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    Android L (whatever that ends up meaning) will be here soon, and with it, Google will be bringing its new Material Design look to its apps. Back in July, we took a look at some leaked Play Store imagery that differed slightly from the early preview we got at Google I/O, observing how Google was continuing to refine this design language as it prepared for a public release. Today, we've got even more Play Store 5.0 leaks to check out, further emphasizing the Material Design future in store for us. How does this upcoming Play Store differ from the current look? Color plays a large role in ...

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    When it comes to the software on its Android phones, HTC has been all about the Play Store this year. In addition to making some of its core apps like Zoe available to owners of Android devices made by other manufacturers, it's also been pushing HTC-exclusive apps to the Play Store, with the aim of being able to deliver app updates to its users faster than it would be able to by means of full-on phone updates. Today we learn of the latest HTC app to get that treatment, as the HTC Lock Screen comes to the Play Store, complete with some improvements of its own. The big change in this new ...

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    “This app is going to be awesome! Just wait until you... ohh... *tap* *tap* force close?” Who among us hasn't had app-buyer's remorse? Maybe that productivity app you sprung for is a little more rough-around-the-edges than you expected, or that first-person shooter is just too graphically intense for your aging handset to gracefully handle: whatever the reason, plenty of smartphone app buyers have at one time or another wish we hadn't bought an app. Luckily for us, some app stores have return policies in place, and Google has historically offered its users a 15-minute window in which ...

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    Four months ago, we saw history being made as Play Store metrics revealed the first Android software package to be downloaded over one billion times: Google's Gmail app. While that was still a pretty notable milestone, Gmail being a Google app sort of took the air out of the news – of course a Google app, and such a core one to the Google ecosystem, would be at the front of the downloads race. But as we noted at the time, we were quite interested in seeing who would be next to follow Google across that billion-download line. This week, we've finally spotted a non-Google app pull in one ...

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    "Hey where's my Pocketnow contest this week?" What, you thought just because we're in the midst of this summer of giveaways that meant having something running every single week? Wait - that's is what we're supposed to be doing? Ah, nerts. OK, well while we were planning to have our next giveaway start a couple days back, we had to put that one on ice for just a little bit, and it will finally kick-off this coming Monday (so don't forget to check back then). But to hold you over, we've still got some existing stuff that's still running, so this is as good a time as any to remind you of one ...

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    A couple weeks back, we saw the initial rumblings of a Google Play Store Summer Sale, bringing (in some cases, sizable) discounts to a number of Android apps. But while these individual apps made mention of an overarching “Summer Sale,” we didn't see a big, formal announcement from Google. Just what was the scope of this deal, and would it expand to include some of the other content for sale in the Play Store? Last night, it looks like Google started bringing us some answers, announcing that its seasonal sale would continue, bringing new offers to Android users in 17 nations around the ...

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    When we're talking about custom smartphone designs, our thoughts immediately go to Motorola, the Moto X, and Moto Maker; with options ranging from colors to different materials, there's a lot of room to put together a phone that's uniquely yours. But what about custom cases? Sure, there are any number of third party companies that will help you put together a case unlike anything else that's out there, and you could even go the DIY route with a 3D printer, but a new leak suggests that Google could be getting into the custom case game itself, and may be launching a tool called Workshop to ...

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    Pocketnow's already synonymous with insightful editorials, in-depth hardware reviews, and informative videos. But giveaways? We're getting there! Earlier this month we formally kicked-off our summer of free stuff with a one-of-a-kind Sony Xperia Z2 featuring a custom Pocketnow skin, and those offers have continued over the following weeks, most recently with that Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE contest we just wrapped up. And while there are more hardware giveaways waiting in the wings (stay tuned), we also just cut the ribbon on the brand new Pocketnow Deals site only a few days back. When ...

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    App assortment on your phone starting to feel a little stale? Anxious to shake off some summer laziness with new productivity software, or maybe just embrace these hot, do-nothing afternoons with some games to keep you busy? As luck would have it, Google is at the ready to hook you up with a bunch of savings through a new Summer Sale promo, and while we haven't seen any formal announcement just yet, the deals are already live. Quite a few apps have already seen their prices slashed, and while like we mentioned, Google hasn't put up any main Summer Sale page cataloging these offers, the ...

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    Google I/O brought us a new look for Android: Material Design. The new direction Google described for its platform took the current trend towards simple layouts punctuated with bold color to its logical conclusion, delivering a look that isn't just clean and highly approachable, but also makes it easier for devs to scale content between device sizes and form factors. At I/O, Google shared some of the ways Material Design would be changing the look of Android, and now a leak offers us a more in-depth glimpse into one in particular, previewing the changes coming to the Play Store. Right ...

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    Cloud storage has already made securing the data on your smartphone or tablet hugely more convenient than manual device backups; instead of tethering your phone to a computer and copying its contents every so often, your files can just safely live out in the aether. That works fine for individual documents, but what about something a little more comprehensive? A full backup of your device's data, stored remotely, ready for you to restore its contents (all at once or piecemeal) or even transfer them to a new device at your command? Google may be working on enhancing its current backup ...

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    A trend with companies with Android products has been to take stock pre-installed apps and add them to the Play Store. This allows for quick updates, especially for urgent issues, without having to wait on full Android revisions; as evidenced by Android 4.4.3, that can be a really long wait. Google itself has to jump on the bandwagon as well, of course, so it has taken the stock Android Email app and added it to Google Play. To be clear, this is not Gmail (though you can add Gmail accounts) -- it's the other app, which has always received a very limited amount of love from the Mountain ...

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    Google gives Android apps a lot more leeway than we see from Apple with iOS, and it helps keeps users advised of just what their apps are and aren't able to do by means of the Android permissions system. Before installing an app, users are able to review what sort of access it needs, and decide not to go through with the installation should they find those permissions too broad. But recently Google attempted to streamline things by bundling permissions together, and not requiring users to approve the addition of new permissions during an automatic app update, so long as they were part of a ...

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    Google's Play Store gives so many of us a seamless app-purchasing experience that it's easy to take the convenience for granted: we tie a credit card to our accounts, and we're off, ready to purchase away. But things aren't so easy everywhere, especially if you don't have a credit card you can use for such purposes. Today we learn about some steps Google is taking to make Play Store purchases even more accessible, implementing new payment methods and bringing existing ones to new users. Starting today, you can complete Play Store payments via PayPal. Just enter your account details when ...

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    Motorola's selling the Moto X cheap for Mother's Day, and in just a few weeks we're sure we'll see oodles of Memorial Day smartphone sales, but these aren't the only holidays companies are taking advantage of to help promote their wares. This coming Sunday is May 4, and while that might not immediately mean anything to a lot of you, to sci-fi fans May the fourth has entrenched itself in their culture as Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you). Amazingly, someone has noticed the overlap between sci-fi enthusiasts and the tech community, and today we learn about a couple ...

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