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8Bitdo is making an officially licensed, SNES-style controller for Microsoft's xCloud game streaming service

8Bitdo is pretty well known for its modern-but-retro-styled Bluetooth controllers. They're a favorite among the AP staff and a good choice for folks big into emulation. The company is adapting one of its best-selling game controllers specifically for Microsoft's Stadia-like upcoming xCloud game streaming service. The new controller is a tweaked version of the existing SN30 Pro, with a new Xbox-friendly color scheme and explicit Microsoft xCloud compatibility.

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MudRunner is a popular off-roading simulation game, and it's coming to Android on July 15

Out of nowhere, Saber Interactive's off-roading simulation game MudRunner has popped up on the Play Store. If you're unfamiliar with the game, it's a sequel of sorts to Spintires, a quirky proof of concept where you drive Soviet-era trucks through heaps of realistic mud. MudRunner offers similar physics-based off-roading gameplay, but it's wrapped up in a much more polished package, and you can pre-register right now for the official Android release planned for July 15th. 

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Google Docs dark theme is officially out for Android

If you use Google Docs, Sheets, and/or Slides, you're overdue for a big treat. Dark themes for those apps are now rolling out... but that roll out might take longer than you'd like.

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Play Store tweaks category icons with new mint green and blue colors

Google is rolling out a handful of minor visual tweaks to the Play Store in a recently spotted test. The change rearranges the Categories section to remove the "top categories" carousel at the top, increases the whitespace between listed categories, and updates the icons themselves. These changes also apply to other parts of the Play Store that include categories, like the Family tab.

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Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is coming to iOS and Android on July 13

The Professor Layton series of puzzle games has been incredibly popular since its debut on the Nintendo DS, and the first two games have already been ported to Android. Now the third title in the original triology, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, is coming to mobile later this month.

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36 temporarily free and 67 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. Since we just celebrated a holiday weekend in the US, many sales are going around, and so I have a healthy roundup today that includes more than a few noteworthy titles. This means you can pick up the fantastic puzzle game Threes! at a drastic discount. If you're more a fan of golf games, then you'll definitely want to check out the sale for Golf Peaks. Of course, if you prefer deep RPGs, then you'll be glad to hear Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is on sale once again, for half-off. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier.

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Google really, really, REALLY doesn't want you to install AnTuTu

Google's Play Protect service, which helps protect you from accidentally sideloading malware, is now blocking the installation of the benchmarking app AnTuTu. Google Chrome is also warning users that navigate to Antutu's official download page that the site contains "harmful apps." This news follows the application's removal from the Play Store earlier this year

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Google Chrome is working on biometric authentication for payment autofill

A few months ago, we spotted Chrome working on Windows Hello integration for payment autofill authentication, sparing you from digging out your physical card to enter your CVC over and over. We've now found out that Windows isn't the only place where Google wants to make access to payment cards easier and more tightly integrated. The company is also working on system-wide authentication for Android (and possibly Chrome OS, Linux, and macOS). Sadly, the feature isn't fully live on any iteration of Chrome for Android yet.

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YouTube Music shows latest library additions for some

YouTube Music is slated to replace Google Play Music later this year. There are still some discrepancies and missing features, and Google is hard at work bringing over as much functionality to its new music streaming service as it deems feasible and necessary. As such, YouTube Music now tests displaying albums and playlists that you've saved to your library in the Last Played overview.

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14 new Android games from the week of June 29, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the 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 gacha RPG from the head director behind Nier: Automata, a fantastic sci-fi-based point and click adventure game, and an Orwell-inspired simulation game where the government reigns supreme. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of June 29th, 2020.

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