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Nest has returned from yet another service outage

If you're having trouble connecting to your Nest Cam's live feed, adjust your Nest Thermostat, or set up a new Nest product right now, you aren't alone. The service is suffering (another) partial outage as we speak. Although cameras appear to be coming back, thermostats are still out.

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Wyze Band review: One critical flaw ruins a promising fitness tracker

Wyze started off as a maker of simple smart home products that worked well and were affordable, but the company has started to expand rapidly. It just released a scale and door lock, and additional products like outdoor and doorbell cameras are in development. Another of its new products is the Wyze Band, a $25 fitness tracker that can also control your smart home devices.

I've been trying out the new Wyze Band for the past week, and while there's a surprising amount of functionality for a wearable product that costs so little, there are a few software quirks that ruin the experience.

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Side-scrolling shooter Door Kickers: Action Squad lands on the Play Store for $2.99

It's always nice to see a well-reviewed console-quality game make its way to Android. This time around, Door Kickers: Action Squad is coming to the Play Store, and you can pre-register for the retro side-scroller right now to be notified when it's available for download.

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20 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. Things appear to be returning to normal, and so I have a smaller sales roundup to share today, though there are still more than a few standouts in today's list. Most notably, Root Explorer is on sale today for half off. Of course, if you're looking for games, then Spitkiss and Tokaido are two titles that shouldn't be missed. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 20 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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The Xiaomi Mi A3 is receiving Android 10, for real this time

You would think that Android One phones are usually among the first to get new OS releases, but many Nokia devices and the Xiaomi Mi A3 prove this wrong, as a lot of them still run Android 9 to this day. That's bound to change for the Mi A3, though, as Xiaomi has started to roll out Android 10 to the handset.

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Now is a great time to buy a smart doorbell, but which one should you get?

Getting up to see who's at the door is so old-fashioned, but you don't want to replace your traditional doorbell with something unreliable or hard to install. If you're going to do it, you might as well do it right, and now might be the time to do it while we're all stuck at home. Arlo, Nest, and Ring all have compelling options, but there's one we think is the best choice for most people.

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Forza Street first look: A generic racer by any other name (Update: Coming May 5)

Samsung held its annual Unpacked event yesterday, revealing a plethora of products, such as the new S20 line of phones. In an effort to make these phones look appealing to gamers, Samsung also announced that Microsoft's racer Forza Street will come to the Galaxy Store this spring as a free-to-play release. Of course, the game is already available for pre-registration on the Google Play Store, and seeing that I'm an extremely impatient person, I've sideloaded the APK (V29.0.9) to take the title for a spin to see exactly what it has to offer.

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Google Pay support arrives for 108 more US banks and credit unions (Update: 23 more)

With all of the local banks and credit unions in the US, it seems like Google Pay will never stop finding more to add support for. Case in point: since our last update in mid-January, Google has gone ahead and partnered with 67 more stateside banks and credit unions.

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally getting Android 10 (Update: Now in US)

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has been plagued by issues ever since its initial release, but lately, the phone hasn't been discussed as much as it used to — the Z Flip stole its spotlight. Samsung also doesn't seem to be too interested in its first foldable anymore as software development is going rather slow for the $2,000 device. However, according to SamMobile, it's now finally receiving an update to Android 10 that also brings along many One UI 2.1 enhancements.

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These phones now support viewing 3D animals and other objects in Google Search

There are a lot of fun 3D objects like skeletons, cars, planets, and animals you can view in Google Search, which might be perfect to pass the time while you and your kids are stuck at home. The underlying technology enabling this is called Google Play Services for AR, formerly known as ARCore. It's an engine that powers most games and applications on Android that use augmented reality effects. However, since the framework has to be tuned for each device, Google has to periodically update Play Services to support new phones and tablets. Since the last time we covered the library, 36 more devices have been added to the roster.

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