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Snag Anker's Soundcore Spirit Pro Bluetooth earbuds for just $22 ($17 off) at Amazon

Whether you're out trying to shave off that quarantine weight or at home cozying up with a good book, you probably want some headphones to fend off distractions and keep you in the zone — you need to concentrate and you need a solution at a decent price. Anker has an offering for you, with its Soundcore Spirit Pro Bluetooth earbuds at just $22 ($17 off) at Amazon.

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Play Store notifies some users that it 'can't install apps,' even though it can

A number of people are encountering an error message from the Play Store where the app claims that it cannot install apps because "the settings on this device" don't allow it to. This appears despite previously normal behavior and no changes to settings.

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Google ruined the quick settings panel in Android 11

Android 11 has been stable for a bit, and while it brought many improvements to the table, there are also a few regressions. One of these is a small but significant change to the quick settings tiles. Compared to earlier versions of the OS, Android 11 only displays two rows instead of three, even when the new media player isn't in use.

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Hands-on with the new Google Play Console: Easier publishing and a new Material Theme

This has been an exciting week for Android developers. The first Android 11 Beta rolled out, Android Studio received a significant update in the Beta/Canary channels, and a shiny new Play Console for publishing/managing applications is now available in beta. Thankfully, the new experimental Play Console addresses many common complaints with the current iteration, and it's definitely worth trying out if you're a Play Store developer.

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Chromebooks managed through Google Family Link can now install any extensions

Earlier this month, Google whitelisted a few extensions for kids' Chromebooks managed via Family Link, like Zoom, Hangouts, and some educational tools — only installable with parental permission, of course. This makes life easier for those who need to rely on video conferences for learning during these stay-at-home times, but it's still a tiny selection. To improve the situation, Google is now testing support for all extensions on managed Chromebooks in Chrome OS 83+ (we tested using Dev 83 and 84).

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Phones keep getting faster and the Play Store still runs like trash

Google's Play Store has a few different negative associations, even among Android users, depending on who you talk to. Some developers find they don't get enough support from the company when they run into issues, and less savvy customers have to wade through piles of low-effort and low-quality app clones loaded with ads at best, and malware at worst. But pretty much everyone can agree that the Play Store app itself could be better. While the experience varies, switching between sections, updating apps, and even just scrolling can be a janky, stuttery experience, even on the fastest smartphones.

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Sony just released a phone running Android 9 Pie

Sony's mobile division has made some curious decisions in recent years despite still making some decent hardware. Cinematic 21:9 displays are the Japanese OEM's current design differentiator, but it's last few models have failed to capture consumer imagination or claim much market share. The last thing you'd advise the company to do in this moment is launch a phone worthy of ridicule — but alas, that's what it has done.

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Android stability flaw is causing some phones (mostly Pixels) to freeze up completely

Several of us at AP, myself included, have noticed a concerning stability issue on Google Pixel devices in recent weeks that causes the whole system UI to become unresponsive. According to the many replies to Artem's tweet on the subject (below), users of phones from other OEMs also complain about the issue, so it might be a more widespread Android bug rather than one limited to Google-made devices.

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Credit Karma picks up support for Pixel 4 face unlock


BART rolling out in-app payments for daily parking starting with 5 stations

As a Bay Area-based website, this story might be a bit inside baseball to a lot of you, but screw it, Silicon Valley is The Best Valley. And if you work around here, you probably know what parking at a BART station lot is like — if you're not on the EZ Rider program, it's rather time-consuming. Fortunately, the official BART app has just been updated to support in-app payments for Daily Fee parking at five stations right now.

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