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2 months ago

Casey Neistat's social video app Beme comes to Android

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Beme, a social video app that was launched by popular YouTuber Casey Neistat on iOS in 2015, is now available on Android.

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2 months ago

Fit more on your Galaxy S7's screen with condensed mode

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Galaxy S7 condensed mode

With a new software update, Samsung lets you increase your GS7's information density dramatically — at the expense of one or two things looking a little weird.

Phones are getting bigger with each release cycle, but new devices don't always let us see more stuff on the screen at once. This is an issue Samsung has attempted to solve with a new addition to the Galaxy S7 series: "display scaling." Simply put, this lets you not only adjust the size of fonts — as Samsung phones have for some time — but the way the entire user interface is scaled.

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2 months ago

Big Google Keyboard update brings one-handed mode, layout tweaks and more!

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A pretty major update is now rolling out for the Google Keyboard, bringing a load of new tweaks and features, including one-handed mode.

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2 months ago

Sprint's latest Galaxy S7 update brings battery life and security enhancements

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Sprint has started pushing out a fresh update to the Samsung Galaxy S7, bringing along improvements to battery life and voice over Wi-Fi, along with a bump to the latest April security patches.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Apple Music, Blendle, Minecraft VR

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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

Android N Developer Preview 2 — let's talk bugs and issues

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We've had a few weeks with the second Android N Developer Preview under our belt — I've been running it on my Nexus 5X using either Project Fi or T-Mobile — and that's plenty of time to talk about how it's working out so far. So let's talk about our bug lists!

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2 months ago

Watch face roundup: Free faces for your Gear S2

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It's time once again for our bi-weekly watch face roundup!

This weekend we've got 5 awesome and free watch faces that are available for your Gear S2 smartwatch. While the options for watch faces are a bit more limited for the Gear S2 than for an Android Wear device, there still are some perfectly awesome faces out there.

If you're looking for a new watch face that won't cost a dime, be sure to check out these 5 watch faces.

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3 months ago

PlanetPron app for Android updated with Material UI and new features [NSFW]

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This post is about a great update to an app designed to look at porn. It's not safe for work or children, and some readers may find the content offensive.

Really. I don't want to offend anyone here, I just want to write about an Android app that's done really well. If you don't want to read about pornography, please hit your back button and know that we don't judge you or anyone else.

We first had a look at the PlanetPron app for Android when the service first launched. It's an adult app and an adult service that has pictures and video of adults doing adult things, for consenting adults to watch. But just because it's all about pornography doesn't mean that the app shouldn't be done well, and the service doesn't have to be secure. There's a big update coming very soon for the Android app, and it's worth revisiting.

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3 months ago

Android N Developer Preview 2 now available for the Nexus Player

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Though it's a little late to the party, the second Android N Developer Preview release is now available for the Nexus Player.

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3 months ago

Take a look at Trips, Google's upcoming app for travelers

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It was recently revealed that Google was testing a new app for travelers, and now we have a better idea of what it might do. The new app called Trips, is currently in beta testing, and apparently tracks your upcoming and past trips, making recommendations about places to visit, stay, and eat. The app pulls information by scanning messages in Gmail, looking for hotel confirmations, flights, and more.

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3 months ago

Apple Music for Android now lets you check out music videos

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The latest version of the Apple Music beta for Android is here, and it should be quite attractive for the music video lovers out there.

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3 months ago

Epson Creative Print taps into Instagram to bring your selfie collages to life

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Epson is looking to tap into a bit of Instagram's magic with the latest update to its Creative Print app.

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3 months ago

Podcasts in Google Play Music: It's better than nothing

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Podcasts in Google Play Music

After more than 3 years, podcasts are back on Google's radar. So why did it launch with so much room for improvement?

Once upon a time Google had a little app for listening to podcasts. It was called Google Listen, and it lived alongside other podcast apps during a time of great peace and prosperity. But Google Listen died an untimely death, killed off in one of Google's infamous "Spring Cleanings" after months and months of neglect.

Podcasts, of course, survived the death of Google Listen. And a good many other podcast apps rose to power during that dark time. (In fact, we've got a handy list of the best podcast apps for Android.)

Today, podcasts are more popular than ever. Especially this one. There are others, too. But you definitely should subscribe to this one. And that link there goes to the listing for the Android Central Podcast in Google Play Music.

Yes, after more than 40 months away, Google is now back in the podcast business. And it's a good time to be back, riding on the backside of the wave that was Serial. Or on the continued success or This American Life or WTF with Marc Maron or The Nerdist or The Joe Rogan Experience. And, of course, the Android Central Podcast. There's something out there for everyone.

But are podcasts in Google Play Music any good? We can narrow down podcast app features to three categories of importance — discoverability, playback, and what's good for the podcasters themselves. So let's take a look at this second coming of podcasts for Google and see what the fuss is all about — or whether you're better off sticking with some other app.

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3 months ago

Fenix resolves Twitter issues, makes its return to Google Play

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Popular third-party Twitter client Fenix has made a triumphant return to the Google Play Store after being pulled earlier this week. The app had run afoul of Twitter's token limit, but it seems that those issues have been resolved.

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3 months ago

Google Photos makes hunting for images easier with dedicated search bar

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A new update is rolling out to the Google Photos app on Android, bringing a number of changes that should make finding and managing your photos a bit easier.

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