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10 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Yahoo Lite, CalenTile, and Lonely Planet Pathfinders (10/17/20 - 10/24/20)

10 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Yahoo Lite, CalenTile, and Lonely Planet Pathfinders (10/17/20 - 10/24/20)

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. Today I have a lite version of the Yahoo app, a calendar quick tile app, and a travel blogging app from Lonely Planet. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last week.

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Samsung says it's working to resolve the S20 FE's touchscreen issues

Samsung says it's working to resolve the S20 FE's touchscreen issues

Reports of issues with the aggressively-priced Galaxy S20 FE's touchscreen have been circulating in recent weeks. This includes so-called "ghost touch" problems and issues with swipes being processed as a series of taps. Since a screen is your primary way of interacting with a phone, this sort of problem is pretty frustrating. However, Samsung tells us it's aware of these reports and working to resolve the issue.

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Google Pay is mysteriously not working on some Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra handsets

Google Pay is mysteriously not working on some Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra handsets

Samsung Pay is a big perk of ownership for Samsung's phones. The MST-based system on most of the company's phones works with plenty of card readers that don't actually support contactless payments, and that's especially handy these days. There's not a whole lot of reason to give it up, but if you do want or need to switch to Google Pay and you're using a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, you might run into some trouble.

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Chrome exempts Google sites from user data settings — but supposedly it's just a bug

Chrome exempts Google sites from user data settings — but supposedly it's just a bug

Earlier this month, software developer Jeff Johnson wrote about a strange issue he'd discovered that allowed Chrome to keep certain data stored from Google sites like YouTube and Search even after it was supposed to be deleted. This isn't a good look from Google, especially in light of recent events — but the company has responded with an explanation.

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Annoying Android 11 bug prevents apps from going fullscreen

Annoying Android 11 bug prevents apps from going fullscreen

Android 11 is over a month old now, but we're still coming across new bugs in the official release. From glitchy media controls to issues with multitasking, the new things introduced in the latest Android aren't all good. The latest bug worth writing about affects mobile gamers in particular, but it's annoying for anyone who uses apps that go fullscreen.

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A lot more goes into good smartphone haptics than you'd think

A lot more goes into good smartphone haptics than you'd think

In the wake of our Pixel 5 review, we were left thinking about the subject of haptics and what, precisely, separates good haptics from bad. It's hard to quantify a sensory experience, and that's part of why phone reviews are a thing. But we've dug into the subject, and even sat down with Cirrus Logic (who makes haptic solutions for phones) for a quick educational course.

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16 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (10/12/20 - 10/18/20)

16 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (10/12/20 - 10/18/20)

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's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre game releases from the last week. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest gacha releases, you're covered. Of course, I have a few highlights to share, including the rough launch of a map-based Pac-Man game, a story-driven puzzler all about evoking emotion, and a fantastic text-based game that explores memory loss as a mechanic.

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14 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Ratio, Amazon AR Player, and OnePlus Messages (10/3/20 - 10/17/20)

14 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Ratio, Amazon AR Player, and OnePlus Messages (10/3/20 - 10/17/20)

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's roundup is sponsored by droidcon, and this year's conference will feature three events you can easily watch from the comfort of your home. Of course, we also have a few notable titles to share with everyone, such as a new minimal launcher called Ratio, a free augmented reality app from Amazon that's themed for Halloween, and OnePlus Messages finally made its way to the Play Store. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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16 new Android games from the week of October 5, 2020

16 new Android games from the week of October 5, 2020

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 excellent open-world action RPG called 9th Dawn III, an enjoyable educational game starring Rayman's Rabbids, and a fantastic puzzle-based platformer recently developed for the Commodore 64 that's made the jump to Android. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of October 5th, 2020.

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Annoying Android 11 multitasking bug squashed in October update

Annoying Android 11 multitasking bug squashed in October update

Android 11 introduced a bunch of new features, including some tweaks to the recent apps screen that saw the addition of helpful buttons and the removal of an unhelpful gesture. But those aren't the only changes the new release brought to the app switcher — some users reported that the recent apps screen is completely borked on the final version of Android 11. Thankfully, it seems that the issue has been resolved in the latest October patch from Google.

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