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10 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Niagara Launcher, TikTok for Android TV, and National Park Service (1/23/21 - 2/6/21)

10 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Niagara Launcher, TikTok for Android TV, and National Park Service (1/23/21 - 2/6/21)

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 I have the official release for the Niagara Launcher, a TikTok app for ATV devices in the UK, and a brand-new release from the National Park Service. 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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Wink slowly starts coming back online following week-long outage

Wink slowly starts coming back online following week-long outage

Wink has been battling a severe outage for about a week and a half now, but it finally looks like its servers are slowly coming back online. The company has updated its status page, saying, "A fix has been implemented and we are monitoring the results. Most Hubs are back online." However, many customers are ready to cancel their mandatory subscriptions due to the events, and there's not much the cash-strapped company can do about it.

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Google says the 'device not set up yet' error for Assistant device controls has been fixed

Google says the 'device not set up yet' error for Assistant device controls has been fixed

If your Google Home was telling you, "sorry, that device isn't set up yet," when trying to control smart home devices like your thermostat or lights today, you aren't alone. Not everyone is affected, but what appeared to be an Assistant-related outage affected Assistant-based smart home device controls for many. According to a Google spokesperson, the issue was due to a "limited experiment" and has now been fixed. Things should be back to normal soon.

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Wink has been down for a week and counting

Wink has been down for a week and counting

The Wink smart home platform may be finally circling the drain. For the last week, customers have been reporting connectivity problems, and the Wink status dashboard has made a note of those issues since January 25th. The last update from the company was on Thursday, at which point it claimed "We have identified the issue and are implementing a fix." And yet four days later, Wink is still down.

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13 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (1/25/21 - 1/31/21)

13 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (1/25/21 - 1/31/21)

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's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the early access release for a mobile adaptation of Magic: The Gathering, a new Slashy puzzler from Blue Wizard Digital, and the latest gacha cash-grab from Square Enix. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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ASUS finally has a software fix for phones losing HD Netflix support

ASUS finally has a software fix for phones losing HD Netflix support

Some folks using the new ASUS ROG Phone 3 are having issues playing back HD content in certain apps like Netflix. The cause, as some of our more savvy readers might expect, is an issue with Android's Widevine DRM system, with some phone owners reporting that their L1 Widevine state has been lost, relegating them to standard definition playback. ASUS has now fixed the problem with a software update after initially asking customers to send in their phones to get back HD playback.

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12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (1/18/21 - 1/24/21)

12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (1/18/21 - 1/24/21)

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's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the arrival of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, the sequel to last year's breakout platformer Dadish, and an average Wallace & Gromit idle game. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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Should Galaxy S20 Fan Edition owners upgrade to the Galaxy S21?

Should Galaxy S20 Fan Edition owners upgrade to the Galaxy S21?

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition was one of the best smartphones of 2020, as it included most of the features of Samsung's more expensive phones at a lower $700 (or $600, or $550) price point. It clearly served as inspiration for the newer Galaxy S21 series, as the phone has the same plastic casing and flat display as the Fan Edition.

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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks (1/9/21 - 1/23/21)

13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks (1/9/21 - 1/23/21)

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 I have a fabulous winter sports tracker that's finally made its way from iOS to Android, the rebranding of DC Comic's streaming app into a competent comic subscription service, and a new Japanese Twitter app that's been gaining popularity as it receives English-language updates. 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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Galaxy S21 vs. S21+ vs. S21 Ultra: What’s the difference?

Galaxy S21 vs. S21+ vs. S21 Ultra: What’s the difference?

Samsung's Galaxy S21 series is finally here, and the lineup is a bit different than what many were expecting. There are three models, same as last year, but the changes between them (especially the Ultra vs. the others) are more substantial than with the S20 series. The cheaper phones take clear inspiration from the success of the Galaxy S20 FE, while the Ultra inherits features from the Note series.

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