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6 hours ago

Inside themes in Sense 7 and the HTC One M9

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HTC's new theming community is a powerful and relatively easy way to customize your phone.

One of the more exciting (yet imperfect) features on the HTC One M9 and a major part of the new Sense 7 is the use of themes. Back in the day it would take some pretty serious hackery to theme a phone. Then custom ROMs started to bake in theming. And finally the manufacturers have gotten into the game.

If you've never been into theming your phone, this is a good time to take a look.

So ... let's take a look.

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23 hours ago

Community pages get a face-lift in latest Google Plus for Android update

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Google has started rolling out an update to Google Plus on Android today that brings a new and refreshed look to community pages.

The new look brings Google Plus Communities a bit more in line with the look of profile pages, with a large header image at the top of the page just above the community name.

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1 day ago

Groupon for Android updated with full Lollipop support, a new UI and more

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Groupon has launched a major update to its Android app, with full Lollipop support along with a user interface revamp that reflects the look of the latest Android OS.

The app, which brings the version number up to 15.2, definitely looks like Groupon has taken many lessons from Google's Material Design ideas, along with brighter colors for the coupon and savings app.

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1 day ago

Moto Connect adds social sharing for custom Moto 360 faces

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Motorola's smartwatch app lets you share photos of your customizations for everyone to see.

Moto Connect has always been good for those extra tricks on Motorola accessories, but the latest update adds a social component to your Moto 360 modifications. The app lets you modify the Motorola-specific Android Wear watch faces, from subtle color changes to placement of date and weather in some cases, but the added share icon under the color panels generates a screenshot of your screen and sticks in on a render of a Moto 360 for quick sharing. It's useful if you're interested in showing off your Moto Connect watch face, but since this feature only works with those stock faces Motorola offers it's somewhat limited.

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1 day ago

Google Search now showing all apps related to search content, not just the ones already installed

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Google has changed the way that app indexing is handled on Google Search and is now showing any available related apps instead of just ones you already have installed.

Apps have been indexed in Google Search for quite some time already, but today Google has made some changes to the way it displays results. Previously, Google Search only showed the option to open results into apps that you already had installed on your device, but now they're are opening that up to apps you haven't installed.

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1 day ago

Adobe promises to launch more apps for Android devices starting this summer

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Adobe has now promised to launch more of its design, photo and editing apps for Android devices, starting sometime this summer.

While the company does offer many apps on the Android platform like Photoshop Express, many of Adobe's more recent mobile apps have been made exclusively for the iPad, such as Comp CC and Slate.

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2 days ago

Star Wars #stormtrooper emoji invade Twitter

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Sure, there's a newly expanded set of ethnically-diverse and more-useful emoji out there (and already integrated into iOS), but do they have stormtroopers or protocol droids? Didn't think so. Thankfully, Twitter does.

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2 days ago

Find photos faster and type less with Bing's new image search

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Microsoft is introducing an new way to search for photos with Bing on Android mobile browsers that involves much less work with typing words on a keyboard.

Instead, users of browsers like Chrome or Firefox for Android can type in a couple of words, such as "spring flowers", to bring up groups of suggestions that Microsoft calls "bubbles".

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2 days ago

Field Trip update lets you explore right from your wrist

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Android Wear support has been added to the exploration app Field Trip, bringing site information right to your wrist.

Field Trip, the popular exploration app from Google's Niantic Labs, has received an update which brings full Android Wear support to the app. With the new support users will be able to explore the areas around them right from their wrist. Cards describing nearby places will appear right on their smartwatch, so they won't have to take out their phones to see what's around.

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2 days ago

Galaxy S6 battery life bad? This update might help

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Update April 17, 2015: Now that we've got a day's worth of use under our belts, well, results are mixed as to whether the Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life is still bad, or whether it's improved. A number of folks in this forum thread believe that, indeed, they're seeing better results after Samsung updated its Push app. That's pretty much par for the course, especially when you're looking at things in this manner. We'll continue to keep an eye on this.

Original story: If your Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life has been less than impressive in these initial weeks, well, you're not alone. We've got any number of threads in our GS6 and GS6 edge forums that point to disappointing times before needing to recharge.

An update today from Samsung might help that.

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2 days ago

Cyanogen's Microsoft deal includes removable apps and 'contextual' suggestions

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As details emerge, the Cyanogen/Microsoft deal isn't nearly as cringeworthy as many originally suspected.

There aren't a whole lot of Android users out there who enjoy seeing the words "Microsoft apps included" when it comes to their devices — and this goes back a long, long way — and power users who use CyanogenMod and Cyanogen OS are more likely than most to react negatively to that sort of partnership. As a result, news that Cyanogen and Microsoft are partnering to include Bing services, Outlook, and other apps on Cyanogen OS has caused a fair bit of teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing.

Given Microsoft's sordid history when it comes to Android and Samsung's decision to make Microsoft's apps disable-only on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, concern is well deserved.

After a brief email conversation with the folks at Cyanogen, however, some of that initial concern appears largely unwarranted. Here's what's up:

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2 days ago

any.do 3.0 is here, and we take this major update for spin

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When it comes to to-do apps, any.do has more than its share of proponents favoring its minimalist design. And any.do 3.0 — released today — takes that simplistic design and takes it even further.

The last time any.do rolled out a big update, it was focused on bringing in expanded functionality, with attachments and collaboration with other being the focus. That design was close to material, but now we're full-on minimalistic material design ... maybe a little bit too much so.

Today any.do 3.0 is available on Google Play. Let's take a look at it.

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2 days ago

Amazon is giving away up to $105 worth of apps and games for free

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The latest Amazon Appstore giveaway includes popular utilities such as WolframAlpha, Runtastic PRO and games like Unmechanical and Osmos HD.

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2 days ago

Live video streaming app Meerkat announces public beta on Android

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Meerkat — the app that allows you to broadcast live video to the web by integrating with your Twitter account — is now available on Android in beta form, with the company accepting beta testers to try out the app.

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2 days ago

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android updated with improved editing features

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Google has pushed out updates to Docs that brings the ability to accept or reject formatting changes that other users make from your Android device.

Google Docs users aren't having all the fun, however, as Sheets and Slides have also picked up some options that let users tweak the layout of charts and objects.

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