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    Mostly only people that have been living under a rock haven't noticed that one of the biggest booms in game consoles years ago was local and remote multiplayer support. It paved the way for the networks we see today, and it's the reason why services like Game Center on iOS exist today to a certain degree. The Google Play store also brought something similar to Game Center recently with its Google Play games, but this time the company is taking a step further in the multiplayer department. Today's Google Play Store update confirms that the company has just baked asynchronous multiplayer ...

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    I'm a bit of an app addict. Each time I setup a new phone, I install somewhere in the ballpark of 50 applications. That number varies, and over the year it has grown. The more apps I buy, the larger the number inevitably gets. That also means I've spent a lot of money on applications. Between iOS and Android alone, I've probably spent upwards of $600 on applications, games, and other digital content. That may seem like a lot of money, but it's been spread out over five years. And not everything was purchased at full price. In fact, a lot of the games, applications, books, and movies I ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Android 4.4.2 update that just reached Nexus devices, and why it's important. We then go through some of the issues that are haunting Lumia customers due to a bug in the Nokia Camera app. Qualcomm follows the news as its new Snapdragon 410 processor was just announced with 64-bit architecture. We then talk about our Pocketnow Weekly podcast, and our chance to win a nomination for a Stitcher award. We end today's show talking about the Google Edition Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3, aside from the new and white Google Nexus 7. All this ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Dual-SIM and expandable HTC One reaching UK retail stores. We then talk about how US Carriers plan to avoid stolen phones to be activated outside the United States. Microsoft follows the news as the company is addressing some overheating issues with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. YouTube is next as a recent dissection of the mobile app reveals a paid music service in the works. We end today's show talking about how Google pulled the CyanogenMod app from the Google Play Store. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Dual-SIM HTC One ...

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    It seems as if it was just yesterday that we were all celebrating the fact that a CyanogenMod installer became available on the Google Play Store. As the company became incorporated, it focused on making its services easier to use through the typical channels that every Android user knows in order to make it popular. This worked, and for a while we enjoyed the benefits behind it, but sadly this just came to a dramatic halt. As of today the CyanogenMod installer app was pulled from the Google Play Store. According to the CyanogenMod blog: "After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's Nexus 7 deals, which are ironically not better than the deals we had already talked about a couple of days ago. We then talk about the Google Edition phones receiving Android 4.4 KitKat as of today. Then it's patent talk as we go through Samsung's probable new flagship feature for the Galaxy S 5. Apple follows the news as the company has also filed a patent, but this time in order to bring Lytro technology into the cameras of their future devices. We end today's show talking about the launch of the Moto G in the United States. All ...

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    Google's Nexus 5 launch failing to take place this past Tuesday was no big deal. We only had some secondhand rumors to go by, and there wasn't a hint of hard evidence to support the theory. Sure – it made enough sense, but so would have any day this week. In any case, we've gone back to keeping up with all the additional Nexus 5 leaks that continue to slip out, waiting patiently for a more accurate assessment of when this launch might really happen. While we've heard some "imaginative" theories, what we'd love to see is Google just start sending out its invites, taking away any more ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's new strategy for selling smartphones and tablets, and why it avoids the US and China. We then talk about the leaked photos of the Nexus 5 running Android 4.4, along with all its changes. Later we talk about some tablet-optimized changes to the Google Play Store. We later focus on Nokia, their Lumia 2520 tablet, carrier availability, and its recently leaked render. We end today's show talking about Apple's iPhone 5C, and how it has disappointed in sales. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sony's smartphone strategy involves ...

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    Mobile users, in general, are pretty stingy. "$2 for a calendar app? That's crazy! I'll use this free one." There's an argument to be made for free apps, sure. But the pricing scale of mobile applications has largely skewed our views of the value of said apps. The millions of applications which make our mobile devices … useful are typically much cheaper than their desktop counterparts. Where Mac and PC apps may cost anywhere from one to several thousand dollars, the vast majority of the most expensive mobile apps still cost less than $20. Most would assume the average price of mobile ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's "camera lens" alternatives and their insane price tag. We later talk about the HTC One Max and some possible options for fingerprint scanning technology. Microsoft is up next as new reports talk about a merger between Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT. Then we go through a batch of Apple rumors that include the iWatch and even a possible iPad launch on September 10th. We end today's show talking about the LTE Nexus 7 reaching Europe, aside from the recent price drop to just $199 of the Nexus 4. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    Taylor Martin might've taught you how to make your own carrier-branded HTC One into a fancy Google-Edition version with some crazy (easy) hacking, and he might even have made another video demonstrating all the reasons you should go ahead and do just that. He might even be working on another video, demonstrating how to reverse all that action and return to the BlinkFeed-rocking world of Sense, at this very moment. But you know what? Sometimes, you don't want to get involved with all that l33t hax0r nonsense. Sometimes, as discussed on today's extended episode of the Pocketnow Weekly ...

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    It's weird when holidays fall in the middle of the week, because either you're kicking off a long weekend with the special celebration, or you're returning to work the next day with a fuzzy brain, a sunburn, and sand in your hair. We're in the latter situation this week at Pocketnow, the American portion of the team coming down from a day of BBQ and a night of fireworks ... but in our case, it's a good thing. Because today's the day for our weekly mobile tech podcast, and we love us some mobile-tech podcasting. We hope you do, too, because today's Pocketnow Weekly is quite possibly the ...

