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Hands-on: Elegant bucket list app 'Soon' launches on Android

In a world that bombards us with things to do, it can be tough to stay on top of everything we think is worth checking out. Movies we want to see, music to listen to, books to read, restaurants to try, and places to go, there's just so much to do and almost no central way to keep track of all of this. You can use a simple list app, like Google Keep for example, but where's the fun in that? Now there's a new way to stay on top of your bucket list: Soon.

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Play Store to phase out 32-bit apps on 64-bit devices by 2021, all new apps from August 1 must be 64-bit

While Apple phased out 32-bit apps on iOS over a year ago, Google has been taking its time — likely because there are still many 32-bit Android phones and tablets still in use. Google announced in December 2017 that 32-bit apps would eventually be phased out on 64-bit devices, and now the company has provided specific dates for the process.

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Lenovo reportedly close to releasing new Motorola RAZR with folding display for $1,500

The phone to be seen with in the mid-noughties was undoubtedly the Moto RAZR, which oozed futuristic style with its thin clamshell design and aluminum body. Many millions were sold before it was usurped by better devices, but now it looks like Lenovo — Motorola's current parent company — is going to bring it back.

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Gorgeous platformer Oddmar now available on the Play Store

The creators of the highly acclaimed platformer Leo's Fortune have released their latest endeavor on the Google Play Store. It's called Oddmar, and if you've heard of it before it's because it has been available on iOS for about nine months now. It was widely accepted as one of the best platformers released on iOS last year (to the point of winning an Apple Design Award), and now Android users finally have the opportunity to check it out.

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CTL announces Tx1 Chrome OS tablet with OP1 processor and stylus for $299

Chrome OS tablets are still in their early stages. The only dedicated tablets currently available are the Pixel Slate, which hasn't been received well, and the education-focused Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Models from other companies are on the way, like the Asus CT100, and now CTL has announced a Chrome OS tablet.

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19 temporarily free and 36 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Another week is about half done, so that means it's time for another round of app sales. Today's list is small and features more questionable items. Have fun and see you all on Friday.

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Play Store tests show inverted Games and Apps tabs, no overflow button, and new pop-up menu

The Google Play Store seems to be in a perpetual state of server-side tests. No sooner do we discover one new interface element being changed or added than there is another one to look into. Two tests have made their way to our inbox today. One shows a small, but telling, change in the tabs order and names; the other sees the overflow button disappear from all app "cards" and be replaced by a new tap-and-hold gesture and pop-up menu.

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[Update: S8/S8+ too] Samsung Android 9 Pie beta with One UI now available for Galaxy Note8

Samsung's long-awaited Android 9 Pie update finally started coming to phones late last year, complete with a rather sweeping interface overhaul in One UI (maybe we'll have to stop calling it TouchWiz now). The roadmap for bringing Pie to other phones tells us that the Galaxy Note8 will be getting it in February, and sure enough, the beta is now available to try.

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Verizon now includes free Apple Music subscription with its Beyond and Above Unlimited plans

Verizon announced yesterday that its expanding its partnership with Apple. The carrier is now offering a gratis premium subscription to the latter's music streaming service to all Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited users — those on the Go Unlimited tier get a free six-month trial.

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Spotify is testing an updated Car View mode suitable for driving

For the past few years, Spotify has been doing its best to make it easier and safer for you to control your music while driving. You can use Android Auto (in the car, or standalone on your phone) to manage Spotify in a driving-friendly way, as well as the simpler controls integrated with Waze and Google Maps, but Spotify has also been working on its own in-app driving mode. We spotted it more than a year ago, but the interface never rolled out widely. Spotify has now revived it under "Car View," which is beginning to show up on some devices.

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