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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Cookpad, Vimeo

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 01:31 PM PST

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Androidify - Version 4.2.0


What's new in this version:

  • New holiday gear just in time!
  • Requests from the suggestion box including phones & devices, sports gear, new outfits and more!
  • Bug fixes and optimizations


Inbox by GMail - Version 1.16.0

Inbox by GMail

What's new in this version:

  • Trip Bundles: Share a summary of your trip in one tap, add emails to a trip, and view trip details offline.
  • Attachments: Access your recent photos quickly and select multiple photos at once.
  • Awaken the Force within you. Choose your side at http://ift.tt/1N8anvf.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.


Firefox - Version 43.0.0

Firefox Browser

What's new in this version:

  • Tab audio indicator displays in tab list
  • Include URL when sharing selected text from web page
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Users can now mark read/unread state of items in reading list panel


Behance - Version 3.0.1


What's new in this version:

  • Updated for material design
  • Marshmallow permissions support
  • The app now includes a job board where you can find open creative opportunities to apply for
  • We've consolidated your activity feed and brought grid layouts to your Android phone to pack even more great work into every screen
  • Optimized performance
  • Bugs fixes.


Cookpad - Version


What's new in this version:

  • Great news! Allthecooks is now Cookpad! We are joining up with Cookpad to bring you a brand new app experience and new design.
  • Completely refined recipe creator that makes sharing your recipes easier than ever.
  • An even bigger, worldwide community to share your favorite recipes with a clean, user friendly design.


Musixmatch - Version 6.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • CONNECT SPOTIFY PREMIUM and listen to all the music you love with lyrics, directly from the Musixmatch app.
  • NEW LyricsCard themes for the holidays
  • NEW FloatingLyrics


Microsoft Translator - Version 1.2.0

Microsoft Translator

What's new in this version:

  • Have natural conversations in Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. More languages are coming soon!
  • Use your smart watch and phone together to enable conversations without huddling around a single phone
  • Translator conversation history is tagged with your location and reviewable in any participating language


Vimeo - Version 2.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • Super fresh design: it's easier to use, and extra easy on the eyes.
  • A hot new player: stream videos in glorious ad-free HD.
  • A+ uploading: upload your videos, set your privacy, and manage settings.
  • More to love: browse human-curated categories like Animation, Documentary, Travel, etc. to discover amazing new videos.


Google Play Books - Version 3.7.47

Google Play Books

What's new in this version:

  • Night Light reading mode makes night time reading even more enjoyable and easier on the eyes.
  • Stability and performance enhancements


Chipotle - Version 2.4.0


What's new in this version:

  • Easier way to find a Chipotle near you.
  • Improved experience for first-timers.
  • General bug fixes to improve user experience. Hey, nobody's perfect.


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Friday App And Game Sales: Prune, FL Studio Mobile, Final Fantasy (All Of Them), And Much More

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 12:12 PM PST


It's shopping season, and just because you can't gift apps doesn't mean developers aren't hoping to lure you in with some deals. If you're already spending big, why not grab some apps too? There are a ton of apps and games on sale (but mostly games), and you can find all the good stuff below.


