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Google is testing a bottom nav bar in the Phone app

Google's custom Nexus/Pixel dialer has added a few cool features over the years like local search and video call integration, but the interface hasn't changed in ages. Today, it looks like Google is testing a redesign that moves your tabs to the bottom. This isn't always a surefire way to improve app usability, but I think it works here.

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[Update: Winner] Win a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note8 from AT&T and Android Police [US only]

Thanks to our friends at AT&T, one lucky Android Police reader is about to win a free Samsung Galaxy Note8.

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14 new and notable Android apps from the last week (2/13/18 - 2/19/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Chrome now automatically cleans up messy URLs when you share them

As you traverse the internet, you will often encounter URLs that have tracking or referral junk tacked on the end. You probably don't want all that garbage included when you share a link, and Chrome recently started taking care of that for you. As of v64, the browser trims off unnecessary strings at the end of URLs.

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Samsung Internet v6.4 stable rolls out with Web Bluetooth, improved download manager, and more

Samsung's own web browser used to be exclusive to its phones, but that was fine because no one really wanted to use it. More recently, Samsung has stepped up its game and made Samsung Internet a capable Chromium-based browser. After pushing v6.4 as a beta some weeks back, it's now stable with a few more features.

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Celebrate President's Day with 23 temporarily free and 51 on-sale apps

President's Day is here, which means that some of you are home today enjoying the three-day weekend (if you're in the U.S.). What better way to relax, or slog through another Monday, with a modest amount of app sales? I hope you like icon packs.

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More Samsung Galaxy S9 renders leak, confirming design, stereo speakers, and camera apertures

As with most high-profile upcoming smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S9 has seen its fair share of leaks as we approach its official unveiling at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. In recent weeks, we've learned that the Galaxy S9 and its bigger brother the S9+ will have iterative designs, be available in lilac and coral blue, come with 3D Emojis similar to the iPhone X, and we've already seen that the marketing around them will be focused on the camera(s).

The latest leaks come in the form of a range of official-looking renders, likely intended for a stockist's website.

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Weekend poll: How do you feel about the changes to Snapchat?

Snapchat may not have the widest audience compared to social juggernauts like Facebook, but there's a core of users that have stuck by the service even as competitors like Instagram integrated similar features. Of course, we've been more than a bit critical of Snapchat and its terrible Android performance over the years—late last year the company promised to (finally) make an effort on the platform. But over the last week, Snapchat has been rolling out a controversial new redesign. In fact, the reception has been so poor that over 1.2 million people (at the time of writing) have signed a petition to revert the change.

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Google releases optional security update for Chromebooks, but it wipes all local data

Chrome OS is one of the most secure desktop operating systems on the market (privacy concerns about the Google ecosystem aside). Automatic system updates, verified boot, and system drive encryption all keep your Chromebook safe from attacks. Most models also use a Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, for generating the cryptographic keys that protect local data.

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The Pixel 2 charges much more slowly below certain temperatures, but it doesn't tell you that

Battery advancements haven't kept in step with performance improvements, but the charging tech for topping those cells up has come a long way. Now, most phones come with some flavor of quick-charging technology that promises to fill our capacious flagships in arbitrarily small periods of time. But in the case of Google's Pixel 2 XL, it turns out that its "Charging rapidly" notification isn't always an accurate statement. In low temperatures, Google's flagship will claim to be charging quickly (10W+) when, in fact, it's actually charging at less than 4W. 

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