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Humble Mobile Bundle 20 includes Last Horizon, Tomb Raider 1 and 2, Shooting Stars, and more

A new Humble Bundle has debuted; the 20th iteration of the mobile bundle. This is your chance to snag some cool Android games for a very low price, and also support charity while you're at it. The current bundle has eight games with more on the way, and you can get in the door for as little as $1.

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15 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (8/23/16 - 9/5/16)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Android Police coverage: [Update] Taskbar lets you enable Freeform mode on Android Nougat without root or adb

Android Nougat has a bunch of new features, but not all of them are visible on the surface. Freeform mode, a simple windowing system that allows apps to behave like they're on, well, Windows, is hiding deep in its code.

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SwiftKey updated with support for Android 7.0 emoji

If you are among the lucky few who have Android 7.0 Nougat already, SwiftKey's got your back with some updated emoji. Nougat brought ample new emoji, and now SwiftKey has been updated to take advantage of them. This feature previously came to the beta, but now it's in the stable version.

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Mobile Passport gets tinted status bar, support for two new airports, and more

Mobile Passport on Android has just received an update that makes quite a few changes. In case you didn't know what Mobile Passport is, it allows you to have passport and customs information on your phone. This update adds an improved user interface, support for two new airports, Android 6.0 permissions, and other stability fixes.

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FOX Sports GO adds Chromecast streaming and now works on Roku

There are dozens of apps and subscriptions you can use to watch live sports, but if your TV provider already gives you access to FOX Sports, you can use the GO app on your phone or tablet to keep up with your favorite teams and leagues on the go. The app just got another perk now, one that lets you bring that content from the small screen to the big one: Chromecast support.

That's right: FOX Sports GO can now bring your content full circle from the TV to your phone/tablet and back to the TV again. So you can basically take your sports with you wherever you go as long as you have your little Chromecast and there's a big screen available to you.

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Super Evil Megacorp releases a beta version of Vainglory for Vulkan-enabled devices

The Vulkan graphics API is a big deal for mobile developers, since its direct GPU access allows for complex graphics to be rendered with a considerably lower hit to the processor, and thus a lower overhead on the hardware and battery life. A few devices like the SHIELD family and Samsung's 7 series already supported Vulkan several months ago, but Nougat now features full support for all updated Android 7.0 devices. Developer Super Evil Megacorp, which turned heads last year with its Vainglory mobile MOBA, now has a beta version that uses the Vulkan API.

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Google Maps now has a 'Catching Pokémon' activity option in Timeline

Niantic might not technically be part of Google anymore, but it looks like at least a few people at the old stomping grounds are keeping up with the AR development team's progress. Reddit user GoldLeader272 noticed a juicy new addition to the activity selector in the Timeline feature of Google Maps yesterday: users can now indicate that they were "catching Pokémon," i.e. playing Pokémon GO on their phones. Users can even update Timeline activities on the Android app: go to "Your timeline," tap on the travel (car, walking, bus, cycling, etc.) icon, and then edit it to "catching Pokémon." Neat.

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JifiCal is Samsung's attempt to make a voice control calendar app

Does a calendar app need a voice control function? Samsung seems to think that it does. That's the premise behind JifiCal, the company's latest published app in the Play Store. It's essentially a voice control add-on for a phone's built-in calendar. So what makes it better than, say, Google Now's voice control system (especially since the actual voice recognition in JifiCal is using Google's own servers)? According to the app description, the special sauce here is the natural language processing.

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Samsung opens a Play Store beta program for the S Note app

S Note is the included app for Samsung's Note series that enables, well, notation. It's designed to be used with the S Pen stylus for a variety of quick notes and drawings. It features most of the things that you'd expect from a notation tool, but since it's such a signature part of the differentiating hardware, Samsung seems interested in making a beta version of the app available to its users. The beta app is up on the Play Store now - head to this address to opt-in to the program, then this address to download it.

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Hotlap Heroes brings top-down local racing with up to 8 players to Android TV

It's not often that we see an Android game released just for Android TV, aside from the various exclusives that NVIDIA has acquired for its SHIELD set-top box. Hotlap Heroes eschews smartphones and tablets and insists that players experience its old-fashioned racing action on a full-sized television. The 3D racing game, a rookie effort on the Play Store from developer Team Pea, is $3.99 with no in-app purchases.

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