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1 month ago

Instagram's Layout collaging app has arrived on Android

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Layout, an app for Instagram that makes it easy to build an image collage, is coming today to Android.

First launched for iPhone back in March, Layout is a relatively straightforward app: select the images you want to include, pick a grid, make a few tweaks, and then save it and sent it out to Instagram or the social service of your choice.

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1 month ago

MixRadio leaves beta, brings the noise to the Google Play Store for the first time

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MixRadio

Popular streaming music service, MixRadio, has today announced its official arrival on Android at an event in New York City.

The expansion away from Windows Phone comes as MixRadio recently left Microsoft ownership and was acquired by LINE, perhaps best known for its cross-platform messaging app. And for HTC owners there's an added bonus, too.

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1 month ago

Android smartphones users can now check out preview versions of Office apps

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Microsoft now has preview versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office apps available for testing on Android smartphones.

After launching its Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office apps for Android tablets back in January, Microsoft is now allowing Android smartphone owners to test preview versions of those same apps.

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1 month ago

Samsung Flow Beta hits Google Play, making it easy to move work between devices

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The Samsung Flow Beta has landed in Google Play, letting you move your work between compatible Samsung devices while on the go.

Samsung first introduced Flow back at its Samsung Developer Conference 2014, and the app has now made its way to Google Play in beta form. What Flow does is allow users to move content between Samsung devices, so they can complete the work on the best fit device.

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1 month ago

The best music streaming services for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and headphones

Get any song, any time with these streaming music apps for your Samsung Galaxy S6.

Streaming services are a great way to enjoy music on your Samsung Galaxy S6. You don't have to deal with managing your local storage, or figure out which songs you're going to download; everything is available wherever you go. On the downside, you'll have to take a hit to battery life while listening, and deal with either subscription costs or ads to keep going

If you're curating your own personal collection, you may be interested in checking out our favorite apps for playing back local music.

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1 month ago

The Top 10 things about Cyanogen OS you need to know

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Cyanogen OS

Android comes in many flavors and styles, but Cyanogen OS is a little different from the rest.

We all know that Android is made by Google, but it's not quite as simple as that. Each of the major smartphone manufacturers have their own fork of Android, complete with features and user interfaces unique to the devices they manufacture and sell. Google works with these manufacturers and ties all of these forks together with Google Play Services, which makes the devices you use today run apps in mostly the same way.

Then there's Cyanogen OS. It's not always easy to describe where this version of Android fits into the ecosystem, but to help simplify things we've put together this introduction to the things that make this flavor unique.

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1 month ago

Google introduces new default font for Play Books, Literata

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Google has changed the default font in the Play Books app to Literata, which they believe will offer a better reading experience.

Literata is the name of the new font choice found in Google Play Books, and the change comes from Google in an effort to bring a better reading experience to all devices. Information about the new font is rather limited, as Google's announcement came in the form of a tweet with no link to find out more.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Sunrise Calendar, Meerkat, Hyperlapse and more

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apps of the week

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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1 month ago

Microsoft opens up Hyperlapse beta to more phones from Xiaomi, Sony, Motorola and more

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Microsoft's new Hyperlapse beta for Android has already had a new round of phones added to its support list including the Droid Turbo, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Xiaomi Mi4.

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1 month ago

Amazon Appstore: A surprisingly good alternative to Google Play

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 the good and the bad

You may think that you can only get apps from one place, but unlike Apple, Android apps can come from more than one official store.

While Google Play ships on most Android devices and is the one that most users will default to, let us not forget that there are other Android app stores out there, including the big and sometimes confusing Amazon Appstore. This is the app store that Kindle users get on Kindle tablets instead of Google Play, but any Android user can use it, though it can be a bit harder for some users to use it than others.

Here's what you need to know to decide if two app stores on your phone or tablet are worth it.

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1 month ago

Zombies, Run is now a free-to-play Android app for your undead fitness needs

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Developer Six to Start has made the decision to relaunch its fitness app Zombies, Run as a free-to-play game with a number of new features and improvements.

Zombies, Run was first launched in 2012 as a paid app, which gave players a way to run with their smartphones in the real world while being chased by virtual members of the undead. This week, the game's developer Six to Start has relaunched Zombies, Run as a free-to-play app with a ton of new features.

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1 month ago

Chromecast adds even more big network names with HGTV, FOX and Pluto TV

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Even more great high-end content is arriving on Chromecast.

Building on the announcement of Chromecast support by CBS today, Google has announced that another round of big name media apps are adding support for the video playback system.

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1 month ago

Samsung Wallet will no longer be available effective June 30

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Samsung Wallet will no longer be available for users beginning on June 30.

Samsung has sent out an email notification that lets users know that the service will no longer be available as of June 30. Back in February, Samsung acquired mobile payments company LoopPay, and we have already seen the company bake Samsung Pay into the Galaxy S6, so this move is not a huge surprise.

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1 month ago

The best text messaging apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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There are plenty of great text messaging apps to choose from, and these are some of our favorites.

Text messaging is a big part of phone use for many people, and while the Samsung Galaxy S6 comes native messaging client, it doesn't quite fit the bill for some users. Thankfully we have the option to use one of many third-party SMS clients — some of which are minimal messaging apps, and others that offer features above and beyond the rest.

From Google's own Messenger app to fan favorites like Textra and Go SMS, let's take a look at some of the best text messaging apps for the Galaxy S6.

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1 month ago

Rdio introduces Rdio Select for $3.99 a month, gives you 25 downloads per day

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Rdio has added a new tier to their streaming plans, Rdio Select, which gives you ad-free music with unlimited skips on your mobile device, along with 25 song downloads per day.

If you stream music from your mobile device, and want to avoid listening to ads without spending $10 a month, Rdio's new plan may be the one for your. Rdio Select is the companies latest tier to their streaming plans, which falls between their free plan and the Rdio Unlimited plan.

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