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The YouTube Android App's Pull To Refresh Animation Is Now Widely Available

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 03:01 PM PST


In many Google apps and other third-party software, you see a spinning circle appear when you pull down from the top of the screen to refresh content. This pleasant little indicator is a sign that something is loading in the background, but you have permission to keep scrolling around while you wait.

Some users saw the pull to refresh animation appear in the YouTube Android app back in October. The circle's appearance had nothing to do with which version of the app you used, so there was no way for us to distribute the change to everyone.

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Save 75% on movie rentals from Google Play

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 11:48 AM PST

Get a massive discount on Play Store rentals right now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidGoogle is again offering 75 percent off movie rentals from the Play Store for a limited time, just a month after running exactly the same promotion. The discount is available until March 31, and it's available on any of the movies you'll find in the Play Store. To take advantage of the discount, open up the

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Google Play Newsstand Gets A New Cleaner Article Layout

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 11:43 AM PST


Google Play Newsstand is gearing up to get an update, at least according to its Play Store listing on the web, but even though the new version is still on a slow rollout, another change is hitting the app. This one doesn't require an update and seems to have been server-triggered widely. At least 4 Android Police members are seeing it and we were able to confirm it shows up on other friends' devices too.

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OnePlus drops low-priced 16GB OnePlus 2 in US and Europe

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 11:02 AM PST

While OnePlus is a contentious subject at the best of times, most won't argue that they offer an interesting value proposition for those that are willing to deal with some of the company's idiosyncrasies.

However, that value proposition just got a little less interesting for those in the U.S. and Europe, with OnePlus deciding to cut the 16GB base model of the OnePlus 2 from its offerings in those regions. That means that prospective OnePlus 2 buyers are now looking at a $389 price tag for the lone remaining configuration of the OnePlus 2.

According to OnePlus, the interest in that base configuration in both regions simply didn't warrant continuing to sell it there, but it will remain in India and other markets where it is performing well.

The OnePlus X, starting at $249, remains for those looking for a low-priced offering from OnePlus in the U.S. or Europe.

Do you think this change will make an appreciable difference in interest in the OnePlus 2?

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WhatsApp to begin sharing your data with Facebook

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 10:48 AM PST

The latest WhatsApp beta is available now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidWhatsApp made millions of smartphone users happy with week when it announced it will be ditching its annual subscription fee, but its next move might not be so popular. According to a hidden option found in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android, the service is planning to share user data with Facebook "to improve [your] Facebook

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: CBS Sports, Starbucks

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 10:02 AM 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.

Pocket Casts - Version 5.3.0

Pocket Casts

What's new in this version:

  • Date based filters! Now you can show things only released in the last week and have clean, amazing episode filters.
  • Marshmallow support. Delicious permissions. Squishy backup. Sticky fingers. Ok that last one isn't Android.
  • Stats are now kept with your sync account, so you can accumulate them across phones and compete with your enemies!
  • Improved voice control, try out "Listen to PODCAST NAME in Pocket Casts". Playlist names work too.


Microsoft Outlook - Version 2.0.25

Microsoft Outlook

What's new in this version:

  • Innovation is happening in the calendar this week with our latest Skype integration.
  • Make any meeting a Skype call simply by flicking a switch, then access the call when you need to with just a tap


Skype - Version 6.17.0


What's new in this version:

  • Create calendar events – Tap on a contact, then tap the menu on the upper right and select "Schedule a call."
  • Open Microsoft Office files – Tap on a recieved Word document, Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentation to open the file in its' corresponding Office app.


Starbucks - Version 3.4.0


What's new in this version:

  • Now, you can discover music playing in participating U.S. Starbucks stores*, save songs to a playlist on Spotify and take the music with you when you leave. Location services must be enabled to use this feature.


Sky Go - Version 5.0.0

Sky Go

What's new in this version:

  • New Homepage
  • Improved and intuitive navigation
  • Landscape design for tablets
  • UI improvements for phone
  • Easy access to Sports & Kids programmes
  • Bug fixes


CBS Sports - Version 8.7.2

CBS Sports

What's new in this version:

  • Now you can swipe away videos in stories
  • Tablet users – stream the AFC playoff games and Super Bowl 50 live! You can also stream directly to your TV, using Chromecast. Note: mobile phone users do not have access to the stream.


