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Professor Layton and the Curious Village brings its mind-bending puzzles to Android

Talk about a stacked Tuesday. First, a full HD port of Monster Hunter World Stories releases on the Play Store, and then Level-5 announces that Professor Layton and the Curious Village has been ported to Android, complete with an HD makeover, and it's also available on the Play Store starting today. There's already a couple of Layton games on Android, though this is the first to actually star Professor Layton. It's also the first game in the main series, so if you'd like to see where it all began, this is the title for you.

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Android Messages' search feature is getting an overhaul this week

Android Messages is getting a big upgrade to its searchability. You can already search in Messages using the magnifying glass icon at the top of your conversation list, but right now, the functionality is limited to text. Soon, that icon will access a much richer search function, allowing you to easily find photos, videos, and places you've shared in text messages.

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10 years of Android: Ten of the most important handsets from the last decade

Ten years ago this week, the first Android phone was announced - the T-Mobile G1. No one could have predicted the massive success that Android would eventually become; the OS now has over two billion active users worldwide.

In honor of Android's 10th birthday, we're taking a look at the most important and influential Google-powered phones of the past decade. Every one of these devices redefined Android in some way, by pushing the OS further into the mainstream, introducing design trends, or signaling the start/end of an era.

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Monster Hunter Stories by Capcom is available for Android

Wow, this is quite the surprise. Android just received its first Monster Hunter game, and it's an HD port of the 3DS version of Monster Hunter Stories. It's available on the Play Store for $19.99, and there are no in-app purchases or advertisements, this is a premium release. Oh, and if that wasn't good enough news, Capcom has actually provided a separate free demo. This way we can all check and see how the game performs on our Android devices.

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[Update: Stable version now available] Android Studio 3.2 Beta is out with App Bundle support, Emulator Snapshots, and more

Android Studio is Google's recommended environment for developing Android applications, and plenty of new features were announced at Google I/O. Some of those improvements have now landed in the beta branch, with the release of Android Studio 3.2 Beta.

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New feature in Microsoft Excel app for Android turns photos of data tables into spreadsheets

Microsoft's annual Ignite conference kicked off today in Orlando, bringing with it a number of product announcements primarily directed at IT and enterprise customers. However, there are a few updates that are also of interest to Android Police readers, including a new Excel app feature that turns a picture of a data table into a spreadsheet. The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant also announced a search tool that spans across most of its products and some Microsoft Teams updates. 

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Google Calendar for Android updated to v6.0 with new Material UI [APK Download]

Google is slowly but surely updating all its apps to the new Material interface, which in Google's case means lots of white. We've already seen the new theme pop up in the Calculator, Contacts, and more. Now, it's Google Calendar's turn. The v6.0 update is rolling out with the new look, and you can sideload it right now.

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Evernote v8.4 adds built-in templates, Android Pie support [APK Download]

Note-taking app Evernote received an update today which adds Android Pie support, templates, and fingerprint dialog capabilities. The update is the first major release after a massive layoff and the exit of Evernote's CTO, CFO, CPO, and HR head. While Evernote has supported templates for a couple of years, they were not built into the app. Instead, they had to be added online from the template website to a user’s account.

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The first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, was announced 10 years ago today

On this fateful day ten years ago, Google, T-Mobile, and HTC joined forces to announce the T-Mobile G1. It would go on to launch internationally as the HTC Dream, but this piece of hardware was the first way consumers could experience the Android platform. The G1 was far from perfect, even by the standards of the day. At the same time, it offered an open, customizable experience in stark contrast to the iPhone. It was the start of something big.

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Weekend poll: What version of Android does your phone run?

I'm sure at least a few of you felt betrayed by last week's poll, so in light of the T-Mobile G1 announcement anniversary, we'll be doing the most purely Android poll we can. It's a classic, too. The last time we asked this question, neither Pie nor Oreo had been released, so we're curious to see how the numbers have changed.

What version of Android does your phone run?

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