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Tap-to-pay issues with Google Pay appear to be affecting phones from Google, OnePlus, and others

Tap-to-pay issues with Google Pay appear to be affecting phones from Google, OnePlus, and others

Paying via NFC with Google Pay is more convenient, safe, and hygienic than swiping a payment card through a seldomly cleaned payment terminal. These days, almost every flagship phone includes the NFC interface required for Google Pay to function. But that doesn't guarantee that tap-to-pay will actually work. Recently, issues have popped up on the Galaxy Note20 Ultra and the Pixel 5 — but it looks like this problem might be much more far reaching.

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17 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (10/19/20 - 10/25/20)

17 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (10/19/20 - 10/25/20)

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's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre game releases from the last week. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest gacha releases, you're covered. This week we saw the arrival of a gorgeous textless adventure game, the launch of the sequel to 911 Operator, and the debut of an enjoyable brick breaker that sports an artistic theme.

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10 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Yahoo Lite, CalenTile, and Lonely Planet Pathfinders (10/17/20 - 10/24/20)

10 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Yahoo Lite, CalenTile, and Lonely Planet Pathfinders (10/17/20 - 10/24/20)

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 week or so. Today I have a lite version of the Yahoo app, a calendar quick tile app, and a travel blogging app from Lonely Planet. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last week.

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Samsung says it's working to resolve the S20 FE's touchscreen issues

Samsung says it's working to resolve the S20 FE's touchscreen issues

Reports of issues with the aggressively-priced Galaxy S20 FE's touchscreen have been circulating in recent weeks. This includes so-called "ghost touch" problems and issues with swipes being processed as a series of taps. Since a screen is your primary way of interacting with a phone, this sort of problem is pretty frustrating. However, Samsung tells us it's aware of these reports and working to resolve the issue.

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Google Pay is mysteriously not working on some Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra handsets

Google Pay is mysteriously not working on some Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra handsets

Samsung Pay is a big perk of ownership for Samsung's phones. The MST-based system on most of the company's phones works with plenty of card readers that don't actually support contactless payments, and that's especially handy these days. There's not a whole lot of reason to give it up, but if you do want or need to switch to Google Pay and you're using a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, you might run into some trouble.

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Chrome exempts Google sites from user data settings — but supposedly it's just a bug

Chrome exempts Google sites from user data settings — but supposedly it's just a bug

Earlier this month, software developer Jeff Johnson wrote about a strange issue he'd discovered that allowed Chrome to keep certain data stored from Google sites like YouTube and Search even after it was supposed to be deleted. This isn't a good look from Google, especially in light of recent events — but the company has responded with an explanation.

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Annoying Android 11 bug prevents apps from going fullscreen

Annoying Android 11 bug prevents apps from going fullscreen

Android 11 is over a month old now, but we're still coming across new bugs in the official release. From glitchy media controls to issues with multitasking, the new things introduced in the latest Android aren't all good. The latest bug worth writing about affects mobile gamers in particular, but it's annoying for anyone who uses apps that go fullscreen.

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A lot more goes into good smartphone haptics than you'd think

A lot more goes into good smartphone haptics than you'd think

In the wake of our Pixel 5 review, we were left thinking about the subject of haptics and what, precisely, separates good haptics from bad. It's hard to quantify a sensory experience, and that's part of why phone reviews are a thing. But we've dug into the subject, and even sat down with Cirrus Logic (who makes haptic solutions for phones) for a quick educational course.

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Pixel 5 owners report gaps between phone's display and frame

Pixel 5 owners report gaps between phone's display and frame

As the Pixel 5 starts to make its way into customers' hands, we've received several reports of a gap between the screen's plastic bumper and the bioresin-coated aluminum frame of the phone. Reports vary, but the area around the front-facing camera appears to be a hotspot for the problem, and customers are concerned this gap could affect the phone's IP-rated water resistance.

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16 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (10/12/20 - 10/18/20)

16 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (10/12/20 - 10/18/20)

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's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre game releases from the last week. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest gacha releases, you're covered. Of course, I have a few highlights to share, including the rough launch of a map-based Pac-Man game, a story-driven puzzler all about evoking emotion, and a fantastic text-based game that explores memory loss as a mechanic.

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