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13 hours ago

Getting your friends and family hooked on Marvel: Contest of Champions

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Marvel: Contest of Champions is one of the most popular games on Android right now, and with good reason. We've already talked about why it's so popular, but let's face it: a game like this is made to be played with your friends. Between in game chat, and building an Alliance out of people that you know, the experience gets even better when you're playing with folks you already know.

Here are the thing you should know, to get your friends hooked.

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15 hours ago

Marshmallow update coming to T-Mobile HTC One M9 on Feb. 16 [Update: Verizon, too!]

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If you're using an HTC One M9 on T-Mobile, your wait for Android 6.0 Marshmallow is almost over. HTC's Mo Versi has confirmed that the update will start rolling out on Tuesday, February 16.

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1 day ago

Google's Clock app now lets you resize its widgets

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Google's Clock app has received a pretty minor, albeit handy update. The latest version rolling out now finally allows users to resize both the analog and digital clock widgets that come with the app. Outside of that change, you're looking at an exceedingly minor update overall. Here are the details:

  • Analog and digital clock widgets are resizable
  • Drop shadow added to digital clock widget
  • Fixes for several minor bugs

It's certainly not the most exciting update in the world, but it's handy nonetheless if you're trying to craft the perfect home screen. You should be able to grab the update on Google Play now.

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1 day ago

Chrome for Android getting support for Bluetooth beacon interactions

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Google has announced that Chrome 49 for Android will include support for Physical Web-enabled beacons, allowing users to receive notifications on their smartphones from physical beacons placed nearby.

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1 day ago

Vevo app completely rewritten in attempt to branch out from YouTube

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Vevo has released a rewritten app to the Google Play Store, offering an improved experience for users attempting to discover new music, enjoy personalized selections and more. The catalog of HD music videos include more than 150,000 entries with exclusive original programming to boot.

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2 days ago

Acer to pre-install Microsoft apps on select Android phones and tablets

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Acer will begin pre-installing Microsoft productivity apps on its Android smartphones and tablets, thanks to a new deal between the two companies.

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3 days ago

Join Android Central and Timyo as we work to fix email once and for all!

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We want to make email better. Much better. Keep reading to learn how you can help.

Howdy, folks, James Falconer here. I'm the Community & Developer Program Manager around these parts. If you're active in our forums or have answered one of our surveys, you've probably heard from me!

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3 days ago

These apps will help you get through Valentine's Day with ease

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That most romantic of holidays, Valentine's Day, is nearly upon us. With that in mind we've put together some handy apps to help get you through this weekend unscathed. Valentine's Day has plenty of moving parts, no matter what your plans happen to be.

We've put together these apps to make sure that your day goes as smoothly as possible, so check them out!

Get in touch

The first step to enjoying this upcoming weekend is by making sure that you and whomever you're spending the day — or night — with are on the same page. Nobody wants to be stood up, especially on Valentine's Day, especially when it's a case of crossed signals.That might mean sharing your calendars so that you know when your disparate schedule sync up for a date, or it might just mean a text message. Whether you're planning on spending time with friends, or with that someone special, your first move should be nailing down your plans for the evening.

  • Between: A private app for couples that allows you to message one another, send photos, and even sync up your calendar
  • Hangouts: Hangouts can send messages to anyone with a Google account and sync with your phone so that it's where you send your text messages from. You can easily create a group chat if you're heading into the holiday with a few friends instead of a significant other.

Deliveries

Step two in an easy Valentine's Day comes when you make sure that you're fully stocked up on everything that you'll need for your upcoming escapades. Rather than running yourself ragged, or trying to find time in a busy schedule, your best bet might be to take advantage of the various delivery services out there. There are now services out there that will deliver pretty much anything you need from random household supplies, to the wine you need for dinner, to the flowers you want to surprise your partner with. Each service is a bit different, and you'll want to check to make sure that they're active in your city.

  • Postmates: A service that will deliver everything from your Starbucks order, to the essentials from Walgreen's.
  • Minibar: Minibar delivers wine, beer, spirits and mixers to your door — provided you're of age.
  • 1-800-FLOWERS: For when you don't have time to stop at a florist, but still need a beautiful bouquet.

