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    It’s no big secret anymore that HTC is struggling to cover for the poor sales results of its latest few flagship smartphones. The One M9 in particular performed so badly at the global box-office that rumors say an “intermediate” Aero, aka A9 high-ender will land this fall before the O2 drops in the spring and ushers in a new age of HTC designs. But the M9 hasn’t carried out its swan song yet, and the wounded Taiwanese device manufacturer is still trying to boost demand. Clearly, a unique Uh Oh protection plan isn’t enough to draw the crowds to the underwhelming full HD 5.1-inch ...

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    Even though one of the major issues with Android phones is bloatware, we have seen this problem wither down over the years. Not all manufacturers or carriers have proven to be the best at this, but we have seen some progress on the topic by some. Google is the most interested in making Android as appealing as possible, and today we see it working towards that regards. As of today Google has decided to remove some of its mandatory applications from the Google Play services requirements. As you know, even though Android is free, for OEMs to be allowed to install the Google Play Store and its ...

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    Google Play is already the go-to destination on Android for apps, music, movies, TV, books, and even some hardware, and its existence is practically a license for Google to print money, taking a cut of all sales made through the marketplace. As sales go up, Google only stands to make more money, and today we hear about a project that could help drive additional traffic to the Play Store, with Google supposedly working on a new affiliate system for media sales. Reportedly, Google's working with the Performance Horizon Group to implement an affiliate system similar to what Apple does with ...

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    Whether you're hopping in a car for a road trip, relaxing down at the beach, or roughing it out at a campsite (armed with a backpack full of USB battery packs because – come on – you're not an animal), summer's a fantastic time to take a break from your worries and unwind for a little with some smartphone games. Right now, Google's making it easy for you Android users to pick up some hot titles at deep discounts, as it marks a number of games down in a sale running through Monday. For just one dollar, you can take home titles like Monument Valley, Limbo, or Duck Tales: Remastered, ...

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    Even though Android is famous for offering the best app ecosystem in the world, it's hard to ignore that this isn't Google's core business. This company has always based its businesses on cloud-based solutions like Google Sheets for example, as an online way to compete with Microsoft Excel. We also see this with Google's new Photos app as well, but a new report claims that there is a bigger picture. Even though the report doesn't confirm what the name of this project is, it seems that Google is secretly working on a new plan to make apps something users stream to devices, and not something ...

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    "We're waiting on Google Play services to come for this device." Sure, the hardware works like a dream and the software, while a little bare-bones and boring, doesn't look offensive at all.  Nokia gives the device regular OTAs and while the proprietary "N Store" is all in Chinese, you can grab plenty of the usual apps through APK Mirror or alternative app stores. Heck, take a plunge and look around the "N Store," it's not like it's poisonous ... just extremely foreign. "We're waiting on Google Play services to come for this device." Oh, there's still that. Welcome to the ecosystem. Funny ...

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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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    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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    In case you've been on the edge about whether or not to purchase one of Google's recent devices, now may just be the perfect time to act. The company, to commemorate the launch of its brand-new Google Store, has started up a new offer to help sweeten the deal when buying select devices – this Google Store purchase deal will let you get $50 in credit that can be applied across the entire Google Play software store. To be eligible to the offer, you must purchase a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or any Android Wear watch, and your order must be completed through the Store. The deal will be available ...

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    We aren't lying when we say that one of the coolest things we found in the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop was the animation from a menu bar to an arrow, one that we'd like to see implemented in as many apps as possible. Fortunately it seems Google likes this animation all the same, and today, a Google Play Android update has been released with this change – the animation's inclusion – as well as the return of the search bar of yore. Post-update, Google Play should look a bit like the header image. It does seem to look more elegant than previously, and it perhaps better serves its brand ...

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    Google wouldn't be the first company that sells its products before its accessories are available, but given the level of demand for the Nexus 6, it is the most notorious. The biggest problem about buying Android smartphones is that the selection is so vast; it can be a challenge to find good accessories for them on launch date. Still, just as Google indulged Nexus 9 owners with the Folio keyboard case that it had teased weeks ago, the same goes for the Nexus 6. Google has just launched the Stand Folio Case that it had announced along with the Nexus 6 more than three weeks ago. If you ...

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    At nine inches on the diagonal, the Nexus 9 isn't far from a full-sized laptop as far as screen size goes, so being productive on the device isn't entirely the pipe dream it sounds like. With a software keyboard, though, that can quickly get tiring, and the best remedy for that issue is to purchase an external keyboard. What better input accessory, then, than Google's own Nexus 9 keyboard folio case, considering it's now available on Google Play? The case can fold into two separate angles, one optimal for typing and the other for using the tablet itself. It connects to the Nexus 9 via ...

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    Did you get your Nexus 6 pre-order in during that all-too-short window in which they were open yesterday? Or maybe earlier today when Motorola itself had its own pre-orders open (which, to little surprise, have already closed)? Well, even if you missed your shot, Google intends to make some more stock available next week, but in the interim it's got a few new additions to its Play Store offerings, adding a few Nexus 6 accessories and a smartwatch to the products available for sale. Let's start with the Nexus 6 stuff: we've got a pair of cases to check out. First is the Naked Tough Case, a ...

