What a crazy week it’s been! The OnePlus 5 launched on Tuesday (in case you missed it), and you can find all the details on specs and pricing right here. We also got the chance to go hands-on with the Moto E4, told you our thoughts on Nokia’s 3310, and much, much more. Here’s the news of the week!

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There has been a significant amount of buzz surrounding the next generation of the Google Pixel line, supposedly code-named ‘Taimen’ and’Walleye’ . As we edge closer and closer to that September/October release timeframe, the hype is beginning to build for the successor to the original ‘Google Phone’. With rumors quickly filling the Android enthusiast world with anticipation, we’ve got a report that seems relatively legitimate, detailing potential specifications for Google’s next generation devices.

Google’s ‘Taimen’ device is said to be the bigger of the two options, supposedly sporting a much larger 5.99-inch display compared to last year’s Pixel XL, and with supposedly much smaller bezels, too. The source says this device will use a 1440p OLED panel from LG, and will utilize a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM. There will be a 128GB model available, however the source says it may not be the only option available to consumers. The glass panel on the back of the device is said to make a return, though with the bigger physical size of the device, the source says the glass will no longer encapsulate the fingerprint reader. No dual-camera orientation is said to come to this handset, so don’t get your hopes up for incredible portraiture like we’ve seen in devices like the OnePlus 5.

‘Walleye’ will apparently be a much smaller device, returning to 4.97 inches and maintaining its FHD 1080p resolution, similar to the standard model Pixel of 2016. The source says that this model will look almost identical to the 5-inch Pixel device of yesteryear, but will take advantage of the objectively large bezels to include a set of front-firing speakers. While this is an incredibly welcome addition for many, the source says it includes these at the expense of a 3.5mm headphone jack. This is the specification I find hardest to believe, especially considering the Pixel commercial seen last year, which took a very blatant jab at the iPhone 7’s lack of the port. That being said, anything is possible, and Google very well may have considered it ok to remove the jack as a trade-off with those front-firing speakers. The device is also said to include a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM like it’s larger sibling, which would make it a very enticing option for those looking for high-end specs in a more palm-able device. The leak mentions a 64GB option available, but we’re assuming Google will probably offer a larger option as well.

So let’s recap on this leak, shall we?

Taimen:

  • 5.99-inch 1440p OLED display
  • Snapdragon 835
  • 4GB RAM
  • Smaller Bezels
  • 128GB Storage option
  • Glass/Metal Back
  • Headphone jack

Walleye:

  • 4.97-inch 1080p FHD display
  • Snapdragon 835
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage option
  • Glass/Metal back (Like 2016 Pixel)
  • Stereo speakers
  • No headphone jack

This leak seems to fall in line with the previous rumor that Google has canceled its rumored third Pixel device, codenamed “Muskie”. This leak speculated that the success of larger phones such as the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus may have swayed Google to reduce their offerings to 5 inches and a larger 6 inch model, which may help customers decide which option is right for them instead of flooding the market with too many screen sizes. This also seems to de-legitimatize the rumor that Google was producing a more budged-friendly device, though the source for the Pixel 2 options above did mention that the larger Taimen device was running “Pixel Imprint” fingerprint software which Walleye was apparently running software labeled “Nexus Imprint”. While Google is certainly unlikely to bring the Nexus back in any shape or form for the foreseeable future, you never know what Google might have up it’s sleeve.

As we edge closer to the speculated September/October release date, be sure to stick around and watch out for any of the latest news and leaks regarding Taimen, Walleye, and more.

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Philips Hue was one of the first truly mainstream smart lights. You can find them in a variety of styles, including bulbs and light strips. There are competitors in the space that may or may not do a better job. That’s usually up to personal interpretation. As it turns out, there are plenty of options when it comes to Philips Hue apps. Philips has left their stuff open for third party developers to play with. Here are the best Philips Hue apps for Android! Note, some of these also come with support for Lifx lights as well, one of Philips Hue’s larger competitors.

