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2 months ago

Snapchat gives your finger a rest in latest update

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Snapchatters, there are some big improvements coming to everyone's favorite ephemeral messaging app. Perhaps the biggest change hitting Snapchat is that users no longer have to hold their finger to the screen to view snaps — something people have been asking for for a while.

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2 months ago

All Creatures Big and Small goes free in the US, UK gets Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry

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Google Play has switched it up this week, with some movies going free instead of apps. This time around we have All Creatures Big and Small listed as free in the US, while the UK is seeing Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry.

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2 months ago

Mac owners can now play all those Android apps with the BlueStacks player

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Mac owners who have been jealous of all those apps and games being released on Android can now join the party. BlueStacks has now officially released its Mac version of its Android App Player, which was previously released for Windows (BlueStacks did briefly release an alpha version of its Mac app in 2012).

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2 months ago

YouTube app now supports playing HD videos at the smooth rate of 60fps

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Google previously added support for YouTube videos to play at 60fps on the desktop site, and later added that same frame rate for live streaming videos. Now the official YouTube Android app can handle 60fps playback, if the video already supports that high of a frame rate, and the mobile device is capable of handing it.

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2 months ago

Facebook Messenger's direct payments feature now available to everyone in the U.S.

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Back in March, Facebook announced that it would start rolling out a direct payment feature in Messenger. After first rolling out to users in New York City in May, the company has announced that direct payments are now available to everyone in the U.S..

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2 months ago

Pushbullet combines messaging and file sharing in latest massive update

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Pushbullet has received its biggest update yet, which brings messaging to its file sharing platform. In addition to overhauling the design, the Pushbullet team has made a number of other improvements to the app on all platforms, adding even more functionality than it had previously.

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2 months ago

Google brings real-time traffic information to Indian roads

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Driving on Indian roads is not unlike navigating an obstacle course, with motorists on two-wheelers and four-wheelers trying to dodge city buses (which don't follow the lane system), autos and errant pedestrians. And that's not even accounting for the wildlife that manages to find its way onto the roads in the country. Google is now trying to make sense of the chaos by bringing real-time traffic information for twelve cities.

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2 months ago

2G-friendly Facebook Lite launches in India and the Philippines

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Earlier this year, Facebook announced a lightweight version of its Android app, one tailored for 2G networks and in situations with inconsistent connectivity. The social networking giant has now launched Facebook Lite in India and the Philippines, with more markets set to follow over the coming weeks and months.

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2 months ago

Truedialer gains a streamlined makeover in its 3.0 update

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The folks at Truecaller are rolling out version 3.0 of the popular Truedialer app today, bringing to the app a lighter and more capable user interface that plays much nicer with Material Design. Truedialer focuses on offering a crowdsourced Caller ID in the Android experience, and offers those results to help you better identify calls. This means incoming calls can be labeled based on Truedialer's blend of crowdsourced and previously identified aliases for phone numbers, allowing you to better identify unusual numbers or robocallers. With this new update, Truedialer has improved their UI and added an impressive new in-line search function, the combination of which makes this app significantly more useful than your stock dialer.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Monument Valley, Rovers, MyTSA 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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2 months ago

Broadcasting Android games on Twitch

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Twitch Interface

After announcing that Android Central was headed to Twitch, we had more than a couple of people ask how streaming games from an Android device to Twitch actually worked. Since Twitch is all about making it easy for everyone to stream every game they are currently playing, it seemed only right to share the ways you can go from sitting on your couch with phone or tablet in hand to sharing your latest victory on Twitch.

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2 months ago

Android 5.1 soak tests begin for the Moto G (2013) in the U.S., Verizon Moto X (2014) [Update: AT&T, too]

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Motorola's David Schuster is certainly on a roll lately. Taking to Google Plus once again, Schuster has announced that Android 5.1 soak tests have begun for the Moto X (2014) on Verizon and the Moto G (2013) with LTE in the U.S..

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2 months ago

Interactive fitness apps worth checking out

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Fitness apps are nothing new, but getting motivated to work out can often be the difficult part. That's where the emerging genre of interactive fitness apps come in. These apps use your activity to tell you a story, motivate you, and make your workout seem more like a game. There are plenty of them out there, but we went ahead weeded through them to find the apps you definitely don't want to miss.

If you're having trouble getting started, these apps are a great place to get motivated.

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2 months ago

Microsoft's latest OneDrive update brings Chromecast support

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Microsoft continues to add new features to its OneDrive cloud storage app for Android devices. This week's update adds Chromecast support for the app for the first time.

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2 months ago

Meerkat adds a way to embed livestreams from its app on websites

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Meerkat, the livestreaming app that officially launched for Android in May, has a new service that gives anyone with the app a way to embed their livestreams on a website.

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