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Square Enix Releases Tomb Raider II Like It's 1997, Only This Time The Game Only Costs 99 Cents

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 03:11 PM PDT

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That's right, the original Tomb Raider sequel is approaching twenty years old. Nearly two decades have passed since players got to take a blocky Lara Croft back through tombs and mostly non-tombs on PlayStations and PCs. Now you can take the game with you in your pocket for the extra low price of 99 cents.

This release comes after the original Tomb Raider raided the Play Store on April 1st. Lara Croft wasn't joking around then, and she isn't now.

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Square Enix Releases Tomb Raider II Like It's 1997, Only This Time The Game Only Costs 99 Cents was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Podcasts Coming To Google Play Music!

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 02:07 PM PDT

Podcast Play Music

Good news to all you Podcast junkies out there!  Google has announced that they will soon be offering podcasts on Google Play Music.  Although you cannot currently listen to Podcasts quite yet, Google has launched a portal so that podcasters can begin uploading their shows to Google Play Music.  Google also announced that just like with their music, Google Play Music will suggest Podcasts to listeners based on preferences, interests, and time of day.

I'm sure that many out there are excited about this new announcement as it's a pretty big game changer for Google Play Music!

[Android Blog]

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Tip: Tapping The G Icon In The Google Search App Creates A New Search And Leaves The Previous One Accessible Using The Recents Button

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 02:02 PM PDT

Search-ThumbHaving a dedicated app just for searching Google may seem like overkill, yet tapping the Search icon remains the fastest way to start looking for something on your Android device.

But what if you want to search for something mid-search? Just tap the G icon in the search bar.

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This will start a new search and, as one of our readers has pointed out, leave what you were previously searching for in a separate instance that you can return to using the Recents button in your navigation bar.

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Tip: Tapping The G Icon In The Google Search App Creates A New Search And Leaves The Previous One Accessible Using The Recents Button was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Adds Gameplay Recording To Play Games App

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 01:48 PM PDT

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Google launched YouTube Gaming a few weeks back, but you need lots of content to make that service work. Now you can easily record your Android games and upload them to YouTube with the Play Games app (which we spotted in a teardown). However, this feature is only coming to the US and UK for the time being.

To start recording a game, just find it in the Play Games app and press the record button.

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Google Adds Gameplay Recording To Play Games App was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Hasbro Releases Chromecast Editions Of Monopoly And Yahtzee For Up To Four Players

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 01:28 PM PDT

Monopoly

Chromecast is best known for getting video from your phone or tablet onto your television screen. It also streams audio, if you're into that sort of thing. These two things cover most of what people generally do with Google's little streaming stick.

But that's hardly all it can do. Google would love for you to view the $35 TV add-on as a gaming console of sorts. Thing is, it still needs developers to roll out the games.

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Hasbro Releases Chromecast Editions Of Monopoly And Yahtzee For Up To Four Players was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[APK Download] Drawing Mode Is Live In The Latest Version Of Google Keep, Along With An Updated Widget

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 01:28 PM PDT

imageJust last week Cody Toombs spotted the building blocks for a drawing function in Google's Keep notes app, and now it's live. The latest version of the APK, 3.2.435, makes it active and visible. You can wait for Google to get around to delivering it via the Play Store, or you can skip the line and download it from APK Mirror below.

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As you might expect, the feature is pretty basic: you get three pen styles with a handful of colors, an eraser, and a selection tool.

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[APK Download] Drawing Mode Is Live In The Latest Version Of Google Keep, Along With An Updated Widget was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Play Games now lets you record and share your best plays

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 01:14 PM PDT

Play Games gets gameplay sharing. Photo: GoogleGoogle's focus on gaming grows even greater today, with the company rolling out a new Play Games update that lets Android users record and share gameplay clips directly to YouTube. Players can even add face-cam footage and commentary. Sharing gameplay from your Android device couldn't be simpler now, Google says. All you have to do is

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Microsoft Sunsets 'Sunrise Calendar,' Will Roll Its Features Into Outlook Soon

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 12:40 PM PDT

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Microsoft acquired Sunrise Calendar earlier this year, and now comes the news that fans of Sunrise have been dreading. The Sunrise app is dead, but its features will be rolled into the existing Outlook app. Microsoft is still putting the finishing touches on the first Sunrise-infused Outlook update, but it has offered up some screenshots to tide you over.

