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1 week ago

Hulu offers free mobile access to great shows for the holiday season

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If you don't have Hulu installed on your Android device now, you may want to give it a go, because they're offering Android-exclusive mobile access to their catalog to celebrate the holiday season. Some of these programs include The Tonight Show, Gotham, South Park, and a personal favorite, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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1 week ago

Now your friends can use your Chromecast without stealing your Wi-Fi

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Your friends can now easily cast videos to your Chromecast thanks to a new feature called guest mode. The new mode allows anyone in the room with an Android device to jump on your Chromecast — even if they're not connected to your Wi-Fi network. Enabling guest mode on your Chromecast is just a few taps away.

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1 week ago

Indiegogo app for Android now ready for crowdfunders

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Indiegogo has released an official app for Android, allowing users to peruse the latest crowdfunding projects available. Whether you want to pitch in for a promising new connected home accessory, a new documentary, or any other kind of creative enterprise, you'll be able to from here. Recommendations are personalized to your account based on previously backed ventures and what you've been following lately.

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1 week ago

Android Central makes the list of Google's top news sources of 2014!

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 The Year in Entertainment

Candy Crush Saga is the No. 1 game, Frozen the top movie and album

What do the Walking Dead, Frozen, Candy Crush Saga, Pandora and Android Central all have in common? Today we're all listed on Google's "2014: The Year in Entertainment" infographic.

Candy Crush, unsurprisingly, leads the year's top games, followed by Don't Tap the White Tile, Farm Heroes Saga, Subway Surfers and Clash of Clans. And more than 3.5 million achievements have been doled out by Google, according to the post.

Frozen earned Movie of the Year and Album of the Year (Let it goooooooooooooo, let it goooooooooo!), with Katy Perry's Dark Horse winning Song of the Year.

The New York Times was the Top News Source on Google Play Newsstand, along with the likes of TMZ, Forbes, The Verge, HuffPo, The Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo — and a little Android blog known as Android Central.

All of us here are pretty humbled to have made it anywhere near that list. We will, however, take the next five minutes to celebrate. After that it's back to work.

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1 week ago

First Strike game adds two new superweapons for global destruction

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The dark-yet-compelling strategy game First Strike has been updated to version 1.2, adding quite a few features. You'll find new defensive capabilities, new weapons, and bunch of interface tweaks in the path to global domination through nuclear warfare.

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1 week ago

Microsoft Store to sell Jawbone Mini Jambox speaker for $69.99 Friday, or $49.99 in-store

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Microsoft has started teasing Friday's "12 Days of Deals" promotion that will offer a Jawbone Mini Jambox speaker for just $69.99 both online and in-store, with an even lower price of $49.99 for folks who are first in line to get the speaker at their local Microsoft Store location.

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1 week ago

Microsoft buys HockeyApp to help expand its support for Android app developers

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Microsoft has today announced the acquisition of Stuttgart, Germany-based company HockeyApp, which provides Android developers with detailed app crash reports, along with a way to distribute beta versions of those apps. The specific financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed in the announcement.

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1 week ago

Gmail adds Gaeilge (Irish) to list of supported languages

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The folks at Gmail are upping supported languages once again, toady adding Gaeilge (Irish) to the list. With Gmail now available in 71 languages, around 95% of the world's internet population is represented. Gaeilge joins the likes of Cherokee, Mongolian, Zulu, and many others.

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1 week ago

YouTube gets offline viewing support in India

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Google announced that YouTube would be getting an offline playback mode in India during the launch of the Android One initiative in the country earlier this year, and the feature is now rolling out to users. The ability to save videos for offline viewing is not limited to Android One handsets, and is available to all users in the country.

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1 week ago

Qualcomm announces addition of Category 9 Carrier Aggregation to Snapdragon 810 processor

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Qualcomm has announced today that their Snapdragon 810 processor will be adding support for LTE category 9 Carrier Aggregation connectivity. The Category 9 capabilities have been validated in various tests with commercial network and test equipment companies, and the 810 processor has shown download speeds of up to 450 Mbps across three LTE carriers — making it the first Snapdragon processor to support Category 9 Carrier Aggregation.

The LTE-advanced modem is also backwards compatible with current technologies including GSM/EDGE, CDMA1x/EVDO, TD-SCDMA and WCDMA/HSPA+. Qualcomm says they expect the new hardware to be available to customers in early 2015.

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1 week ago

Nexus 6 back in stock on UK Play Store, but you won't get it until next year

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The Nexus 6 is back in stock on the UK Play Store, but you probably won't get it in time for the holidays. The listing mentions that the device will leave Google's warehouses in three to four weeks.

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1 week ago

Minecraft creators Mojang release their next game, Scrolls, for Android tablets

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As previously announced, Minecraft developer Mojang have released only their second internally developed game, Scrolls, for Android tablets. The game is available to download from the Google Play Store.

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1 week ago

Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

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Sony SmartWatch 3

Android Wear gains standalone GPS in a watch that mostly favors function over form

When it comes to smartwatches, you can sort of break things down into three camps. There's the rubber strap crowd — functional, but not all that stylish. There's leather, which classes things up a good bit but doesn't necessarily work on every watch. And then there's those who prefer a steel bracelet.

I've very much found myself in that latter group. Living in a humid climate, leather just tended to stick to my arm more than I preferred. And rubber was fine, but I wanted something looked a little better.

So I was a little surprised by how much I've enjoyed wearing the Sony SmartWatch 3.

As the name implies, it's the third smartwatch from Sony, and its first to run Android Wear. And it actually marks the start of what we'd consider to be Version 1.5 of the Android wear era.

And this, now, is our Sony SmartWatch 3 review.

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1 week ago

Microsoft's MSN suite of apps are now available on Android

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Microsoft has today launched newly rebranded mobile apps for Android and iOS. The company overhauled the MSN portal a few months ago, refreshing apps available on its Windows Phone platform. Rebranded apps include MSN News, Weather, Sports, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink and Money, most of which are available to download for Android hardware.

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1 week ago

Sail through the air and join The Snowman on his way to the North Pole

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With the festive holidays just around the corner, it's fitting to see the release of The Snowman and The Snowdog 2014 on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Updating the 2012 version, players can experience the world of The Snowman in 3D as they journey to the North Pole passing through new locations all rendered in the same beautiful hand-drawn style as the movie. It's the perfect way to really get into the festive mood.

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