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12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including KONTXT Voice, Lenovo Smart Frame, and Facebook View (8/28/21 - 9/11/21)

12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including KONTXT Voice, Lenovo Smart Frame, and Facebook View (8/28/21 - 9/11/21)

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 a call screening app from the creators of RealPlay, a smart frame app from Lenovo, and a new tie-in app from Facebook for its new Ray-Ban smart glasses. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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Google Translate's Material You UI overhaul is coming along quickly

Google Translate's Material You UI overhaul is coming along quickly

As Google gets ready to release the final version of Android 12, we've seen a constantly increasing number of Google apps getting Material You overhauls, including Google Clock, Google Calculator, and Google's Phone app. Even more apps that haven't received their respective revamp yet will have one coming soon. Last month, we learned that Google was working on a Material You UI overhaul of Google Translate. Back then, it looked good but fairly rough and unfinished. The redesign is still not available, but new screenshots have surfaced today, showing that the new Google Translate design is quickly coming into shape.

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Google Files is picking up a new trick to delete old backed-up photos

Google Files is picking up a new trick to delete old backed-up photos

Google Photos might not feature free unlimited storage anymore, but if you pay for extra space, it's still an amazing tool that only keeps getting better. The app allows you to keep your precious photos, videos, and memories backed up in the cloud (and off the cloud as well, if you're into that) and easily accessible from anywhere. Since photos backed up to the cloud don't need to also remain in your phone's local storage, deleting them can free up a nice chunk of device space for you. If you also happen to use Google Files, this process can now be automated thanks to Smart Storage.

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WhatsApp encrypted backups will let users balance their own privacy and security priorities

WhatsApp encrypted backups will let users balance their own privacy and security priorities

There's no shortage of reasons for why WhatsApp is as popular as it is, but the service's focus on user privacy has got to be one of the big ones. With end-to-end encrypted messages, people using the app can feel secure that their messages are headed right to the eyes of their intended recipient, without the risk of any looky-loos peeking along the way. Now Facebook's talking about its plans for taking that kind of protection to its next logical step, as end-to-end encryption expands to cover WhatsApp backups.

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Google and Spotify have solved their missed alarm issue

Google and Spotify have solved their missed alarm issue

Most of us probably replaced our old and clunky bedside clocks with smartphones ages ago. With a built-in alarm and an always-active battery backup, it's usually a reliable way to get up in the morning. However, throughout this week, Google's Clock app hasn't been activating alarms properly for some users, causing massive headaches for anyone afflicted. Thankfully, a fix has arrived.

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Google's Phone app is next in line for a Material You redesign

Google's Phone app is next in line for a Material You redesign

Google has updated so many of its apps to fit Material You guidelines, it's getting hard to keep track. While Contacts got a facelift a few weeks ago, its matching dialer app had yet to see the same attention. With the release of a new beta, that's finally changing.

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Judge rules iPhone devs can route in-app transactions away from App Store, but Apple declares a win

Judge rules iPhone devs can route in-app transactions away from App Store, but Apple declares a win

Apple probably knew what was coming down the pike when it decided last week to allow app developers to communicate to customers ways to conduct in-app transactions that circumvent the App Store and its 30% commission fee. But it looks like the skids are coming on anyway as the most prominent lawsuit over the iPhone maker's alleged monopoly on iOS app sales takes a final, major turn.

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WhatsApp will soon start erasing deleted chat threads across all your devices

WhatsApp will soon start erasing deleted chat threads across all your devices

WhatsApp finally added multi-device support earlier this summer, making it easier than ever to message your friends and family even if your phone isn't nearby. It's a massive improvement compared to previous iterations of the app, offering up to four companion devices to message from — although you're still limited to a single phone. Some bugs still need to be ironed out, including deleted chat threads not syncing correctly across platforms. WhatsApp is finally working on a fix, but it might be a little while before it's live.

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Google Weather's UI redesign is now live for everyone

Google Weather's UI redesign is now live for everyone

There's nothing Google loves more than to experiment with redesigns. With the power of server-side updates, you'll often see one of your most-used apps flash an all-new look — before it disappears in the blink of an eye. That's what happened earlier this summer when the classic hamburger menu began disappearing from Google Weather's search bar. After flipping the switch off and on a few times, it seems its redesign is finally here to stay.

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14 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for Friday

14 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. The weekend is almost here, so it's time to check out some Play Store app and game sales, including today's standouts. First up is a solid discount on 9th Dawn III, a fantastic RPG that offers deep gameplay and hours of fun. Next, I have a sale for Titan Quest: Legendary Edition, a great action RPG that now offers full controller support. Last but not least, there's a reduced price for Swim Out, an atmospheric puzzle game that offers a lovely summertime theme. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold in order to make discovery easier.

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