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AutoHue (Tasker Plug-in)

AutoHue (Tasker Plug-in)

Price: $1.29
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Task can do basically everything. It can also control your Philips Hue lights with this plug-in. Tasker has a bit of a learning curve. That means this isn’t the best option for those who need something simple and easy. However, the customization is top notch. You can control brightness, color, blinks of various lengths, color loops, and custom JSON scripts. You’ll have to learn how to use Tasker. However, it otherwise works very well. It’s definitely one of the better Philips Hue apps.
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Hue Disco

Hue Disco

Price: $3.99
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Hue Disco is one of the better Philips Hue apps for parties. It taps into Hue’s ability to change depending on sound. You just play loud music with the app running. The lights will then change color, get dimmer, or get brighter. It’ll all depend on the music you’re listening to. There are a variety of features and customization options. It’ll even let you know if your music has hit the threshold of your lighting set up and can’t go any further. You will need a Philips Hue Controller in order to make this app work.
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hueManic

hueManic

Price: Free / $2.99
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hueManis is one of many Philips Hue apps that makes your lights more dynamic. By that, we mean that it’ll change the colors more frequently. It has about a dozen scenes that you can use. The colors will change and keep pace with things like music, your mood, etc. It works really well on its own. However, there are some additional features for the super tech savvy like ADB commands. You can try this one for free if you’d like. The full version costs $2.99.
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Hue Pro

Hue Pro

Price: $1.99
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Hue Pro is one of the better basic Philips Hue apps. It comes with a lot of the same features as the stock app. That includes lighting presets, dimming and brightness toggles, a widget, music integration, and more. You can even control your lights away from home once you set it up right. Unlike most, the developers have a list of devices that they used to test this app. It should still work on devices that aren’t on the list. However, it’ll almost certainly work better on the apps that do. There’s no free version of this one. You’ll have to buy it and test it inside of the refund time to make sure you like it.
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Hue Pro

Hue Switcher

Hue Switcher

Price: Free / $3.99
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Hue Switcher is another one of the replacement Philips Hue apps for the stock app. It has one of the most robust sets of features of any app on the list. It features over 40 lava-lamp style changing scenes. You can also control the lights through your phone. That includes color, brightness, and the usual on/off. It also has support for the Hue Tap, Dimmer Switch, and Motion Sensor products. It should work for pretty much whatever you need it to work for. You can download this one and try it for free. The pro version will run you $3.99.
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Lumio (for Philips Hue)

Lumio (for Philips Hue)

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Lumio is one of the newer Philips Hue apps for Android. It is also one of the simpler options. You can do the basic stuff. That includes turning the lights on and off, changing the color, and changing the brightness. It also boasts the ability to change the color with fewer taps than the stock app. It doesn’t compete with the other Philips Hue apps in terms of features. At least, it doesn’t yet. However, the interface is really nice and it does the basics pretty well. It may be a bit buggy, though.
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Lumio (for Philips Hue)

MediaVibe

MediaVibe

Price: Up to $2.99
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MediaVibe is a developer on Google Play. They have released several decent Philips Hue apps. Their apps include Philips Hue profiles for a variety of events. They have one for Halloween, one for fireworks, and even Christmas. They also have unique ones like an app with profiles for the World Cup or Twister (the game). Each app is a little bit different. However, they all perform more or less the same function. They load in color profiles that match the event in their name. The prices vary, but none of them are more expensive than $2.99.
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MediaVibe

OnSwitch

OnSwitch

Price: Free / Up to $9.99
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OnSwitch is one of the more interesting Philips Hue apps. That’s because it also comes with direct support for LIFX lights as well. Most of the features work for both sets of smart lights. That includes 30 light scenes, the ability to manage groups of bulbs, and the ability to control independent bulbs. It doesn’t really have any more features than the stock app for those lights. However, this is still a great option for people who happened to have both types of bulbs and want one app to at least mostly control all of them. You can download it for free to see if it works. The pro version will cost money.
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OnSwitch

