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[Update: Starts today] Google Assistant is coming to all Android 6.0 and above devices

I guess it was bound to happen: Google Assistant is finally breaking free from the shackles of the Pixels and launching onto the millions of devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above, no need for GApps or root.

But this shouldn't come as a surprise to you. The signs were there all along. Despite being revealed as a Pixel exclusive on phones in the Android 7.1 changelog, Assistant has been available through Allo on all Android 4.1+ phones, announced for all Android TV 6.0+ devices, and was shortly enabled by mistake through an alpha version of the Google app on non-Pixel phones.

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Popular prison escape game The Escapists comes to the Play Store

Ever wanted to try your hand at escaping from prison? Well, Team 17 has you covered. The makers of the popular Worms series released their sandbox prison escape game The Escapists on Android today. It's a pixel-based affair where you will try your hand at organizing a plethora of different escapes, all under the nose of the ever present guards.

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[Deal Alert] Get a ZTE Spro 2 LTE smart projector for $399 (20%) off on eBay

The ZTE Spro 2 was initially announced two years ago, and later available for sale through AT&T for $500 without a contract ($400 with an agreement). It's definitely an odd device - it's running Android with access to the Google Play Store, so you can project your favorite media apps without a connected device. Now you can get it for $399, $100 off the starting price.

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Sony releases Headphones Connect app for its new MDR-XB950 Bluetooth headsets

Sony announced the MDR-XB950B1 andMDR-XB950N1 over-ear Bluetooth headphones earlier this year at CES with plenty of cool features like Noise cancelation (N1 model), surround sound, very powerful bass, Bluetooth and NFC, and excellent battery life. At the time, Sony said that you could control these with the Headphones Connect app and now that app is available on the Play Store.

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[Deal Alert] Piano Melody Pro and RE-VOLT Classic 3D are this week's 10 cent deals


Like clockwork, this week's 10 cent app discounts have just rolled out to the Play Store in several countries. This time, we're getting these two titles: Piano Melody Pro and RE-VOLT Classic 3D.

Piano Melody Pro is a fun little app that'll turn your phone into a portable piano so you can practice playing on the go. The app contains a catalog of over 600 songs to learn to play, and the pro version of the app doesn't contain any ads.

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Gaming news breakdown: Upcoming Hearthstone expansion, a handful of Google Play pre-releases, and two intriguing VR titles

Another week, another breakdown of the current happenings in the Android gaming world. This week we have an upcoming 135 card expansion announced for Hearthstone, a few notable Google Play Store pre-registrations, plus two newly announced virtual reality titles coming from Ubisoft and Spry Fox.

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25 standalone apps and watchfaces for your Android Wear 2.0-equipped watch

The long-awaited Android Wear 2.0 update has finally made its official debut, and one of its most prominent highlights is standalone apps. Essentially, this allows your watch to install its own apps from its own version of the Play Store, and not be tied to your phone. Some of these are honestly pretty handy, which is why we've rounded up the best ones for you to have a look at.

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OpenSignal launches a super-pretty new speed test app called Meteor

So you want to know how fast your internet connection is? There are plenty of apps to do that, and today there's one more. It's called Meteor, the latest thing from OpenSignal. Not only does it tell you how fast your connection is, it looks good doing it.

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SoundCloud Go adds a mid-tier $5 subscription option, old $10 plan is now 'Go+'

For most web users, SoundCloud is just a quick repository of sound files for playing back in a browser - Imgur for songs and audio clips, if you will. But for those users that get deep into the highly specialized community of artists and designers on the platform, SoundCloud offers its premium "Go" package. $10 a month gets you an expanded selection of exclusive tracks, ad-free browsing and listening, and offline listening in the Android app. Today the service is shaking things up a bit: there's a new mid-tier service level for just $4.99 a month, while the old plan is now called "SoundCloud Go+."

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Oppo figured out how to shove 5x lossless zoom into a phone without the camera bump

Oppo showed off some impressive camera innovations at MWC. Dubbed "5x Dual Camera Zoom," the breakthrough allows for 5x lossless zoom in a camera module that is only 5.7mm thick. That means little to no camera bump, in theory. The Chinese OEM is calling this the world's first "periscope style dual-camera technology."

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