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Top 10 Android app updates this week: ASKfam, Dashlane

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 01:08 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.

WordPress - Version 4.9.0

WordPress

What's new in this version:

  • The future is here: use your fingerprint to unlock your screen!
  • A better-looking Media Detail screen, since your media deserves nothing less.
  • Multiple image and video uploads? Bring it: we can handle it.
  • Deleted posts now go into your Trash. (To blog limbo, where they belong.)

 

ASKfm - Version 3.0.0

ASKfm

What's new in this version:

  • Easily view everyone that has liked one of your answers
  • Giphy integration to search for and add animated GIFs to answers
  • Ask questions to anyone in your contacts list

 

Microsoft Word - Version 16.0.6430

Microsoft Word

What's new in this version:

  • Multiple Highlight colors: Pick your favorite
  • Smart lookup: Within a document, get relevant definitions, pictures, and more, all from the web
  • More Sharing options: Now share documents using WeChat and QQ apps
  • Sign-up simplification: Sign up for a free Microsoft account. It's easier than ever

 

Plex for Android - Version 4.18.2.508

Plex for Android

What's new in this version:

  • New awesome first run experience!
  • Add Plex Mix (and other "related content" actions) to tracks in the audio player.
  • Updated video player to fix various bugs.
  • Some improvements on lyrics UI.

 

Microsoft PowerPoint - Version 16.0.6430

Microsoft PowerPoint

What's new in this version:

  • Multimedia Playback: Play embedded media files in your presentations
  • More Sharing options: Now share documents using WeChat and QQ apps
  • Sign-up simplification: Sign up for a free Microsoft account. It's easier than ever

 

Pushbullet - Version 17.6.0

Pushbullet

What's new in this version:

  • Send picture text messages from your computer!
  • Bugfixes
  • Updated translations

 

Dashlane Password Manager – Version 4.0.0

Dashlane

What's new in this version:

  • Beautiful design is now consistent on PC, Mac and iOS, too.
  • We speak 5 new languages! That's Dashlane in the mother tongue of over 1 billion people.
  • Fixes for fingerprint activation: choose between PIN and fingerprint lock in your app settings.

 

Microsoft Excel - Version 16.0.6430

Excel

What's new in this version:

  • Table styles: Instantly change how a table looks
  • More Paste options: Paste just a formula, value, or format from a copied cell
  • View angled and rotated text: See the difference
  • More Sharing options: Now share documents using WeChat and QQ apps
  • Sign-up simplification: Sign up for a free Microsoft account. It's easier than ever

 

Photo Editor by Aviary - Version 4.4.6

Photo Editor by Aviary

What's new in this version:

  • ​​All-new Adjust tool! This consolidates our adjustment tools (Lighting/Brightness) into a unified tool.
  • Marshmallow support
  • Blur tool bug fix
  • Redesigned tool tips in Discover

 

Android Pay - Version 1.2.111

Android Pay

What's new in this version:

  • Receipt notifications for purchases in apps
  • Bug fixes and UI updates

 


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Samsung’s snazzy case transforms any Galaxy into a Note

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 11:54 AM PST

Samsung's been working on an S Pen case. Photo: SamsungIf you've been longing for the Galaxy Note's S Pen functionality but simply can't manage its size, Samsung could soon deliver a case that fixes your problem. In a new patent filing, the South Korean company describes a neat case that adds an S Pen stylus to other Galaxy smartphones. Samsung's Note lineup has always been large.

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You won’t find a fingerprint reader on Sony’s U.S.-bound Xperia Z5 or Z5 Compact

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 11:08 AM PST

Yesterday, Sony announced that the Xperia Z5, along with the Xperia Z5 Compact, would finally be headed to the United States. The devices have been available internationally for a bit, but will finally be available in the U.S. beginning February 7. There's just one catch.

The international variants of both devices are equipped with fingerprint readers, a feature that's basically expected on high-end smartphones these days. When February 7 rolls around, U.S. owners will find that particular feature missing from the Z5 and Z5 Compact. Sony has confirmed that this is indeed the case, and that the change is due to a "business decision." What that means, exactly, is unknown.

It's certainly a notable missing feature, even if it won't negatively affect the devices performance-wise. Still, having that extra layer of security would have been nice.

What do you think of the decision?


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Google's 'Tap 10' Android Pay Promo Could Net You A Free Chromecast And Some Tunes

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 10:49 AM PST

nexus2cee_android-pay-logo_thumb.jpgGoogle has been running some Android Pay promos lately, a stark contrast to the Google Wallet days when Google pretended mobile payments didn't exist. Last month there was the Best Buy gift card deal, and now you can get some freebies simply by using your phone to pay 10 times between now and the end of February. There are some caveats, of course.

The Tap 10 promo is only open to those who have seen the offer appear in the Android Pay app.

