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[Update: Launcher shortcuts too] Allo v12 adds animated selfie clips and a redesigned compose bar, prepares to add support for the 'enter' button, and more [APK Teardown]

If you're dying for the next cool personalization feature from Allo, today is going to be a good day for you. Version 12 of Google's most talked about chat app is set to roll out today and it is upping the selfie game with a new feature called selfie clips. The name kinda says it all – they're basically short gifs of yourself. According to Amit Fulay of the Allo team, this version will also bring an updated design for the compose bar. And not to be left out, this release will bring selfie stickers to iOS, so your friends in the Apple camp won't feel so alone.

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Google Photos v2.16 prepares to upgrade the camera shortcut, suggest photos to archive, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

Update Wednesday is proving to be pretty active today as new versions of several apps are streaming out. The latest update to Photos doesn't appear to include anything we haven't heard about before, but it does seem to activate some of the features for everybody that had been on a staged rollout, like Archive and Suggested Sharing. If you haven't already received some of these features, and assuming they aren't geo-restricted, this is probably the version to get.

However, a teardown of this version does have a few things to reveal, including a significant upgrade to the camera shortcut and suggestions for photos you might want to archive.

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[Deal Alert] Here are 38 temporarily free and 72 on-sale apps, plus both 0.10 Apps of the Week

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for an app sales post. Astute readers will have noticed that Monday was missing one like this one, but due to Memorial Day, I did not get around to compiling one for you all. In that vein, I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend and that you're ready for some more apps! Today's list is quite long due to the amount of time that's passed since Friday. So let's get going, shall we?

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YouTube v12.19 includes the first signs of a new "reel" feature and an option to quickly clear the Watch Later list of videos you've already seen [APK Teardown]

Updates to the YouTube app have been rolling in at a pretty rapid pace lately, with version 12.19 being the most recent to land on devices. There weren't any notable changes to be seen in the apps, but an examination of the apk did turn up a couple of things to get excited about. There's a mysterious new "reel" feature in the works and a handy function for wiping the Watch Later playlist of videos you've already seen.

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Microsoft's Path Guide app for Android makes creating and giving directions indoors easy

Microsoft recently released a new app for Android called Path Guide, which allows you to easily create and follow custom routes for indoor areas that exist as linear instructions separate from a map. Think of a children's treasure hunt where each goal shows the next step, toss the whole thing on your phone, and that's the concept. Even more interesting, it makes the process of creating those directions literally as easy as taking a walk. When you want to make a path just fire up the app and go for a stroll. By pulling data from your phone's sensors as you move to your destination it handles everything for you.

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[Deal Alert] Start off your holiday weekend with 21 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps

Memorial Day weekend is coming — and some of you may have already started celebrating. But even if you're stuck at work today, you can at least count on the final app sales post for this week. It's been quite a few days in this regard, what with a huge list on Wednesday and a bonus round yesterday. I hope that you're ready for one more.

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Google Maps v9.54 prepares to add saved locations for your school and gym, notification channels, and what looks like a task list [APK Teardown]

An update to Google Maps v9.54 began rolling out to users through the beta channel yesterday, but it doesn't appear to have any visible changes going live quite yet. However, a teardown of the apk does bring a few hints about what to expect in the future. There are clues about a couple of new saved destinations like the Home and Work slots that have become so useful, the first stirring of support for Android O's notification channels, a few new "promos" to get people interested in various features, and a very curious feature that might turn out to be a task list of sorts.

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[Bonus Round] Get your hands on another 25 temporarily free and 56 on-sale apps

What's this? A bonus round of app sales... on a Thursday? Still your beating hearts, dear readers of mine, because while I have more apps for you today, I've decided to take a different approach. Due to the volume of yesterday's post and the amount of questionable applications in it, I am trying something new today.

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[Deal Alert] Here are 25 temporarily free and 65 on-sale apps, plus the other 0.10 App of the Week

It's the middle of the week again, which means that we're back with some more app sales! Today's list is quite a monster, so let's not waste too much more time. If you're interested in what appeared on Monday, be sure to go back and check that post. As always, the free apps will remain in your library unless you uninstall them within the Play Store's refund window. It's just like buying an app in that regard. And the time remaining on the sales is accurate as of this writing.

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Google app v7.3 beta prepares for podcast subscriptions, data saver for Now Cards, and more [APK Teardown]

Version 7.3 of the Google app began rolling out to users in the beta channel earlier today. There are a few odd little changes to be found poking around in the UI, like a new menu shortcut on many of the Assistant settings screens that leads to the Activity Controls settings, but it's all pretty innocuous. We'll surely see more significant features going live as Google activates them remotely over the coming weeks™. Nevertheless, there are some interesting things to be found during the course of a teardown.

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