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1 month ago

Here's how to get in on the closed beta for Empires & Allies!

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Zynga's Empires and Allies has been a pretty huge hit already, and it's getting ready to make the leap to Android. The game's currently in closed beta for this here little operating system, but we've got your key to getting in on the action.

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1 month ago

Video: Hands-on preview of MixRadio for Android

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MixRadio, a popular music-streaming app on Windows Phone, is about to make its way to Android and iOS devices. It's currently in private beta and we don't know when it'll become widely available. We took it out for a spin and we're impressed with it so far.

Want to see it in action? Take a look at our hands-on video.

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1 month ago

Chrome 41 for Android adds pull-to-refresh

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Google is rolling out the latest version of Chrome for Android devices. The update to Chrome 41 brings with it a new feature that lets users pull down a page from the top to refresh it.

If that feature sounds familiar, it's because Google added it to the last beta version of Chrome for Android in late January.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1 update for Nexus 6 could arrive as soon as today

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Nexus 6

Sprint says Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Nexus 6 is due to land today, with SMS/MMS fixes and factory reset protection.

Following the recent availability of Android 5.1 factory images for the Nexus 5, 10 and 7 (2012), it looks like Google's latest Nexus phone is next on the list. U.S. operator Sprint has updated its Nexus 6 support pages indicating that the same build — LMY47D — is set to roll out starting today, March 11.

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1 month ago

Dropbox patches security flaw in its Android SDK

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Dropbox announced today that it has fixed a security vulnerability in its Android SDK that could potentially allow an attacker to capture new data being saved in vulnerable third-party apps, resulting in files being saved to the attacker's Dropbox in place of the user's.

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1 month ago

Samsung Pay on the Galaxy S6, and why it matters

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Magnetic Secure Transaction tech is very cool, and baked into every Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

As much fun as it is to talk about the bottom of the Galaxy S6 edge and what Samsung sacrificed in order to gain its beautiful new design language, it was recently pointed out in the forums that very little time has been spent on one new feature in particular. With Google announcing new plans for the freshly named Android Pay and Apple Pay now out in the world, Samsung purchasing a small mobile payment company and embedding their technology into the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge may not seem like a big deal.

Where things get interesting is how Samsung is planning to use its new tech, and the surprising number of places that will support Samsung Pay without even being aware of it.

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1 month ago

Popular music service MixRadio emerges in beta for Android

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MixRadio is a popular music service over in the land of Microsoft, but it doesn't look like it'll be exclusive there for that much longer. It turns out that there's a private beta of the service out there in testing for Android as well as iOS. Sure, Android users aren't short on music services to choose from, but MixRadio (born from Nokia Music) is pretty good at what it does.

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1 month ago

Trivia Crack scores a slight redesign, new languages in version 2.0

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The insanely addictive mobile game Trivia Crack scored an update to 2.0 today, bringing a slight redesign and some new features along for the ride.

In Trivia Crack 2.0, players are presented with a new user profile, improved navigation, new animations, and new languages for both the game and the question factory.

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1 month ago

One of our favorite podcatchers gets a Material Design update

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Pocket Casts — one of our favorite podcast players — has finally made public its long-awaited update to Material Design. That is a great-looking app just got even more great looking.

And more important is that you can easily subscribe to the Android Central Podcast in Pocket Casts. Or other podcasts, too. But definitely ours.

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1 month ago

Instagram pics now share beautifully on Google+

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We're usually pretty quick to point out when things are broken. And so we should strive to be just as fast to point out when they're fixed. And while I don't know exactly when Instagram posts began sharing properly on Google+ — chances are it's been working longer than I realize, a fact someone surely will point out in the comments, thus proving my point — but it's a welcome change, for sure.

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1 month ago

Nova Launcher Beta scores a Material Design overhaul

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Fans of Nova Launcher are in for a treat today if they're on the public beta track for the popular launcher replacement, as it just received a full Material Design overhaul.

Today's public beta release brings a whole host of Material Design tweaks for the settings screens and dialog boxes, along with with new icons and additional features.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1 SDK released, new APIs for dual-SIM devices and carrier apps

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The handful of new APIs in the new Lollipop release focus on cellular and telephony.

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Android 5.1 Lollipop announcement, Google has released the Android 5.1 SDK to developers, along with details of the dev-facing stuff contained in the new version of the OS. Firstly, Android 5.1 brings the platform up to API level 22, which includes new APIs for devices with more than one SIM, as well as additional APIs for carrier services.

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1 month ago

Swiftkey releases new themes for college basketball's March Madness

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March Madness apparently means you get to show your team spirit with your... keyboard.

Swiftkey has been known to release a theme or two for various events throughout the year, and here are there newest. Just in time for March Madness, Swiftkey has brought their first branded keyboard themes, with 9 different college basketball teams. To make things a bit more fun, Swiftkey is also running a bracket of their own to see which school's keyboard receives the most downloads.

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1 month ago

What's new in Android 5.1? Some big and small changes in the updated Lollipop release

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Android 5.1

Our guide to what's new in Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Android 5.1 Lollipop is upon us, and the update is just starting to become available for Nexus device owners, beginning with factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 (2012). Android 5.1 is the first big maintenance release for Lollipop, fixing bugs and improving performance and stability over the original 5.0 release. As such, many of the most important changes will have taken place behind the scenes, as Google tightens up the nuts and bolts of Lollipop.

On the surface, Android 5.1 is almost identical to 5.0, however look a little closer and there are plenty more subtle changes to get to grips with. Read on to learn what's new in the latest Lollipop release.

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1 month ago

Amazon's new $25,000 sweepstakes just requires downloading an app

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Amazon offers US Android users a chance to win a $25,000 shopping spree on its site if they download an app from their storefront.

This new content clearly shows that Amazon wants more Android device owners to use its app store. The contest is open to residents of the US that are 18 years of age and over. They must first register on Amazon's web site and then, if they haven't already, they have to download and install the Amazon Appstore on their Android device.

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