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The new Google Assistant bugs out when you try to start a routine from the Home app

Despite launching with the Pixel 4 several months ago, the new Google Assistant still carries many restrictions, which make it practically unavailable for the grand majority of Android users. This limitation is a good thing, though, because it gives Google time to iron out bugs like the one we'll describe below: The Google Home app fails to start a routine if you're using this new Assistant.

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25 new Android games from the week of February 24, 2020

Welcome to our 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 the official launch of Valve's auto chess title, the Western release of a Dragon Quest gacha game, the soft launch of Electronic Arts' tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies 3, and the arrival of LEGO's free-to-play hero brawler. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of February 24th, 2020.

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Google finally acknowledges Bluetooth disconnection issue on Home speakers

For most of us, Google Homes are Assistant and cast speakers first: We either ask for music or audio to be played or we use them like a Chromecast target from our phones. But that's discounting two other ways they can be used: as Bluetooth speakers and as source to stream to other Bluetooth speakers. For more than a year now, that functionality has been broken and Google Homes haven't been able to maintain a Bluetooth link without disconnecting, but the Mountain View giant has finally acknowledged the issue.

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Many still affected by long-standing Android 10 update issue that breaks Pixel sensors

Last year, after the Android 10 update first started rolling out for Pixel owners, there were a handful of reports that device sensors — things like the ambient light sensor for screen brightness, orientation sensor for auto-rotation, and Active Edge sensor — stopped working. A workaround was found for those with unlocked bootloaders, and many of those affected were part of the root and ROM crowd, but almost six months later, many phones are still affected, and those with Verizon-branded, locked devices are still simply out of luck.

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17 new Android games from the week of February 17, 2020: Summer Catchers, The House of Da Vinci 2, and Pachoink!

Welcome to the roundup of the newest Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a gorgeous 2D auto-runner from Noodlecake Studios, the long-awaited sequel to the escape room game The House of Da Vinci, and an enjoyable arcade game that mixes Pachinko with a brick breaker. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of February 17th, 2020.

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18 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Firefox Private Network VPN, Socratic by Google, and PotatoNotes (2/08/20 - 2/22/20)

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 new VPN from Firefox, Google's release of the homework-helper Socratic, and an early-access note app that offers a design similar to Keep. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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32 new Android games from the week of February 10, 2020: Boris and the Dark Survival, Little Misfortune, and Beat Hazard 2

Welcome to the roundup of the newest Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the latest survival game in the Bendy series, a gorgeous narrative-based adventure game, and a unique music-driven arcade shooter. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of February 10th, 2020.

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Gmail will be adding travel and purchases labels to the sidebar (APK Teardown)

Gmail is one of the longest lived projects to come out of Google after the success of Search. During its life, the development team has been working on countless projects to make sense of the deluge of incoming email and help users manage it. We've seen everything from smart spam filtering, intelligent interpretations of importance and priority, grouping and categorizing based on sources, and with Inbox, even things like smart bundling. The latest update appears to be surfacing a couple of those automatically detected email types so you don't have to remember any hidden tricks to use.

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Option to save Call Screen audio disappears on some Pixels (Update: Coming back)

Automatic Call Screening arrived as a feature for the Pixel 4 with the very first Pixel Feature Drop, before rolling out more widely just this month to all Pixels. However, another feature that landed together with it seems to have disappeared for at least some of us: The option to save audio from those screened calls is gone on some devices.

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Google Photos v4.38 fixes bug preventing edited H.265 videos from being saved (Updated)

Some Android phones offer a nifty video solution called HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) that records your creations in the H.265 format instead of H.264. This takes up less space on your phone and in your cloud library, so it's something many people toggle on (it's not on by default on a Pixel, for example). Unfortunately, Google Photos isn't currently able to edit and save these H.265 videos, much to the dismay of many users.

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