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Inbox v1.27 prepares to support Gmail's vacation auto-responder [APK Teardown]

Inbox has been growing consistently more feature-rich with a mix of new features designed just for its efficient interface and old features that are slowly integrated from its forefather Gmail. There aren't any obvious signs of new features to play with in this version, but there is something for the teardown archives. With the release of v1.27, evidence shows another classic feature will soon make the jump from Gmail to Inbox: the vacation responder.

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Google Calendar v5.5.9 prepares to add conference room scheduling, snoozing reminders, and maybe a new developer API [APK Teardown]

A seemingly minor update to Google Calendar began rolling out earlier today, bumping the version number from 5.5.7 to 5.5.9. There aren't any apparent changes to the interface with this release, but it does come with some interesting things under the covers. A teardown reveals a new feature for the office that will allow people to schedule conference rooms, the return of reminders that can be snoozed, and possibly a "new api" for developers to work with.

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20 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last 2 weeks (6/28/16 - 7/11/16)

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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DigiCal Calendar Agenda

Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites. DigiCal is the full-featured calendar app that offers a ton of features that aren't available in Google Calendar, like seven different calendar views, light and dark themes, multiple widgets, integrated weather forecasts, an invitation management system, and over fifty thousand public calendars for integration with personal or corporate planning.

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[Deal Alert] Grab Carcassonne for 10 cents in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK , and 20 cents in Australia

We often see deals on Carcassonne on the Play Store, but never has the price dropped below the 2 dollars mark. That is until today. Carcassonne is this week's Google Play deal, which means that it's discounted in a couple of countries already. It's down to EUR 0.10 in France, Spain, Italy, and Germany, GBP 0.10 in the UK, and AUD 0.20 in Australia.

Carcassonne usually costs $4.99 or thereabout in the different currencies mentioned above, so this is a significant saving on the original price. Sure, the game is old and some of the recent reviews haven't been very positive, but it's still the famous Carcassonne board game we're talking about here, with its strategic turn-by-turn gameplay and online multiplayer, and which, over the course of its existence on the Play Store, has amassed over 100,000 installs and a 4.3 average rating with more than 12000 reviews.

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Weekend poll: are you playing Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO has become an overnight sensation - probably far exceeding even the expectations of Nintendo America or Niantic. Tens of millions of players are already searching their world for new Pokémon, battling in gyms, and collecting various items to help increase the power of their pocket monsters.

While it's not officially available everywhere yet, you can always sideload the APK from APK Mirror (our APK is completely safe and was taken directly from the Play Store - we aren't shifting shady package files) to get in on the action.

I played for a solid couple of hours today, wandering my neighborhood (which is packed with Pokestops, apparently) and collecting new creatures and several-hundred Poké Balls.

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Google provides new Gmail API endpoints for handling filters, forwarding, auto-replies, and more

Google offers the Gmail API to developers as a way to integrate with the email service. What app makers can do with Gmail is limited to the functionality provided in the API. This then limits what we users can do.

Get excited. Google has updated the Gmail API with new endpoints for managing settings.

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Video: hands-on with Android apps and the Play Store on Chrome OS

In our latest video, Facundo Holzmeister goes hands-on with Android apps and the Play Store on Chrome OS using the Chromebook Flip. I've used the Flip's Android apps a fair bit now, and I have to say, while the experience is buggy, it does hold a lot of promise. Our video hands-on should give you a better idea of what the whole thing looks and feels like, as well as some of Facundo's thoughts on how things are progressing. For now, things do break, some don't work, and others just feel oddly out of place - but the things that do work often work well, and it's hard not to be excited about the future of Android apps on Chrome OS.

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Facebook is testing secret conversations with end-to-end encryption in Messenger

Facebook isn't the first company you think of when privacy comes to mind. Nor is it second, third, or anywhere near the top dozen. It's lucky if it's anywhere on the list at all. But the company does own WhatsApp, the widely used instant messenger that started encrypting all messages earlier this year. Now Facebook is testing out that same encryption in Messenger.

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[Hands-on] ASAP Launcher is a familiar launcher with no homescreens, no widgets, no folders, and several cool features

Over the past couple of days, I've been trying a new Android launcher called ASAP. Although I am not sure the name fits the launcher well, or is appropriate enough for my use — after all, I have perfected Nova's folders to my habits — I do appreciate several of ASAP's features and think it could be a great fit for many users.

What you need to know about ASAP though is that while it looks like most Android launchers, it doesn't work like them at all. There are no widgets, no multiple homescreens in the traditional sense, no app folders, and not even icons on the homescreen itself. ASAP does away with all of that and focuses on quick access to the app drawer, an expandable dock, and several cards to complement the main homescreen. It might sound horrid to some of you who are accustomed to many of the missing features, but it does work in its own quirky way.

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[Update: US and Canada now] Deal Alert: Beautiful puzzler Zenge is down to 10 cents in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and 20 cents in Australia

It's monday already and even though the week has barely started, the stress of work and life might already be taking a toll on you. If you're looking for a way to unwind, there's a sweet and beautiful zen puzzler waiting for you in the Play Store and at a super cheap price too. After all, I wouldn't dare stress you further by making you pay a lot of money.

Zenge, which is only a couple of months old, tells the story of a lonely journeyman Eon through different puzzles that you have to put together piece by piece and in the correct order.

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