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1 week ago

The first Android Auto app developer APIs are now available

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Google is now allowing app developers access to their APIs for Android Auto, which the company said will allow for Android apps made for smartphones and tablets to "be extended to the car in a way that is optimized for the driving experience."

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1 week ago

NVIDIA Shield tablet is the latest to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update

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As promised, NVIDIA has now released its over-the-air update for its Shield Tablet that brings the magic of Android 5.0 Lollipop to the 8-inch device. It's also one of the the first non Nexus-branded Android producs to receive the Lollipop upgrade.

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1 week ago

NewsBlur offers offline reading and a new dark theme in its latest update

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The popular NewsBlur news reader app for Android just got an update today to version 4.0 in the Google Play Store. It adds a way to download and read website articles offline for the first time. It also has a new dark theme which should made it easier to read at night.

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1 week ago

WhatsApp is now the most secure messaging app on Android

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WhatsApp is now one of the strongest messaging apps you can find on Android, thanks to new end-to-end encryption for messages. That means that your messages are totally secure and cannot be decrypted by WhatsApp at all — no matter what. Other apps offer similar end-to-end security, but WhatsApp is by far the largest of the bunch. The new encryption features are said to be heading to iOS soon as well.

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1 week ago

The excellent Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is free today on Google Play Music

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You have no reason not to download this right now.

Oh, you need a reason? You must not have seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet (you should fix that when it hits Google Play Movies, it'll be money well-spent). It's free music (at least in the US).

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 18

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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1 week ago

How to manage location settings in Android Lollipop

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Controlling how, when and why your location is being shared is important to many of us. Some have privacy concerns, others are micro-managing battery use, and some of us just don't need to broadcast where we are to the world. We get it — really, we do. Security is important, and so is maximizing your battery life.

Thankfully Google gets it, too. While they would rather you opt-in for the full Google location treatment so that their data is more robust (yet anonymized), you're able to completely control how you share your location, and when you share it right in your device settings.

Let's take a look how this is done in Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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1 week ago

Save up to 63% on PNY microSD cards today at Amazon

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If you like saving money (and who doesn't?) Amazon has a one-day deal on a number of memory and mobile power products from PNY. Prices in this collection of products have been cut by between 30% and 85%, with microSD cards prices cut by as much as 63%.

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1 week ago

Nexus 6 up for pre-order through Vodafone and Clove in the UK, first 500 get a free Moto 360 [Updated]

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We've already covered Nexus 6 pre-orders going live in the UK at a few retailers, but now Vodafone has commenced taking orders for the latest Nexus device. Plans start from £44.50 a month with no upfront fee, or £39.50 if you don't mind paying £19 to receive the handset.

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1 week ago

Nokia Store to be replaced by Opera on Nokia X mobile devices

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Opera has today announced the company has signed a deal with Microsoft to see its Opera Mobile Store replace Nokia's portal as the default hub for apps and games on select hardware. Nokia feature phones, Symbian, as well as Nokia X mobile devices will be affected by the switch, which will commence in the first quarter of 2015 as Opera begins redirecting consumers through their own store portal.

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1 week ago

Motorola's latest Spotlight story is a beautiful tale

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Duet Spotlight Story

If you've got a Moto X or second-generation Moto G, take a few minutes this morning and enjoy the latest Spotlight Story. Dubbed "Duet," and from Disney animator Glen Keane, it's a fun little take that starts out with a couple bare baby butts and follows the crazy kids through adolescence and into adulthood in just a couple minutes, all in that interactive style we've come to enjoy.

And it basically hits this father of two right where it was intended. If you've got kids, make 'em try to enjoy it with you.

Just grab your phone today and look for it to fire on up. And if you've never seen the other two — Buggy Night and Windy Day — definitely check them out in the Spotlight app.

More: Glen Keane on the making of Duet

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1 week ago

You can now order from Amazon with your Android Wear smartwatch

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Shopping for stuff at Amazon just got a new wrinkle with the latest update to the Android Amazon app. Not only does it support the new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, it also includes an Android Wear app for buying things directly from a supported smartwatch.

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1 week ago

Nexus 6 up for pre-order in the UK, priced £499 [Updated]

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As rumored, the Nexus 6 has started to go up for pre-order in the UK today. The device is available in Midnight Blue from Amazon UK starting at £499 ($780), with an estimated release date of December 15.

Unlocked-Mobiles has also commenced pre-orders for the Nexus 6 in the UK at the same price. The retailer is selling the 32 GB version of the device in Midnight Blue, with stock set to arrive during the first week of December. Carphone Warehouse is now listing both storage variants of the device in Midnight Blue and Cloud White colors, with the 32GB model on offer for £499 ($780), and the 64GB version for £549 ($860).

Buy: Nexus 6 on Amazon UK, Unlocked-Mobiles, Carphone Warehouse (32GB), Carphone Warehouse (64GB)

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1 week ago

Nokia Z Launcher hits open beta, now available for all to download

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Nokia announced its first Android tablet today, but the company has also been working on its Z Launcher for Google's OS, which is now available for everyone. The launcher itself has just hit open beta with an update to include some improvements before being shipped out to compatible Android smartphones.

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1 week ago

Nokia N1 Android tablet is official with 64-bit CPU and Lollipop, all for just $249

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Nokia has announced its first Android tablet at the Slush 2014 keynote today. Dubbed the Nokia N1, the tablet (which is being built by Foxconn licensing the Nokia name) comes with a 7.9-inch screen and 64-bit 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Z3580 CPU. The software side of things include Nokia's Z Launcher atop Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Nokia N1 will be priced at an aggressive $249.

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