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Huawei Watch Marshmallow update coming to everyone by March 10th

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 02:33 PM PST

Previously, a Huawei employee had stated that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update would be hitting the Huawei Watch this past Tuesday. Unfortunately, that ended up being wrong information. It happens, though, and some people likely got very excited because the update is a big one.

Thankfully, official information is here. The Huawei Watch's Marshmallow update will come to everyone by March 10th. The update will finally enable the built-in speaker on the device, allowing you to use the watch as a speakerphone and play sounds. It's definitely an awesome addition to an already awesome watch.

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BlackBerry Priv finally hits Verizon

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 02:16 PM PST

The BlackBerry Priv launched on AT&T five months ago, and though some people ignored it, it's a solid device. It features a 5.4-inch 2560×1440 display, a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of memory with a microSD slot, an 18MP camera, and a 3410mAh battery. Plus, it has that classic BlackBerry keyboard!

Verizon has finally launched the Priv on its own network for $720 retail price, or two years of $30 payments. You'll get both Android and BlackBerry's legendary security, though Marshmallow is still not available for the device. Will you be picking one up?

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 5 now receiving Marshmallow update

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 02:16 PM PST

Verizon is usually slow with the updates, but this time it beat the other three major carriers. Verizon has announced that its Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is now receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, which should bring a lot of good stuff to users .

The update, which has a software version of MMB29K.N920VVRU2BPB2, will bring features like Google Now on Tap, customizable permissions, Doze mode to save battery, and more. Samsung also includes a redesigned look for TouchWiz, which is always a good thing. And Verizon has added WiFi calling and removed the Amazon Appstore.

Head to Settings and check for updates if you want it now, but make sure you have a solid network connection (preferably WiFi so you don't eat into your data) and a charged battery before embarking on the update. If you don't get it, give it a little while to roll out to everyone. Let us know how the update goes!

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Twitch Android App Update Introduces Ability To Subscribe To Broadcasts

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 01:54 PM PST


Playing video games is hard work. Okay, playing games, providing commentary, and doing the occasional editing does take effort. Some producers on Twitch attempt to monetize their content by getting users to subscribe and pay a few bucks a month. This feature is available in the browser, and now it has made its way to the Android app.

When you subscribe to a broadcast, you can pick a payment tier and manage the financial transaction from beginning to end.

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Twitch Android App Update Introduces Ability To Subscribe To Broadcasts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Unlocked HTC One A9 not getting Verizon support

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 01:07 PM PST

It's possible to make a smartphone that's compatible with all four major carriers in the US. Look at the Moto X Pure Edition and the new Nexus devices, which can go between AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon at will. HTC was hoping to achieve the same thing with the unlocked One A9, but unfortunately those plans have fallen through.

HTC has officially announced that it will not be bringing Verizon support to the One A9 following extensive testing. Either Verizon wasn't happy with the idea, or the company just couldn't get it to work well enough for release (the latter is more likely here). It's a shame, but HTC is willing to make it up to those who already bought the device ahead of time.

HTC is committed to providing the best experience for all of our device owners. Following extensive testing, we are unable to support the Verizon network with the Unlocked HTC One A9. For individuals on the Verizon network that ordered the Unlocked HTC One A9 on HTC.com, we will refund his/her order and provide a 20% discount on any current HTC phone or future phones launching through Dec. 31, 2016. Individuals may contact HTC Care at 1-888-216-4736. We regret any inconvenience.

If you've already purchased the device in hopes that Verizon support would be added through an update, you can get a full refund and a 20% discount on any HTC device until the end of the year. It's definitely a good move by HTC, and puts some faith in the company. How many of you were hoping to use the A9 with Verizon? Leave a comment!

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: MLS, Sky Map, NBC

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 01:07 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.

Square Cash - Version 2.10.1

Square Cash

What's new in this version:

  • Introducing the Cash Drawer! Optionally keep your cash in the app for sending and receiving payments, and cash out to your bank whenever you want.
  • Redesigned Activity! Easily keep track of outstanding payments, and approve requests even easier than before.
  • Protect payments with your fingerprint on supported devices.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements.


