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10 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Spotify Lite, T-Mobile FamilyMode, and Sharedr (6/30/18 - 7/7/18)

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 few distinguished standouts such as a Spotify Lite app that is in testing, a security and tracking app for T-Mobile users, and a sharing app designed to replace your stock share dialog with something that has more functionality. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last week.

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Google is fixing an issue affecting users who pair Pixel Buds with Wear OS smartwatches

Pixel Duds Buds are still around, which is a shame because they're just not very good. The dozens of consumers who for whatever reason chose to purchase these Bluetooth headphones may be experiencing an issue beyond remorse: Apparently some Buds users who also use a Wear OS smartwatch have to reset and re-pair the earbuds in order to get a media connection with their phone via Bluetooth. Google is aware of the issue and is working on a fix. In the meantime, it also has a puzzling recommendation.

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The LG G7 and V35 are now shipping on Project Fi

Google's Project Fi service has always offered compelling pricing, but the phone selection was severely limited. It recently announced a handful of new devices, and two of them start shipping today. The LG G7 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ can be yours on Fi, but get ready to spend big to get them.

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Motorola releases 8.1 Oreo kernel source code for Moto X4

The Moto X4 started receiving Android 8.1 Oreo back in May, and it brought with it a couple of issues. Two months later, Motorola has released the kernel source for that update as it's mandated to do by the GPL whenever there are any modifications to the Android kernel.

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Samsung's upcoming 'Galaxy Watch' may run Wear OS after all, be able to measure blood pressure

A few weeks back, we'd heard that Samsung might be using Wear OS for its upcoming smartwatches instead of Tizen, which it had been using for the past few generations of Gear watches. However, it was later reported that they were actually just one-offs. In the latest twist to this story, it turns out that Samsung's upcoming smartwatch, dubbed 'Galaxy Watch,' may come with Wear OS after all. It's also being rumored to have a blood pressure monitor.

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California law could make canceling subscriptions easier for everyone

A lot of our favorite things come from California. Artichokes, Android, almonds, even those newfangled talking pictures. But thanks to a law that recently went into effect in the state, an accidental export might update the cancellation process across the US for recurring payments when it comes to services like newspapers.

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HTC's sales plummeted 68% last month, despite U12+ launch

HTC hasn't launched a hit smartphone in some time. Last month it released the HTC U12+, which received mostly negative reviews. The company announced a few days ago it was cutting 1,500 jobs in Taiwan to "optimize the manufacturing organizations," and now there's even more bad news.

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European Parliament votes down draconian copyright reform plan

Last month, the EU Committee on Legal Affairs (which somehow works out to the initialism JURI) voted in favor of a new copyright reform plan called the EU Copyright Directive, sending it to a parliamentary vote. On its face, the idea of copyright reform is a good idea considering how old many governments' legislation on the subject is, but two parts of the plan—Article 11 and Article 13—were a bit draconian in their perspective. Thankfully, the European Parliament has sent the whole idea back to be reworked.

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Sonos files for IPO to become a public company

Speaker maker Sonos has filed paperwork in the US to become a publicly traded company. The company plans to join the Nasdaq under the symbol SONO. It didn't specify an initial list price for shares, but it used a placeholder value of $100 million. That could go up or down as we get closer to the sale.

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Skype finally gets read receipts in Insiders Preview build

In-conversation read receipts are either a useful way to keep track of text-based communication or a hindrance in ignoring people, depending on who you ask. They're finally coming to Skype — but only in its Insider Preview beta build. Now when someone reads a message in either one-on-one or group conversations, their avatar will appear underneath it.

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