[Update: Fixed] Viacom apps mysteriously breaking compatibility with Android TV, play disappearing act with launcher

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/07/08 5:54pm PDT Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/08/viacom-apps-mysteriously-breaking-compatibility-android-tv-play-disappearing-act-launcher/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2018/07/08 5:54pm PDT</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">Fixes rolling out for affected apps</span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Pasted-image-at-2018_07_06-12_41-PM.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-501865" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Pasted-image-at-2018_07_06-12_41-PM-728x484.png" alt="" width="668" height="444" /></a></p> <p>We might be fans of Android in general here, but we've also been <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/01/21/android-tv-streaming-boxes-uneasy-start-apparent-death/">vocal critics</a> of Android TV—though Google promises to <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/05/08/google-promises-renewed-focus-performance-updates-android-tv/">make things better</a> someday. But even in its current form, it's a popular platform for many via devices like Nvidia's SHIELD TV. In a strange development, Viacom appears to have removed Android TV support...

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YouTube Kids passes 50 million installs on the Play Store

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/youtube-kids-icon-thumb.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-502044" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/youtube-kids-icon-thumb.png" alt="" width="180" height="180" /></a></p> <p>The YouTube Kids app was introduced <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2015/02/23/youtube-kids-official-adorable-now-available-google-play-hands/">in February 2015</a>, as a way for younger children to view age-appropriate videos. Plenty of functionality has been added since then, including <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/06/20/youtube-kids-v2-28-sets-up-for-user-profiles-and-better-offline-video-management-apk-teardown/">user profiles</a>, <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2016/11/17/youtube-kids-1-95-2-allows-parents-block-channels-specific-videos-apk-download/">channel/video blocking</a>, <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2015/12/10/youtube-kids-1-40-gets-a-new-winter-theme-lets-you-cater-the-homescreen-to-younger-or-older-kids-and-more/">additional themes</a>, and more.<span id="more-502042"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/screenshot-play.google.com-2018.07.08-16-54-10.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-502045" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/screenshot-play.google.com-2018.07.08-16-54-10.png" alt="" width="559" height="274" /></a></p> <p>The Android app has just passed 50 million installs on the Play Store, as seen in the screenshot above. Even though YouTube Kids has been the subject of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsagate">multiple controversies</a>, this new milestone indicates the...

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10 best skateboarding games for Android!

Insert obligatory out-of-touch Tony Hawk game reference here. Now that we have that uncomfortably awkward reference out of the way, let’s talk about skateboarding games for Android. There are a few really good ones. However, the vast majority are only okay at best or are other game types with a skateboard theme. You really won’t […]

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Weekend poll: How do you like our new review format?

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/DSC04803.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-502033" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/DSC04803-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>Starting with the recent <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/21/htc-u12-buyers-guide-review-need-know/">UTC 12+</a> and <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/21/moto-g6-review-predictably-good-value/">continuing</a> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/29/alcatel-1x-review-android-go-huge-compromise-every-sense-including-price/">since</a> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/30/nokia-1-review-stepping-2018-hardware-2011/">then</a>, we decided to switch up our review format for phones a bit, breaking down the facts to be more direct and less prosaic. After all, brevity <em>is</em> the soul of wit (and over-long reviews the limbs and outward flourishes). Our original style for assessing hardware hearkens all the way back to 2011 and phones like the <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2011/03/21/htc-thunderbolt-review-when-tried-and-true-meets-new-and-blazing-fast/">HTC ThunderBolt</a> and <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2011/02/18/review-htc-inspire-4g-a-pretty-face-only-gets-you-so-far/">Inspire 4G</a>, but we know some of you may have grown attached to...

