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1 week ago

Upcoming API will allow any third-party app to serve information through Google Now

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Google is working on an API for Google Now that will allow any third-party app to display information through the service.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: One More Line, Thingverse, Cool Circle watch face 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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1 week ago

HTC's 'Fun Fit' fitness tracker app now available

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We briefly touched on HTC's new fitness tracker app in our massive preview of the HTC One M9, and today HTC Fun Fit is now available for a number of Android devices running Android 4.1 and up.

The app's nicely laid out and uses your phone to keep track of your steps, walking time, distance, calories burned, active time and running time. You also can see how your friends are doing at a glance.

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1 week ago

Lollipop soak test begins for first-generation Moto X

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Seemingly ages after its successor got an update to Lollipop, the original Moto X is poised to do the same with a soak test under way right now.

The soak test — a selection of users that receive the update to give it a proper spin before a wider release, just to make sure everything's okay — would bring the 2013 Moto X up to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. This comes months after the newer 2014 Moto X, even including carrier editions, received its own update to Lollipop.

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1 week ago

Microsoft's apparently passing on $110 million Cyanogen funding round

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Alternative Android OS developer Cyanogen is poised to raise around $110 million in a funding round, but contrary to earlier reports, Microsoft might not be chipping in.

Several weeks ago brought the news that Microsoft was considering investing in Cyanogen and their customized Android system CyanogenMod. That OS is installed on a few retail devices, including the OnePlus One and the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+, as well as being freely available to download and install on a wide range of Android devices. But it seems that the Microsoft's opting not to take part in this funding round.

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1 week ago

YouTube adds support for 360-degree videos

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Google announced today that YouTube now supports 360-degree videos, opening up a ton of new creative possibilities for the platform.

For now, 360-degree videos are only viewable on specific platforms, such as the YouTube app on Android and videos embedded in Chrome.

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1 week ago

Check-in app Swarm adds messages in latest update

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Foursquare's check-in app, Swarm, has just received an update that introduces a new feature, messages, in addition to making it easier to see more details about various locations.

The popular check-in application that allows users to share their location with other users of the application now allows for users to send messages to nearby friends. In addition to adding messages, a few other changes have been made as well.

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1 week ago

Google Messenger update brings a new widget and animated GIF support

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Trolling your friends with Google Messenger just got a whole lot better with the addition of animated GIF support.

Google has just released an update for its SMS and MMS app, Google Messenger. This new update brings two new features along with some bug fixes and performance enhancements.

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1 week ago

Android 5.1's 'Google VPN' could protect your data on open Wifi networks

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Google VPN

Hiding behind the scenes in Android 5.1 but nonfunctional at present, a Google-run VPN might keep your data secure on public Wifi networks.

With Android 5.1 Lollipop now out in the wild, Android enthusiasts are starting to dig into the latest firmware for Nexus devices and see what's new. One interesting addition, first spotted by Pocketables, presents the possibility of Google operating its own VPN service to keep Android users' data secure over public Wifi networks.

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1 week ago

Nexus owners: How's the Android 5.1 update treating you?

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Android 5.1

Android 5.1 Lollipop arrived on Nexus phones and tablets this week, with factory images available for some devices and over-the-air now rolling out too.

While Android 5.1 doesn't make any sweeping changes to the way Android looks and behaves, it's still an important update, especially for Nexus owners. That's because it's a maintenance release — the first major one for Lollipop — in which Google fixes bugs, makes things run a bit more smoothly, and adds a smattering of new features that perhaps didn't make it into the 5.0 release. Now we want to know how you're getting on with it.

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1 week ago

Android 5.1: Muting your Lollipop phone overnight just got a bit easier

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Android 5.1 Mute option

Android 5.1 Lollipop brings new 'interruptions' options that make it easier to silence your phone while you're sleeping.

It's a long-running complaint with many Android Lollipop phones — you want to mute your phone, but that option's just not there anymore. Instead you have to deal with the slightly confusing interruptions system and decide whether you want to mute absolutely everything — including alarms — or set up "priority" mode and decide what you want to let through.

Now, thankfully, in the new Android 5.1 release, there's there's an easier way.

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2 weeks ago

The best photography apps for Android

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Nexus 6 Google Camera

The best camera is the one you have with you, and for most of us that means our go-to gadget for taking pictures is our smartphone.

Choosing a phone with a great camera is only part of the equation, though. The apps you use with it — and after the fact, by enhancing your photos — are equally important.

Here, as part of our series on Android photography, we present some of our top picks for taking great photos on your Android phone, making them even better, and sharing them with the world.

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2 weeks ago

Google's new reference app shows devs how to do multi-screen apps right

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Google has released a new Android example app for applications meant for multiple form factors and screen sizes.

The sample app, called Universal Music Player, uses a number of new features from Android 5.0 Lollipop, and offers guidance to developers for getting their apps to work well and look good on multiple screen sizes, including phones, Android Wear devices, and Android Auto.

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2 weeks ago

Managing your Google+ stream

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The Google+ homepage — called the stream — can be somewhat unpredictable at times. That label at the top may say All Circles, but posts from your communities and from complete strangers — in the form of Extended Circles or Hot and Recommended posts — wind up here, too. It can be wild, it can be unruly, or — even worse — boring if you don't have your stream set up right. But with a few simple tools, you can try to tame your Google+ stream and sculpt your stream into a fountain of knowledge.

Or a black hole of fan community posts, gifs, and cat videos. We're not judging.

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2 weeks ago

Dropbox for Android update brings in-document search and PDF viewer

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Dropbox is updating its Android app bringing two big new features; a PDF viewer as well as in-document search.

With the new Dropbox for Android users will be able to view PDF's within Dropbox while offline whether they are local files or not. The addition of the in-document search will make it much quicker to search for specific text within a PDF as it will highlight the phrases in the document and allow you to go right to that section.

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