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(Update: LG G8X) ARCore renamed to Google Play Services for AR, adds support for Pixel 4 and more devices

Google is always hard at work on adding ARCore support to new devices. This time around, those include the brand-new Note10 and 10+, but other than that, a bigger shift has occurred on the company's AR front – that is, if you count marketing and naming schemes as big shifts. The catchy ARCore Play Store listing makes way for the cumbersome phrase "Google Play Service for AR." The change has already been visible for a while, but the company only introduced the new name in the app's changelog last week, along with announcing support for 60fps rendering on capable devices.

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23 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome, one and all, to the thrice-weekly Android Police app sales roundup! It's Wednesday and we're thankfully through another week. Today's list features most of developer Headup's library of games and some other goodies — while none of them are in bold, that doesn't mean there isn't something here for someone.

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Attention passengers: Google Pay will lose your transit passes if you uninstall the app

One of Google Pay's more useful features is its ability to store your transit passes, saving you from having to carry physical tickets. However, a recently updated Google support article now warns that, unlike any other item in Google Pay, your transit passes aren't stored in the cloud. You can permanently lose your transit tickets if you lose your phone or simply uninstall the app.

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Google Maps makes foreign travel easier by pronouncing place names and helping with translation

Google Maps is a reliable way to navigate your way to local and far-flung destinations, though sometimes while travelling, knowing where you want to go isn't enough. It can be difficult to communicate your needs when you don't speak or read the local language. Continuing its trend of travel-friendly updates, Google is integrating Translate features into Maps. The app will soon be able to understand and pronounce — hopefully more accurately than it pronounces "boulevard" — the local language.

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Shady app lets stalkers view private Instagram accounts in exchange for their own data

Facebook doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to minding its users' privacy, and Cambridge Analytica exploiting the social network's third-party APIs for unchecked data collection surely hasn't helped. Now, we've found another service called Ghosty that takes advantage of Instagram's API to create a stalker paradise. By crowdsourcing the data of all of its users' Instagram accounts, it lets anyone view many private profiles.

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Google explains why your Opinion Rewards credits disappeared, will add expiration date notice

Last week, Google went on a cleanup spree and deducted large chunks of Play Store credits that people had raked over time in Opinion Rewards. Our tips mailbox quickly filled up with reports of balances unexpectedly shrinking by tens of dollars, while Google stayed mum on what appeared to be a widespread concern. The company just broke its silence on this issue with a short explanation appearing for many within the Rewards app.

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Firefox Lite 2.0 for Android is out now [APK Download]

Mozilla Taiwan's Firefox Lite — previously Firefox Rocket, then Lite, then Rocket again — is pleasingly snappy to use, with a focus on light browsing and privacy. The Chromium-based app blocks ads and trackers by default, allowing for lightning-fast browsing under the decreased bandwidth. After having its name changed four times, Firefox Lite has been updated to version 2.0.

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Facebook Pay unifies payments across its family of apps

Not long after revealing its new, inclusive, and color-shifting corporate logo, Facebook is taking another step toward unifying its various social media applications through Facebook Pay, a payment system like Venmo that will work across Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram apps. With Facebook Pay, the company says the payment process will become easier for its users to buy and sell things online, and it will help businesses to grow.

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Google Crowdsource app gets gamified leaderboards and new 'Smart Camera' feature [APK Download]

Earlier this year, Google rolled out a fresh coat of paint for its 2016-era Crowdsource app, which lets volunteers like you and me help assemble data sets for Google products to improve their machine learning chops. Now a new update is rolling out to further gamify the process, bringing a leaderboard for different categories of submissions, plus a whole new "Smart Camera" feature for improving real-life object recognition.

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Sonos speakers will support Spotify Free accounts, starting today

Spotify Free joins a list of over 100 streaming services already available through Sonos, just in time for the holiday season. Sonos and Spotify have rolled out an update today that enables you to access Spotify Free through their Sonos devices, so you can spice up your office holiday party straight from your desk at no extra cost.

You can stream Spotify's entire catalog on shuffle by launching the streaming service through the Sonos app or directly from Spotify. Spotify Free includes access to personalized playlists, like Discover Weekly and Release Radar, as well as classic playlists based on your likes, such as RapCaviar and Viva Latino.

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