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Google Camera v4.1 from Nougat dev preview 5 includes UI tweaks, new animations, and more

Google rolled out the fifth and final Nougat developer preview yesterday, and it includes a new version of the Google Camera app. It's v4.1, a significant jump over the current Play Store version. There are a fair number of changes to the UI, some new animations, and better control over buttons.

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US Army Special Forces to dump Galaxy Note II for iPhone 6S because iPhones are "faster"

In what I am tempted to say may be the stupidest news I've read all morning (give me an hour, though, I just grabbed my coffee), the US Army's Special Operations Command is allegedly dumping its current Nett Warrior embedded tactical smartphone solution - a 4-year-old Galaxy Note II - for an iPhone 6S. Because, and I quote DoDBuzz's source here, the iPhone is "faster; smoother. Android freezes up." Wait, you're telling me a smartphone that's four years old trying to run a specialized government app isn't very fast or stable? I am shocked, sir - simply taken aback!

This staggering conclusion has led the US Army Special Forces to decide that, after testing those same applications on an iPhone 6S - a phone benefitting from four years of technological advancement over its replacement - iPhones are simply better.

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New Kindle Singles Classics provide timeless articles, stories, and essays for 99 cents

For better or worse, Amazon dominates the e-book lanscape. After buying Audible, it commands audiobooks as well. In 2011, the retailer introduced a way to attract readers with content from magazines and periodicals. Alongside digital magazine subscriptions, the company began selling articles and other long-form content between 5,000 and 30,000 words.

Amazon called these stories and essays Kindle Singles. Now it's expanding on the category with timeless well-known stories.

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[Deal Alert] Pre-order the ZTE Axon 7 64GB from B&H for $400, get free Samsung Level U headphones and $75 gift card

The ZTE Axon 7 was announced to much "fanfare" at the end of May with famous pianist Lang Lang endorsement, BMW Designworks input, and Dolby Atmos surround sound. Sure, that's a lot of talk that means next to nothing to most of us, so I'll switch to a language we all understand: Snapdragon 820, 5.5" QHD display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, USB-C, 20MP rear camera, and 3250mAh battery. Better? Alright.

The phone went up for pre-order last week for $400, an arguably nice price for what you're getting. But what if I told you that you could get it for more than $100 less at B&H?

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[Super Deal Alert] Dreamy puzzler Lost Journey is heavily discounted worldwide to 10 cents and less (Bonus: Noisly app discount)

10 cents can go a long way these days on the Play Store. In recent times, you've been able to grab some cool games and apps for this sum — maybe a bit more or a bit less depending on your country — but the discounts have been heavily skewing toward select regions: UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Russia, and sometimes the US and Canada and a few other countries joined in on the fun.

This deal though seems to be better in every way. One, it appears to be worldwide: I've checked dozens of countries around the world and they're all showing the game as discounted.

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[Update: Fixed in Dev Preview 5] Google has already fixed the weird notification toggle behavior from the last Android N dev preview

Most of the intrepid users who tried the most recent Android N developer preview were none too pleased with the new notification toggle behavior. Google changed the WiFi and Bluetooth buttons from simple toggles to connection list triggers. After more than 1,500 issue tracker stars in just a few days, Google has relented.

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LG's newest 'Friend' is a live streaming GoPro-like camera called Action Cam LTE

LG has already released a couple of "Friends" with its G5, with mitigated usability and user response. Having tried four of them, I can assure you that my absolute favorite is the LG 360 Cam, not only because of its super cool and "immersion" feel, but also because of its relative independence from the G5 and the fact that it works with different Android and iOS devices.

This seems to be the case for this newly announced "Friend" too. The LG Action Cam LTE is a standalone rugged action camera with IP-67 water, dust, and sand-resistance (up to 1m of water for up to 30mins), as well as WiFi and LTE connectivity to live stream to YouTube Live.

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BBC releases BBC+, an app for all your news and TV needs

You don't get much more British than the BBC. It's like a cup of tea or chocolate digestive biscuits. Presumably because the BBC has realised it is losing market share to other news websites and TV services like Netflix or Amazon Prime, it has released a new app, BBC+, in an attempt to combat this. Provided the user has a BBC iD, they can pick what they're interested in and then see in a magazine-like format.

The idea isn't exactly new - many other news outlets in other countries around the world do the same. The main issue with BBC+ is that once you get to a new article, it is essentially just a WebView to the BBC website, unlike an app such as Flipboard or Google Play Newsstand, where the article is specifically formatted for display on a mobile device.

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Music streaming service Deezer launches today in the US

While it may not be known in the US, Deezer is a very popular music service that has amassed plenty of fans worldwide. The French company offers a huge catalogue of songs, over 40M to be accurate, which puts it ahead of Spotify, Google Play Music, and Apple Music, and includes international releases as well as local music from different parts of the world. Its real tour de force though: quasi-worldwide presence. Deezer has been available in more than 180 countries since 2013, but there was one missing in the list: the USA.

To be accurate, Deezer has been accessible in the US before, but only through Cricket Wireless or on Sonos and Bose speakers.

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31 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last 2 weeks (7/5/16 - 7/18/16)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games 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.

Games

Pokémon GO

Android Police coverage: [Update: US too] Pokémon GO is now live in several countries including Australia, New Zealand, and possibly more [APK download]

There's a new Pokémon game out for mobile.

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