NFC ReTag PRO: $0.99 from $2.99

Home Bookkeeping: $1.99 from $2.99

Lucid Launcher Pro: $1.00 from $2.00

OsmAnd+ Maps & Navigation: $0.89 from $5.99

iCountTimer Pro: $0.99 from $3.99

FL Studio Mobile: $11.29 from $19.99

HobDrive: $9.99 from $21.00

Locus Map Pro: $3.41 from $7.48


Gary Chalk's Gun Dogs: $1.95 from $5.99

Trial of the Clone: $1.95 from $5.99

Heroes & Legends: Conq Kolhar: $0.99 from $3.99

Zombocalypse Now: $1.95 from $2.99

GA Collected 1-3: $1.95 from $4.21

GA Collected 4-6: $1.95 from $4.20

Starship Traveller: $1.95 from $5.99

Island of the Lizard King: $1.95 from $5.99

House Of Hell: $1.95 from $5.99

Sons of Uruzime: $1.95 from $3.99

Caverns of the Snow Witch: $1.95 from $5.99

Blood of the Zombies: $1.95 from $5.99

Judge Dredd: Countdown Sec 106: $2.99 from $2.99

The Forest of Doom: $1.95 from $5.99

To Be Or Not To Be: $1.95 from $5.99

GA 12: Asuria Awakens: $1.95 from $5.99

GA 11: Songs of the Mystics: $1.95 from $5.99

The Sagas of Fire*Wolf: $3.99 from $9.99

Bloodbones: $1.95 from $5.99

GA 10: Lords of Nurroth: $1.95 from $5.99

Petting Zoo: $0.99 from $2.99

i Fishing: $0.99 from $2.63

A Day in the Woods: $0.99 from $1.99

In Between: $0.99 from $2.99

Prune: $2.99 from $3.99

Heroes of Might & Magic III HD: $4.99 from $9.99

NBA 2K16: $3.99 from $7.99

NHL 2K; $0.99 from $2.99

Civilization Revolution 2: $4.99 from $9.99

Infinite Universe: $1.95 from $5.99

WWE 2K: $2.99 from $7.99

Devil's Attorney: $2.00 from $3.00

Ravensburger Puzzle: $0.10 from $2.99

Little Inferno: $0.99 from $2.99

XCOM: Enemy Within: $4.99 from $9.99

The Banner Saga: $4.99 from $9.99

Lifeline 2: $1.99 from $2.99

LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham: $0.99 from $4.99

LEGO Star Wars: TCS: $2.99 from $6.99

CHRONO TRIGGER: $4.99 from $9.99

Secret of Mana: $3.99 from $7.99

FINAL FANTASY: $3.99 from $7.99

FINAL FANTASY II: $3.99 from $7.99

FINAL FANTASY III: $7.99 from $15.99

FINAL FANTASY IV: $7.99 from $15.99

FINAL FANTASY V: $7.99 from $15.99

FINAL FANTASY VI: $7.99 from $15.99

FINAL FANTASY IV: AFTER YEARS: $7.99 from $15.99

FINAL FANTASY TACTICS : WotL: $6.99 from $13.99

Card Wars - Adventure Time: $0.99 from $3.99

Spider: Secret of Bryce Manor: $0.99 from $1.99

Spider: Rite of Shrouded Moon: $1.99 from $4.99

Waking Mars: $0.99 from $2.99

QuestLord: $0.99 from $1.99

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The Best Bingo apps for Android

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 12:01 PM PST

Bingo fans can now watch their numbers come out and shout "full house" wherever they happen to be, with a plethora of new bingo apps available for Android. Players no longer have to make their way down to the bingo hall and listen to the bingo caller as they painstakingly blot out numbers on a... View Article

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Google Play Services 8.4 SDK is available

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 10:18 AM PST

Posted by Laurence Moroney, Developer Advocate

We're delighted to announce the availability of Google Play services 8.4. There's a lot of new information to share with you about what's available to you in this release.

Custom Email App Invites

App Invites is a technology that enables your users to share apps with people they know. In Google Play services 8.4 we've updated this to make it easier for them to share via email. Before this you could create a custom email that contained user defined text and an image, but now we're allowing you to add content from the app directly into the message. It allows you to fully define the email body using HTML, and set the email subject line. So, for example, if you have a favorite cooking app that you want to share with your friends, your invite to use the app can include a favorite recipe from the app. They get the immediate benefit of being able to access the desired content, giving them a more informed choice about whether or not they decide to install the app to get richer and more content. Check out the App Invites sample on GitHub here.

Predicting User spend and churn in games

The Play Games Analytics developer experience is designed to enable game developers to better understand, manage, and optimize game experiences throughout the player lifecycle. With this in mind, we've extended the Player Stats API to help you better understand your players behavior, and based on this, entice them to stay in your game.

The churn prediction method will return data on the probability that the player will churn, i.e., stop playing the game. You can create content in response to this to entice them to stay in your game.

Additionally, the spend prediction method will return the probability that the player will spend something in the game. It's up to you how to handle this data, but -- for example -- if there's a low probability that the player will spend something, you could provide discounted in-app purchases or show ads.

