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Android P may give users a preemptive call-blocking feature, so long as carriers don't screw it up

Over the past several months, I've become increasingly familiar with how to block phone numbers in Google's Phone app: reject a suspicious call, go into my call history, long-press the dubious number, then tap "Block/report spam." This process is simple enough, but it's still just a reactionary, case-by-case measure. Android P may improve this call-blocking experience by giving users a smarter, preemptive way to block types of phone numbers — that is, so long as your carrier doesn't get in the way

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Android 7.1.1 kernel source now available for Moto G4 Play

Motorola's flagship devices still get updates relatively quickly, but its budget phones lag behind quite a bit. For example, the Verizon Moto G4 Play was just updated from Android 6.0 to 7.1.1 earlier this month, shortly after the international variants received it. Now Motorola has released the kernel source code for the G4 Play's Nougat update.

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Amazon still isn't selling the Chromecast, nearly three months after initial announcement

Google and Amazon have been in a feud of sorts for years, starting when Amazon pulled the Chromecast and Nexus Player from its online store in 2015. The war culminated late last lear, when Amazon added a YouTube client to the Echo Show without Google's permission or involvement, leading Google to remove YouTube from the Fire TV and Echo Show altogether.

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Head into the weekend with 25 temporarily free and 18 on-sale apps

It's finally Friday! February has ended and MWC has wrapped up, leaving us with plenty of things to talk about. The weekend is nigh upon us, so here is the final list of app sales for the week. It's a bit better than Wednesday's... kinda.

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Madfinger Games' long awaited FPS 'Shadowgun Legends' finally gets a release date: March 22

Madfinger Games' Shadowgun Legends has been in development for so long at this point that I completely forgot about it. But apparently, Madfinger is still plugging away. The official company Twitter recently tweeted that it will be releasing on March 22nd. So yeah, we will have to wait just a little while longer, though it's reassuring that they felt confident enough to finally mention a date.

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Tasker now owned by joaomgcd, developer of Join and AutoApps

For years, Tasker has been one of the best power-user apps available for Android, with the ability to automate (or create shortcuts for) a vast number of actions. Dozens of third-party plugins are also available for Tasker, further expanding its functionality. But after eight years of development, Crafty Apps EU has now transferred ownership of the application to joaomgcd, a major Android developer known for Join and AutoApps.

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Open GApps builds now available for Android 8.1 Oreo

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Skype expands compatibility to Android 4.0.3 and above

Most applications have long since dropped support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, since the version is now only used on 0.4% of all Android devices (as of February 2018). Skype dropped support for Android 4.0.3-5.1 in June 2017, with the app now requiring 6.0 Marshmallow or higher. Microsoft is now reversing that switch, by re-adding support for those versions.

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Qualcomm urges stakeholders to vote against hostile Broadcom takeover

Chipmaker Broadcom has been vying to acquire Qualcomm—which makes the processors in a whole lot of Android phones—since November. Several offers have been made, and all of them have been rejected by Qualcomm’s Board of Directors. To get around this, Broadcom is trying to replace Qualcomm’s current board members. Qualcomm issued a statement Thursday urging shareholders to vote against the new board nominees.

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[Update: Pre-orders are live] Galaxy S9 and S9+ US pre-orders, pricing, release date, and more

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are both official now, but there's still the pesky question of where to pick one up. You can always go the unlocked route, but carrier deals can present a decent discount. Plus, you've got aesthetics to take into consideration. Will this retailer have that color? And where can you grab it first? If you can't focus past the adjustable aperture in your enthusiasm for Samsung's latest, don't worry. We've got those details here.

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