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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last three weeks including Adobe Premiere Rush, Abstruct, and Tor Browser (5/4/19 - 5/25/19)

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 three weeks or so. Today I have a video editor from Adobe, a gorgeous wallpaper app, and the stable release of the Tor Browser. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last three weeks.

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Review: The Honor 20 Pro is a stripped down Huawei P30 Pro — in all the right ways

Over the last six months or so, Honor has undertaken a rebranding exercise in part to give the impression of a more modern smartphone maker that appeals to a youthful audience and in part to distance itself from parent company Huawei. In view of recent political developments, it’s obviously hugely beneficial for Huawei to have a sub-brand that carries a different name and cachet, although they come as a package as far as Google is concerned and that looks like it could spell trouble for both.

Let's assume, for a moment, that it will all get sorted out (otherwise this review will have been a massive waste of time).

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12 best new Android games released this week including Durango: Wild Lands, Terraforming Mars, and Alt-Frequencies

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 open-world MMO from Nexon (seriously), an interesting digital board game adaptation from Asmodee Digital that's all about terraforming Mars, and an immersive narrative-based audio game from Accidental Queens. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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Android Q Beta 3 seems to be breaking RCS messaging for some

It's not unusual for beta software to come with quirks, and we've recently discovered yet another in Android Q Beta 3: RCS messaging functionality previously present in Messages on Pixel 3 phones seems to have disappeared. RCS-enabled conversations have reverted to SMS, and the Chat features option has vanished from the app's settings.

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Google Photos doesn't let you remove a person from a shared album, but Google is working on a solution

You know how sometimes you use an app or service for years and don't notice some basic functionality is missing, until another user points it out or you try to find it for the first time. This happened yesterday with our very own Artem, who discovered a rather important omission from Google Photos: once you've shared an album with a user, you can't remove them from it.

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16 best new Android games released this week including Magnibox, Hamsterdam, and Merge Empire

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 delightful puzzle game themed around magnets, an early-access release for an adorable rhythm-based brawler, and an idle game all about merging troops and forming empires. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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[Update: Should be fixed] Google Pay is broken for many in Android Q Beta 3

Beta releases tend to have bugs, and this latest one from Android Q Beta 3 might be a bit unfortunate for those of you who use contactless payments. Many on Beta 3 are reporting that Google Pay is broken, presumably because of a SafetyNet issue similar to the one from Android P DP4 last year.

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Google Phone v33 hints at recording Call Screen audio, wrong number responses, and silent emergency calls [APK Teardown]

While Google I/O is on everybody's mind, there are still plenty of other big things happening. The latest update to the Google Phone app is rolling out now, and like most updates, there's not much to see outside of a few visual tweaks. However, clues inside the apk reveal that we can look forward to getting audio recordings from Call Screen interactions, send wrong number calls packing, and make emergency calls without having to speak.

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Battery optimization menu is crashing on Android Q Beta 3

A beta is by definition software that you shouldn't consider stable. When Google has trouble keeping bugs at bay even in its release software, we don't expect much from betas. But Android Q beta 3 is proving to be a little problematic — possibly even more so than Beta 2. The new gesture navigation is half-baked and breaking things left and right, snoozing for notifications has disappeared, and there's a bug that could cause you to disable your SIM card without intending to. All of these issues weren't there in Beta 2, and still we're discovering more problems as we go.

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OnePlus phones are constantly deleting speed dial contacts, but a fix is coming

Those of you with OnePlus phones who use speed dial may have noticed that your speed dial contacts would be erased every day. This is a widespread bug affecting multiple models and software versions, but OnePlus is already working on a fix for the next update.

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