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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Maps on Android

We've already covered the best open-source alternatives to Gmail and Google Calendar, but there's still plenty of ground to cover as we head into 2020. Now it's time to take a look at alternatives to Google Maps — something that is widely regarded as being better than every other mapping service.

I won't make you wait for the conclusion: none of these offer the same feature set you get with Google Maps. As sad as it is, Google's advanced traffic detection and point-of-interest data are only possible when you have an install base counting in the millions. However, if all you need to do is get from point A to B, other apps can do the job.

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Google is working on native call recording for the Phone app

Google's Call Screening service has allowed you to record screened calls for quite some time, but many people have been asking for a native solution letting them save any phone conversation. It looks like Google is working on introducing this functionality to its Phone app.

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Travel search engine Hipmunk is shutting down later this month

Back in 2010, Hipmunk launched with the promise to simplify and improve flight search across multiple airlines and released an Android app soon after. Its innovations have long been copied by other search engines including Google, which made it hard for the company to keep up. It was acquired by SAP Concur in 2016, and Hipmunk has announced today that it will shut down for good on January 23. The business-focused Concur Hipmunk service is also retiring.

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GitHub's new app arrives on Android in Early Access

GitHub is the largest code hosting service in existence, but only now is it getting back into producing mobile apps. The company released an Android app in 2012, then removed it in 2015. Two months ago, GitHub revealed that a brand new app would enter beta soon, and now it has finally arrived.

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Signal update makes it easier to keep track of files and storage, regardless of encryption

Signal is the messaging app of choice for the privacy-conscious. Offering full encryption using its own protocol, Signal provides confidence and peace of mind in the online world. But security comes at a cost, and until now, it's been difficult to manage all the encrypted files from different messages stored on your phone. With the help of its new storage manager, Signal wants to change that.

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Microsoft Launcher Preview 6.0 adds landscape and improves dark mode

Since Microsoft released its very own launcher back in 2015, the app's grown quite popular, especially among business users work with Microsoft services. Now in a brand new preview build, Microsoft Launcher gets its biggest upgrade yet with dark mode enhancements, landscape support and more.

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27 temporarily free and 38 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday. Much to everyone's chagrin, another work week has begun, and so it's time once again to check out what apps and games are currently on sale on the Google Play Store. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 27 temporarily free and 38 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week.

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Android Auto app hits 100 million downloads in the Play Store

The first Android Auto-equipped head units and vehicles started rolling out almost five years ago, but the Play Store client has just now hit 100 million downloads. It joins the likes of Google Home, Files, and others that have recently reached nine digits. While the app's future might be uncertain, it's still chugging along.

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AllCast by Koush can now stream torrents directly to your TV

AllCast was originally released in 2013 as a way to stream photos, videos, and other content to Chromecasts, Apple TV devices, DLNA clients, and more. Developed by Koushik Dutta (koush), likely best known for his work on ClockworkMod and Vysor, the app just received its first feature update in a while.

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Play Store rolls out dedicated reviews section, tests in-app review dialogs (Updated)

For the longest time now, you've been able to leave reviews on apps and games' listings on the Play Store. Whether you want to complain about a bug or a recent update, give feedback to the developer, praise them for their work, it's a great way to voice your opinion and help others get a clear image of the app's experience. However, leaving reviews is a disruptive process, and finding or editing your existing reviews is still very difficult as there's no centralized place for them. Google is testing solutions for these problems.

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