of Motorola's software and hardware development into its own smartphone unit.

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[Update: winner selected] Giveaway: one lucky reader will win a Braven BRV XXL, the most massive and powerful Bluetooth speaker I have ever tested (US Only)

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

The Braven BRV XXL is the largest, loudest, heaviest, and most rugged speaker I've ever tested. It's so powerful that it literally shakes my house when played at full volume. Of all the gadgets I've used over the years, it is perhaps one of the least practical, but that doesn't change the fact that I absolutely love it.
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Samsung Pay gets support for Capital One credit cards

Capital One is one of the last big banks holding out as everyone else (even tiny regional banks) gets on board with Samsung Pay and Android Pay. Today, it takes a step in the right direction. An update to Samsung Pay is rolling out that adds support for some Capital One credit cards.

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