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Android apps starter pack: A few new oddities you might grab

Android apps starter pack: A few new oddities you might grab

Our most updated look at what a new Android user should download first is here - in this Android apps starter pack. Today I'm going to make the process really, really simple, and drop the following unto your brain: Google Creative Lab. Users that've never used an Android device before - or have had an Android device, and still do, but want to see something wild and new, this is what's up.

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Google Play Instant lets users sneak a peek

Google Play Instant lets users sneak a peek

Users with the latest update of Google Play will be able to test games without a full download. This update allows users to jump in on gameplay as fast as possible, rather than committing to a full download - some of which are so massive, no user wants to take the time to initiate. Only SOME games will be in the Instant Gameplay collection right out the gate.

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Android P preview download: Wild new features incoming

Android P preview download: Wild new features incoming

Today Google released the first Android P developer preview, and with it a whole new collection of next-gen features. In this preview for the next major operating system from Google, Android prepared itself for the next generation in mobile hardware. As such, it includes oddities like support for two OR MORE physical cameras, HDR VP9 Video, HEIF image compression, and display cutout support - that's support for a notch, a split, or even a set of extra-curved corners (like in Pixel 2.)

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iBoot source download: Apple hits biggest leak ever with DCMA

iBoot source download: Apple hits biggest leak ever with DCMA

This week the bootloader source code for iOS seems to have leaked in its entirety. Apple would appear to have sent a DCMA takedown notice to Github, where the code was leaked, this indicating the code posted was of some large consequence. This is a big deal because it will likely lead to custom software for the latest iPhone devices. This is also a big deal because it could potentially lead to some nefarious parties finding their way in to Apple devices with a bit of reverse engineering - but don't worry. Apple's aware of what's up.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers download leaked

OnePlus 5T Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers download leaked

Today we're having a peek at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers for the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition. These wallpapers were meant for the one special edition smartphone, but a few intrepid developers have found the encoded images in the newest update for the non-special version of the device. As such, we've got access to said wallpapers, and any device - Android or no - can have access right this minute.

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YouTube GO: You’re not allowed to use it

YouTube GO: You’re not allowed to use it

This week we're seeing the first non-Beta version of YouTube GO, an app that allows downloads of YouTube videos. This is not the only official app that allows video downloads - that distinction also belongs to the subscription payment service YouTube Red, as well. This app is the only free official YouTube video downloader from Google - but there's another catch or three.

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Pokemon GO Event Update today!

Pokemon GO Event Update today!

Today Niantic released a Pokemon GO update in app form - that means a new iPhone app and a new APK for Android. Those that wish to download for the newest iPhone - iPhone X - will get a special treat. That treat is an actual, working version of Pokemon GO for their very strangely-shaped phone display, hooray!

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Kodi addon and repository devs down on pressure from Netflix, Amazon, Disney

Kodi addon and repository devs down on pressure from Netflix, Amazon, Disney

Kodi lives on, but some of the developers behind a few of the more nefarious addons for the service are now out of the game. Or so they've suggested. Cease and desist letters have been sent to developers behind the Colossus Kodi addon repository, URLResolver, MetaHandler, Ares Wizard, and more have been knocked out by a new wave of threats of legal action from major studios. One legal warning was apparently delivered by hand to the developer The_Alpha - that was the final straw for that particular dev.

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Official Google file manager Android APK just went live

Official Google file manager Android APK just went live

The app called Files Go is Google's first modern effort in making an Android file manager. An official file manager app for Android, that is to say - there've been plenty of (mostly terrible) file managers in the past. This file manager is made specifically for Android Go - as such, it's made with small displays and less-than-radical amounts of processor power.

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Pixel 2 launcher APK download works on older Androids

Pixel 2 launcher APK download works on older Androids

Today the Pixel 2 launcher (the newest Pixel launcher) was released through 3rd-parties for older devices. Google has not yet released this version of the launcher for any devices outside the Pixel 2 family at this time. As such, I recommend you take all caution when deciding whether or not this piece of software is meant for your device - or if you're going to risk it all to run with the newest in new.

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Microsoft just made the perfect Windows-user launcher for Android

Microsoft just made the perfect Windows-user launcher for Android

There's a new Microsoft Launcher in town for Android devices - one that should feel familiar to home-screen replacement app super fans of olde. What we've got here is a rebranding and renewed bit of interest in what once was called the Arrow Launcher. We've written about Arrow Launcher before, and indeed have recommended it to Android users of all sorts - and this "new" Microsoft Launcher is similar - but not exactly the same.

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5 reasons you should skip iOS 11 Public Beta (OR instructions to install)

5 reasons you should skip iOS 11 Public Beta (OR instructions to install)

This week Apple released another Beta build of their OS for mobile devices in iOS 11 Public Beta 2. This version of the software is great - it has new features aplenty - but it's not something I'd recommend everyone download lightly. In fact I think you should skip it altogether - here's why.

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