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2 months ago

Facebook Messenger's free video calling feature is now available in most countries

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Users of Facebook Messenger should now be able to engage in a video call with every other user of the popular messaging app worldwide, with a few exceptions.

A few weeks ago, Facebook added a video calling feature to its Facebook Messenger app for people in the US and 17 other countries. The feature has been expanded and can now be used by people in nearly every other country.

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2 months ago

Hands-on with MixRadio on HTC's BlinkFeed

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HTC BlinkFeed MixRadio

In case you missed it, MixRadio has just been officially released for Android and iOS. It goes further with some HTC devices.

HTC and MixRadio has announced a co-marketing partnership that lets users insert MixRadio playlists into HTC's BlinkFeed. Want to see it in action? Check out our hands-on video using the HTC One M9.

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2 months ago

Google may be getting close to showing off new photo service

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According to a new report, Google may be getting close to taking the wraps off their new photo sharing service.

The unveiling could come at Google I/O, the companies upcoming developer conference which kicks off on May 28. It is no surprise that Google is working to spin photos out of Google+ and into its own app, this has been rumored since last year.

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2 months ago

Proper Google Maps app appears on Android Wear via latest phone app update

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A proper Google Maps app appears on Android Wear

With the latest update to Google Maps on your phone, Android Wear gains some mapping functionality.

After updating to Google Maps version 9.9 on your phone — which brings a neat new transparent status bar and some navigation features — you may notice that there's an actual Google Maps app on your connected Android Wear watch as well. The launcher icon for Maps showed up on our LG Watch Urbane (which of course has the latest version of Android Wear) after simply re-syncing apps after the latest phone app install, and though it appeared to be broken at first, a couple of reboots later and we had a surprisingly full-featured Maps app ... on our watch.

The app can be launched from the app launcher or by voice with an "open Maps" command, and when opened you get a full screen top-down map experience. You can scroll around, pinch-to-zoom (barely) and even switch between true North and device direction views. Zoom in/out buttons appear on the top of the screen when you tap it, which is much better than pinching, and you also get a small pin button that lets you quickly scroll through nearby places and navigate to them — though when you fire up navigation from the Maps app on the watch it still corresponds with launching Maps on your phone.

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2 months ago

CYNGN: A brief history of how Cyanogen OS came to be

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Cyanogen OS

It's a story of inevitability, one that is far from over.

Over the last couple of years, a group of clever software developers have built an empire out of a free alternative to whatever version of Android came included on your phone. Many of those people have come together to form a company, with the goal of taking this free alternative and turning it into a compelling option for hardware manufacturers to put on their retail devices.

We've seen the success Cyanogen Inc. has had so far — with a fair bit of very public conflicts early on — but the origin of this company has everything to do with how this company plans to succeed, and frankly that's a story worth telling.

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2 months ago

The best podcast apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Podcast apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6

Settle into your favorite shows with these podcast apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6.

We're going to help you find the best way to line up podcasts on the Samsung Galaxy S6, clear out the old ones, and keep them coming in the future. Without a native podcatching app, there are plenty of fantastic developers that have stepped up to the plate to get you your shows.

Of course we don't have to remind you to listen in on our most excellent Android Central Podcast, but you're all doing that already, right? None of these apps are exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S6, but we're hoping to guide those that just picked up the phone. Whatever device you have, these are the best podcatching apps available on Android.

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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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