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    For years now, consumers have been begging for more stock Android devices. Google, Samsung, and HTC finally delivered with Google Play editions of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One. Don't get us wrong, we're ecstatic to finally see official stock Android phones. But we learned something from Google Play edition phones. Unlike the Nexus 4, which was intended for pure, stock Android, The Galaxy S 4 was built around the TouchWiz experience and the HTC One was built around Sense. This means in order for the Galaxy S 4 to run stock Android, some of its defining features are missing. Likewise, the ...

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    Update 2: We have us a winner! Please join us in congratulating Julian Brecevic of Australia, who'll be taking home this giveaway's LG Optimus G! Thanks to all those who helped propel our review count to stratospheric levels, almost tripling it from 29 to 89! We know some of you were upset about the iTunes-only qualifier, but we'll have more giveaways in the future, and some of them will be broader. Again, thanks so much for listening - and stay tuned for much more in the weeks and months ahead. Update: We're still waiting to hear back from our prospective winner, folks - once he replies ...

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    There are a ton of mobile applications. Between Android and iOS, there were nearly 1.8 million applications as of May and June. Of course, that number is somewhat inflated, if you count the number of free and premium versions of the same application, and duplicate applications across both platforms (Evernote, Dropbox, Skype, etc.). Chances are, that number is quickly approaching one million a piece, and that means a couple things. There is an application for virtually everything. Seriously. Take a minute and think of something you wish there were an app for. Take another second to search ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with LTE-Advanced which was recently announced for the Korean market. We later talk about LG and the recently leaked photos of the Optimus G2. HTC follows with a new 8XT smartphone that borrows some Boom Sound love for Windows Phone, aside from the launch rumors of the HTC One mini. Motorola is next as we have a new logo, new leaks of a phone, and a new series of smartphones that will be called the Droid ULTRA. We end today's show talking Google's launch of their Google Edition HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4. All this ...

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    Application support is everything nowadays. It can make or break operating systems or ecosystems, and send entire companies into an eternal abyss, otherwise known as irrelevancy. Without proper support from major services and app developers, users constantly have to search high and low for alternatives, or simply learn to do without. And getting used to a broad application library, such as Google Play or Apple's App Store, making the switch to another platform, is tough. Even supplementing your needs with a secondary operating system (i.e.: a Windows Phone smartphone and an iPad, or any ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the ASUS Fonepad and our coverage of the device. Then we go through Windows Phone and some revealing stats from a recent poll in the United States. Google is next as we cover the news regarding the Play Store's new app update policies. We later talk about Qualcomm's plans to begin deploying the Snapdragon 800 processor and what this means for the mobile industry. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans to bring us the Galaxy S 4 Active, a ruggedized version of their new flagship. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ASUS ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's bold iPhone trade-in plans to give you an iPhone 5. Then we talk about Samsung's new ad campaign for the Galaxy S 4, with a different twist to last year. Then we go through a new Google Giveaway of nexus devices, with a very ironic strategy to allow you to participate. Later we talk about the iPad 5 display leaks, and what this means to the next flagship tablet from Apple. We end today's show talking about Office for iOS and Android, and the bad news behind the probable new release date. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    "Get ready for a simpler Google Play." That's what Google had to say in a blog post about the upcoming version of their Play Store. "The new design focuses on bigger images that jump off the page. Similarly themed content is grouped together so you can hone in on a magazine to read or an app to try. As you move down the page, new recommendations continue to appear so there is always more to see and explore. We've also simplified purchasing so you can breeze through checkout and get to enjoying your movie rental or other content." Google has been progressively improving ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 along with our full review. Then we talk about Windows Phone 8 and its possible adoption of 1080p displays in the future. Nokia is next as there are rumors of another flagship device coming to AT&T. Google takes the news afterwards, first as we talk about the new Google Play Store debuting and we even tell you how to get it now. We then talk about Google's surprising yank of at least 60,000 apps from the store due to bad quality. We end today's show talking about Europe's recent accusations against ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Facebook Home got leaked, tested and shown-off. Then we go through two Nokia Lumia 928 rumors, which sadly don't match the Catwalk project. Later we talk about the Samsung S Orb Camera software project, which doesn't seem that groundbreaking now that we get some leaks. Later it's Google Play Store leaks and Babel Chat services for Google in the near future. We end today's show talking about the possibility of Google buying the Whatsapp messenger service. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Facebook Home Leaks, Allows An Early ...

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    Google isn't that big on leaks, but with Google I/O a solid month away, rumors are part of what we'll see and hear for the next days to come. It's hard to give you a solid idea on what to expect, but the two rumors that have sounded the most on the web are the Google Play redesign for Android, and the Babel unified chat service. As opposed to Apple's approach where you have different stores for everything, the leaks of the Google Play Store version 4.0 seem to retain their philosophy of having one store to serve everything, which is definitely how things should be. Now, aside from looks, ...

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    Back when Amazon announced its Kindle Fire HD lineup last September, it shared news of an expansion in functionality of its X-Ray feature. While that had let you get more information on books you were reading in the past, this change meant that similar insight was coming to movies you watched on your Kindle Fire HD. Now it looks like Google is taking a page from Amazon's playbook, introducing similar functionality to Google Play Movies and TV. The way this works, when you're watching a movie where info cards are available (Google insists that "hundreds" are currently supported, and more ...

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    Changes are coming to Google Play, like the all-new News section we learned about last week. More than just a new media category, though, the app is set to get a big visual overhaul, as revealed through an early look at Google Play 4.0. The big change is the Now-ification of Play, throwing out its old dark look for something brighter with big text and big images. While the general structure of the app and the individual screens you'll see remain unchanged, the presentation gets tweaked enough to make it feel quite new. You might notice that News doesn't seem to make an appearance here, but ...

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