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Privacy-focused messenger Signal is ready to go mainstream and take on WhatsApp

Signal is universally praised as one of the most simple-to-use secure messaging apps and is endorsed by security experts around the world. However, the service's user numbers pale against popular alternatives such as Facebook's WhatsApp or Messenger — even Telegram has a bigger following according to Play Store download numbers. Wired reports that Signal is working hard to change that, as the foundation could raise its number of employees from 3 to 20 following a $50 million infusion from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton in 2018.

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The Google app's dark mode should now be available to all beta users

The dark mode rollout was a pretty smooth experience for some of Google's apps, which received a single update with a new toggle for dark/light/automatic theme and that was the end of it. For other apps, it's been a rollercoaster of updates, rollbacks, server-side switches, and inconsistent experiences across Android versions and phone brands. Google's search app is one of the latter, but the company now claims dark theme is available to everyone on the app's beta channel.

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Galaxy Z Flip teardown confirms fragile glass display beneath protective plastic layer

Since JerryRigEverything's Zach took his picks to the Galaxy Z Flip, there's been a lot of debate around the web concerning Samsung's claim that it's using an ultra-thin layer of glass in the folding phone's display. Thanks to a new teardown by PBKreviews on YouTube, we now have confirmation that there is indeed a sheet of flexible glass in the Z Flip, but it's not as durable as you might hope.

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Samsung will sell two 25W fast-charging USB-C power banks for the Galaxy S20 (Update: US pricing)

Samsung announced a slew of accessories for its new Galaxy S20 line-up yesterday, but failed to mention the one gadget everyone needs these days: battery packs. They may not be as sexy as LED or Kvadrat cases, but they can be real lifesavers, and soon Samsung will be selling an powerful pair of power banks with up to 25W USB-C output.

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128GB OnePlus 7T on sale now at $499 ($100 off), comes with free car charger

In the US, you're not going to get a OnePlus 7T Pro unless you import one from elsewhere or hang with T-Mobile and its 5G network. But you're not missing out much if you do decide to get a OnePlus 7T — in fact, you may want to get one today as OnePlus has put it on sale and has bundled a free gift alongside.

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The Galaxy Z Flip's glass display fails at almost every level in JerryRigEverything's torture test

Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip was billed as the first folding phone with a glass display, but thanks to a "protective layer," the top-most surface you actually interact with is only as durable as a plastic screen protector. In a testing video published earlier today, Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything showed off how easily the phone's display scratches, in the end, literally poking holes in it.

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Weekend poll: Do you like our new dark theme?

You might have missed it, but just before the Galaxy S20 was announced last week, we flipped the switch on a new dark theme for the Android Police website. It's been in the works for a long time, and it works across several browsers and platforms (even in AMP), with manual controls to enable and disable it as you prefer. So, what do you think?

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Keep on Android

While it might be difficult to switch away from feature-packed products like Gmail and Google Maps, there are thankfully plenty of competitors to Google Keep. After all, you don't need millions of data points and industry-leading artificial intelligence to make a note-taking app. In this post, we'll be checking out some free and open-source alternatives to Google Keep, some of which even have cloud sync.

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32 new Android games from the the week of February 10, 2019: Boris and the Dark Survival, Little Misfortune, and Beat Hazard 2

Welcome to the roundup of the newest Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the latest survival game in the Bendy series, a gorgeous narrative-based adventure game, and a unique music-driven arcade shooter. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of February 10th, 2020.

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