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15 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the week of June 1, 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 the arrival of Dead Cells, a fantastic Metroidvania roguelike that's easily worth the asking price. I also have a unique tower defense game that sports a gritty theme, and a phenomenal space shooter from the devs behind the Bullet Hell Monday series. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of June 1st, 2020.

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Google thinks it has solved the mystery of the cursed bootlooping wallpaper

Over the last week, a photo has been making the rounds at venues like Reddit and Twitter. It's an attractive mountain lake with the sun rising (or setting) through the dense clouds. Perfect for a phone's wallpaper, right? Not unless you like bootloops. Certain aspects of the image trigger an inescapable, repeating crash in Android's system UI, and most recent Android phones are likely susceptible, including Samsung phones and Google's Pixels. Thankfully, both Samsung and Google are aware of the issue and looking into a fix.

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18 new Android games from the week of May 25, 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 the sequel to the idle RPG Soda Dungeon, a generic gacha game from Ubisoft, and the sequel to the popular platformer Super Fowlst 2. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of May 25th, 2020.

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Eight of the best new features in Samsung One UI 2.0

While some of the features are relatively easy to locate (like gestures), there are some less obvious ones you might not have even known were included, because they're a bit hidden away in Samsung's notoriously labyrinthine menus. We'll run down eight of our favorites in this post, from a new screen recorder to redesigned incoming call interface options.

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13 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Krita, Action Blocks, and CatchUp (5/23/20 - 5/30/20)

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 the arrival of the painting and drawing app Krita, an accessibility app from Google, and a dialer app from Facebook. 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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Google will fix Maps Timeline's disappearing location history

Google Maps' Timeline feature might seem a little creepy if you're especially privacy-conscious — and you can turn off the Location History it uses if you are — but it's also tremendously useful, giving you a full timeline with maps showing all your movements. In fact, some folks depend on it for more than just novelty or tracking down that nice-looking restaurant they drove past the other day, many use it as a tool for logging miles and billing. Unfortunately, there have been several reports in the last few days of that location data entirely disappearing in Google's Timeline tool, though a fix is coming soon.

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Chrome has been freezing and crashing on OnePlus phones for months

Chrome on Android has been a bit more crash-happy over the past few months. There were reports of WebView (the Chrome-based engine that powers web content inside apps) having problems last year, and Google has acknowledged Chrome 83 crashes on select Asus devices. OnePlus phone owners have also had to deal with buggy Chrome behavior, as the app has been freezing and crashing on some OnePlus devices for the past several months.

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Messages v6.2.031 promises end-to-end encryption over RCS and expanded web features for Google Fi (APK Teardown)

Google Messages has become the app to watch now that new leadership has been tasked with cleaning up some of sprawl created by projects of the past. A new dogfood build of the app made it into circulation, and it contains signs for some important features people have been looking forward to. For those with a desire to keep their messages private, Messages will soon support end-to-end encryption over RCS. And if you're a Google Fi user, get ready to see some huge improvements to the Messages for Web service that will bring browser-based access to calls and voicemail.

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19 new Android games from the week of May 18, 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 a fantastic cult visual novel, the release of the 3DS emulator Citra, and an interesting new 2D platformer from Crescent Moon. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of May 18th, 2020.

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Android history: 10 of the most influential and important Android devices

Android's been around quite a while at this point (Google's Android turned 12 last year), and even Android phones have been around well over a decade now. And while obviously hardware like the HTC Hero matters in terms of where the platform got its start, and ones like the original Moto DROID mark its real entry into the marketplace in a big way, we think there are phones (and even A tablet) that are less remembered or less appreciated for their impact on the larger ecosystem.

After, when's the last time you thought of the Galaxy S2, or the HTC One M7?

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