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Google AR animals now include 23 beetles, butterflies, cicadas, and other insects

Summer is in full swing, which means the air and ground are teeming with little critters, crawlies, and other tiny things that fly and buzz. If you're not having enough of those buggers in real life, you can now view them in AR through your phone's screen as Google just added 23 insects to its collection of 3D animals in search.

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Google Stadia: Subscription cost, games list, free games, compatibility requirements, and more

In fall 2018, Google made its interest in gaming known with Project Stream, a beta that let users play the high-end Assassin's Creed Odyssey from a humble Chrome tab. The following spring, it announced Stadia, a full-fat gaming platform that would leverage the company's computing and networking prowess to provide users access to games with no dedicated gaming hardware required. That service is available now, and it's getting a lot of attention — both positive and negative. So what's the deal? Here's everything you need to know.

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Google is working on an Assistant Chat Head bubble

One of the new features we're getting to see in Android 11 is Bubbles, a new experience for messaging that will implement chat heads at the system level. It only works with a few apps now, such as Facebook Messenger and Google's own Messages app, but a new APK teardown shows that the Google Assistant may be working on a chat head bubble of its own.

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Celeste is available on Stadia today for $20

Google announced earlier this month that indie darling platformer Celeste was making its way to Stadia "soon." The company made good on its word: you'll be able to pick the game up today for $19.99. Google also announced August's free games for Pro subscribers: Metro 2033 Redux, Strange Brigade, Kona, and Just Shapes & Beats.

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Check out the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 before it's unveiled in this early unboxing video

As the August 5th unveiling draws closer, we've been learning more about Samsung's upcoming smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch3 will come in both 41mm and 45mm options with 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. They will offer LTE connectivity and run Tizen OS 5.5, Samsung's latest version of its smartwatch operating system. While detailed specs are great and all, they can't show the full picture. But now we're getting one of our best looks at the smartwatch to date, as a tech YouTuber has posted an unboxing of the Watch3 before it goes on sale.

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Samsung's Galaxy Watch3 to feature gesture controls and fall detection

Samsung's upcoming Unpacked event will see the release of five new devices, including the Galaxy Watch3. The company's upcoming wearable has been the subject of many rumors and leaks in the past few months. Now a teardown by XDA has confirmed a few more new features coming with the watch, including useful gesture controls and fall detection.

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OnePlus Nord cracks under the pressure of a JerryRigEverything durability test

Our favorite smartphone durability tester, JerryRigEverything on YouTube, is back with another trial by fire of the OnePlus Nord — a phone headed for Eurasia for just €400 starting August 4. The build M.O. looks to be typical for the target price, but how far will it go against the knives, lighter, and hands of one Zack Nelson?

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EVE Echoes is finally coming to Android on August 13

It would appear that many people are greatly anticipating the release of Eve Echoes, and even though we still haven't heard word-one about an official release date for the sandbox MMO, development is now delayed thanks to the coronavirus. As of this morning, the official Eve Echoes account on Twitter has stipulated that the COVID-19 epidemic has "hindered the developer's schedule," and while an official release date has yet to be decided, the game is expected to be launched at the end of 2020.

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17 new Android games from the week of July 20, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the soft-launch of a new Rick and Morty game from Adult Swim, a new rhythm game from Atari, and a gorgeous puzzler that serves as the sequel to Krystopia: A Puzzle Journey. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of July 20th, 2020.

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How well does Fortnite play at 90Hz on a OnePlus 8?

OnePlus has been making a big deal out of the fact that its newest phones support Fortnite at 90fps, and so the company sent me an OnePlus 8 to put the game through its paces, and then report on my findings. As a seasoned PC gamer who's been playing on a 144Hz monitor for the last few years, I've been eagerly awaiting the day I could explore a high-frame-rate Android game at Android Police, though in the back of my mind I was always worried that mobile wouldn't be able to keep up with demanding frame-rates when gaming. Once you start pushing for the best frame-rates possible, graphics will ultimately have to be toned down, which is precisely the case for Fortnite on the OnePlus 8.

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