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Google Pay v2.80 adds notification setting for places to use loyalty cards, prepares automatic imports from Gmail [APK Teardown]

If you haven't already seen enough activity with Google Pay in the last month, there are a few notable things happening in the last couple updates. Version 2.80 brings changes to the notification settings screen by dropping the long list of loyalty cards and adopting a new setting to notify you about places those cards can be used. A teardown also reveals upcoming notification channels and a brand new feature that will automatically import relevant tickets and passes when they arrive in your Gmail account.

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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week including Memoria, Philo, and Mint Browser (12/15/18 - 12/22/18)

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. This week I have a solid photo gallery replacement for QuickPic, the Android TV release for Philo, and a new browser from Xiaomi. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last week.

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Insta360 One X review: A luxury 360-degree action camera worth the splurge

Depending on the tech circle you're in, 360 cameras may either be the most superfluous fad or the coolest thing. I used to be in the former camp and my LG 360 Cam collected dust in a drawer for years, but over the past months, I've found a new appreciation for the product category. It's partly thanks to the number of cool "tiny planet" creators I follow on Instagram, but most importantly, it's because of a shift in my understanding of what a 360-degree camera can do.

If you think that these cams are only good for photospheres and VR, you're missing out.

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Pixel 3's 'fatal error' third-party app camera bug may be fixed in December update

Last month we reported that the Pixel 3 and 3 XL had an intermittent problem with third-party apps when using the camera. Those that ran into the issue would get a "fatal error" or similar warning as the camera failed to work in the app, a problem that would then persist in those apps even across reboots. Although not everyone was affected, we've seen reports that the issue has been resolved for many with the recent December patches.

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Many Pixel 3 and 3 XL owners are having problems with call quality and connection issues

Put lightly, Google's latest pair of flagship phones have had some issues since their launch, and based on reports we've seen, we have yet another problem to add to our growing list. Many Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners are reporting a wide variety of issues related to phone calls, behaviors which cover a range of things from more "basic" call sound quality problems like choppy or inconsistent audio and tinniness to long call connection times and intermittent microphone failure.

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28 best new Android games released this week including This Is the Police, Brawl Stars, and Looney Tunes World of Mayhem

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have a gritty cop adventure game, Supercell's latest online multiplayer release, and a Looney Tunes RPG. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week.

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30 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Hummingbird, Cover, and Radeon ReLive for VR (12/1/18 - 12/15/18)

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. This week I have an AI curated news feed app from Microsoft, a secure gallery app, and a new virtual reality game streaming app from AMD that works with standalone Daydream devices. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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Google Play Games v5.14 enables Dark Theme for all, prepares Minesweeper, and... ┴┬┴┤( ͡° ͜ʖ├┬┴┬ a pointless side project? [APK Teardown]

Google Play Games is officially going dark. Well, the latest update is making its dark theme accessible to everyone. But that's not the only thing this update brings, there are now app shortcuts and a new sorting feature for achievements coming soon. A teardown also shows the team is preparing to add Minesweeper to the built-in games repertoire. Oh, and we're heard from the dev team, and we've got a hunch they're having a good time.

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Android Police's 2018 Smartphone of the Year is the OnePlus 6T

Android Police often does picks for our top smartphones of any given year - and you can see those phones right here in our 2018 “Most Wanted” article. But this year, we’ve decided to single out one device for attention in particular. The smartphone we thought did most to change the game. To go above and beyond competitors and offer a unique and compelling experience to buyers. And, crucially, that we felt constituted a reasonable value in doing so (that’s not to say it needed to be inexpensive, but that its price was justifiable).

After the editorial staff cast its votes, a winner emerged: the OnePlus 6T - narrowly beating out the Pixel 3.

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Google Duo v45 prepares pre-call notifications, continues work on Low Light mode and sending pre-recorded videos [APK Teardown]

A new update to Duo is out in the wild, but like many others, there's not much to see upon installation. We're all about the teardown on this one, which hints at some kind of pre-call notification and adds follow-ups on the topics of Low Light mode and sending pre-recorded videos to somebody else through Duo.

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