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Editorial: The Rise Of The "Cheap" Smartphone Is Finally Here - And That Makes Me Happy

As I sit here in a hip Los Angeles coffee shop across from the seemingly never-ending whooshes and rumbles of LA traffic on a busy boulevard just outside the door, I wonder if $4 is a reasonable price for the latte now sitting in front of me. It does have one of those latte art fern-shaped things on it. Or, at least it looks like a fern to me.

While not a tiny amount of money, it doesn't seem totally unreasonable. (And trust me: $4 for a latte is a respectable price in Los Angeles.) After all, I am availing myself the use of said business's counter, its rather lovely interior inspired by the owner's Taiwanese heritage (well, supposedly), a nice ceramic cup for my beverage, and the generally relaxed atmosphere the place provides.

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Android Marshmallow Preview 3 Adds Per-App Battery Usage In mAh (Milliamp-Hours) To Battery Use Details Area

While Android's own battery stats have always been quite robust compared to, say, iOS, many have long yearned for even more practical but granular statistics to help them evaluate their device's power consumption. In the third Android 6.0 developer preview, Google has now added a new field to battery stats for individuals apps: usage of battery capacity in mAh.

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Milliamp-hours are used (as opposed to milliwatt-hours) because this is how smartphone batteries are rated to consumers, and the unit more or less works if you just want a device-specific measurement of consumption. Of course, because it's a computed usage, it's hard to say how accurate or meaningful the figure really is (if you have any insight on this, feel free to enlighten us in the comments).

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[Deal Alert] Buddy Guy's 'Born To Play Guitar' Blues Album (Google Play Deluxe Edition) Is Free To Download

Was the free Play: Blues Pioneers album from a few days ago not enough to satisfy your need for the blues? Silly question. What type of fan is ever happy after one album? So here's another. Google Play is giving out free digital copies of Buddy Guy's Born to Play Guitar.

Buddy Guy is 79 years old, and he's been making music for longer than most of our readers have been alive. Maybe even their parents. Born to Play Guitar came out this year, but it's just one in oh-dear-god-has-Buddy-Guy-really-made-this-many-albums?

Wow. Yeah. Go download this one. It comes with sixteen tracks and lasts for over an hour.

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Amazon Gives Details On How Amazon Underground Works For Developers Who Want To Make Money While Not Charging Users For In-App Purchases

When Amazon announced Amazon Underground, a new app marketplace where many freemium games are made "actually free," everything seemed pretty great. You can make in-app purchases on apps downloaded from Underground without actually spending money, which is my favorite way to buy things. Of course, if you spend much time thinking about how this must work behind the scenes, it's tough to see how this will be a winner.

Amazon has been kind enough to share the nitty gritty details. Here's the short version:

  1. Developers agree to waive the fees for in-app purchases
  2. Amazon pays developers 0.2 cents per minute of use, per user
  3. ???
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Play Music Surpasses 1 Billion Installs, Becomes The 15th Android App To Do So

The number of people activating Android devices continues to grow, because this summer we've watched as a number of Android apps have passed the billion installs milestone. The latest app to hit this goal is Play Music. This makes it the fifteenth to make the list.

Google has made numerous additions to Play Music since launching the service in 2011. Users went from storing their personal collections online and buying individual albums to streaming whatever they wanted using All Access subscriptions. These days you can start personalized radio stations that suit your mood. You can also sign-up to stream music for free.

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The Developer Accused Of Creating Powerful Malware Known As "Dendroid" Now Admits It, Faces Potential Prison Sentence

Over a year ago there was a lot of concern about this piece of malware that had not only a flashy, user-friendly interface, but also the ability to monitor audio and video on Android devices. Even worse, it was able to slip past the automated checking use by Google at the time. Technically, it was really a software toolkit to make it easier to package malware APKs and then do malicious things with them.

At long last, Morgan Culbertson was arrested last month after being charged with creating the software. Tuesday, Culbertson pleaded guilty in federal court, telling the judge "I committed the crime" when asked why he was entering the plea.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 175: Samsung's No Good, Very Bad Week

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here. As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's episode: we continue our ongoing Android History series with Android 2.2, Froyo! We also discuss the Note 5's S Pen debacle, the upcoming DROID MAXX 2, and more.

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Vine Places A Greater Emphasis On Music With New 'Snap To Beat' Perfect Audio Loops, Featured Songs, And More

Music and social media go together like teenagers and places their parents don't know about. Music became such a big part of MySpace, it inspired the likes of SoundCloud. Music videos regularly rack up the most views on YouTube. Chances are, your favorite artists have a Twitter account.

Musicians have used Vine as another way to get themselves noticed and share their music with a new generation. Now Vine intends to help them out. Today it's launching Snap to Beat, a easier way to toss together seamless perfect loops.

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[Update: Statement] Huawei Watch Pre-Order Appears On Amazon With Prices Ranging From $350 To $800, Release Date Listed As September 2nd

News spread back in June that Huawei was waiting until September or October to launch the Huawei Watch. Now the watch has appeared on Amazon, and it's showing a launch date of September 2nd.

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Multiple Sources Now Indicate That Android Wear Will Launch For iOS Soon

Today's leak of the Huawei Watch on Amazon referenced the fact that the device was compatible with "iOS 8.2 or higher." Normally, it might be easy to chalk up such a thing to an oversight or automatic field-fill on the merchant page.

But I'd take stock that in that information: we've learned from a second, reliable source off the record that Android Wear will be receiving iOS support soon. How soon? It's possible we could see an announcement some time around IFA, which happens Sept. 4-9, though the announcement may not necessarily be at the show or even during it - it's not exactly clear.

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