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Googlefier is the simplest route to Google apps on Huawei and Honor phones

Googlefier is the simplest route to Google apps on Huawei and Honor phones

Huawei just announced the Mate 40, but like any other recent phone from the company, it's crippled by the lack of Google apps. It's possible to install these applications and the corresponding services on Huawei and Honor phones, but until now, the process was tedious and involved dozens of steps. The aptly called app Googlefier is looking to change that — it doesn't offer a one-step solution, but it makes the process much more approachable with limited automation and step-by-step guidance.

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Try out Immortals Fenyx Rising on Stadia for free right now

Try out Immortals Fenyx Rising on Stadia for free right now

Stadia's three-day event came to a close today. After releasing the Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle demo on Tuesday and the Humankind demo yesterday, the cloud gaming service finished off its streak by announcing a few new games coming to Stadia, as well as the news that the Immortals Fenyx Rising demo is now available for one week — but only for one week.

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Here's what Ratio needs to become a more perfect minimalist launcher

Here's what Ratio needs to become a more perfect minimalist launcher

You know how you use your smartphone, right? Well if you thought "too much," you're not alone. There are plenty of apps out there that claim to help you curb the urges and one of them is called Ratio — it's a launcher or home screen replacement for Android (it's actually more than that in some cases) that's meant to recompartmentalize how you access and consume the things on your phone. But will it help you cut down on your screen time? Well, it turns out that I'm the completely wrong type of person to tackle that question.

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Samsung says it's working to resolve the S20 FE's touchscreen issues

Samsung says it's working to resolve the S20 FE's touchscreen issues

Reports of issues with the aggressively-priced Galaxy S20 FE's touchscreen have been circulating in recent weeks. This includes so-called "ghost touch" problems and issues with swipes being processed as a series of taps. Since a screen is your primary way of interacting with a phone, this sort of problem is pretty frustrating. However, Samsung tells us it's aware of these reports and working to resolve the issue.

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FAR: Lone Sails is a gorgeous atmospheric adventure game, now available on Android

FAR: Lone Sails is a gorgeous atmospheric adventure game, now available on Android

If you've never heard of it, FAR: Lone Sails is a stylish adventure game that's existed on PC since 2018, and it's a well-reviewed title that offers a story-rich experience without displaying a word on the screen. Primarily I would describe the release as a relaxing game that offers gameplay similar to indies like Inside, where the goal is to always move to the right to advance the story, and there's a unique Howl's Moving Castle mechanic in this release that will see you control a massive vehicle as it sails across a dried-out seabed. Of course, roadblocks are expected as you explore this desert, and so you'll solve puzzles to continue your journey forward.

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The Huawei Mate 40 series is official, still crippled by lack of Google apps

The Huawei Mate 40 series is official, still crippled by lack of Google apps

At an online launch event today, Huawei CEO Richard Yu took to the stage to unveil the embattled Chinese company's latest flagship smartphone lineup. The Mate 40 series is without Google apps and services, and Huawei's App Gallery is also without a variety of other popular apps. So while the hardware is undoubtedly impressive, it's hard to get excited about a pair of devices that won't mean much to western audiences.

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The 8 best local music players on Android, now that Google Play Music is dead

The 8 best local music players on Android, now that Google Play Music is dead

The demise of Google Play Music might have you thinking it's time to go back to the old way of locally storing your favorite music. Fortunately, this is the kind of thing Android was made for, and there are so many apps available that do more than organize your library into a playlist.

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A secret, unreleased option lets users invoke Assistant on smart displays without saying 'Hey Google'

A secret, unreleased option lets users invoke Assistant on smart displays without saying 'Hey Google'

Google's latest smart displays come with ultrasound sensing, a neat tech that uses ultrasonic waves to measure distance to nearby objects and adapt the UI depending on how near of far you are. Timers, weather reports, media controls, and other elements grow larger when you step away, to make it easier for you to spot them at a distance, then return to their regular size when you come close. This same technology appears to be at the heart of a new feature Google is working on, which proactively triggers Assistant the moment you come near without you having to say "Hey Google" first.

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Last day to enter: Win one of two CZ400 PoE IP security cameras from Annke (Worldwide)

Last day to enter: Win one of two CZ400 PoE IP security cameras from Annke (Worldwide)

Annke is one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to high-quality and cost-efficient home security options, and the company continues this trend with its latest power-over-Ethernet IP security camera, the CZ400. Its IP66 certified weatherproof housing and its 330° pan/90° tilt make it the perfect tool for monitoring your property. If that's just the security camera you've been looking for, you'll be happy to learn that Annke is giving away two CZ400 units. Here's what you need to know.

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Stadia offers a free Humankind demo and announces ARK: Survival Evolved support

Stadia offers a free Humankind demo and announces ARK: Survival Evolved support

Stadia is on a three-day roll right now: Following yesterday's free Pac-Man demo announcement, the game streaming service today has shared information on the next free demo coming to anyone with a Google account — Humankind. It has also announced that the first Orcs Must Die! 3 expansion pack and ARK: Survival Evolved are coming to the platform.

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