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Google is testing a new interface for the Google Search app

Between the search bar on the Google Now Launcher/Pixel Launcher and Google Assistant, I rarely find myself opening the standalone Google search app on my phone. But now Google is testing a new interface for the application, and it looks quite a bit cleaner.

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The Google Home app gets a new Listen tab for music suggestions and discovery

I listen to music when I am doing most any activity, especially for work, school stuff, and the gym. Sometimes, though, it's difficult to find the right artist or playlist that suits my particular mood at a given moment. Luckily, Google Play Music has those suggestions throughout the day for various activities, and a similar feature has arrived for the Home app.

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After nearly 5 months, Google still can't keep the Pixel in stock

The Pixel and Pixel XL are the best phones Google has ever made. Good luck actually buying one, though. This is something we've been able to say about every phone Google has released, but the Pixel's supply issues seem much more pervasive than any of the Nexus phones were. After nearly five months on sale, the Pixel just went out of stock on the Google Store yet again.

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17 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (2/28/17 - 3/13/17)

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 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Accu Battery

Today's roundup is presented by Accu Battery from Digibites. Batteries today are ubiquitous with just about every device we use, as they play a critical role in our day-to-day that is difficult to dismiss. This means that it is pretty important to stay on top of your battery usage.

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Google Carrier Services moves to the Play Store, but it does absolutely nothing (for now)

Many device manufacturers, including Google, choose to update pre-installed applications through the Play Store. This way, individual apps can be updated without the need for an entire system software update. Another pre-installed app, simply called 'Carrier Services,' has been moved to the Play Store.

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Solid Explorer 2.2.7 updated with app shortcuts to most recent cloud locations and more

Solid Explorer is one of the first things I install on most of my devices when I get them. The file manager is packed full of features, updated regularly, and offers plenty of stuff for any level of user. The latest update, v2.2.7, brings a few additions and some bug fixes, but let's take a look through the changelog first.

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Google has an odd quiz called the #myAndroid Taste Test that will choose your wallpaper, launcher, icon pack, and more for you

In the age-old comparison between Android and iOS, one of the biggest talking points for Google's mobile OS is the level of customization it offers. No matter what Android phone you buy, you can make it look like your very own through different launchers, widgets, icons, and much more. To capitalize on this, Google has released a strange quiz of sorts that aims to curate homescreens for users.

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Google's Jamboard, the digital whiteboard, will be available this May for a hefty sum

Back in October, Google announced the Jamboard, which is a digital whiteboard for G Suite customers. At the Google Cloud Next event today, pricing and availability was announced: $4,999 to purchase plus a $600 yearly maintenance fee. Oh, you can cut that $600 in half for the first year if you order by September 30.

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Plex for Android 5.6 adds app shortcuts, media flags for locally synced content, plenty of bug fixes, and more

Plex is pretty awesome, especially when new features like Plex Cloud get added, and the company does a good job at keeping its apps updated and in good repair. The bump to v5.6 brings a few new things and a ton of bug fixes. This is quite the changelog, so without further ado, here it is.

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Newest Greenify update adds app shortcuts and more

Greenify has been around for some time and long-time Android power users should be familiar with it. The app serves to improve battery life and system performance by hibernating apps that are misbehaving. This can save on data, resources, and power usage. Since Doze came to Android, I have found less use for Greenify on my devices, but it still has a loyal following.

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