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Pixel 4 face unlock is broken for some, may be caused by recent patches

For some, the snazzy new face unlock system on Google's latest Pixel 4 is a whole lot less convenient than it should be. Reports over the last couple of months indicate that the face unlock process is simply failing for a handful of Pixel 4 and 4 XLs, even after re-enrolling their faces or resetting the phone. Thankfully, the issue doesn't sound too widespread.

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12 new and notable Android apps from the last three weeks including Typewise Keyboard, FairEmail, and Knobby volume control (12/14/19 - 1/4/20)

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 three weeks or so. Today I have a soft-keyboard that brings an all-new layout for speed-based typing, an excellent open-source email client, and a couple of premium volume control apps that are indeed worth a look. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last three weeks.

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OnePlus enters 2020 more successful than ever—but it can't rest on its laurels

As 2019 ends and we enter a new decade, I felt the story of OnePlus deserved a bit more examination. In an email interview with CMO Kyle Kiang, I probed the history of a company that is often as shocking in its successes as it is in its marketing misfires. As it crests its sixth year as a smartphone vendor, it's more competitive than ever, coming a long way from the days when it could barely manage to build enough $349 OnePlus Ones using a tightly controlled and very annoying invitation system.

OnePlus has also transformed in ways I don't believe any of us predicted, going from a scrappy, value-first smartphone maker to a legitimate competitor in a field that includes some of the world's most recognizable brands: Samsung, Apple, and Google.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Calendar on Android

We started our new series of open-source alternatives to Google apps with a list of Gmail-type applications, and now it's time to check out ones that mirror the functionality of Google Calendar! If you're looking for something more privacy-conscious, or if you just want to see what independent Android app developers are up to, we've compiled some of the best open-source calendar apps for Android right here.

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15 new Android games from the week of December 23rd, 2019: Vodobanka Pro, Mission Ammunition, and Age of Civilizations II Europe

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 an intriguing tactical game where you'll take control of a swat team, a delightful run-and-gun platformer, and the latest release in Łukasz Jakowski's Age of Civilizations mobile strategy catalog. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of December 23rd, 2019.

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20 new Android games from the week of December 16th, 2019: Snowman Story, My Winter Album, and Little White Rocket

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 adventure game that's perfect for Christmas, a relaxing puzzler that contains a winter theme, and a planet-orbiting arcade game that's perfect for a relaxing experience. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of December 16th, 2019.

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17 new Android games from the week of December 9th, 2019: Black Desert Mobile, Poopdie, and The Last Remnant Remastered

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 the release of Black Desert Mobile in the West, a new action game from PewDiePie, and a remastered RPG from Square Enix. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of December 9th, 2019.

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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Microsoft Math Solver, Craigslist, and Press (11/30/19 - 12/14/19)

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 a new release from Microsoft that can solve mathematical expressions, an official Craigslist app, and a reliable WYSIWYG writer for crafting notes. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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Pixel 4 Snapchat, Instagram videos plagued by maddening 'clicking' sounds (Update: Fixed with December update)

At launch, no Pixel is without its issues, and the most recent problem might sound a bit familiar for those of you that remember the Pixel 2. A minority of Pixel 4 owners are experiencing what is alternately described as a popping, clicking, or tapping sound in videos recorded through third-party apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Not all units appear to be affected (we have inconsistent experiences with it in-house), but based on the example below, it seems like it could be pretty annoying.

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Some new apps aren't showing up in Play Store search, but a fix might be rolling out

Google's Play Store may have a new problem that is affecting app discoverability for many developers. Over the last two months or so, some developers have been claiming that their applications aren't surfacing in the Play Store's search results as they should, with some apps that accrued hundreds of thousands of installs not even appearing in direct searches for that app's name. Thankfully, new reports within the last twenty-four hours indicate that some kind of fix may be rolling out, resolving the issue for some developers.

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