Philips Hue app

Philips Hue app

Price: Free
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The official Philips Hue app really isn’t as bad as its horrible Google Play rating would indicate. A lot of people use the Google Play Store to complain about all kinds of Philips Hue issues. Thus, a lot of the criticism isn’t with the app, but issues with the entire product line whenever they have an issue with something. In any case, the app is actually pretty decent. It can do the basics like change colors, scenes, and brightness. They also have a very basic, but functional automation system to do things like change scenes or turn the lights on/off at a certain time. It also has support for Philips Hue accessories. It’s not perfect and it is fairly clunky. We’re not saying it’s a five star app. However, it is better than its current 2.9 rating would suggest.
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Philips Hue app

Scott Dodson apps

Scott Dodson apps

Price: Up to $2.99
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Scott Dodson is a developer on Google Play. His works are similar to MediaVibe. He has released several Philips Hue apps that have specific themes. Some of the themes include Firestorm, Thunderstorm, and Soundstorm. They work in a fun manner. For the Thunderstorm version, it’ll emulate a thunderstorm by having bright flashes of light to simulate lightning. These apps also come with various customizations, settings, and even sound options. They’re fun for what they are. The apps are around $2.99. There are also LIFX versions of these apps if you have those.
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Thank you for reading! Here are some final suggestions for you!
 

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When Google decided to kill off its half-loved, half-despised yellow blob emoji, there were simultaneous cries of defeat intermingled with cheers of victory. If you fall into the camp of the victors, you’re probably not going to want to read this, but if you loved the little yellow blobs and wish there was something you could have done to save them, then this is for you. While there’s no turning back now, a fresh update to a fun game out on Android and iOS essentially lets you live vicariously through the eyes of the now-lost blobs – fighting for survival in a world out to get them.

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The game was actually launched a while back but has just received a big upgrade, adding fully reworked levels, new graphics and effects, the ability to use any weapon in any world and swap weapons while you ride. It’s a ton of fun and the game already has over a million installs, with an impressive 4.5 star rating. It’s a free install but it is ad-supported and contains in-app purchases, primarily for fuel (energy) and ammunition. So be judicious with what you’re shooting at. Every emoji counts.

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The recently announced OnePlus 5 is facing some serious competition on the market. There are a bunch of great flagships available at the moment including the HTC U11. In this post, we’ll compare the two devices to get a better idea of just how different — or similar — they are.

We’ll talk about the design, specifications, software, as well as price in order to figure out which one offers more value for money. The info down below will also help you decide whether you should get the OnePlus 5 or the HTC U11. Let’s get started!

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Design

The OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 look very different from one another. As usual, OnePlus has opted for a simple and minimalistic design. Just like its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 sports a metal body in two color options (Midnight Black and Slate Gray) but has more rounded corners and edges. This should make the smartphone more comfortable to hold and use, at least according to OnePlus.

The back of the device is very clean and features the logo in the middle and the dual-camera setup along with a flash module in the top left corner. On the front, you’ll find the home button with a built-in fingerprint scanner below the screen, while the volume rocker and the textured alert slider are located on the left side. This means that the power button, as well as the SIM card slot, can be found on the right side.

The OnePlus 5 is a good looking device, although it is worth pointing out that its design isn’t quite new. Its back looks very similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus, while the entire device is almost identical to the recently announced Oppo R11. You can see all three smartphones side by side in the image below.

The OnePlus 5 is only 7.25 mm thick, which actually makes it the slimmest device OnePlus has ever made. And just in case you’ve been wondering, its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, comes in at 7.4 mm. The difference isn’t really that big, but it’s still worth pointing out.

The HTC U11, on the other hand, is made from a combination of glass and metal. It looks totally different than its predecessor — the HTC 10 — and is quite easy on the eyes. It has a “liquid glass” surface on the back that’s very eye-catching but is also a fingerprint magnet. So if you want to keep the device looking like it did when you took it out of the box for the first time, you’ll have to wipe it down quite often. Or you could you use the included clear plastic case instead.

