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    HTC was one of the first of its kind to splay its native apps like Calendar, Scribble and Car (Mode) to the Google Play Store. This allowed for HTC to push out updates to individual apps to users instead of having to wait for a software update to do so. Given attitudes towards software updates and the tedious process of pushing one through carriers, you could say HTC began what was fit to be a trend. As HTC has done for updating apps for Lollipop, older devices should see updates to native apps in the light of Marshmallow. So far, only the Speak and Scribble apps have been updated, but ...

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    Let's face it: as much as we prop up the mobile operating platforms and their software updates, the best party has always been third party. We can always mention the good folk who cook up custom recoveries and mods, but we're talking about app developers in this instance. And for the longest time, when they've had to work on beating out bugs, adding new limbs to the feature set and basically just improve on the damn thing, there's always been a guessing game of when the drop would happen. Even the developer hitting that "publish" button had little idea except for "I dunno, maybe a couple ...

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    The debut of a refreshed Google Photos app during I/O 2015 also featured an extremely useful context algorithm. You could search up different locations, objects and even faces of people. There was also a big deal made about collaborative albums, too. While those have yet to get pushed to the public, there is now an addendum to the former feature we just mentioned. In the changelog for version 1.8 of the app, you can now privately group faces together so that you can remember the time you were hanging with your "BFFs" or chillaxing with "Family." This feature is in starting stages, though, ...

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    Samsung's sprawling ecosystem, Tizen, has had plenty of support from the company. How and why it continues to do so as its smartphone shipments are stagnating, we don't know. But the small platform has had a hero phone to coalesce around, the Samsung Z3. As it pushes into more markets, the hope is that the chaebol can corral all the money it can from mobile instead of a fair portion of the money it makes from Android. Part of the problem operating a mobile operating platform that few people are using? Little ecosystem. Sure, the web is all right there for people to use, but sometimes an ...

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    Third-party providers have app after app after app for consumers to tap into to know when their bus, train, trolley, ferry, gondola and/or teleporter in thousands of cities across ten continents and a couple of galaxies on — and this is more important than sarcasm — almost all major mobile operating platforms. Native apps, too. In 2015, Apple has rolled out transit directions to 10 cities and several systems in China. The roster has now jumped up by one city: Boston. It won't make the Red Line any more tolerable in rush hours, but at least, for iPhone users, there's one more thing you ...

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    Update 2: MaterialUP developer Victor Borga responded to our request for comment, saying: I change the logo "Google Play" to "Google Store" because I think the name is more consistent. Update: We saw in the comments of the original post that the user was running Cyanogenmod v. 12, which is compatible with a theme called MaterialUP, available here on the Play Store (still). Gaurav Garg, one of our readers, has been able to achieve the same results with the skin and has posted the screenshots below. Thanks for the support! All that said, it is a surprise in any fashion to have a new ...

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    A small tongue-in-cheek moment if you've found Apple's Move to iOS app for Android a little mean-spirited. The thought that Apple probably didn't take too much of its own work into making this app makes the company sound more pretentious than they are already perceived to be. Though, if you visit the app's page on the Play Store, you'll also see some Android fan subterfuge in the form of one-star ratings. Well, one "jonatthias" has decided to put an answer to Apple with the "Stick With Android" app on the Play Store. "Everything about Android is designed to be easy. That includes sticking ...

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    It's a fair bet that the majority of those of you reading these articles use apps - but don't write them. There are no such things as "free" apps. Sure, there are apps that don't cost you any money to download and install, but they're not "free". Somebody had to put quite a bit of time and effort into the hardware and software required to code that app. That person had to obtain some sort of education to obtain the skills, knowledge, and expertise that it takes to code an application. Even if those were already sunk costs (the person already had the hardware and software, and already had ...

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    Have your cached and downloaded Google Play Music songs been randomly disappearing from your Android app lately? If you answered yes to that question, your phone probably has a microSD card slot. And this is a noted Google Play Music bug, not just some strange issue affecting your phone. The good news? Google is aware of the issue, and is working towards solving it and releasing an update that fixes it. One user, after facing the issue, decided to contact Google Play Support about the issue. And here's the lengthy response they received (the gist of it is: this is not normal behavior, ...

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    Okay, so the LiveScribe smartpen hasn't exactly taken off yet. And you're finding it impractical to carry around pen and paper these days. So, the question stands: what can I do to take down what I need to know or remember? Well, not to worry! Notes apps are getting craftier as time goes by and at this point, they're proving to be essential for the connected, for the forgetful and for the studious. We took a quick jot across five different notes apps for Android. Some of them have the capability for reminders. Some of them can take pictures of documents and convert them into decent looking ...

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    Have you ever looked at your Android Wear smartwatch and thought to yourself "Gee, wouldn't it be great if I could watch a YouTube video on this tiny wrist-mounted screen?" Neither have I. But just in case you're the adventurous type and are wondering what it really is like to watch a YouTube video on a low-res, circular (or square), and underpowered device, you're in luck. A new third-party Android Wear YouTube app has been released today that'll allow you to do just that, if that's what you're into. The free app flies under the long-winded name Video for Android Wear & Youtube. ...

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    While we're waiting patiently for that long-rumored Hangouts 4.0 Android update to land, we get to watch iOS get all the fun a tad bit early. This isn't much of a surprise, really – iOS saw a Hangouts redesign ages ago that still surpasses the sorry state of the Android app as it stands currently – but it is unfortunate for those of us who have been waiting for a long, long time for this to come to Android. If you're using iOS, though, this is a welcome change, bringing Hangouts some new changes bolstering the user experience. The changes center around the app's user interface for the ...

