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Be an at-home Tiger King with Google's 3D animals: more than 30 AR animals, list of compatible phones (Updated)

Although they were announced nearly a year ago, Google's AR objects in search didn't get their proper spotlight until a few weeks ago, when people in lockdown and stuck at home discovered that you can easily bring the wildlife into their living rooms. Tigers, leopards, wolves, snakes, and also a lot of cutesy animals like pandas and cats and several breeds of dogs, can be recreated in 3D in front of you, letting your kids (or your inner kid, we won't judge) have fun and be creative with different possible snaps and setups. Let's take a look at some of these AR animals, as well as what you'll need to enjoy them, and when you're done reading this, don't forget to check the other cool 3D objects you can find in Google Search.

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Hands on with FilterBox: a comprehensive notification manager app

If you feel like you've spent way too much time swiping on notifications rather than other things, there are some actions you can take to get a better handle on them — sorting apps into different notification channels and occasionally checking on your system's notification log are just a couple. But if you feel like you need a full-on notification manager app, there are quite a few options for you. One of the newest ones is FilterBox, an app from Catching Now, the Chinese developer of clipboard manager Clip Stack.

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Hands-on with Google's second Pixel Feature Drop

Google's second Pixel Feature Drop rolled out yesterday together with the March update, and it delivers quite a few tweaks to Google's Pixels. To be honest, it's probably an even bigger deal than the first Android 11 Developer Preview when it comes to user-facing changes — there are a lot of individual improvements present. I've spent the last two days or so mucking about with this latest Pixel experience, and here are my thoughts.

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Early Huawei P40 prototype appears in hands-on video showing familiar rear design

Huawei is coming out with its next P-series flagships later this month, even though it still doesn’t have access to Google apps following the US-China trade war. While we already had a pretty good idea what the P40 and P40 Pro will look like based on a few leaks from reliable sources, the former recently made an appearance in a hands-on video.

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Galaxy Z Flip first impressions: Folding phones have turned the corner

Samsung's new Galaxy Z Flip, the company's latest folding phone, has been making plenty of waves in recent days — first for being the world's very first glass folding phone, and later for being more delicate than "glass" would imply. I've only had the day to play with the phone following our very brief time with it at Samsung's event, and while I'm trying to reserve my full judgment for later, I have to say: So far, I really like it.

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Hands-on: Motorola unveils the Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus with triple cameras and massive batteries

Motorola has pulled back on flagship phones in the last few years, focusing its efforts on the G-series phones. It launched a lot of phones in the G7 generation, and we've been expecting a full Moto G refresh after the company rolled out the G8 Plus in select markets late last year. Today, Motorola has announced a pair of new G phones for everyone, the G Power and G Stylus. Both phones have three cameras and big batteries, but the Stylus trades a little battery capacity for the stylus slot.

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Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall hands on: Yet another F2P strategy game ruined by greedy monetization

Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall is an upcoming mobile strategy game that clearly contains a Game of Thrones skin, and it recently entered into a beta testing phase in Australia and New Zealand. Luckily, this beta also appears to be accessible to the US, so I've installed the game so that I can go hands-on with the title to report on exactly what it has to offer.

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Microsoft opens all-in-one Office mobile app for public preview [APK Download]

Microsoft has been testing a new Office mobile app for Android since this spring, which combines Microsoft's mobile variants of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into one. The relatively new app gives you a convenient, cloud-synchronized central point for Microsoft Office document creation and management, plus scanning, notes, and more. It's an all-in-one, on-the-go Microsoft Office solution, and now it's available in public preview.

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Honor 9X hands-on: Surprise Google apps and pop-up selfie cam, but alas no NFC

In view of the ongoing US-China trade war and the ban imposed on Huawei that restricts it from launching new phones with Google apps and services, you’d be forgiven for thinking the latest phone from sub-brand Honor was dead on arrival. And yet that’s not the case as the Honor 9X is packing all the Google goodness you’d usually expect. It’s business as usual. The reason for this is that it’s essentially the same device as the Huawei Y9 Prime or P Smart Z in terms of certification (according to Roland Quandt), which was already achieved during the extension period months ago.

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Moto G8 Plus and One Macro hands-on: Versatile cameras and long battery life

Lenovo-owned Motorola has just unveiled three new phones and expanded the availability of the Motorola One Macro it launched earlier this month. The Moto G8 Plus and Moto G8 Play are the first of a new generation of mid-range G series phones, while the E6 Play is another entry into the ultra-budget segment. The two Play models are only launching in select Latin American countries, to begin with, but I’ve been able to spend some time with the other two phones.

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