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[Update: Court reverses ban] TikTok banned in India over fears of porn and sexual predators

The Indian government has banned social video app TikTok, Reuters reports from an IT ministry official. The ban came at the urging of a regional court which determined that the app harbors pornographic content and allows sexual predators to prey on younger users. The developer, China-based Bytedance, is appealing the order.

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Ookla Speedtest adds 1 Gb option for accurately measuring 5G connections

5G is in the earliest stages of rolling out to consumers unless you ask AT&T, anyway. If raw numbers can't give you an idea about how fast your internet connection is, the Android app for Speedtest.net can now adjust the dial graphic for gigabit speeds.

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Full-screen video ads with sound ruin document scanning app CamScanner

Advertisements are part of life, but they don't need to play a role at the wrong parts of your life. One prime example can be found with document scanning app CamScanner where, for at least the past month, users have been encountering loud, full-screen video commercials while trying to use the app while conducting business.

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Google I/O 2019 app updated with dark mode, augmented reality, and more

We're less than a fortnight away from I/O 2019 — an enlightening few days for Android enthusiasts, and Google has dropped a new version of the I/O app into the Play Store. A few new features have been added this year, though some can only be enjoyed by those attending I/O in person.

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27 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Thank you to all of you who participated in the discussion regarding my idea for cooldown periods for apps that frequently appear on sale. I value each piece of input and encouragement, so again, thank you. I still haven't made a decision yet, so the discussion is still open if you'd like to voice your opinion or your ideas on how to improve these app sales roundups, especially in regard to apps that appear very frequently.

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Google Fit comes to iOS, offering fun motivation to get active

It's not often that we discuss iOS here on Android Police, for very obvious reasons, but sometimes, it's worth it. Whether it's discussing a new feature that could impact us Android folk or Google bringing one of its apps to the platform, we don't live in a vacuum. On that note, that brings us to today's news: Google Fit is coming to iOS.

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Google Duo group video calls begin rolling out in a few countries

For over a year, we've known that Google Duo was working on implementing group video calls. Beside a sneak peek at the feature last December, there's been no real sign of it in the app. After the Facetime bug in January, Justin Uberti, Duo's lead, mentioned that the "importance of getting [group calls right] cannot be overstated," leading us to believe it would be a while for them to arrive in Duo. But the time has come now, as group calls are making their way to users.

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Chrome's data saver is now 'Lite mode,' still not coming to desktop

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Mobile Passport app introduces Plus subscription, charges for features that were previously free

If you're a U.S. passport holder or a Canadian with a B1 or B2 visa, you've probably found the Mobile Passport app to be an exceptionally expedient solution to getting past the immigration queues and out of the airport. But the latest update has brought a paywall to features you're used to getting for free.

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[Update: Fixed] Galaxy Wearable app is partially broken, preventing new setups from fully working

If you were hoping to set up your Samsung smartwatch with a new phone, you might want to hold off. The login screen for Samsung Accounts in the Galaxy Wearable app is currently broken, preventing Samsung smartwatch owners from backing up/restoring their watch, downloading apps, and more.

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