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Google Messages v4.4 prepares reminder notifications and federated learning, expands Assistant to attachments [APK Teardown]

As we continue to wait for things like proper spam blocking and true universal RCS support for everybody, we can still look to Google Messages to bring some new features. The latest update is testing a new Assistant integration in the attachments screen, and a teardown shows that Federated Learning is growing beyond its starting point in Gboard. There's also a hint about a reminder notification that could help us deal with messages a little more efficiently.

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[Update: Shutting down this summer] Google is preparing to shut down the Trips app [APK Teardown]

For travelers that loved the Google Trips app for its travel planning and helpful discovery features, it's probably going to come as disappointing news that the search giant is making preparations to discontinue the app. The latest version update to Trips includes messaging that will inform users that the app is scheduled to be shut down and encourages users to seek out the features in other Google products.

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[Update: Fix in coming weeks] Some OnePlus 7 Pros are suffering 'phantom' touch input issues

Back when OnePlus debuted with its disruptive new OnePlus One phone in 2014, touchscreen issues were chief among complaints, and for some, the latest 7 Pro may be a bit of a throwback. As of now, there are a good number of reports together with example videos that demonstrate the OnePlus 7 Pro's touchscreen is randomly processing non-existent taps, an effect which has been alternately called "ghost" or "phantom" touches.

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Some OnePlus 7 Pros are ignoring touch input at screen corners, but OnePlus is working on a fix

OnePlus is still hard at work fixing the so-called "ghost" or "phantom" touch issue on the 7 Pro that a minority of units exhibit, but a new touchscreen problem seems to have cropped up in the meantime. For some, a portion of the top of the phone's screen (typically the top left or right corner) can become unresponsive during use, rejecting touch input.

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24 best new Android games released this week including Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, Warhammer: Chaos & Conquest, and Warriors of Waterdeep

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 HD update to a classic 2D platformer, a Game of War clone with a Warhammer skin, and a new turn-based RPG themed around the world of Dungeons & Dragons. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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YouTube is working on AR-powered makeup samples for beauty shoppers [APK Teardown]

YouTube is undeniably one of the most influential platforms in the world; and when it comes to product marketing, there's no place better. Google recognizes this and is preparing to integrate Google Shopping into YouTube in the near future. While there are plenty of implications, we're going to focus on a specific feature that uses AR technology to help customers shop for makeup.

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Google Assistant is muting itself over Bluetooth for some — a big problem for Android Auto users

We're having trouble reproducing this particular issue, but we've been tipped off to a small pile of reports that the Google Assistant is muting itself when using some Bluetooth devices. That poses a particular problem when using the Assistant together with a Bluetooth connection in a car, with many complaining that it ruins their Android Auto experience.

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[Update: Fix rolling out] Samsung pulls Galaxy S10 update after reports of phone-freezing bugs

Last week, Samsung pushed out a software update (XXU1ASE5) to the Exynos versions of the Galaxy S10 series, delivering the latest security patches for May, plus a handful of camera improvements, including an improved night mode. One week later, Samsung has stopped distributing that update. According to SamMobile, it was pulled as a result of widespread bugs, which include issues with third-party apps and the entire phone freezing up.

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The best wearable devices you can buy right now (Spring 2019)

Not everyone needs or wants a screen on their wrist, but for those of us who like tracking workouts and responding to notifications without reaching for a phone, smartwatches and fitness trackers can be fantastic tools. They can give us enhanced insight into our health, or simply give us easier access to tools and controls without pulling a phone out.

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21 best new Android games released this week including Pokémon Rumble Rush, The Eyes of Ara, and Daggerhood

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 the global release of the latest mobile Pokémon game, a drop-dead gorgeous point-and-click adventure game, and a fantastic 2D platformer with pixel-based graphics. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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