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Humble Mobile Bundle 18 Updated With Two More Games, And We've Got 10 Free Codes To Give Away

Posted: 09 May 2016 02:32 PM PDT

2016-05-09 16_16_25-Humble Mobile Bundle 18 (pay what you want and help charity)

As is tradition, Humble Bundle has updated its latest mobile deal with new games. There's still a week left to claim the whole bundle for as little as $7, but you might not have to drop even this small amount of coin. We've got 10 codes for the whole bundle, and we're giving them away below.

When the bundle launched last week, there were eight total games including Freeze 2, Evoland, Adventures of Eco, Rebuild 3, Broken Sword Ep 1, Goat Simulator GoatZ, Broken Sword Ep 2 and This War of Mine.

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Humble Mobile Bundle 18 Updated With Two More Games, And We've Got 10 Free Codes To Give Away was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google, This Should Be The Gold Standard Of Changelogs—Please Do It More

Posted: 09 May 2016 02:32 PM PDT


There's this thing Google does with app updates. Or rather, maybe I should say doesn't do. And that's tell us what has actually changed.

You see, Google likes to roll updates out in stages. This makes sense. If there's a problem with an update, the company can halt the rollout without impacting as many people.

Thing is, Google doesn't typically update the changelog until the rollout is complete and everyone has received the latest version.

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Google, This Should Be The Gold Standard Of Changelogs—Please Do It More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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T-Mobile cuts cost of calls to Cuba, adding roaming this summer

Posted: 09 May 2016 01:51 PM PDT

T-Mobile has signed a deal with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba (ETECSA) to allow its customers to make cheaper calls to the country. The carrier claims that it has more Cuban customers than any other carrier in the US (three times as many as Verizon) so this is sure to be a hit.

The new deal cuts costs of calls to Cuba down to $0.60 per minute if you have the $15 a month Stateside International Talk plan. Also, you'll be able to use your T-Mo device in Cuba this summer thanks to the new roaming agreement.

For more information on the changes, hit the source link and read up on it. How many of you are excited for this? Leave a comment!

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Verizon Galaxy S7 update includes app that can install more bloatware

Posted: 09 May 2016 01:21 PM PDT

The latest update for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S7 isn't entirely innocent. There's something inside it that wasn't mentioned in the changelogs, and that's DT Ignite.

DT Ignite is an app that carriers install to gain the ability to install further bloatware down the line. It runs in the background and automatically installs apps on your device, much like malware but official!

Thankfully, you can disable it. Google gave us the ability to disable apps like this even when they can't be uninstalled, which means we don't have to deal with bloatware popping up. Head to Settings > Apps, hit the menu button, and click Show system. Then find DT Ignite and disable it.

Verizon Galaxy S7 owners, let us know if you see this app pop up!

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New Moto X 2016 details emerge, featuring swappable back plate modules

Posted: 09 May 2016 11:52 AM PDT

Yesterday, leaked renders of what's believed to be the 2016 Moto X came to light, showing off three unique designs that brought plenty of questions to the fore, too.

Some of those questions centered around the 16 connector pins seen on the back of the white model, and around that black-and-gold model in general. Now, according to a report from VentureBeat, most of those questions have been answered long before Motorola gets around to announcing its next flagship smartphone.

The report indicates that Motorola plans on introducing accessories called "Amps" for its upcoming Moto X family that will work similar to the way the modules work from LG's G5. Specifically, 2016 Moto X owners will connect Amps to those 16 connector pins and then snap the modular back plates onto their device. The design means that the protruding camera, as you can see in the black-and-gold model, will be flush with the connected accessory.

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Motorola has built at least six different Amps, which the company will unveil alongside the new handset later this year. Those packs include one that offers stereo speakers, a battery pack, a rugged cover that also offers a wide angle lens, a pico projector, and a camera rig that offers optical zoom and a flash. There are apparently third-party companies working on building Amps for the new Moto X, too.

Unfortunately, just what those Amps will cost remains a mystery.

As far as specifications go, it turns out the black-and-gold handset is a higher-end handset when compared to the white model. The device is reportedly codenamed Vector Thin, and it features a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 3/4GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a 16MP camera on the back outfitted with phase detection autofocus and laser autofocus. The battery is said to be measured in at 2600mAh, and the body of the handset is said to be only 5.2mm thick.

The white model is codenamed Vertex and is said to feature a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, with a 13-megapixel camera on the back with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. The battery is measured in at 3500mAh and it's said to feature 2/3GB of RAM and 16/32GB of built-in storage.

It certainly sounds like Motorola is planning quite the unveil later this year. Based on the rumors, are you looking forward to the new Moto X?

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Finch for Twitter, Card Case

Posted: 09 May 2016 11:52 AM 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. Finch for Twitter

Finch for Twitter

App info:  Finch is a revolutionary Twitter app for Android™ with a cutting edge material design, tons of features, and remarkable speed.


