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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Dark Sky, fooView

Posted: 16 May 2016 02:16 PM PDT

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. Dark Sky – Hyperlocal Weather

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App info:  Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. With down-to-the-minute forecasts, you'll know exactly when the rain will start or stop, right where you're standing.

 

2. fooView – Float Viewer

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App info: fooView – Float Viewer is a magic floating button. It's a system enhancement tool to help you access your favorite websites, apps, games, files, music, photos, and video by a gesture using one hand.

 

3. HTC Ice View

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App info: Access your phone instantly without even opening the case. With HTC Ice View, you can answer calls, read notifications, control music playback, capture photos and more.

 

4. Piper Mobile

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App info: Piper is the first all-in-one home automation and security system in a smart, elegant package that lets you monitor what's important in your life — all from your Android device with zero monthly fees.

 

5. quickReply (public beta)

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App info: quickReply will show you separate notifications for every contact including reply action buttons, so you can easily write quick replies without opening the messaging app.

 

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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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ catches fire, though it’s probably an isolated incident

Posted: 16 May 2016 02:16 PM PDT

Though this is an uncommon occurrence, it does happen. Whenever you have a lithium ion battery, you have a risk for burning or even an explosion. The latest device to burn up is a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, specifically from Sprint.

The owner of this device claims that he plugged it in using the charger included in the box and felt it overheating. He took it off the charger and put it on his bed, where it then combusted. The usual cause of these fires is a cheap third-party charger, which wasn't used here, and it wasn't even charging when this happened.

If you own a Galaxy S6 edge+, don't worry about it. This is an isolated incident and nothing points to this being a substantial risk on other devices. It happens, and it sucks, but that's what we risk when we carry volatile energy packs in our pockets every day.


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Sony may kill off Xperia C and M series, with only new Xperia X series remaining

Posted: 16 May 2016 01:44 PM PDT

Sony's new Xperia X series of devices are set to replace the current high-end Z lineup, but it seems that the X series may be even more important than we thought. Rumor has it that Sony will be killing off both the Xperia C and M series, leaving the Xperia X series as its sole device lineup.

This doesn't necessarily mean that Sony will only be selling flagship devices, as there will likely be budget-oriented X series devices. Sony may just want a unified brand for its smartphones and to focus on fewer, but better models.

The new X logo and brand will be heavily used in advertising and promotion, so it seems Sony is putting all of its mobile focus on this move. It could turn out well, especially since Sony is known for pumping out too many devices that are all too similar. Maybe we'll soon see some truly great flagships coming from the company.


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Bloomberg: Twitter To Soon Stop Counting Photos And Links In 140-Character Limit

Posted: 16 May 2016 01:25 PM PDT

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Twitter will soon make fitting everything into 140 characters an easier task, according to Bloomberg. The news agency reports that the social network is about to stop counting photos and links toward the character limit. The change is expected in the next two weeks.

Right now, shortened links take up 23 characters. Removing this would free up several additional words per tweet. This would be appreciated, though far short of the possible 10,000-character limit mentioned early this year.

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Bloomberg: Twitter To Soon Stop Counting Photos And Links In 140-Character Limit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Koush Brings Vysor Back With A Subscription Option For Additional Features

Posted: 16 May 2016 01:09 PM PDT

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Koush had to take his device mirroring tool Vysor off the Chrome store last week after H.264 owner MPEG-LA came calling with a big bill. It seems the H.264 decoder in Vysor entitled MPEG-LA to royalties on Koush's free app. Well, after a weekend of coding, Vysor is back with a new decoder and a subscription option.

Koush still owes for all the previous downloads of Vysor, though he's not saying how much.

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Koush Brings Vysor Back With A Subscription Option For Additional Features was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Waze Carpool Pilot Program Comes To The US After Initial Israel-Only Test Period

Posted: 16 May 2016 12:53 PM PDT

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Google-owned navigation company Waze is expanding into a new area, metaphorically and physically. Last year Wave began testing a carpooling app called RideWith, which was only available in Israel. Ten months later, the company is ready to test out the experience in the US.

A name change is accompanying the move. The app Americans will install goes by the name of Waze Rider, while the service itself is called Waze Carpool.

