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31 new and notable Android games from the last week (12/6/17 - 12/12/17)

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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Google launches two new gimmicky photography apps on Android

Google is wild for all this machine learning and computational photography stuff lately. That's good because it has led to innovations like HDR+ and Google Photos. Google's researchers are also constantly coming up with neat little demos, some of which are packaged up as apps. Case in point, the newly launched Storyboard and Selfissimo apps in the Play Store. You can check them out right now, but don't expect a lot of functionality. Both apps are one-trick-ponies.

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HTC posts RUU for unlocked U11 life's Android 8.0 Oreo update

It took a little longer than usual, but HTC has just posted the RUU for the U11 life's Android 8.0 update. The U11's RUU was released just three days after its Oreo update was pushed, but the U11 life had to wait nearly two weeks. In any case, it's now here and ready for you to download.

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10 new and notable Android apps from the last week (12/5/17 - 12/11/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Android 8.0 Oreo beta ROM for Galaxy Note8 leaked

Android 8.0 Oreo was released back in August, but most manufacturers are still working on porting it to their phones and tablets. Unfinished ROMs are available for a handful of phones, like the Essential Phone and OnePlus 5. The next device to see Oreo is the Galaxy Note8, as an unfinished test ROM has leaked online.

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Google just fixed a year-old Android Auto bug that caused users to see temperatures in Fahrenheit instead of Celsius, and vice versa

The love story between Google and bugs is one that will seemingly never end. Case in point: the company has just solved a problem first reported 13 months ago on its Google Product Forums concerning the incorrect temperature scale being shown on Android Auto head units.

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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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[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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