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Google boosts Play Games max level from 50 to 99

Do you play a lot of games on your phone despite the prevalence of in-app purchase minefields? Well, then you're braver than I. Heavy mobile gamers will be happy to know that Google has finally increased the level cap, which was stuck at an anemic 50. Now, you can get to levels as high as 99. Why bother? Because the number is larger, duh.

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Uber update adds features to make pickups less annoying

Sometimes, the hardest part of getting where you need to go with a ride-sharing service is meeting up with your driver. The Uber app is adding a number of handy features to make pickups easier. You can send glanceable messages, create a color-coded signpost, and more.

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39 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for Prime Day

Welcome to another week. Today is Prime Day, a glorious hodge-podge of sales from everyone's favorite online mega-retailer. It also so happened to fall on an app sales roundup day, so here we are. Today's list features a lot of customization – again – so be prepared for that. Otherwise, enjoy the day full of sales.

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Spotify Lite unofficially ported to Wear OS

Android Wear 2.0 was supposed to usher in a wave of smartwatch applications that could run independently from a connected phone... but that didn't really happen. Most popular Wear OS apps still rely on a Bluetooth connection with your phone, including the official Spotify application. Thankfully, there's now a full-featured Spotify client for Wear OS, courtesy of moneytoo on the XDA Forums.

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Google app v8.12 may bring an end to the Feed widget [APK Teardown]

Update to the Google app have been rolling out at a faster rate for a little while now, and each brings fewer and fewer overall changes. The latest update has remarkably few changes or additions, but it has shed a lot of old and unused text, which isn't a bad thing. However, one of the additions speaks to one other thing that might be going away soon: The Google Feed widget.

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IFTTT adds 15 new services, including Hive View, VeSync, and Tailwind

Automation services like IFTTT are great, but are only useful so far as they support the devices and platforms you're interested in. With hundreds of such options already lined up, IFTTT has a pretty darn solid library of compatibility, but just because it's already so big doesn't mean there's not room to grow. We've been keeping an eye out for all the new additions to the IFTTT support list, and we've got quite a few to share since we checked in with you last.

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14 temporarily free and 51 on-sale apps and games to end the week

Another week is ending, so that means it's time for some app sales! Today's list is, mercifully, much smaller than Wednesday's and it also has more notable items. Be sure to be looking for those in bold below.

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YouTube TV offering a week of free service to make up for World Cup outage

You don't mess with soccer hooligans, so YouTube TV is looking to make it right after an outage during the World Cup earlier this week. Many of those affected by the outage say they've received emails from YouTube that promise a week of free service as compensation. That's not bad for a rather brief interruption.

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[Update: Wider thumbnails rolling out] YouTube is testing a new search bar design with larger thumbnails in its Android app

There's a good amount of Google apps that have top-mounted search bars, and it looks like the YouTube app may be about to join the club. This latest YouTube test we've caught gives the home screen a bit of a makeover, with the revised top bar and larger thumbnails.

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Canary partners with Noonlight to introduce Safety Button [Updated]

Canary is known for its popular smart home security cameras, but it's now adding a new feature to its app that'll help keep you safe when out and about, too. It's joining forces with Noonlight, a service that integrates with other connected platforms such as Google Home, IFTTT, and Alexa to trigger emergency responses when you're in danger.

With help from Noonlight, Canary is adding a Safety Button to its app that can immediately share your GPS location and personal details with first responders.

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