Help kick your smoking or vaping habit with the free QuitNow! app (Sponsored Post)

As you embark on a brand new decade of self-empowerment, there's never been a better time to turn over a new leaf in favor of a happier, healthier you. For many people around the globe, smoking cigarettes or puffing on vape pens is still a very real hurdle that must conquered, but there is a way out. QuitNow! can help keep you motivated and focused to finally kick your smoking or vaping habit for good.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Calendar on Android

We started our new series of open-source alternatives to Google apps with a list of Gmail-type applications, and now it's time to check out ones that mirror the functionality of Google Calendar! If you're looking for something more privacy-conscious, or if you just want to see what independent Android app developers are up to, we've compiled some of the best open-source calendar apps for Android right here.

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43 temporarily free and 72 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. Last week we saw many game sales offered through the Play Store, and this week is starting out with a generous selection of app sales. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 43 temporarily free and 72 on-sale apps and games for the start of your week.

Free

Apps

  1. Simple Coin Flip Mega Pack $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  2. Digital Dashboard GPS Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  3. Private Browser - Fast VPN Incognito Browser $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  4. Tape-a-Talk Pro Voice Recorder $3.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  5. WakeTips $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  6. Bubbles Battery Indicator - Charging animation $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  7. PDF creator & editor pro $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  8. Crypto Helper $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  9. EZ Notes - Notepad notes, voice notes, to-do notes $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  10. Calculator+ $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  11. Touch Block Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  12. Video Enhancer Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days

Games

  1. Age of Civilizations Africa $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  2. Corra Bolinha PRO $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  3. Destroyer $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  4. Freelancer Simulator: Game Developer Edition $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  5. CELL 13 $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  6. Evan Daniel and Friends, Volume 1 $9.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  7. Chess 3D Animation : Real Battle Chess 3D Online $2.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  8. Crazy Tap Chef VIP $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  9. Dead Bunker 2 $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
  10. Idle Train Station Tycoon : Money Clicker Inc.
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Google Search gets Watchlist to save movies and shows you want to see

Google Search was once merely a place that listed relevant websites depending on your queries, but these days, the engine provides many details right within the results, saving you a few taps and clicks. Google is constantly improving these so-called Knowledge Graph cards, and has now expanded movie and TV show cards with a watchlist feature.

Once the watchlist has rolled out to you, you'll see a new card with "Watched it?" and "Watchlist" buttons among those for trailers, stills, and ratings when you search for a film or TV show.

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15 new Android games from the week of December 23rd, 2019: Vodobanka Pro, Mission Ammunition, and Age of Civilizations II Europe

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 an intriguing tactical game where you'll take control of a swat team, a delightful run-and-gun platformer, and the latest release in Łukasz Jakowski's Age of Civilizations mobile strategy catalog. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of December 23rd, 2019.

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15 new Android games from the week of December 23rd, 2019: Vodobanka Pro, Mission Ammunition, and Age of Civilizations II Europe was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Stadia: Subscription cost, games list, free games, compatibility requirements, and more (Update: January's free games)

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 (in a limited capacity), and it's getting a lot of attention — both positive and negative.

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Google is testing floating conversations in Messages, uses Android 10's "bubble" feature

Android has been experimenting with floating bubble notifications for some time now, but there have been no apps with which to use the feature despite the option being available within the developer menu. XDA had uncovered that Google was testing the new bubble functionality in its Messages app, and they have now managed to enable it. Implemented in the app, it works very similarly to Facebook Chat heads, and if eventually enabled by Google, will let you view entire conversations in addition to replying.

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42 temporarily free and 77 on-sale apps and games for Friday

nexus2cee_fridayWelcome to Friday, everyone. Now that the many Christmas sales from the last week are dying down, the sales roundup is now back to its regular size. As always. I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier, including a few notable stragglers that have recently gone on sale, such as Square Enix's Dragon Quest titles. So without further ado, here are 42 temporarily free and 77 on-sale apps and games for your weekend.

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Here are 330 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now (Update: 6 more)

People have been wondering about the full roster of launch titles featured in Google Play Pass — supposedly, we've got over 350 of them to go through. Here's the thing: Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps on Play Pass as possible.

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Arlo now supports voice assistant PIN and in-app access to local recordings

Arlo rolled out a major update to its mobile app a few months back, and it's still adding new features. In the latest update, Arlo gains support for voice assistant PINs, allowing you to disarm the system by voice. The app can also show videos from your local camera storage rather than only from the cloud.

