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Google's VP of communications products teases an early image of Allo on the web

Google announced Allo at Google I/O last year and people were strangely excited about it. Maybe this would finally be the Google chat app to rule them all. When it came out, Allo was lacking in... well, a lot of things. One of the most unsightly gaps in Allo's feature set was the lack of a web version. Google is working on that, and VP of communications products Nick Fox has given us an early glimpse at it.

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CNN app gets a full redesign in v5.0 update

The CNN app has been on Android for many years at this point, and it's gone through several redesigns. Not all of them have been welcomed by users. In fact, people usually complain loudly. This time is no exception. CNN has revamped its app for the v5.0 update. It's quite different.

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39 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (2/8/17 - 2/21/17)

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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.

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The last update to Google's Phone app may be linked to Bluetooth calling issues

Google regularly rolls out updates to the dialer app on its phones via the Play Store. In the most recent update, the changelog claims "bug fixes," but many users are reporting it introduced a new bug. Dozens of reviews on the Play Store say the February 10th update broke Bluetooth calling.

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Monday app and game sales: Thomas Was Alone, TerraTime, XCOM: Enemy Within, and more

It's Presidents Day in the US, which means a fair number of you are probably sitting around enjoying your day off (unless you aren't American or your employer hates freedom). What should you do with your free time? Maybe check out some apps and games. You don't even have to spend a lot to do it. There are some very attractive sales in the Play Store right now.

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[Update: Replace option gone] Chrome Beta Now Asks If You Want To Replace Downloads Rather Than Clutter Your Device With Dupes

There's a nifty feature lurking in the latest Chrome Beta (and dev, for that matter) version on Android. If you download a file and there happens to be a file of the same name already in your downloads directory, Chrome asks if you want to replace it. That's a kindness even desktop Chrome doesn't provide.

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Weekend poll: What's your lifetime installed app count on the Play Store?

If you head over to myaccount.google.com/dashboard, you'll find there's a listing for the Play Store on this repository of your various Google account stats. The figure is "installed apps," which is the number of apps Google knows you have installed on devices over your entire account history.

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[Update: Use any audio file as an alarm or timer] Google Clock app updated to v5.0 with more informative time zones, layout tweaks, and more [APK Download]

A smartphone is the only clock many of us need, and Google has a solid clock app on Android. It ships pre-installed on a few devices, and you can always grab it from the Play Store. This app has just gotten an update to v5.0 in the store, and while it's not a huge change, you'll notice the alterations if you use it regularly.

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Comcast plans to launch 'Xfinity Stream' app to replace Xfinity TV [Update]

Comcast is the most hated company in America by many estimations. It is unfortunate, then, that Comcast is the only cable company serving wide swaths of America. Actually, that might have a lot to do with how disliked it is. At least Comcast is trying to make its apps better. After spending a few years improving the Xfinity TV app (it isn't bad now), the company has announced the successor—Xfinity Stream.

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Nest app updated with automatic door detection, app shortcuts, and more

Most home security cameras have mediocre apps (if you're lucky), but Google's Nest app is the exception. It tends to support more OS features, has better integration with other services, and it looks nice. It's getting better today. Nest is rolling out an update that includes some cool learning features, support for some Android 7.0 features, and more.

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