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Google will fix Maps Timeline's disappearing location history

Google Maps' Timeline feature might seem a little creepy if you're especially privacy-conscious — and you can turn off the Location History it uses if you are — but it's also tremendously useful, giving you a full timeline with maps showing all your movements. In fact, some folks depend on it for more than just novelty or tracking down that nice-looking restaurant they drove past the other day, many use it as a tool for logging miles and billing. Unfortunately, there have been several reports in the last few days of that location data entirely disappearing in Google's Timeline tool, though a fix is coming soon.

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Chrome has been freezing and crashing on OnePlus phones for months

Chrome on Android has been a bit more crash-happy over the past few months. There were reports of WebView (the Chrome-based engine that powers web content inside apps) having problems last year, and Google has acknowledged Chrome 83 crashes on select Asus devices. OnePlus phone owners have also had to deal with buggy Chrome behavior, as the app has been freezing and crashing on some OnePlus devices for the past several months.

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Messages v6.2.031 promises end-to-end encryption over RCS and expanded web features for Google Fi (APK Teardown)

Google Messages has become the app to watch now that new leadership has been tasked with cleaning up some of sprawl created by projects of the past. A new dogfood build of the app made it into circulation, and it contains signs for some important features people have been looking forward to. For those with a desire to keep their messages private, Messages will soon support end-to-end encryption over RCS. And if you're a Google Fi user, get ready to see some huge improvements to the Messages for Web service that will bring browser-based access to calls and voicemail.

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19 new Android games from the week of May 18, 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 fantastic cult visual novel, the release of the 3DS emulator Citra, and an interesting new 2D platformer from Crescent Moon. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of May 18th, 2020.

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Android history: 10 of the most influential and important Android devices

Android's been around quite a while at this point (Google's Android turned 12 last year), and even Android phones have been around well over a decade now. And while obviously hardware like the HTC Hero matters in terms of where the platform got its start, and ones like the original Moto DROID mark its real entry into the marketplace in a big way, we think there are phones (and even A tablet) that are less remembered or less appreciated for their impact on the larger ecosystem.

After, when's the last time you thought of the Galaxy S2, or the HTC One M7?

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16 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Microsoft Family Safety, Wavelet, and OnePlus Game Space (5/9/20 - 5/23/20)

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 two weeks or so. Today I have a family safety app from Microsoft, an excellent EQ app that supports a wide selection of headphones, and a gaming app from OnePlus that can optimize your device for a better gaming experience. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers released in the last two weeks.

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The Google app's dark theme is officially rolling out in stable this week, but only on Android 10

Last year, both Google and Apple added dark theming options into their mobile operating systems, with many system apps supporting the feature. Some apps took longer than others, though, like Google's own search app. We reported that its dark theme was available through the Play Store Beta program earlier this year, and now the feature is rolling out to all users on Android 10.

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mmWave 5G is facing more uncertainty than ever

Millimeter wave 5G hasn't had an easy time of it, as a technology. It's been panned for fickle connectivity, extremely limited coverage, and being too thinly-deployed to even meaningfully use (not to mention the absolute nonsense conspiracies some people are spreading about it). It doesn't help that mmWave only has one truly active booster in the United States—Verizon. The company says its existing plans for 5G mmWave deployments around the country haven't changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the current crisis raises a valid question: if we won't be gathering in large groups for the foreseeable future—let alone in stadiums or concert halls—does mobile mmWave even make sense anymore, and did it ever?

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15 new Android games from the week of May 11, 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 kart racer from Nexon that's actually pretty good. I also have a quality puzzle-based platformer where you'll play the part of a battery tasked with escaping a factory, not to mention the release of SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off, a children's game where you'll assemble food for all of the residents in Bikini Bottom. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of May 11th, 2020.

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Google News in-app translation is broken

With everything going on in the world lately, it can be hard to keep up with it all. Google News can be great help there, with the app supporting features like curated stories, daily briefings, and a dark theme. Google even added support for displaying content in two languages together within the feed last year. But it's not all good news, because the in-app translation feature is currently borked.

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