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Google Phone v14 prepares to offer voicemail transcriptions for other carriers and automatically correct international phone numbers [APK Teardown]

A new version of the Google Phone app began rolling out this weekend with a few bug fixes and some new hints about what may be coming in the future. We've checked for the *infamous 'switch to video call' feature* that was spotted during the October 4th event, but it still doesn't appear to be operational yet. However, a teardown of this update reveals that the Phone app will automatically correct prefixes when you make a call to international numbers and it may begin offering voicemail transcriptions on behalf of carriers.

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Toast overlay being used by malicious Android apps to install additional malware

Recently, Google has notified developers of apps that use Accessibility features for purposes other than helping users with disabilities to cease using those APIs or otherwise unpublish their app. The impetus for this move appears to be existence of (now removed) apps in the Play Store which use Accessibility features in conjunction with a vulnerability patched as part of the September security update to install malware.

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Play Games v5.3 comes with a whole new look and three new mini-games [APK Download]

Updates to the Play Games app aren't as free flowing as they are for many of Google's other apps, but they often do bring pretty big changes or additions. The latest version bump gives Play Games a huge visual makeover that looks cleaner and puts installed games front and center. There are also three included mini-games to play if you get bored and don't have something else installed yet.

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Sony updates PlayStation app with brand new interface [APK Download]

Sony has offered a PlayStation app for Android since 2012, allowing console owners to manage their friends list and view achievements on the go. While the mobile app did closely mirror the PlayStation's interface, it didn't fit in well with the rest of Android (or iOS). An update for the PlayStation app is now available, with a brand new UI.

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Google will remove Play Store apps that use Accessibility Services for anything except helping disabled users

For years, Android has allowed apps to modify the behavior of other applications, using Accessibility Services. While the intended purpose is for developers to create apps for users with disabilities, the API is often used for other functionality (to overlay content, fill in text fields, etc.). LastPass, Button Mapper, Signal SpyTasker, and Greenify are just a few examples of applications heavily using this API.

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End the week with 16 temporarily free and 16 on-sale apps

Happy Friday! The end of another week is upon us, coupled with whatever the weekend has in store for you. We have yet another short list today, which is okay in my book. Be sure to check out Wednesday's if you haven't already.

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The 'phantom call' Bluetooth bug is probably caused by Skype Lite [Update]

Google's history with Bluetooth is a bit rocky, but it looks like at least one Bluetooth bug in Android isn't entirely Google's fault. The so-called "phantom call" issue appears to be the result of a third-party app. Namely, Skype Lite. Uninstall that, and you should be all good.

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33 new and notable Android Wear apps and watch faces from the last 2 months (9/01/17 - 11/10/17)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android Wear apps and faces that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous month or so.

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Android Pay v1.36 adds an adaptive icon and switches to a navigation drawer [APK Teardown]

Android Pay is getting a small makeover with its latest update, rolling out to users now. The new version switches to the always-familiar navigation drawer found in most other Google apps. If you're running Android 8.0 Oreo, you'll also see a change on your launcher as Android Pay also makes the upgrade to an adaptive icon.

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Google's rebuilding its Street View panoramas to look better, and here's how

Google's Street View has become ubiquitous. It's one of the pioneering features of Google Maps, and it has become such an integrated part of our modern lives that we might take it for granted. Not long ago, looking around from an arbitrary point on a map would have sounded like science fiction, but today that's just another way to see where something is. Now Google's making that experience even better, by improving how Street View stitches together its elaborate 360-degree panorama images. 

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