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Studio Wildcard has announced that 'ARK: Survival Evolved' is coming to Android this spring

Studio Wildcard's hit dinosaur-themed survival game ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to Android this spring, and you can pre-register for the release right now on playark.com. Interestingly this upcoming on-the-go version of ARK is being designed and developed by War Drum Studios as a free-to-play release. It's supposed to closely mirror the online survival experience contained in the PC and console versions, though there will be some necessary changes with the shift in monetization, which leaves me apprehensive as to how the finished product will turn out.

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Play Store has a new app listing UI for tablets

It's very rare to see Google improve the tablet experience on Android. As the Play Store arrives on more and more Chromebooks, perhaps someone at the company realized the app's tablet UI could use some tweaking. A new layout for app pages has been rolling out to users that adds a little more color.

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Bandai Namco's virtual pet simulation game 'My Tamagotchi Forever' is out

My Tamagotchi Forever has been available as a soft-launch title in Canada for the past few months, but it looks as though Bandai Namco is ready for the rest of us to get a taste of its new free-to-play virtual pet simulation game thanks to it officially releasing today on the Play Store. You can expect plenty of traditional Tamagotchi gameplay such as feeding and washing your digital pet, though there are a few new mechanics added on top that extend the longevity while also stuffing in a few too many in-app purchases.

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With over 50 billion apps scanned daily, Google’s Play Protect removed 39 million 'Potentially Harmful Apps' in 2017

Today Google has released its 4th annual so-called "Android security year in review," a number-heavy report meant to demonstrate the improvements made over the last year when it comes to security. And it's not just ego-stroking, Android made great strides during 2017 on the subject. From the launch of Play Protect to increased distribution of security patches, Android as a platform has never been more secure. 

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[Update: Fully rolled out] Voicemail-like video messages come to Duo (APK Download)

Duo's getting a handy new feature today that allows users to leave messages when their calls go unanswered. If the person on the receiving end misses or declines a call, the caller will now be able to record a clip to be reviewed later.

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Google Maps adds wheelchair-accessible routes to public transit navigation, starting with six major cities

Subways and buses may be convenient for most of us, but that's often a different story for individuals who can't get around as easily due to mobility needs. In an attempt to make public transit more accessible for that portion of the population, Google is introducing new "wheelchair accessible" routes in Maps' transit navigation, starting with six major cities.

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Lenovo's Mirage Solo Daydream headset and VR camera both available for pre-order, shipping May 11

Way back at CES in January, Lenovo and Google announced they had partnered on two new virtual reality hardware products, but gave no indication as to a release date. But thanks to two listings at B&H Photo, the cat is out of the bag...and you can record the cat as it emerges from that bag in glorious 4K virtual reality starting on May 11.

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Dunkin Donuts adds mobile ordering through Google Assistant

No one likes waiting, so it's no surprise that mobile ordering has taken off in the past few years. Nearly every restaurant chain has a mobile app, but not everyone wants to waste storage space, so Dunkin Donuts has worked on another solution. If you have a DD Perks Rewards account, you can now place orders straight from Google Assistant.

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Google opens up Maps data so developers can build better location-aware games

Google has the best public mapping data, but game developers haven't been able to get in there and play with it. Even Niantic, a former Google division, couldn't use Maps data for its smash hit Pokémon Go. This will change soon with the introduction of new Google Maps APIs for games. Developers will be able to build virtual worlds on top of real, live data from Google Maps, and there are already three Maps-enabled games on the way.

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Florence is an emotional game about relationships by Monument Valley's lead designer, and now it's out for Android

When it landed on iOS last month, Annapurna Interactive's Florence was a hit, almost immediately making the App Store's Editors' Choice list. The game is simple, a so-called "interactive storyboard" that follows our protagonist Florence as her first relationship breaks up the mundane tedium of her life. Now those of us on greener (#A4C639) pastures can enjoy the game as well, and it's just been released for Android on the Play Store

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