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Alexa is finally rolling out to Amazon’s Android app, starting this week

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant is best known for being on its Echo line of speakers, but it's available on both iOS and Android. There's a dedicated Alexa app on both of those operating systems, but only iOS has Alexa built into the main Amazon app. However, that's changing very soon.

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Alexa is finally rolling out to Amazon's Android app, starting this week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Level 6+ Local Guides can apply to preview new Google Maps features before they go public

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Google's Local Guides program for Google Maps has proven to be quite successful, with tons of people offering additional feedback and providing photos about various destinations. Part of this is due to the rewards that Google gives to Local Guides; for instance, Google is currently offering me three months of free Play Music and 75% off a movie rental. The latest reward is kind of a double whammy for Google - an opportunity to preview new Google Maps features before the public does.

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Level 6+ Local Guides can apply to preview new Google Maps features before they go public was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Firefox Focus v1.1 adds support for downloads, improves the persistent notification, and more [APK Download]

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

We first covered Firefox Focus when it was under development for Android, and it was publicly released last month. Focus is a simple web browser with privacy as the number one priority, with features like tracker blockers and a button to wipe all session data. Focus 1.1 was just released, which adds a few badly-needed features.

  

From left to right: Downloading a file, playing a video in full-screen, the new Focus notification

First off, you can now download files from within Firefox Focus.

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Firefox Focus v1.1 adds support for downloads, improves the persistent notification, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google launches Motion Stills app on Android to capture quick, stabilized videos as GIFs [APK Download]

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Google launched an app on iOS last year called Motion Stills that could capture short videos as GIFs with advanced stabilization technology. Android users were a bit miffed to be left out, but Google has finally produced an Android version of the app. You can grab it now in the Play Store.

Motion Stills is basically a GIF camera with some fancy software tricks. In the default mode, you can capture a three second looping clip.

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Google launches Motion Stills app on Android to capture quick, stabilized videos as GIFs [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Protect is starting to roll out to all devices on Google Play Services 11

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Back at Google I/O in May, Google announced Play Protect, the consumer-facing evolution of Verify Apps, which is the background app check service that makes sure you don't have any suspicious or malicious software installed on your device. Verify Apps has existed for many years and has grown from an opt-in feature to an opt-out one, then to a background process, and then earlier in February it started displaying the apps it had scanned.

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Play Protect is starting to roll out to all devices on Google Play Services 11 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

PSA: Google Calendar added a drag-and-drop gesture for moving events to different times and days

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

With version 5.7.25 of Google Calendar published on June 15, the app added one feature that we've always wanted and sort of gave up on having: drag-and-drop for events. But it took until Reddit user Racing24 noticed it yesterday for us to go back a few versions and track the change down to that specific release of Calendar.

How it works is simple. With your Calendar open on the day view, 3-day view, or week view, you can hold any event and drag it to another time slot.

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PSA: Google Calendar added a drag-and-drop gesture for moving events to different times and days was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp beta adds a picture-in-picture mode for video calls on Android O

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

WhatsApp was updated to version 2.17.265 on the beta channel yesterday and as most times, it didn't seem like the new version brought anything new to the table. But it turns out that this isn't the case this time; you just need to be on the newest and hottest version of Android to notice the change. WhatsApp now support picture-in-picture video calls on Android O.

When you start a video call on Android Nougat and below then tap back, the call goes into the background and the video gets paused while the audio continues and you go back to your text conversation and can do other stuff on your phone.

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WhatsApp beta adds a picture-in-picture mode for video calls on Android O was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app updated with more detailed play time stats and download info [APK Download]

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Any parents who've bought their kids a Switch should already know about the Parental Controls app. Nintendo's latest console continues to prove incredibly popular with adults and kids alike, so it's not surprising the app has more than 100,000 installs. The Japanese gaming giant has just announced an update which includes individual play time stats, downloads records, and a 24-hour alarm disabling option.

It's now possible to see exactly how much time each family member spends playing each game, and even how much time they spend not playing games.

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Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app updated with more detailed play time stats and download info [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

HTC uploads its SMS app to the Play Store

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

It's pretty common for manufacturers to upload system applications to the Play Store, so they can be updated outside of Android updates. Samsung has done this several times recently, such as with its Device Maintenance tool and Secure Folder app. Now HTC has uploaded its custom SMS client, aptly named 'HTC Messages,' to the Play Store.

  

There doesn't appear to be any major changes in the version uploaded to the Play Store, but the listing could indicate HTC will update the app more frequently in the future.

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HTC uploads its SMS app to the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LOL: Play Services is getting ads in the Play Store with random taglines, including “Be your own Boss, Dreams”

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

If you've ever set up an Android phone, chances are that you've seen notifications or prompts that say something along the lines of "Xxx app will not run without updating Google Play services." That's because Play services is the backbone of many Google services. But did you know that Play services also serves as a motivator, or that it simultaneously fits into many unrelated app categories?

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LOL: Play Services is getting ads in the Play Store with random taglines, including "Be your own Boss, Dreams" was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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