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Google announces Google Lens, what Google Goggles always should have been

Google Goggles has been basically dead since 2014. It had no updates for three years, and what little utility it brought was quickly replaced by other services, or merged into existing apps. Well, now Google has disclosed a worthy successor to the idea in the form of Google Lens. Just announced at I/O, the new system will provide contextual information about things visually, like flowers you take pictures of, or text you point your phone at. This is huge.

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Google releases new Daydream sensory demo, Audio Factory

A new app named Audio Factory for Daydream VR devices has just been released by Google. It appears to be a demonstration meant to show off their new spatial audio engine for future Daydream products. Perhaps we might have some more news about it at I/O, but for now, it's just a way to check out Google's latest audio VR tech in what looks to be a nifty way.

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The Allo web client is still a month or two from release, says Google's Nick Fox

Oh, Allo. We all wanted to give you a chance when Google announced you at I/O 2016. After months of waiting, the app has picked few of the features we wanted. Hey, it's got stickers, though. According to Google's VP of product management Nick Fox, the Allo web app is at least a month or two from release still.

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[Update: Changelog] Android Device Manager updated for the first time in two years and renamed to Find My Device [APK Download]

In the first update the app has seen since 2015, Android Device Manager has been bumped to V2, bringing some much needed visual changes and a new name. Be pleased to make your first introduction to Find My Device. We have an updated APK that shows the app has been redesigned and given a new name: Find My Device.  The new version offers all the same features but updates the interface a bit to remove the last dregs of Holo.

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[Deal Alert] Celebrate the start of Google I/O with 9 temporarily free and 10 on-sale apps, plus both 0.10 Apps of the Week

It's Wednesday once again, which means it's time for another round of app sales. Today is special, however — Google I/O starts today! So while you wait for the keynote livestream to start, you can pore through the list you'll find below. Both 10-cent Apps of the Week have been spotted, too. Be sure to go back to Monday's post to see if any of the items there are still free/discounted.

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Uber links up with Transit to show upcoming train departures from your destination

Uber wants to make things easier for people who choose to do part of their journey using its taxi service and the other part with public transport. To that end, the company has announced a deal with the journey planning app Transit. It's now possible to view onward train departure times without having to leave the Uber app.

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[Deal Alert] edjing Pro, normally $4.99, is temporarily free

What's better than a small price drop or a 10-cent deal on a nice app? Free. As in you pay nothing and you get something in return. How about that for a business and economy lesson? And today you can benefit from this kind of deal on edjing PRO.

I don't know much about the art of DJing, but it looks like edjing is one of the leading mixer apps on Android. You can use songs stored on your device or grab tunes from SoundCloud, Vimeo, or Deezer, then put them together, change the order, match the bpms, prepare the transitions, and save the finished sets.

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[Update: Confirmed] Samsung Pay may be preparing for a UK launch, according to the Play Store listing

Samsung Pay's slow advance continues. Last month new markets in Sweden and the UAE were given support for the platform, and today it looks like the UK is up next. We have yet to see a confirmed report or press release from Samsung — as they have done for their other market roll-outs. However, their Google Play listing for the application has been localized for the UK.

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TeamSnap makes managing your sports teams, leagues, and any other kinds of groups easier than ever and AP readers can get an exclusive 3-month trial [Sponsored Post]

If you've ever been a part of or led a sports team or any kind of club—whether it's a youth league, a school-affiliated team, or a group of adults—you know that communication is one of the most irritating parts of the experience. Maybe everything is communicated by the person in charge at practices, games, or meetings. Hope you or your child remembers what was said!

Perhaps it's via a big group text message, a solution that is far from reliable or convenient. And you can get some things done with emails or handouts, but we all know it can be easy to miss important details and those materials will become outdated after the first rainout or change of plans.

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[Update, G+ Post] Francisco Franco makes his productivity timer 5217 free to try

5217, a productivity app made by well-known developer Francisco Franco, has been updated with a new Freemium payment model. Anyone that might be interested in trying new methods for boosting productivity can install the app and give it a try for 10 free work cycles. In addition to the new payment model, 5217 has been updated to include a host of new notification options, Android Wear support, and stats for users.

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