MLS - Version 7.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • Improved News section will keep you up to date on the latest happenings from around the league
  • Improved Schedule and Matchcenter sections will allow you to follow real-time stats and highlights from every single game
  • Squashed some bugs


IF by IFTTT - Version 1.5.5


What's new in this version:

  • New Channels include BMW, Netatmo Welcome, Nest Cam, Tesco, Musixmatch, Narro, SkyBell HD, Ring, Emberlight, GE Appliances Refrigerator, Concur, D-Link Smart Devices, Gogogate, Leeo, Neurio, Stack Lighting, WeMo Air Purifier, WeMo Coffeemaker, WeMo Heater, WeMo Humidifier, WeMo Lighting, WeMo Slow Cooker, AT&T M2X, Recon, and Yo Status.
  • Fixed an issue that sent duplicate push notifications to a few folks.
  • Our most improved and optimized release of IF for Android to date. Enjoy!


Fenix for Twitter - Version 1.7.0


What's new in this version:

  • You can now easily search and share GIFs when composing a new tweet (thanks to the folks at Giphy)


NBC – Version 3.1.1


What's new in this version:

  • You asked, we listened. The NBC app now has Chromecast support!
  • Fixed a bug to resolve playback errors.


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Opera browser beta - Version 36.0.2126

Opera browser beta

What's new in this version:

  • New tab selector
  • Webapp discoverability
  • Web Bluetooth
  • Upgrade to chromium 49.
  • Stability improvements


Sky Map - Version 1.8.0

Sky Map

What's new in this version:

  • Twice as many stars! (Down to magnitude 5.6)
  • Fixed some data errors (e.g. misnamed Rigil Kentaurus)
  • Made the menu accessible in the action bar
  • Corrected planet order so that Jupiter appears behind Venus.
  • Added Arabic translations (thanks to xsoh on github)
  • Minor bugfixes.


VLC on Android - Version 2.0.0 Beta


What's new in this version:

  • 2.0 introduces a large number of features, notably network disk browsing (Windows shares, UPnP, NFS, FTP, SFTP…), favorite folders and URLs, video playlists, rewritten notifications and control and a rewritten history.
  • It is also a merge of Android TV and Android versions, so that every device can optionally get the Android TV interface. The TV interface has been improved quite a bit too.


LastPass Password Manager - Version 4.0.20


What's new in this version:

  • LastPass has a new icon and logo! Head to http://ift.tt/1S0jEsq for more details.
  • This release also includes minor app fill improvements, bug fixes and stability improvements.


Inbox by Gmail - Version 1.18.0

Inbox by GMail

What's new in this version:

  • Snooze gets a new look along with two time-saving improvements based on your feedback:
    • Two new options, "Later this week" and "This weekend"
    • Customize your weekend day(s) in Snooze settings


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Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Share Songs Via Spotify

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 12:27 PM PST


Hey, listen to this. Sharing music over Facebook Messenger has become simpler for Spotify subscribers. Now users have the option to share songs and playlists directly inside the app.

To send music, tap the More tab during a conversation, choose Spotify, and select the tracks you want to share. Recipients will receive a link that sends them off into into the Spotify app.

This change evolves upon the existing way of sending music to someone, which is dropping them a link that, more than likely, sends them to YouTube.

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Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Share Songs Via Spotify was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Galaxy S7’s camera is so good, it makes DSLRs look bad

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 12:15 PM PST

Galaxy S7 continues to amaze. Photo: SamsungWe've already watched the Galaxy S7 batter the iPhone 6s in a series of camera tests, but how well does it stack up against a professional DSLR? When it comes to phase detection autofocus, surprisingly well, actually. See Samsung's new smartphone make the Nikon D70 look bad in the mind-blowing autofocus test below. Isn't that incredible?

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HTC One M10 Press Render Leaked

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 10:33 AM PST


Looks like HTC's next flagship smartphone has just been leaked in all its glory.

Evan Blass himself has just posted an image of an HTC One M10 press render as a reply to @Onleaks's HTC One M10 leak. The new image confirms all the design and hardware build rumours and reports we've been hearing since it all started.


