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15 of the best Android games to play while you're stuck at home

Now that many people across the globe are stuck at home, thanks to the coronavirus, I figured it's the perfect time to share some of AP's favorite Android games to keep the doldrums at bay. This is why I've taken the time to compile a short list of quality titles that can easily melt the hours of the day away. So whether you're looking for a game you can really sink your teeth into or are simply looking for something with a bit more depth than your average mobile release, then AP has your back with a roundup of the best Android games to play while you're stuck at home.

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Android 11's long-press power menu might become a smart home control center (Update: DP2 video)

In Android 11, evidence has surfaced that Google might finally add quick wallet access to the long-press power menu, but it looks like the company has much more in store for this system feature. XDA Developers has discovered that the menu might be turned into a control center for home automation, letting you easily manage smart appliances in your house.

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Buy Doom Eternal on Stadia by April 3, get Doom 64 free

Doom Eternal hit Stadia, consoles, and PC today, and there's good news for early adopters. If you snag the game on Stadia by April 3, you'll get some free bonuses — including access to Doom 64 when it launches on the platform later this spring.

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Google Assistant has a horrible song to help make sure you wash your hands long enough

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues, health officials have one advisory above all others: you need to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to make sure they're virus-free. Google's getting in on that action: you can now ask the Assistant for help washing your hands to hear a terrible song about it.

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The Nokia 8.3 5G is the first truly global 5G phone, with support for bands in every country (Update: Android One after all)

In today's livestreamed event that was supposed to take place as part of the canceled Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, HMD Global was finally able to unveil its latest Nokia-branded mobile phones. The Nokia 8.3 5G is the world's first global 5G phone, which means it supports bands in every country in which 5G is currently deployed — even the Samsung Galaxy S2o Ultra can't boast global roaming capabilities. At the same time, the Nokia 5.3, 1.3, and a new roaming data plan from HMD also made their debut.

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Android 11’s hidden double-tap gesture lets you take screenshots (Updated)

Before face unlocking technology became the security metric of choice for OEMs, Pixel phones boasted a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that also supported swipe gestures. When the Pixel 4 opted to remove that sensor, rear-mounted gesture support went with it. Luckily, the Android team has a new way to make the back of your phone great again with a double-tap gesture in Android 11 Developer Preview 1.

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Doom Eternal is launching on Stadia today

The Doom series is among the best-known video games in the world, so it's great to see that Google managed to secure the rights for the latest title in the installment — in fact, this is the game Stadia has been hyping even before the service itself launched. Today, Doom Eternal has finally landed on the platform, along with being released on most other common consoles and stores.

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HMD, maker of Nokia phones, introduces a global data-roaming SIM card (Updated)

HMD Global is the manufacturer behind the Nokia brand revival and has created a plethora of well-received Android smartphones ever since that Windows Phone bet didn't work out. With Nokia re-established, the company seems to be searching for the next frontier, and it looks like it wants to start an additional business as a mobile operator. An "HMD Connect" app has silently appeared on the Play Store, and judging from the description and the listing's images, the Finnish company wants to focus its effort on providing data-only plans to those who travel a lot internationally.

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Everything we know about Google's upcoming Pixel 4a

Pixel leak season has started, and details surrounding Google's upcoming mid-range phone have started to trickle out.  The previous Pixel 3a was a great phone, and that leaves the Pixel 4a with some awfully big shoes to fill. Any official word is probably still a few months out, but here's what we know about the phone so far.

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Partner up for 20 of the best Android co-op games available in 2020

Finding quality mobile co-op games isn't easy, which is probably why I often see people asking what sort of mobile games are perfect for co-op play with their partner. So now that many of us are stuck at home for the next few weeks, this question couldn't be more pertinent, and so I've compiled a list of the best co-op games currently available on Android in 2020. So if you're looking to kill some time with your partner and aren't into competitive games, this roundup is for you.

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