Just like the OnePlus 5, HTC has also opted for a front-mounted fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button. Other design elements worth mentioning are the power button located on the right side under the volume rocker and the SIM card slot that’s found on the top. When it comes to colors, the HTC U11 can be yours in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red, although not all of them are available in every market.

Because the OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 are so different, it’s impossible to say which one looks better. Design is a very subjective topic to talk about, so you’re going to have to decide for yourself which one of them comes out on top.

Specs

When it comes to specs, the OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 share quite a few similarities. Starting with the OnePlus 5, the device has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and the latest Gorilla Glass 5. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and available in two variant: one with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and the other with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of space.

Just like the LG G6 and Huawei P10, for example, the OnePlus 5 is equipped with two cameras on the back. According to the company, it’s actually the highest resolution dual-camera system on any smartphone on the market. It features a 16 MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, and a 20 MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. There’s also a selfie snapper on board that has a 16 MP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. Just be aware of how the OnePlus 5’s 2x lossless zoom works.

The OnePlus features a fingerprint scanner that unlocks it in 0.2 seconds and a headphone jack, but unlike many competitors, it’s not water resistant. It’s a dual-SIM device that, unfortunately, lacks a microSD slot.

In the design section above, I mentioned that the OnePlus 5 is the thinnest smartphone the company has ever made. Unfortunately, this does have a drawback, as the flagship sports a smaller battery than its predecessor at 3,300 mAh, compared to the 3T’s 3,400 mAh. OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 5 will actually last 20 percent longer, thanks to hardware and software optimizations. It also supports the company’s fast Dash Charge technology that promises a day’s power in half an hour and should fully charge the battery in around 90 minutes.

The HTC U11 also sports a 5.5-inch screen with Gorilla Glass 5 but has a higher, QHD resolution. This is great for VR, but the screen is more power-hungry when compared to the Full HD panel of its rival. At 3,000 mAh, the smartphone’s battery is smaller than the one found in the OnePlus 5, but it might still be big enough to get you through the day.

HTC’s flagship is also powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset but has “only” 4 GB of RAM. The company has released a version with 6 GB of RAM as well, but you can get it in just a few countries around the world (with the US not being one of them).

Although the HTC U11 doesn’t have a dual-camera setup, it does have the best camera on the market… Well, at least according to DxOMark. The reviewing outfit gave the smartphone the highest DxO rating ever (90 points), outranking the Pixel and Galaxy S8 by one and two points respectively. The camera has a 12 MP “UltraPixel 3” sensor, with an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization. It performs extremely well in low-light conditions, where a lot of flagships struggle.

The smartphone is equipped with a 16 MP selfie cam and has 64 GB of storage, while the variant with 6 GB of RAM has 128 GB of space. Unlike the OnePlus 5, the HTC U11 has a microSD card slot (up to 256 GB) and is resistant to water and dust. Thanks to the IP67 rating, you can submerge it in up to one meter of water for a period of 30 minutes. Just like the iPhone 7 and a couple of other smartphones, it doesn’t have the headphone jack, which means you’ll have to plug in your headphones with the help of the adapter that comes in the box.

To sum up, both smartphones have a 5.5-inch display with the HTC U11 offering a higher resolution – QHD. The device is also IP67 rated, has a microSD card slot, and probably one of the best cameras you can get on a smartphone at this point. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 has more RAM, a bigger battery, a headphone jack, and a dual-camera setup that can capture those fancy bokeh (or portrait) shots.

