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Samsung will release Good Lock 2020 with support for Android 10 on February 3

People like getting software updates, at least most of the time. Many Samsung users have been dismayed that upgrading to Android 10 and One UI 2.0 meant giving up the Good Lock customization suite. These dark days are nearly over—Samsung says that Good Lock 2020 will roll out on February 3rd.

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Windows compatibility layer Wine hits v5.0 on Android

Wine has been giving users of Unix-like platforms access to Windows software for many, many years. The open source project just added support for Android back in 2018 with the v3.0 update and continued that with Wine v4.0 last year. Now, Wine v5.0 is available on multiple platforms including Android.

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Google Podcasts lets you share time-stamped podcast episodes

Little by little, Google Podcasts is adding essential features that any podcast player should have. From multi-selection to auto-download, dark mode, and a web interface, we've seen small but significant improvements in the service, the latest of which is an option to time stamp the episode's link before sharing it.

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Uber Eats sells Indian business to local rival Zomato

Uber spent 2019 shedding its loss-making businesses and laying off staff on a global scale in a bid to become profitable. The latest to get the ax is the Indian arm of Uber Eats, which has been sold to the local rival Zomato. Uber Eats ceased all of its operations in the Asian market earlier today, following a blog post by Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal.

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Google releases 3 new experimental apps to help cut down your phone usage

Google has been on a roll recently with its digital wellbeing initiatives, releasing Family Link for parental controls, various apps to view and manage your usage, and a Focus Mode for pausing apps you find distracting. Now it's continuing the trend by releasing 3 new apps, the most notable of which asks that you literally put your phone in an envelope so you can't use it.

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How to back up your WhatsApp pictures in Google Photos and texts in Google Drive

WhatsApp is a great alternative to the built-in voice and messaging apps on your phone, and it's especially handy for international travel or anytime you want to stay in touch while avoiding cellular charges. If you're a regular WhatsApp user, you probably want to ensure you have a dependable backup of all your texts and photos. It's easy to configure Google Drive to automatically back up your text messages, and sync incoming pictures with Google Photos.

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Digital Wellbeing adds 30-minute pause to Wind Down (APK Download)

Digital Wellbeing is excellent for keeping track of your smartphone usage. As well as recording how much time you spend in each app, the number of notifications you receive, and how many times you unlock your phone, the software's Wind Down feature helps ensure you get some me-time by limiting distractions and turning the display grayscale so you can focus on more important things. In the latest beta version of the app, Google is adding some flexibility by allowing you to pause Wind Down briefly.

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39 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. Last week ended with more than a few quality sales, and today's roundup is no slouch, either. So not only do I have a solid list of apps to share, but today's list of games also contains a few noteworthy standouts, such as Icewind Dale, Death Squared, and Gunslugs 3. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 39 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for the start of the week.

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Google needs to fix its notoriously bad bilingual speech recognition on Assistant and Gboard

Google collects vast amounts of speech data across all of its products, and while it hasn't been too transparent about the practice, we as users profit from it for the most part. Speech recognition has consistently gotten better over the years, which has allowed impressive sci-fi tech like smart speakers to enter our homes. There's one department where Google needs to step up its game, though: multilingual speakers are having a hard time using more than one language on any Google product.

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Here are 330 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now (Update: 8 more)

People have been wondering about the full roster of launch titles featured in Google Play Pass — supposedly, we've got over 350 of them to go through. Here's the thing: Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps on Play Pass as possible.

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