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Wednesday App And Game Sales: Never Alone, Podkicker Pro, Dragon Quest (2, 3, 5, 6), And More

Posted: 25 May 2016 02:42 PM PDT


Everyone likes a good deal. If you don't think you like a good deal, too bad. I said everyone, so you're lying to yourself about not liking deals. What made you like this? Maybe reading on and checking out some of these app and game sales will fix you. No promises, though.


Fliktu: $0.99 from $1.99

Podkicker Pro: $0.99 from $2.30

MathStudio Express: $1.99 from $9.99

Camera ZOOM FX Premium: $0.99 from $3.99


SpongeBob Moves In: $0.99 from $2.99

TMNT: ROOFTOP RUN: $0.99 from $3.99

TMNT Portal Power: $0.99 from $3.99

TMNT: Battle Match: $0.99 from $1.99

NICK Sports: $0.99 from $1.99

Never Alone (Shield TV): $4.99 from $14.99

Prison Run and Gun: $0.99 from $1.59

9 Elefants: $1.99 from $2.99

Sons of Uruzime: $1.99 from $2.99

The Gatekeeper's Oath: $1.99 from $5.99

GA Collected 1-3: $5.99 from $11.98

GA 11: Songs of the Mystics: $1.99 from $5.99

GA 10: Lords of Nurroth: $1.99 from $5.99

GA Collected 4-6: $5.99 from $11.98

GA 12: Asuria Awakens: $1.99 from $5.99

The Sagas of Fire*Wolf: $7.99 from $11.98

Grim Legends: $2.99 from $4.99

Grim Legends 2: $2.99 from $4.99

WWE 2K: $0.99 from $7.99

Haegemonia: $2.99 from $3.99

Reckless Racing 3: $1.49 from $2.66

DRAGON QUEST II: $2.99 from $4.99

DRAGON QUEST III: $6.99 from $9.99

DRAGON QUEST V: $9.99 from $14.99

DRAGON QUEST VI: $9.99 from $14.99

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Wednesday App And Game Sales: Never Alone, Podkicker Pro, Dragon Quest (2, 3, 5, 6), And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Huawei sues Samsung for patent infringement

Posted: 25 May 2016 02:12 PM PDT

We're pretty used to patent infringement lawsuits in the mobile world. Apple and Samsung have been duking it out for years, so seeing another lawsuit pop up doesn't surprise us. But usually it's a company like Apple suing a Chinese company over patent infringement.

This time around, things are pretty backwards. Huawei, a Chinese company, is suing Samsung for patent infringement. Crazy, but it's not over plagiarized phone designs (something Huawei is extremely familiar with). The company is suing over unlicensed use of 4G technology, operating systems, and user interface software. These lawsuits were filed both in China and the US.

We'll have to wait to see how Samsung responds, or if there will even be a public response. The claims may be legitimate, though that's currently unknown. Either way, this fight may get interesting.

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Google has a list that ranks manufacturers for update times, might make it public

Posted: 25 May 2016 01:42 PM PDT

Updates have been Android's biggest problem ever since the operating system launched. With so many manufacturers making Android devices and creating their own versions of Android, Google has no control over how often they're updated. And unfortunately, the updates are few and far between.

Devices being left on old versions of Android is a bad enough problem, but the main problem here is security. Those older version of Android are vulnerable to many exploits that were fixed by Google long ago, yet manufacturers don't care enough about all the devices they flood the market with to update them and keep their customers safe.

After the Stagefright bug, Google has gotten a lot more serious about security. New security features were implemented via APIs to all Android devices, and now many manufacturers are complying with Google to release monthly security updates. Devices are still being left behind, especially lower-end devices, but it's a significant improvement.

There's still far more progress to be made, and now it seems Google is taking it a step further. The company has allegedly created a list that ranks its manufacturing partners by their update times and security patches. This list has been distributed to the manufacturers in hopes of encouraging the high-ranked ones and shaming the low-ranked ones.

If that doesn't work, Google is considering making the list public. I know most of us would love that, seeing manufacturers being put on blast for leaving customers without critical security patches and updates. Our phones carry our entire lives on them, and mobile security has never been more important.

Hopefully we do end up getting a list, and hopefully manufacturers will improve their update practices. With new versions of Android rolling out with great new features and security improvements and less than 10% of devices getting the update in the first seven months (it currently stands at 7.5%), they have a lot of work to do.