Arlo has a detailed changelog that lays the new features.

New features:

Assistant PIN: Arm and disarm Arlo via verbal commands, starting with Alexa.

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Google Photos might soon let you pinch-to-zoom on videos

Just like any other image viewer, Google Photos has always supported pinch-to-zoom on images. You've never been able to zoom in on videos, though — that long-requested ability is absent from Google's software. Now, the first evidence has surfaced that the company is working on this functionality.

XDA Developers managed to activate the zoom gesture for videos by tinkering with the Photos app. It's simple enough to use: Just pinch your fingers as you would on images to have a closer look at something.

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Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance (Update: New ToTok statement)

If you've been using ToTok on any of your devices, you should consider uninstalling it immediately. The new messaging platform that was one of the most downloaded apps last week was swiftly removed from the Google Play Store (and Apple's App Store) before the end of Friday.

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Google Drive passes 5 billion installs on the Play Store

Only a handful of apps have passed 5 billion total installations on Android, mostly as a result of pre-installations by phone makers. The latest application to pass that milestone is none other than Google Drive, joining Chrome, Gmail, and Facebook in the 5 billion club.

The Play Store listing for Drive now reports over 5 billion installs, but as with nearly every other app that passes such a milestone, pre-installations account for a large chunk of that number.

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Google reveals pricing for first Stadia games, Pro subscribers get discounts (Update: RDR2 and Rage 2 deals)

55 temporarily free and 158 on-sale apps and games for Christmas

Welcome to Christmas Day, everyone. I told myself I wouldn't work today, but then I woke up and saw how many apps and games were on sale. So I've torn myself away from my family for a few moments to get the latest sales roundup out, just in case there's anyone out there looking for a couple of quality sales on the Play Store this wonderful Christmas morning. Since today is a holiday, there are actually many sales available, and this has been a trend since last Friday, so make sure to check out the previous two sales roundups for a complete collection of the current discounts running on the Google Play Store.

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Best Android games of 2019 for your new phone, tablet, or Chromebook

Christmas is almost here, and with another year having passed us by, it's time to pore through the best Android games released on the Play Store in 2019. Just like the previous two years, I've ordered the roundup by price so that everyone can easily find the titles that best appeal to them, whether you prefer premium releases or free-to-play games that contain in-app purchases. After all, today's list isn't a popularity contest.

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Speedtest now has a VPN in its mobile apps, because why not?

At this point, there are more VPN services than anyone can reasonably keep track of, all offering roughly the same features — with varying levels of security, anyway. In case you really needed another option, Speedtest.net has now added a VPN function to its Android and iOS apps.

Speedtest has plans for a paid tier, but for now, you can only use the free plan with 2GB of data.

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Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance

If you've been using ToTok on any of your devices, you should consider uninstalling it immediately. The new messaging platform that was one of the most downloaded apps last week was swiftly removed from the Google Play Store (and Apple's App Store) before the end of Friday. The abrupt decision came after American officials declared the service was actually spyware backed by the United Arab Emirates government.

According to researchers, ToTok's messaging business model is a facade designed to document extremely personal information about its users, including conversations, movements, relationships, appointments, sounds, and photos.

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YouTube TV guide now shows 7 days of upcoming programs instead of a few hours

Today, YouTube TV announced the addition of a new feature to the service's Live Guide, the cord-cutting app's list of upcoming programming, which will now allow users to browse content seven days in advance of airing. Interested users can try out the revamped programming guide now by visiting the desktop version of YouTube TV's site.

This extension to the guide is a considerable improvement over the implementations currently found in YouTube TV's mobile or smart TV apps, where the list of upcoming programs is limited to mere hours.

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Sling increases prices, adds free DVR and more channels

Good news and bad news, Sling subscribers. The good news is that your package, be it Orange or Blue, is getting new features. But they're also both increasing in price, from $25 to $30 per month. If you've got both, you'll pay an additional $5, too: that plan is now $45.

Both Sling packages now include what Sling calls Cloud DVR Free: 10 hours' worth of DVR space to store your shows.

