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Google Messages v4.3 prepares auto-reply for spam and RCS settings, continues Verified SMS and Assistant integration [APK Teardown]

The latest update to Google Messages is out and sporting much the same look as always. The major notes to be seen are in the teardown, which brings a few smaller details related to RCS settings and Verified SMS, hints at an auto-reply feature for spam messages, a change to the audio clip recorder, and a little refocusing on the upcoming Google Assistant integration.

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Gboard v8.2 prepares to remove Make A GIF and introduce more detailed data privacy options [APK Teardown]

Gboard's latest update is out, but there no particularly notable differences have been spotted lurking in the interface. Instead, this update seems to be preparing a couple of changes that will end a year-long run for the Make A GIF feature and bring a couple data privacy options to users.

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26 best new Android games released this week including Whispers of a Machine, Agatha Knife, and Metal Slug Infinity

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. Today I have a fantastic sci-fi noir point-and-click adventure game, a traditional puzzle adventure that covers some difficult topics, and a Metal Slug-themed idle clicker. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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15 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Swoot, Waymo, and Harmony Express (4/13/19 - 4/20/19)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a social podcast app, a self-driving car service app, and a tie-in release that will help you set up the newest Harmony remote. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last week.

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Google Home v2.10 hints at Zion and Castell smart home products, Speaker V codename, and ultrasonic-powered Reactive UI [APK Teardown]

A new version of the Google Home app is rolling out, but there aren't any visible changes making their way out with this one. Instead, this update seems to be focused mostly on adding initial support for some new hardware, including something that sounds like a smart home hub called Zion, and a security device called Castell that may be a door lock. There's also a little motion on a previously teased device that will likely be the Nest Hub Max, and some details on a new "Reactive UI" feature that lights up as you approach.

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29 best new (and 1 WTF) Android games released this week including Construction Simulator 3, Photographs, and Distraint 2

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. Today I have an excellent simulation game where you build your own construction company from the ground up, a unique story-driven puzzle game from the creator of You Must Build a Boat, and the official release of the sequel to the spooky adventure game Distraint. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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22 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last two weeks including Spark, Holey Light, and NYTimes - Daydream (3/30/19 - 4/13/19)

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 an awesome new email app that's finally made its way from iOS to Android, a new release from Chainfire that can add a notification light around the camera cutout in Samsung Galaxy devices, and a virtual reality app from the New York Times. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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[Update: Fixed, APK Download] The Google Admin app is completely broken for many right now, and has been for weeks

Based on recent reports, as well as our own experiences here at Android Police, Google has broken its Google Admin app for G Suite administrators. Reports of the outage in angry Play Store reviews go back around two weeks, and at the time of writing, the G Suite Status Dashboard makes no mention of this ongoing problem.

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Google Play Books v5.1 adds audio quality and skip duration settings for audiobooks [APK Teardown]

Google Play Books adopted the latest iteration of the Google Material theme back in January, doing away with the colorful version that exemplified the original Material Design. This update doesn't have quite as many striking changes, but it does bring functional improvements and a little more customizability to some of the features. Most of the additions are focused on Audiobooks, but you'll also find new icons for the app shortcuts.

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18 best new Android games released this week including Cultist Simulator, After Burner Climax, and Scorcher

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. Today we have a Lovecraftian card-based roguelike, the return of Sega's After Burner Climax as a free-to-play release, and an excellent endless runner all about racing sandworms. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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