The phone will indeed come with chamfered edges and have a similar look to the One A9 midranger released late last year. On the front, we can see HTC's take on Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the UI and the presence of a fingerprint scanner which also happens to be a home button for the phone.

Gone is the bottom BoomSound speaker as that is now placed on the bottom of the phone adjacent to a USB Type C connector. As for the back, we can see the 12MP UltraPixel camera with a similar design as the One M8 and M9.

As for the specs, it will sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with microSD card expansion, and a 5.15? QHD display.

Overall, I think this phone brings a much more sophisticated and refined look. The unveil is expected to be held this month with a release next month.

[Twitter (1), (2)]

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Telus Moto X Play To Get Marshmallow March 9, Note 5 Update On March 13

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 10:33 AM PST

Telus Updates

Telus has just updated their update schedule so we have some more dates to throw your way.  First off, all of the Nexus' (Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P) will all be getting their monthly security update on the 9th.  The Moto X Play will also be getting a security update on the 9th but it will also get its Marshmallow update at that time!

Next up will be the Samsung phablets, the S6 Edge+ and Note 5.   Both devices are slated to get their Marshmallow update on March 13.  Samsung's other flagship duo, the Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 won't get Marshmallow till some time later as those updates are expected to drop on March 30 and April 13 respectively.

Rounding out the soon the be Marshmallow-ified devices is the LG G3 which is slated to get its update on March 16.

Timely updates are definitely still a bit of an ordeal in the Android world but I'm happy to see things improving more and more with each new iteration of our little green robot.


The post Telus Moto X Play To Get Marshmallow March 9, Note 5 Update On March 13 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Keep your fingers warm while you tweet with Mujjo’s touchscreen gloves [Deal]

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 10:16 AM PST

21918a64e520e043a0c9bd6ceda390a66fdd643e_main_hero_imageTouchscreen gloves sold around the Web may talk the talk, but Mujjo's gloves walk the walk. These gloves practice what they preach: optimized touchscreen usability and complete insulation. Save your fingers from looming frostbite, enjoy your smartphone to its fullest — and save 19% for a limited time. Mujjo's gloves let you: Use any touchscreen

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Leaked renders reveal HTC 10 for the first time

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 09:09 AM PST

HTC's prettiest handset yet? Photo: Evan BlassHTC's next-generation flagship will be its prettiest yet if the leaked render above is an accurate representation of its final form. The so-called HTC 10 sports 2.5D curved glass atop a near edge-to-edge display, generously chamfered edges, and a front-facing fingerprint scanner. But boy, does it look thick. HTC may struggle to compete with rivals

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Get 50% off a Google Play movie rental until March 17

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 08:36 AM PST

Score a mega movie deal from Google Play. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSave another wet and windy weekend by staying in and kicking back in front of a great movie. And from now until March 17, you can get 50 percent off one rental of your choice from the Google Play Store. You can grab this discount by opening up the Play Store on your Android device,

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HTC 10 photographed in the wild as new renders show off every angle

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 08:18 AM PST

Way back when, HTC launched its "One" brand with the One X, then came the One M7, which was followed by the One M8 and One M9. So, with the successor to the One M9 right around the corner, it was thought to be a safe bet that HTC would call it the One M10. Turns out that might not be the case after all.

As revealed by a series of leaks from Evan Blass and @OnLeaks, it looks like HTC is actually dropping the One from the naming scheme of its next flagship, and simply focusing on its brand and the number. An image from @OnLeaks shows what appears to be the Settings app on the device, showing the "Model number" as "HTC 10." The One brand hasn't necessarily done HTC any favors recently, so perhaps dropping it makes sense for the company.

Soon after those leaks, more found their way to the surface from the same sources, this time showing the HTC 10, and with rumored specifications tagging along for the ride. According to @OnLeaks, the One 10 will feature a 5.15-inch QHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, with an Adreno 530 paired with it. There's reportedly 4GB of RAM, and on the back a 12-megapixel camera. It's said to feature USB Type-C for charging, too.


It's worth noting that these are prototype specifications, so it's possible that HTC made some changes ahead of the device's official launch.