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Waze Carpool Pilot Program Comes To The US After Initial Israel-Only Test Period was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Twitter may stop counting links and photos against the 140-character limit

Posted: 16 May 2016 12:42 PM PDT

Twitter has been around for quite some time, and the 140-character limit on tweets has been there right out of the gate. It was meant to make it easier to send tweets through a standard text message back when the service launched, but ever since apps took over, there's been call for change.

Rumors had circulated some time ago that Twitter could remove the 140-character limit and bump it up to 10,000 characters, but that didn't come to fruition. The newly-christened news app has removed the 140-character limit from Direct Messages, though, and now it sounds like changes are on the way for standard tweets.

Bloomberg reports that within the next two weeks, Twitter could roll out a change that would see photos and links no longer count against the 140-character limit. Nothing is official just yet, and the source of the story is anonymous, but if the news is true, that would save 23 characters for telling a story when sharing a link.

What do you think of this rumored change?


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Stylish Side-Scrolling Runner Vector 2 Leaps Into The Play Store

Posted: 16 May 2016 12:23 PM PDT

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The original Vector was a hit when it came out a few years ago, and now the developer has released Vector 2. The gameplay is similar to the first one, but the upgrade system is much more extensive. It's actually a little confusing. Such is the cost of progress, I suppose.

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The premise of Vector 2 is simple—don't run into stuff. Your character runs across the screen, and you use swipes to avoid all the obstacles and traps in the way.

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Stylish Side-Scrolling Runner Vector 2 Leaps Into The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Alarm.com Brings One-Touch Automation 'Scenes' To Android In Latest App Update

Posted: 16 May 2016 11:52 AM PDT

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Alarm.com sounds like a website whose sole purpose is starting your day with a broken laptop. Turns out it's a home automation service. The site can manage your security alarm systems, locks, lights, thermostats, and garage doors. Using "scenes," it can manage multiples at once with a single button press.

With the latest update, this functionality has come to the Android app.

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Example scenes include turning off the lights and closing the garage door when you leave the house.

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Alarm.com Brings One-Touch Automation 'Scenes' To Android In Latest App Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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AT&T adds new Canada and Mexico roaming features on select plans

Posted: 16 May 2016 11:40 AM PDT

With the summer months right around the corner, AT&T is tweaking a few of its rate plans to add a few more roaming benefits for the folks that might find their way to Canada or Mexico.

Beginning on May 20, AT&T has confirmed that subscribers signed up for a 15GB Mobile Share Value Plan or higher can use their data plan as they normally would in Mexico, without having to fret about any international charges tacked on. They will also get unlimited calling and texting while they visit Mexico, or sending messages or calling those that might be visiting there from the United States.

For AT&T Unlimited Plan subscribers, you won't get any roaming charges at all in Mexico or Canada. However, for the folks that fall under the Unlimited Plan, you'll need to add a feature to your plan to take advantage of no roaming charges: AT&T Roam North America for smartphones and AT&T Roam North America Data for tablets.

If you're doing any traveling this summer, is Canada or Mexico the destination?


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A New Chromecast Queue Design In YouTube For Android Is Rolling Out

Posted: 16 May 2016 11:06 AM PDT

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There are no stats to back this up, but I'm pretty sure YouTube is one of the most popular apps for use with the Chromecast. To that end, the Chromecast video queue in the YouTube app has been substantially redesigned, using a bar that is drawn up from the bottom with a full queue.

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Left: previous 'minimized' design. Right: new 'minimized' design.

Before, the Chromecast queue was only accessible from the inset video that is dragged up from the right hand side of the screen.

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A New Chromecast Queue Design In YouTube For Android Is Rolling Out was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Walmart Pay now rolling out to hundreds of stores in the US

Posted: 16 May 2016 09:22 AM PDT

Walmart officially debuted its own mobile payment option called Walmart Pay late last year. Now, several months later, its stores are now rolling out support for Walmart customers.

Despite the fact that Android (and Apple, Samsung, LG…) Pay exists, Walmart has opted to launch its own proprietary option for its customers, and the rollout begins in two states. Walmart has confirmed that 110 stores in Arkansas now supports Walmart Pay at the checkout register, and that 480 locations in Texas now offer Walmart Pay support, too.