  OnePlus 5 HTC U11
Display 5.5-inch AMOLED
1920 x 1080 resolution
401 ppi
5.5-inch Super LCD 5
2560 x 1440 resolution
534 ppi
Processor 2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540
RAM 6/8 GB 4/6 GB (depending on market)
Storage 64/128 GB 64/128 GB (depending on market)
MicroSD No Yes, up to 256 GB
Camera Main: 16 MP Sony IMX 398 sensor, 1.12 μm, ƒ/1.7 aperture, EIS, dual LED flash
Telephoto: 20 MP Sony IMX 350 sensor, 1.0 μm, ƒ/2.6 aperture

16 MP front-facing camera

Main: 12 MP (HTC UltraPixel 3 with 1.4μm pixel) with ƒ/1.7 aperture
OIS, dual LED flash, Pro mode with manual control, slow motion video (1080p@120 fps), 4K video recording with 3D Audio, Acoustic Focus

16 MP front-facing camera

Battery 3,300 mAh 3,000 mAh
Software Android 7.1.1 Nougat
OxygenOS
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
HTC Sense
Water resistance No IP67 certified
Water resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes
Dimensions 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
153 grams
153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm
169 grams

Software

Although both the OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, they each have a custom user interface on top and offer a few unique features. OnePlus’ OxygenOS is a very clean skin and doesn’t change the look and feel of Android much. It does, however, offer tons of customization options to play around with. For example, with a simple tap in the settings menu, you can switch from using the capacitive buttons below the display to the on-screen software buttons.

To launch the camera, simply draw an O on the screen, while drawing a V will turn on the flashlight. OnePlus has added three additional gestures to its flagship (S, W, and M), which you can program to launch an app of your choice or perform a specific function.

Then there’s the Reading Mode, which filters out blue light and adjusts the sharpness and brightness of the screen to provide a better reading experience, Expanded Screenshots, and Auto Night Mode, to name a few. And let’s not forget about the Shelf feature that gives you access to recent contacts, apps, and more just by swiping right on the home screen.

The HTC U11 features the Sense user interface that is also quite clean and brings a few unique features to the table. BlinkFeed is one of them — it keeps you up to speed with the latest news based on your preference right on your home screen. In addition to news, it also displays posts from various social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. It’s turned on by default, but you can get rid of it if you don’t want to use it.

One of the biggest features of the HTC U11 is definitely the Edge Sense technology. Thanks to sensors found in the sides of the device, you can just squeeze it to perform various tasks. These more or less include anything you want like launching a specific app, opening up the camera, turning on the flashlight, and more.

The flagship also has HTC’s Sense Companion on board, which made its debut on the U Ultra back in January. It provides you with suggestions based on your location and the time of day including restaurants you can go to for lunch, traffic info, and more. Basically, it does everything we have seen before from similar services from Google. Its biggest drawback is probably that it doesn’t support voice interaction, although this might change in the future. Just like the OnePlus 5, the HTC U11 comes with Google Assistant. Additionally, Amazon’s Alexa is expected to make its way to the smartphone as well via a software update in July.

To sum up, the OnePlus 5 offers more customization options, while the U11 features the Edge Sense technology along with the Sense Companion and Alexa digital assistant that’s coming available. 

Price

A comparison between the two devices wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t touch on the subject of pricing. The OnePlus 5 with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage retails for $479/€499, while the model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage will set you back $539/€559. This makes it the most expensive smartphone OnePlus has made so far. Nevertheless, it’s still quite affordable based on its specs, especially if you compare it with the likes of the Google Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Plus, and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The HTC U11 costs more than the OnePlus 5, although it is cheaper than the three devices mentioned above. The unlocked version of the smartphone can be yours for $649 in the US. In Europe, prices vary from country to country but are — as usual — more expensive than those in the US. In Germany, for example, the HTC U11 retails for €749.

When it comes to pricing, the OnePlus 5 is obviously a better option. Although the HTC U11 also isn’t a bad deal, especially when considering all the things you get for your money.

Final thoughts

So, which device is better, the OnePlus 5 or the HTC U11?

The OnePlus 5 offers more RAM, has a bigger battery with the fast Dash Charge technology, is made of metal, and features a dual-camera setup. It’s also a lot cheaper, which is one of the factors that has the most influence on consumers’ purchasing decisions.

On the other hand, the HTC U11 features the camera with the highest DxOMark rating ever, the innovative Edge Sense technology, is IP67 rated, has a beautiful glass back, and supports expandable storage.

