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Google Home calling is now live in the UK

You might think making phone calls with Google Home would be a basic function available from launch, but you'd be wrong. VoIP calling eventually came to users in the US and Canada last August, but it's eluded other regions until now. At Google's October 4th hardware last year the UK was promised similar functionality — due to go live later in the year. It's a bit late, but UK Google Home users are finally able to make hands-free calls as of today.

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Google Photos starts showing location next to date dividers

Photos might be one of the most beloved Google apps and services and it's always amazing to see how smart it is at parsing people, pets, things, and locations. The latter is gaining a more prominent place in the Photos app on Android. Now when you scroll through your photo library, you might start seeing a location next to each date separator.

This is not unexpected, as Photos on the web has been displaying these locations for some users for months now. However, we haven't seen it on Android until now. The change was spotted by one of our tipsters, but none of us on the Android Police team can replicate it, despite running the latest version

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WhatsApp beta adds an adaptive launcher icon

Some changes are a little subtle, but this one seems to have made an impact as we've received not one, not two, but six tips so far about WhatsApp's icon in the latest 2.18.74 beta. So either you guys hated that WhatsApp didn't conform to your chosen launcher icon shape and were impatient for it to look the same as your other homescreen icons, either you have a little too much time on your hands. It could also be that WhatsApp rarely changes its identity and it's been years since this icon first showed up, replacing the older more shadowy one.

But that's really all there is to it.

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Google+ v10.1 switches to a mostly white color palette and prepares to offer notifications for daily highlights [APK Teardown]

A new version of Google+ is rolling out, but unlike many recent releases, this one has at least one immediately visible change after updating. The UI is taking on a whiter look for some of its key UI elements. A teardown also reveals that a Highlights section is coming back and will optionally make an appearance in notifications.

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BlackBerry alleges Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram are infringing on BBM patents

BlackBerry Messenger was the iMessage of the late 2000s, especially since it was initially exclusive to the company's own hardware. BBM expanded to iOS and Android in 2013, but it has become mostly irrelevant thanks to competitors like WhatsApp and iMessage. BlackBerry is now suing Facebook and its subsidiaries (including WhatsApp and Instagram), alleging that Facebook is violating numerous BBM patents.

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24 new and notable Android games from the last week (2/28/18 - 3/6/18)

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.

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[Deal Alert] Anker ROAV C1 Pro WiFi-enabled dash cam with Android app on sale for $74.99 (25% off) today only

The freedom of the open road is great until you get in a fender-bender and there's a dispute over whose fault it was. Dash cams come in handy at times like that, but good ones are pretty spendy. The Anker ROAV C1 Pro is usually around $130, but today only it's on sale at Amazon for $75.

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Disney theme parks are now on Google Maps Street View

You know what's fun? Going to a Disney theme park. You know what's even more fun? Being paid to go to a Disney theme park. That's what a few lucky Google employees got to do, because the company announced today that eleven Disney parks have been mapped on Street View. This includes Walt Disney World, California Adventures, Disneyland Paris, and others.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung EVO Select 256GB microSD card is down to $99.99 ($50 off) on Amazon

About a week ago, we posted about a sale being run on SanDisk's higher-storage microSD cards, but the discount posted for the 256GB version is no longer available. However, Samsung's 256GB EVO Select microSD card is now being discounted to $99.99, making it a full $50 cheaper than MSRP.

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Huawei Mate SE launches in the US, but it's just a slightly better Honor 7X

Perhaps you're interested in the Honor 7X, but you wish the hardware were slightly more powerful. Well, Huawei has launched that exact phone in the US as the Mate SE. It has slightly better specs and a few design tweaks, but it's basically the same phone for a little more money.

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