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Pocket Casts goes freemium, sells PC app and extra features for $10 a year

In its most sweeping change since being acquired by a public media consortium last year, podcast app Pocket Casts is making its Android and iOS apps free. Most features, including dark theming, cross-platform syncing, silence removal, and variable-speed playback will be available to all users. Other facets, including the PC app, will be available for a monthly or annual fee.

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ActionDash v5.0 update introduces Fresh Start feature and additional Focus Mode options

ActionDash comes from the same dev who brought us Action Launcher, and the latest update to the Digital Wellbeing add-on bumps it up to version 5.0 with a couple of new features. The most intriguing of the new additions is Fresh Start, which kicks you back to the launcher homescreen after you've locked your phone while in another app. There are also some new focus mode options to play with.

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Google Pay growth continues unchecked with these 48 new US banks

It's been several weeks since we last checked in to see the progress Google was making towards its apparent goal of signing every single financial institution in America up for Google Pay support. Unsurprisingly, Google's been very busy throughout this period, and today we're looking at all the new banks ready to work with the service.

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Samsung may begin Android 10 beta for Galaxy S10, Note10 in just weeks

With Android 10 out and about on release, we're now waiting on Samsung, the world's largest producer of Android smartphones, to update its phones' software based on the new OS version. We typically expect the company to run a beta program in the fall and, according to SamMobile, this will be the case again.

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The Android Police Q&A Show is live!

You might already know about our weekly live podcast, but did you know we have a second show every Tuesday? We answer your questions and discuss technology news — Android or not from the past week. It's a lot more off-the-hook than the podcast, so tune in below.

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Aukey’s tiny 18W USB-C wall charger is only $11 ($9 off) with this coupon

Take $9 off your purchase of the pint-sized powerhouse charging brick from Aukey, a must-buy for anyone looking for an affordable way to replace a broken charging adapter or add an extra adapter to their collection.

The Aukey 18W USB-C wall charger is an ultra-sleek charging brick with a foldable plug that’s easy to carry in your pocket, purse, bag, or just about anywhere you can fit a stack of quarters.

At 18 watts and USB Power Delivery 3.0, Aukey's universal USB-C port is capable of pushing power at fast-charging speeds, giving your favorite mobile devices, like Google’s Pixel phones and newer Samsung handsets, the juice they need to make it through the day at just a fraction of the time.

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Google Fi's new "unlimited" plan is an admission of defeat for the upstart MVNO

Google announced a new "unlimited" plan for its Fi cellular service this morning, and on paper, it's an improvement in most ways over the company's current pricing model for heavy duty users. Data caps have been increased to 22GB before throttling, while pricing for individuals has been lowered to $70 per month (previously, Fi maxed out at $80/mo for individual users). The catch is that it's $70 per month, full stop — Fi's dynamic data pricing doesn't apply to unlimited subscribers. For those who want to stick with Fi's old dynamic model, they'll still be limited to 15GB per month before throttling may occur, and enjoy the same per-gigabyte pricing they always have.

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Deploy your troops, wage battles, and conquer your foes in World Conqueror 4, a historical WWII strategy game [Sponsored]

One thing is for sure, there are a lot of different strategy games available on the Play Store, so it can be tough to find quality releases that offer the fun and enjoyment of a console title. Luckily World Conqueror 4 is one such release that stands above the crowd. It's a World War II military strategy war game, and it offers over a hundred historical battles where you're tasked with conquering the world with your growing army. So if you're a history nut, or simply enjoy quality strategy games, it's clear that World Conqueror 4 is a title that shouldn't be missed.

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Google Play Games will shutter its multiplayer services next year, leaving some older games to die

Back in the not-quite-dark-ages of Android, new services and APIs were launching seemingly every other week as Google and Apple engaged in an aggressive land grab to acquire users and tempt developers. Gaming became a popular battleground, and Google was investing in new features for Play Games like an API that gave developers the infrastructure to run real-time and turn-based multiplayer games for free. However, like many other older Play Games APIs, Google will be shutting this one down in about six months and it may render some older games unplayable.

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Upcoming 'Google Nest Wifi' will reportedly have built-in Assistant speakers

Google Wifi is, for our money, the best mesh Wi-Fi setup you can get. Soon, it'll reportedly get even better: according to 9to5Google, Google plans to launch a refreshed version of the router system with the Google Assistant built right in at its New York hardware event next month.

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