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Gift yourself Nova Launcher Prime for $1 (or less) this holiday season

With over 50 million installs, Nova clearly leads the launcher clan, and the reason for that general approval is nothing short of its plethora of customization options. If you’ve been patiently waiting for a deal to unlock more premium-tier features, now is the time to hit that buy button, as the developer is being a bit generous for the holiday season. Nova Launcher Prime can be bought for just $1 in the US, while those living elsewhere can save even more.

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35 temporarily free and 117 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. With Christmas only a few days away, there just so happens to be more than a few sales available on the Google Play Store. As always, I've highlighted the more exciting titles in bold to make discovery a little easier, with the majority located under the Sale Games section. There are also some solid apps under the Sales Apps list, such as Nova Launcher Prime and Moon+ Reader Pro.

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YouTube tests 'featured in this video' section on Android

Over the last few years, the YouTube creator community has grown closer together and collaborations have become a regular occurrence. To make it easier for you to find out which YouTubers participate in a video, Google is A/B testing a new 'featured in this video' section on Android. In it, you'll find an overview of partaking creators complete with links to their channels and the option to subscribe.

Google uses "a range of signals" about a video to determine which YouTubers appear in it, and the experiment is currently limited to a "diverse group of top searched creators across various categories on YouTube." When Google's algorithms find one of these people in a clip not on published on their own channel, they'll appear in that 'featured in this video' section right below the player.

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Action Launcher v45 adds Android 10 gesture navigation support, ActionDash enhancements, and more

The initial Android 10 release wasn't playing nicely with third-party launchers — to use the new navigation gestures, you were forced to stick with Google's Pixel Launcher. The December feature drop (which sadly still hasn't arrived on all Pixel phones) changed that and finally added gesture navigation support for third-party solutions. Action Launcher is one of the first to take advantage of this with a new version that also brings along improvements to the app's take on Digital Wellbeing and its Quicktheme UI customization engine.

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Electronic music radio DI.FM finally adds Android Auto support

Electronic music fans must've been particularly nice this year as the popular electronic music radio app DI.FM gave them an early Christmas present: The latest update to the application finally adds Android Auto support, a feature some people have been wanting for more than a year already.

As soon as you install DI.FM 4.7.0.7986, you should be all set to listen to your favorite stations via Android Auto. The app should automatically appear as a shortcut on your car's dashboard when you start up Google's driving interface.

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20 new Android games from the week of December 16th, 2019: Snowman Story, My Winter Album, and Little White Rocket

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 a fantastic adventure game that's perfect for Christmas, a relaxing puzzler that contains a winter theme, and a planet-orbiting arcade game that's perfect for a relaxing experience. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of December 16th, 2019.

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20 new Android games from the week of December 16th, 2019: Snowman Story, My Winter Album, and Little White Rocket was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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YouTube on Android now acts as a voice remote for the TV apps

Earlier this week, YouTube introduced several new features to its app with the hopes of making it more accessible and easier to use. The most noteworthy addition was that viewers can now use voice search when casting the YouTube app to their smart TV.

The new function is extremely straightforward — simply press the Cast button and a microphone icon will appear, allowing for voice commands to be issued to your TV through your phone.

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Chrome Beta 80 removes experimental Reader Mode and gesture navigation, deprecates FTP support, and more

After a short rollout delay, Chrome 79 is now widely available on desktop and mobile platforms. That means Chrome 80 has moved up to the beta channel, and while there are a few new features, there are far more removed features. Let's dive right in!

Removed features

It seems like spring cleaning is coming early for Chrome. Several feature experiments that have shown up over the past few months have been completely removed, possibly marking an end to much-anticipated functionality.

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56 temporarily free and 179 on-sale apps and games for Friday

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Welcome to Friday, everyone. Today's sale roundup is a big one, but as usual, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold for easier discovery. The majority of sales today are for premium games, though it would appear that a few devs still don't know how to properly list a sale on the Play Store. This is why you'll find more than a few titles from Square Enix, Asmodee Digital, Taito, and Big Fish at the bottom of the sale games list, minus any end dates or original prices.

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Achievement unlocked: Stadia finally supports achievements on web and Chromecast

When Google rolled out Stadia Pro in November, it quickly became obvious that the service was still partly a glorified beta. Many features that were promised to be ready at launch only slowly trickled into the platform, like Google Assistant support, Stream Connect, Buddy Pass, and family sharing. Now, Google has announced that achievements are also finally available on Stadia.

Achievements on Stadia work just like they do on any other platform.

