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3 days ago

HTC's video chat screen sharing now features drawing too

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The HTC Eye Experience update brought a lot of interesting features to HTC device owners, especially in the camera department, but the included improvements to video chat have largely flown under the radar, though today's update makes things a little more interesting. As part of video chat you've been able to share your HTC device's screen, and with the latest update to the HTC Video Chat Enhance app you can now draw as you're sharing your screen.

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3 days ago

Viber adds games to its Android messaging app in five countries

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Viber has updated its Android messaging app in the Google Play Store five countries (Belarus, Malaysia, Israel, Singapore and the Ukraine) with a feature that allows users in those territories to play a select number of games inside the app. This feature will be rolled out worldwide to other parts of the world in the coming weeks.

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3 days ago

Half-Life 2: Episode One available today on NVIDIA Shield Tablet

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Owners of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet can pick up Half-Life 2: Episode One for Android starting today. In it you take up the crowbar once more as Gordon Freeman following the catastrophic conclusion of classic first-person shooter game Half-Life 2. City 17 and the Citadel are a bit of a mess, but you're jumping back into the fray with Alyx one more time. Dog the robot even shows up for a bit.

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4 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Godus, Cocktail Compass, Frozen Free Fall and more

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Apps of the week

Time-savers and time-wasters

It's Sunday, and that means it's time to look at a few app recommendations from us here at AC. Working with an Android in our hand all week means we have plenty of time to give apps a try, and we always like to share the ones we find that warrant some love.

Of course, we also want to hear your app picks, so we can take a look. Many of you fine folk spend as much time with an Android in your hands as we do, and we consider you to be one of our best resources for finding great new applications. Have a look at our picks, then tell us yours in the comments!

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5 days ago

Flow Home Launcher aims for the social media crowd

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Everyone approaches their home screen differently. Some like to set it and forget it, sometime not even deviating from the default layout that their phone came with. Some are constantly redoing their entire layout, belonging to theming communities where custom skins and elements are shared frequently and freely. Others have a basic layout that they'll tweak occasionally with new widgets and new themes. I am one such user.

And I am not quite who Flow Home was designed for — yet — but maybe you are.

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6 days ago

Lync 2013 gets updated for Android with new anonymous join feature and more

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Microsoft has released an update for its Lync 2013 business messaging app for Android in the Google Play Store that adds a way to join an online meeting without a Lync account, along with some other new features.

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6 days ago

BlackBerry updates its BBM app with support for Android 5.0 Lollipop and more

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BlackBerry has released an update for its BBM messaging app for Android in the Google Play Store that adds, among other things, support for Android 5.0 Lollipop devices.

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6 days ago

Google Play Newsstand expands its reach to Mexico and three more countries

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Google continues to expand its Google Play Newsstand so it can be offered in more places around the world. This week, the online magazine store went live in four more countries, including Mexico.

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6 days ago

Google Maps adds highway lane guidance for several European countries

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European users of Google Maps now have a new update that offers voice-guided lane navigation for highways located in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Ireland.

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6 days ago

Plex updates its Android app with support for mobile playlists and more

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The Plex media streaming app for Android has been updated this week in the Google Play Store with a number of new features, including support for playlists in its mobile layout and more.

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6 days ago

The Price of Fame is a new Android game from Lindsay Lohan

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Lindsay Lohan has released a game for Android called The Price of Fame. The game focuses on elevating the star you create to the top of Hollywood.

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1 week ago

Google Translate adds support for ten more languages

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Google has added support for 10 more languages to Google Translate, allowing an additional 200 million people to translate text to and from their native languages. Support for the 10 new languages is now live on the Google Translate web portal, and Google says that support will reach mobile apps shortly.

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1 week ago

Google Fit update brings support for over 100 new activities, improved step detection

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The Google Fit app snatched an update today, and it brings a couple of new, nifty features. Along with the usual helping of bug fixes, the update also contains support for manual entry of over 100 new activities and experimental step detection when your Android Wear watch is disconnected from a paired phone.

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1 week ago

Amazon's new Google Play app released without Appstore or Instant Video

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Amazon has quietly hidden a Google Play Store app they had released in September which included integration with Instant Video and their own Appstore. In turn they have released another app dedicated exclusively to shopping for physical goods. A change in Google's Developer Distribution Agreement is what has caused the shuffle, according to a statement from Amazon. You can still find the old Amazon app through a direct link, but it won't turn up on searches. For now, Instant Video and the Appstore are available when installing Amazon's app over your browser.

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1 week ago

Action Launcher 3 brings Android 5.0 stylings, performance

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Action Launcher 3

Premium features will require a new in-app purchase, but they're well worth it

Chris Lacy's Action Launcher has been one of our favorite alternative launchers of late, thanks to its speed, design and innovative options for widgets and folders. Today marks the release of Action Launcher 3, a top-to-bottom redesign of the app that moves the codebase to Android 5.0 Lollipop adds some new visual features and streamlines some old favorites.

Action Launcher 3 also blurs the lines a little bit between being an update and a completely new app, as Lacy is giving those who purchased the Pro version of Action Launcher 2 a path to keep their paid app without having to make a separate purchase. It's all a little clunky, a little confusing, and a little controversial.

While you're waiting on the update to go live in Google Play (which should be any time now), we'll explain what's up.

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