HTC 10 render leak

Evan Blass wanted to get in on the fun, too, so he released renders of the HTC 10, showing off the front, rear, side, top, and bottom of the new flagship. The design looks like a healthy combination of the One M9 and the One A9, which shouldn't be too surprising.

With the rumored specs of the HTC 10, and a pretty straightforward design choice, do you think you'll pick the HTC 10 for your next daily driver?

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Your OnePlus 2 can snap RAW photos with OxygenOS 2.2.1

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 08:18 AM PST

Get more out of your OnePlus 2 photos. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidThe camera upgrade OnePlus has been promising OnePlus 2 owners has finally arrived — but it doesn't come with Marshmallow. With OxygenOS 2.2.1, based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, users finally have the ability to shoot RAW images using the built-in OnePlus Camera app, while features like Bluetooth, Ultra SIM compatibility, and more have been improved. The OnePlus

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Verizon rolls out Marshmallow for the Galaxy Note 5

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 07:09 AM PST

Galaxy Note 5 MarshmallowGalaxy Note 5 owners on Verizon, today is your lucky day. The carrier has just begun rolling out Samsung's latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software, which packs TouchWiz improvements, new features like Doze and Google Now on Tap, and lots more. Marshmallow first began making its way to the Galaxy Note 5 in mid-February, starting with

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Opera Beta Gets A New Tab Switcher And Physical Web Support With Chromium 49 Upgrade

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 06:18 AM PST


Opera might be getting ready to be sold out to a Consortium of Chinese companies, but that's not stopping the Norwegian team from updating the different apps and browsers under its umbrella. The most recent update touches Opera Beta, the open beta version of the full fledged browser (not Opera Mini). It upgrades the browser's codebase to Chromium 49, which as you'll recall enables Physical Web support with Bluetooth connectivity inside the browser for beacons for example.

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Opera Beta Gets A New Tab Switcher And Physical Web Support With Chromium 49 Upgrade was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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VLC 2.0 Beta Adds Local Network Browsing And Lets You Use The Android TV Interface On Any Device

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 05:47 AM PST


If you've ever tried playing an odd video format on your phone, chances are you've used one of a couple of well known video players like MX or VLC. After a slow start, the latter has been receiving rather frequent updates and improvements that keep pushing it forward. VLC also has an active beta program (of which you can be a part by joining this Google+ community and then becoming a tester on the Play Store) and its latest release is version 1.9.0 which is actually a beta for version 2.0.0.

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VLC 2.0 Beta Adds Local Network Browsing And Lets You Use The Android TV Interface On Any Device was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Android Marshmallow heading to the Verizon HTC One M8 on Monday

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 04:06 AM PST

HTC and Verizon's software teams are finally done with all their testing and will be releasing the Android Marshmallow update for the HTC One M8 on Monday. The news was shared on Twitter by HTC's Mo Versi. With Android 6.0, the Verizon HTC One M8 will be able to use adaptive storage, doze and Google Now on Tap in addition to a dozen or so tweaks to HTC Sense.

Android's monthly distribution update has shown small increases in the adoption of Android Marshmallow over the past few months, but those number are expected to see a huge spike over the next month or two as all major flagship phones from 2015 start receiving their updates to Android 6.0. So far, HTC is ahead of the pack in releasing its update for its 2014 and 2015 flagship devices, but it hasn't done much to move the needle since HTC's devices have not sold well over the past few years.

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DEAL: Get a 50% on a Google Play movie rental

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 04:06 AM PST

Not sure what to do this weekend? We have a suggestion: ask a few friends to come over, order some pizza and rent a movie from Google Play. OK, you don't really need to friends or the pizza, but if you do decide to rent a movie from Google Play, Google will give you a 50% discount. The offer is valid through March 17, but you still get the usual 30 day window to actually watch the movie. Unfortunately, the 50% discount is only valid for one movie rental, but you do have the option of using multiple Google accounts if there are multiple titles that you want to watch.

Google's movie rental selection is quite strong, but you can always wait things out a little if you're waiting for a specific title that hasn't hit Google Play yet.

What movie will you be renting with your 50% discount?

