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TWRP support arrives for HTC U12+, Xiaomi Mi Max 3, and more

About a month has passed since our last TWRP installment, and several more Android devices have joined the ranks in that time. This time around, new entrants include the HTC U12+, Xiaomi's Mi Max 3, the minuscule Unihertz Jelly Pro, as well as some Samsung and ZTE Nubia phones.

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Snapchat's long-awaited redesign is smoother, can be enabled right now with root

Back in November of last year, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel announced that a new Android app was being built from the ground up. It's been almost a year since then, but we're finally seeing some movement. In fact, the new Snapchat Alpha can actually be enabled right now, so long as your device has root access.

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[Oops] DexGuard, a tool to protect Android apps from hacking, has its code leaked online

As you may have figured out from our APK teardowns, it's pretty easy to look inside most Android apps and figure out what they're doing. There are a few products designed to obfuscate (hide) app code, one of them being DexGuard from Guardsquare. However, apps protected with DexGuard might become vulnerable in the future, thanks to the tool's code being leaked.

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[Deal Alert] Anker's Mars portable projectors are 26-30% off ($280-$400) for today only on Amazon

Anker launched its first Android-powered portable projector about a year ago, the Nebula Mars. Since then, it also released the smaller Nebula Capsule, a sequel to the original Mars, and a Mars without Android. The two latter models, as well as the original, are heavily discounted for today only.

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Android 9 Pie revisited: Our 7 most favorite and 3 least liked features

Almost two weeks have passed since Google served us a slice of its official Android 9 Pie. Some of us had followed for months as the different developer previews landed and weren't too fazed by the final release, but for those users who preferred to wait, there were many surprising changes from 8.1 Oreo to 9 Pie.

We've previously listed our five favorite Android P features and five least liked ones, but that was back in March, after the first developer preview and before the implementation of many other interesting changes. Today, we take another look at the final Pie release and see which features we like and which ones we're not too fond of.

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[Update: Reverting] Android Messages v3.5 adds new Material UI with dark mode [APK Download]

Both Google Phone and Google Contacts had Material redesigns earlier this month. As such, people began speculating that Android Messages would also soon be revamped, and now it's happened. On top of the redesign, version 3.5 of Android Messages also brings a long-awaited dark mode.

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Google clarifies its language about Location History settings, but there’s still room for improvement

Google's location-tracking practices endured a new wave of scrutiny at the start of this week thanks to an investigation by The Associated Press, which put some meat on the bones of suspicion many users have harbored for a while now. By week's end, Google updated some language on the help page for its Location History setting, though its tracking policies remain largely unintelligible for the everyday consumer. And to be clear, the company has not changed anything about how it actually tracks the location of its users.

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25 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks week including Pixel Shortcuts: Launcher, GoDaddy, and Tasty (8/4/18 - 8/18/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I have a nifty app from Chris Lacy that can uncover hidden apps in your drawer, as well as new offerings from GoDaddy and Tasty. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last fortnight.

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Gboard 7.5.6 beta introduces two 'Minis' personalized sticker packs

In his teardown of Gboard v 7.4, Cody saw signs of a new personalized "minis" sticker pack coming. The feature is now live in v7.5.6 beta, which started rolling out today. The new minis stickers are a re-implementation of the selfie stickers that launched on Allo last year — as a matter of fact, many of the options are the same — but instead of one pack, you get two: "Bold mini" and "Sweet mini."

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How to find your recently uploaded pics on Google Photos, even if they date back many years

I love Google Photos and I keep recommending it left and right to anyone I know. But Photos isn't perfect and there's still a lot that the service could do to improve the user experience. For example, the ability to order photos in different ways is missing — you get reverse chronological and that's it. If you're only backing up recent images as you take them, that's not an issue, but if you're uploading older photos, it becomes near impossible to find those images and edit, share, or make albums of them. You might scroll and scroll, try to search for the date if you remember it, and sometimes nothing works.

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