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Speed controls are finally being tested in YouTube's Android app

Here at Android Police, us writers are encouraged not to use the word "finally" in titles, as it can manufacture unnecessary excitement for something that not a lot of people may care about. However, for something as miraculous as this, there really is no better word to use. Google has at long last begun testing speed controls in the YouTube Android app, something that people have been wanting for years. It's about time.

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Google Wallet now allows bulk requests for money from multiple people

Today Google rolled out a minor change to the Google Wallet site. Now you can request money in bulk from up to five people at once. So the next time you need to split an expense with your buddies, or just shake down your friends for cash, you'll be able to save a tiny bit of time. The feature doesn't seem to have hit the Android App yet, but I would imagine it will eventually. 

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Wireless multi-speaker app SoundSeeder gets a material makeover in version 2.0

SoundSeeder is a pretty niche app, one that promises to turn any device capable of running it into another speaker for your music. By syncing multiple phones all connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can make your music louder and spread it throughout different rooms, perfect for parties. A while ago, Rita took a look at how SoundSeeder compared with a new app in the space, AmpMe. Since then, SoundSeeder developer Jekapps has been hard at work on v2.0, which includes a complete material redesign, wearable support, and more.

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Head into the weekend with 26 temporarily free and 45 on-sale apps

It's finally Friday, which means it's time for the final app sales post for the week. It's pretty short today, but there are a few goodies here — most notably, doubleTwist Pro. Keep in mind that all the times listed below are accurate at time and country of writing. Things might be different where you are.

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PSA: YouTube Music now lets you save specific songs, playlists, or albums for offline listening

Those of you who pay for YouTube Red may know that for a while it's been possible to listen to music on YouTube Music without a connection with the offline mixtape feature. It's not the ideal solution, as it auto-populates based on your listening history. You can remove songs from it, but many users would prefer to choose which songs go on the list, too. At some point recently, the option to save specific songs to an offline playlist was added to the app, something which we thought you might like to know about.

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Android Messages v2.3 update that adds 'Mark as Read' button in notifications is now available for all [APK Download]

Android Messages v2.3 was introduced with Android O Developer Preview 3 back in June, and it brought a small yet powerful thing: a 'Mark as read' button in notifications. This was something that many people were glad to see, but it was only available in DP3. Now, Android Messages v2.3 has rolled out to all devices, meaning that all of you can now experience what a wonderful feature this is.

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Starbucks for Android now has fingerprint support

Those that frequent the land of French roasts and baristas to get their caffeine fix can now save a few extra seconds each day. The Starbucks app for Android was just updated, and among the recent changes is fingerprint support. So the next time you log in or reload your balance, it could be as easy as a single tap.

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Play Store v8.1 adds notification channels on Android O [APK Download]

A new version of the Google Play Store began rolling out earlier today with few, if any noticeable changes. However, if you're running the Android O previews on any devices, there will be one change to look forward to: Notification Channels. The latest version brings five distinct channels for customization, including: Security and Maintenance, Updated Apps, App Updates Available, Account Alerts, and High Priority. Now we can make a few more decisions about which notifications we want to see and if they matter more or less than the developers thought they should.

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[Update: Fixed in a recent beta] Latest Google Play Services seems to have broken casting using Android hotspot for WiFi

Around the world, a lot of people rely on their mobile devices as their only point of access to the internet and don't have a WiFi connection or router at home. For many of those people, using a Chromecast would have been impossible if it weren't for one small logical workaround: creating a hotspot with their phone that the Chromecast can connect to. Unfortunately, that workaround is no longer, uhm, working right now and it sounds like the latest Google Play Services is to blame.

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Terra Battle 2 is coming soon, and you can pre-register for it today

That's right, the sequel to Mistwalker Corporation's hit tile-based tactical role-playing game Terra Battle is available for pre-registration on the Google Play Store as of today. Apparently, it is aiming to offer a different gameplay experience but still wants to retain the core battle mechanics of the original. So your guess is as good as mine as to what to expect from the gameplay when the sequel is released.

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