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[Saigo ni] After gaining XP in many other countries, Pokémon GO can no longer resist the lure of Japan

Pokémon GO has made several Pokéstops since its launch. First available in Australia and New Zealand, the game powered up and spread to the US, UK, Germany, followed by several European countries. Notice something missing there? Yes, the gym where it all started: Japan. That's no more.

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Action Launcher 3 updated with Marshmallow-based launcher improvements, Google Now integration (root), and more

An update to Action Launcher 3 is currently rolling out with the usual assortment of improvements, feature tweaks, and fixes... but there's more going on here. This isn't just any update—the latest version of Action Launcher 3 moves to a Marshmallow launcher code base and adds (root-only) Google Now integration.

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Sonos Android app gains Plex integration, currently in beta

Here's an exciting update for those of you who have a Sonos sound system and use Plex to manage your media library — the two services are learning how to play along. Sonos has begun testing Plex integration in the latest version of the mobile app.

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Borderlands 2 makes its way to the SHIELD Android TV for $15

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is probably the most technically challenging game on the SHIELD TV right now, and by extension, on Android as a whole. It's also the third entry in the popular shooter-looter series... but in terms of critical and fan appeal, it's a notable step below the game that preceeded it. Well there's good news today, Borderlands fans: Borderlands 2 is finally available on the SHIELD Android TV (though it's not showing compatible with the SHIELD Tablet at the moment). It's $15 on the Play Store with no in-app purchases.

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Google introduces Bubble Zoom preview for an easier comic book reading experience in Play Books [APK Download]

Do you read comic books from the Play Store? If not, you might want to start. Google just announced a great new feature at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 that changes the experience of reading comic books. It's called Bubble Zoom and it quite literally makes speech bubbles leap off the page. Each blob of text is identified and sequentially pops up with the press of a volume button or a tap at the bottom-right of the screen. Check out Google's introduction video:

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[Update: Out of beta] SwiftKey's New Beta 'Swiftmoji' Keyboard Predicts What Emoji You Might Want To Use

Emoji have gone from a weird, insular Japanese thing to a global phenomenon. Remember how upset everyone was when we didn't have that taco emoji? Now SwiftKey is looking to improve everyone's emoji game with Swiftmoji, a keyboard with predictive emoji. This is a giant leap for mankind.

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The latest game from Crossy Road publisher is the endless runner Rooms of Doom

What's a mad scientist without minions? There are plenty of those in Rooms of Doom, and you, being a mad scientist, will subject them to terrifying trials as part of your evil research. Don't worry, you can always make new minions—and you will. Lots of them.

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Google Messenger v1.9 is installable on Android 7.0 developer previews and restores Wear support [APK Download]

If you're among the crowd that both installs Android developer previews and also owns an Android Wear watch, you've probably noticed some of the apps that belong on your watch have been missing. This happens because the stock apps included with the developer previews are missing the micro-apks for Wear. As the official release of Android 7.0 draws near, Google has been slowly releasing app updates that can install over the stock versions on the developer preview. And as of yesterday's stream of updates, Google Messenger joins that list.

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WhatsApp adds Voicemail and Call Back options, new Fixedsys font

A few weeks ago, we reported about WhatsApp's plans to add a voicemail-like feature to its voice calls as well as an easy option to call back the person. At the time, all we had were translation strings, but now the feature is live on version 2.16.189 beta (which you can grab from APK Mirror here or by joining the Play Store beta). There are two other small features that were added a few beta versions ago that I'll cover in this post as well.

Voicemail and Call back

After you make a voice call on WhatsApp and your contact either declines the call or it goes unanswered, you will see a new "Call declined" screen with three new round buttons.

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The successor to smash-hit Agar.io, Diep.io, has arrived in the Play Store

Miniclip's Agar.io has been a huge success - aside from getting featured in Netflix's House of Cards series, it has had over 50 million downloads from the Play Store alone. What could be thought of as the successor to Agar.io has now arrived on Android: Diep.io, a multiplayer tank game.

Like Agar.io, Diep.io was originally a browser-based game, but has been made available on Android and iOS. The aim of Diep.io is to destroy other players by shooting pellets at them - in my first round I survived for about two minutes before being destroyed. Another way to level-up is to decimate the yellow squares, blue pentagons, and red triangles - ideal cannon fodder and good target practice before taking on other, bigger, more experienced players.

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