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YouTube For Android TV v1.3.8 Adds Buttons To Manage Subscriptions, Enables Stats For Nerds, And More [APK Download]

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 02:24 PM PST

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Android TV is getting some serious attention this week with updates to just about all of the Google apps, including a few that most of us never hear about. An update to YouTube's set-top variant just came out with a few subtle changes. The latest update fills out the interface a bit to make channel subscriptions a bit easier. There are also some new shortcuts and reorganization for Settings, including a toggle to enable Stats for Nerds mode.

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6 Apps to Maximize the Man Cave Experience

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 02:12 PM PST

6 Apps to Maximize the Man Cave Experience

A man cave is the must-have of the moment and there is no shortage of digital adornments that will help you make the most of it. It goes without saying there is an ever-growing list of must-have apps for organizing your professional life, but at the end of the working day every a chap needs... View Article

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The Learning Continues! New lessons for Advanced Android course

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 01:59 PM PST

Posted by Joanna Smith, Developer Advocate

Magic moments happen when your app does something very useful with minimal effort from your users -- like figuring out their location for them automatically. The new Places lesson in the Advanced Android App Development course teaches you how to add a Place Picker to your app so that users can pick a nearby location without having to type anything.

The Advanced Android App Development course, built by Udacity in conjunction with Google, is a follow-up course to Developing Android apps. The advanced course is for Android Developers who are ready to learn how to polish, productionize and publish their app, and even distribute it through Google Play.



Updates to the course also include an explanation of the new GCM Receiver, as well as an entirely new lesson on publishing your app, which explains how to build and sign an APK so you you can distribute your app on Google Play.

After all, why build an app if you can't get it to your users?
Get started now, because it's going to be awesome!


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Top 10 new Android games this week: FlipiT, Breakneck

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 12:55 PM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Lost Horizon

DescriptionThe classic point 'n click adventure by Animation Arts and Deep Silver FISHLABS comes to Google Play in a beautiful mobile version fully optimized for your smartphone or tablet!

 

Breakneck

Description:  Master your speeder and defeat your pursuers in high speed action across a world ravaged by an alien occupation. The world is now occupied by invaders—and they are hunting you. Scramble through unfamiliar terrain, dodging obstacles and evading capture and destruction.

 

Rusty Lake Hotel

DescriptionWelcome our guests to the Rusty Lake Hotel and make sure they will have a pleasant stay. There will be 5 dinners this week. Make sure every dinner is worth dying for. Rusty Lake Hotel is a mysterious point and click game developed by the creators of the Cube Escape series.

 

 FlipiT

DescriptionFlip the puzzles and guess the pattern. Find out the fastest solution and check your perception. FlipIt! is over 500 unique levels ranging from easy to hard. Check them out and flip those puzzles!

 

Skilltree Saga

Description: Skilltree Saga is the first casual RPG with Rogue-like Elements in Aventurien – the world of The Dark Eye. Choose your race as human, elf or dwarf and battle your random generated opponents in up to 100 deep stages with numerous skill, which you can advance and enhance.

 

Cut the Rope: Magic

Description: ABRACADABRA! After more than 750 million downloads, the Cut the Rope series returns with a magical new sequel: Cut the Rope: Magic! Join Om Nom's newest adventure and transform him into magical forms to help the lovable little monster recover candy stolen by an evil wizard!

 

Magic: Puzzle Quest

DescriptionTest your skills as you craft the perfect deck and climb to the top of the leaderboards in competitive player-versus-player combat! Prepare and strategize what creatures and spells are needed to overcome an ever-growing collection of single player challenges.

 

LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™:MERLOK 2.0

Description Knighton is under attack from the evil Jestro and his army of Lava Monsters in this action battle game. With help from the digital wizard Merlok 2.0 you must gather your team of NEXO KNIGHTS and build a powerful collection of unique NEXO Powers.

 

Katy Perry Pop

DescriptionFeature in your own interactive journey from aspiring artist to pop stardom with Katy Perry in the fun and whimsical world of Katy Perry Pop. BUILD YOUR MUSIC CAREER. Get discovered by Katy Perry and chart your course to music stardom by recording songs, making music videos, and performing for thousands of fans around the world.

 

Baseball Riot

Description Baseball Riot is a fun physics based puzzle game packed with slapstick comedy and mayhem! Take control of retired star batter Gabe Carpaccio as he goes on a crusade to free his former team from the grasp of Explodz Inc. Smash baseballs at various Explodz fueled goons such as obnoxious fans, biased umpires, leery catchers and more.

