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Heads up: Android Q Beta 5 grants apps unlimited location access, but new notification helps catch that

With Android Q, Google is focusing on privacy and battery optimizations. The new OS version makes location permissions more granular and allows us to grant them only when interested apps are in use. Contrary to this new-found privacy focus, the latest beta switches all apps that you've previously granted location access "only while in use" to "allowed all the time." Luckily, it also addresses this issue by sending you a notification whenever an app asks for your location in the background.

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Google Fit adds a dark mode [APK Download]

The invasion of the dark mode continues with Google Fit being one of the latest apps to get its own today. Thanks to an update to version 2.16.22, the app received the coveted battery and AMOLED-friendly theme.

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The Android Police Podcast is live on Twitch

This past week was something of a break from the usual slow summer news cycle. We got a new look at the Pixel 4, Android Q Beta 5 was released, Google and Amazon made up, and much more. We're discussing this week's developments right now on the Android Police Podcast, so why not have a listen?

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Claims Google is 'eavesdropping' on your Google Home are a lot less exciting than they sound

Smart speakers add a layer of convenience to a household, but have you ever thought of them as planting a mole into your own living room? Back in April, Amazon admitted its employees reviewed anonymized recordings in order to improve its speech recognition system. Now a fresh controversy has emerged around Google and its Assistant, where the company confirms doing the very same — but there's still no need to worry.

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Google announces redesign for News tab in desktop Search

Google has been working quite a bit on its news offerings over the past year. An overhauled Google News app launched a year ago, and has continued to get updates since, but the News tab in desktop Google Search has has had the same design for ages. That will soon change though, as Google has announced a redesign for the tab.

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[Update: Back up] Twitter is down so you'll have to go to Facebook to complain about it

If you noticed that "Something is technically wrong" when you went to tweet just now, it's not just you. At the time of writing, Twitter seems to be down. Neither desktop app, nor mobile site, or even the Twitter Android app can connect to the service. You'll have to get your next dose of narcissism via Facebook.

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Chrome OS may be picking up Chromecast's ambient mode screensavers

If you leave your Chromebook idle for a few minutes, it'll go to sleep. That's a sensible thing for it to do, but if you've always wished for a screensaver, your prayers may soon be answered: a recent Chromium commit shows that Chrome OS could pick up a Chromecast-style ambient mode.

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The Pixel 3a XL will come with a $100 Amazon gift card on Prime Day

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are already a great deal with a starting price of $400 and the best camera available on a smartphone. It's getting even better on Amazon Prime Day, though. Amazon will throw in a $100 Amazon gift card with purchase of a 3a XL. You can get a deal on the more expensive Pixel 3 phones, too.

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FCC publishes photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy Note 10 in just a few weeks, but there won't be any major surprises. After numerous render leaks and device renders, photos of the device have now appeared courtesy of the FCC. There are multiple photos of the Note 10+ in Samsung's regulatory filings, confirming several features of the device.

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Get a 3rd-gen Chromecast 2-pack for $50 ($20 off) at Best Buy

The Chromecast is a handy gadget to have plugged into the TV — letting you initiate and control video playback from your streaming service of choice all from a smartphone. With the Google-Amazon spat finished, the last frontier, aka Prime Video, has also been breached. If you're looking to get a Chromecast, a 2-pack of the current gen model can be had at Best Buy for $50, effectively $25 a pop.

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