Outlook is obviously an email client, but it has calendar functionality as well.

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Microsoft Sunsets 'Sunrise Calendar,' Will Roll Its Features Into Outlook Soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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HBO GO For Android TV Finally Available For Download

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 12:24 PM PDT

DSC_0031Back in May of this year we reported on the imminent expansion of Android TV apps promised by Google, including an app for HBO GO. The timeline for its release was originally "sometime this summer". Looking out my window at the sodden mess of wet, decaying leaves plastered to my driveway here in Seattle, I think it's safe to say they missed that deadline. Oh well, I guess late is better than never.

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HBO GO For Android TV Finally Available For Download was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Latest Skype Update Lets You Apply Filters To Video Messages

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 11:53 AM PDT

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Sending a Skype video message is like placing a video call, only instead of having to be online at the same time, the person on the other end can pick up whenever, the conversation is completely one-sided, and the entire affair is limited to a couple of minutes. Following the latest update to the Android update, you can now spice up those short clips by applying filters. Add in balloons, warp your face, turn things negative—that sort of thing.

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Latest Skype Update Lets You Apply Filters To Video Messages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Nintendo To Announce Their First Mobile Game Tomorrow!

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 11:38 AM PDT

Nintendo

 

Back in May Nintendo announced their plan to release 5 new smartphone games by 2017, the first of which would début this year.  Well that début is now just a day away as the company announced that they will unveil their first smartphone game tomorrow!

The report comes out of the Wall Street Journal and goes on to say that the title was developed in partnership with DeNA Co. and will be released by the end of the year.  They also restated their intentions of bringing another 4 titles by March of 2017.

There was no word on what this inaugural title would be but Nintendo had discussed their plans to leverage their well known characters as they enter this new market so we should expect to see some familiar figures.  I'm also really hoping that they don't leave us Android users out in the cold but rather that they bring these titles to both Android and iOS.

[WSJ]

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YouTube Red goes live in the U.S.

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 11:38 AM PDT

YouTube Red is rolling out now. Photo: YouTubeYouTube Red, the new subscription service that lets you enjoy the latest content from your favorite YouTube channels without ads, is now live in the United States. Priced at $9.99 — and bundled with Google Play Music — Red also lets you play YouTube content in the background on your mobile devices, and download videos for

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Google Photos v1.8 Allows Users To Hide Identified People [APK Download]

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 11:31 AM PDT

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Google held a press event last month and talked about a few of the interesting new features planned for the Photos app. We're still waiting for collaborative albums to be turned on, but we've already seen other features come to life, like Chromecast support and setting labels for matched faces. This version doesn't appear to unlock collaborative albums – but that may be waiting for a server-side switch – but it does add another feature to the facial matching feature: the ability to hide somebody.

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Google Photos v1.8 Allows Users To Hide Identified People [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Unlocked HTC One A9 To Go Up In Price On November 7

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 11:05 AM PDT

HTC One A9

 

HTC currently has their new One A9 available for pre-order at the promotional price of $549 but the price will soon be changing.  As of November 7th, the price for HTC's latest offering will jump up to $649.  At $649 I don't see this selling well but even at $549, the HTC One A9 is a tough sell given the various solid mid range options on the market, options that are generally cheaper than $549.

It's not that the One A9 is a bad device, it just doesn't offer the same bang for buck as devices with similar hardware.  The one thing that the A9 might have going for it is the promise of software updates within 15 days of the Nexus releases.  That could really differentiate the device but I am a little sceptical of this promise given that HTC has struggled to keep their 90 day software promise that they had issued  with the M series.  I'm ready to be proven wrong though.

