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Niantic briefly publishes two insider testing apps for Ingress Prime (APK Download)

Niantic briefly publishes two insider testing apps for Ingress Prime (APK Download)

Niantic has just released a beta and dogfood app for Ingress Prime on the Google Play Store. These are both clearly testing apps for the game, and the beta's description even provides a link to a Google Doc for users to report the issues they run into when testing this beta (though this link's text is currently cut off, so you can't navigate to the appropriate page). Then there's the dogfood app, which should ideally exist for Niantic employees to test new features. However, having installed the titles, it's clear they are public-facing, so everyone is free to jump into both the dogfood and beta apps to check them out, and apparently, the release notes for the dogfood version will appear in the Ingress Prime release notes in the future.

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Google Play Store takes hamburgers off the menu in latest UI test

Google Play Store takes hamburgers off the menu in latest UI test

The Google Play Store is one of the most important apps on any phone, which is probably why Google is always tweaking it here and there. Last year, the Play Store received its biggest visual overhaul in a while, and this summer the app starting rolling out new search filters and experimenting with a redesign of the My Apps screen. In this latest test, Google is getting rid of the Play Store's hamburger menu.

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Sticker suggestions in Google Messages are almost ready to go

Sticker suggestions in Google Messages are almost ready to go

Stickers are the messaging trend right now, with Facebook, Telegram, Google, and other companies adding them to any platform they can think of, not even stopping short of mashing up emoji. To make them even more ubiquitous and easier to use, Google is testing some changes in Messages and Gboard, adding contextual sticker recommendations to the former and sticker pack suggestions to the latter.

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Oops: Some Pixel 3 owners have received internal November OTA system updates

Oops: Some Pixel 3 owners have received internal November OTA system updates

Every once in a while, Google mistakenly rolls out software not meant for the public. These dogfood builds contain experimental features the company wants to test internally even before letting them loose on beta users. It seems that such a confidential OTA update rolled out to some Pixel 3 and 3 XL users over the last couple of hours, as we've received word that people already got the November security patch accompanied by a note saying "CONFIDENTIAL INTERNAL ONLY."

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Pixel 4 camera app leaks ahead of launch

Pixel 4 camera app leaks ahead of launch

Not a single day has passed this week without a Pixel 4 leak, and today is no different. This time we don't have more information on the phone itself for you. Instead, a new version of the Google Camera app purported to come from the Pixel 4 has leaked, giving us a glimpse at a retouched interface.

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[Update: Reinstated] Apple kills Google's internal iOS apps for violating developer policies

[Update: Reinstated] Apple kills Google's internal iOS apps for violating developer policies

Yesterday Apple pulled Facebook's ability to distribute internal apps for employees on iOS in the wake of an investigation performed by TechCrunch, which alleged that Facebook was not only paying teenagers to use an app to record their activity, but that the app was also abusing Apple's Enterprise Developer Program to be distributed in the first place. In follow-up coverage, it was noted that Google was also using the same method to distribute a consumer-facing app called "Screenwise Meter," which Google subsequently pulled.

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Google accidentally pushed a Dogfood test build of the May 2017 security update to the Pixel XL

Google accidentally pushed a Dogfood test build of the May 2017 security update to the Pixel XL

Google seems to have a problem with keeping testers and customers apart. Last month, the company pushed an unfinished Google Drive for Windows update, causing Drive to break for thousands of users. Now Google has accidentally released a confidential build of the May 2017 security update to normal Pixel XL owners.

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Google Search may soon show live popular business times for locations

Google Search may soon show live popular business times for locations

There's a Chick-Fil-A location on Powers Boulevard in Colorado Springs. It's there. It sells chicken sandwiches. It's the only one on that side of the city. The store is technically open from 6AM to 10PM every day, but I don't think I've ever been there before nine at night. Because as good as Chick-Fil-A sandwiches are, they're not worth waiting 40 minutes in a drive-through line that wraps around the building twice.

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Google Is Testing A New Group Conversation App Called Spaces

Google Is Testing A New Group Conversation App Called Spaces

Google probably has tons of projects in testing that we'll never hear about until they come out (assuming they do). One of these unannounced projects is an app called Spaces. It's part of a non-public beta in the Play Store, but we've gotten a look at the app. You can think of it as a group messaging app, but more focused.

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