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Google Maps picks up high-quality traffic info in dozens of nations as part of latest data-set upgrades

Google Maps is one of the company's most magical services, but its navigational utility sadly varies a bit from country to country. For several reasons, not all regions have the same sort of data available. Google offers three tiers of data availability and quality when it comes to things like biking directions, traffic, and speed limits, and the company has just updated its table for Map Coverage Details to reflect several recent changes in coverage.

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Google Assistant has finally arrived in Waze

Even though some of Waze's features are being folded into Google Maps, many prefer to stick with Waze for navigation. It was revealed last month that Assistant would soon come to Waze, and now it's finally rolling out to the app.

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Google Maps keeps you safe by alerting you if your taxi goes off-route

When you're traveling to a new country, region, or even an unfamiliar part of your own town, and hailing a ride, you may be suspicious of the driver taking advantage of your cluelessness to charge you more or for more nefarious reasons. That's why I often keep a tab on the drive in Google Maps when riding a cab while traveling, but I have to repeatedly glance at my phone to notice any awkward routing. Maps recognizes this use case and is now offering to do the work in the background and notify you when your driver goes off the logical path.

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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Audm, Anyride, and Portal from Facebook (5/25/19 - 6/8/19)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have an app that can narrate long-form articles, a release that can display the cost of multiple rideshare services at the same time, and the Portal control app from Facebook. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps and live wallpapers released in the last two weeks.

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24 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps and games for your weekend

Welcome to Friday, everyone. The weekend starts tomorrow, so that means it's time to round up some app and game sales. Today's list is of medium size, and if you are an RPG fan, you're going to want to check out all of the Final Fantasy titles on sale right now, which I've highlighted in bold along with a few other notable apps and games. So go ahead and dig in already, these sales won't last forever.

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Google refreshes its Crowdsource app with new interface, icon, and undo feature [APK Download]

Google is constantly redesigning its apps, updating icons, and replacing grey spaces with white. Thus, there's always something new to check out, and that's the case for the company's Crowdsource app, which gives users the chance to help Google improve its products. It only recently got a visual overhaul in February to match the revision of Material Design, and Google continued to work on it. An update to version 1.2 is now hitting the Play Store that gives the application a new icon and improves its interface.

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Google News v5.12 adds larger 'full coverage' button, moves shortcuts to new bottom bar [APK Download]

Google News is a good news aggregator, and it just got a little bit better. Version 5.12 brings a number of small tweaks, including a "full coverage" button, relocation of some shortcuts, and an article indicator. There's nothing major to speak of, but refinement is always nice to see.

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Play Store v15.2.38 brings back the new Material interface [APK Download]

Google has been a consistent fan of server-side updates for many years now, and that doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon. Within the past week, the company rolled out a new interface for the Play Store, took it away, and now reintroduced it. There's a new app update that enables the Material theme, and we've got the APK for it.

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Chrome 75 improves dark theme, adds password generator, lets web apps share files, and more

It has been just over a month since the last major Chrome release, and right on schedule, version 75 has arrived on all platforms. The Android version in particular has a few nice improvements, including a feature that was originally teased in 2017. Let's dive right in!

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Google Messages v4.4 prepares reminder notifications and federated learning, expands Assistant to attachments [APK Teardown]

As we continue to wait for things like proper spam blocking and true universal RCS support for everybody, we can still look to Google Messages to bring some new features. The latest update is testing a new Assistant integration in the attachments screen, and a teardown shows that Federated Learning is growing beyond its starting point in Gboard. There's also a hint about a reminder notification that could help us deal with messages a little more efficiently.

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