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Weekly poll results: which Android eBook app do you use?

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 03:22 PM PDT





Everyone has the own preferences when it comes to reading. Nowhere is this more true than reading on your phone.


Whether you're reading on a 4-inch budget phone or a top-of-the-line phablet, reading on your phone is unique to each and every voracious bookworm that does it. Some will only read on their tablet, some will squeeze in a few pages anywhere they can — and we do mean anywhere. Some will switch apps on a dime — or to save a dime on a particular book — while other are committed to one service and one service alone. But at the end of this week's poll, there can only be one... or can there?





















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Android Authority this week – March 29, 2015

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 02:58 PM PDT

AC editors' apps of the week: Tinkerplay, Hootsuite, Pop Watch Face and more

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 01:52 PM PDT





Our weekly app picks


It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.


Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!





















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Nexus 9 International Giveaway!

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 01:08 PM PDT

The Chromebook Help app: Why you can safely give your parent a Chromebook

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 12:52 PM PDT





Chromebooks are supposed to be 'made for everyone', but that doesn't mean it doesn't take adjusting to.



Just as there's some adjustment to using any new computer — even one with the same operating system — Chromebooks take a little fresh thinking and a little time to get the hang of for most users. While it may not seem like much of a difference to you, if you're getting ready to give a Chromebook to a friend of family member who isn't a huge fan of changes in their technology, you can expect things to get a little bumpy in those first days and weeks while they're essentially re-learning how to use a computer. And while you may not be able to take every single call from them about how to do this or that, there is someone who is there all the time to help.


It's called the Chromebook Help app, and it's here to — you got it — help.





















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Vine Gets Higher-Quality 720p Video Capability, Coming To Android "Soon"

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 12:06 PM PDT

unnamed (19) Vine is... OK, let's be clear here: Vine is kind of useless. There's literally nothing you can do with Vine that you can't already do with YouTube, unless you count an arbitrary 6.5-second time limit. That being said, there's no reason that Twitter can't improve its property, and it has done just that by boosting the video quality. Newly-created Vines from iOS are now defaulting to 720x720 pixels. Look down there: you can see all the retriever's little golden hairs.



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Vine Gets Higher-Quality 720p Video Capability, Coming To Android "Soon" was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Doing all of your reading through the Nook app

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 09:52 AM PDT




The last major bookstore chain wants to be all things to all people, but it turns out that's not easy to do.




It's not uncommon to hear someone refer to their ereader app as being a bookstore on their phone or tablet, but the folks at Barnes & Noble get about as close as you can towards making that statement literal. The Nook app is much more than just an ereader app attached to a store, it's an access portal for movies, television shows, newspapers, magazines, and even puzzles and toys that are sold in physical B&N locations. A content portals go, the Nook app is perfectly capable of delivering a tremendous amount of content to your mobile device. Whether or not that means you want to use this app as your primary reading mechanism is another matter entirely.





















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HTC One E9+ boasts a 20-megapixel rear camera, 5.5-inch QuadHD display

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 08:47 AM PDT

Well, that didn't take long. Just a couple of days after the HTC One E9+ was revealed in all its glory in a set of leaked images, the device has been made officially official.


HTC's Chinese branch revealed the One E9+ today in a pretty quiet way: it just threw the phone up on its website. Perhaps the most notable feature of the One E9+ is its screen, which measures 5.5 inches in size and has a resolution of 2560×1440, making it the first HTC smartphone to have a QuadHD resolution. As for the rest of its spec list, here's what HTC's newest One has to offer:



  • 20-megapixel rear, UltraPixel front cameras

  • 64-bit, octa-core MediaTek MT6795M processor

  • 16GB of storage, microSD card slot

  • 3GB of RAM

  • Dual SIM support

  • 4G LTE

  • BoomSound front speakers

  • Android 5.0 and HTC Sense 7

  • 2800mAh battery


It's exciting to see HTC finally release a smartphone with a 2560×1440 for all of the spec hounds out there, though I'm sure a few will take issue with the use of glossy polycarbonate on the E9+'s body. Still, the E9+ looks like a solid addition to HTC's One lineup. There's no word on how much the E9+ will cost at launch or when it'll hit shelves in China or anywhere else, so stay tuned for more.


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Save 40% today on these Moto X (2nd gen) screen protectors

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 06:22 AM PDT




Truprotection has utilized the highest grade materials and cutting-edge technologies to create a screen film worthy of protecting your Moto X (2nd Gen.). Equipped with a high-gloss crystal finish, installation is simple with an innovative static cling adhesive and a precise die-cut fit. Yours today for only $8.95





















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HTC One E9+ gets official in China with 5.5-inch 2K display and plastic body

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 05:52 AM PDT




HTC's first Quad HD phone is a plastic-bodied HTC One for China.



Just like that, HTC has updated its Chinese site with an official listing for a new high-end handset for that country — the HTC One E9+. Drawing on HTC's high-end One design language and that of its more affordable Desire series, the E9+ brings premium specs to a mainstream plastic-bodied phone. Color options include "meteor grey," "classic rose gold" and "gold sepia," in a two-tone style similar to HTC's flagship One M9.





















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Tilt Allows Your Group To Easily Collect Money For Crowdfunding Goals

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 04:05 PM PDT

unnamed (13) So your church group decides to pay for a new well somewhere that needs it. You'll have to collect $20 from each person, then bundle it all up and make sure no one's welching. That's a considerable amount of work for a big group, not to mention a lot of awkward conversations - you can only hear "I left my wallet at home" so many times before you snap, earning a scornful look from the deacon and a thrashing from your grandma after Sunday pot roast.



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Tilt Allows Your Group To Easily Collect Money For Crowdfunding Goals was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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[Bonus Round] Project Parkour, Slayin, Overpaint, And Stickman Rush

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 04:05 PM PDT

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a portable take on Mirror's Edge, a retro roguelike, a unique color-based puzzler, and an charming endless runner..



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[Bonus Round] Project Parkour, Slayin, Overpaint, And Stickman Rush was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Sony Xperia Z3 + Z2 owners, how's the Lollipop update treating you?

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 03:22 PM PDT





Sony's first Lollipop updates are starting to trickle out — how have you been getting on?


Sony's first batch of Lollipop updates landed this past week, bringing the Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact up to Android 5.0.2. The updates have been a long time coming, arriving a couple weeks outside Sony's original target of February. Next up is Sony's late-2013 Z1 series.





















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Facebook Publishes A Handful Of Android Apps For Its New Messenger Platform

Posted: 28 Mar 2015 03:05 PM PDT

unnamed (3) Facebook's internal instant messenger isn't so internal now: it's a stand-alone app platform that will operate in conjunction with the social network, and developers of every flavor can integrate their apps with Messenger. Naturally the first apps to take advantage of this come from Facebook itself: new apps include Selfied, Shout, Sound Clips, and Strobe, and the older Stickered app has been updated, all with the "for Messenger" label.


They're simple little tools or toys that add a bit of fun to Messenger.



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Facebook Publishes A Handful Of Android Apps For Its New Messenger Platform was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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