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[Update: Likely region-specific] Latest Play Store test replaces star ratings with app sizes in results

Google has two apps that it most frequently performs server-side tests on: YouTube and the Play Store. The most recent test that's been spotted is on the latter, and it's an interesting one: the star ratings have been ditched for the app sizes: both useful metrics to see when you're installing an app.

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Bose's QuietComfort 35 II with Google Assistant spotted at Best Buy

We've known for a while that at least one pair of headphones with Google Assistant was in development, under the 'Bisto' codename. Two days ago, Bose's QuietComfort 35 II with Google Assistant built-in was leaked. Now, at least one person has discovered a pair at a local Best Buy.

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Google Motion Stills v1.1 adds new editing buttons [APK Download]

Back in July, Google published its Motion Stills app on the Play Store, which had previously only been available for iOS. It's essentially a GIF camera, but the app stabilizes the video while you're recording. You can record for a few seconds, or use the fast-forward mode to speed up and stabilize longer videos. The Android app just got its first update, with a few useful enhancements.

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Google's Play Protect didn't catch obfuscated malware with up to 20 million installs on the Play Store

At this year's I/O, Google announced Play Protect, a user-facing security screening process for apps on Android phones based on the old Verify Apps. Basically, it scans apps you install, comparing their content against known malware components, and notifies you if any potential risks are found. And it turns out, it's not infallible, as an older "packed" malware package was able to trick it. 

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[Update: Winner] Giveaway: Android Police and Nvidia are giving away a SHIELD Pro to celebrate half a million Twitter followers

Everyone is pretty excited over here at Android Police, and for good reason. We just hit a major milestone: over a half million followers on Twitter. To celebrate the occasion, we've teamed up with Nvidia to give one lucky reader a 2017 SHIELD Pro, as well as a $25 Google Play gift card and a handful of game codes. 

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Essential Phone is now fully compatible with Verizon networks

Those of you who read about the Essential team's AMA on reddit yesterday probably saw that Essential was working on Verizon certification for the PH-1 (PH-One, get it?). Andy Rubin has lived up to his word; just a day later, the Essential Phone has indeed gotten fully certified for Big Red.

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[Update: Video leaked] Bose's forthcoming QuietComfort 35 II will be part of the "Bisto" family, support Google Assistant

Bose's QuietComfort 35 have been a huge hit in spite of its $349 MSRP. The headphones are comfortable, put out good sound, and the noise cancellation works very well. There's really no need for an imminent successor, but that's not how the tech industry works. The appropriately-named QuietComfort 35 II has been leaked with Google Assistant support, meaning that this is one of Google's "Bisto" headphones.

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ASUS begins updating ZenFone 3 line to ZenUI 4.0, starting with the ZF3 Zoom

Like many manufacturers, ASUS has its own Android skin - ZenUI. Version 4.0 of the skin was introduced alongside the company's ZenFone 4 lineup, but ASUS also promised to bring the new version to the existing ZF3 series. The update process has now begun, with the ZF3 Zoom becoming the first device to be updated.

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Google.com was registered 20 years ago today

Quite a lot can change in 20 years. In 1997, the iPod was still a few years away, Bill Clinton started his second term as US President, and a domain for a search index called 'Google!' was registered. In fact, today marks the 20 year anniversary of Google.com's domain registration.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 goes on sale today—here are all the launch deals

Samsung's latest phone is a spendy piece of hardware. While it's essentially a Galaxy S8 Plus with a stylus, that still means it's a great phone. The phone is available unlocked and from all the major US carriers, and everyone is offering deals to entice you—the deals are important when the phone costs almost $1,000. So, let's break it all down so you can figure out how many piggy banks you'll have to bust open to gather the necessary funds.

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