Fused Location Provider Updates

The Fused Location Provider (FLP) in Google Play services provides location to your apps using a number of sensors, including GPS, WiFi and Cell Towers.

When desiring to save battery power, and using coarse updates, the FLP doesn't use Global Positioning Services (GPS), and instead uses WiFi and Cell tower signals. In Google Play services 8.4, we have greatly improved how the FLP detects location from cell towers. Prior to this, we would get the location information relative to only the primary cell tower. Now, the FLP takes the primary tower and other towers nearby to provide a more accurate location. We've also improved location detection from WiFi access points, particularly in areas where GPS is not available -- such as indoors.

Maps API Improvements

Have you ever wished you could easily handle a tap on a suburb without having to add another layer on the map to intercept the taps? We've added an onClickListener for polygons, so you can easily add transparent polygons and intercept the taps directly. We've also added on click listeners to polylines and ground overlays.

Here's how you can use a listener to detect a click on a polygon:

map.setOnPolygonClickListener(new GoogleMap.OnPolygonClickListener() {
public void onPolygonClick(Polygon polygon) {

Info windows now also offer an OnInfoWindowCloseListener and an OnInfoWindowLongClickListener. The on close listener is particularly useful if you wish to zoom back out on the map after the user has looked at the detail associated with a particular marker.

mMap.setOnInfoWindowCloseListener(new GoogleMap.OnInfoWindowCloseListener() {...});

mMap.setOnInfoWindowLongClickListener(new GoogleMap.OnInfoWindowLongClickListener() {...});

For more details, and an example that uses these, see the ApiDemos sample on GitHub and check out the historical changes to this sample, so you can see how the new APIs work. Also see the Release Notes.

Support for Aztec bar codes

In Google Play services 7.8, we launched Vision APIs that supported face and barcode detection. One bar code format we didn't support was Aztec bar codes, so with Google Play services 8.4 we've now added support for these.

Applications using BarcodeDetector in its default configuration (no barcode format restrictions) will automatically start decoding AZTEC codes.

Background Beacon Scanning

With Google Play services 8.4, the Nearby Messages API now supports background scanning for Eddystone, the open beacon format from Google. With this update, your app can be woken up when a BLE beacon is sighted. Back in July, Google Play Services 7.8 introduced the Nearby Messages API with a simple publish-subscribe interface. In the case of beacons, developers publish content by adding attachments to beacon records using Proximity Beacon API. These attachments are served back to your app when Nearby sights a beacon of interest.

New methods that we've added include a subscribe method for background beacon subscriptions where BLE scans are triggered at screen-on events; an associated unsubscribe event; and the ability to handle intents that you get when the Nearby API calls back during a background subscription.

Fitness Platform HistoryApi Improvements

We now support consistent step counts across the Google Fit app, other fitness apps and Android Wear watch faces with the HistoryApi.readDailyTotal() method. Please see the following documentation for more detail: http://ift.tt/1NBQeu7

We also have a new HistoryApi.updateData() method. This method allows you to update data in one API call without having to delete and insert with two calls.

Place Picker Autocomplete Widget

Today we are announcing the mobile autocomplete widget, the latest addition to our existing set of programmatic autocomplete features on Android and iOS, as well as the addition of Autocomplete to our place picker widget. Autocomplete functionality assists users by automatically completing the name and address of a place as they type. Widgets make it even easier for developers to add autocomplete functionality to their application with just a small amount of code. Learn more about this at this blog post.

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KeyMe Launches On Android So You Can Easily Copy Your Keys, And Probably Keys That Aren't Yours Too

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 10:12 AM PST

unnamedKeyMe promises to solve the problem of locking yourself out of the house by keeping your keys in the cloud. That sounds very modern and cool, but what does it mean? KeyMe is a key saving and duplication app that just launched on Android. It lets you scan keys, order duplicates, and even have them printed while you wait at automated kiosks. I'm sure no one would ever use this for nefarious purposes, though.

