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AirTV Mini is an $80 4K Android TV stick with Sling on-board

Dish-owned AirTV came out in 2017 with a 4K HDR Android TV streaming box that can plug into an antenna for local over-the-air broadcasts — thus combining local TV with over-the-top services ranging from Netflix to YouTube to Sling (another Dish property) in one input. But what if you have other TV sets you'd like to hook up? Surely you'd want to avoid the hassle of getting another AirTV box, right? Well, the company has come out with a new stick that acts as an OTT streamer on its own, but can also relay OTA with the help of an existing AirTV unit.

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Cinematic platformer Flashback coming to Android on July 22 for $5

Those of us that grew up playing platformers in our youth, such as Prince of Persia and Another World, should be delighted by the news that Flashback is coming to Android and iOS on the 22nd of July. The indie video game publisher SFL Interactive announced today that it has partnered with the title's original designer Paul Cuisset to bring the award-winning action-adventure game to mobile for $4.99.

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Android Auto phone interface gone for many on Android Q Beta 5

Quite a while ago, along announcing the new Android Auto experience, Google also said that it would deprecate the interface for phones completely. It encourages its customers to use Assistant Driving Mode instead, which is poised to come out "this summer." Android Q is apparently already preparing for this, as some users on the latest beta report that the Android Auto app icon is disappearing for them, with no option to start the app from their phones anymore.

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Xfinity Mobile now accepting Android BYOD, starting with Galaxy S8, S9, and Note9

If you happen to be in the somewhat curious position where bundling all your TV, internet, and phone services with one company aligns with your best interests, you may have considered joining Xfinity Mobile at some point to complement your other Comcast services. But up until now, if you wanted to bring an Android phone over to use, there was no way to do so except to trade in and buy one from the carrier. Today, the MVNO has finally expanded its BYOD program to include several major Galaxy phones though there are three massively disappointing omissions to the list.

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[Update: Functional in Beta 5] Hints for Tasker-like Settings Rules surface on Android Q

Android has always been known as a system open to deep integrations with third-party applications, allowing us to automate our devices through services like Tasker and IFTTT. However, Google intends to change that with Android Q and wants to make it harder for apps to hook into the OS as a security measure. To compensate this, the company now appears to be working on a Rules app similar to a very rudimentary Tasker that allows you to reproduce some of its abilities natively.

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[Update: More specs, box pictures] Xiaomi's next Android One phone, the Mi A3, just leaked

Xiaomi's first stock Android device was the Mi A1, released back in 2017. It was a very good phone, especially for the low price of ~$230, and the company released a sequel last year. There wasn't much doubt that a Mi A3 was on the way, but now we have the first pictures of the device.

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16 best new Android games released this week including Dr. Mario World, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, and Bananagrams: The Official Game

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 week or so. Today I have a free-to-play mobile adaptation for Nintendo's Dr. Mario franchise, a re-release of an Ubisoft dungeon crawler, and a new board game adaptation from Asmodee Digital. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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20 of the most relaxing puzzle games for Android phones and tablets

Relaxing with a game after a hard day of work isn't always as easy at it seems, especially if you have trouble finding games on the Play Store. So I'm here with a new game roundup to help in this endeavor. I've dug up 20 of the chillest puzzle games I could find, and have listed them below by order of price. I've thrown in a few personal favorites to forgo many of the titles you would find in similar lists around the web, in the hope that you may discover a few gems. So without further ado, here are 20 of the most relaxing puzzle games currently available on the Play Store.

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[Update x2: Now on Essential Phone] Get your Pixels ready: Android Q Beta 5 is landing today

Android Q Beta 5 officially lands today. As expected, it doesn't deliver a ton of changes or new features, representing the first so-called "release candidate" for developers to test their apps against before the final release later this summer. There are a few new tweaks in Beta 5, though.

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20 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Shoelace, 321FIT, and ruff (6/29/19 - 7/13/19)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have a new social app from Area 120, an exercise app that works a lot like a music playlist, and a minimal writing app that offers both light and dark themes. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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