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Google remotely installed a contact tracing app, and people are pissed

Google remotely installed a contact tracing app, and people are pissed

As an unfathomably large and powerful international corporation, it makes sense that people are generally wary of Google, in the same way that space truckers are wary of any boss that tells them to land on an alien planet and inspect unknown life signs. Some Massachusetts residents are feeling that way right now, after noticing that the state's official COVID contract tracing app was installed on their phones, allegedly without any alert or permission.

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12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (6/14/21 - 6/20/21)

12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (6/14/21 - 6/20/21)

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's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the long-awaited arrival of Crypt of the NecroDancer, a fresh new solo card game from CD Projekt Red, and the official launch for the popular MMO RuneScape Mobile. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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9 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Microsoft Edge Beta, Opera GX, and Expensify.cash (6/5/21 - 6/19/21)

9 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Microsoft Edge Beta, Opera GX, and Expensify.cash (6/5/21 - 6/19/21)

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 the arrival of Microsoft's beta version of the Edge browser, a new release from Opera designed for gamers, and a social money app from Expensify. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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Google Messages now lets you adjust the font size using pinch to zoom

Google Messages now lets you adjust the font size using pinch to zoom

Google is constantly improving its text messaging app with new features. It recently got a bunch of enhancements, such as the ability to automatically declutter your inbox and send encrypted RCS messages. These are significant improvements, but there's one simple yet essential feature that has been missing from the app for a while: the ability to pinch to zoom in your conversations. Thankfully, the feature is now available in the app's latest version.

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Pinned conversations are starting to arrive in Google Messages

Pinned conversations are starting to arrive in Google Messages

Google has spent the last decade trying to get messaging right, but it seems its dedication to RCS is finally paying off. Its Messages app has gotten really good lately, picking up end-to-end encryption and starred messages just this past week. It seems that another long-awaited tool is finally coming to Google's messaging service, as pinned conversations are appearing for users in the app.

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Here's why Google Photos uploads for some aren't counting against account storage

Here's why Google Photos uploads for some aren't counting against account storage

Google's new storage policy came into effect on June 1 and dropped the free unlimited backup plan for Google Photos. However, some users — including a couple of us at AP — have managed to upload several GBs of media without it occupying even an iota of our account storage. What's happening, you ask? We reached out to Google for an explanation and discovered that some Photos users are just luckier than others.

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10 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for Friday

10 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It's almost the weekend, and I have some great sales to share, including a few standouts. First up is KORG Kaossilator, one of if not the best synthesizers on Android, and it's currently half off. Next, I have Battle Chasers: Nightwar, a console-quality RPG that offers tons of fun. Last but not least is Kenshō, a gorgeous puzzler that also offers a relaxing experience. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 10 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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Google's dedicated Assistant app hits 500 million installs on the Play Store

Google's dedicated Assistant app hits 500 million installs on the Play Store

If you've ever had to send a text while driving or set a timer while cooking, you know how helpful Google Assistant can be. It's as essential a tool as anything else you'll find on your phone, and since it's built right into the standard Google app, you can be confident it's on every Android device. Of course, Google offers a dedicated Assistant shortcut app in the Play Store, and while it's not necessary, it sure is popular. Less than a year after its last milestone, Assistant has hit 500 million installs on the Play Store.

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Google Photos wants to highlight your treks into the great outdoors

Google Photos wants to highlight your treks into the great outdoors

Since late last year, Google Photos has been using a streamlined, but powerful algorithm to generate bunches of themed slideshows from users' libraries of photos and videos — including some back-of-the-catalog deep cuts. These collections of so-called Memories have been popping up from time to time and we've been keeping track of them as they've appeared.

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The lights are back on for the Philips Hue app on the Play Store

The lights are back on for the Philips Hue app on the Play Store

Earlier this morning, the official Philips Hue app listing was briefly taken down from the Google Play Store. Whatever the issue may have been, it has since been resolved, and the app is back up and available on Google's servers. That's good because Philips doesn't allow re-uploads of the app on alternate download sites like APK Mirror, so customers of the company's expensive lighting systems which needed to download the app during its disappearance were out of luck — you can't get it anywhere else.

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