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Google Assistant tests more compact interface ahead of next generation update

Google Assistant tests more compact interface ahead of next generation update

During I/O 2019, Google announced changes to the Assistant that would see significant speed improvements thanks to on-device transcription and operation. These changes were said to come "later this year," which likely meant around the same time as the Pixel 4 launch. In the meantime, Google has been testing changes to the Assistant interface, including a Holo-esque design and now, a compact look.

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Spotify expands its storage- and data-friendly Lite app to 36 countries

Spotify expands its storage- and data-friendly Lite app to 36 countries

About a year ago, we took a first glance at Spotify Lite, which aimed at offering a complete experience for older devices and slower connections. While the company managed to reduce the app size to just 15MB, it also stripped the software out of most of its features. Thankfully, it has managed to significantly improve its Lite app over the last year, which now has the majority of the main app's functionality, as it's officially expanding it to 36 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Google starts open beta program for Messages app

Google starts open beta program for Messages app

Fans of testing out buggy or unstable versions of Google apps, which would be most of our readers here at Android Police, will be excited to hear that Google is rolling out a testing program for the Messages app (née Android Messages). As with other beta testing programs, all you need to do is opt in, and you'll be among those who get to check out new features and bugs early.

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26 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games to kick off the week, including Stardew Valley

26 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games to kick off the week, including Stardew Valley

Welcome to yet another week. The holiday weekend has passed, and I hope you all enjoyed it. We're back again with some more app sales, including Stardew Valley, so have at today's list.

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Capcom's card game Teppen offers real-time battles, flashy graphics, and a plethora of familiar faces

Capcom's card game Teppen offers real-time battles, flashy graphics, and a plethora of familiar faces

Teppen is a new competitive card game that comes from GungHo Online Entertainment and Capcom. This new release stars everyone's favorite Capcom characters where over-the-top moves are easily the highlight of each battle. Unlike the many turn-based card games out there, encounters take place in real-time.

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Microsoft uses Android's share and open menus to sneak in innocent-looking ads for its other apps

Microsoft uses Android's share and open menus to sneak in innocent-looking ads for its other apps

Ever since Microsoft's Windows Phone plans failed, the company has doubled down on bringing its services to Android and making them feel right at home there. In an effort to promote the usage of its apps over ones from competitors, Microsoft has decided to use the share sheet as a sneaky spot for advertising. People who have already installed the company's Your Phone Companion or other Microsoft apps get helpful install suggestions in share and open menus, depending on the type of file they want to send or load.

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Fitbit testing new app UI with consolidated Today, Discover, and Community tabs

Fitbit testing new app UI with consolidated Today, Discover, and Community tabs

Along with the announcement of the Inspire and Inspire HR, Fitbit said it was redesigning and simplifying its mobile app for Android and iOS. The new app was supposed to go into beta testing first, then be released toward the end of 2019. It seems that the first phase is now in motion, as a few users have reported getting the new Fitbit interface on Android.

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Telegram 5.9 introduces new sticker format for quicker loading times [APK Download]

Telegram 5.9 introduces new sticker format for quicker loading times [APK Download]

Stickers are a lot of fun to use, but animated stickers can also use a lot of cellular data especially if you use them all the time. The developers of the popular Telegram messaging app have realized this, and version 5.9 introduces a new format for animated stickers specifically designed to use consume less data (and battery life).

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7-Eleven Japan shuts down mobile payment app after $500k stolen from customers

7-Eleven Japan shuts down mobile payment app after $500k stolen from customers

While 7-Eleven is a U.S-based company, it operates a massive number of stores and ATMs in the land of the rising sun. 7-Eleven Japan launched a new '7pay' app for making in-store payments on July 1st, and the company has already halted all payments after massive security flaws caused over $500,000 to be charged to unsuspecting customers.

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16 best new Android games released this week including LEGO Tower, ROOMS: The Toymaker's Mansion, and Total Party Kill

16 best new Android games released this week including LEGO Tower, ROOMS: The Toymaker's Mansion, and Total Party Kill

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 I have a new Tiny Tower release from Nimblebit that sports a LEGO theme, a fantastic puzzle game that mixes a sliding tile mechanic with classic platforming action, and a unique platformer where friendly fire is the key to success. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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