 


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You won’t see 4K smartphones from Samsung or LG in 2016

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 11:25 AM PST

Samsung isn't going 4K anytime soon. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidIf you're already bored with Quad HD displays and you want your next smartphone to pack even more pixels, you may have to avoid buying from Samsung or LG. Sources say both South Korean companies will avoid 4K smartphone displays in 2016 — and they have plenty of reasons to do so. One of those reasons,

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Google could ask fans to name next year’s Android N upgrade

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 11:25 AM PST

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Photo: GoogleAlready wondering what next year's Android N upgrade will be called? Well, it could be up to you. Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed during his tour of India this week that the company may organize an online poll to name its next Android upgrade. All of Google's Android release so far have been named alphabetically after

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[Ho Ho Ho] 5 Christmas Watch Faces To Make Your Wrist More Jolly

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 11:21 AM PST

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The holiday season is upon us, and for many that means Christmas trees, candy canes, and other related whatnots. This year, why not spruce up your wrist with a nice holiday-themed watch face? Don't look at me like that, just because you're that nerd with a smart watch doesn't mean you can't be festive. Here are five Christmas watch faces that are worth checking out.

Google Santa Tracker

Android Police coverage: Google's Santa Tracker Is Back For Another Year With A New Game And More Android Wear Goodies

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Get a lifetime subscription to VPNSecure for just $59

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 10:24 AM PST

61e42100ee8e1167b0fa35a7ae6a4e774aac5df4_main_hero_imageInternet threats are a real thing – and surfing the web on a public connection can result in your personal data falling into the wrong hands. This deal offers you a lifetime of protection so you can explore the Internet worry-free, and thanks to Cult of Android Deals, you'll pay just $59 (86% off!) for

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Amazon slashes $100 off Moto X Pure Edition for today only

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 09:21 AM PST

Get your Moto X today! Photo: MotorolaAmazon has slashed $100 off Motorola's new Moto X Pure Edition for one day only. The discount reduces the price of the 32GB model to just $349. The Moto X Pure Edition is the more exciting of the two Moto X smartphones introduced this year, and it packs a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a hexa-core

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Connections Is A Microsoft Garage Project That Consolidates Information About Your Contacts, Available Only In India

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 09:16 AM PST

ConnectionsOne of a smartphone's core functions is to contact your contacts, so you probably have a bunch of them. Some, maybe even most, folks would consider the default contacts app on their phone sufficient, but Microsoft is working on a piece of software for people who would say otherwise.

Connections is an app that finds and organizes information about your friends, family members, and work acquaintances in a way that saves you from digging around.

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Deal: Google is offering $50 off of the Huawei Watch

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 09:03 AM PST

The deals just keep on coming. This latest one comes courtesy of El Goog itself, which is offering a $50 discount on the Huawei Watch if you purchase through the Google Store. The Huawei Watch currently sits near the top of the Android Wear market, with a fantastic design and a lot of great features. The downside is that the high quality costs money, making it pricier than most Android Wear watches.

While the cheapest option is technically the $349 stainless steel and leather combo, Google doesn't offer that one. Instead, it offers the next tier up of either stainless steel and a mesh band or black stainless steel with a black link band. Those options are normally $399 and $449, respectively, but for the time being (likely through Christmas), Google will knock $50 off at checkout. This discount comes in addition to Google's current offers of free overnight shipping (good through December 23) and extended returns until January 22 (good until Christmas).

If you're looking for a deal on the Huawei Watch, this is the one to get!


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Deal: Moto X Pure Edition for $349 on Amazon

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 08:47 AM PST

It may be the season of holiday deals, but Amazon is always in the mood to give you a great sale. Today's Amazon Gold Box Deal is a fantastic one, offering you $100 off of the list price of the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition. The Moto X Pure Edition is regularly listed at $449.99 for the 32GB model, but for today only, Amazon is selling the 32GB Moto X Pure Edition for just $349 in black or white color options.

Amazon is also offering $100 off of the price of the 32GB white and bamboo Moto X Pure Edition, putting it at just $374.99. This is a spectacular deal, as the Moto X Pure Edition is one of the best Android phones on the market. It offers powerful hardware, such as a 5.7-inch QHD display, 21-megapixel camera and Motorola's TurboPower charging, which is the fastest mobile charging technology currently on the market, giving you 10 hours of use after just 15 minutes of charging. All of that great hardware is then paired with nearly stock Android software, with just a couple of very useful tweaks from Motorola. Best of all, it's completely carrier unlocked, allowing you to use it on any operator of your choice.

Follow the links below to grab one while you can!