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Save 97% on the eduCBA Tech Certification Bundle [Deal]

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 09:32 AM PST

6a1ac7a2b7b331fae6a3fd4bb9ab393d000e6b90_main_hero_imageIf you're a tech professional—or looking to become one—this is the bundle for you. Earn up to 93 certificates in project management, finance, IT, agile and scrum, data and analytics, quality management, and Microsoft. eduCBA's courses offer the most pertinent certification topics for techies, like SQL Server Training and Excel, CFP training,SAS Base Programmer trainer, a

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Target hopes for bull’s-eye with its mobile wallet

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 09:32 AM PST

target-shopping-mobile-wallet-payTarget is reportedly looking to become a player in the mobile wallet game. The fourth largest retailer in the U.S. would be joining a market that's quickly becoming pretty crowded. The next mobile payment solution on your smartphone very well could be Target Pay, though it can't be confirmed at this time. The report comes from

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Evernote is killing Skitch, Clearly and its Pebble app

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 08:47 AM PST

Skitch will only be available on Mac after January 22. Screenshot: EvernoteEvernote's efforts to streamline its business will see it chop a number of apps from its lineup, including the popular annotation app Skitch. Clearly, a browser extension for Google Chrome, is also getting the boot — as is Evernote's Pebble app. Evernote's announcement comes after the company has struggled to make money, despite hitting 150

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[Let It Snow] Skype App Gets Holiday-Themed Update With Video Cards And Christmas Emoji

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 08:42 AM PST


Christmas is coming, but many family members won't get to spend this time face to face. Millions will be placing phone calls, and another large number will be hopping on Skype. The latest update adds more ways to integrate Skype into your holiday plans.

One option is to send a winter-themed video card. Tap on the + button in the lower right followed by the snowflake. You can then share your creation via Skype, a social network, or email.

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Target rumored to be working on its own mobile payment option

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 08:31 AM PST

A crowded market is only going to get even more crowded as time goes on, and mobile payments aren't looking any different. Companies that might not have considered mobile payments as a viable means to buy goods just a couple of years ago are turning things around in a big way, and now the number of options for users out there in the wild are getting higher and higher.

It's time to start preparing for another entry, too, if a new report from Reuters pans out. According to the publication's three unnamed sources, Target is in the works of putting together its own mobile payment option similar to what we see from Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and others. It's believed that Target has already begun negotiations with credit card companies, and it's reportedly leaning towards a system that would bring up a QR code within its Android app to let customers scan it as a means to checkout while in the store.

The report states that while Target has not begun any in-store tests of this new mobile payment option, which doesn't even have a name yet, it could see a public launch sometime in 2016.

Target is a major retail chain, so it's not surprising that the company would want to get in on the mobile payment bandwagon, even as it skirts other viable options in development of its own option. That's a crowded market, though, one that sees the aforementioned Samsung Pay, Android Pay, LG Pay, and, most recently, the introduction of Walmart Pay, which probably has a lot more to do with Target considering its own mobile payment alternative than anything else.

What do you think? Would you use a mobile payment option from Target rather than Android Pay? Do you think it'll be called Target Pay?

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Netflix 4.1 Update Delivers Option To Call Support Directly From The App

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 08:12 AM PST


Netflix is a pretty straightforward service, but sometimes things go wrong. Whether it's trouble with accounts, billing, or stuff failing to stream despite a strong Internet connection, occasionally folks need to ask for help.

The latest update lets you place calls directly inside of the app. This was a feature we saw listed as "coming soon" in a previous changelog.

Since the call is VoIP using your account, you will need decent Wi-Fi or cellular data.

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Musixmatch Adds Spotify Connect, Streams All Your Playlists With Lyrics On Top

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 08:12 AM PST


Musixmatch was known for the longest time as a lyrics application that found the words to a song you're listening to and displayed them in rhythm with the music. But Musixmatch has grown beyond that and over the past couple of years has become one of the most interesting music players on Android with local music playback, Chromecast support, and a nice Material Design interface. It is moving one step further now with the addition of Spotify.

