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25 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (1/5/16 - 1/18/16)

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 03:15 PM PST

nexus2cee_gamethumbWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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The Room Three

Android Police coverage: Amazingly Intricate Puzzler 'The Room Three' Is Finally Available On Android

The Room, one of the most well-regarded mobile game series ever, is back with its third iteration.

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25 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (1/5/16 - 1/18/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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RetroArch Emulator Updated With New Interface, Support For Dreamcast (Soon), And More

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 02:59 PM PST

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The games of yesteryear might not look as pretty as today's games, but they still have a lot going for them. The problem is dealing with a dozen different emulators for each platform. RetroArch offers support for a ton of different classic systems, and it just got an update to v1.3 and it supports even more games.

The changelog is extensive for this version of RetroArch. Here's the condensed version. You can see the full notes on the project's homepage.

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RetroArch Emulator Updated With New Interface, Support For Dreamcast (Soon), And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung has solved the reverse S Pen issue in new models of the Galaxy Note 5

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 02:33 PM PST

When the Galaxy Note 5 was released, it received wide critical acclaim. Not long after, however, a different story began to sweep through the blogosphere. Some users found out the hard way that if they inserted the device's signature S Pen in backwards, it could cause serious issues, including getting the S Pen stuck and destroying the S Pen auto detection within the phone. Now, a couple of months after the initial buzz, Samsung has quietly found a solution to the problem that it's implementing in newly-produced models of the Galaxy Note 5.

The newer models of the Galaxy Note 5 include circuit boards that have a safety addition on the S Pen auto detection sensor. The new sensors have a small off-white tab that allows the S Pen to be safely ejected even if it's been inserted backwards. The inital circuit boards didn't have this cap, allowing the auto-detection sensor to simply snap if the S Pen was inserted backwards. You can check out the difference in the photo below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Circuit Board

Unfortunately, there's no way of knowing which models now have this and which don't. That being said, Samsung has clearly highlighted the proper way to insert the S Pen in the manual and packaging, so you should simply exercise caution and pay attention when you're inserting the S Pen. But if you do have a new model and you make the mistake of inserting it backwards, at least you no longer have to fear losing your S Pen.


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Deal: Nexus Player at Best Buy for $50

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 02:03 PM PST

Looking for a deal to brighten up your Monday? Today only, Best Buy is offering Google's Nexus Player for a mere $50, cutting the regular $100 price tag in half. In addition to the low sale price, it also comes with free standard shipping to your home, making it a breeze to purchase. The Nexus Player is hard to come by these days, so to find it for such a low price is a bit astonishing and should also be reason enough for buying it on an impulse.

The Nexus Player is Google's first set-top box with Android TV, designed to hit off the launch of Android TV. The device is small, simple and round and comes with a remote to control it. It's simple enough to set up, requiring only an HDMI port, a power outlet and an Internet connection. From there, you can use the Nexus Player to stream movies and TV shows, listen to music, play games and even cast content from your smartphone in the same way that you'd use a Chromecast.

While it may not pack as many bells and whistles as other set-top boxes, the Nexus Player serves its purpose well and is an absolute steal for $50. Follow the source link below to purchase one for yourself.


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Google Is Rolling Out The Ability To Install Apps Directly From Search Results

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 01:59 PM PST

Search-ThumbGoogle is always testing one or two little things in search results, but this is a more significant change. We're starting to see the option to install apps from inside Google search results without opening the Play Store. Not everyone is getting this yet, but enough are that it's probably in the early stages of a wide rollout.

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You can test this yourself by opening the Google app and searching for the name of an app.

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Google Is Rolling Out The Ability To Install Apps Directly From Search Results was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony Renames Socialife App To 'News Suite' As Part Of A Big Update And Redesign

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 01:29 PM PST

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You can expect a smartphone to come with camera and gallery apps of its own. The manufacturer may also make the time to produce something for taking notes or doodling. Then there are news apps. These aren't guaranteed to appear, and those that come pre-installed take various forms. In Sony's case, there's Socialife, which now has the more straightforward name News Suite. This change comes as part of a big overhaul that made its way into the Play Store.

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Run to the hills in upcoming Iron Maiden mobile game

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 12:19 PM PST

Legendary metal bands and mobile games, oh my. Photo: Roadshow InteractiveAre you willing to die with your boots on? Do you know the number of the beast? If so, you'll want to keep an eye on this upcoming mobile game from heavy metal band extraordinaire, Iron Maiden. In conjunction with Roadhouse Interactive and 50cc Games, the legends of metal are putting together a free-to-play role-playing

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LG’s redesigned G5 revealed early in new design drawings

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 11:49 AM PST

Meet the LG G5. Photo: Android AuthorityLG's new G5, which will make its official debut at Mobile World Congress next month, has been revealed early in leaked design drawings. The handset looks a lot like its predecessors from the front, but LG has made a number of big hardware changes. "First, we can reveal that the rumours of a departure from the tried-and-tested

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: CastBox, Trackendar

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 11:33 AM PST

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Trackendar

Trackendar

App info:  This app helps you to track common events, habits and chores. Presents them on a nice monthly view so you can see at a glance what's been going on and provides reminders so you don't forget to log what happend each day.

