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Internal documents suggest Facebook might have exploited Android APIs to collect call and text data without permission

This March reports broke that Facebook had been gathering call, SMS, and MMS metadata from Android app users for years with questionable levels of consent. Ars Technica suggested that Facebook was exploiting a loophole in Android to harvest call and SMS data without requesting the permission from users. Facebook responded that it was only collecting metadata through Facebook Lite and Messenger, both of which ask users for that permission during setup. The platform's integrity, however, has now been brought into question once more with revelations from internal emails released by the UK Parliament that show employees explicitly discussing how they might avoid any Android permissions request when accessing SMS and call history.

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Epic Games is launching its own store, will come to Android in 2019

Tim Sweeney, the founder of Epic Games, has just announced the upcoming launch of the Epic Games store. At first it will only contain a few select titles for PC and Mac, but eventually, it will open up to include Android games. This is all set to take place sometime in 2019, but the big news is that developers will get to keep 88% of the revenue. Compared to Google's, Apple's, and Steam's 30% cut, this is going to be a big selling point.

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Command & Conquer: Rivals is available globally for Android

Last week we learned that Command & Conquer: Rivals would be launching worldwide on December 4th, which is today. Lo and behold EA has stuck to the release date as the game is now available for download from the Play Store. It's billed as a fast-paced real-time strategy game, but really it's just a Clash Royale clone with a C&C skin.

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[Bigdroid] Dead Zebra's 10" Mega Android figure is on sale for $27 ($23 off)

Have you been looking for a silly-large toy to occupy a bunch of space on your shelf or desk? Then boy, have we got a treat for you. Dead Zebra makes an absolute unit of an Android figure measuring nearly 10 inches tall, and it's on sale for $27.

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CAT's ultra-durable Android phones are $30-250 off right now at B&H Photo

Caterpillar Inc (better known as 'CAT') makes tractors, excavators, trucks, engines, and... smartphones. Actually, the phones are manufactured by Bullitt Group, but they retain the company's focus on durability. If you want a phone that can survive a six-foot drop onto concrete with no damage, the entire lineup of CAT phones is on sale at B&H Photo.

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24 best new (and 1 WTF) Android games released this week including CHUCHEL, HELP, and Star Trek Fleet Command

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have the latest point and click adventure game from Amanita Design, a small collection of puzzle games that reside in a single title created for charity, and an officially licensed Star Trek base builder. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week.

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12 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last two weeks including Ralph Breaks the Internet Stickers, Typing Hero, and T-Mobile MONEY (11/17/18 - 12/1/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. This week's more interesting releases include a Disney-themed sticker pack, an ingenious tool that's useful for repeat phrases when texting, and a banking app from T-Mobile. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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[Update: Shield-only] Amazon Music is coming to Android TV, and you can pre-register now

Whether it's a sound bar or an elaborate surround sound setup, a lot of people's best speakers are attached to their TVs. A lot of people also have Amazon Music, whether or not they realize it; the service comes free with Amazon Prime. Owners of Android TV hardware will soon be able to use those speakers to listen to that music, as a Play Store listing for a TV version of Amazon Music has appeared.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV re-review: Not the box you bought three years ago

The device we currently know as the "NVIDIA SHIELD" is not the first one to carry the name. That honor goes to the handheld device launched in 2013, later renamed SHIELD Portable. After that came the SHIELD Tablet, and finally the SHIELD Android TV in 2015. It was not the only way to get Android TV, but NVIDIA's box is the only one that had any staying power. Three years on, this device has gotten 20 updates across three major Android versions. I can't think of another Android device that offers so much value after more than three years of use. That's why we're taking another look at the SHIELD—it's changed quite a lot.

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Spotify tests letting you import local songs on Android, a tabbed Library view, and other improvements

We love dissecting APKs here on Android Police — our own Cody spends his entire day going through all of Google's apps looking for the tiniest of changes that could hint at an upcoming feature, so we appreciate a lot the work others do when they look at apps that we don't have the time/manpower to. Take Jane Manchun Wong, for example. She's been leaking Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram features for a while, and her latest dip into Spotify has yielded a lot of interesting discoveries.

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