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Liven up conversations with AvatarMoji from CooTek's TouchPal Keyboard [Sponsored Post]

Animated emoji can be a lot of fun, but they usually rely on advanced camera tracking software that is only available on a handful of devices — until now. CooTek just added the ability to create animated emoji (using a picture of your face) to TouchPal Keyboard, and the feature even works on all Android and iOS devices.

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Pandora has added a podcast discovery feature to its Android app

The latest update to the music discovery app Pandora finally adds a much-requested feature — podcasts. More than 100,000 episodes across a wide range of genres are available through Pandora as of the latest version, so if you're a heavy user of the app who's been going elsewhere for your pods, you no longer need to.

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Google Maps' Waze-like incident reporting shows up for many, doesn't work yet

Google Maps' incident reporting feature has been a long-time coming. After the company bought Waze in 2013, everyone thought Google Maps would get its popular crowdsourced reporting feature in no-time, but years have passed it's only a few months ago that we started seeing hints of it in our teardowns of Maps. The first real signs started showing up in the app after that, with users spotting confirmation prompts for reported incidents and, recently, a button to report crashes and speed traps. Now, the latter is showing up for many under a new look, but it doesn't work at all.

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Google Fit gets a home screen widget and improved activity tracking in latest update

Google says it has been paying attention to your feature requests since the redesigned Fit app was launched in the summer and it has a new update just in time for the holidays — ready for you to watch the pounds pile on thanks to yet another leftover-turkey sandwich your body didn't ask for.

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Google Maps tests directions screen with refreshed Material Design, rolls out For You tab to 130 countries

With every few updates, Google Maps seems to walk closer and closer to a full-fledged refresh of its Material interface, helping it go along with the new direction Google is taking this year with its app design language. We've seen a new look for the main interface, an updated side menu, overhauled hotel listings, new fonts in many places throughout the app, a persistent Overview/Reviews/Photos bar on some place listings, and even an update to the look of the app on Android Auto. But over the past couple of days, one more part of the app is getting its re-looking session: Directions.

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Instagram lets you send short voice notes in Direct messages

Instagram's foray into messaging is slowly expanding. What began as a simple messaging section for users to communicate without leaving the image-sharing app is now a quasi full-fledged messenger with support for GIFs, tight integration with Stories, video calling, disappearing media, and more. The latest addition that began rolling out yesterday is voice messages.

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Moto Camera update adds selfie portrait mode, AR Stickers for Moto Z3 and Z3 Play phones, watermarking, and more

Every so often, Motorola updates its camera app with bug fixes and maybe a couple of new features. This latest Moto Camera update is rather hefty, adding several new features. Highlights include a selfie portrait mode for all Motorola devices now, AR stickers for the Moto Z3 and Z3 Play, and a nifty watermarking feature.

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51 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps to start the week

Another week has begun, so let's get right down to the app sales for today. It's a fair-sized list, so you might find something that you'll like. As always, my personal recommendation is in bold (just one today).

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Telegram hits v5.0 with streamlined settings, redesigned profiles, and more

With the current (and likely eternal) mess that is Google's approach to messaging, you might be looking for a better way to keep in touch with friends and family. Well, there's always Telegram. The app just got an update to v5.0 with a raft of changes like easier-to-use settings and redesigned profiles. You can even view more web pages from the chat with Instant View 2.0.

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Google Duo v45 prepares pre-call notifications, continues work on Low Light mode and sending pre-recorded videos [APK Teardown]

A new update to Duo is out in the wild, but like many others, there's not much to see upon installation. We're all about the teardown on this one, which hints at some kind of pre-call notification and adds follow-ups on the topics of Low Light mode and sending pre-recorded videos to somebody else through Duo.

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