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3 weeks ago

Yammer app update adds Android Wear and interactive notification support

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Yammer, the business-based messaging and networking service from Microsoft, has released an update for its Android app that adds support for Android Wear smartwatches. It also offers some new ways to interact with new notifications.

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3 weeks ago

Clash of Clans for Android: What is it, and why is it so popular?

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A top-down primer of one of Android's most popular games

You've seen the commercials (especially if you watched the Super Bowl), you've scrolled past the Facebook ads, and you probably have at least one friend or child playing it right now. The animations offered in the commercials are cute, and being threatened by Liam Neeson is always a good time, but there's a lot more to Clash of Clans than micro-transactions and battling strangers.

It's a game that pulls from some of the oldest forms of tabletop gaming and mixes in always online and quick-glance mobile gaming to create an experience that will quickly suck you in even if you never spend a dime.

Consider this your crash course in Clash of Clans, everything from what to expect after installing to what device is best for maximum enjoyment.

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3 weeks ago

Good for Samsung Knox brings a secure app ecosystem for enterprise users

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Samsung has partnered with Good Technology to offer enterprise smartphone users access to Good for Samsung Knox. This new program is designed to offer businesses a way to allow their workers to download apps that are secure on devices that run the Samsung Knox security platform.

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3 weeks ago

Android 5.0.2 OTA links are starting to arrive — this is how you use them

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Android 5.0.2 factory images started arriving back in December and continued into January, and now we're starting to see the first OTA updates rolling out to Nexus devices as well. As is usually the case with these small point releases there's no major reason to run out and flash the file, but if you're the kind of person that absolutely has to be on the bleeding edge it's easy to take a few minutes and get up to 5.0.2 without waiting for the file to be pushed to you.

Head past the break for the links to the OTA files, and to find out how to use them!

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3 weeks ago

Take back that swipe: Tinder Plus to see U.S. launch in March

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It looks like Tinder users in the U.S. will soon be able to undo those unfortunate accidental left-swipes. Tinder said today that the launch of its Tinder Plus service, which allows users to undo their last swipe by paying a monthly fee, is set to launch sometime in March.

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3 weeks ago

Latest Humble Bundle offers up 11 games from Cartoon Network

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Humble Bundle is at it again with yet another great mobile bundle. This time, the purveyor of cheap games for a good cause has teamed up with Cartoon Network to offer up 11 titles for your Android device.

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3 weeks ago

Ultimate Guide to Google Play

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Play, Play, Play!

How to get the most out of the Google Play Store

Google Play is the cornerstone of Google's ecosystem of content and becoming a critical part of Android. It reaches almost all of Android and through Play Services is capable of fixing many of Android's problems. Google Play also is a content library and ecosystem that is accessible on more platforms than almost any other. Born as the Android Market, it's grown from just a home for apps and is now the one-stop shop for applications, books, movies, music, TV shows — basically anything and everything that you can buy and use on your Android phone or tablet.

And we can help you get the most out of Google Play across your devices. Stick around and we'll show you a few new tricks.

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3 weeks ago

Microsoft's new Picturesque lock screen brings Bing homepage photos to Android

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Microsoft has released yet another Android-exclusive app, Pictureseque, as part of its Microsoft Garage program that it first launched in October. The app, now available on the Google Play Store, is a lock screen that offers users access to the many terrific images that the company has posted on its Bing.com homepage.

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4 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: HTC Cloudex, Hue Pro, Billguard and more

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AC editors' apps of the week

Your weekly serving of the best apps

Hooray it's Super Bowl Appday! We know that a good many of us are preparing for the big game right about now, but there's always time to get to know a great Android app or two. Take a break from nacho tray assembly and beverage layout placement for a minute or two and have a look at our list of great Android apps that you need to try.

And remember — we can't list every great app or even try them all. That's where we count on you fine folks to share with us. Found an app that you think everyone needs to know about and try for themselves? Throw that bad boy into the comments so we all know about it. Sharing is caring and all that.

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4 weeks ago

Top free antivirus apps for Android

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There are a ton of options when it comes to antivirus apps on your Android phone or tablet — but there are only a handful of truly free ones. Many offer free features, with more robust features available as at a premium or subscription basis. You can get just as many great features from an unrestricted free app however. And in this case we're talking all-the-way free.

So while we still contend that you don't necessarily need a virus scanner on Android, it's still a conversation we're going to have, and we're going to look at some of the apps that are currently available.

All of these apps offer the basics like virus and malware scanning, but a few also have features that go beyond, like app managers, app locks, privacy controls, phone finder, remote wipe and more. So if you're looking for a great free antivirus app for Android, look no further than these apps.

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4 weeks ago

Can't watch the Super Bowl? Use these Android apps instead

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Whether you're just 'in it for the commercials' or you're cheering on a team, you can watch from mobile if you have to

We can't all be comfortably seated in the best spot in the living room with a huge plate of wings and a threatening glare toward anyone who dares to even think about touching the remote control this Sunday night. For reasons passing understanding, Super Bowl Sunday is not a national holiday yet. As a result, you may have obligations that put you somewhere that doesn't have the big game playing. The good news is there are mobile options if you're able to watch. The bad news is, if you want to watch live, there's not a lot of them.

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1 month ago

Pandora's app redesign is now available to all streamers

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Pandora Radio announced an upcoming update late last year, which included a redesign of its mobile apps. The new design was available as a beta to just a fraction of Pandora users, but the update has hit supported Android hardware today.

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1 month ago

Z Launcher beta update brings preliminary icon pack support, UI improvements

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After making its Z Launcher open to the public in beta form last fall, Nokia has issued the first major update for the app. In this update, Nokia is laying the groundwork for icon pack support, along with various UI and design improvements.

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1 month ago

Gmail Inbox invites available until Friday morning

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Anyone still itching to try out Google's next-generation Gmail experience, Inbox, have until 9 AM PST on Friday (tomorrow) to shoot an e-mail to inbox@google.com from a Gmail address to get in.

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1 month ago

SwiftKey keyboard now available in Chinese

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SwiftKey has wrapped up the beta for the Chinese implementation of their custom Android keyboard, and now has Simplified Chinese, Tiawan traditional Chinese, and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese input options.

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