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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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1 day 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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1 day 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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1 day 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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1 day 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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3 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: The Silent Age, Craft Check, Wallapop and more

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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3 days ago

Five great Android apps to add a dash of science to your life

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We've gotten used to the fact that we our phones can be used as anything from a flashlight to a video camera at a moment's notice. It's easy to get distracted and forget just how awesome the technology that they're made up of actually is! That includes, of course, the science behind all of it. Science is all around us, and we use it to discover awesome new things every day whether it's a breakthrough in physics or medicine or astronomy — or simply in using your computer or driving a car. It's everywhere!

But if you don't feel like you have enough science in your life, then you've come to the right place. We've got five handpicked apps to help bring a bit more science to your day.

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4 days ago

Twitter CEO: 'We never planned to reorder timelines next week'

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Twitter is keeping its real-time chronological timelines, at least for now, according to posts from its CEO Jack Dorsey. The posts try to deny, at least in part, rumors from Buzzfeed that Twitter was planning to switch to a more algorithmic timeline, based on what it thinks its users want to see, as soon as next week.

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5 days ago

Here comes the switch: Twitter ready to launch algorithmic timeline

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According to a new report, Twitter may be about to flip the switch on a change that will significantly alter the way items show up in your timeline. With the change, Twitter will switch from showing tweets in reverse chronological order to algorithmically showing what it thinks users want to see at that moment.

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5 days ago

Sprint begins Marshmallow rollout for HTC One M9

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now starting to roll out to the HTC One M9 on Sprint, according to the carrier's software update page.

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