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    Are you the kind of smartphone user who finds yourself juggling a bunch of different devices? If so, we should be friends. Those of you on the Android side of the spectrum (or better yet, checking out the smartphone landscape from a cross-platform vantage point) are no doubt familiar with the way Google Play keeps track of all the hardware you've linked to it – and unless you make a concerted effort to clean out older devices from its list, you've may even have a few dormant models on their that haven't been powered-on in ages. Thanks to a new change coming to the Play Store today, ...

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    It's always at a customer's best interest for any software store to require developers to provide a point of contact. If anything goes wrong with an application or a service, or if a customer has any questions about the service, there is no one better to contact than the developer. Usually an email address or a customer service desk would suffice for something like this, but it seems Google wants to take things a step further. The Google Play Store has just updated certain policies for developers, and among them, one that starts being enforced as of September 30 is that developers must ...

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    Secret is one of those apps that can drive a tad of controversy. It's designed for office gossip, and hey, getting your complaints out of your system without others really knowing who you are. Sadly it has also led to bullying in certain cases as well, as there is no safer place to keep your office secrets, than in your own mind. There is also a similar app called Cryptic for Windows Phone, and news are that there is a country that wants them banned. A Brazilian Judge is already fed up with all the reports of bullying cases, and the fact that these services haven't been able to put these ...

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    Google Play edition devices have been slowly picked off over the last couple months, with the last ones to go being the HTC One (M7), Sony Z Ultra, and LG G Pad 8.3 back in early July. Couple that with the unknown fate of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play edition, and things are looking pretty glum for this line of phones. It hasn't ended with that though, with the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition removed earlier today. The phone's dismissal has wiped it clean of the Google Play editions compilation page you see above, but the Google Play link is still functioning. As you see below, though, ...

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    Buying applications on digital stores has always been a mixed bag whenever we accidentally hit the "buy" button on the wrong App. Windows Phone is nice enough to give users a trial in most cases, and Apple is the complete opposite, where Cupertino's policies even mention that "App Store purchases are final," and reserving its right to not give you your money back. Google on the other hand gave you at least a meager 15 minutes to change your mind, though it seems that just changed in a good way. Google hasn't officially changed its policy of only giving you 15 minutes to claim a refund, but ...

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    Even with the lack of success that companies like Google have found in wallet applications, that doesn't mean that these are giving up on this service. Apple's approach was different with PassBook where you can't really buy anything with it due to the lack of NFC capabilities on iPhones, but you can still store certain cards on it instead of having to carry them around. Amazon Wallet is a mix of these things as we saw on the Amazon Fire Phone, and this just became public for the rest of us. Amazon has just launched its Amazon Wallet service on the Google Play Store. This app won't allow ...

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    As reluctant as Apple was in allowing third party applications to run on the iPhone, the decision to create the App Store for iOS has proven to be one of its most lucrative decisions in history. Along side, the Google Play Store that we all remember originally as the Android Market has also created one of the biggest ecosystems in mobile history. If you're wondering which of these stores performs best when it comes to statistics and revenue, prepare to not be surprised. App analytics company App Annie has just released its figures for a study performed in 150 countries. The results show ...

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    If you're like us, you're already enjoying your unboxing experience with whichever Android Wear device you chose. Google's approach to wearables is currently gaining traction, and as such, finding compelling apps for these devices will be quite difficult for the next couple of weeks. That being said, there are some really neat apps already available, though it seems that Google is having some trouble allowing you to install them. A new bug that was reported over the weekend claims that early adopters of Android Wear devices are struggling to get paid applications installed on their ...

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    One of the coolest features we find in Google Now is the ability to activate a voice search by simply using the hot word "Ok Google". Those of you lucky enough to be using the Google Now launcher have an even better experience, since this works from any area in the Home Screen, and those of you using a Moto X make us all envious. Up to just a couple of hours ago, this feature was only exclusive to those using your device in English US and UK modes, though we did know that Google was working on expanding this feature to other languages. Google is currently rolling out a software update to ...

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    Looking to splurge on a game console for a little summertime gaming? The NVIDIA SHIELD is without doubt one of the best options, and it seems like it has been getting better all the time, with updates and new games coming in at a steady pace. In case the already-discounted price wasn't enough to convince you to drop the cash, though, this additional Google Play offer may just do the trick. The SHIELD itself is $199 as part of a limited-time NVIDIA offer, which some may argue is already a great price for the level of hardware you get out of it, but using a special link you'll be able to get ...

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    As much as a lot of us like to brag about how "Open" Android is, that really depends on who you ask, or on where you ask as well. Google has been facing antitrust lawsuits in a couple of countries already, mainly because Android isn't really open in some cases, and the company is now facing some more issues in Europe because of its Google Play policies. Installing third-party app stores is a common thing in countries like the US or China, where in the US we see the Amazon App Store, and in China where there are a ton of app services. Still, when it comes to Europe, a Portugal-based company ...

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    Huawei will be selling the Ascend Mate2 4G LTE direct to consumers via GetHuawei.com. Read that again: direct to consumers! For our readers across the pond and in various parts of the world outside these United States, that might not sound odd, interesting, or unique. However, for those of us in the States, it's somewhat unusual. Most phones over here are sold with a contract. Sometimes they're peddled by a carrier, but more often than not they're offered by an "authorized reseller" or "value added reseller". That might be a store down the street, a kiosk in the mall, a big box store, or ...

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