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Samsung Gets Sued For Lack Of Updates In The Netherlands, Says Stagefright Is 'A Theoretical Problem'

People are upset at phone manufacturers for taking their sweet time sending out software updates. That's understandable. It's why commenters laughed at Sony for releasing Android 5.1 to some of its phones several months after Marshmallow was available. It's why customers are pissed that Motorola isn't standing by some of its cheaper handsets. And apparently it's why a consumer advocacy group is suing Samsung in the Netherlands.

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[Deal Alert] Google Play Music Giving Away Three Free Albums And Offering 19 More For $0.99 (Y'all Know This Is Probably USA Only)

Freeee Stuff!!! Hooray!

Google has three more free albums on Google Play Music and also has discounted a ton of other ones to just 99 cents. Time to pad that music collection my fellow cheapskates, this is a great way to spend all those Google Opinion Reward credits you've been hoarding (they expire after a year BTW, so best use 'em before you lose 'em).

Here are the free albums

And here are the ones you have to pay for, but only $0.99.

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Appfour Releases A PDF And Google Drive Viewer For Android Wear (Magnifying Glass Not Included)

Have you ever wanted to view a document on your smartwatch? Don't lie. What, you have? Oh, well, um, now you can, all thanks to developer appfour.

To lay your eyes on 1.3 inches of barely readable fuzziness, open the Documents app on your smartwatch. The app will pull the list of recently used documents from your phone. You can tap on any of them to get a fullscreen view (which ultimately doesn't amount to much) of the paper, slideshow, or spreadsheet.

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Apple Wins Injunction Preventing Samsung From Selling Several Ancient Phones In The US

While the legal battle between Samsung and Apple has mostly winded down, there are still some legal loose ends that need to be tied up. US District Judge Lucy Koh on Monday ordered a sales ban of several Samsung phones in the US, stemming from a 2014 ruling that found Samsung did infringe on several Apple patented features. You can probably put down your pitchforks, though. The phones included in the ban are ancient and aren't even sold anymore.

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[Deal Alert] iOrange-E Again Has Coupon Codes For Its Braided USB Type-C Cables, Except This Time There's C-To-C

Readers who follow our deal alerts already know that we have a thing for iOrange-E's braided USB Type C cables. We've highlighted them a few times now and have pointed out how Googler Benson Leung says they won't inadvertently damage your USB Type C devices. Thing is, we've only shared USB C to A cables in the past, as in cords with USB Type C on one end and a regular-sized, fat USB plug on the other.

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Starbucks App Now Shows What Music Is Playing In Stores And Offers To Save The Entire Spotify Playlist

Finding stuff to listen to is difficult work. I mean, it must be. More folks have sat around thinking up yet one more way for helping consumers discover music differently than have put their talents toward developing a decent mobile office suite or a way for users to back up app save data without having to void warranties. For those of you who have made Spotify your music-finding solution of choice, Starbucks is offering something aside from a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich.

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Pocket Casts Gets Updated To v5.3 With Date-Based Filtering, Marshmallow Data Sync, Improved Voice Controls, And More

The developers of Pocket Casts have a history of being at the forefront of Android with an update adding this feature or that. They were early on material design, and just recently added a cool Nearby API implementation. Today, there's one that adds some tasty Marshmallow features, better filtering, and more.

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Hands-On With The New Developer-Generated Play Store Promo Codes

Promo codes aren't new in the Play Store. Google has been using them for a while to redeem apps (like the free family apps it offered for a few weeks) and other types of media. However, the option for developers to generate their own codes and issue them to their users was only added a few days ago.

Google's documentation details how developers can create promotions, what they need to do to set them up in their apps, and how users can redeem them. Here is what the process looks like in the Developer Console and on the user's end.

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25 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (1/5/16 - 1/18/16)

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.

Games

The Room Three

Android Police coverage: Amazingly Intricate Puzzler 'The Room Three' Is Finally Available On Android

The Room, one of the most well-regarded mobile game series ever, is back with its third iteration. This 3D puzzle game includes fantastic graphics and wonderfully spooky production design, neither of which detract from the brain-tingling puzzles on offer.

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RetroArch Emulator Updated With New Interface, Support For Dreamcast (Soon), And More

The games of yesteryear might not look as pretty as today's games, but they still have a lot going for them. The problem is dealing with a dozen different emulators for each platform. RetroArch offers support for a ton of different classic systems, and it just got an update to v1.3 and it supports even more games.

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