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Google app v7.20 beta hints at custom hotwords, prepares Duo account linking for smart displays, podcast download management, and more [APK Teardown]

It's time for another Google app update. The beta release of v7.20 follows the trend of making few changes to the interface or functions, but there's a lot to see in a teardown. Thanks to resources harvested from the app, there are clues pointing to a new hotword to wake the Assistant, which may finally mean custom hotwords. We can also see more updates for smart displays and podcast management. There may even be a redesigned order tracking feature coming that keeps better track of status changes.

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Samsung Pay officially launches in Mexico

Samsung Pay launched in South Korea back in 2015, then expanded into the US, China, and more for a total of 19 official markets before today. Now, Samsung adds number 20: Mexico. You may be thinking, "didn't that already happen?" Well, apparently the appearance of the landing page last November was not the full launch.

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[Update: Possibly coming to Android on Feb. 9th] Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is available for pre-registration right now

Well, we already knew that Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition was going to release by the end of this year, though it is looking like the release will be sooner rather than later thanks to the game's fresh availability for pre-registration on the Play Store. So not only can you sign up to receive a notification once this title is officially available, there is an all-new trailer to accompany this pre-registration that reveals some new scenes of gameplay.

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14 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last week (1/23/18 - 1/29/18)

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 week or so.

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Adult Swim's Android app finally supports Chromecast

It's not a stretch to say that Chromecast support was the single most requested feature in the Adult Swim app. For years many people, including myself, have been lamenting the lack of Google's streaming integration in the service. And now, finally, it's here. As of today's update, you can stream Adult Swim content from the app to your Chromecast, and they've even added a Twitch-style live chat system for specific content. This is the best news so far this year. 

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: Win one of 20 BrexLink USB-C wall charger and 2 USB-C to USB-C cable bundles ($30 total value) plus a 20% off coupon for everyone [US only]

As many of us are still transitioning from microUSB to USB-C accessories, there are still places where upgrades are needed. Maybe you used to have an extra charger and cable at work, but now you're lugging the OEM one around with you. Whatever it is you need, this weekend's giveaway should help to round out your list of accessories.

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Amazon doesn't want ads on Alexa

It's fairly simple to create unobtrusive advertising on computers, phones, tablets, and other devices with a screen - users can simply ignore the ads. However, that doesn't translate to smart speakers, since the only interface is speaking. There's no unobtrusive way to stop in the middle of a sentence and start talking about a sale.

Thankfully, at least for the moment, Amazon agrees that ads have no place on smart speakers. According to a report from The Information, Sony approached Amazon several times about running ads on its Jeopardy Alexa game. The company refused each time, explaining that advertising could alienate users.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Cloud Cam is $89.99 ($30 off) as part of Amazon's Deal of the Day

Indoor security cameras have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and Amazon recently joined the game with the Cloud Cam. The online retail giant is offering a $30 discount on the Cloud Cam, lowering the price to $89.99, but only for today.

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BeyondPod's beta release has been completely broken for months, and the new owners don't seem to care

BeyondPod has been one of the top podcast managers on Android for ages thanks to its robust feature set. However, development seems to have hit something of a rough patch. Users have been complaining about a beta release that's hopelessly broken for months, and it's been well over a year since the Play Store version has been updated.

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Unofficial Google Camera port now works on LG phones with wide angle lenses

Many of us love the simplicity of the Google Camera app that comes pre-installed on Pixel phones, but it's the HDR+ capabilities that really set it apart. Thankfully the Android community is full of willing modders, and an unofficial port has been available for some time now. It hasn't played nice with phones that have dual rear lenses, as no Google device has such a setup. A new update looks to have added support for some LG devices with two cameras.

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