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Google's 'Tap 10' Android Pay Promo Could Net You A Free Chromecast And Some Tunes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Pay’s awesome rewards program offers free content and Chromecasts

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 10:24 AM PST

Android Pay rewards are here! Photo: Darrin RichGoogle's answer to Apple Pay may have been late to the game, but it's already leading the way with a new rewards program — and it's awesome. Dubbed "Tap 10," the program offers up free Google Play content simply for using Android Pay on a regular basis, and there's even a mention of Chromecast giveaways. Google is

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Nintendo promises to bring characters you love to mobile

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 08:54 AM PST

Will it be these two? Photo: NintendoNintendo's first smartphone game was nowhere near as exciting as we all expected it to be, but the Japanese company promises it has greater things up its sleeve for 2016. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has confirmed plans to bring the characters we know and love to mobile titles this year, but we'll have to wait to

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Oppo F1 now official with 8MP front-facing camera, metal body

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 08:08 AM PST

If you really like taking selfies, Oppo is here to give you the ability to take good ones to share to your heart's content on social media. They're calling it the "Selfie Expert," but its actual name is the F1, and it's available to pre-order in Europe right now.

The main feature of the F1 is its front-facing camera, which is an 8-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture and 1/4 inch sensor size. The software will help alter the photo as well. It's called Beautify 3.0, and it "brightens your skin and seamlessly removes blemishes." There are three beautification modes to choose from. Oppo included filters, too, because who can take a photo these days without a filter?

The F1 is equipped with a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280×720. On the back, there's a 13MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture. It features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage with a microSD card slot to expand that by 128GB. The battery is measured in at 2500mAh, and it's running Android 5.1 along with Oppo's proprietary ColorOS 2.1.

As far as pricing goes, it'll retail for €229, or about $250 USD. Those in Europe can pre-order the device right now for only €5, and for anyone that does pre-order, Oppo will include a selfie stick, too.

What do you think of the Oppo F1?


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Developers at long last gain the ability to issue promo codes in Google Play

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 08:08 AM PST

While this likely isn't going to change the world for the average Android user, I have little doubt that many developers are thrilled to finally see the option to send out promo codes for apps or in-app purchases in the Google Play developer console. This has always been one of those mystifying omissions for Android developers, but better late than never.

Developers have fairly extensive control over the promo codes, although they are limited to a total of 500 promo codes for a given app per quarter, with the ability to split that out however they wish between codes for a full app or specific in-app purchases. Subscription promo codes are one of the only things that remain a no-go at the moment.

Developers can set promo periods for up to one year and they have the ability to pause a promotion and update either a start or end date if they wish to do so.

We look forward to seeing developers take advantage of this long awaited functionality.


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ASKfm Gets An Interface Revamp, Giphy Integration, And Plenty Of User Criticism

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 07:57 AM PST

askfm-update

Teen and millennials apparently love ask.fm for quick and easy Q&As. Over 18 billion questions were asked on the service last year, coming from over 150 million people of which between 10 and 50 million use Android. Those are nice numbers and the developers wanted to keep those users happy so they created a new interface and implemented many improvements to the service.

Ask.fm 3.0, which for some reason now goes as ASKfm on the Play Store, introduced a fresh redesign of the app with a side drawer, some modern iconography, and lots of reorganized screens.

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ASKfm Gets An Interface Revamp, Giphy Integration, And Plenty Of User Criticism was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Netflix stopping ‘unblockers’ accessing content from other countries

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 05:54 AM PST

netflixlogoIn news that is sure to disappoint some, Netflix has announced that over the next few weeks it will crack down on customers using proxies or "unblockers" to trick the streaming video service into thinking they're in a different country as a way of accessing extra content. In an open letter, Netflix's Vice President of

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Android Marshmallow making its way to the HTC One M8 in Asia

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 03:08 AM PST

HTC's 2014 flagship seems to be getting Android Marshmallow a lot quicker than flagship phones released in 2015. After releasing Android 6.0 for the unlocked HTC One M8 in the US, HTC has now flipped the switch on its update servers is Asia as well. HTC One M8 owners can now download the 1.14GB software update which includes Google Now on Tap, tweaks and enhancements to HTC Sense, improved battery life with Android's new doze functionality and the ability to increase the system storage on the phone with the new adaptive storage feature (see video below).

If you have not yet received the update notification on your HTC One M8, go to Settings > About > Software Updates > Check Now to check if the update is available for your device.

Rumor has it that the European variant of the HTC One M8 will be receiving the same update sometime next week. Carrier-branded versions of the One M8 and One M9 should be getting their updates soon as well. HTC's software update page for the US lists Android Marshmallow updated all carrier versions of both phones in the Certification Stage. This means that the updates have been delivered to service providers for testing and approval.

What new Android 6.0 feature are you looking forward to the most?


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Factory reset protection has been broken on Google’s Nexus devices

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 06:41 PM PST

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 9.24.30 PMFactory Reset Protection (FRP) is a measure on certain Android smartphones that prevents thieves from bypassing security features to initiate a factory reset on a stolen device, and therefore shut out attempts by the original owner to recover it. Good idea, but LG and Samsung smartphones have already had their FRP bypasses… and now the

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Google Is Finally Rolling Out App Promo Codes In The Play Store

Posted: 14 Jan 2016 05:36 PM PST

play store

For years, many of us have been bemoaning the lack of promo codes for Android apps. On the other side of the fence, iOS has had this feature forever. Now Google is getting with the program—promo codes have been added as an option in the Google Play developers console. That means you'll be able to input a code and get a free app or in-app content. Yay!

This feature has been explained in more detail on Google's help pages.

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Google Is Finally Rolling Out App Promo Codes In The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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