[MobileSyrup]

Unlocked HTC One A9 To Go Up In Price On November 7 is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Get the Learn-by-Example Android Developer Course for just $19 [Deal]

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 11:04 AM PDT

583a0020de2bab588e8f29d1410131b110ae6395_main_hero_imageTap into one of the leading mobile technologies on the market today, the platform that powers many popular wearable devices and cameras! Gain a comprehensive understanding of all technologies and APIs needed to build an Android app through 10 interactive real-world projects — and for a limited time only, pay just $19. The Learn-by-Example Android

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The sun sets on Sunrise as Microsoft combines app with Outlook

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 11:04 AM PDT

outlook-mobile-appMicrosoft is merging two of its most popular mobile apps into one: Outlook email and Sunrise calendar. Outlook has always been a favorite among email users while Sunrise rose to fame for being both free and feature-packed. Combined as one, Microsoft is hoping the move enables users to more seamlessly glide between emailing and calendar tasks. The result

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You can now record gameplay and commentary with Google Play Games

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 11:04 AM PDT

Even though it hasn't developed in the same way as other platforms, mobile gaming has taken off in a big way. Google has been working to enhance the experience for Android users with Google Play Games, its service that enables ranking, recommendations and now a new feature that should make plenty of mobile gamers happy. With the next update, Google Play Games will support screen recording during gameplay, as well as using the front-facing camera and microphone to record commentary and reactions.

Screen recording has been huge for the world of gaming, allowing gamers to record tutorials, epic quests and more and then give them the ability to share those. Android gamers can now have the same experience by having the option to record gameplay in either 480p or 720p. You can also use your front-facing camera and microphone to record your personal commentary while playing. After you've finished recording, you can quickly edit and upload your video to YouTube, just as you would on a PC or console.

The ability to record gameplay is a feature that now sets Android gaming apart from gaming on other mobile operating systems. If you're itching to try it out, you may have to wait a little while. The update will begin rolling out to customers in the US and Uk over the next few days, with more countries coming after.


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Learn top tips from Kongregate to achieve success with Store Listing Experiments

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 10:48 AM PDT

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Developer Marketing at Google Play

Editor's note: This is another post in our series featuring tips from developers finding success on Google Play. We recently spoke to games developer Kongregate, to find out how they use Store Listing Experiments successfully. - Ed.

With Store Listing Experiments in the Google Play Developer Console, you can conduct A/B tests on the content of your store listing pages. Test versions of the text and graphics to see which ones perform best, based on install data.

Kongregate increases installs by 45 percent with Store Listing Experiments

Founded in 2006 by brother and sister Jim and Emily Greer, Kongregate is a leading mobile games publisher specializing in free to play games. Kongregate used Store Listing Experiments to test new content for the Global Assault listing page on Google Play. By testing with different audience sizes, they found a new icon that drove 92 percent more installs, while variant screenshots achieved an impressive 14 percent improvement. By picking the icons, screenshots, and text descriptions that were the most sticky with users, Kongregate saw installs increase by 45 percent on the improved page.

Kongregate's Mike Gordon, VP of Publishing; Peter Eykemans, Senior Producer; and Tammy Levy, Director of Product for Mobile Games, talk about how to successfully optimise mobile game listings with Store Listing Experiments.



Kongregate's tips for success with Store Listing Experiments

Jeff Gurian, Sr. Director of Marketing at Kongregate also shares his do's and don'ts on how to use experiments to convert more of your visitors, thereby increasing installs. Check them out below:

Do'sDon'ts
Do start by testing your game's icon. Icons can have the greatest impact (positive or negative) on installs — so test early!Don't test too many variables at once. It makes it harder to determine what drove results. The more variables you test, the more installs (and time) you'll need to identify a winner.
Do have a question or objective in mind when designing an experiment. For example, does artwork visualizing gameplay drive more installs than artwork that doesn't?Don't test artwork only. Also test screenshot ordering, videos, and text to find what combinations increase installs.
Do run experiments long enough to achieve statistical significance. How long it takes to get a result can vary due to changes in traffic sources, location of users, and other factors during testing.Don't target too small an audience with your experiment variants. The more users you expose to your variants, the more data you collect, the faster you get results!
Do pay attention to the banner, which tells you if your experiment is still "in progress." When it has collected enough data, the banner will clearly tell you which variant won or if it was a tie.Don't interpret a test where the control attribute performs better than variants as a waste. You can still learn valuable lessons from what "didn't work." Iterate and try again!