The decision of which is better is one that you’ll have to make on your own, based on the info presented in this post. Would you rather get the OnePlus 5 or HTC U11? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

If you’re looking for a new game to play on your Android device, you’ll be happy to hear that there are currently quite a few of them on sale on the Google Play Store. We have compiled a list of the most interesting ones from different categories including action, arcade, adventure, puzzle, sports, and more, which you can check out below.

Keep in mind that these discounts are valid for a limited time only. So if you’re thinking of buying a game or two, we suggest you do so sooner rather than later. And if you do decide to pick up a few titles, let us know which ones in the comment section below.

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Users of the popular Action Launcher 3 app can now download a major update. Not only does it have a bunch of new features, it also includes a new logo for the app and a new name. As shown above, the app is dropping the “3” part of its name and it will simply be called Action Launcher from now on.

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The new version also has plenty of other additions, including one that developer Chris Lacy discovered while looking at the recent beta of Android O. You may remember that the beta version has a redesigned icon for its clock, but Lacy says he found it also supports an animated second hand in its code. That animation has now been added to the clock icon in the new Action Launcher update, and users can also check out that animation as a separate widget.

There are a ton of other new additions, improvements and bug fixes in the newly renamed Action Launcher update. Here’s the full change log:

• NEW: Action Launcher 3 has been renamed to Action Launcher, and has a shiny new icon to prove it!
• NEW: Use an animating, Android O-style clock icon for the Google Clock app (requires Lollipop or later). This animating clock is also available as a standalone widget.
• NEW: By default, all new installs of Action Launcher will use Pixel Launcher style All Apps, folders and everything in between.
• NEW: Many Pixel Launcher features that previously required Plus are now free for all users. Furthermore, the app is now far less aggressive in prompting users to upgrade to Plus.
• NEW: Full integration of Pixel Launcher’s UI styling for displaying App Shortcuts (previously known as Quickcuts). App Shortcuts display when long pressing an icon from either the desktop or All Apps list.
• NEW: App Shortcuts can be used in combination with Shutters and Covers.
• NEW: App Shortcuts can be dragged and placed as shortcuts on a home screen.
• NEW: Revamped appearance of the icon indicators for Covers, Shutters and App Shortcuts..
• NEW: Smartsize icon resizing is no longer a beta feature, and is enabled by default for all Plus users.
• NEW: Add animated caret indicator when opening/close Pixel style All Apps.
• NEW: Custom system fonts are correctly applied to labels on the desktop.
• NEW: The horizontal screen margin can be adjusted (via Desktop settings, phones only).
• IMPROVEMENT: Lots of polish to ensure the app’s look and feel mimics that of Pixel Launcher. Notable areas of focus include the padding of All Apps drawer and folder appearance.
• IMPROVEMENT: Optimizations to memory, battery usage and scrolling performance.
• IMPROVEMENT: Order the date and month displays on the date widget is correctly localized.
• IMPROVEMENT: The screen edge shadow no longer displays at the bottom of the screen when using a tinted dock.
• IMPROVEMENT: On first boot, the home screen animates smoothly on screen rather than having shortcuts snap on.
• IMPROVEMENT: Update translations.
• BUG FIX: Remove stutter first time All Apps drawer is opened.
• BUG FIX: Open folders display a shadow.
• BUG FIX: Fix aliasing on the icons of the first 3-4 shortcuts in a folder.
• BUG FIX: Improved support for tall devices like the S8 and G6.
• BUG FIX: Notification panel shortcut works on Galaxy S8.
• BUG FIX: Fix issue where removing the last shortcut from a Home screen page would sometimes also fail to also remove the now empty Home screen.
• BUG FIX: Fix issue where items could appear on the Quickbar multiple times.
• BUG FIX: Improve detection of App Shortcuts on pre-Android 7.1 devices.
• FIX: Misc. stability fixes.

Finally, if you have paid for both the older Action Launcher 2 and upgraded to the paid version of the older Action Launcher 3, Lacy says he will refund your Action Launcher 2 money if you contact him via email and provide him with the Gmail account that was used to buy both versions.

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