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Looks Like Verizon Will Be Getting A Third-Generation LG Lucid, Because Why Not

While it's probably safe to assume the bulk of our readers are after the highest-end handset out when upgrade time comes, there's undoubtedly also those who need to stay on a budget. LG's Lucid was a handset that I feel like helped spark a new era for the budget market: affordable phones that don't completely suck. Verizon must've felt the same way, because the Lucid saw a sequel with last year's aptly-name Lucid 2.

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JuiceSSH Hits 500,000 Users, Celebrates By Giving Away Free Pro Pack Upgrades Until March 18th

Come on everybody, give a big round of applause to the guys behind JuiceSSH for hitting 500k installs! To celebrate the accomplishment, they're giving away free upgrades to the Pro pack for anybody that signs up before March 18th. There's no expiration date and all you have to do is enter the Google account you want to have registered.

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In case you're not familiar with JuiceSSH, it's a terminal (command line) client capable of opening secure connections to remote computers.

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[Weekend Poll] Are You Keeping Your Amazon Prime Membership With The $20 Price Hike (If You Have One)?

While we didn't report on the story ourselves, Amazon's decision to raise the price of its Prime membership service by $20 (to $100 a year) has hard corners of the internet up in arms, albeit over something no one really needs in the first place.

If you're not in one of the countries where Prime is available (I was surprised to learn that it is, in fact, available outside the US), you may not be familiar with the service.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 103: KitKatification

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here.

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Chromecast Launching In The UK On Wednesday March 19th

Our friends across the pond will no longer have to resort to importing a Chromecast from the US as of March 19th. That's apparently the day Google's streaming dongle is set to hit shelves in the UK. At least one retailer already has the device in stock and has alerted employees to the impeding launch.

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Sprint Replaces Previous No-Contract 'As You Go' Service With New Prepaid Smartphone Plans Starting At $45 A Month

Out with the old, in with the new. Today Sprint has retired its no-contract As You Go service and replaced it with the more straightforwardly branded Sprint Prepaid. The new offering is something Sprint customers or no-contract shoppers should almost want to consider, but the monthly prices still aren't low enough for the limited number of phones supported.

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Sprint Prepaid introduces two smartphone plans: Smart and Smart Plus. The former offers unlimited talk and text for $45 a month.

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Google Wallet Tap And Pay Functionality Will Not Be Supported On Devices Running Android 4.3 Or Older After April 14th

Google has updated its support pages and started sending out emails to alert users of Google Wallet to an upcoming change in the way NFC payments work. As of April 14th, tap and pay will require KitKat or higher. Older devices will no longer be supported after that date.

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The reason for the change is Google's desire to only use Host Card Emulation (HCE) to make NFC payments work. That feature was introduced in Android 4.4, so it's the end of the line for Jelly Bean and earlier devices.

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Sega Offers Crazy Taxi For Free In The Play Store To Hype Up The Upcoming Freemium Sequel

Sega originally released Crazy Taxi for Android priced at $4.99, but until March 19th, you can now get the game entirely for free. We're talking the full package, complete with everything from the original music by the Offspring to all the craaaaaaazy money your frightening driving skills can earn you. Unfortunately, the one thing you're not likely to get are future updates.

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You see, Google doesn't allow developers to make paid apps on the Play Store free, then return them back to their original paid status.

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Facebook Pages Manager Updated To Version 1.10 With New Post Sharing Options, Expanded Status Update Details, And More

Facebook's Pages Manager app has made the jump to version 1.10, and while it isn't a major overhaul, it does introduce a few new features. Now people who manage multiple pages can share posts between them by hitting the share button at the bottom of each post. Pages based on people also have more emotions and activities available for status updates, such as "Feeling Good" or "Watching TV." In addition to that, managers can edit posts on their page timeline.

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S Band Fitness Tracker Leaked In Detail By SamMobile, Samsung Continues Its Shotgun Approach To Wearables

Samsung appears to be in full-on product carpet-bombing mode when it comes to wearables, as Samsung-thing-that-goes-on-your-wrist #4 has been detailed in a new leak by SamMobile, and it's called the S Band.

Now, you may say, "S Band? That sounds familiar" and you would be right, it should indeed ring a bell or two! Because Samsung initially unveiled a product called the S Band alongside the Galaxy S4... last year.

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