Learn more about how Kongregate optimized their Play Store listing with Store Listing Experiments. Learn more about Google Play products and best practices to help you grow your business globally.


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YouTube Red and its ad-free videos now live for $9.99 per month

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 10:30 AM PDT

One week ago, YouTube Red became official. With the new subscription service, Google is offering individuals the opportunity to get rid of advertisements that appear on the video-centric service for a minimal monthly cost.

The subscription actually offers a bit more in terms of benefits for that monthly subscription, which runs $9.99 per month. For starters, you get an ad-free experience across your YouTube account, from mobile to desktop or even on a Smart TV with the YouTube app present. The same goes for ad-free music listening, too, says YouTube. On top of that, users can save music and videos to their device to watch offline. The other up-front benefit is background play, which means you can keep listening even when your screen goes dark, or you open up another app.

What's more, Google Play Music's subscription is rolled into YouTube Red (or, if you're already subscribed to Google Play Music, you'll get YouTube Red at no additional cost), so you can have access to Google's music streaming service — which will include podcasts soon — as well.

Do you plan on signing up for YouTube Red?


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Google Play Games: capture and share the moment

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 10:13 AM PDT

As with many gamers, I enjoy watching recorded gameplay to learn how to get past difficult levels or just listen to funny commentary. Who doesn't love a good 'Leeroy Jenkins' battle cry or a come from behind win? It's a growing phenomenon. Every month, more than 144 billion minutes of gaming videos and live streams are watched on YouTube. Channels like VanossGaming and TobyGames are already part of mainstream culture, generating millions of views – numbers typical of famous Hollywood personalities and musicians.

Today, we're launching a new feature on the Google Play Games app that lets you easily record and share with others your own best gaming moments from your favorite mobile games.

It's simple. In the Play Games app, select any game you want to play, then tap the record button. You can capture your gameplay in 720p or 480p, and choose to add video of yourself and commentary via your device's front facing camera and microphone. When you're done recording, you can quickly edit and upload your video to YouTube.
So whether you are leading your clan to victory in Clash of Clans, munching amoebas in Agar.io, or building new worlds in Minecraft: Pocket Edition, it's never been easier to record your favorite gaming moments and share them with your friends. Gameplay recording will first rollout to US and UK users over the coming days and will be available in more countries soon after, and who knows, you might even become the next big thing on YouTube Gaming.

Posted by Duncan Curtis, Product Manager, Google Play Games 
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ZTE Axon Coming To Fido

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 10:11 AM PDT

ZTE Axon

 

Like many of the large Chinese manufacturers, ZTE hasn't had a lot of success gaining a foothold in the North American market.  In my opinion, the main problem has always been the lack of premium devices from these companies.  Rather then sending their flagship devices our way, our market has been flooded with pretty sad budget devices.  Things are changing, however, and ZTE's latest offering for Canada, the Axon, is another step in the right direction.  Here's a run down of the specs:

  • 5.5″ 1080p Display
  • Snapdragon 801 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • 13MP Camera with 2MP Secondary Camera
  • 8MP Front Facing Camera
  • 3000 mAh Battery
  • Hi-Fi Audio

While the ZTE Axon is not the companies best device, it's definitely a solid offering inside and out.  Speaking of the exterior, the ZTE Axon sports a beautiful aluminum body that has its own unique look to it.  The back of the device also features a dual-camera set up, not unlike the HTC One M8, that allows you to capture some depth in your photos.

In terms of pricing and availability, the Axon will be heading to Fido for pretty darn reasonable $400 outright and as low as $0 on a 2-year term.  The device is expected to hit on November 6 so there isn't too long to wait if you're interested in picking this guy up.

