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[Update: More] Animated Google Doodle shows up in homescreen search widget and Discover feed

Doodles are becoming one of the rare manifestations of Google's funky side. With the company becoming more serious and losing its witty approach to things, Doodles still remind us, from time to time, that there is still a playful child hiding inside that grown-up adult. But many Android users don't notice the genius behind the daily Doodle because they just use the search widget on their homescreen. Google has found a workaround for that.

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Google improves Knowledge Graph search cards: Material refresh, additional information, more tabs

A few months ago, Google began testing a new interface for search card results, which removes the bold header color, uses a new Follow button with the Discover logo, and introduces more tabs for accessing relevant information about the subject. That interface seems to be rolling out more widely now and comes with redesigns for almost all search result cards and plenty of added information.

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UK government adds '12,000 pieces of information' to Google Assistant and Alexa

Smart speakers are great for answering basic questions, like "what's the weather tomorrow" or "what's the population of Brazil" (it's 209.3 million, in case you were wondering). However, since the answers to many of these questions come from Google's ability to scrape the content of webpages, they can sometimes be inaccurate or purposely manipulated. Answers to questions about the UK government should now be fairly accurate, as the country has added "more than 12,000 pieces of information" to both Google Assistant and Alexa.

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26 best new Android games released this week including Whispers of a Machine, Agatha Knife, and Metal Slug Infinity

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. Today I have a fantastic sci-fi noir point-and-click adventure game, a traditional puzzle adventure that covers some difficult topics, and a Metal Slug-themed idle clicker. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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Hey Google, you had one job: 13 examples of Assistant being absolutely clueless

Google Assistant knows a surprising number of things. Ask it for the distance between the earth and the moon or who won the last Superbowl, and it will give you the correct answer right away. But like any virtual assistant, there are times when it just doesn't get it. It either takes things too literally or comes up with a completely unexpected answer. We've collected a few of these instances over the past months and thought we'd brighten up your weekend with them.

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Play Store is testing a more easily accessible wishlist button

On any given day, there are at least a dozen variations of the Play Store interface showing up for users across the world. Even on the same device, with the same account, and without any update, the Store might flip from one look to the other in a few seconds without warning. Most recently, simultaneous downloads showed up, but today we're talking about a more minor change, but one that's neat nonetheless: a more reachable wishlist button.

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Yota Devices declares bankruptcy following legal fights with display manufacturer

In an era where most smartphones all look and function mostly the same, it's always a shame to see more interesting designs fall flat. Russian-based phone manufacturer Yota, best known for its line of Yota Phone devices with rear e-ink screens, has declared bankruptcy and all its assets will be liquidated.

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Nokia 9 PureView update addresses fingerprint scanner performance

There's a lot to like about the Nokia 9 PureView: it's got a unique camera setup, its construction feels high-end, and it's generally a solid performer. The in-display fingerprint scanner, though, just doesn't work as well as it should. Or at least it hasn't up until now — Nokia is pushing an update that's meant to address the scanner's poor performance.

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15 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Swoot, Waymo, and Harmony Express (4/13/19 - 4/20/19)

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. Today I have a social podcast app, a self-driving car service app, and a tie-in release that will help you set up the newest Harmony remote. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last week.

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OxygenOS 9.0.5 and 9.0.13 for the OnePlus 6/6T bring March security patch and new feedback tool

With OnePlus, it's easy to get caught up in the Open Beta program, since that's where new features drop first. But in all that excitement and hype, it seems that the stable branch is often left to languish, which some people are quick to point out. Starting today, however, both the OnePlus 6 and 6T are set to receive a new OTA update to OxygenOS 9.0.5 and 9.0.13, respectively,  complete with a very modest and small changelog.

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