YouTube Music Premium gains audio quality controls, product team holds AMA [APK Download]

In February, we posted a teardown that revealed audio quality controls for YouTube Music Premium much like those in Google Play Music. The settings remained inaccessible, however, until an app update on Friday, Sept. 21st. YouTube Music Premium users can now set the quality for audio downloads for both wifi and mobile data. These controls mirror the options available in Play Music, which have been available for nearly two years.

The new settings in YouTube Music Premium.

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30 best new Android games released this week including Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Flipflop Solitaire, and Phantomgate : The Last Valkyrie

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. This week I have the long-awaited sequel to Life is Strange, an awesome take on solitaire card games, and an enjoyable platforming RPG with plenty of turn-based battles. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released in the last week.

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30 best new Android games released this week including Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Flipflop Solitaire, and Phantomgate : The Last Valkyrie was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google+ v10.15 hints at custom streams with unread counts [APK Teardown]

Google+ may have fallen out of the spotlight, but we've seen one update after another in the last few months that point to what may turn out to be a really significant revision to the social network. There have been signs for new formatting capabilities, a title layout, and even bookmarking posts to revisit later. The latest update speaks to yet another new feature that may allow for a new type of customizable stream.

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41 temporarily free and 73 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

What's this? An app sales roundup on a Saturday? Say it isn't so! All joking aside, yes, I missed yesterday's regularly-scheduled list due to... well, I forgot, okay? Anyway, to make up for it, I took some time on a Saturday morning to get this out for you all. It's quite a selection, too, with some notable items in bold. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and come back around on Monday to get some more.

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Google Maps' group planning Shortlist starts showing up for some users

Summer is over and most Googlers are back at their desk working on releasing features we were promised at I/O 2018 (and making our lives, especially Cody's, a lot more busy). Just in the past couple of days, we've seen Photos' Color Pop effect and Assistant's new visual responses, and now, there's something new in Google Maps too: Shortlists.

You might recall Google mentioning at I/O a group planning feature for Maps where users can create a list of places, share them with a group, and the invitees can vote or add more suggestions.

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Twitter API bug potentially allowed developers to read DMs and private accounts

Earlier today, Twitter sent a message to a large number of users informing them about an API bug. According to the company, it identified a bug on September 10 that potentially allowed direct messages and protected accounts to be read by "Twitter developers who were not authorized to receive them."

Twitter went into more detail about the bug on its Developer Blog, explaining that it could have allowed data to be sent to the wrong developer's webhook URL (the mechanism that some Twitter applications use to retrieve data).

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Google Pixel 3 XL leaks again, showing off notch and cameras

We’ve still got a couple of weeks to go before Google’s Pixel 3 event, so today the rumor mill is giving us another Pixel 3 XL leak to help pass the time until then.

Several photos that show the Pixel 3 XL leaked out today. Posted to Twitter by Ishan Agarwal, the images show a white Pixel 3 XL, complete with a mint power/lock button on its side. We get a good look at the Pixel 3 XL’s infamous notch, too, as well as its rear camera and fingerprint reader.

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Today’s leak also spills some information on the Pixel 3 XL’s cameras. There are two cameras on the front of the device: one 8MP with autofocus and an f/1.8 aperture and one 8MP wide angle sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. Around back there’s a single 12.2MP camera.

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The Pixel 3 XL and the smaller Pixel 3 are both expected to debut at Google’s event on October 9th. At this point, many of the features of both phones have been revealed by the rumor mill, but we’re still looking forward to their official reveal. Not only will we get all of the details at that point, including launch date and price, but we’re also excited to see what kind of improvements Google has made to the cameras on its new flagship phones.

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Google search widget customization silently returns

Customization options for Google's search widget first started to appear all the way back in 2017 before being unceremoniously yoinked. Hints of its return cropped up in a teardown earlier this month, and based on numerous reports and our own experiences over the last few days here at Android Police, it's back again.

The new setting is accessible not via a launcher's settings, as you might expect, but in the Google app. So far as I can tell, even phones I have running week-old versions of the Google app have the new feature, so it must have been remotely enabled by a server-side switch/flag change.

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