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Disney taps Jam City for multi-year mobile game deal, starting with new Frozen title

Jam City announced today that the company is entering into a multi-year mobile game development partnership with Disney. This deal will not only grant Jam City the rights to develop titles around Pixar and Walt Disney properties, but the company has also acquired Disney's Glendale Games Studio to take over its operations.

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[Update: Also in Gmail] Google contact cards get a new look in Hangouts and Google+

Hangouts and Google+ may not be the hottest apps they once were (or not) a few years ago, and one of them is going to be shut down soon, but there's still (very) slow development affecting them. In the latest change, the contact card has been redesigned to fill up the entire screen and better fit with the more modern Material aesthetic.

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[Fun Watch] This Taiwanese grandpa plays Pokémon GO with 15 phones mounted to his bike

Do you love Pokémon GO? Do you really, really love it? If you answered yes, you may need to rethink your passion to the game when you see how far ahead of you this Taiwanese grandpa is. If catching 'em all is possible, I bet he'd be the one to do it and we'll all be just standing here applauding.

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YouTube Premium and Music Premium are now live in 7 new countries

YouTube's paid offerings are expanding to more and more countries. After an initial launch in the US in June, they have now reached over 25 nations worldwide and don't seem to be slowing down.

The latest additions are seven new countries spread across several continents:

  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Japan
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

To get started, go to youtube.com/premium and sign up. YouTube Music offers music streaming without the videos, and it's free with ads and no offline downloads. If you want ad-free access and offline streaming, you can get Music Premium. The more all-encompassing YouTube Premium gives you the same benefits as Music Premium plus an ad-free experience across all of YouTube's videos and access to exclusive content.

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[Update: Available for all] Spotify now available in the Middle East and North Africa, if you have an invite

Earlier this year, it was rumored that Spotify would arrive in MENA (Middle East and North Africa) sometime in Q4 2018. It seems the speculation was true, as Spotify has now launched in a handful of MENA countries — but only to those with invites.

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Google's Digital Wellbeing exits beta, is now version 1.0 [APK Download]

Google's Digital Wellbeing landed on the same day as Android Pie's formal release, bringing the means to better control how your phone fits into your life. At the time, it was billed as a beta, and though it has expanded to other Android One devices, that label continued to apply. At least, until now. We've spotted an update that brings the app up to v1.0 and drops the beta.

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YouTube Music hits 100 million downloads in the Play Store

Oh, Google. After so, so many attempts to get a music service right, the company appears to have settled on YouTube Music. Google started the shifting focus to YouTube Music earlier this year, making the app something you might actually want to download. The YouTube Music app has increased its footprint since the announcement, and it's just crossed the 100 million marker.

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Madfinger Games' first-person shooter Unkilled just received a large update

Madfinger Games is probably best known for its Shadowgun mobile shooters, though I'm sure plenty of you enjoy its Dead Trigger zombie series as well. One thing is for sure, Madfinger is all about games with gunplay. Unkilled is one of its older FPS titles. It was originally released back in 2015, and it would appear that development has yet to cease as it just received a significant update. Not only is there a bunch of new content to explore, but there's a new co-op multiplayer mode that should really liven things up for the player base.

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Google Contacts v3.2 brings the long-awaited dark mode [APK Download]

A ton of Google apps have gotten reskinned with the company's updated Material look, and Contacts was among the first to receive the redesign. Given the apps' very generous use of the color white, many have been begging for a dark theme. Android Messages (or, rather, simply 'Messages' now) and Google News have already gotten dark modes, and Contacts is the latest Google app to be updated with one.

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Google app v8.49 beta prepares Collection sharing, Lens image search history, and Workspaces [APK Teardown]

Friday evening brought us another update to the Google app. Unlike the previous version, there are a fair number of topics to discuss from a teardown. Google is preparing a screen for viewing your image searches from Lens, Collection sharing, a few changes to the layout of settings, and there are even hints of a mystery feature named Workspaces.

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