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15 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (1/12/16 - 1/25/16)

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 03:03 PM PST

roundup_icon_largeWelcome 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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Dropbox Android App Passes 500 Million Installs On Google Play

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 02:48 PM PST

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Many of Google's apps have passed a billion installs. This sounds like a large accomplishment, until you consider that shipping pre-installed count as being installed. In that case, it's more impressive when third-party software makes the list. Dropbox isn't at a billion yet, but it's now halfway there.

You can probably say you know more people storing stuff in Dropbox than Drive, but the latter Android app hit a billion quite a while ago (again, I wonder why).

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Dropbox Android App Passes 500 Million Installs On Google Play was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Spotify will launch video content on Android this week

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 02:07 PM PST

A while back, Spotify announced that it was working to add video content into its mobile app. The service, which revolves primarily around streaming music, has been looking for additional ways to cater to users. Video is one way in which the company can pull in new users and encourage existing users to spend more time within Spotify.

Spotify's video offerings will consist of content from partners such as ESPN, Comedy Central, Vice Media, Maker Studios, Tastemade and BBC. Notably, the content is coming from providers within both traditional and digital media. Much of Spotify's video content will consist of short clips, such as sports game highlights or comedy sketches. During its testing, Spotify found that packaging related video content improved the effectiveness. Expect to see video packages, with some examples being "Laughs at Lunch" and "News of the Week". Spotify Video

At this point in time, the video content will be ad-free, even with Spotify paying to license the content from its partners. In the future, however, the company may look into advertising within video content as a potential means to create profit.

Spotify's video content will be rolling out in the Android app later this week, with iOS users seeing the new feature by the end of next week. To begin, video content will be available in the US, UK, Germany and Sweden.

Check out The Wall Street Journal's article to hear more.


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Minecraft Pocket Edition Beta 0.14.0 Hits Android With Cauldrons, Repeaters, Comparators, Hoppers, Droppers, And More

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 01:48 PM PST

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The latest beta update for Minecraft Pocket Edition has hit the Play Store. Right now the download is available just for Android users, but the Windows release is on its way. No matter, Android user means you, so dive in.

Version 0.13.0 introduced redstone and all the delightful things you can do with it. 0.14.0 expands on that with repeaters and comparators. You also get cauldrons, which can hold water and act as power sources for those aforementioned restone comparators.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition Beta 0.14.0 Hits Android With Cauldrons, Repeaters, Comparators, Hoppers, Droppers, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Employee Confirms Specs For Galaxy S7

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 01:23 PM PST

Say hello to yet another Galaxy S7 leak, as we're only a couple of weeks away from the unveiling at MWC 2016.

It looks like a Samsung employee in South Korea has leaked various specs for the Galaxy S7. First off, previous rumours of the phone stated that it would be coming with a 12MP rear camera. This was confirmed in the leak and the employee also added on saying that the sensor will in fact sport a f1.7 aperture, allowing for very good low light shots.

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Additionally, he goes on to say that the S7 will indeed have a flush back without the protruding camera present on last year's GS6.

Other specs that he revealed consisted of the same ones we've seen before, such as IP67 water and dust resistance, microSD card slot. The phone will be available to purchase with four different colours; Black, White, Silver and Gold.

[SamMobile / Naver (korean)]

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: SKRWT, Wildcard

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 01:07 PM 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. LeDo Launcher

LeDo Launcher App info: Extreme Speed – occupy the least resources, the fastest operating speed; totally enhance mobile phone performance, exceed the system-level launcher, challenge the speed limit!

 

2. Wi-Fi Transfer

WiFi Transfer App info: The Wi-Fi Transfer application allows you to connect your devices directly and transfer your files easily without using cables, the cloud, emails, or wireless networks.

 

3. SKRWT

SKRWT App info: SKRWT – the missing link in high-end smartphone photography – is the most powerful keystone- and lens-correction tool out there and has been selected for the App Store's "Best Apps 2014″.

 

4. Wildcard

Wildcard App info: Wildcard delivers a curated news and entertainment experience unlike anything in the Play Store. It's the news that matters now, from the sources you trust, broken down into intelligent cards perfectly design for your phone.

