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[Much Screenshot. Very Description] Lenovo’s APPShot is a crime against all Play Store listing common sense rules

There’s ridiculous. There’s shady. There’s borderline pathetic. And then there’s the new Lenovo APPShot listing on the Play Store. This one page, I swear, is a treasure trove of things that have gone wrong, drove past wrong, fallen off a cliff of wrong, drowned in a sea of wrong, and maybe even caused a cataclysmic explosion of wrong that resulted in a new astronomical black hole of wrong.

Exhibit A: Shipshape description

There is so many applications for android.

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Sony releases Mass Effect: Andromeda theme for Xperia devices

Sony often creates content for its Xperia devices based on blockbuster movies, and now it’s rolling out an exclusive theme inspired by the latest Mass Effect game, Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The theme features new buttons, animations, and parallax effects inspired by Andromeda, which was released on PS4, Xbox One and Windows last week. The new title is set between the second and third games of the series and sees players take control of either Scott or Sara Ryder as they explore the Andromeda Galaxy aboard a ship called Tempest. It launched to mixed reviews.

Check out Sony’s teaser video for the theme below.

In its Play Store listing, Sony says, “The Tempest soars through asteroids and Ryder contemplates his quest across the cosmos, subtly breathing and moving as you scroll.”

I haven’t been keeping up with Sony’s Xperia themes in the last year or so, but this does look like one of the more impressive ones that it has produced.

Pick up the theme for free in the Google Play Store here, and check out the others Sony has to offer here.

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The option to save your parking location has disappeared from Google Maps

A few days ago, we reported one unofficial feature in Google Maps 9.49 beta that allowed you to manually save your parking location for future reference. Unlike Google’s automatic parking saving that guesses the location based on where you approximately stopped driving and surfaces the info in your Feed, this one was a more manual and more accurate way of pinning down your parking spot. It also let you add notes, set a time limit for metered parkings, and attach photos for your reference.

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The option to save your parking location has disappeared from Google Maps

A few days ago, we reported one unofficial feature in Google Maps 9.49 beta that allowed you to manually save your parking location for future reference. Unlike Google’s automatic parking saving that guesses the location based on where you approximately stopped driving and surfaces the info in your Feed, this one was a more manual and more accurate way of pinning down your parking spot. It also let you add notes, set a time limit for metered parkings, and attach photos for your reference.

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Google launches new website to bring together all of its open source projects

Google has launched a new website as the home for all of its open-source content. Google Open Source brings together the company’s related initiatives — including Android, Chromium and Go — in one spot and provides information on how it develops and maintains them.

Google says the website delivers the expected things such as supported organizations and a comprehensive list of the company’s ongoing open-source projects, but it says it “Also contains something unexpected: a look under the hood at how we ‘do’ open source.”

Google states that its commitment to open source has lead it to publish its own internal documentation on how it makes these initiatives work. The documents cover how Google manages the release of projects and also reveals why the company pursues what it does.

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Google Assistant and Home adds new connected device support

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“Our policies and procedures are informed by many years of experience and lessons we’ve learned along the way,” writes Google in its announcement post. “We know that our particular approach to open source might not be right for everyone—there’s more than one way to do open source—and so these docs should not be read as a “how-to” guide. Similar to how it can be valuable to read another engineer’s source code to see how they solved a problem, we hope that others find value in seeing how we approach and think about open source at Google.”

I expect the website will be an excellent resource for the developers involved, or interested in getting involved, with these projects — it isn’t lacking in detail.

You can listen to the backstory of the website’s development in the latest Changelog podcast here.

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