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21 New And Notable Android Apps From The Last 2 Weeks (5/17/16 - 5/30/16)

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

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Google Play Developer Console

Android Police coverage: Google Releases Google Play Developer Console App In The Play Store

An app specifically for app developers - that makes sense, right?

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[Deal Alert] Grab A GSM-Unlocked 32GB Gold Sprint Samsung Galaxy S7 For $429 On eBay

Sprint customers and adventurous types have an absolute steal on their hands with this one. For just $429, more than $100 below the next-best deal we've seen, you can get a new (Gold) Galaxy S7. Just make sure the details work for you.

These are Sprint devices that are GSM unlocked, meaning you can use them on any GSM carrier that you might want to. With that said, that wouldn't come without some challenges. This phone doesn't support the 17 LTE band, which is heavily relied upon by AT&T. And it won't support the HSPA+ service of T-Mobile, which could rule out a good experience with them.

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29 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 3/5/16—5/30/16

Apps aren't just for phones anymore, now they're for your wrist. That's the focus of the Android Wear app and watch face roundup—apps that should go on your wrist. They might not all appeal to you personally, but these are all the best things that have come to Android Wear in the last few months. We've got timers, calendars, and oh so many watch faces.

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OnePlus Announces The Lab, A Community Review Program For The OnePlus 3

Do you fancy yourself a smartphone expert? Maybe you ought to help OnePlus evaluate its phones by applying for The Lab. It's a community review program for the OnePlus 3, which is going to be announced in a few weeks. OP is calling this a "peer review," but it's not like they have time to change anything if the fans don't like it. OnePlus just wants to create its own review of the phone with users writing it.

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VR Party Game Is A Ridiculously Confusing Virtual Reality Experience For Cardboard

What if virtual reality was just reality, with a small asterisk? What if you could strap on your VR headset, regardless of the brand or technology behind it, and see the same thing that's in front of you... but mirrored? Or upside down? Or delayed by 2 seconds? Ha, what a novel idea!

VR Party Game does just that. It's a Cardboard app/game that transmits your smartphone's rear camera view onto the screen, but applies one of three special effects to confuse you. It can delay the view by 2 seconds, mirror it, or flip it upside down. The idea is to use it as a party game with friends, asking each other to complete a few tasks while wearing the Cardboard headset.

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ASUS Announces ZenFone 3, Includes Three Models With Lots Of RAM And Giant Screens

Johnny Shih, ASUS's enthusiastic chairman, today introduced the ZenFone 3 to the world (even though we reported on the ZenFone 4, 5, and 6 two years ago). Alongside the standard ZenFone 3, there are two other variants; the Deluxe and the Ultra.

ZenFone 3

The ZenFone 3 is certainly a pretty phone. As with other ASUS products, it keeps the spun aluminum design, with glass covering the metal. A 5.5-inch 1080p display adorns the front of the device. ASUS is boasting a 77% screen-to-body ratio, which is impressive - it's stuck with the ZenFone 2's capacitive, hardware buttons too, utilising that bottom bezel space.

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Google Maps v9.26.1 Adds Search Along Route For Walking And Bicycling, Changes Driving Mode FABs, Adds New Settings, And More [APK Teardown + Download]

Google began rolling out an update to Maps v9.26.1 a few days ago, and it's sporting a handful of new features. Like so many versions of maps, there are quite a few well-hidden changes in this one, far more than the single item written in the official changelog. Most of the changes are subtle enough that you won't notice them if you're not comparing side-by-side, but they are improvements all the same. There are even a few things from the teardown that don't appear to have made this version, but should be things to watch out for in the future.

What's New

Official Changelog:

  • Search along the route in bicycling and walking navigation.
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MediaTek's Pump Express 3.0 Is Fast Charging Done Right Over USB Type-C Power Delivery

The dream is to have smartphone batteries that can last days upon days of use. The reality is that the more power-efficient our smartphones become, the more demanding we are, perpetuating the status quo of lousy battery life. The band-aid solution so far seems to be the speeding of charge times. Qualcomm has its Quick Charge technology, Oppo has its Super VOOC, ASUS has BoostMaster, and MediaTek has Pump Express. The latter just received a boost to version 3.0, marking the first time it uses USB Type-C Power Delivery instead of VBUS current modulation.

The first benefit of Pump Express 3.0 is that it significantly reduces overheating while charging by bypassing all circuitry inside the phone.

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Samsung Pay Beta Test Starts In Singapore With Citibank

At MWC this year, Samsung confirmed its plans to expand to 7 countries in 2016 beyond the two where it was already available (South Korea and the United States). Among those 7 countries, only China has seen the light of day so far, but it looks like Singapore isn't too far off. Samsung has just announced a partnership with one of Singapore's leading banks: Citibank.

The service, however, isn't yet fully launched in Singapore. Samsung's press release says its launch is slated for Q2 2016, but I'm not sure how that's possible given that Q2 ends in about a month and that Samsung seems to be just ready to start its beta test phase now.

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ARM Unveils The Mali-G71 Graphics Processor And Cortex-A73 Processor With A Focus On Virtual Reality Performance

Have you recently stopped to think about what modern smartphones can do? It's amazing how much power is packed into these small little devices that we carry around all day, and it's even more amazing that most of that power resides in teeny tiny chips that are lodged somewhere between the huge screen and the big battery.

ARM is one of the companies that provide the building blocks for modern smartphone SOCs. It makes graphics and application processors that companies like MediaTek and Samsung use in their Helio and Exynos chips, respectively. Now ARM is unveiling new processors for the 2017 flagships that will push their performance even further.

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