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5 Months After Launch, Google Photos Has 100 Million Active Users Who Love To Take Pics Of Food, Babies, Dogs, And Themselves

Google Photos' decoupling from Google+ dates back to May, which means five months have now passed since. In this time, Google Photos has received several updates and gained essential features like Chromecast support and albums for adding and reordering images. Now the Photos team is ready to reflect on these five months and share with us a few stats about the app and service's use.

Photos now counts 100 Million active monthly users, but how that number is tallied I couldn't tell you. Does a single search or view count, or did they require uploads for users to be marked as active? I'm not sure. 15 Million animations and collages have been created, either manually or through Assistant.

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Google Is Rolling Out Compressed Numerical Star Ratings To The Play Store On Android

Google started testing a new way to display star ratings in the Play Store client a few weeks ago, and now it looks like the change is rolling out to everyone. Open your Play Store app, and you might notice app rating stars are displayed numerically throughout the store.

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MapQuest Updated To v3.0 With Improved Maps, Multi-Stop Route Optimizations, And More

Okay, MapQuest still exists. I know, now that I've completely blown your mind, I can also tell you the MapQuest Android app has been updated to v3.0, and there are some substantial improvements. Will wonders never cease?

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Microsoft's Latest Garage Project Is A Simple, Hashtag-Infused Note Taking App Called Parchi

The Microsoft Garage team has graced the Play Store with more than a few interesting apps recently, some of which are actually useful. The latest project from the Garage is a note taking app called Parchi. It's designed to be quick and easily searchable, but odds are it's not available in your country yet.

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Palabre 2.0 Gets A Visual Overhaul And Adds More News Providers Like Twitter, Inoreader, The Old Reader, And An SDK For Developers

When Google Reader got shut down a few years ago, I was in disarray. My entire work system relied on having an easy one-stop site to check all the news and articles that have been recently published instead of having to visit each source to check it out. As alternatives started spanning out, I tested a couple until I settled on Inoreader because it embodied everything Google Reader was (fast, reliable, simple, handy with keyboard shortcuts) without the bells and whistles of magazine views and images that often hindered my workflow.

The problem remains however that, unlike Feedly, Inoreader doesn't have a huge choice of Android apps.

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Stream Your Favorite STARZ Shows On Android TV With New STARZ Play App (Unless You Are A Comcast Customer)

STARZ may not have as many subscribers as HBO, but the premium cable network has several popular shows with millions of loyal followers. Today, watching these shows got a little easier for Android TV owners as the STARZ Play Android TV app was added to the Playstore. Unlike HBO's Android TV launch, the app is available for all devices out of the gate, both TVs and streaming boxes.

The STARZ Android TV app is much like its regular Android counterpart. Once you sign in with your cable provider's login information you can stream all the content available to STARZ subscribers.

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[Update: Also Added Gas Prices] Google Maps v9.16 Adds Search For Places Along Your Current Route For Quick Stops To Get Gas And Food [APK Download]

Forget Offline Navigation! OK, don't forget it, but set it aside for a moment because Google Maps just got the greatest update ever, it just doesn't have anything to do with offline. Navigation now supports the option to search along your current route for new destinations. Now you can easily side-track on your long road trips to get gas, food, or even do a little shopping. It's quick, simple, and super useful.

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22 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (10/5/15 - 10/19/15)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers 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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Currency FX - Exchange Rates

This week's roundup is brought to you by Currency FX - Exchange Rates from HandyApps. This currency converter includes everything you could ever need to convert monetary values between different national and regional currencies.

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HERE For Android's Route Sharing Feature Arrives In Latest Stable Update, Brings Surfer Dude Voice Along For The Ride

Last month HERE showed off its upcoming route sharing feature, which lets users send others the route they're taking to get to a destination. This way you can answer "How are you getting here?" without having to go through the effort of explaining. Tapping the standard share button and having the question-asking-person read the plain text that appears on his or her phone, or open the instructions inside HERE, should be much less of a headache.

Now you no longer have to be in the beta program to try out the feature. The stable version of the app is getting the goods in the newest update.

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Google Launches Official Play Store Beta Test For The Google App

Google is always making little tweaks to its apps, and now you can get an early look at some of those tweaks by beta testing the Google app. That's the one that powers the Now Launcher, Google Now cards, Now On Tap, and more. Just a few clicks and you're in the exclusive beta testing club. There's not much to see yet, but who knows what the future holds?

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