 

2. Bodyweight Fitness

Bodyweight Fitness

App info: Level up your fitness and strength, gain flexibility and learn more about calisthenics. Make a healthy change in your life by becoming more active, aware and motivated.

 

3. CastBox

CastBox

App info: With hundreds of thousands of free podcasts and radio at your fingertips, it's easy to find and enjoy your next favorite podcast radio on your Android.

 

4. Google

Google

App info: Google app for Android: The fastest, easiest way to find what you need on the web and on your device.

 

5. The Room Three

The Room Three

App info: The eagerly awaited sequel to the BAFTA award winning 'The Room' and 'The Room Two' is finally here. Welcome to The Room Three, a physical puzzle game within a beautifully tactile world.

 

Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.


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Joaomgcd's Join Can Send SMS Text Messages From Any Browser, No Extension Required, After Latest Update

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 11:29 AM PST

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When Pushbullet introduced its pro plan, some folks walked away upset. For some folks, Join from Tasker-plugin maker extraordinaire Joaomgcd was just the ticket. The service doesn't quite stack up feature per feature, but it does a decent job of handling the basics.

One thing both Pushbullet and Join allow you to do is send text messages through your phone from the comfort of another machine. In the past, Join required a Chrome extension to get this done.

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Joaomgcd's Join Can Send SMS Text Messages From Any Browser, No Extension Required, After Latest Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Leaked LG G5 diagram shows off redesign in the upcoming flagship

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 11:03 AM PST

The LG G5 is a hot topic, which should be expected based on the device the rumors that are surrounding it. And if a leaked image supposedly showcasing the redesigned hardware is any indication, there's certainly quite a bit to look forward to.

That is, unless you like the volume buttons being on the backside of the device. According to the image, which was supplied to Android Authority by Shai Mizrachi, LG has opted to move the volume buttons from the back of the handset, where they have been positioned in the last few G-branded devices, over to the left side edge. There doesn't appear to be a power button on the right side, though, which has many speculating that that particular button is still positioned on the back cover.

And that's where the fingerprint reader is said to be as well, in the same spot where we've seen it implemented on other devices in the past, including LG's Nexus 5X. The new G5 is actually thinner than the G4 from last year, with the diagram showing a phone that measures in at 149.4 x 73.9 x 8.2mm (the G4 had a thickness of 9.8mm).

The thinness of the G5 would lend credence to the past rumor that LG has implemented a slide-out design for the replaceable battery in the upcoming flagship, something that this report corroborates as well.

The diagram also seems to point out that the screen will be edge-to-edge, and previous rumors have suggested it will measure in at 5.6 inches and have a QHD resolution.

The LG G5 is certainly sounding like it will be an exciting handset for 2016. The Life's Good crew is expected to announce the device on February 21 at Mobile World Congress 2016.

Are you looking forward to seeing what the real device looks like and features?


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Enjoy a lifetime of BitVPN protection for just $34.99 [Deal]

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 10:51 AM PST

a520375fd6827db8518bcdb255c174a671453cdb_main_hero_imageSurfing the Internet on a public Wi-Fi connection? You're putting yourself and your data in danger. With BitVPN, you can route your traffic through a different server located in an entirely separate region or country, so hackers can't access your information. And for a limited time only, you can get a lifetime of protection for

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Buying an Xperia Z5 in the U.S.? Forget the fingerprint scanner

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 09:45 AM PST

The Xperia Z5's fingerprint scanner is being removed for the U.S. Photo: PC AdvisorSony's new Xperia Z5 lineup is its first to include fingerprint scanners, but the Japanese company has decided to remove them before bringing the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact to the U.S. Due to unspecific "business reasons," the Xperia Z5 devices that Sony will launch in the U.S. on February 7 will not have

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UK’s HTC One M8 to get Marshmallow by Wednesday, One M9 ‘to follow shortly’

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 09:31 AM PST

HTC is a few hours away from releasing the Android Marshmallow update for the HTC One M9 in Canada, but the company is also prepping the update for the HTC One M8 in the UK later this week. HTC UK announced on Twitter that the One M8 will be getting a taste of Android Marshmallow within the next 48 hours. The update for the One M9 is nearly ready as well, with HTC stating that it will "follow shortly."

With the UK update on its way, we suspect the One M8 and One M9 in mainland Europe will see the update within the next 5 to 10 days. There's no guarantee, but it looks like HTC will have Android Marshmallow delivered to most unlocked and carrier-branded versions of the HTC One M8 and One M9 before the end of January.


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WhatsApp is dropping the subscription fee, and will let businesses reach out to users

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 08:49 AM PST

With one billion users across multiple platforms, WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in daily usage — even if it technically requires a subscription to use after a set period of time. But apparently that wasn't working out for the service, so some big changes are coming down the line.