Getting dinner

If you're hoping to score that romantic dinner for two on the 14th, or just dinner in general, then there are some apps you can turn to to eliminate at least half the stress. Let's face it, just about everyone considers going out for dinner with their loved one on Valentine's Day. That doesn't mean that you need to make reservations months in advance though. These apps will help you find a spot for dinner without obscene waiting times, or to grab the reservation for the perfect restaurant.

  • Open Table: Open Table will allow you to easily make reservations and then gives you access to exclusive perks at those restaurants for using the app
  • No Wait: Looking for a short wait time at a restaurant nearby? Then No Wait is the app for you.

Grab a room

After you've had a wonderful night, you might be thinking of a romantic evening at a hotel. Sometimes a night away from home, especially for a special occasion can make this holiday more special. If that's the case, then consider using an app to find the room you've been dreaming of. Whether you started looking for the hotel room of your dreams weeks ago, or your date starts to get hot and heavy, we've got you covered. You'll be able to find a room, even at the last-minute with these booking apps.

  • Hotel Tonight: If you need to get a hotel tonight, there's no better option for you than, well, Hotel Tonight. It will show you hotels with rooms open that evening, along with their price so that you can easily grab the best option for your evening
  • Expedia: Expedia, as you no doubt know, is an all-around booking app. It'll let you grab not only hotel rooms, but vehicle rentals and plane tickets.

Spice things up

When you get through all of the hoops of Valentine's Day and find yourself and your partner alone in the bedroom, it might be time to spice things up. It doesn't really matter why, but if you're looking to add some elements to your adult activities, then you aren't alone. There are plenty of different apps out there to help add a bit of variety to the bedroom. We've brought you a small selection that will bring you and your partner closer together if you decide to give them a shot.

  • We-Connect: If you've got a We-Vibe couples massager, you'll really want the We-Connect app. Using your phone you can program the vibrator to use specific patterns, or tease your lover from afar taking advantage of the chat, voice, or video.
  • iKamasutra lite: iKamaSutra lite gives you access to dozens of sexual positions from the Kama Sutra to try out, including the ability to save your favorite positions, or add challenging ones to a list for trying in the future.

So there you have it, our list of apps to help you navigate your way to a stress free Valentine's Day. Is there an app we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 days ago

Adblock Fast returns to the Google Play Store

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Adblock Fast, an ad blocker built to work with Samsung's ad blocking API, is back on the Google Play Store following its removal last week. Google reversed its decision late last week following an appeal by developer Rocketship.

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3 days ago

How to use multiple accounts in Instagram for Android

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Instagram multiple accounts

Instagram finally has added the ability to easily switch from one account to another without logging out, making life — or at least our social media life — easier for those of us who run Android blogs, have personable pets or suffer from alter egos.

And it's a pretty simple measure. Here's how to set things up to use multiple accounts on Android.

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4 days ago

1Password for Android gets Material Design overhaul, fingerprint unlock and more

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Popular password manager 1Password has received a big update for Android, bringing along a redesigned interface, fingerprint unlock support and much more.

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4 days ago

MLG's GameBattles app lets you track your eSports stats on the go

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Major League Gaming (MLG) has launched the official GameBattles app on Android, allowing players to track their eSports stats and more on the go.

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4 days ago

From the forums: Does Doze interfere with Android Device Manager?

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Of all the features to come to Android with the 6.0 update, Doze is easily the most discussed. Some love it, claiming massive strides in battery performance during the day. Others aren't quite so pleased with the service, and complaints of missed messages and third-party app features breaking are often cited as why. Based on our own testing here at Android Central, we can tell you Doze is far from perfect. While the battery optimization when you aren't using your phone is clearly there, there are occasions where phones drift into Doze when they shouldn't and messages don't arrive until the phone wakes back up.

These concerns prompted one member of our forums to ask what happens to the more important features in Android, specifically Android Device Manager, when Doze is doing its thing.

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4 days ago

Talon for Android gains quick actions, better tablet support and more

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Talon, the popular Twitter app for Android, has hit version 4.0 with a number of new features and improvements, including better support for tablets, quick actions, and more. The developer has also added an option for users to become "2016 Supporters" for Talon, letting them financially support the app beyond the initial price.

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5 days ago

Feeling bored? You can now play chess within Facebook Messenger

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Facebook's Messenger is turning out to be a robust communications platform, boasting over 800 million users. Aside from staying connected with your friends and family, the messaging service has a hidden chess game that you can play from within a conversation window. All you need to do to get started is use the following command: @fbchess play.

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