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The Nexus 6P Is Back In Stock…But Only One Model

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 09:11 AM PDT

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The Nexus 6P has been absent from the Canadian Google Store for quite some time now but it's back…. well kind of.  One lone model has made its way back into the Google Store today, the 32GB Aluminum option.  Yes, that is the only one currently available.

Price is still a lofty $700 but shipping is free (yay?!?).  Carriers will soon be picking up the device as well so if you happen to miss out on this batch of devices, you'll have some other avenues to purchase the 6P soon enough.

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Samsung’s 18.4-inch Galaxy View tablet is now official

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 09:11 AM PDT

Plenty of rumors had already pegged the Galaxy View for all it's worth, especially a pre-order page that detailed its specifications before Samsung could get around to officially announcing the giant tablet. But the company has finally decided the time is right, and now the Galaxy View tablet is officially official.

Here are the official specs: An 18.4-inch 1080p HD display, with an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz. It'll also have 2GB of RAM and come in 32GB and 64GB options. LTE connectivity is optional, and there's a microSD card slot for expandable storage. The front-facing camera is a 2.1-megapixel shooter. It's running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. The battery is measured in at 5700mAh, and Samsung says that means owners can play back video for up to eight hours.

Yes, the Galaxy View does indeed feature a carrying handle.

Unfortunately Samsung didn't open up about pricing or availability, as is usually par for the course. However, previous rumors have suggested the tablet will start at $599 for the 32GB model.

What do you think of the Galaxy View? Your next tablet?


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Say Goodbye To Ads—YouTube Red Is Live

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 09:07 AM PDT

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Today is the big day. Open YouTube on your platform of choice and you might notice a new logo for YouTube Red. Google's ad-free version of YouTube appears to have just gone live for eligible subscribers. Never again will you be asked to sit through a 15-second pre-roll ad for a 30 second video or click to hide that stupid banner. What a glorious day this is.

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YouTube Red is supported on any platform where you can log in.

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 28 Oct 2015 08:39 AM PDT

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Pixolor

Pixolor

Description: Pixolor is a circle floating over your apps showing a zoomed view of the underlying pixels, including color information and coordinates of the central pixel.

 

 Boomerang from Instagram

Boomerang from Instagram

DescriptionBoomerang from Instagram makes everyday moments fun and unexpected. Create captivating mini videos that loop back and forth, then share them with your friends.

 

Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines

DescriptionFrontier's mobile app makes travelling easier than ever before! Wanna skip the lines? Use our mobile boarding pass and go straight to the security checkpoint. Need to add a bag or select your seat? This app makes it easy.

 

Track & Treat

Track & Treat

DescriptionKeep track of your young goblins and ghosts as they trick-or-treat this Halloween. Let friends, family and neighbors know they are heading over or ready to meet up for Halloween fun.

 

Data Perks

Data Perks

DescriptionWith Data Perks, the equation is simple: Take surveys, shop, sign up for subscriptions and more from popular brands to earn data, measured in megabytes (MB). Your earned data is added to your Data Perks account.

 

Samsung Smart View

Samsung Smart View

DescriptionYou can send videos, photos and music stored your mobile device to Samsung TV screen using this app. Quickly and easily send your photos, videos and music from your mobile to enjoy on your Samsung Smart TV.

 

Disney Gif

Disney Gif

DescriptionExpress yourself in a whole new way with Disney Gif! Whether you're feeling happy, sassy, villainous or magical, there's no better way to show how you feel than with your favorite characters and moments. 

 

Monster Time

Monster Time

DescriptionGet the monster out of you! 8 monsters collection designed to be customized. Don't be afraid to take a different monster every day. People loves the variety! Monsters invade our wrists to surprise everyone. 

 

Vacation Planner

Vacation Planner

DescriptionThis app is designed to help you find nice places to visit on your next vacation or around your current location.

 

easyHome

easyHome

DescriptionWith easyHome you don't have to press your homebutton anymore! Just touch it slightly like on screen navigation buttons!! Experience your Galaxy in a completely new way!

 


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