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Improved Google+ notifications appear to be rolling out to all

Some months ago, Google looked to be rolling out a new interface for notifications in the Google+ app. No sooner did we report on it than Google removed the new notifications with a server-side switch. Google giveth, and Google taketh away. Today, Google giveth. The new G+ notifications appear to be rolling out for real.

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23 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last 2 weeks (10/3/16 - 10/17/16)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications 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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AccuBattery

Today's roundup is presented by AccuBattery from Digibites. Barring any accidents, the battery is the part of your phone that generally wears out the fastest, so it pays to keep an eye on its health.

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Chrome Remote Desktop 53 adds remote sound support [APK Download]

Chrome Remote Desktop is a rather obscure Google product, but that doesn't mean it's not useful. Once the desktop application is installed, you can control it from any Android device, iOS device, or computer (with Chrome). In my testing, it actually works extremely well, often with a lower latency than popular remote access applications like TeamViewer.

The latest update, Chrome Remote Desktop 53, finally brings remote sound support.

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Facebook tests a data saver option in Messenger

Data savers are becoming something of a trend, with Google recently adding one to Android and Facebook following with the main Facebook app. The company obviously liked the idea, because it seems it's testing a data saving feature for Messenger as well, which should reduce the amount of data the app consumes.

Data saver, which can be found in the app's settings area, reduces the amount of data used when looking at pictures of videos that have been sent to you. It does this by enabling click-to-download on said items, instead of automatically downloading when they are received. This only occurs when using cellular data; if the device is connected to a WiFi network, the app will continue to download pictures and videos when they are received.

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Clock v4.6 makes timers and stopwatches resilient to reboots and adds app shortcuts for Android 7.1 [APK Download]

We don't get to see too many updates to the Clock app, but they have a tendency to happen around major OS updates. With Android 7.1 developer previews on the schedule for the very near future, it's the perfect time for the Clock app to make some progress. The latest version can now keep track of timers and stopwatches across reboots and joins many other Google apps with some brand new app shortcuts to run on Android 7.1.

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Google Maps v9.39 adds a handy traffic widget and hints at live data about busy places [APK Teardown + Download]

Google Maps made it into the update cycle this week, bumping the version number up to 9.39. This update appears to be a bit lighter than many from the last few months, but it's not completely lacking improvements. There's a new shortcut that can be used to jump directly into the traffic screen. A quick teardown also reveals a potential improvement to the busyness chart on many locations. As always, we've got a link below to pick up the APK.

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[Not a new national holiday] Messenger Day is Facebook's Snapchat clone

Ah, Facebook Messenger. In a few short years, it's gone from the humble chat function on Facebook to a full-blown platform with its own apps and store. According to what we're hearing, the next evolution of the app may be about to take place, as Facebook rolls out a Snapchat-like feature named Messenger Day. This had previously been reported by TechCrunch to be tested with users in Poland, but it may be rolling out to a wider audience now.

The concept is much the same as Snapchat's core feature: take a picture, add it to your 'day,' and it'll disappear after 24 hours.

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HTC is killing off its Android web browser on November 30th

All good things must come to an end, and the same goes for mediocre things. In the latter category is HTC's web browser app. After including it on phones for a number of years, HTC has decided to discontinue support for the browser app, known as HTC Internet. It will no longer be available after November 30th.

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Pandora unveils a brand new, slightly psychedelic brand identity

Pandora, the internet radio app, has gone through a few changes this past year. First, there was a full redesign of the Android app that brought it into the modern age, then there was the Pandora Plus monthly subscription with unlimited skips and repeats and offline listening.

Now the service is ready for another leap. The old dark blue serif P icon is gone, to be replaced by a new vibrant and filled blue P with a more modern typeface. There's a new full "pandora" logo to boot, and a lot of talk about "dynamic range of sound and color, visualizing the energy and emotion that artists pour into the creation of music."

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SwiftKey Beta updated with text expansion shortcuts, incognito mode, and all arrows on tablet layout

A big update is rolling out to the SwiftKey Beta channel today. How big? I'm worried Artem might actually explode from the overwhelming joy. SwitfKey Beta now supports incognito mode, so it won't remember you typing private things. There's also support for text expansion, which can save you a whole lot of keystrokes. And that's not all!

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