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Google app v8.28 beta prepares for manually hiding Slices, more changes for a general settings page, and more [APK Teardown]

There's a new beta for the Google app rolling out, and this one takes a sizeable leap in version number to 8.28 from the 8.24 that came out just about a week and a half ago. There's not a lot to see in the way of changes, and even the teardown is on the soft side. Nevertheless, there are a few things to look through. And as always, we're still watching for more changes.

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20 best new Android games released this week including FIFA Soccer: Gameplay Beta, Piffle, and Badland Brawl

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. This week we have a free demo of the upcoming FIFA Mobile season, a Kawaii-themed brick breaker, and the latest Badland release. Past that I have a unique game from the creator of Data Wing, and a beautiful puzzler from the developer of Old Man's Journey. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week.

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15 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Dig, Adaptive Brightness Tile, and DIY projects (10/6/18 - 10/13/18)

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. This week we have a new dating app that is for dog owners, a simple app for adding an adaptive brightness tile to your Quick Settings, and a DIY app for discovering new projects and socializing with like-minded people. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last week.

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Google Clock v6.0 brings several visual tweaks and prepares for the Pixel Stand's sunrise effect [APK Teardown]

Some of the updates seeping out from the Pixel 3 have been pretty innocuous while others are quite significant. The Clock update leans toward the innocuous side as it brings some subtle but pleasing visual changes to its interface. A teardown also turns up part of the sunrise feature that was announced earlier today.

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Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner (Update: Discount coupon)

If you live in a house with no central climate control, or if you're making an expansion to your house and it's impossible to get a ducted system in place, a ductless setup may be your only hope. Nest, Ecobee, and the dozen other smart thermostats we often talk about aren't compatible with ductless systems, so you have to start thinking creatively if you want connected climate control. The solution comes in the form of small units that can send the same infrared signals as an air conditioner's (AC) remote, but that are themselves WiFi-enabled for remote access.

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Update Notes for Photos, Play Store, Keep Notes, and more (October 8th, 2018)

Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.

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20 best new Android games released this week including PAC-MAN: Ralph Breaks the Maze, Dig In: An Excavator Game, and Prince of Persia: Escape

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. This week I have an interesting take on the classic Pac-Man arcade formula, a fantastic heavy equipment excavation game, and an auto-runner themed after the original Prince of Persia video game. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week.

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Google Duo v41 prepares contact pinning and calling Home devices linked to your account [APK Teardown]

The latest version of Google Duo has landed, but like so many other updates, it doesn't appear to change anything immediately upon installation. However, as tradition dictates, there are a couple of interesting things to see from a teardown. It looks like Duo will be adding support for pinning contacts to the top of your list for convenient access. You should also be able to begin making calls to smart displays linked to your account for an easy way to call home.

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12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week including Yahoo Together, Run An Empire, and Brewy (9/30/18 - 10/6/18)

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. This week we have the official release of a Yahoo-branded group messaging app, an augmented reality exercise tracker, and a brewery app that can help users gather all of their favorite recipes and instructions together in one place. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last week.

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Google Contacts v3.1 comes with more visual updates and prepares option to erase interaction data [APK Teardown]

The big update to Contacts v3.0 brought with it a significant visual refresh to the Material theme Google has been adopting over the last few months. The latest update to v3.1 continues on that trajectory with more visual adjustments that tune the look even further. Not only does this update sport a few fresh graphics, there's also the start of a new feature that can clear interaction data.

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