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Sony's Xperia Z3 And Z3 Compact Marshmallow Concept Is Now Live For Testers, And You Can Try It Out For Yourself

Few Android OEMs take their updates as seriously and as extensively as Sony does, and Marshmallow is no exception. Ever since the source code for Android 6.0.0 was released by Google, the company revealed which devices in its portfolio will get it (hint: they go as far back as the Xperia Z2), released AOSP binaries for a slew of devices including its new Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, and announced concept Marshmallow builds for the Z3 and Z3 Compact that are open for 10,000 testers. Now these builds are starting to roll to users who signed up for them and you have more opportunities to try them out if you own a compatible smartphone.

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[Hands-On] Ultimate Ears Releases 'Block Party Mode' Update For The MEGABOOM, BOOM 2, And ROLL

Ultimate Ears makes some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market today, but what's almost as notable is the company's consistent updates. The BOOM speakers are already some of the most feature-rich when combined with the app(s), and today they're getting even better with a new feature called "Block Party Mode."

Basically, this allows up to three devices to connect to the speaker at the same time and take turns playing music. Everything is controlled by the "host" (the person who started the Block Party), which allows them to play/pause music on any of the connected devices, as well as change the volume of the speaker and boot users who don't want to play nicely.

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Palabre 2.0 Gets A Visual Overhaul And Adds More News Providers Like Twitter, Inoreader, The Old Reader, And An SDK For Developers

When Google Reader got shut down a few years ago, I was in disarray. My entire work system relied on having an easy one-stop site to check all the news and articles that have been recently published instead of having to visit each source to check it out. As alternatives started spanning out, I tested a couple until I settled on Inoreader because it embodied everything Google Reader was (fast, reliable, simple, handy with keyboard shortcuts) without the bells and whistles of magazine views and images that often hindered my workflow.

The problem remains however that, unlike Feedly, Inoreader doesn't have a huge choice of Android apps.

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Ting Offers AT&T Customers A Free $5 Starbucks Gift Card Just For Checking Phone Compatibility

If you're an AT&T customer, you can have a free cup of coffee (or anything else from Starbucks that costs less than five dollars) on Ting. The budget-focused MVNO is offering a $5 gift card to AT&T users just for checking to see if their current phone is compatible with the service. Head to this address, enter your phone's IMEI number to check if it's compatible, enter your phone number (to make sure it's an AT&T account), then give them your email address to get your gift card. Not bad.

The promotion is active today, tomorrow, and Thursday, ending at midnight Eastern on October 22nd.

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Google Posts Android 6.0.0 Factory Images For The Nexus 5X

According to our poll, at least 1900 Android Police readers ordered a Nexus 5X, and your device may have started shipping already. If you're one of them (or us, I ordered one too), you're probably too eager to get your hands on the latest Marshmallow'y goodness straight from Google and LG's hands. You've already read Ryan's review preview, but you can now do one more thing to prepare yourself for the 5X's arrival to your doorstep: download its factory image.

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Google has posted these for three variants of the 5X: MDA89E, MDA89F, and MDB08I. Ryan's unit runs MDB08G so there may be a few more software versions out there which images haven't been uploaded yet.

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Stream Your Favorite STARZ Shows On Android TV With New STARZ Play App (Unless You Are A Comcast Customer)

STARZ may not have as many subscribers as HBO, but the premium cable network has several popular shows with millions of loyal followers. Today, watching these shows got a little easier for Android TV owners as the STARZ Play Android TV app was added to the Playstore. Unlike HBO's Android TV launch, the app is available for all devices out of the gate, both TVs and streaming boxes.

The STARZ Android TV app is much like its regular Android counterpart. Once you sign in with your cable provider's login information you can stream all the content available to STARZ subscribers.

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[Update: Also Added Gas Prices] Google Maps v9.16 Adds Search For Places Along Your Current Route For Quick Stops To Get Gas And Food [APK Download]

Forget Offline Navigation! OK, don't forget it, but set it aside for a moment because Google Maps just got the greatest update ever, it just doesn't have anything to do with offline. Navigation now supports the option to search along your current route for new destinations. Now you can easily side-track on your long road trips to get gas, food, or even do a little shopping. It's quick, simple, and super useful.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked LG G4 (H815) Continues To Drop In Price, Available Now For $380 On eBay

As if deciding which Nexus device to purchase wasn't hard enough, there are also several other killer Android flagships that are getting cheaper by the day, begging consideration. One of the best of this group is the LG G4. Just a month ago it was available for $400, a great price, and now you can pick one up on eBay even cheaper at just $380.

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The model in question is the H815 variant, which works or most of AT&T's bands and should also be good for use on T-Mobile, if you are OK with not having access to band 12 (also remember that HSPA+ will only work in areas with 1900Mhz towers).

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[Update: Deal Is Back] JBL Charge 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker-Battery Combo On Sale For $79.99 At Best Buy ($70 Off)

If you're looking to add a little old-school convergence to your mobile accessories, you might want to check out Best Buy's deal portal this weekend. The JBL Charge 2, a high-quality portable Bluetooth speaker that can also charge your phone or tablet, is on sale for a significant discount. The speaker costs $149.99 at retail, but you can grab it for just $79.99 today with free shipping.

This is a new unit, not refurbished, and it's available in black, white/grey, blue, red, and purple.

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22 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (10/5/15 - 10/19/15)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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