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Google Voice will shut down old website on August 11

Google Voice has gone through plenty of changes over the past year. The Android app received a dark mode, Gmail integration and multi-platform call transfer arrived, and Voice can finally function with Google Fi on the same account. Now another transition is on the way, as the original Voice website will be shut down in August.

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Energy Ring battery indicator picks up support for OnePlus Nord

The Energy Ring battery indicator is pretty popular among folks with so-called "punch-hole" camera cutout-equipped phones, as is its sister app Energy Notch. Now Energy Ring has picked up support for the OnePlus Nord.

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Our 7 favorite weather apps, now that Dark Sky is dead

As of August 1, Dark Sky is dust — at least for us Android users. At the end of March, it was announced that Apple had acquired the popular weather app and would be shutting off Android access on July 1. Turns out the company would end up extending that deadline by a month. Whoop-de-doo. But since then, we've seen a fake Dark Sky app pop up and then get put down in the Play Store. We get it: people are passionate about their weather apps. So, as Dark Sky finally makes it to pasture, we're once again updating our list of our favorite Android weather apps.

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23 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. Today I have a solid selection of sales, including a bunch of titles from Toca Boca, a fantastic developer of children's games. Of course, if you're looking for something a little more adult, then the drastic discount on This War of Mine is an easy pickup today. If you're more in the mood for a solid simulation game, then the sale on 911 Operator is worth a look. And if puzzlers are more your speed, then Death Squared is definitely recommended. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier.

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Chrome 84 hangs and crashes for some, especially when they close incognito tabs

Chrome 84 is exhibiting stability issues for some people on Android. Whenever they close their last incognito tab, the browser freezes and eventually displays the dreaded "Chrome isn't responding" dialog. The bug seems to bog down the whole interface, as neither home nor back buttons/gestures work while you wait for the popup to appear. Other people even report that Chrome just crashes out of the blue for them, with no incognito tabs involved.

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Samsung's Secure Folder hits more than 1 billion downloads on the Play Store

It's been a few years that Samsung phones ship with the company's Knox technology. Secure Folder leverages this offering to create a local sandbox that's encrypted and separate from the phone's standard apps. Although this may seem like a niche solution, the app has now been downloaded more than a billion time on the Play Store, confirming its popularity.

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Google Chat gets a dark theme to spare your eyes from searing DMs


Google Assistant is bringing visual and touch-enabled games to smart displays

You can look all the way back to the launch of the first Pixel phone to find Google has been tinkering with games in Assistant. Four years later and Google's directory of voice-controlled games is brimming with activities you can use to pass the time. And since smart displays have become a substantial part of the Assistant ecosystem, Google's sights are set on some more visually stimulating experiences that involve interaction through both voice and touch.

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Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells is a new match-3 game from Zynga, now available in early access

Zynga has officially announced that it's working on a Harry Potter match-3 game for mobile. This game is called Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells, and of course, Zynga has yet to share a single screenshot or video of the title. Paradoxically Zynga has noted that the game is already available as a soft-launch release in the Philippines, which means the studio is already publicly testing the title, which begs the question as to why there are zero screenshots or videos shared with today's announcement. Could it be that Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells is such a shallow cash grab that it's in the developer's best interest to hide what the game looks like before an official worldwide release?

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Microsoft's Family Safety is now available on Android and iOS

Microsoft announced last month that its new Microsoft 365 subscription service (formerly Office 365) would offer some family-oriented features, like a new 'Family Safety' app that combines screen time data across multiple platforms and provides tracking information. Following two months of a public beta program, Microsoft has today shared that the app is going stable.

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