Spotify Lite unofficially ported to Wear OS

Android Wear 2.0 was supposed to usher in a wave of smartwatch applications that could run independently from a connected phone... but that didn't really happen. Most popular Wear OS apps still rely on a Bluetooth connection with your phone, including the official Spotify application. Thankfully, there's now a full-featured Spotify client for Wear OS, courtesy of moneytoo on the XDA Forums.

Spotify Lite was released last month for Android, and even though it was much smaller than the normal application, it lacked quite a bit of functionality.

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30 best new Android games released this week including Beta PUBG Mobile, FRACTER, and Star Ocean: Anamnesis

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 so many games that it's difficult to pick my favorites. FRACTER is a definite standout if you enjoy light-based puzzle games. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the new beta listing for PUBG Mobile, so make sure to check that out if you are a battle royale fan.

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Google app v8.12 may bring an end to the Feed widget [APK Teardown]

Update to the Google app have been rolling out at a faster rate for a little while now, and each brings fewer and fewer overall changes. The latest update has remarkably few changes or additions, but it has shed a lot of old and unused text, which isn't a bad thing. However, one of the additions speaks to one other thing that might be going away soon: The Google Feed widget.

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IFTTT adds 15 new services, including Hive View, VeSync, and Tailwind

Automation services like IFTTT are great, but are only useful so far as they support the devices and platforms you're interested in. With hundreds of such options already lined up, IFTTT has a pretty darn solid library of compatibility, but just because it's already so big doesn't mean there's not room to grow. We've been keeping an eye out for all the new additions to the IFTTT support list, and we've got quite a few to share since we checked in with you last.

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Google updates phone app to prevent some spam calls from interrupting you

While some updates for Android are given stage time at Google’s events (like I/O or when they’re unveiling a new smartphone), and sometimes they’re quietly added to the mix.

This appears to be one of the quieter updates. Google recently updated its help page pertaining to spam calls to note that the phone app for Android can not only weed out spam calls, but now it can prevent those potentially annoying calls from barging in on you. With this new feature switched on, it means your phone won’t ring, and you won’t even get a notification that you missed a call. It will just get forwarded to voicemail.

And even if those callers do leave a voicemail, you still won’t get notified about it. You will still be able to see filtered calls, and you can still check your voicemails when you want.

If you want to turn on the feature, head into the phone’s Settings –> Caller ID & Spam, and then select the Caller ID & spam toggle. And then if you want to switch off notifications for those spam calls, select the “Filter spam calls” option.

It’s easy enough to switch on, which is a nice touch. And as long as it works, that’s even better. Spam calls are always annoying, and being able to quickly banish them without even getting a notification is great.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Atom Tickets, Air Launcher

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Google Play Movies - Version 4.5.11.4

Google Play Movies & TV

What’s new in this version:

  • Discover something new in just a few taps
  • Add thumbs up or down to get personal recommendations based on what you like to watch
  • See which streaming apps offer the show or movie you want to watch

 

LiveATC for Android - Version 2.4.39

LiveATC

What’s new in this version:

  • Now with Google Chromecast support! Cast ATC audio to your Cast-enabled devices.

 

Adobe Spark Post - Version 0.3.6

Adobe Spark Post

What’s new in this version:

  • FIXED: Remix now works on Huawei and Xiaomi devices. Thanks for your reports and patience!
  • IMPROVED: We sped up the time it takes to Remix templates. If you still experience slowness, please let us know!
  • IMPROVED: Overall app performance, especially on fresh launch
  • NEW: Pull-down to refresh Remix feed. Hello gorgeous templates!

 

Google Drive - Version 2.18.252

Google Drive

What’s new in this version:

  • Support viewing and opening password-protected Microsoft Office files.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

 

Target – now with Cartwheel - Version 6.23.0

Target

What’s new in this version:

  • Wallet just got faster. We’ve reduced the number of scenarios that require authentication, so you can zip through checkout. (We still require authentication for REDcard. Gotta keep that personal info secure.)
  • We’re constantly fixing bugs and making changes to improve your experience. Turn on your updates to stay on top of our latest and greatest.

 

IHG®: Hotel Deals & Rewards - Version 4.14.0

IHG

What’s new in this version:

  • Spot your Elite qualifying points quickly and easily on your Account Activity page.
  • Browse hotel restaurants and room service menus, reserve nearby restaurants through OpenTable®* or order delivery to your hotel through Grubhub** right from the app.

 

Air Launcher – Version 1.6.9

Air Launcher

What’s new in this version:

  • Brand new experience with Air Launcher.
  • Faster and more reliable.

 

WhatsApp Messenger - Version 2.18.191

WhatsApp

What’s new in this version:

  • Group admins can now choose to allow only admins to send messages to a group. Open “Group info” > tap “Group settings”. Non-admins will still be able to read messages and respond privately by tapping “Message admin”.

 

Atom Tickets - Version 3.1.1

Atom Tickets

What’s new in this version:

  • All Atom accounts have been upgraded to Atom Rewards to give you even more value. For a limited time, earn a free ticket when you see 4 movies!
  • Added a link to your tickets from the My Orders view.
  • Check out faster with Google Pay.

