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3 weeks ago

Waze app will start displaying AMBER Alerts to help find missing children

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The new feature for the social-themed navigation app should help with spreading the word about children who are either missing or have been abducted.

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3 weeks ago

Sonos updates its Android app with a better rooms menu and more

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Sonos has updated its app for Android devices to version 5.3, which includes a number of improvements to help owners of the company's connected speaker products.

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3 weeks ago

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now work with your Android device

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Withings Activité and Activité Pop are gaining the ability to sync with Android devices with the launch of the Health Mate app, which was thus far exclusive to the iOS platform.

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3 weeks ago

Tinder Plus goes official; lets you take back that swipe for a price

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Popular dating app Tinder has officially launched its premium service called Tinder Plus today after a potential March launch was first hinted at early last month. The premium subscription adds an option to undo previous swipes, as well as a new way for users to meet matches in other parts of the world.

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3 weeks ago

Sony releases theme creation tools in beta for Xperia line

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Sony has released a tool to allow for easy creation of Xperia themes for Androids running their version of the operating system. This application installs on your computer, and when used in conjunction with an image editor (Photoshop is recommended and well-supported) allows you to customize over 300 different assets. Using custom icons, buttons and backgrounds it's now pretty easy to create your very own theme for Xperia phones and tablets.

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3 weeks ago

Epic Games ditches monthly fee for developers who use Unreal Engine 4

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Epic Games has announced that it is getting rid of its $19 monthly fee for developers who want to make games using Unreal Engine 4. Epic will still take 5% of any gross revenue generated by an Unreal Engine 4-based app or game every quarter after it reaches $3,000 in revenue.

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3 weeks ago

Oculus and Samsung launching paid apps and games, free short films on Gear VR today

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Samsung and Oculus VR will be launching paid apps and games, as well as new free content offerings, on the Gear VR today. Well-timed after the announcement of an updated Gear VR that works with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the new content offerings are a welcomed addition to the current content available on the headset.

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3 weeks ago

Mortal Kombat X brings its Fatalities to Android devices in April

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Developer NetherRealm Studios is bringing a version of its upcoming fighting game Mortal Kombat X to Android devices this April. The free-to-play game should be released around the same time as its previously announced PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC counterparts.

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3 weeks ago

Google is launching their own payments framework: Android Pay

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Android Pay is real, and it's going to power mobile payments across Android. But it's not so much an app or even user-facing feature, as a service that developers will be able to leverage as an API framework to build payments into their own apps.

The news comes from none other than Sundar Pichai, Google's SVP of Product, at MWC 2015. He said that Google agrees with the general sentiment that mobile payments have reached a new level of importance this year, and that it makes sense to be able to carry your cards in the phone you're already carrying.

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3 weeks ago

Waze may already be installed on your next smartphone

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Google today announced that Waze will be an option as pre-installed software on Android smartphones. The move will provide OEM partners (and carriers) the opportunity to have the service already installed and ready to go for when consumers first switch on their new handsets.

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3 weeks ago

Cyanogen and Qualcomm announce new partnership for reference hardware

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Behind the scenes, Cyanogen OS soon will be everywhere.

Barcelona is alive with news from every facet of the mobile industry today, and while most of us are fully immersed in all of the products being announced that will actually be shipping soon, the folks at Qualcomm are preparing for the stuff that comes next. Typically when Qualcomm makes a mobile announcement at an event like Mobile World Congress it's for the next wave of processors the company is working on. Today, however, Qualcomm is making a software announcement.

Specifically, the company has announced a partnership with Cyanogen Inc. to overhaul the software shipped on the next generation of reference devices.

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3 weeks ago

INRIX works with Samsung with driving-based apps for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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INRIX will help owners of Samsung's newest smartphones get around in their vehicle with a number of apps and services.

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3 weeks ago

Flesky Keyboard will be free with Samsung Galaxy S6 Galaxy Gifts program

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Flesky has announced that their popular and extremely customizable keyboard will be offered free for people buying a Samsung Galaxy S6 as part of the Galaxy Gifts program. In addition to the full version of Flesky, the Modern Premium themes will be free. This gets you about $10 worth of great typing with your new Galaxy S6.

Flesky has been extremely popular on Android, with over 3 million users. Excellent auto-correct, smooth design and the addition of extensions make it one of our best keyboard apps — and plenty of others think the same. Getting it free makes it even better.

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3 weeks ago

HTC confirms Sense 7 is coming to the One M8

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While HTC should be busy showing off all the refinements that have been made to the new HTC One M9, the company paused briefly the let everyone know that their new software experience is headed to the previous generation as well. HTC One M8 owners can look forward to Sense 7 in all of its Lollipop glory headed to their devices in the not-so-distant future.

HTC has yet to offer a timeline for this update, but as always you can keep and eye on the software updates section on their website for updates.

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3 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: YouTube Kids, Scholly, SoundHUD and more

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AC editors' apps picks

Our weekly app picks

Appday Sunday is on Saturday this week, because we expect a wee bit 'o news from Barcelona to start up on Sunday the first. They have phones and stuff at Mobile World Congress, ya know! Anyhoo, we're here to share our favorite apps with everyone. Apps we use and love. Apps we want to showcase because we think they are just that good.

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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