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Paid Cerberus 'lifetime' licenses are expiring and customers are mad (Update: False promises)

Four years after Cerberus made headlines when it invalidated free lifetime licenses, the device security app is back in the spotlight for the same questionable business practices. This time, it has begun to revoke paid lifetime licenses, partly without informing customers beforehand.

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Fossil just fixed the biggest problem with its Hybrid HR smartwatch

Fossil released its new hybrid smartwatch earlier this year, and I reviewed it last month. The greatest problem with the watch isn't its lack of features or poor design — it's that the companion app only sends notifications to the watch from a handful of supported apps. Thankfully, Fossil has finally fixed this issue by enabling notification support for all apps.

As a quick refresher, Fossil only allowed apps from 13 applications to be sent to the Hybrid HR watch.

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Here are 320 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now (Update: 10 more)

People have been wondering about the full roster of launch titles featured in Google Play Pass — supposedly, we've got over 350 of them to go through. Here's the thing: Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps on Play Pass as possible.

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Here are 320 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now (Update: 10 more) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Netflix and Disney+ content now appears in the Google Play Movies app

Netflix has been one of the largest movie and TV streaming services available since pivoting from its DVD-rental model in 2007. Despite mass popularity throughout the greater half of this decade, Netflix has managed to completely avoid integrating with the Google Play Movies app — at least, that was until now. We have confirmed that Play Movies can finally search for content exclusive to Netflix, as well as the brand new Disney+ streaming service.

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The Google Translate app is now 12% more accurate in offline mode for many languages, adds more transliteration support

For those who frequently visit foreign countries, a reliable or affordable data connection can be hard to come by. Thankfully, Google's Translate app has a robust offline mode that should be getting even better soon. Today, Google announced improvements to offline performance that will increase the accuracy of translations and expand the availability of pronunciation data in a variety of languages.

Google claims that offline translation of 59 languages will be made at least 12 percent more accurate through the implementation of improved word choice, grammar, and sentence structure.

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Google acquires game dev Typhoon Studios to beef up Stadia team

A year ago, many of us were enjoying a free test of Google's game streaming technology known as Project Stream. That test has morphed into Stadia with games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Mortal Kombat 11, and Borderlands 3. Google wants to make its own games, too. That's why it has acquired Montreal-based Typhoon Studios.

You probably haven't heard much if anything about Typhoon Studios. It was founded almost three years ago by former employees of Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and WB Games.

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Star Wars ships arrive on Earth, visible with the help of Samsung Galaxy phones

Augmented reality has emerged as simple way to get amazing effects into the hands of users, and advertisers have only been too willing to jump on the opportunity that presents. Alongside the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker film coming to theaters, Samsung is pushing just such an AR promotion that allows Galaxy devices in select cities to see Star Wars ships streaking across the sky.

The AR skyline you'll be seeing from your phone's screen.

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Mario Kart Tour online multiplayer beta coming next month for Gold Pass subscribers (Update: Now available)

The much-anticipated release of Mario Kart Tour this September (after an extended period of testing) was a bit of a letdown. The game was riddled with excessive in-app-purchases, had a questionable loot box mechanism, and lacked a multiplayer component — arguably the selling point of the entire Mario Kart series. At the time, the in-game-menu said that multiplayer was "inbound", and we now know more details.

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Pokémon GO working on cross-platform AR-multiplayer Buddy Adventure (Update: Out now)

Niantic has revealed today that a new multiplayer feature tentatively titled Buddy Adventure should be coming to Pokémon GO sometime soon. This new feature will offer a shared augmented reality experience where players will interact with their friend's Pokémon via the AR camera.

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YouTube's experimental Explore tab begins testing on Android (Update: Still testing, new look)

Back in July, YouTube began testing a new Explore tab on the home page of its iOS app. Not many people saw it — only about one percent of users on that platform. Apparently feedback has been positive, though, because YouTube has announced that the test is now expanding to more platforms, including Android.

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Firmware update enables Stadia on some existing Chromecast Ultras (Update: Official)

Stadia was largely touted as a cloud gaming service that’s supposed to work across screens, but with a big asterisk. For streaming games on a TV, you need a Chromecast Ultra unit shipped inside the Founder’s or Premiere Edition packages, at least initially, while the existing Ultras were required to wait for an update. It appears that some Redditors got a new firmware that allows pairing Stadia controllers with those left-out dongles.

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