Health Mate - Version 2.11.1

Health Mate

What's new in this version:

  • Turns your smartphone's camera into a heart rate sensor
  • Follow your calorie intake alongside your activity (thanks to a MyFitnessPal partnership)
  • S-Health integration and Google Fit improvements for in-app steps tracking
  • Install the new Activité Steel
  • Install and synchronize your devices with Android 6
  • A brand new menu and settings screen


News Suite - Version 5.0.0

News Suite

What's new in this version:

  • Changed app name from "Socialife" to "News Suite"
  • Improved UI
  • Added
    - Enabled reading of news by genre
    - The following features are now available to all customers
    - My Keywords feature
    - Bookmark feature


RetroArch Emulator - Version 1.3.0


What's new in this version:

  • ​​Reicast (Dreamcast core) added.
  • Improved playlist support.
  • Revamped user interface.


Project Fi - Version varies

Project Fi by Google

What's new in this version:

  • Record, manage, and switch between multiple voicemail greetings directly from the app
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


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HTC One A9 gets security update, Sprint M8 and Canadian M9s are treated to Marshmallow

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 09:32 AM PST

HTC may be looking to get its street cred (and profits, of course, don't forget profits) back with a couple Nexus devices in 2016, but maintaining an impressive update schedule on its current hardware and delivering a winner with the rumored One M10 will certainly win it plenty of fans amongst the Android faithful, too.

As is so often the case, news of these updates is coming from Mo Versi, VP of Product Management at HTC. Seriously, if you want info on an update, this is the man to follow.

Owners of the HTC One A9 should be on the look out for their January security update via OTA this morning.

In somewhat more surprising news, the Sprint HTC One M8 is on the cusp of receiving its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update via OTA sometime later today, not too far behind its European brethren.

Finally, we have a slew of Canadian carriers (Sasktel, Rogers, Wind and Videotron) releasing Marshmallow updates for the HTC One M9 on Monday.

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ExoMount Touch universal car mount is now under $20 [Deal]

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 09:18 AM PST

096e4aede65487ce8d6a430f06d5cdbdb0725e25_main_hero_imageYou won't need to think twice about going hands-free on the road with Exomount's easy-to-use car mount. It mounts your smartphone so easily, you literally only need one hand to quickly secure your phone in the perfect position and get driving. And thanks to Cult of Android Deals, you can get yours for just $19.99 for

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Google has already patched Android’s fatal Linux bug

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 09:18 AM PST

Google has a fix for Android's Linux bug. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of AndroidGoogle has addressed a Linux kernel bug recently discovered by one security firm that has left around 66 percent of Android devices vulnerable to attack. It has already made its patch available to Android partners, but devices running Android 5.0 and above don't need it. The discovery was made earlier this week by Perception Point and

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Moto X (2014) available starting at $249 direct from Motorola through January 26

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 09:02 AM PST

While the Motorola name may be dying off, the Moto phones will live on, and right now you can score a 2014 Moto X direct from the source starting at just $249.99.

This means that you get to take advantage of the always entertaining Moto Maker to customize the phone to your heart's content. Just remember that you are likely going to want to stick with the Moto X Pure Edition, because it remains the only variant of the 2014 Moto X in the US that is guaranteed to get an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

While there are plenty of mid-range contenders to consider in this price range now, I still like a lot of the little features that Motorola packed into this Moto X. If you start to cross over into the mid-$300s while customizing it, then I would recommend sitting back and thinking this through a bit more, but if you can get by on the base 16GB and stay in that $249-$279 range, I absolutely think the 2014 Moto X is still worthy of consideration.

You have until January 26th (Tuesday) at 10:59 a.m. Central to take advantage of this offer, so if you're interested, hit the source link and get to Moto making.

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Showtime Anytime Gets Android TV Support

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 08:58 AM PST

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You would think that a streaming video app for a TV channel would support Google's TV platform, but before today you'd be mistaken in the case of Showtime Anytime. There is finally a version of the app with Android TV support.

This app differs from the confusingly named "Showtime" app—you need a cable subscription with Showtime to use Anytime. The other Showtime app is for the channel's standalone monthly streaming plan.

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Showtime Anytime Gets Android TV Support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 as revenue split for Google search on iOS

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 08:03 AM PST

The hits keep on coming from the Oracle court hearings. After disclosing that Google has possibly generated $31 billion from Android since its launch, further review of the transcripts revealed that Apple took in $1 billion from the revenue sharing agreement with Google that keeps Google the default search option on iOS.

After strenuous objections by both Google and Apple to this disclosure, which was never intended to be public and is potentially damaging to future negotiations for both companies, the transcript has since been removed from the court records, but the damage is already done.