BUY: Moto X Pure Edition (Black or White)

BUY: Moto X Pure Edition (White w/ Bamboo)


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Peter Moorhead's Murder Is A Cyberpunk Short Story Told As A Point-And-Click Adventure, Now In The Play Store For $1.49

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 08:44 AM PST

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I may have said this before, but point-and-click adventures are my favorite type of game to play on an Android device (if you haven't, check out Gemini Rue). There is quite the selection available in the Play Store, and now you can add one more to that list. Peter Moorhead's Murder has made its way to our mobile platform of choice.

Murder is a murder mystery told in a cyberpunk future where much of what makes us human has turned into commodities.

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TYLT ENERGI 6K charger/power bank review

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 07:46 AM PST

Power banks are fantastic accessories to keep around for emergencies. Whether you're abroad or just want to avoid missing a Snapchat, having some form of communication always available is important. So instead of carrying around a charger and a separate power bank, why not carry both in one device?

Overview

Price: $69.99-89.99
Capacity: 6,000 mAh
Plugs: US built in, +$10 include UK and Europe adapters
Where to buy: TYLT

Not only is the TYLT ENERGI 6K is unique in that it's both a charger and a power bank, it also features both a built-in cable and an extra USB port. This allows you to charge your device with no additional cables and then charge a second device using a USB cable.

The main draw of this accessory is its travel readiness. You bring it along, charge your device or two at night, and it'll charge the internal battery after your devices are fully charged. In the morning, unplug it and bring it along with you as a 6,000mAh power bank to top off your devices if they die.

For travel, the TYLT ENERGI comes with a US flip out plug that folds flush and out of the way. There's also a model that includes both UK and European adapters for international travel for an extra $10, which is a really nice touch.

In terms of charging, it's exactly what you'd expect from a standard charger. It can output a total of 2.4 amps, which is fast but not Quick Charge fast.

The short built-in microUSB cable is a fantastic way to charge your device on the go. Plug it in, toss it into a bag, and it'll charge without messy long wires. When not in use, the wire folds into a gap on the side of the charger. Despite this, the unit remains fairly compact.

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If you're interested in the TYLT ENERGI, hit the link above to check it out. For you iPhone users, there's also a version with a Lightning cable for $10 more. I think the TYLT ENERGI is an invaluable travel companion, and though the price is high (TYLT makes expensive, but well-built, products), it's creative and useful. You can get power banks for much cheaper, but I quite like this one for its design and features.


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Google expected to strip SMS functionality out of Hangouts

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 07:16 AM PST

Hangouts won't be your do-it-all messaging app anymore. Photo: Cult of AndroidGoogle Hangouts could lose its ability to send and receive SMS and MMS messages on Android. A "trusted source" claims Google has decided it's no longer a good idea to make Hangouts a do-it-all messaging app, but it's not totally clear why the company has had a change of heart. It's now been more than

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BlackBerry CEO: Apple’s privacy stance is unethical

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 07:16 AM PST

3D Touch in action on iPhone 6s. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidBlackBerry CEO John Chen has waded in on the the question of whether or not Apple is right to refuse to help the government access smartphone data for security purposes. "For years, government officials have pleaded to the technology industry for help," Chen wrote in a recent blogpost. "Yet [the requests] have been met with

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Behance Gets A Splash Of Material Design, Marshmallow Support, And A Job Board

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 06:41 AM PST

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Behance's website is a way for creative professionals (photographers, artists, designers) to showcase their work online in a neat and accessible portfolio that also brings them together with a community of similar folks. For an app that's focused on showcasing design, Behance was slacking, but not a lot. It looked good, but there were a few refinements and different approaches in Material Design that weren't yet implemented in it. Today, those little improvements have gone live in the latest version 3.0.

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Microsoft Translator 1.2 Adds Natural Conversations Including Android Wear Support For One Of The Two Participants

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 06:11 AM PST

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When Microsoft Translator was released a few months ago, I went through an extensive comparison between it and Google Translate and came out impressed by Microsoft's efforts, but not completely swayed. At the time, Translator had a major advantage in its Android Wear support (a gap that Google has since closed) but lacked many other features like offline functionality, camera view, and most importantly the live conversation mode. Well, Translator has now jumped that last hurdle and added natural conversation support in its app.

