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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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    When we think “Google Play Store Devices,” the first thing that pops into our head is the Nexus series. But Google's been slowly adding hardware to its selection over the years, and now you'll also find Google Play edition Androids, the Chromecast, an assortment of Chrome OS laptops, and a bunch of accessories. Today Google opens up a new chapter in hardware sales, offering the Nest Learning Thermostat. As you may recall, Google announced back in January that it was acquiring Nest. While it wasn't obvious at the time what all this would mean for Google's long term home automation ...

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    We may be a couple days past Google's big app-update-palooza earlier this week, but we've still got a couple new updates to check out today, and this first one seems incredibly timely, with a new version of Google Play addressing (among other things) a lawsuit we talked about a few days back. As you may recall, Google was facing heat over how it handled in-app purchases, with parents complaining that it was too easy for kids to make unauthorized payments. Today's update lets you disable passwords entirely, enter it once and have a 30-minute grace period where further purchases don't ...

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    Often times in this industry when we're talking about one company following in the steps of another, it's trying to duplicate the earlier firm's success: just look at Microsoft's current efforts to deliver its Cortana voice assistant, in the wake of Siri and Google Now. But then there's odd occasion when the company doing the copying isn't trying to benefit itself, but merely finds it caught in the same mire another business trudged through before. That's just the sort of situation we're looking at today, as Google catches the wrath of parents over in-app purchases. Apple has had plenty of ...

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    Update: Deals are now live in the US - source link below. Do you ever slip up and still call the Google Play Store the “Android Market?” We'll admit it's happened to us more than once, but as time goes on the new name has really grown on us. It's coming up on two years ago now that Google made the transition, and in order to celebrate the anniversary, it looks like the company has some special offers headed our way. For the moment, though, most of us still can't see anything. News of the deal comes to us from Australia, where at the moment it's already in the early hours of March 5 – ...

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    Last time we were talking about changes to the Google Play Store, we were looking at some reorganization that really only affected tablet users. Now there's a new version of the app on its way out to Android fans, and this time the improvements will be felt by smartphone owners, as well. Let's look at what's new: A big focus of this update is tweaking how you create, edit, and access user reviews. For apps you've yet to rate, the stars rankings Google offers you to choose from are displayed much more prominently. And then, after you've posted a review, controls to edit what you had to say ...

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    Earlier this week, we saw Google overhaul how it handles periodicals in the Play store, mixing a bit of Currents in with Magazines and delivering unto us the Play Newsstand. And while that may be very interesting news if you're big into using your Android tablet to keep up with your reading, we can understand how it might seem a little underwhelming to those of you who haven't yet caught the digital publication bug. To help introduce you to what you've been missing, Google has a little promotional offer going for the Newsstand launch, selling a whole bunch of magazines for cheap or free. ...

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    Back in early October, Google revealed that it was going to start changing the way apps are displayed in the Play Store for owners of Android tablets. The idea was to really highlight the efforts of developers who had taken the time to optimize their apps for use on tablets, and move the Store's “Designed for tablets” section from something tablet owners would have to hunt down themselves to the default view for the app. Today, we see that change finally go into effect. Hand-in-hand with making “Designed for tablets” the default category tablet users will see, Google's creating a ...

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    Signs of Google introducing a News category to the Play Store have been around for months now. We were talking about it as far back as the spring, but evidence really started piling up in recent weeks, with resources in the Play Store app APK making it look like Google was nearly ready to flip the switch and make things official. Today we finally see that happen, with the arrival of the Google Play Newsstand. In addition to the new Newsstand category in the Store, we're also seeing the launch of a separate Newsstand app. It incorporates your existing magazine purchases with newspaper ...

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    Been thinking about picking up a Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Why not, as with its speedy processor, big beautiful display, and ever-versatile S Pen, it's easily one of the most compelling smartphones around at the moment. But for all the good this phone offers, it still has one little problem: a premium price tag. At a carrier in the States, you're probably looking to pay $300 on-contract for the Note 3, while even newer models like the LG G2 go for a whole lot less. Sure, you get a lot for your money with the Note 3, but if you're still having trouble rationalizing the expense, Samsung has a ...

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    You don't have to browse around Google's Play Store long before you get a sense of the vast scale of it all. There are over a million apps available for purchase, tens of thousands of songs, and more books, movies, and TV shows than you can shake a stick at. And for every dollar that passes through the Store, whether it's headed for a developer or a Hollywood studio, Google takes its cut. As a result, the service has become a huge money-maker for the company, but just how much is it really profiting? A new analyst report places the figure at around $1.3B, with projections for some rapid ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's current marketshare within the Windows Phone ecosystem, even though that's not necessarily a good thing. We then talk about the Android 4.3 update to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and who will be the lucky few to get it. Sony is up next as we talk about their plans for fast wireless charging for 2014. Then we go through Apple's retention of a patent that made a lot of damage to Samsung in previous years, and that could pose a threat. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 5 being leaked on the Google Play Store, and what to ...

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