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BioWare blames Zelda and a crowded RPG market for Mass Effect: Andromeda not getting “a fair shake”

<p>Mass Effect was originally meant to be a trilogy told over the course of an entire generation of consoles. At least, that’s how BioWare first envisioned it when they were hyping the original. Those three games all came out to positive reception, produced an all-time great in Mass Effect 2, and laid its gorgeous galaxy to […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/07/08/bioware-blames-zelda-mass-effect-andromeda/">BioWare blames Zelda and a crowded RPG market for Mass Effect: Andromeda not getting “a fair shake”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.technobuffalo.com">TechnoBuffalo</a>.</p>

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Mozilla Stumbler disappears from the Play Store

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/mozilla-stumbler-app.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-502025" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/mozilla-stumbler-app-728x409.png" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>Mozilla's open-source app Stumbler was first released on the Google Play Store in <a href="https://blog.mozilla.org/services/2014/11/03/mozilla-stumbler-1-0/">November 2014</a> in the hopes of gathering information about the locations of Wi-Fi networks and cell towers via users' phones. Stumbler has seen a dip in user activity and developer attention lately, and now it appears the app has disappeared altogether from the Play Store.</p> <p><span id="more-502024"></span></p> <p>If the app is gone for good, it's not exactly a surprise. Users have noticed inactivity for a while, and in the most recent thread in the mozilla.dev.geolocation Google...

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[Deal Alert] Google Store running sale including Home Mini for $34 ($15 off), Clips for $169 ($80 off), and various other discounts

<p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Screen-Shot-2018-07-08-at-11.20.49-AM.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-502023" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Screen-Shot-2018-07-08-at-11.20.49-AM-728x351.png" alt="" width="668" height="322" /></a></p> <p>The <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/06/03/deal-alert-google-store-offering-150-credit-purchase-pixel-2-xl-home-mini-50-off-clips-much/">Google Store just had a nearly site-wide sale</a> last month, but Google has decided it's already time for another one. The deals are a bit different this time around, though, with highlights including the Home Mini for just $34 ($15 off), the Clips camera for $169 ($80 off), the Pixel 2 XL for $749 ($100 off), and several other Home and Chromecast deals.</p> <p><span id="more-502022"></span></p> <p>Here's everything on the Google Store that is currently discounted, consolidated into an easier-to-read bulleted list:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://store.google.com/product/pixel_2">Pixel 2 XL: $749 ($100 off)</a></li> <li><a href="https://store.google.com/product/google_clips">Clips: $169...

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These are the best smartphone commercials of all time

Many people who read articles on Android Authority or watch our YouTube channel are looking to purchase a new smartphone. They might be concerned with features like a fast processor, a good camera, or long battery life and want to know exactly if the price is justified. But many people who buy smartphones make their decision – […]

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10 essential tech products for your next summer vacation

<p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/07/08/10-essential-tech-products-for-your-next-summer-vacation/">10 essential tech products for your next summer vacation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.technobuffalo.com">TechnoBuffalo</a>.</p>

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Square Enix’s smartphone division is working on a PS4 and Switch action RPG

<p>Square Enix Business Division 8 recently posted job listings that hinted the studio was working on a new action RPG for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. While details of the game have yet to be announced in any manner, this marks a huge leap for the studio as it crosses into the realm of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/07/08/square-enix-ps4-and-switch-action-rpg/">Square Enix’s smartphone division is working on a PS4 and Switch action RPG</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.technobuffalo.com">TechnoBuffalo</a>.</p>

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19 best new Android games released this week including Old School RuneScape, Dead Island: Survivors, and DERE EVIL EXE

<p><img src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/nexus2cee_games-02_thumb-2.png" />Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. This week I'm changing things up a little. I have removed the Play Store descriptions that used to appear underneath my body of text explaining each game. This should provide a cleaner look with less clutter, not to mention less formatting on my end.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/08/19-best-new-android-games-released-week-including-old-school-runescape-dead-island-survivors-dere-evil-exe/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/08/19-best-new-android-games-released-week-including-old-school-runescape-dead-island-survivors-dere-evil-exe/'>19 best new Android games released this week including Old School RuneScape, Dead Island: Survivors, and DERE EVIL EXE</a> was written...

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Does the Apple TV do enough to warrant its premium price?

I’ve owned every Apple TV since the original one. I’ve also been a “cord cutter” for many years. I’m the ideal Apple TV owner in a lot of ways. I subscribe to all of Apple’s services (iCloud Storage, Apple Music, etc). I’m all in on HomeKit as well. We actually own five Apple TVs (1 of […]

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