First and foremost, WhatsApp has confirmed that it will be dropping all subscription charges from the service, making it a free-to-use app across all of its platforms. Up until this change, WhatsApp was free for only the first year. After that year was up, it cost $0.99 per year to keep using the service.

According to the official announcement, WhatsApp became aware that many of its users didn't have access to a credit or debit card to pay for that yearly fee. As a result, they're changing the model completely.

The switch to the free service will take some weeks, but WhatsApp is currently undergoing the process.

To accommodate this change, WhatsApp is making other key decisions, including allowing businesses and other groups to reach out to users of the messaging service. WhatsApp says that these will only be from groups and businesses that you want to hear from, though, so it will be interesting to see what that means when the changes start rolling out. The company also confirmed that there won't be any ads within the app.

If you use WhatsApp, what do you think of the changes?


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Wikipedia App Updated With Quick Access Toolbar, Better Memory Management, And More

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 08:44 AM PST

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How many pointless arguments have been decided by looking something up on Wikipedia? I bet a lot. The Wikipedia app makes it even faster to look up factoids and end arguments, and it's getting an update today with a few feature tweaks and some bug fixes.

Here's the changelog for the latest Wikipedia update.

  • Introduced a toolbar under the lead image for quick access to share, save, and navigate to the location of the article.
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Wikipedia App Updated With Quick Access Toolbar, Better Memory Management, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony has something up its sleeve for Mobile World Congress

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 07:48 AM PST

Sony's coming to Barcelona again. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSony is attending Mobile World Congress again this year, and it has invited attendees to a press event on Monday, February 22. The announcement all but confirm the Japanese company has something up its sleeve, but what? Sony traditionally announces a whole host of new devices at MWC in Barcelona, but its latest offerings — the Xperia Z5

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Sony sending out invites for its MWC 2016 press conference

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 07:45 AM PST

There are still quite a few weeks separating us from the beginning of Mobile World Congress 2016, but Sony's getting a jump on the invitation game anyway. The company, which just announced fingerprint reader-less versions of its Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact for the United States, is now sending out invitations to its press conference scheduled to take place at this year's MWC.

Sony's conference will take place on February 22, at 08:30 AM CET (2:30 AM ET). Interestingly enough, the conference will take place at Sony's booth. The invitation doesn't really give anything away, either, showing just a big "#SonyMWC"  hashtag and the date and location of the conference. There haven't been any leaks pointing to a new flagship, and it's been a couple of years since Sony used a Mobile World Congress to unveil a flagship, so that's not looking likely.

What do you think Sony will announce?


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HTC’s VR business may be spun off as its own company

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 07:45 AM PST

After the HTC Vive Pre picked up more than a dozen awards at CES, a new rumor claims that HTC is planning to create a separate entity for its VR business that would be wholly owned by HTC and Cher Wang. While HTC has yet to confirm or deny the report, the news was well received by HTC shareholders, giving the company's stock a 5.2% bump before the markets closed on Monday in Taiwan.

Setting up a new business for the Vive would allow HTC's VR business to run independently, without being bogged down by HTC's current financial struggles. That being said, the subsidiary would need to fend for itself if HTC's smartphone business isn't able to turn the corner and get back on its feet. Most analysts are predicting that the VR industry will see substantial growth in the next 3 to 5 years. The virtual reality experience offered by the HTC Vive is currently better than what its competitors are offering, but some are speculating that it will cost as much as $1,500. The cost could come down in significantly in the next year or two, but that's only if the first generation Vive sells moderately well.

Do you think HTC's VR business will help get the company back on its feet in 2016?


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Samsung tweaks Galaxy Note 5 internals to prevent S Pen jams

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 06:50 AM PST

Galaxy Note 5 gets a hardware fix. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of AndroidSamsung has quietly tweaked the internals of its Galaxy Note 5 to prevent S Pens from getting jammed inside the device when inserted upside down. Newer logic boards have a redesigned mechanism that looks less likely to become stuck on the S Pen's eject button. As shown in the photo below, the more recent Note 5 logic board

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WhatsApp will ditch its $1 per year subscription fee

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 03:35 AM PST

Use the official WhatsApp client, or else. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidWhatsApp will ditch the service's annual subscription fees, after founder Jan Koum admitted that the $1 per year payment concept "doesn't work that well." As a result of ditching the payment model, Koum explained that WhatsApp will be looking at new ways that businesses can use the service to connect with individual users, although it's

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Apple topples Samsung in United Arab Emirates top brands list

Posted: 18 Jan 2016 01:05 AM PST

Is Samsung back? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidApple has beaten Samsung to claim one of the top three places in the United Arab Emirates' Annual BrandIndex Buzz Rankings — knocking Samsung from its previous No. 1 position down to No. 4. That wasn't Apple's sole placement on the list either, since the iPhone (placed at No. 7) was the only handset brand

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