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2 weeks ago

Fleksy keyboard updated with hotkeys and some Valentine's Day theming

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The Fleksy Keyboard team has released an update on Android for the official app, bumping it to version 5.2. This latest release of Fleksy introduces numerous new features, including two extensions. Hotkeys are the ideal solution for things you find yourself typing often (hello, emoji!) and a new color pops wheel lets you really personalise your pops.

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2 weeks ago

Instant for Android lets you track your smartphone addiction levels

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Instant for Android is an all-in-one tracking app that monitors your daily device usage, as well as fitness data and device unlock count. Want to know how many minutes you've spent on Facebook? Instant's app usage tab gives you an overview of time spent on each app.

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2 weeks ago

Microsoft adds PIN and pattern support to Next Lock Screen

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Microsoft has updated its Android-exclusive Next Lock Screen in the Play Store with some new features. The big addition is that users can now lock their smartphone with a PIN or pattern for the first time.

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2 weeks ago

HTC updates its Zoe app with a new engine, effects, transitions and more!

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HTC today has pushed out a pretty big update to its standalone Zoe app, which lets you stitch together images and video clips into seamless highlight reels.

The app's got a new highlight engine, which brings along with it some new themes, transitions and effects. (But don't worry, Islandia is still there.) It also makes it easier to download and save Zoes, discover new content from other Zoe users, and it's increased support for Android 5.0 Lollipop. You've also got the prerequisite bugfixes and performance enhancements as well.

Anecdotally, the update definitely has give the app a smoother and much more native feel to it. If you've yet to give Zoe a try, it's definitely worth looking at. The update's available now in Google Play.

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2 weeks ago

Watching television with Second Screen apps

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Winter is coming

There's an increasing number of people with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop in their hands during TV time. Whether it's for social commentary on your network of choice, completing a task during the commercial breaks, or you just want your internet connection handy in case an argument breaks out about some tiny detail (try watching "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" in a room full of nerds), having your tech nearby is a must for some. This behavior, coupled with a desire to keep users focused on the core show as much as possible, has given rise to an increasing number of Second Screen apps for TV shows.

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2 weeks ago

Nokia updates HERE Maps for Android with new features and drops the 'beta' label

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Nokia has not only launched a big update for its HERE maps app for Android in the Google Play Store, it's also ditching the 'beta' label as it feels the app is "mature and stable enough to stand as a full production release." The update also brings a number of new features and improvements.

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2 weeks ago

Kindle Unlimited expands to Canada for $9.99

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Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription books service is expanding to Canada for $9.99/month. The service, which offers a library of more than 750,000 books from which to read previously launched in the United States and the United Kingdom at comparable pricing.

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2 weeks ago

Android Security — a Q&A with Google's Adrian Ludwig

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Android Security Settings

We've been talking a lot about security on your Android device recently, and as the conversation continued it was clear there were questions that needed to be answered by a person a greater authority. Things like whether you need antivirus software for your phone, identifying malware, and being sure your devices are generally safe through daily use are topics that have become unnecessarily muddy. While we can place some of the blame for this on the seemingly endless barrage of articles telling us about all of the software out there being made to exploit Android users, there also are some legitimate questions about Android security that don't have plain, simple answers.

To help address this, we've gone straight to the source. Adrian Ludwig, a lead engineer for Android security at Google, took some time via email to give the answers we've been looking for.

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2 weeks ago

Latest Subway Surfers update lands the team in Hawaii

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As part of the Subway Surfers World Tour, the gang have travelled to Hawaii in the game's latest release. Players are tasked with surfing the new tracks, avoiding obstacles including massive mountains and rivers of lava. Simply put, it's going to be a blast.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon offering $140 worth of apps for free in latest giveaway

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Amazon's latest app giveaway is here, and includes over $140 worth of premium content that is available for free from now until February 14. The giveaway features a total of 37 apps, including Listure, Sleep as Android, Runtastic Pro and more.

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2 weeks ago

Managing your apps through Google Play

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My apps

Take control of your 'My apps' list before it takes control of you

Most of us like to use plenty of apps on our Androids. That means we're always trying new ones, some of which we like enough to keep, but others get uninstalled. That happens when you have so many to choose from, and over time you'll have quite the list in the "My apps" section of Google Play.

Eventually, you'll need to tame that list. Google has a few ways you can get a handle on things, and we're going to have a look at them.

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2 weeks ago

Skype Qik now lets you directly share videos between apps

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If you've toyed around with Skype Qik, Microsoft's video messaging app that it launched on Android last October, you'll be happy to know that the app got an update today that makes sharing those videos a bit easier. As of version 1.4, you can share videos to other apps or social networks directly from Qik without having to save them to the camera roll.

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2 weeks ago

Second Screen apps — what are they and why would you want to use one?

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Second Screen

Companion apps for television and gaming can be a ton of fun

There are two kinds of people when it comes to the living room — those who would prefer smartphones, tablets, and laptops didn't exist when the big screen is on, and those who can't put their tech down when watching TV or playing a game.

While you're unlikely to bust your phone out in the middle of a theater, for a lot of folks having your phone handy in the living room is a must. Maybe it's to find out where you've seen that actor before, or to grab a map of the level you are currently in for a game, but having your phone or tablet nearby can actually create a more complete experience. Having our tech nearby all the time is what makes Google's Chromecast such a great setup anyway, so why wouldn't you want your Android phone or tablet to go one step further and complete your entertainment experience?

And there's a whole category of apps and services that apply to users who want a little more out of a TV show, movie, or video game. These apps are called Second Screen apps, and if you've got your phone nearby when the TV is on you probably want to check a few of them out.

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2 weeks ago

Limbo expands its scary-but-cool gameplay to Android

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Limbo for Android

Limbo, one of the best 2D side-scrolling games ever made for PCs and consoles, has finally made its Android debut. The game, from developer Playdead, is now available in the Google Play Store for the price of $4.99.

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2 weeks ago

Keeping your spending in check with Google Play credit

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Playing it up

Taking away your IAP keys

Google Play wants you to use a credit card for all of your purchases. And while that makes perfect sense, it's not always practical, especially on accounts used or controlled by your kids. And to that end, Google Play has a simple system you can use to rein in their — or your own — spending, and we know it works. How do we know?

We have kids of our own.

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