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 25 May 2016 12:58 PM PDT

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

xTime – Alpha

xTime - Alpha Description: Features:Futuristic design, 5 color themes, Current date & weekday, Battery for smartwatch, Ambient Mode. Works with all Android Wear smartwatches. 


Auto Background Eraser Pro

Auto Background Eraser Pro DescriptionChange Photo Backgrounds with new backgrounds with the Help of Magical Eraser tool for backgrounds. Auto Photo Background Changer is the most advanced Photo Editing tool to remove photo backgrounds and replace them with new backgrounds. 


Lens Launcher

Lens Launcher Description Lens Launcher is a unique, efficient way to browse and launch your apps. Instead of scrolling long lists or swiping through multiple pages, Lens Launcher implements two unique features: An Equispaced Grid that displays all of your apps, regardless of screen size or app count. A Graphical Fisheye Lens to quickly zoom, pan and launch apps using touch gestures. 


Easy Sound Recorder

Easy Sound Recorder

DescriptionEasy Sound Recorder is a simple, and easy to use audio & voice recorder. is designed for long-time and high quality voice record. Through the phone's microphone ,Use it to record meetings, lectures, speech,and personal notes, night sleep talks (or snoring), without time limits! 


Science Journal

Science Journal

DescriptionScience Journal is a tool for doing science with your smartphone. You can use the sensors in your phone or connect to external sensors to conduct experiments on the world around you. Organize your ideas into projects, make predictions, take notes and collect data in multiple trials, then annotate and explore your results. It's the lab notebook you always have with you. 


Avis Travel Guide & Tours

Avis Travel Guide

DescriptionAvis Rent a car invites you to travel the world with Avis Travel. This friendly apps is the equivalent of having your own personal tour guide in your pocket. Download now and enjoy the sights and sounds your destination has to offer you. 


Watch Face: Paper

Watch Face Paper

DescriptionPaper styled interactive watch face with tic tac toe game in it! Features:Paper styled design, Interactive shortcuts, You can launch alarm and weather, Also there are a few useful shortcuts for Find my phone, alarm and lanter. Tic tac toe game for two players is also included. 


Slimperience Browser

Slimperience Browser

DescriptionSimperience is the new answer of the desire for having a lightweight, efficient and fast browser without loosing any functionality! Whereas other browsers reach sizes around 50 Megabytes, Slimperience is only around 400 kB small. 



Budget Eye

DescriptionBudget Eye is a Budget Management and Expense tracking app that is designed to help you efficiently and effortlessly manage your own as well as your family's finances all in one easy view. 


Google Play Developer Console

Google Play Developer Console

DescriptionAccess your Google Play Developer Console data from your Android device. Review your app's performance statistics and financial data. Be notified about your app's status and publishing changes. Read and reply to user reviews on the go. 


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Samsung could launch the Galaxy Note 7 this year instead of the Galaxy Note 6

Posted: 25 May 2016 11:42 AM PDT

At a point later in the year, Samsung will more than likely launch a followup to the Galaxy Note 5 it launched in 2015. The obvious expectation is that Samsung will launch a Galaxy Note 6 this year because it launched the Galaxy Note 5 last year, but that might not be the case.

ET News is reporting that Samsung is planning on changing things up a bit, and all because it doesn't want to confuse consumers with the naming scheme of its flagship devices. Specifically, the report says Samsung doesn't want potential buyers to think that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, which launched earlier this year, are more powerful than the Galaxy Note 6. This will be the first time Samsung has done something like this since it launched the Galaxy S series in 2010 and the Galaxy Note lineup in 2011.

It's an interesting move if it's true, especially simply aiming to be consistent with another lineup of devices. Still, one might argue it's a legitimate reason to change things up. Or it might not be.

Do you think it's a good move to skip the Galaxy Note 6 name?

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Snapseed v2.5 Rolling Out With Horizontal Flip, Quickly Apply Last Edits, And More

Posted: 25 May 2016 10:21 AM PDT

snapseedGoogle has continued improving Snapseed since it bought the app a while back, which is a refreshing departure from the usual way of things (looking at you Microsoft). Today, v2.5 of Snapseed is rolling out on Android and that other platform with a few notable changes. The official changelog isn't up yet, but the Snapseed G+ account has the details and a demo video.

