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Spoiler Alert: Samsung Galaxy S8 event last-minute expectations

Spoiler Alert: Samsung Galaxy S8 event last-minute expectations

Everything we’re expecting at the Samsung Unpacked event this week centers on the Samsung Galaxy S8. This device has been leaked from nearly every angle and in every single way - so much so that there’s more of a question of what we don’t know than what we do. In addition to the details on the Galaxy S8 itself, there’s more we expect: a PC dock for the phone, fast charging, USB-C action, and other oddities in the mobile space.

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Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

The Pixel launcher has been torn from the heart of the Android O developer preview update released last week, APK’ed today. The one thing better than getting a whole new version of Android for those with little time on their hands is a launcher. In this case, it means getting the look and the feel of the newest and most updated smartphones in the world without going through the effort - or dishing out the cash - to get that experience in its original form. Today all you’ve got to do is download a file - sort of.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential phone details begin to spill [Easter Eggs]

Andy Rubin’s Essential phone details begin to spill [Easter Eggs]

The man who created Android just showed the corner of a smartphone his new company will be releasing in the near future. This is not a detail leak, it’s a calculated preview, revealed to the world just as Samsung is set to reveal their own next flagship smartphone. Today we’re looking at the details we’ve been able to gather thus far - including several hidden in the image Rubin shared just now.

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Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Live Location is now part of Facebook Messenger whether you want it or not - whether you’re all about seeing where your significant others are at all times, or never wanted to know that information in the first place. For those that do not yet have access to this feature, we’re running down the ways in which it can be accessed on both iOS for iPhone and iPad and on Android for a wide variety of devices. This update is live server-side, now all users need to do is update their apps to make it happen.

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Google Play Store gets its own Free App of the Week section

Google Play Store gets its own Free App of the Week section

Who doesn't like free? Especially in the world of mobile apps, free apps, or even freemium ones, have a strong pull. Google's Play Store has lots of free apps and games but it's also notorious for having tons of low-quality, even deceptive, entries. That is probably why Google has created its own curated and recommended section for free apps. But there's one catch: its highlighted app will only be free for a week.

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Google Talk getting shuttered in favor of Hangouts

Google Talk getting shuttered in favor of Hangouts

Google's extensive lineup of chat and messaging apps is getting shuffled once again: the company has announced it will be shutting down the Google Talk service and officially replacing it with the existing Hangouts. Talk, also known by many users as "Gchat," is the quick and simple messaging tool that has lived within Gmail since 2005. While most Google users have already migrated to Hangouts, the remaining Talk holdouts now have only a few weeks to make the switch.

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Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

This week the folks behind Nova Launcher, the home-screen replacement app, have released an update that will change the way you use Android. It adds a dynamic icon to the corner of every one of the apps it’s compatible with. Each of these icons appear only when a notification appears for each app. Each app’s icon content is based on the sort of notification they’re presenting.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Update: How to catch a Gold Magikarp

Shiny Pokemon GO Update: How to catch a Gold Magikarp

An update to news of the Pokemon GO Water Event this week suggests that this may be the one and only time a Shiny Magikarp appears. That's according to our anonymous source with information on the subject - who also mentions that this decision has yet to be finalized. It could just as easily be that this Pokemon GO Water Event is just the beginning of something very awesome - Shiny Pokemon GO monsters across the whole planet - we'll see soon enough! But for now, how do we go about finding a Shiny Magikarp?

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Android Experiments Magic Calendar blends paper and digital

Android Experiments Magic Calendar blends paper and digital

There is a never-ending tug of war between analog and digital, especially between paper and computers. The favorite debates usually revolve round paper notebooks and organizers versus mobile phones. One has the advantage of being "always on" while the other has the advantage of ease of management and editing. Japanese design startup Kosho Tsuboi has come up with an idea, one that some might have seen before. That is, an always-on Magic Calendar dashboard that display's your calendar on a wall. And it's powered by Android, of course.

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Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

And so the Google messaging circus continues. Google has quite a few messaging apps, and some of them overlap with each other and the biggest offender is probably Hangouts. What would have been Google's main, or only, messaging platform supports chat, voice, video, and SMS, but soon it will have one less feature. According to a post on Reddit, Google will be removing carrier SMS support in May, forcing users, at least on Android, to migrate to another app, maybe Google's newly renamed "Android Messages" app.

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Adventure Time leads the #tempfreeapps [App Download] list [Late March, 2017]

Adventure Time leads the #tempfreeapps [App Download] list [Late March, 2017]

Today a number of really awesome apps and games have gone from a few dollars on Google Play to free... also on Google Play. This includes such simple future-classics as Peach Icons, and GPS Speed Pro, as well as oddities most haven't heard of before, like Motorsport Manager. And Adventure Time - it doesn't even matter which app it is, it's Adventure Time! No matter which way it's cut, there's one massive number of radical bits and pieces out in the Google Play App Store right this minute - and we've got the best on a list right here and now.

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Facebook Messenger update changes how I chat [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update changes how I chat [APK download]

Starting this week, users of both Android and iPhone (or iPad) devices will see a change in Facebook Messenger. In the app they'll be able to converse with their friends and associates in a brand new way. While before, Emoji icons were allowed to be plugged in and seen, now Reactions are available too. Mentions are also about to become available to the masses - just in case I'm speaking about someone that I need to link to.

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