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Google Home says it now supports free Spotify accounts too

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Back at I/O, Google promised that the Home speaker will add more music streaming services like Deezer and SoundCloud, as well as open up Spotify to free accounts instead of being limited to Premium. The Deezer integration started rolling earlier this month, and now Spotify free seems to be following suit.

If you have a free Spotify account and are OK with listening to ads, not being able to skip songs all the time, and don't mind the lower quality audio, then you should be able to enjoy your music on the Google Home just like paid Spotify Premium subscribers have been for the past months.

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Google Home says it now supports free Spotify accounts too was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram introduces new ways to reply to direct messages with photos and videos

Friday, August 18th, 2017

In the ever changing world of social media apps, it's important to stay ahead of the game. The constant jostling for the affection of users leads to various little new features, some good, some not so good. Instagram is faring better than most of its competitors at present, partially due to the success of its Snapchat clone, Stories. The latest addition to the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is intended to make direct message replies a little more visual.

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Instagram introduces new ways to reply to direct messages with photos and videos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Telltale Games is having a massive end of summer sale

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The developer behind the mobile franchises like Batman and Game of Thrones, as well as the popular Minecraft: Story Mode, has just announced a huge sale to help with those back-to-school blues. Telltale has produced some great mobile gaming experiences, and aside from those already mentioned, the sale also includes games like The Wolf Among Us, Guardian's of the Galaxy, and several from the Walking Dead series.

You can get the first episode of each for free, and the rest of them are currently half price through the season pass IAP.

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[Deal Alert] Telltale Games is having a massive end of summer sale was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hasbro’s companion app for the FurReal Maker Proto Max robot dog is now on the Play Store

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Way back in February at the 2017 New York Toy Fair, Hasbro introduced a new product in its FurReal line of robotic pet toys. Unlike the others, the Proto Max is part of the Maker sub category, so named because it can be programmed to perform different actions. It's yet another example of a toy maker combining coding with playing in order to tap into the burgeoning STEM market. Why is this of any interest to us?

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Hasbro's companion app for the FurReal Maker Proto Max robot dog is now on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sprint says KEYone’s bloatware bug will be fixed in an OTA update

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The KEYone is available as an unlocked phone, and that's probably how most BlackBerry fans will buy it. However, there's a Sprint version, too. Owners of the Sprint version recently reported an aggravating battle with bloatware, which was constantly reinstalling itself on the phone. Sprint has now confirmed this is a bug, and it'll be fixed soon.

According to multiple accounts from KEYone owners, the SprintID app is frequently waking up and checking for the presence of pre-installed apps like Amazon, Audible, Facebook Messenger, and Lookout.

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Sprint says KEYone's bloatware bug will be fixed in an OTA update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T and Sprint waive fees to Barcelona following terrorist attack

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Earlier today in Barcelona, Spain, at about 5 PM local time, a white van deliberately drove though one of the city's most popular boulevards. This horrible tragedy killed somewhere around 13 people (there are conflicting reports), and has been labelled a terrorist attack by the local police. In response to this event, both AT&T and Sprint are waiving all fees to calling from the United States to Spain.

AT&T said in a statement, "Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona and our customers who have friends and family there." The carrier will waive all charges (or apply credits) for calling to Barcelona (seemingly not to the rest of Spain) between today and August 19.

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AT&T and Sprint waive fees to Barcelona following terrorist attack was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instant Apps now rolled out to 500 million Android devices

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Instant Apps were first announced over a year ago at Google I/O 2016. Put simply, when tapping on search results from a supported site, a minimal version of the site's app would quickly install and immediately display the content. For example, tapping on a Vimeo link would open the Vimeo app and the video would start playing.

The feature started gradually rolling out in January, and became open to all developers in July.

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Instant Apps now rolled out to 500 million Android devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant is rolling out in Brazil with Brazilian-Portuguese

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Google Assistant may be over a year old now, but it still only supports a select number of languages in a few countries. Back in May at Google I/O, it was announced that Assistant would support four more languages, including Brazilian-Portuguese, by the end of the summer. Lo and behold, Google Assistant in a Brazilian-Portuguese flavor is now available in Brazil.

Google's support page for this hasn't been updated yet, as Portuguese is still listed under the list of upcoming languages for both non-Pixel and Pixel Android devices.

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Google Assistant is rolling out in Brazil with Brazilian-Portuguese was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google shows how easily image watermarks can be removed by AI, and how to combat this

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Watermarks are the most common way to prevent images from being used without licensing, but they're not nearly as potent as you'd imagine. Research at Google recently published a paper called "On the Effectiveness of Visual Watermarks" regarding how easily watermarks can be removed, and how this can be prevented.

You might think that it would be hard to eliminate all of the watermark's lines and curves from an image, but given a decent amount of images with the same watermark and the right algorithm (which is very common on photo licensing sites), computers can actually remove it automatically.

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Google shows how easily image watermarks can be removed by AI, and how to combat this was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android engineers reveal Google is working with ‘some companies’ to add Project Treble to existing devices

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

One of the big advancements in Android O will be support for the new Project Treble system framework. This modular approach to Android could accelerate the update process and ensure devices are supported for longer. However, we've been hearing that Treble would only work on new devices that ship with Android O. The exception to that being the 2016 Pixels. Google engineers revealed on a podcast today that some other devices could get Treble in an update, too.

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Android engineers reveal Google is working with 'some companies' to add Project Treble to existing devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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