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Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes – build the ultimate Star Wars universe

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 05:28 AM PST

Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes - build the ultimate Star Wars universe

In Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes collect and build your ultimate Jedi and Sith characters across the entire Star Wars universe and battle RPG style gaming. Choose from iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader and more. Make strategic choices based on your characters abilities. As you progress you can unlock special powers such as Darth... View Article

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Zeptolab Goes Back To The Well With Cut The Rope: Magic, Now Available For Free In The Play Store

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 05:09 AM PST

image (4)Zeptolab's gaming portfolio looks a little one-dimensional. After Cut the Rope, Cut the Rope HD, Cut the Rope 2, Cut the Rope: Experiments, and Cut the Rope: Time Travel, the developer only has two games in its Android portfolio that don't feature that tiny green monster. In the latest update, said monster gets considerably less green. Cut the Rope: Magic is now available in the Play Store for Android devices running 4.0 or later, and it has the now-standard $.99-99.99 in-app purchases.

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LEGO's Nexo Knights Franchise Makes Its Play Store Debut, Blending Building Toys With Video Games

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 04:09 AM PST

imageThe biggest trend in the toy world at the moment is the blend of "real" toys and action figures with digital games. LEGO's already dipped its toes into the same pool as Disney Infinity and Skylanders with LEGO Dimensions, but that's not the only combination that the mega-company is working on. An original franchise, Nexo Knights, lets kids build playsets based on the techno-fantasy theme and then upload the various characters' shield codes into the accompanying game, Merlok 2.0.

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Split-screen support rumored for Android 6.1 release in June

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 02:42 AM PST

Android 6.0.1 is still fresh out of the oven, but a new rumor will leave many craving next year's Android 6.1 release. A new rumor claims that Google is planning to bake in a few enhancements for app permissioning and split-screen app support into Android 6.1 when it's released next June. Android 6.1 is expected to be a minor update and will carry the Marshmallow label, so we'll likely be treated to an even bigger release in the second half of 2016.

An early version of multi-windows functionality was actually hidden away in the Android M preview build. It allowed users to choose between multiple screen layouts which pinned two apps side-by-side or four apps in a grid layout. The functionality can be seen in the video below. Split screen or multi-window support (we're not sure what the final name will actually be) will certainly improve the functionality or Android tablets, but it'll likely be heavily used on smartphones as sell since many people now use devices with displays that are 5.5-inches or larger.

While we're delighted to hear that split-screen support in Android is finally on its way, the rumor's timeline for Android 6.1′s release conflicts with a rumor regarding HTC's 2016 flagship phone – the HTC Perfume. According to @LlabTooFeR, the HTC Perfume is expected to launch with Android 6.1. Since the retail launch of HTC's flagship phones typically fall between late March and the end of April, Android 6.1 would need to be released sooner or the HTC Perfume would launch before the software is available. At this point, it's impossible to know how things will play out.

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Brazilian Judge Orders 48 Hour National Ban On WhatsApp, Users Flock To Telegram

Posted: 16 Dec 2015 10:34 PM PST

whatsapp-iconTelecom operators in Brazil have been working for months to undermine the legality of WhatsApp, and now a judge in Sao Paulo has apparently agreed with the arguments. Starting at 9PM ET this evening, WhatsApp was blocked in Brazil, and will continue to be blocked for 48 hours. Mobile operators have said they will enforce the block (probably while high fiving each other). What will happen in 48 hours is unclear, but you can bet Facebook has multiple planeloads of lawyers on their way to Brazil.

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HTC One X9 Leaked, Features Capacitive Buttons

Posted: 16 Dec 2015 09:24 PM PST

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HTC has been working on the successor for their latest flagship, the One M9 and previous rumours stated the company would be release another smartphone slightly above the One A9 midranger. However, just like every other HTC leak, it leaks in great detail weeks before the announcement.

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Thanks to Chinese site Anzhuo.cn, HTC's newest high-midranger device, the One X9 seems to come in a aluminum unibody design with two front facing speakers (similar to the Nexus 9), 5.5-inch 1080p display with a MediaTek SoC, 2GB/3GB RAM configurations and 16GB of internal storage.

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As for the cameras, it is going to be the same 13MP rear, 4 UltraPixel front camera with dual LED flash all powered by a 3000mAh battery. As for everything else, HTC has finally moved away from its black bar + on screen buttons approach in order to decrease device height and size.

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This phone can be considered as the midpoint between the One M9 and the One A9. North American availability is still unknown at this time.

[Anzhou / Android and Me]

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Google discounts the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Huawei Watch by $50; offers free overnight shipping

Posted: 16 Dec 2015 08:38 PM PST

GoogleTo celebrate the holiday season, Google is offering a $50 discount on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X through its Google Store in the U.S. While the company had previously discounted the Nexus 5X by as much as $80, this is the first time that it has given any kind of discount on the Huawei-made

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