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Layton's Mystery Journey: Starter Kit offers first case free, additional cases as DLC packs

Level-5's first mobile entry to the Professor Layton series of puzzle-solving adventure games is now available in a free-to-start version. The game centers around Layton's daughter, Katrielle, who solves mysteries with her friends and talking dog. While this is not quite the first Professor Layton game on mobile, it is the first game to receive a simultaneous release on Nintendo 3DS and mobile (well, in Japan, anyway).

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Google Phone v16 fixes issue with Pixel screens not waking on incoming calls with Bluetooth device connected [APK Download]

These days, almost all manufacturer apps can be updated via the Play Store. This makes updating them with new designs and features a lot easier, as you might have glimpsed from our teardowns. Most recently for the Google Phone app, v15 added a white navigation bar, assisted dialing for international travelers, and some more. We didn't spot any major changes in Phone v16, but it appears that it fixes an issue people were having with receiving calls while they had a Bluetooth device connected.

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Google Duo v26 begins testing H.265, continues work on Google sign-in and videomail, and removes camera test settings [APK Teardown]

The Duo team began rolling out v26 today, but this one doesn't have any obvious changes, so it may be a service update. A teardown is also fairly sparse, mostly calling back to some older topics, including the upcoming feature for sending video messages when connections can't be made on the spot, the removal of some camera adjustments used in development, and the start of H.265 testing. Since there's not a lot of meat to most topics, they'll be kept pretty short. Of course, if you stumble across anything new, let us know in the comments!

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23 new and notable Android games from the last week (1/17/18 - 1/23/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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You'll soon be able to see Snapchat Stories on the web

It will soon be possible to share your Snapchat Stories on the web, Snap has announced today. The initiative, which would reportedly be called Stories Everywhere, was first leaked last month by Cheddar and will allow users to generate a shareable link to a story which can then be viewed on a web browser. According to information Snapchat shared with Android Police, the feature will initially be rolling out to Snapchatters who are currently on the redesigned Snapchat app, which includes users in countries like Australia and Canada.

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DuckDuckGo's new app and extensions block ad trackers and grade websites on privacy

If you prefer that your internet searches not be subject to the all-seeing eye in Mountain View, the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo search engine has got you covered (almost literally). Now with a souped-up browser extension and mobile app, DuckDuckGo is expanding its blanket of privacy across the entire web.

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[Hands-on] Scheduled lets you write, schedule, and auto-send messages to your contacts

Remembering things is getting tougher and tougher every day. One second I'm thinking I should reach out to my uncle to ask how he's been doing after his surgery, the next it's out of my mind and it doesn't come back until many days later and I feel like the most horrible niece ever. I've used to-do lists and calendar events even to remind me to message someone, but when that notification pops up, I keep snoozing it until I find the time to write the actual message. Messaging people and staying in touch isn't easy with our hectic lives, whether it's birthday greetings or simple "hey, how are you?" or the daily "I reached work safely" or "I'm leaving work now" notices you send to your significant other.

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Instagram now supports Android's direct share menu

Android's direct share feature debuted on Marshmallow and makes it easy to share links or media from any app on your phone. You can use it with most popular messaging services, email clients, and even note-taking apps like Keep. To be able to share directly to an app, the maker of that app needs to implement direct share, so there are still some apps it doesn't work with. Instagram was on that list until pretty recently, but not anymore.

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Begin the week with 20 temporarily free and 20 on-sale apps

It's the final full week of January, which is plain hard to believe. Even so, we all must press on and since it's Monday, I'm back around for some app sales. We have a pretty small list today, which I would expect this early in the year, so it shouldn't take you too long to browse through what's on offer.

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Gboard Go starts rolling out to Android 8.1 devices with low RAM [APK Download]

Google is in the process of launching all the "Go" apps that will power the lighter, faster version of Android designed for low-power devices. We've already seen Maps Go, YouTube Go, and several more, but now there's Gboard Go. This app doesn't seem to have its own listing in the Play Store, but it's available to devices with low RAM and anyone running Android 8.1 who wants to sideload it.

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