 

5. Mimicker Alarm

Mimicker Alarm App info: Mimicker Alarm, a Microsoft Garage Project, is a free morning alarm clock app that helps you wake up and stay up by playing a simple game, called a "Mimic".

 

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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Goosebumps VR App Takes A Scary Drive Through The Play Store Wearing Google Cardboard

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 12:48 PM PST

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In horror movies, things leap out at you. The same is true with scary books. Take Goosebumps. A 90s kid could not walk through a library, book store, yard sale, or a box of hand-me-downs with at least one novel in the series jumping out at them. And like a horde of zombies, those books knew there was strength in numbers. It doesn't matter how many R.L. Stine actually created, that number is half as much as what it felt like he did.

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Goosebumps VR App Takes A Scary Drive Through The Play Store Wearing Google Cardboard was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung employee spills Galaxy S7 specifications

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 11:53 AM PST

Galaxy S7 will get its expandable storage back. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidJust a month ahead of its official unveiling, the Galaxy S7's specifications have been spilled. A report out of South Korea citing a Samsung employee confirms the device will have a brand new camera with improved low-light performance, and expandable storage. We've been hearing a lot about the Galaxy S7 in recent weeks, so we

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Sprint ad hits Verizon right in the balls

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 11:53 AM PST

verizon-sprint-att-t-mobile-balls-adThe war between mobile carriers in the U.S. continues to heat up and with the latest battle, it's personal. Sprint came out with a new ad that directly targets Verizon's from just a few weeks ago. Using big, colorful balls to symbolize network quality and performance, Sprint claims Verizon's ad is rubbish and outdated while

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Galaxy S6, Note 5 to get Marshmallow upgrades next month

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 11:53 AM PST

The Galaxy Note 5 will be one of the first to get Marshmallow. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of AndroidSamsung will begin rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow next month, according to a new update schedule. The Galaxy S6 series and the Galaxy Note 5 will be the first to get the upgrade, followed by the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, and the Galaxy S5. The leaked roadmap, which was obtained by MobiPicker,

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Get a lifetime of Genius Rescue cloud backup with 94% off [Deal]

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 10:53 AM PST

f7998ead5f1b734298100c854c18e57ca8c025bb_main_hero_imageDon't wait for your computer to crash before thinking about backup solutions. Act now; it's really not as complicated as it may seem. Genius Rescue installs on your computer and works quietly in the background to backup your files. It's that simple. From there, access your files anytime from any device, or restore any file in

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BillGuard Is Shutting Down Its Web App, Will Only Be Available Through Mobile Apps Come February 1st

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 10:03 AM PST

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BillGuard is a service for tracking your spending and monitoring your credit, and an Android app is available in the Play Store that lets you do all of this from your phone. Soon you won't have the option to do so any other way. BillGuard has sent out an email to users stating that the web app will go away at the end of the month.

The company says it's shutting down the web version because the mobile apps (for Android and iOS) offer a better experience.

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BillGuard Is Shutting Down Its Web App, Will Only Be Available Through Mobile Apps Come February 1st was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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New features to better understand player behavior with Player Analytics

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 09:26 AM PST

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Developer Marketing at Google Play

Google Play games services includes Player Analytics, a free reporting tool available in the Google Play Developer Console, to help you understand how players are progressing, spending, and churning. Now, you can see what Player Analytics looks like with an exemplary implementation of Play games services: try out the new sample game in the Google Play Developer Console, which we produced with help from Auxbrain, developer of Zombie Highway 2. The sample game uses randomized and anonymized data from a real game and will also let you try the new features we're announcing today. Note: You need a Google Play Developer account in order to access the sample game.

Use predictive analytics to engage players before they might churn

To help you better understand your players' behavior, we've extended the Player Stats API in Player Analytics with predictive functionality. The churn prediction method will return data on the probability that the player will churn, i.e., stop playing the game, so 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, and you could, for example, provide discounted in-app purchases or show ads based on these insights.

Create charts in the new funnels report to quickly visualize sequences of events

The funnels report enables you to create a funnel chart from any sequence events, such as achievements, spend, and custom events. For example, you could log custom events for each step in a tutorial flow (e.g., tutorial step 1, step 2, step 3), and then use the funnel report to visualize the exit points in your tutorial.


