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How to use Android's AirDrop-like Nearby Share feature

If you're itching to try out Android's new Nearby Share feature, you're in luck. Google started rolling out a beta test for it just this last week. However, your phone probably doesn't have it yet. Before you can get to sharing files and other content between devices, there are a few things you'll need to do.

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How to change your Android device's name on the Play Store, Google Assistant, and more

Every phone, tablet, smartwatch, TV, and other Android-powered device has a model name assigned to it by the manufacturer. The name shows up in a few different places, including the desktop Play Store website, Google Assistant, and Google's Find My Device tool. Sometimes the model name is easily recognizable (e.g. "Google Pixel 3" or "Nokia 7.2"), but in other cases, it can be an incomprehensible string of characters and numbers.

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14 new Android games from the week of June 29, 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 gacha RPG from the head director behind Nier: Automata, a fantastic sci-fi-based point and click adventure game, and an Orwell-inspired simulation game where the government reigns supreme. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of June 29th, 2020.

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Google will answer developers' burning questions about Android 11 on July 9

Android 11 isn't a boring update, especially when it comes to under-the-hood changes. Scoped Storage for limiting access to internal files will be enforced, a new 'Block Store' API will make logins easier, and apps will get to use bubble notifications for the first time. If you have any burning questions about the update that you would like the Android team to answer, here's your chance.

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LG adds bootloader unlock support to three more phones

For several years now, unlocking LG phones has required the use of the company's official unlock tool. Not all of LG's devices are supported, but now three more phones have been added to the roster. Get your custom ROMs ready.

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DuckDuckGo coming back online in India following country-wide block

Following the Indian ban of almost 60 Chinese apps including TikTok and Weibo, many people living in the country now report not being able to access the privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo. The company confirms as much, saying that the problem isn't on its end. It's currently talking to local internet service providers to resolve the issue. It looks like these have blocked the service via their DNS servers, as the search engine is still accessible through most third-party DNS resolvers.

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These are the browser extensions the Android Police staff can’t live without

Here at Android Police, we live and breathe in our desktop browsers. Almost everything we do from writing, researching, and communicating happens within the confines of our computer screens (or on our phones, naturally). Over the years, we found quite a few ways to make our lives easier with extensions, both for our jobs and our personal lives. For this collection, we want to share all of the extensions with you that help us manage our lives and our workday.

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Lenovo C340 review: The best cheap Chromebook of 2020

There are a lot of "cheap" Chromebooks out there, but if you want a good cheap Chromebook, you'll really have to dig. In fact, they're few and far between, and between old models, soon-to-be unsupported chipsets, and "gotchas" like legitimately terrible display panels, it's legitimately difficult to separate the genuine competitors from laptops deserve to be in the proverbial trash heap. But Lenovo's C340 is a great follow-up to the success of the previous C330, and it's Android Police's Most Wanted budget Chromebook pick.

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11 Android widgets that are actually useful

With iOS 14, Apple certainly felt very "inspired" by a choice selection of Android features. One of the biggest was undoubtedly homescreen widgets, a fundamental part of the Android experience from day one. While widgets may not be as popular on the platform these days, it sure seems they'll be poised for a comeback given Apple's newest mobile OS. With that in mind, here are 11 of our favorite widgets for the platform (that actually look and work well).

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LG Stylo 6 review: Stuttering and lag all but ruin LG's cheap Galaxy Note alternative

If you've ever been to a prepaid carrier store in America, there's a good chance you've seen one particular LG phone: the Stylo. As much as LG has struggled to gain notoriety for its high-end smartphone (despite some of them being totally decent), the Stylo has remained shockingly popular among consumers, and is now into its sixth generation. I reviewed the Stylo 5 when it was released last year, and I thought it was a decent option for anyone looking for a Galaxy Note-style device on a budget.

LG has now released the Stylo 6, and equipped it with a truly massive 6.8-inch display, Android 10, and the same capacitive stylus (versus the digitizer stylus on Samsung's Notes) as usual.

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