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Skype is killing SMS Connect, prompting users to switch to Your Phone app

Even though our phones are very capable, many of us spend the day staring at a computer screen. Whether you're working or in a meeting, it's usually more convenient to text from your desktop, rather than taking your phone out of your pocket. Skype made this quite convenient, as the app's SMS Connect feature allowed you to chat with other users, as well as send and sync your phone's SMS messages with your computer. Unfortunately, Microsoft has just announced the functionality is going away, prompting users to switch to another solution.

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[Update: Official renders leak] The Galaxy Tab S6 will be Samsung's next iPad fighter, first photos reveal

Samsung is one of the only Android manufacturers left that make serious Android tablets with serious Android software — iPads basically own the higher-end market. While it's not certain if the latest iteration of the Galaxy Tab is going to make a dent in Apple's share, the upcoming Galaxy Tab S6 could at least shape up to be a great alternative for Android fans not willing to touch an iPad, according to a SamMobile leak.

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[Update: 11 more banks] Google Pay adds support for 13 more banks and credit unions in the US

Google Pay is continuously growing, with support for more banks and transit passes. The service is expanding again, with 13 new American banks and credit unions making their way to the already long list of partners. The below institutions have been added recently, as we didn't spot them in our most recent coverage.

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Gboard v8.5 prepares Google Assistant integration and enhanced auto-complete [APK Teardown]

The latest release of the Gboard app doesn't seem to be reshaping much of the landscape for many users, that is unless they were serious fans of the GIF Camera, but it does bring hints about some potentially significant additions in the future. A teardown brings hints that Google Assistant will be able to offer up even more value in messaging apps soon, plus there's a reason to suspect you'll begin getting auto-complete suggestions from other apps installed on your phone.

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LG Pay debuts in US with magstripe reading and cash back rewards program

More than a year after it was reported that LG would be launching a mobile payment service with compatibility for magnetic stripe terminals in the United States, the company has finally announced the arrival of LG Pay for the LG G8 ThinQ. Though we can say that Samsung Pay finally has a one-to-one competitor in its space, it will take a good while before spreading out to other devices.

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Verizon's Nokia 2 V gets Android 9 Pie, five months after unlocked model

In January of this year, HMD Global partnered with Verizon to create the Nokia 2 V. It's more or less a Nokia 2.1 with Verizon branding. The updates are also handled by the carrier, which might explain why Android Pie is rolling out to the phone five months after the regular Nokia 2.1 got it.

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Sony discontinues its 'What's New' and Audio Recorder apps

While Sony has usually stuck pretty close to stock Android on its phones, it still produces many custom applications specifically for Xperia devices. However, even those are starting to go away or have features removed the Sketch app was already set to lose online functionality in September, and two other apps will be discontinued at the same time.

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Pixel 3, 3a owners with Google Fi device protection can now get same-day screen repairs at uBreakiFix

Google Fi subscribers who own a Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, or Pixel 3a XL and have opted into paying a few dollars per month for device protection have gained a nice perk if they so happen to drop their phones and crack their display: the carrier has announced that if customers are approved for a screen repair claim, they may opt to take their phone to a uBreakiFix location for same-day service.

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27 temporarily free and 17 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Yet another week is halfway gone, so here are some app sales for you. Today's list is long for a Wednesday and even features two games I really enjoy, Reed and I Am Reed. Have fun.

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15 tips and tricks for Chrome on Android (2019 edition)

Chrome for Android has plenty of hidden features, either tucked away behind experimental 'flags' or simply not made obvious by Google. Some of them can make switching between tabs quicker, improve your experience on shaky internet connections, or remove unnecessary functionality.

In this post, we'll go over 15 and tips and tricks for making the most out of Chrome on Android.

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