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HTC’s 2016 flagship phone will be named the HTC 10

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 03:37 AM PST

The introduction of the HTC Perfume (aka the HTC One M10) may be accompanied by the death of HTC's One brand. A few hours ago, Evan Blass shared the name "HTC 10″ on his Twitter account, implying that it will be the name used when HTC Perfume is unveiled next month. Dropping the One branding may be a bold move, but there have been multiple rumors which have suggested that HTC's 2016 flagship would be accompanied by branding changes. Many of us were expecting HTC to introduce a new moniker to replace One or the M, but it's doubtful that anyone would foresee that the branding would be stripped down to just HTC and a number.

The HTC 10 (this name change is going to take some time to get used to) is expected to have the same basic specifications as the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7, but HTC will have a tougher time selling its phone since the company has failed miserably on the marketing front over the past few years. We're seen to #powerof10 official teasers from HTC so far, but we'll have to wait until the phone is actually unveiled to see if the company will be investing its dwindling cash reserves to help promote and sell the HTC 10.

What's your take on the HTC 10 name?

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WhatsApp Starts Emphasizing End-To-End Encryption, Collapses Long Messages, And Tests Some Minor Interface Changes

Posted: 04 Mar 2016 03:19 AM PST


You know WhatsApp's Android developers have finished hibernating when they start throwing one build after the other like a going out of business sale. In the past couple of weeks, they unleashed the new emojis on everyone then proceeded to launch an official Play Store beta program and update the latter with miscellaneous things before starting to test the new documents sharing option. In the latest incarnations of the app between 2.12.493 and 2.12.500, a few other interface changes snuck in, one of which points to an important shift in WhatsApp's way of doing things.

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WhatsApp Starts Emphasizing End-To-End Encryption, Collapses Long Messages, And Tests Some Minor Interface Changes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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HTC Rumoured To Make Upcoming Nexus, Will Feature 3D Touch Capabilities

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 09:29 PM PST


I know it's been a really long time, but do you remember who made Google's first official Nexus smartphone? Yes, the Nexus One was indeed made by HTC. It was only until 2014 when HTC was chosen by Google to make the Nexus 9, more than four years after the Nexus One. Now it looks like the taiwanese company just might have another chance at a Nexus smartphone.


According to a Chinese source on Weibo, HTC is rumoured to manufacture the next Nexus for Google and it could also feature a pressure sensitive display. The source claims the companies are working together to implement a 3D touch-like functionality for the phone and also eventually have it added to Android as well.

Additionally, other Chinese OEMs like Xiaomi, Meizu and Oppo are expected to have 3D touch capabilities in their next phones as well.

[Vr-Zone / Weibo]

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New Samsung Pay users can now get a free wireless charging pad

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 08:39 PM PST

Samsung has run a lot of Samsung Pay promotions to date, but if you've missed out on them, you're getting another chance right now.

A new Samsung Pay promotion will give a free Qi-compatible wireless charging pad to anyone that activates their first card with Samsung's mobile payment app. The promo runs from March 2 through March 10, and it's available to new Samsung Pay users with a Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, S7, S7 edge, or Galaxy Note 5.

To get your free wireless charging pad, you need to load up the Samsung Pay app and register a qualifying credit or debit card. Once you do, go into the "Events" part of the app, then go to "More," and then click on "Samsung Pay Card Registration Offer." After agreeing to the Terms and Conditions, you'll get a coupon code that can be redeemed on Samsung's web store for one Samsung Wireless Charging Pad in Black Sapphire, worth $49.99.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are already starting to hit the hands of pre-order customers, and so this offer can encourage them to try out Samsung Pay. However, other Galaxy owners can qualify, too, so if you've got a device that is compatible with Samsung Pay and you haven't yet added a card, you can do so now to get yourself a free wireless charging pad.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: djay 2, Today Calendar, And Many More For $1

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 04:24 PM PST


Google is running another of its big app promotions today through March 10th, and that means you can get some great deals on popular stuff like Today Calendar and djay 2. The recent Poweramp and Nova Launcher sale is also part of this promo, but that's just the start. Note: these deals are available in a lot of countries, usually at the lowest regular price in that country's currency. There are also some unrelated sales going on, so we're lumping it all together.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: djay 2, Today Calendar, And Many More For $1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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