2. Card Case

Card Case

App info: Leave your paper business cards at home. With Card Case you can create your digital business card, and share it with people nearby in seconds.


3. Map for Game of Thrones

Map for Game of Thrones

App info: The Map for Game of Thrones was developed using vector graphics to provide you with the best level of detail and performance possible.


4. Voisi Recorder & Transcriber

Voisi Recorder & Transcriber

App info: Save your time and organize your life – record and get automatic transcriptions of your recordings. With automatic transcriptions you will find what was said, but not written.


5. xOS Launcher

xOS Launcher

App info: Easy to use, light, smooth, beautiful. Are your bored with Android interface? xOS Launcher is for you! All are os9 style: Icon、operating、wallpaper…


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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[Update: New UI] Google Opinion Rewards Is Now Available In Denmark, Norway, And Sweden

Posted: 09 May 2016 08:03 AM PDT

  • As some of you have mailed us to point out, Google has also introduced a new UI. The change is going out as a server-side change, so there's no need


Your opinion is worth something. Not much, but something. Companies are willing to pay for consumer feedback, and in this area, Google is no exception. It is happy to reward people for answering a few mundane questions.

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[Update: New UI] Google Opinion Rewards Is Now Available In Denmark, Norway, And Sweden was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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AndroidTapp acquired by BlueStacks

Posted: 09 May 2016 07:47 AM PDT

AndroidTapp acquired by BlueStacks

It's been an amazing journey this past 7 years reviewing thousands of Android apps. I know in the past we played a mean April Fool's joke stating the search giant had acquired us, however, this announcement is indeed no joke. AndroidTapp has been acquired by BlueStacks. Yes… the cool Android emulator turned largest gaming platform on... View Article

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Maestria, A Beautiful Puzzle Game, Is Now Free On The Play Store

Posted: 09 May 2016 06:48 AM PDT


I love puzzle games. The more I have to use my brain to solve a riddle, the prettier the graphics, and the simpler the story, the better. I can then lose a few minutes trying my hand at a new level or simply get completely drowned for hours on end, going through levels like my life depended on it.

Maestria tickles that side of my gaming addiction. It is exactly the kind of game I should stay away from if I want to be productive at all for the rest of the day.

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Maestria, A Beautiful Puzzle Game, Is Now Free On The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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QuickReply Emulates N's Quick Reply Notifications, Available On Lollipop And Up

Posted: 09 May 2016 06:03 AM PDT


The quick reply notification feature in the Android N dev previews is a major new feature for Android, so it's not exactly a surprise that users on Marshmallow and Lollipop want the feature too. While hacky solutions from the Hangouts and Messenger apps aren't cutting it, there's another app that might: quickReply beta, from Jawomo, developer of the the popular Floatify.

quickReply works in much the same way as other notification enhancement apps do - it taps into Android's notification access permission, then monitors incoming notifications.

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QuickReply Emulates N's Quick Reply Notifications, Available On Lollipop And Up was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Leaked Moto X 2016 renders show off redesigned body and fingerprint reader

Posted: 08 May 2016 04:22 PM PDT

It's been a couple of days since the specifications for Motorola's upcoming refreshed Moto G handsets found their way online, so apparently it's about time Motorola's upcoming flagship lineup gets some attention.

Thanks to serial Motorola device leaker HelloMotoHK, we've got a pretty clear look at some renders for the upcoming 2016 Moto X flagship. There are two in total, with one of them even indicating that the DROID lineup for Verizon Wireless isn't going anywhere any time soon. Apparently the black-and-gold handset isn't actually a 2016 Moto X, says Evan Blass (@evleaks).

The renders show a new Moto X with a pretty big redesign, featuring a metal edge and a new, round camera housing on the back. What's more, that camera housing appears to protrude from the back case a bit. The camera housing design looks quite similar to the design of the Moto 360′s case, including a "flat tire" that appears to host the camera flash.

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There are also distinct cutouts on the bottom of the back casing which suggest that there will be some kind of connector on the back of the handset. In one of the renders there does appear to be the same cutouts near the bottom of the casing, but they appear to be a speaker grille. That could indicate that Motorola is planning to offer different back cases for different Moto X models, or perhaps through Moto Maker for even more customization options.

As mentioned above, one of the renders does show a Moto X device with the DROID branding below those cutouts on the back cover, so it would seem like Motorola's family of devices for Verizon is getting a new member this year as well.

On the front there are a bevy of sensors above the display, as well as a front-facing camera. Below the screen there appears to be a fingerprint reader. This could suggest that the 2016 Moto X won't boast a pair of front-facing speakers. Verizon's checkmark is also in between the display and fingerprint reader on the DROID unit, which will probably see plenty of feedback in the future.

Unfortunately, the images weren't published with a full list of specifications, so we'll have to wait a bit longer to hear what Motorola might use in its upcoming flagship. Still, what do you think of the redesigned 2016 Moto X?

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