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Facebook releases its standalone Events app for Android (only two months after iOS)

Facebook's Events app was announced back on October 7 as another standalone app you could download to access one feature among the social network's many entities. At the time, the app was made available to iOS, but now it has finally crossed over to our side of the mobile divide and is available on the Play Store.

Events from Facebook, as the official name of the app says, lets you check on events you're already interested in, see events your friends might be attending or have invited you to, as well as events announced by pages you already follow. It also lets you browse events by location, time, and interest to see what's happening around if you're planning a trip or maybe looking for something to do in town and don't have anything set yet.

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Google Allo just surpassed 10 Million downloads on the Play Store

The response to Google Allo has been... cold, to put it gently. For every user who appreciates the clean break Google made with its past messaging apps and the mobile-first approach it took, there are dozens if not hundreds of users who are vocal about every single feature that Allo is missing and that needs to be implemented before the app is viable as a messenger for them.

That cold response is behind Allo's sudden extinction from the Play Store's top lists and the super slow rise of its download numbers. A couple of weeks ago, David pointed out that while the app reached 5M downloads in 5 days, it still sat between 5M and 10M two whole months later, signaling a really slow uptake on the app after the initial rush was over.

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Android Pay officially expands to Japan

Google is slowly but surely expanding its Android Pay platform to more territories. Today Japan gets access - if you're in the country you should be able to download the app from the Play Store for the first time on Android 4.4 or later. Google's retail partners in Japan include McDonalds, Dominoes, Lawson, Mini-Stop, Apita, Family Mart, and Coca-Cola vending machines, along with a handful of Japan-exclusive retailers. 

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My Horse Prince is a weird dating simulator about an anime girl and the horse-boy she loves

The dating simulator genre has some strange entries - which is to be expected, since it has a lot of DNA from the anime-inspired visual novel. For example, earlier this year we covered Hatoful Boyfriend, in which a human high school girl is courted by various pigeons. But My Horse Prince probably takes the cake: it tells the story of a girl who loves a horse. And not in that generically feminine, "I want a pony for Christmas" kind of way - she really loves him. Also, he has a human teenager's face for some reason.

Yeah, this is one of those games.

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19 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (11/29/16 - 12/12/16)

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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[Deal Alert] Pick up a JBL Go speaker in your choice of eight colors for just $20 (half off)

Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer or white elephant gift? No worries, we've got your back covered here at AP – check this deal out. JBL.com has the JBL Go Bluetooth speaker on sale for just $20, which is half its retail price. It's available in a plethora of colors (yes, I know what a plethora is) and ships free and will arrive in plenty of time for Christmas.

The Go is the smallest speaker in JBL's lineup, but according to its reviews on Amazon (4.5 stars), it still packs quite the punch. It's portable, sports five hours of battery life, and sounds pretty good – what else could you want in a $20 speaker?

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U.S. Mobile Passport updated to v2.0, brings support for cruise ships

It's a big travel time in many parts of the world, especially in the United States. If you're an international traveler, I hear that the lines to enter through U.S. customs can be pretty ridiculous. We have talked about the Mobile Passport app before here on Android Police, since it's awesome for those who have a U.S. passport or Canadian B1/B2 visas. This update brings with it cruise ship support, allowing travelers to enter the country via sea.

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[Deal Alert] Grab an Asus ZenWatch 2 for up to $50 off at Best Buy today only, plus $25 off with Visa Checkout

The Asus ZenWatch may be growing a bit old at this point, but it is still a capable performer. Today brings us a few deals on the last memorable square Android Wear watch, but most notably is the offering from Best Buy. You can score some versions of the watch for $100 today only, but you'll get the additional $25 off if you use Visa Checkout. An effective $75 for the ZenWatch 2 is not bad at all.

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Play Books v3.11 adopts a bottom navigation bar, sub-lists for series, and a settings link for Night Light [APK Download]

As the holidays close in (at least for many readers), Google is rolling out a stream of updates to various apps. In addition to the major Keyboard update earlier today, Play Books is making some changes, as well. The big change on this release is the adoption of the bottom navigation bar. Digging a bit deeper also reveals improvements to the way issues are displayed for comics and other series, and a couple of other visual tweaks.

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Gboard expands keyboard GIF support beyond Android 7.1

One of the few substantive changes in Android 7.1 was the addition of GIFs in the keyboard. When typing in a supported app, you can use the GIF button to drop in an image. This was only working on Android 7.1 previously, but the new Gboard keyboard update changes that.

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