To use Walmart Pay, you'll need to install the Walmart app on your phone and then link your credit or debit card to a Walmart account. Walmart will offer you in-app receipts after each purchase, and the company says the mobile payment option is faster than checking out with a chipped debit or credit card.

Once you're at the checkout register, a QR code will be displayed on the screen, which you'll scan using your phone's camera. Walmart customers using Walmart Pay can use pre-paid and gift cards, too.

Now that Walmart has begun rolling out support in its stores, a wider rollout should be happening soon enough, if Walmart Pay is something you'd want to use.

Do you want to use it?


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Google Spaces makes it easier to share with a group

Posted: 16 May 2016 09:06 AM PDT

Switching between apps to share content has been the basic strategy for quite some time, but Google wants to make it a bit easier to share content with friends and family without having to leap around from one app to another. It's called Spaces, and Google has just announced it ahead of Google I/O. The company has plans to talk about it a bit more at the conference, but has decided to launch the new app a little early.

With Spaces, Google is hoping to make group sharing even easier by removing the need to jump from one app to another. To do this, Google simply built Chrome, Google Search, and YouTube into the app, and then made it possible for folks to share that content and message one another to discuss the topic at hand. When a user shares new content, there's a conversational view that will let the user see what everyone in the group is saying about it.

Google made it easy to find content shared within Spaces, too, with an option to search within the app to find what was previously discussed. It's easy to create a new space by letting users invite others with a text message, through social network, or via email.

It's available for all Gmail users, with apps for both Android and iOS. It's also available on desktop and the mobile web. At the time of publication, however, Spaces has apparently not rolled out just yet, so if this is an app you'd want to use, check the Play Store throughout the day.

Does anyone out there think Google should have built these features into Hangouts?


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[Update: Beta Features Gone] Play Store v6.7 Is Rolling Out With Ability To Join/Leave Betas, Developer Feedback For Betas, And More [APK Download]

Posted: 16 May 2016 09:02 AM PDT

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There's a new version of the Play Store beginning its slow rollout, and it's all about all those beta apps you've signed up for. You can see when you're in a beta, leave/join them, and even provide direct developer feedback from the Play Store client. Anyone who's in a lot of betas will want this update, and we've got the APK ready for download.

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[Update: Beta Features Gone] Play Store v6.7 Is Rolling Out With Ability To Join/Leave Betas, Developer Feedback For Betas, And More [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Makes 'Spaces' Group Sharing App Official, Launching Today On Android, iOS, And Web

Posted: 16 May 2016 08:46 AM PDT

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We got a sneak peek at an unreleased Google app called Spaces a few weeks back, and now Google has announced the official release of the app. Spaces is a group sharing app for Android, iOS, and the web that lets you create a new space for each topic to keep discussions focused. The app is rolling out today, so you can't download it just yet, but it won't be long now.

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Google Makes 'Spaces' Group Sharing App Official, Launching Today On Android, iOS, And Web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Moto G4 press render leak shows a clear look at the upcoming device

Posted: 16 May 2016 08:03 AM PDT

Back in April we got a clear look at the Moto G4 Plus from Motorola, and now this month what appears to be an official press render for the Moto G4 has finally made an appearance.

The Moto G4′s image was shared by serial leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks), and shows the device from the front. Unfortunately there aren't any other angles present to scrutinize, but for anyone that's considering checking out the next Moto G, it's a nice clear look at what to expect. We can see that the Moto G4 looks a lot like the Moto G4 Plus, except that the G4 doesn't appear to offer a fingerprint reader below the display.

We've had hints that there are two variants of the Moto G for quite some time now, and Motorola has even been teasing the devices via its social media accounts ahead of the expected May 17 announcement date.

Are you looking forward to seeing the new Moto G devices?


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[Bonus Round] Who Lurks, Leap Day, Bushido Bear, Super Rocket Pets, And Ninja Madness

Posted: 15 May 2016 08:29 PM PDT

bonusroundWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we have a sci-fi local party game, no less than three platformers, and a game about a samurai bear.

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[Bonus Round] Who Lurks, Leap Day, Bushido Bear, Super Rocket Pets, And Ninja Madness was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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