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2 months ago

Dropbox and Microsoft Office now play nice on Android tablets

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The generally-excellent Microsoft Office suite for Android tablets and Dropbox cloud storage service now work together, allowing users to open and edit compatible documents from Dropbox directly into the Office apps.

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2 months ago

Google acquires photo backup and sharing app Odysee

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Google has acquired Odysee, the online photo backup and sharing app. The team will join the search giant to help work on new products, leading Odysee to shut down on February 23. Should you use the service on your smartphone, all uploaded photos will be made available as a downloadable archive.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Ping, Flight Board, Capitaine Train and more

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Editors app picks

Our weekly app picks

Another Appday Sunday and we're back with a handful of our favorites to share. We've got apps to make life easy, apps to make you healthy, and apps that help you get where you want to go. And of course a game, because Jerry.

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

Ask AC: Can I install Android apps on more than one device?

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My Apps

Have all your apps, everywhere

We get questions, and often they are from users new to Android or from folks with their first smartphone. One question we get a lot is about installing an app from Google Play on more than one Android device. People want to use the same app they paid for on their phone and their tablet, or their work phone and their own phone, or share it with their family. Or they want to play the same game no matter which device they have on hand. We get it — we need to do the same thing.

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2 months ago

The best Android launchers of 2015

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Android Launcher

There are tons of launchers available for android — these are some of the best!

Launchers are the way Android users customize their smartphone and tablet experience. There's superficial stuff, like changing screen transitions, icons, and fonts, but the best Android launchers out there enable users to tweak the device's behavior to suit their daily usage, so long as you're willing to put the time into defining those customizations. You can make your home screens as simple or complicated as you wish, while tweaking every little detail or just taking what's given to you by default — but either way you can replace what your phone's manufacturer gives you with the install of a single app.

If you're looking for a change of pace from the out-of-box software experience on your phone, consider a new launcher. We've found the best ones available today, and listed all of the pros and cons of each.

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2 months ago

Hotel Tonight wants to spice up your Valentine's Day with themed room packages

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If you find yourself struggling to throw something together for Valentine's Day, hotel deals app Hotel Tonight has your back. Starting Monday, February 9, you'll be able to select from a couple of different Valentine's Day room packages from within the app.

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2 months ago

Ask AC: Why does Twitter now need to use my microphone?

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Twitter permissions

A number of folks have inquired this one lately, so let's nip it in the bud. A recent update to the Android Twitter application brings about a new permission: accessing your phone or tablet's microphone. And rightfully so, folks are doing a double take and asking why Twitter suddenly needs to be able to hear you.

The answer, actually, is simple ...

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2 months ago

Changing payment methods on the fly in Google Play

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Once you've set up your payments in Google Play, buying apps, games and music can be a breeze, but what happens when you want to use something else to pay for an app? Maybe you're saving your Google Play credit up for a movie. Maybe you don't want your partner to get upset when they see your bill covered with Google Play purchases. Maybe your debit card is almost overdrawn and you need to switch over to something else until payday. Whatever the case may be, you need to change what — or who — is billed for your latest in-app purchase spree. And the best part?

You don't even have to leave your app to do it.

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2 months ago

Swype update adds new floating keyboard, Material themes and phrase correction

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Swype has updated its keyboard on Android today with a long list of new features, including a new mini-keyboard, free themes and tons of prediction and correction improvements. On the interface side you'll find a new truly floating mini keyboard that sits on top of your apps for quick input, as well as predictions-only emoji support and two Material Design themes.

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2 months ago

Yo, SlideShare and Tapatalk make their debut for Chrome OS

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Some new Android apps are now available for Chrome OS and Chromebook users from the Chrome Web Store. Yo, the limited but still inexplicably popular messaging app, is among those on that list, along with the SlideShare presentation app and the Tapatalk forum discussion app (with which our forums are compatible).

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2 months ago

Clash of Clans for Android, as explained by an 8-year-old

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Mia - Clash of Clans

It's 3 p.m. ... Do you know what your kids are playing?

This little Clash of Clans excursion we've been taking started because of one thing: My daughter has grown beyond my control. I gave her the Nexus 7 (2013) to take for a spin, and she, unsurprisingly, ran with it. She has more games and apps and lord knows what on there than I ever imagined. She's not browsing the Web. She's listening to music, and watching weird Barbie videos.

And, mostly, she's playing Clash of Clans, a game I had absolutely no intention of caring about. It was something other people played. (Like, you know, Candy Crush. Which I also didn't ever play — until I played it.) Like a lot of you, I figured it was an in-app-purchase grab, and that's it.

There's nothing to be ashamed of, though, right? Many millions of people are playing it. So there's got be something about it. And if it's good enough for my kid, it should be good enough for me. Only, I had no idea what Clash of Clans was. So, I had Mia explain it to me.

And it went a little something like this:

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2 months ago

Timely Alarm Clock updated with new features and Material Design touches

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Timely, the alarm app that was acquired by Google just last year, has scored a significant update today. Coming in at version 1.3, new features include Google Now support for timers and alarms, upcoming alarm notifications, and some Material Design updates.

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2 months ago

Transformers: Battle Tactics rolls out in the Google Play Store

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Transformers: Battle Tactics, the latest game in the long running "Robots in Disguise" franchise, is now available for Android in the Google Play Store. Players can control teams of Autobots and Decepticons in turn-based combat.

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2 months ago

The best S Pen apps for the Galaxy Note 4

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S Pen apps

Steve Jobs said the best stylus is a finger. Samsung disagrees, and so do these apps

One of my favorite features of the Galaxy Note 4 (and one of the coolest things to happen to smartphones ever) is the S Pen. It's not a stylus. Instead think of it as a smart, pressure sensitive accessory that's paired with hardware and software on the Note 4 to make for a really good input device.

With the Note 4, we see huge improvements (and real life improvements, not just spec-sheet mumbo jumbo) in the sensitivity of the S Pen and how smooth it works. It's a great addition to any large-screen device, and one you really need to use to appreciate.

Here are some great apps to use it and see!

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2 months ago

Game of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords hits the Google Play Store

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As promised, Telltale Games has released the second episode of its Game of Thrones adventure game series. It's titled "The Lost Lords" and can be downloaded as an in-app purchase for $4.99 from within the Game of Thrones app on the Google Play Store.

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