 

Google Keep - Version 5.0.251

Google Keep

What’s new in this version:

  • Support grid & ruled lines for drawings
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

 


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15 temporarily free and 50 on-sale apps and games to end the week

Another week is ending, so that means it's time for some app sales! Today's list is, mercifully, much smaller than Wednesday's and it also has more notable items. Be sure to be looking for those in bold below.

Free

Apps

  1. Amazon Rainforest VR Zoo Animals (Cardboard) $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  2. Video Player All Format - OPlayer $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  3. English Greek Dictionary $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  4. English Hindi Dictionary $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  5. English Italian Dictionary $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  6. English Russian Dictionary $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  7. French German Dictionary $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days

Games

  1. iJuggle Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  2. Linia $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  3. Reporter $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days

Icon packs & customization

  1. Africa 3D Pro Live Wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 hours
  2. MIUY 9 - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 hours
  3. Fireplace 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  4. Drawon - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  5. Plax - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days

Sale

Apps

  1. hueDynamic for Philips Hue Pro $4.49 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 1 day
  2. Carp Fishing Diary $4.99 -> $2.49; Sale ends in 4 days
  3. InternetGuard Data Saver Firewall Pro $3.99 -> $2.49; Sale ends in 4 days
  4. SVR PRO, Record video in Background, Hidden $7.49 -> $4.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  5. Camins de Ronda - Costa Brava $3.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  6. Pulsar Music Player Pro $2.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  7. Relaxing Music Pro $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  8. BEST BET TİPS $29.99 -> $16.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  9. Structural Beam Calculator $3.49 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  10. Voice Translator Pro $3.49 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 7 days

Games

  1. SKYHILL $3.49 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 6 hours
  2. Slender Last Sleep $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 hours
  3. Star Traders 4X Empires Elite $4.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 6 hours
  4. Knights of Pen & Paper +1 $4.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 1 day
  5. Alien Shooter $4.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
  6. AXIO octa $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 2 days
  7. Friday - by Friedemann Friese $3.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 2 days
  8. Quadropoly Pro $7.99 -> $3.99; Sale ends in 3 days
  9. Deep Under the Sky $3.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
  10. Incredipede $3.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
  11. Rusted Warfare - RTS Strategy $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 4 days
  12. Cyboid $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  13. Addition Math Game $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  14. Please Don't Touch Anything 3D $5.99 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  15. SmartPref $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  16. Expanse RTS Premium $1.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  17. PAINT VR $4.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  18. Planar Conquest - 4X turn based strategy $4.49 -> $1.49; Sale ends in 7 days
  19. Star Traders RPG Elite $2.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 7 days
  20. Colt Express $4.99 -> $3.49; Time left unknown
  21. Mysterium: A Psychic Clue Game $4.99 -> $3.49; Time left unknown
  22. Carcassonne: Official Board Game -Tiles & Tactics $7.99 -> $4.99; Time left unknown
  23. Mr Jack Pocket $2.99 -> $1.99; Time left unknown
  24. Harald: A Game of Influence $2.99 -> $1.99; Time left unknown
  25. Mage the Ascension: Refuge $4.99 -> $1.99; Time left unknown

Icon packs & customization

  1. Atomus 3D $2.49 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
  2. Atomus HD $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
  3. Oil Paint Icon $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
  4. Triple A HD $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 2 days
  5. Battery Widget Reborn 2017 $4.99 -> $2.49; Sale ends in 4 days
  6. Black Silver Theme for Xperia $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  7. Gold Plated Theme for Xperia $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  8. Luna Blu Theme for Xperia $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  9. Shiny Blue Gray for Xperia $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  10. My Beach HD $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  11. Ocean HD $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  12. Season Zen HD $1.99 -> $0.99; Sale ends in 6 days

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  1. Vital Tones Addiction Pro $8.49 -> $3.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  2. Vital Tones ADHD Adult Pro $10.99 -> $3.99; Sale ends in 6 days
  3. Vital Tones Astral Travel Pro $5.49 -> $2.99; Sale ends in 6 days
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BlackBerry KEYone gets its own Android Oreo beta

While the BlackBerry KEY2 launched not too long ago, and that handset comes preinstalled with Android Oreo on board, there are still BlackBerry KEYone handsets out there in the wild, and BlackBerry wants to get some of those folks running some new software.

The BlackBerry KEYone is running Android 7.1 Nougat, which is certainly starting to feel a bit dated. And BlackBerry hasn’t come out and said when owners should expect to get an update to Android 8.0 Oreo, but at least the arrival of a new beta program signals some important changes coming down the pipe.

BlackBerry sent out emails to folks who are already registered as part of the BlackBerry Beta Zone, informing them that the company is moving their beta platform to Centercode, and that they are opening up an invitation-only beta program for the KEYone and Android 8.0 Oreo.

To get involved, you will need to head over to the new community and go through the sign-up process. Once that’s done, if you are selected for the beta program you will get an email from BlackBerry letting you know you’re in and instructions on what to do next.

Unfortunately, BlackBerry doesn’t provide any dates for an actual public launch of Android 8.0 Oreo for the KEYone, but we appear to be at least one step closer. If you have a KEYone, are you planning on signing up for this beta program?


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