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Chrome 64 blocks redirecting ads, switches to a white navigation bar, and more [APK Download]

The first Chrome release of 2018 is here! Chrome 64 includes the long-awaited redirect blocking feature, but it's still not enabled by default for some reason. There are a few other minor changes as well, like a white navigation bar and new APIs for developers to use. Without further ado, let's get into it!

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The official app of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics is available for download

It's almost time for the best athletes of every nation (except Russia) to gather and compete on the world stage. This time, it's happening in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the official Olympic Games app has been launched in partnership with Samsung. You can pick it up right now to get a handle on the happenings before the games start in a few weeks.

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MapleStory M is available on the Play Store as an English language open beta until January 30th

MapleStory M is Nexon's latest attempt to bring the MapleStory MMORPG to Android. They had tried previously in 2015 with the release of Pocket MapleStory, but fans of the PC version were none too happy with the changes made to the game and its god-awful controls. It has since been removed, but that doesn't mean Nexon has given up on bringing the franchise to mobile. In October of 2016 MapleStory M was released in Korea, but there was no word about an English release. Well, it looks like we now know for sure that an English version is coming stateside because a public beta is up on the Play Store right now.

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Instagram introduces GIF stickers that you can add to your stories

Instagram updates its app pretty often, with new features coming thick and fast. Recently we've seen the addition of an activity status for direct messages and support for Android's direct share menu. Not resting on their laurels, the developers now have another new treat for everyone, in the form of new GIF stickers that can be added to your stories.

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Plex comes to Daydream with full VR, co-watching, and selectable viewing scenes

In its continuing quest to dominate your personal media library, Plex is launching a new way to watch your locally-stored content. Plex VR is coming to Daydream, and the base package does not even require a Pass subscription! This will come with fully interactive viewing environments, social elements like a friends list, and support for 2D, 180°, 360°, and 3D+360° videos.

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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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