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Nearby Is Now Official, API Enabling Proximity-Based Connections Will Come Included With Google Play Services 7.8

Last year we received information that Google was working on an initiative called "Nearby" that would enable Android devices to communicate with people, places, and devices that were in close proximity. In the time since, things have mostly been silent. We've seen similar functionality pop up in the likes of Chromecast guest mode and trusted devices, but not the full shebang.

Now, Google is taking the feature public. In a post over on its developers blog, the company details ways in which Nearby will make sharing information with someone nearby easier than exchanging account information or scanning QR codes.

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[App Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Apps Of June 2015

June didn't see any huge releases in terms of Android apps, though we did finally get a publicly-available version of the Kodi Media Center, and Photoshop for Android (yes, yet another version of Photoshop). There are also some new tools for cloud storage fans, and probably the best cooking app on the Play Store. We've got some notable extras (especially if you're a Stephen Colbert fan). Here in no particular order are the best seven new apps from June, along with some honorable mentions.

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Android Police coverage: Kodi Media Center For Android Is Now Available On The Play Store, No Beta Request Necessary

The open-source Kodi media player, formerly XBMC, has been available in a closed beta on Android for months.

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31 New And Notable (And 1 WTF) Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (6/16/15 - 6/29/15)

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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.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Photo Wall FX Live Wallpaper

Today's app roundup is sponsored by the Photo Wall FX live wallpaper by Handy Apps. The idea behind this wallpaper is simple: it uses the local photos on your phone or tablet to make a grid collage, dynamically selecting and cycling photos and sizing them so that there's no space left between them.

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[Deal Alert] Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM Bluetooth Speaker Again On Sale At Best Buy, But This Time It's Even Cheaper At $50 (50% Off)

The Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM speaker is currently marked down to $50 as a Best Buy deal of the day. That's a 50% discount on what I would personally say is an awesome little portable Bluetooth speaker. Our very own Camerson Summerson would say the same, albeit in more detail.

This deal undercuts the last Best Buy sale, which was just over a week ago, by $10. This time around, you can get the speaker in all black or with a red front grille, and you can pick up the green-on-purple Barney the Dinosaur edition at the same price.

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[Android Car Review] The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Is Android Auto's Debut Vehicle, And It's A Great One

Yep, you read that right: we're reviewing a car. On Android Police. I know, it's weird. But we'll get through it, together! We might even have some fun.

In all seriousness, we're going to be reviewing as many cars that come with Android Auto - or are powered by Android in some form - as we can this year. Consider it something of an experiment. I've never reviewed a car before, and I'm already rolling out the crust for my humble pie as I write this, but you've got to start somewhere, right? With that in mind, the focus of our car reviews will obviously be technology.

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Spotify 3.1 Beta Brings New Now Start Page, Spotify Running, And Audio/Video Shows [APK Download]

Back in May Spotify offered a healthy serving of new functionality to iOS users that, dagnabbit, we Android folks wanted too. At the time, we were told that our taste would come in the near future with no specific timing. Well, premium Spotify subscribers have started to see the features show up in the latest beta updates.

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We detailed the changes back when iOS got its hands on them, so I'm going to skim over them now. There's a new "Now" start page that provides music based on the time of day while also adapting to your mood and personal tastes.

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15 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (6/3/15 - 6/15/15)

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.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

Photo Wall FX Live Wallpaper

Today's app roundup is sponsored by the Photo Wall FX live wallpaper by Handy Apps. The idea behind this wallpaper is simple: it uses the local photos on your phone or tablet to make a grid collage, dynamically selecting and cycling photos and sizing them so that there's no space left between them.

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Cadillac's 2016 Model Year Lineup Will Get Android Auto, Though Not Immediately

Cadillac has just announced that it, too, will be jumping on the Android Auto bandwagon, with all 2016 model year Cadillac vehicles that are equipped with the 8-inch CUE infotainment system being the first to get it. Cadillac has stated that Android Auto will not, however, ship immediately on these cars. Instead, they'll most likely get Auto via a dealer-installed software update, around which time Auto will also start to be phased into production vehicles. For now, Cadillac is estimating that Auto will be available around the mid-model year (think winter 2015/2016), but that's subject to change.

There's no specific list of which cars will be getting a 2016 model year in Cadillac's lineup, but presumably it's going to be almost all of them.

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Chevrolet Just Announced A Ton Of Its 2016 Model Year Cars Will Get Android Auto, Most At No Additional Cost

Want a car with Android Auto? Chevrolet probably just became your best bet: the American automotive giant just announced that 14 (fourteen, that's right) of its 2016 model year cars will get it. The really important part, though, is that 10 of those 14 will come with an Auto-compatible system even at base trim level. That's pretty outstanding.

Here are the cars, which is basically the bulk of Chevrolet's entire 2016 lineup:

  • Spark
  • Cruze
  • Malibu
  • Camaro (and Camaro Convertible)
  • Silverado
  • Silverado HD
  • Colorado
  • Impala
  • Volt
  • Corvette (and Corvette Convertible)
  • Tahoe
  • Suburban

Yes, if you count the convertibles as the same car as their coupe siblings, it's 12 models, but still - damn impressive.

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[Wake Me Up When September Ends] Spotify Adapts To Your Day And Runs, Adds Videos And Shows, But Only On iOS Now — Android Sometime Later

Here's an all too familiar story: major app or service gets new feature, releases it on iOS and says it's coming soon or later ... or sometime in the future we don't really know since we just started working on it and our one Android developer is a bit overwhelmed with everything we asked him to do just now and you should be patient because we really value our Android users, cross our heart and hope to die, and we want them to have the same experience as iOS users but it's hard to give you a solid timeline, so trust us that it's coming and we're trying really hard or as hard as we can to make it look like we are, but just leave us alone for a few months and maybe then ask us about it again?

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