While that $1 billion number was thrown out, it isn't exactly clear what the revenue split is between the two companies. A Google witness indicated that at one time the split was 34%, but an attorney for Google objected before any further clarification could be made regarding that figure.

With Oracle spoiling to cause problems for Google, it is a safe bet that we haven't heard the last of these proceedings.

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Cheaper OnePlus 2 has been dropped in the U.S. and Europe

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 07:33 AM PST

The 16GB OnePlus 2 is no longer available in some markets. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidOnePlus has decided to drop its entry-level OnePlus 2 in the U.S. and Europe, leaving only the 64GB model priced at $389. Customers in these markets just weren't interested in the 16GB model, the Chinese startup says, so it is saving it for countries that are. By far the best thing about OnePlus devices is the price;

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HTC One A9 getting Android’s latest security patch today

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 07:03 AM PST

Update your One A9 today. Photo: HTCListen up, HTC One A9 owners! If you have an unlocked device, you're about to get an over-the-air software update that brings Android's latest security patch and some welcome bug fixes. "HTC One (A9) unlocked owners! The Jan security updates and bug fixes is being updated via OTA this morning," tweeted HTC Product Manager Mo Versi

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Surprise! Samsung disses Apple yet again in its latest ad

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 03:03 AM PST

Samsung Pay is coming later this year. Photo: SamsungSamsung has long subscribed to the "If you can't beat 'em, release a load of ads making fun of them" strategy when it comes to smartphone rival Apple. In its latest ad, the South Korean tech company keeps this trend alive by recruiting comedian Hannibal Buress to show off Samsung Pay's big advantage over Apple

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Google paid Apple $1 billion to keep its search bar on the iPhone

Posted: 22 Jan 2016 01:33 AM PST

Android users seems to love iPhone 6s. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidAndroid and iOS may be mortal enemies in some ways, but Google clearly realizes the value of having Apple's hundreds of millions of customers use its search engine. So much so, in fact, that in 2014 Google paid Apple a massive $1 billion to keep its search bar on the iPhone. The details were revealed

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Benchmarks For New ASUS ZenFone Reveals Specs

Posted: 21 Jan 2016 11:48 PM PST


We all know ASUS is expected to release the successor to the ZenFone 2 this year and it looks like we might have the specs for one of the successor's variants.

A GFXBench benchmark result lists two new ASUS phones with model numbers Z010DD and Z012D. The Z010DD comes with a massive 5.9-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 615 SoC with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. As for the cameras, it will come with a 12MP rear/5MP front camera.

The Z012D is a smaller but more higher-end variant with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 650 SoC with 3GB f RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Both models are running Android 6.0 as well.

[GFXBench (1), (2) / PocketNow]

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Android has reportedly generated $31 billion in revenue

Posted: 21 Jan 2016 05:15 PM PST

Five years have passed and yet the legal war between Google and Oracle continues to rage on. But now, we've learned an interesting fact thanks to the ongoing dispute. According to Oracle's attorney, Google has made $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profit from Android, numbers that Google is saying should never have been disclosed.

Oracle's attorney, Annette Hurst, was speaking in court hearings to a federal magistrate judge and disclosed the numbers. Google is quite upset about the matter, saying that the information was extremely sensitive and part of a report that was classified as for "Attorney's Eyes Only". The company is now pushing to have those parts of the transcript redacted and sealed, as Hurst improperly disclosed private information about Google.

Google has always kept the financial matters of Android under wraps, and it's easy to see why. The company clearly doesn't want the public to know just how much revenue Android generates through advertisements and the Google Play Store. It's unclear as to how much the improper disclosure of information will affect the case, but it's probably safe to say that this case isn't disappearing anytime soon. After five years of duking it out, the companies are still far from reaching an agreement.

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Forecast looks good for Google’s new weather experience

Posted: 21 Jan 2016 05:01 PM PST

Google has redesigned the way we will see weather forecasts. Image: Google.Google is pushing a redesigned weather interface to Android devices that will deliver a ton of data and forecasting info. In a post on the Inside Search blog, Google product manager Lea Stolowicz shared details of just what people can expect to see when they seek weather info using the Google app. Owners of Android

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Here’s how much Google has made from Android

Posted: 21 Jan 2016 04:31 PM PST

Get Marshmallow's new launcher right now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidAndroid has reportedly earned Google $31 billion since the mobile operating system's inception, according to a stat revealed during the company's ongoing court battle with Oracle. The OS is said to have brought in a cool $22 billion in profit for Google, according to Oracle's lawyer. Google itself is none too pleased that the number

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