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Gboard Beta 6.5 adds support for Bitmoji and stickers [APK Download]

Last year, Gboard was updated with the ability to insert GIFs directly into any supported app. This initially only worked on Android 7.1 or higher, but was soon expanded to older versions as well. Google has now gone one step further with the latest Gboard beta, as you can now insert stickers and Bitmoji as well.

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[Update: APK Download] Google is testing a new Search Lite app for slow networks

Google recently showed ads on Facebook in Indonesia inviting users to test a new app. Those who saw the ad and signed up have started receiving a link to try an experimental new search app from Google called Search Lite or, technically, Search (Test App) which looks targeted at the Indonesian — and maybe Indian — market.

Following the trend of all "lite" apps being released lately, Search Lite aims to make things faster and more data-friendly for some markets by working on slow connections, supporting offline features, using less data and thus taking much less time to finish tasks.

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Hulu for Android TV v2 adds new accessibility features and a page for the Watchlist [APK Download]

Hulu is a streaming service that I've just never gotten into, despite the fact that I appreciate its premise. Regardless of that, the platform is still quite popular, so Android TV users who happen to watch Hulu may enjoy the app's latest update. Version 2.0.3 brings with it a few new notable things, as you will see in the changelog below.

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[Deal Alert] Need to repair a phone? iFixit's universal bit kit is just $70 at Massdrop ($30 off)

Those who might need to do some phone repair, like a daughterboard replacement to fix a bad microUSB port, or a battery swap to fix some unfortunate bulge, might be drawn by this particular deal. Over at Massdrop, there is a group-buy together for the iFixit Universal Bit Kit. Originally $99.95, you can pick up the set for a 30% discount at $69.99 (plus $9 for shipping), if you are willing to wait a bit. Not a bad trade-off.

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Genesis, the luxury automobile manufacturer, now allows you to send commands to your car via the Google Assistant

Genesis, the new luxury arm of car manufacturer Hyundai, has just announced that its cars will be able to take commands from the Google Assistant. Gone forever are the days of having to wait until you are actually buckled-up to set the thermostat. Now the next time it's a bit warm out, you can let Google know to start your car and turn on the AC. 

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PSA: Refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 batteries recalled for potential overheating issues

Oh, look: another Samsung battery recall. Though not as widespread as the Note7 debacle, this one is still important to pay attention to. If you received a refurbished AT&T Galaxy Note 4 (like for an insurance replacement) between December 2016 and April 2017, listen up.

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Noodlecake releases Framed 2 at a temporary 60% discount, puts original Framed on sale for $0.12

Noodlecake Studios is renowned and well-loved for some amazing games. Following up to 2014's Framed, a noir-style puzzle game, Framed 2 is a prequel-sequel that promises to bring the same comic book-style, world-altering wonder that defined the first game.

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Google+ gets a new Discover tab to help you find relevant conversations and communities to join

For some, Google+ is a great community filled with engagement and the exchange of thoughts and ideas. For others, it's a spam fest or a ghost town. Whatever the truth may be, Google is still sending some love toward its social media platform. A new tab has appeared in the side menu called Discover, which does exactly what you'd expect it to do: help you discover things.

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Google makes questions and answers official in Maps and Search, rolling out soon

Our Facebook request for a relationship status with Android might still be unrequited, but Google has made its love for crowd-sourced answers in Maps and Search official. Questions & answers had been in beta for a short time (and even before that, we knew it was coming). But in a blog post on the subject today, Google formally revealed the new feature, stating that it should be rolling out to Maps and Search users soon. 

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Polaroid introduces new awful phones and tablets for Mexico

Ah yes, Polaroid - once a major force in the world of photography is now just a brand name slapped on random products (like home security cameras and TVs). Back in May, the company was sold again to another group of investors. But it looks like the new owners are happy to continue Polaroid's current product lines, as two new phones and a tablet were just announced.

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