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    Material Design has slowly been making its way through Google's Play Store. Since its introduction as part of the Android L developer preview at the Google I/O developers' conference last summer, the rollout has slowly but surely been happening. Almost a year after the formal inception of Material Design standards and guidelines, the Dropbox Android Material Design update is ready to hit devices across the globe. The new design comes as part of the v3.0.0 update, which cites the design changes as the one major focus in the update. Switching to the new design increases usability as well as ...

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    Google's annual developers' conference kicks off with an opening keynote next week, which means it's absolutely not too early for the buzz surrounding the event to kick into high gear. It's likely we'll be seeing high-profile releases at the conference – such as of Android M – which means that you'll want to be tuning into important parts of it from wherever you are. So if you're attending the conference, or even just observing from afar, you'll want to immediately download this official Google I/O 2015 app. The app, just as in previous years, lets you stream key sessions (and most ...

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    Google is emailing select Android developers today, letting them know of new Google Play advancements set to launch come time for the annual I/O conference at the end of May. While the program isn't official quite yet, this notice to developers acts as confirmation that the Google Designed for Families program is real, and it's presenting itself as a more kid and family-friendly approach to app retailing. Over the years, Google has wildly modified its stance on approving applications before they're published onto the Play Store; now there's a tighter approval process than before, and the ...

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    While Google still hasn't delivered a long-overdue update to its primary messaging service, Hangouts, it is keeping its SMS application, Messenger, very much ahead of the curve. Aside from having a more modern design, the app is receiving prompt updates to add important (and well-implemented) features. The latest Google Messenger app updated adds a quick reply feature, which should make it quick and easy to carry on text message communications without a second thought. The feature works as demonstrated above and below. When you receive a new text message, you receive a notification as per ...

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    Though you may not quite be able to use the new Google wireless MVNO service, at least we're a bit closer to that date now, with the launch of the Project Fi Android app to the Google Play Store. So even though nobody has an invitation right now, if you're eager to get yours and try out Project Fi, now may be a good time to download the app. What's curious is that this application is available for download on all Android phones, not just the Nexus 6. This is surprising, because Fi (at launch) has a limitation to just the Motorola-made stock Android smartphone; no other smartphones can ...

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    OneDrive has quickly become one of the most heavily-used productivity tools by many, especially Windows Phone users (considering that it's an app made in Microsoft's offices, after all). That's why every little Windows Phone OneDrive update matters, and why this one is particularly substantive – while it doesn't offer a treasure trove of new features, it does have one feature that's been requested for a good bit. That feature is the inclusion of a transparent Start screen tile to help it look a little nicer when pinned to your Start screen. The inclusion of this new feature obviously ...

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    Even though Apple's App Store certification process is a developer's worse nightmare, it has done a great job in keeping iOS free from many of the emerging malware trends of the last few years. Sadly that particular topic changes every day, so there's no guarantee that your device is completely safe from any sort of hack, and today we learn of another one. An HTTPS vulnerability bug was discovered back in February that affects version 2.5.1 of AFNetwork, a popular networking library used for iOS and OS X apps. This bug allows attackers to access sensitive and private information through ...

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    In life, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Similarly, despite the app stores being full of them, there's no such thing as a "free app", either. To explain what I mean, let's define some terms and some roles. "Free", in this sense, means "without cost or payment". Basically, if you don't have to open your wallet and fork over any hard-earned cash, it's "free" to you. However, that doesn't mean that it's "free", meaning unimpeded.  The first role is probably the one that you, dear reader, most closely align with yourself: a user. The second role likely applies to a smaller subset of ...

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    Being able to modify anything in Windows Phone isn't really something easy, but then again, that doesn't apply to the lock screen. You have some really cool options provided by the Microsoft Weather app, Facebook and even the current Beta of Instagram. In that same fashion, there are third party apps that can take the experience to a whole new level, and one of the best ones just saw an update. Tetra Lockscreen just saw a major update today, and is now available on the Windows Phone Store. The improvements include features like weather data on the lock screen, but the full list mentions: ...

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    As usual, at the end of every year, we're looking back at what happened over the course of twelve exciting months -- that got us a lot of extraordinary products and services. We not only do this because it's fun and important to recap some crucial events, but also because we usually also look at the future, trying to anticipate what the next year will bring us; and, in order to realistically try to predict things from the future, we need to know what happened in the past. We're kicking off the year-end series today with the best apps, as well as the not so "impressive" applications of ...

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    We know from experience now that when Google decides to go big, it goes big. The same holds true for its app update days. Early this morning, we were hearing word of a major update to Hangouts, and then hours later we learned about a major Android Wear revision for Lollipop. We're happy to report that those two things aren't all, and that the Google app updates continue with these Wallet and Inbox updates we're now filling you in on. The Google Wallet update is meant as an easier way to manage gift and loyalty cards in one central location. It comes in at version 8.0, and a download link ...

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    As we're sure many of you are aware, the major design language shift in Android Lollipop has inevitably spurred a mass outbreak of updates. We sure aren't complaining, and the next app to join in on the fun is Chrome, which now finally has its Chrome 39 for Android update out of beta and pushed to the stable channel. Here's what's new. You'll of course only be able to take advantage of the main tweaks if you are running Android 5.0, but you're not entirely out in the cold if not. There's now a colored status bar that can be defined by web developers (we've got it working it with Pocketnow; ...

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    While smartphones haven’t exactly changed all that much in the last two or three years, the services and applications that make them run definitely have. The apps and services are smarter, more affordable, and more openly available to a wider array of devices and operating systems. More specifically, cloud storage is available in abundance. Two years ago, cloud storage was relatively expensive, corresponding mobile application support was sparse, and there were only a few services to choose from. However, the level of competition in the space has risen tenfold. Probably more – ...

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