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Pixel support video shows a possible preview of Play Store UI changes

Consider this one just a shadow of a whisper of a rumor, folks, but a recent video posted by Google indicates that at least someone in Mountain View is considering some major changes for the Play Store app. Take a gander at this Pixel Tips support video. Most of it is fairly obvious stuff meant for first-time users (perhaps including some of those iPhone owners that Google is so keen to convert), but at around the 1:40 mark the demonstrator opens the Play Store, and it's immediately clear that it's not the same one we have right now.

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Google acknowledges Pixel camera lens flare issue, will use magical mathematics to fix it

The Google Pixel is a great phone—even David likes it, and David does not like things as a rule. It has the best smartphone camera Google has ever sold, but it's not without its problems. Users have been reporting a distracting halo lens flare in photos taken in bright light, but a fix is apparently on the way. Google says an upcoming OTA will address this issue with the power of math.

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Sony's weird Future Lab Program N prototype gadget gets an Android companion app

Never let it be said that Android Police discourages innovation. Even so, the "N" device from Sony's Future Lab Program is a little hard to wrap your head around. At first glance it looks like one of those neckband-style Bluetooth headphones, and indeed, it does fulfill that function (with a pair of "open ear headphones" that are similar to, but not the same as, bone conduction buds). But it also has a pair of open-air speakers on the neckband, like a tiny little boombox. It isn't limited to music, either: according to Sony's site for the N, it also delivers "up to the minute information" like news, weather, fitness data, and notifications.

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[Deal Alert] Twilight Pro unlock is down to $0.10 from $2.99 (not in U.S.)

We should all be familiar with the 10-cent deal alerts by now. It is a real luck of the draw to see if your home country is included in the sales.

Regardless, here is another app on sale: Twilight Pro.

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Google's Jamboard is a digital whiteboard for cloud collaboration

Google's latest hardware product is not a new Chromebook, or a phone, or a tablet. The company revealed the Jamboard in a blog post today, calling it, "the whiteboard, reimagined for collaboration in the cloud." No, this isn't April Fool's Day, Google did actually announce a whiteboard.

Designed for use with the recently-rebranded G Suite, the Jamboard can pull data from a variety of Google services. Users can add documents from Google Drive, video chat over Hangouts, and draw on it like a typical whiteboard - all at once. The board works like a Google Docs file - it can be edited by multiple people at once from a number of different devices.

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Xiaomi makes the Mi Note 2 and Mi VR headset official

You probably heard all the buzz earlier around that new Xiaomi phone with basically no bezels. That device rather overshadowed the slightly more conventional (and probably more usable) Mi Note 2. This device has high-end specs, a curved display, and support for global LTE.

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[What bezel?] Xiaomi Mi Mix is a 6.4" giant phone with 91.3% screen-to-body ratio

At an event in Beijing today, Xiaomi announced what it called a "concept phone" but that pretty much appears to be real and alive given the price tag, release date, and working prototypes that everyone got to play with. The selling point? No bezels. Well, there are some bezels, technically, but they barely count as such.

The Mi Mix, which is the name of this magical device, has a huge 6.4" screen in a body that seems to be almost the same size as an iPhone 7 Plus. Xiaomi achieved this by using every inch of the front of the device to the maximum, including rounding out the display at the corners to remove the tiniest of borders.

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[Deal Alert] Ice Rage: Hockey is down to 0.10 in a few countries

Another week, another 10 cents deal alert. You should know the symphony by heart now, but in case you've never seen these deals before, here's the gist. Every week, one or two games or apps drop their prices on the Play Store to 10 cents, i.e. pocket change. The discount doesn't affect all countries and is usually limited to France, Italy, Spain, and Germany (EUR 0.10), Russia (RUB 10), the UK (GBP 0.10), and Australia (AUD 0.20). Sometimes, the deal is opened to more countries after a few days, including the US, Canada, India, etc... But other times, we're not that lucky.

This week's deal affects an ice hockey game named, appropriately, Ice Rage: Hockey.

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Join updated with phone call management, device sharing, app shortcuts, and more

When Pushbullet adopted a subscription model, some casual users had trouble justifying the cost. Seeing an opportunity, joaoapps released Join. It has many of the same notification and messaging features as Pushbullet, but it only costs $5 for full access. The app has gotten a big update today to v1.0.27. Despite the inauspicious version number, there are a lot of big changes in this one.

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30 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (10/12/16 - 10/24/16)

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.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

I am Bread

Android Police coverage: [This game is toast] I am Bread, from the makers of Surgeon Simulator, butters its way onto the Play Store

In I Am Bread, you are bread. It's a radical idea for a game, of course: one slice of wheat's epic struggle to become toast.

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