Here's what to expect in the new version.

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Snapseed v2.5 Rolling Out With Horizontal Flip, Quickly Apply Last Edits, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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ES File Explorer Update Removes The Adware Charging Screen

Posted: 25 May 2016 09:21 AM PDT


ES File Explorer has been going down hill for a while ever since it was bought out by a third-party. Its' gotten more and more bloated, but the recent addition of a useless charging lock screen with ads was the last straw for many. We've since seen that same junk feature (a version of DU Battery Saver) worm its way into other apps, but at least the developers of ES have wised up and removed it.

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ES File Explorer Update Removes The Adware Charging Screen was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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OnePlus drops prices on the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X

Posted: 25 May 2016 08:04 AM PDT

OnePlus has been in the headlines lately, and today the company is back. OnePlus has announced that it's lowering the prices on its two most recent smartphones. This comes in advance of OnePlus announcing the OnePlus 3 very soon. Check out the info below to see the new prices on all of the devices.

The OnePlus X has dropped down to just $199 and comes with 16GB of storage, 5-inch 1080p OLED display, 3GB of RAM and a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. The OnePlus 2 has dropped to $299 and packs in 64GB of storage, 5.5-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM and a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 801 processor.

Anyone that ordered a OnePlus smartphone within the past 14 days can receive a refund of the price difference by contacting OnePlus's customer support.

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TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger has a trick up its sleeve

Posted: 25 May 2016 07:35 AM PDT

TYLT is no stranger to crowdfunding, having a proven record of successful campaigns. When I first heard of TYLT in 2013, they were Kickstarting their TYLT VU wireless charger and they immediately caught my eye. I loved the design of the TYLT VU and still think it's one of the best wireless chargers you can buy. I currently own three. Near the end of last year, TYLT crowdfunded a new product, the ENERGI Desktop Charger. Just a desktop charger? That sounds boring. But TYLT doesn't do boring. TYLT knows how to kick it up a notch.


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The TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger is a 5-port USB charger with a trick up its sleeve: One of its ports is also a removable battery charger. Four of the USB ports output 2.4 Amps with TYLT's SmartDetect technology to deliver the optimum charging speed to whatever device is plugged into in. The fifth port, the battery, is a 3,200mAh pack that can output 5 volts at 1 Amp. Overall, the charger can output 50 Watts to 5 devices simultaneously, so your devices will never have to take turns charging again.

The design of the TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger is pretty interesting. I feel like the desktop charger design is a departure from typical TYLT designs that are bright, single-colored, and angular. The ENERGI Desktop Charger is fairly dull-colored and the design looks like it was inspired by Star Wars. It's gray and a darker bluish-gray. In my opinion, the colors are dull compared to previous TYLT standards. I'm not saying the design and look is bad, it's just different. The ENERGI Desktop Charger's style is neither minimal nor very classy. It's just unique.

The removable 3,200mAh power bank is an interesting touch. I mostly really like it. If you've ever read any of my past reviews, you know that I'm a huge fan of wireless charging. What I like about wireless charging is how my phones have a place that they live when I'm not using them. Whether I'm at my desk or in my bed, I have a specific place where I put my phone so that it charges wirelessly without me having to hunt for cables. The ENERGI Desktop Charger does not have wireless charging, not the inductive kind anyway, but the ENERGI Desktop Charger provides a power bank with a built-in home. It doesn't require a cable. You can charge the battery with a with a micro-USB cable if you're away from the Desktop Charger if needed, or you can just slip it back in the Desktop Charger.


My house is full of different power banks and my wife and I have misplaced most of them, but I make an extra effort to always place the ENERGI Desktop Charger power bank back where it goes. I think because it has a home. It's nice that this power bank has a place that is goes and it's nice to always have a charged power bank around. I like it. But there's no reason why I can't take better care of one of the power banks I already have. So, I like the 5th ENERGI Desktop charger port that's also a power bank, but it's not that much more convenient than just having a non-built-in power bank. Especially when the built-in power bank only outputs 1 Amp and there are higher amp and fast charging power banks out there.

There are a couple of issues I've run into with the removable battery on with the TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger. First, my toddler went running off with the charger and, until I found it, I was left with only 4-port desktop charger.

