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4 hours ago

Microsoft debuts Torque, Bing search for Android Wear with a twist of your wrist

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Microsoft is on a roll with Android support today. The company's Garage program has just launched an app for Android Wear that makes searching Bing a bit more convenient. The app presumably takes its name from its main feature: twisting your wrist will open a Bing query, at which point you simply speak to ask your question.

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5 hours ago

A few quick thoughts on Google Inbox

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Can Google's new Inbox change the way we fail at email? Quite possibly, but it's early yet.

Google today announced Inbox, a sort of Gmail with training wheels. That is, it tries to make your email experience easier by automatically grouping emails together into categories. It's not unlike what Gmail already does with its tabbed inbox — primary, social, promotions, updates and forums sections — but Inbox makes it look good, far less clinical than Gmail proper.

Inbox is invite-only for now. (No, we don't have any to give out yet. But thank you for asking.) And while it's available on Android and iOS, it's currently only available in web form on the Chrome browser. (Which really means it's not yet available in web form, but we digress.)

This is the sort of thing that takes a little time — and email — to really get a sense of, but I've got a few random thoughts.

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6 hours ago

Google Now rolls out Police Alert cards

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Google Now is getting more and more useful by the day. The latest addition to the assistant in your pocket is the inclusion of police alerts. Thanks to a tipster, we've gotten a look at an example of these new cards which allow users to track criminal activity in their area.

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7 hours ago

Yahoo Mail wants to be your personal assistant, update brings travel & event notifications

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Yahoo has updated its Mail application to now bring reminders for events and flight information. With a Google Now-like card layout, the Yahoo Mail app update now displays flight information along with top restaurant recommendations from Yelp once you land at your destination. Additionally, similar cards for events will give you at-a-glance information for Evite, Eventbrite, and Ticketmaster events.

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7 hours ago

République stealth-action game lands on Amazon App Store, Google Play

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It looks like Camouflaj's stealth-action game République is now available on the Amazon App Store and on Google's Play Store. The game is listed at $4.99 on both stores, but Amazon is running a promotion on the title bringing down the price to just $1.99. République is set against the Internet age where users will explore the perils of government surveillance.

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7 hours ago

Humble Bundle brings cheap scares with Android exclusive "Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle"

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Humble Bundle has begun yet another sale exclusively for Android devices today. Called the "Humble Mo-boo!-ile Bundle," the sale is a roundup of spooky games just in time for the Halloween season, even including one for free!

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10 hours ago

Gmail's new 'Inbox' will help you better manage your reminders, emails, and more

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Gmail's trying something new, something that is a rather fundamental change to the Gmail experience, and it's called 'Inbox'. The new app for Android introduces a number of new features that aim to make it easier to manage the every-increasing flow of email we see every day, including bundling similar emails, highlighting important info, and making it easier to add reminders from your inbox.

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12 hours ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 22

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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. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom.

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

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13 hours ago

Nexus 6 ROM port gives a closer look at Lollipop features and apps

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Leaked firmware reveals new Gmail, Calendar and Messenger apps, along with a few surprises ...

The most recent Android 5.0 developer preview gave is a pretty good idea of what to expect from Lollipop when it officially launches. But not every feature from the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 can be found in the current developer build, and what's more the updated Material Design Google apps are also MIA.

In recent days, however, a new custom ROM ported from the Nexus 6 has shed some light on Lollipop in a more final form, complete with new Google apps, an updated Messenger app, the long-awaited Google Fit app and a handful of other surprises.

Read on for a closer look.

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14 hours ago

Microsoft Garage launches a bunch of new Android apps

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Microsoft Garage, a division of the company that allows their employees to work on any project they desire, has released a bunch of new apps specifically for Android devices this week as part of a new effort to show the general public what their employees are working on in their spare time. Here's a quick round up of what's available.

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15 hours ago

Rovio's LVL11 publishing arm takes off with obstacle-dodging game called Retry

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Want to fill the void left behind by Flappy Bird? Rovio may have the solution with Retry, a game that involves steering an out-of-control plane through a series of challenging obstacles.

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1 day ago

FotoSwipe makes sharing photos between Android and iOS devices incredibly easy

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Officially released today, FotoSwipe makes it incredibly easy to share photos between Android and iOS devices. The app lets you share photos by swiping your finger from one device to the other (both devices must have FotoSwipe installed). I've successfully tested it out across the various Android and iOS devices I have laying around my office, and in all cases it works seamlessly. Simply open the app on both devices, tap and hold a photo, swipe to the device you'd like to send the photo to... and you're done. Easy. The app doesn't require users to register, and you don't need to be on Wi-Fi.

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1 day ago

Google Play Music integrates Songza in Material Design update

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<img src="/sites/androidcentral.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/article_images/2014/10/google-play-music-md-songza.jpg?itok=gv9ChWW_" alt="Google Play Music Songza update"  class="image-large_wm_brw aligncenter image-large" />  ##Music based on activities and moods has arrived with redesigned app and in web playback  [Google Play Music](/google-play-music) today not only looks better thanks to an incoming update to Material Design, it's about to sound better, too. Google has announced that it's adding

Music based on activities and moods has arrived with redesigned app and in web playback

Google Play Music today not only looks better thanks to an incoming update to Material Design, it's about to sound better, too. Google has announced that it's adding in curation from Songza, which it acquired earlier this year. Songza's claim to fame has been its wealth of curation, which offers up playlists based on activities — from "ballroom dancing" to "getting lucky" to "yoga' — and moods — "aggressive," "earthy," "visceral" and the like — to custom fit what you're listening to.

When All Access subscribers open the updated Google Play Music app, Google says today in a blog post, they'll see that Songza integration and be asked if they want music for a particular time of day, mood or activity.

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1 day ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 21

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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. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom.

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

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1 day ago

Nokia's HERE beta makes its way to even more devices

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After launching HERE maps service in beta form for Samsung's Galaxy smartphones earlier this month, Nokia has announced that the app now works on a wider selection of Android handsets.

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