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[Update: Winners] Like Wallpapers? We Have 50 Backdrops Pro Codes To Give Away

A couple of weeks ago, Google gave developers a way to offer promo codes for their apps. Shortly after, we teamed up with the developer of LocalCast to hand out 50 promo codes for the premium version of the app, which was a great success. Today, we’re teaming up with the dev behind Backdrops, a popular wallpaper app, to give out 50 codes for Backdrops Pro. Let’s go.

First off, if you haven’t tried Backdrops, I feel bad for you, son. It’s essentially a premier way to find new wallpapers on Android, and the majority of the content there is exclusive so you won’t get it anywhere else.

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The First CyanogenMod 12.1 Snapshot Build In Two Months Starts Rolling Out

While many users of CyanogenMod have moved on to the nightly Marshmallow-based CM13 releases, the more stable snapshot builds are still on CM12.1 (Lollipop). It's been more than two months since we got a new snapshot build, but now one is starting to roll out.

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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 (Many Left Behind On Jelly Bean) Gets Android Marshmallow Thanks To CyanogenMod 13

When a custom ROM pops up for a device that already has support, it's like watching another politician join an election. You have two options before you, which way do you go? Are you a pragmatist, ideologically driven, or someone who just wants to tinker around?

But when a phone has been neglected for years, the ROM feels more like a savior. For the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, CyanogenMod has stepped into that role.

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T-Mobile Offers Buy One, Get One Half Off Prices On Samsung And LG Flagship Phones, But Not On The Web

Cars. Houses. Contracted electronics. These are items for which the old "buy one, get one" scheme rarely works. But since T-Mobile has ostensibly given up cellular contracts, it makes a sort of sense... at least if you're buying phones for more than one person on the same plan. The carrier is now offering a buy one, get one 50% off discount on all versions of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, the LG G4, and the LG V10, as well as the latest two generations of iPhones.

All colors and capacities sold by T-Mobile are eligible, and you can purchase up to 12 phones at a time(!) and apply the discounts.

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Mobile Dev + Test Is Offering Android Development Tutorials, Sessions, And Workshops In San Diego on April 17-22; Register Now With This Coupon Code For $200 Off [Sponsored Post]

The Mobile Dev + Test conference is back this year and better than ever, with in-depth Android development and mobile training, tutorials, keynotes, and sessions! In addition, TechWell events is also launching the collocation of the inaugural, Internet of Things conference, IoT Dev + Test with Mobile Dev + Test. Both conferences will be happening at the Westin San Diego April 17–22, 2016. Register for one conference and gain access to both conference programs. Pick and choose what content is right for you and build a customized week of learning and networking.

In addition to the new IoT Dev + Test conference, a new 2-day training course has been added to help testers learn how to better automate their mobile testing efforts, Effective Mobile Automation using Appium®.

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The 'Until Next Alarm' Bug In Do Not Disturb Mode Returns, Will Probably Be There Until Google Patches It

Well this is frustrating. The bug that caused the "Until Next Alarm" function of Android's Do Not Disturb mode to disappear, which manifested itself in late December on a number of Android phones running Lollipop 5.1 and later, is back. The timing of the month seems more than coincidental. Since the problem manifested late in December, presumably Google didn't have time to implement a fix in the latest round of scheduled Android updates.

It looks like this will keep occurring at the tail end of the month until Google fixes it - hopefully in the latest round of Nexus updates.

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Google Play Store Comments Section On Android Switches To A Single Thumbs Up And Spam Feedback

Lately, Google has been experimenting with some changes to its Play Store reviews section to make as much information available at a glance as possible. That's why it added review highlights where you could see the most frequent terms found inside the comments with small samples from different reviews. And recently it began slightly tweaking the way users interact with these reviews, probably in an effort to streamline feedback submission for others' comments.

Previously, the Play Store would show a small thumbs up / thumbs down icon next to each review where you could quickly give feedback on whether or not it's useful.

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Hangouts v7.0 Is Rolling Out With Quick Reply, A Suspicious Google Messenger SMS Pop Up, And More [APK Download]

Hangouts updates are usually an opportunity to be let down, but not this time. Get ready to feel a mix of excitement, annoyance, and concern; a feeling that, as far as I'm aware, does not have a name. So let's just say we're all about to feel a little "Hangouts." The v7.0 update is starting to hit devices, and it finally adds quick reply. However, it also nags you to install Google Messenger. Perhaps the rumor about SMS being removed is going to come true soon?

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Tuesday App And Game Sales: Hotline Miami 2, Photo Studio Pro, Doom & Destiny, And More

The quality of apps on Android is much higher than it once was, and a lot of the paid ones are worth buying. That doesn't mean you wouldn't like to save a few bucks, right? That's what we're here to help out with by rounding up some cool sales. Just head below to see all the goodies.

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Google Now Notification Icons Have Started Getting Tagged With A 'G' Badge

When Google thinks it knows something you might be interested in, like a middle schooler at lunch time, it has to get this information off its chest. Usually this comes in the form of a Google Now notification.

These are marked by blue icons containing a symbol that indicate what type of information you're about to read, such as a cloud for weather or a soccer ball for sports. Now these images have badges with Google's logo.

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