Second, the battery is made to go into the Desktop Charger in a specific orientation. TYLT has tried to design the battery-Desktop Charger combo so that it's easy to know which way to put the charger in. There's an arrow on top of the battery and a slot on the right side of the battery that should prevent one from putting the battery in the wrong direction, but it doesn't. My wife somehow has the hardest time putting it in the right orientation. She claims she tries all the different orientations and they all feel the same.

In my experience, it's very clear which orientation is the right one and when the battery is installed in the correct orientation it goes is very smoothly. However, on more than one occasion my wife or maybe a kid,has inserted the battery in the wrong orientation. Not only will the battery not charge in the wrong orientation, but it's extremely hard to get out when forced in the wrong way. The first time I found it installed the wrong way, I thought it was stuck for good. However, I found that wiggling the battery up and down was a good method to break the battery free. So, my message to TYLT is that you made a good effort trying to help us users not put the battery in the wrong orientation, but you could have done better. I wish they would have made it impossible to put the battery in the wrong way instead of only making it a little more difficult than normal, which results in stuck batteries.

TYLT ENERGI Desktop DataSo, how does the TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger perform? Let's check out the data. I'm comparing the TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger to the Lumsing 5-Port Desktop Charger reviewed here. For all tests, the Nexus 6 was being charged all by itself. As you can see in the figure to the right, the non-battery port on the TYLT charged at a rate of about 0.7% per minute, a tenth of a percent faster per minute than the Lumsing charger over the same time period. The 1-Amp battery port on the TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger charged at a rate of about half the other chargers at 0.3% per minute. Contrast this with Quick Charge 2.0 via the Motorola Turbo Charger that can charge my Nexus 6 that can charge at about double the speeds of the 2.4 Amp ports on the chargers used to build the plot to the right. So in conclusion, the TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger narrowly edges out a much cheaper desktop charger in speed and has extra features, but there are much faster chargers out there if your phone is Quick Charge-capable.

Bottom Line

Overall, I think TYLT has produced another very functional device that has extra capability beyond what most desktop chargers provide on the market. Other than family members putting the battery back in the wrong way, the device has functioned perfectly and has been a great addition to my work space. It can charge several devices simultaneously and can also help you charge one device while you're away from your desk. I haven't seen another device out there that provides you this whole package. I think the look of the ENERGI Desktop Charger is neither classy nor flashy, but somewhere in between. I can't think of many desks where it will fit in perfectly, but if nothing else it's definitely interesting.

The TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger can be purchased from TYLT for $79.99. For whatever reason, I found it to be more expensive on Amazon. If you like the idea of a desktop charger setup with a power bank connected to it, I'm sure you could get creative and buy a cheaper desktop charger if you do a little searching and purchase a battery pack pack separately, and then you could both have quick charge technology and you'd walk away saving a significant amount of money compared to the cost of the TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger. Regardless, TYLT is a respected brand in the tech industry for producing quality products, and they offer a 1-year warranty with the ENERGI Desktop Charger.

What are your thoughts on the TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charger? Do you like the look of it? Think the package is worth the money? Or would you prefer a different desktop charging setup? Let us know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comments below.

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The soundtrack of your next trip is on TripAdvisor with Google Play Music

Posted: 25 May 2016 03:16 AM PDT

It's almost summer. Want to get away? Whether you're in search of gold at the Olympics in Rio or enjoying the good life in the South of France, we want you to have everything you need, including music for the right moment. That's why Google Play Music teamed up with TripAdvisor to offer Android users a new music experience on the TripAdvisor Android app with locally-themed music stations based on the destination of your choice.

Starting today, with the TripAdvisor Android app you can access a wide array of well-known and hidden-gem soundtracks for popular cities to listen to whether you're in travel planning mode or on a road trip exploring the globe. This new app feature is in more than 60 countries around the world where Google Play Music is available.

Wherever you go, or whenever you start planning your next vacation, TripAdvisor and Google Play Music have your ultimate holiday soundtrack sorted. Travelers can listen to Cafe Italiano while sipping an espresso in Rome, rave to the Underground Club Sounds of Berlin and dance to Sao Paulo Funk.

Not a Google Play Music subscriber? No problem. If you don't have it already, download the TripAdvisor Android app today and get a 2-month trial of Google Play Music. So go plan your next vacation…now with music that's just right for you.

Posted by Brandon Bilinski, Product Manager, Google Play Music
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