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Samsung Pay is taking its fight against Apple Pay to China

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 07:32 AM PST

Samsung Pay is finally on the way. Photo: SamsungApple Pay will finally arrive in China next year, and it's going to have strong competition from day one. Just hours after Apple announced the expansion of its mobile payment service, Samsung confirmed its own will be following after it struck an almost identical deal with China UnionPay. Samsung's deal will allow UnionPay customers to manage their

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Fleksy Keyboard Partners With ZTE, Will Come Preinstalled On The Company's Devices

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 04:27 AM PST


Partnerships between keyboard makers and smartphone manufacturers aren't new — we all remember when Samsung started using Swype's technology on its keyboard a few years ago. So it isn't a surprise to see Fleksy striking a deal with an OEM of its own, as a way to extend its reach and installation base and as a benefit to the manufacturer who won't have to waste time and resources trying to develop a fast and reliable input method.

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Evernote Kills Skitch For All Platforms (Except Mac) And Evernote For Pebble

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 02:57 AM PST

Evernote has just decided to kill its sketching, drawing, and annotating application Skitch. The app hadn't been updated since March 2015, and even then it was a small bug fix release that didn't do much to improve the responsiveness, functionality, or speed of the application. Now Skitch is officially marked as done. Evernote will no longer update it as of today, and the app will be removed from the Play Store on January 22 although it will continue to work if you have it installed.

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Facebook Messenger Gets Photo Magic Sharing, Chat Customizations, And Some Festive Decorations

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 02:12 AM PST


You've decorated your house, you've put on a festive watch face, you can't help but see red and green Christmas stuff everywhere you go, so what about decorating your phone's messenger app? After all, this is probably the thing you look at most during the day, so adding some jolly good spirit would go a long way in making the holiday charm follow you all the time. Facebook agrees and so it has updated its Messenger application with lots of customization options and some end-of-year themed options.

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[Yodawg] Microsoft Apps Is A New Android App To Help You Find And Download Other Microsoft Apps

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 12:59 AM PST


Microsoft makes a ton of apps for Android, to a point where we have trouble keeping up with all of them. It seems that the company shares that feeling and it decided that simply pointing you toward its page on the Play Store to find and download them wasn't that efficient. So it built Microsoft Apps... which just houses organized links to all of Microsoft's apps.

Yes. I know. It's not the brightest idea ever, especially since the app doesn't do anything beside provide a sentence of description, a rating, and a link to the Play Store.

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Android 6.1 Rumoured To Be Released In June 2016

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 12:31 AM PST

Samsung Marshmallow - 1

One of the most interesting features of Marshmallow is actually hidden in the OS itself and requires quite a bit of tinkering to get it working. That feature is called multi window (or split screen) and it allowed the user to run two apps side by side on the same screen, similar to how Samsung does it on TouchWiz. However, with the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it remained hidden.

According to a source from site Android Geeks, Google is expected to make this official with the release of the next major point update, Android 6.1. The source also states that the new update will improve the current permission even further to take into consideration apps that require an overlay (similar to Facebook Messenger).

It's not clear whether this will require a new name or if it will still fall under Marshmallow.

[PhoneArena / Android Geeks]

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Sundar Pichai suggests Google may use a poll to name Android N

Posted: 18 Dec 2015 12:15 AM PST

During a Q&A session at Delhi University, Sundar Pichai was asked by one of the students why Indian sweets hadn't yet been used to name a version of Android. After joking that he'd ask his mother for suggestions, Pichai said that when the name for Android N is being decided, maybe Google should "do an online poll on what the name should be."

There's no doubt that the Android community would love to have a say in what the next version of Android will be. If Google does it right, naming Android could be a massive promotional campaign to promote the operating system over its competitors. At this point, there's no guarantee that Google will use a poll to name Android N or any future versions of the operating system. Hopefully Sundar Pichai off-hand comment is an indication of something that's already in the works, but there's really no way of knowing.

If you had a say in what Android N is named, what would it be?

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Use your words to save your sister in Scribblenauts Unlimited

Posted: 17 Dec 2015 05:59 PM PST

This is what it sounds like, when pigs fly. Photo: Warner Bros./5th CellScribblenauts has been on one device or another since 2009, and the latest version, Unlimited, is headed to mobile right now. Main character and magic notebook owner Maxwell's got a sister, Lily, who he's gotten cursed thanks to his smart-ass ways. The pair go to see Edwin, one of the 40 other brothers and sisters

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