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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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2 months ago

Amazon Appstore: A surprisingly good alternative to Google Play

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 the good and the bad

You may think that you can only get apps from one place, but unlike Apple, Android apps can come from more than one official store.

While Google Play ships on most Android devices and is the one that most users will default to, let us not forget that there are other Android app stores out there, including the big and sometimes confusing Amazon Appstore. This is the app store that Kindle users get on Kindle tablets instead of Google Play, but any Android user can use it, though it can be a bit harder for some users to use it than others.

Here's what you need to know to decide if two app stores on your phone or tablet are worth it.

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2 months ago

Zombies, Run is now a free-to-play Android app for your undead fitness needs

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Developer Six to Start has made the decision to relaunch its fitness app Zombies, Run as a free-to-play game with a number of new features and improvements.

Zombies, Run was first launched in 2012 as a paid app, which gave players a way to run with their smartphones in the real world while being chased by virtual members of the undead. This week, the game's developer Six to Start has relaunched Zombies, Run as a free-to-play app with a ton of new features.

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2 months ago

Chromecast adds even more big network names with HGTV, FOX and Pluto TV

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Even more great high-end content is arriving on Chromecast.

Building on the announcement of Chromecast support by CBS today, Google has announced that another round of big name media apps are adding support for the video playback system.

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2 months ago

Samsung Wallet will no longer be available effective June 30

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Samsung Wallet will no longer be available for users beginning on June 30.

Samsung has sent out an email notification that lets users know that the service will no longer be available as of June 30. Back in February, Samsung acquired mobile payments company LoopPay, and we have already seen the company bake Samsung Pay into the Galaxy S6, so this move is not a huge surprise.

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2 months ago

The best text messaging apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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There are plenty of great text messaging apps to choose from, and these are some of our favorites.

Text messaging is a big part of phone use for many people, and while the Samsung Galaxy S6 comes native messaging client, it doesn't quite fit the bill for some users. Thankfully we have the option to use one of many third-party SMS clients — some of which are minimal messaging apps, and others that offer features above and beyond the rest.

From Google's own Messenger app to fan favorites like Textra and Go SMS, let's take a look at some of the best text messaging apps for the Galaxy S6.

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2 months ago

Rdio introduces Rdio Select for $3.99 a month, gives you 25 downloads per day

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Rdio has added a new tier to their streaming plans, Rdio Select, which gives you ad-free music with unlimited skips on your mobile device, along with 25 song downloads per day.

If you stream music from your mobile device, and want to avoid listening to ads without spending $10 a month, Rdio's new plan may be the one for your. Rdio Select is the companies latest tier to their streaming plans, which falls between their free plan and the Rdio Unlimited plan.

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2 months ago

HTC Zoe app gains Chromecast support and usability enhancements

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HTC's helpful video creation app just got a ton more useful, especially to Chromecast owners.

Creating Zoe videos is one of those things you either love to do or never really bother with, especially if you used an early version of the software and never looked back, but it really is one of the more clever things HTC has done over the last couple of years. The software makes it incredibly simple to put together compelling stories from your collection of photos and videos, and over the last year HTC has worked hard to grow the app into a social platform where users can share and enjoy the creations of others.

Today's update to HTC Zoe brings sharing your creations back to the local level, and with that comes a short list of much needed functionality improvements that make the app feel much more complete.

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2 months ago

Amazon's latest Appstore giveaway includes $110 worth of apps and games

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Amazon's latest giveaway includes hit games such as Telltale's Game of Thrones, Five Nights at Freddy's 3 and more.

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2 months ago

New Google Fit update also addresses Samsung incompatibility

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Google's fitness app is no longer marked as 'incompatible' with phones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4, as the long-running heart rate sensor bug appears to be fixed.

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2 months ago

Best alternative launchers for the Galaxy S6

Galaxy S6 alternative launcher

Samsung's latest flagship has a ton of great features, but you've still got plenty of room to personalize.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two of the best phones to be released in 2015, due largely to Samsung's impressive overhaul in design philosophy and an impressive photography experience. Software on the Galaxy S6 is significantly improved over the previous generation, but the app launcher and homescreen setup still lacks flexibility.

Fortunately, this being an Android device, there are plenty of alternatives. Here's a quick look at some of the best out there, should you be interested in a different experience.

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2 months ago

The Chrome Android development team is holding a Reddit AMA at 6 p.m. EDT

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Google's Chrome development team for Android will be ready to answer some questions later today during a AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit.

If you have any burning questions about the current and future state of the Chrome web browser for Android, they might just be answered by members of its development team starting in less than an hour on Reddit.

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