Measure and compare the effect of changes and cumulative values by new users with cohort's report

The cohorts report allows you to take any event such as sessions, cumulative spend, and custom events, and compare the cumulative event values by new user cohorts - providing valuable insight into the impact of your decisions on your gaming model. For example, you can view users that started the day before you made a change and the day after. This allows you to measure and compare the effect of changes made, so if you doubled the price of all your items in your in-game store, you can see if the cumulative sessions started after the change was lower or higher than the users that started before the change.


Updated C++, iOS SDKs and Unity plug-in to support Player Stats API

We have updated the C++ and iOS SDKs, and the Unity plug-in, all of which now support the Player Stats API, which includes the basic player stats as well as spend and churn predictions. Be sure to check out the sample game and learn more about Play Games Services. You can also get top tips from game developer Auxbrain to help you find success with Google Play game services.


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Samsung’s gold Gear S2 is $9,500 cheaper than Apple Watch Edition

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 09:26 AM PST

Gear S2 now comes in rose gold and platinum. Photo: SamsungSamsung finally has an answer to the Apple Watch Edition. The South Korean company today added 18-karat rose gold and platinum Gear S2 Classic options to its smartwatch lineup, and they'll cost you about $9,500 less than a gold Apple Watch. Despite being identical to the original Gear S2 Classic internally, Samsung's "Gear S2 Classic New

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Deal: 2nd gen Moto Hint marked down to $60 through Best Buy

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 09:08 AM PST

The second generation Moto Hint, the tiny Bluetooth headset from Motorola, launched in the Fall last year to no fanfare from Motorola, presumably a nod to the original Moto Hint not setting the world on fire with its sales figures.

The price of the new Moto Hint at launch was also slashed to $129.99 from the $149.99 of its predecessor. That seemed a much more reasonable asking price, but still likely too tall an ask for most buyers. The street price on the Hint has been sitting at $79.99 most places for some time now, but Best Buy has now dropped it to $59.99 through its eBay store and online for in-store pick-up.

At that price I think it is worth a second look for a couple sets of people. Full disclosure, I love the second generation Moto Hint, it solved the huge problem from the first generation which was that it was simply too quiet to be usable in anything other than a pretty quiet environment. It also nearly doubled the battery life in the case giving you a total of 17 hours when the Hint and case are fully charged.

The first category of people that should consider the Hint are those that simply want a low-profile Bluetooth headset. Both for making calls and using voice commands with my smartphone the Hint works fantastically while only making me look vaguely crazy with a slight protrusion from my ear rather than like a Borg.

That is a distant second to my primary use for the Hint though, which is listening to podcasts and audio books. Admittedly I consume a somewhat disturbing amount of both, but this use case has made it easily the second most used gadget for me behind only whatever my current smartphone might be.

Now there are a number of truly wireless stereo earbuds coming this year, but most of those are going to run you $200+, so if you are just looking for a low-profile Bluetooth headset or like me spend most of your time listening to spoken word content the Moto Hint at $59.99 is a great deal.


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This one weird website will cause your smartphone to crash

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 08:53 AM PST

Is Samsung back? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidWatch out for people sending you links to the website CrashSafari dot com, which is causing smartphones and PCs around the world to crash by overloading their browsers with a self-generating address bar text string that causes devices to stop responding. Although the name refers to Apple's default browser for Mac and iOS devices, the

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Spotify To Add Streaming Video To Android App This Week

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 08:48 AM PST

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We usually refer to Spotify as a streaming music provider, but the terminology will have to change this week. According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify is set to add video content to the Android app in a few days, followed by iOS late next week. This was first announced in may of 2015, but the launch was pushed back as the company tested and gathered feedback.

Spotify's video features won't be a rival to Netflix anytime soon.

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Spotify To Add Streaming Video To Android App This Week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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OnePlus X gets OxygenOS 2.2.0 with manual camera, save to SD card

Posted: 25 Jan 2016 06:53 AM PST

OnePlusX_220_ForumOnePlus has today begun rolling out its OxygenOS 2.2.0 upgrade for the OnePlus X. This release brings a manual mode for the Camera app, the ability to save photos to an SD card — and plenty of bug fixes, performance improvements, and security patches. OnePlus 2 owners have already received some of these improvements, and now they're

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