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How, why, and when you should clear app cache or data on Android

App cache can be a controversial topic on Android. Many people clear their app cache religiously, with the belief that it will keep their phone from getting sluggish and avoid unnecessary buildup on their phone's internal storage. Others say it defeats the whole purpose of caching in the first place, and just makes your app startup times and other activities take longer. The reality is somewhere in the middle: some apps may not use caching efficiently, causing it to use unnecessarily large amounts of storage. Or, it could be that an app's cached data causes problems when that app receives an update.

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Xiaomi Germany just confirmed the existence of the Mi TV Stick

During a live event announcing the Redmi Note 9 series in Germany, Xiaomi offered a first glimpse at its long-rumored Mi TV Stick. Other than the image above and the orally delivered slogan "for a better and simpler TV experience," no further details have been given, though these tidbits already help us guess quite a few things about the device.

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Google is testing subscription sign-ups on the Android TV Play Store

Last year at the I/O developer conference, Google teased a redesigned Play Store for Android TV, together with a new feature that would allow easy one-click subscriptions. While we have since picked up that new Play Store UI, one-touch subscriptions were still lacking — until now. We've spotted a newly published support page that describes the functionality, and Google has confirmed to us that it the company has started "piloting" the long-awaited feature.

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LG manages to bring Android 10 to V35 on AT&T

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Sony's latest Android Auto head unit is the XAV-AX5500 with a 6.95-inch screen

Android Auto is a great way to play media, take phone calls, and get directions more safely than just using your phone while moving. Unfortunately, many of us are still driving vehicles that don't offer a built-in AA option. However, there are still ways to get Android Auto in your car, and installing a new head unit. Sony just announced plans to release a new model with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Weblink capabilities, and a 6.95" capacitive screen.

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Chromecast audio streams can now play in the background on Android TV (APK download)

Earlier this month, an update to the Chromecast built-in app on Android TV finally brought with it speaker grouping, but it was removed soon after. It turns out this update introduced another feature that went unnoticed until 9to5Google spotted it: Chromecast audio streams no longer need to remain in the foreground to keep playing, they now support background playback.

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The Google app's dark theme is officially rolling out in stable this week, but only on Android 10

Last year, both Google and Apple added dark theming options into their mobile operating systems, with many system apps supporting the feature. Some apps took longer than others, though, like Google's own search app. We reported that its dark theme was available through the Play Store Beta program earlier this year, and now the feature is rolling out to all users on Android 10.

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Hulu introduces new television interface, coming soon to Android TV

Hulu's TV applications feature massive title cards that take up the entire screen, which makes browsing for content incredibly tedious. It seems the company has finally realized this, as it has started to roll out a new interface on Roku and tvOS devices, and soon Android TV.

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LG G7 ThinQ starts getting Android 10

Android 10 is now rolling out for the 2018 LG G7 ThinQ, with reports that it's landing now for some customers on T-Mobile. LG is a bit late to the Android 10 party compared to other flagships of the era, even with that snazzy Software Upgrade Center the company promised all those years ago. But, G7 owners will be happy to see it nonetheless.

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How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

Android and its pre-installed software come virtually free of charge, but Google still earns a pretty penny thanks to targeted advertisements all over the web. Your phone helps the company tailor marketing campaigns to you specifically. If you don't like that and a switch to iOS isn't your jam, there are a few ways to make Google less intrusive on your handset by turning off some default tracking settings. You need to be aware that this will break a few features, though.

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