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Maps v9.74 beta expands upcoming food review feature to also encompass activities and other products [APK Teardown]

A new version of Google Maps came rolling out super-late last night. While there are a few changes to note, this one looks like it may be one of the quietest of updates for the Maps app in a long time. There are a couple of basic cosmetic adjustments to discuss, plus a short teardown. As always, we're still looking for more changes, so let us know if there are any other interesting features that deserve attention.

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Over 85 Android apps and games have added augmented reality elements thanks to ARCore

After releasing the ARCore SDK last year and testing it on the Pixel 2 phones, Google made the announcement official at MWC this year and expanded support for the first-gen Pixels, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge/S8/S8+, LG V30/V30+, ASUS Zenfone AR, and OnePlus 5, with more devices to be added in the future. Following that, we knew that the apps would start coming in but the past few days have seen several trickle down: Google's Just A Line experiment, eBay's shipping box size chooser, and IKEA's furniture visualizer, were just a few. Turns out there is more. How much more?

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Google Phone v18 switches to system settings for sound and vibration controls [APK Download]

Android Messages set an example last year by doing away with its own built-in notification settings and instead redirecting users to the new Notification Channels feature in Android 8.0 Oreo. This single change gave users more options to fine-tune notifications than the app previously offered, and it was all in a fairly standard system interface. The Google Phone app is now making a similar change, but this time it's relinquishing its old settings screen for sound and vibrations and replacing it with the Sound settings offered by the system.

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You'll soon be able to start a YouTube livestream directly from within the camera app

Google continues to improve YouTube's livestreaming features after having announced auto-captions and new chat features just last month. Today, Google has revealed that it's refining YouTube Live's streaming process to make it much simpler and quicker for users to get their livestream up and running.

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Plex updates Chromecast interface with a fresh look, better slideshows, and more

It was a big deal some years back when Plex added Chromecast support. Google's Chromecast platform has only gotten more useful since then, and now Plex's Chromecast UI is getting an overdue revamp. The new interface looks nicer, but it also comes with functional improvements like better slideshow support and subtitle resizing.

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[Update: Actually live] Audible finally works with Sonos, offers trial with 2 credits and Miles Davis' autobiography for free

Avid audiobook listeners will be excited to know that Sonos has just added support for Audible to its line of smart speakers. Despite having already worked with Amazon to equip its Sonos One speakers with Alexa, Amazon's Audible audiobook service was still surprisingly missing from the list of available music services in the Sonos app after having been removed two years ago.

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YouTube is testing subtitles on its home page's autoplay videos

Back in October, YouTube began testing autoplaying videos on its Android app's home page. Fast forward to today and the feature still doesn't work on my devices, even though I have the option in settings, but it's working just fine for Artem. In fact, the Google gods even bestowed a new test upon him: subtitles in the aforementioned autoplaying videos.

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30 new and notable Android games from the last week (3/14/18 - 3/20/18)

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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Telegram loses appeal to keep encryption keys from Russian government

Telegram is a popular messaging service in Russia, partially because of its encrypted communication capabilities. However, the company may be forced to disclose its encryption keys if a new court ruling stands. Russian Supreme Court Judge Alla Nazarova denied Telegram's appeal today, ordering it to hand over the keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB).

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[Incredibbble] Dribbble has acquired third-party Android app Rippple

I've come across Dribbble a few times in my online life, often when a budding designer shares a concept of an app or idea for all to see. The service seems like a mix between a social platform and a portfolio showcase where those with an artistic penchant can publish their designs, illustrations, photography, and other forms of scribbbles. But sadly, the lack of an official Android app used to crippple users from properly accessing the service on their smartphone so they had to resort to third-party apps.

Developed by Mathieu Marée, Rippple is the most popular Dribbble client on Android, and it's now being purchased by the service.

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