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Link Bubble Will Be Rebranded As Brave, A Friendlier Ad-Blocking Browser That Protects Your Privacy

The new owners of Link Bubble made it open source yesterday, but that's just the beginning of what Brave Software (led by former Mozilla CEO and JavaScript inventor Brendan Eich) has planned for the project it purchased from dev Chris Lacy. The company has started explaining its vision for Brave, and it's an ambitious one. Brave will redirect links to HTTPS, block tracking cookies, and (most importantly) strip out ads that invade your privacy. Unlike other ad-blockers, Brave will be able to insert friendlier ads that will help support publishers.

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'The Westport Independent' Is A Game All About Fascist Censorship

The Westport Independent's Android version is published by Coffee Stain Studios, the same goofy people who brought us Goat Simulator and its sequels. But don't be confused: they're just the publishers, and the developers of the game are Double Zero One Zero, a two-man Swedish team. This is a horse of a different color.

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HERE Android Beta Update Tours You Around The City With 'Get Your Guide', Lays Foundation For Future Third-Party Content

Not too long ago, we were impressed if a GPS application successfully got us from point A to point B without leading us off a bridge or taking us a dozen miles away from a more direct route. But then some apps started to nail it. Google Maps was good enough to sell Android phones on its own. Alternatives like HERE maps have proved themselves as competent.

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Appfour Releases A PDF And Google Drive Viewer For Android Wear (Magnifying Glass Not Included)

Have you ever wanted to view a document on your smartwatch? Don't lie. What, you have? Oh, well, um, now you can, all thanks to developer appfour.

To lay your eyes on 1.3 inches of barely readable fuzziness, open the Documents app on your smartwatch. The app will pull the list of recently used documents from your phone. You can tap on any of them to get a fullscreen view (which ultimately doesn't amount to much) of the paper, slideshow, or spreadsheet.

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25 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (1/5/16 - 1/18/16)

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.

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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The Room Three

Android Police coverage: Amazingly Intricate Puzzler 'The Room Three' Is Finally Available On Android

The Room, one of the most well-regarded mobile game series ever, is back with its third iteration. This 3D puzzle game includes fantastic graphics and wonderfully spooky production design, neither of which detract from the brain-tingling puzzles on offer.

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Sony Renames Socialife App To 'News Suite' As Part Of A Big Update And Redesign

You can expect a smartphone to come with camera and gallery apps of its own. The manufacturer may also make the time to produce something for taking notes or doodling. Then there are news apps. These aren't guaranteed to appear, and those that come pre-installed take various forms. In Sony's case, there's Socialife, which now has the more straightforward name News Suite. This change comes as part of a big overhaul that made its way into the Play Store.

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WhatsApp Goes Officially Free On All Platforms, Promises No Ads And Better Business Communication To Stay Profitable

Ever since its launch, WhatsApp has had two business models on paper: you pay for the app on iOS or Blackberry (that has changed a long time ago when the app went free) or you get the first year free and you have to pay $0.99/yr afterward. However, that latter model was never put into action consistently. Despite having used the messenger for more than 6 or 7 years, I was never charged once and neither have any of my friends and relatives. Whenever the expiration date approaches, we get a small pop-up telling us that our service has been extended for another year and that'd be it.

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[Bonus Round] Ancestor, Defenders 2, The Pit, Galactic Nemesis, Rocket Ski Racing, TMNT Portal Power, And Wild Kratts Baby Buddies

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we have a gorgeous platformer, a well-received tower defense sequel, a spunky endless runner, a retro take on Space Invaders, a simple and goofy racer, and two surprisingly decent licensed games. Without further ado:

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Ancestor

Ancestor is a drop-dead gorgeous platformer that mixes combat and puzzle elements with style.

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What We Use, 2016 Edition: The Stuff Cameron Can't Live Without

In 2012, we started a series called "What We Use," where we, the AP staff, talked about the stuff that we can't live without. It started off as something where we just discussed our Android devices and computers, but last year we took that a step further (at Artem's request, no less) and discussed a lot more than that, basically covering everything that we love in our lives. The most important stuff to us, as people.

It's been over a year since my last WWU post, and you probably know what that means: time for a new one. I actually really enjoy writing these posts, and I hope you enjoy reading it.

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[Android Police Podcast] Episode 191: The G5 Jack In The Box

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here (warning: this video is uncut). As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's episode: LG's got an MWC announcement in store, Galaxy S7 variant rumors, Google I/O heads back to Mountain View, and more!

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