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Google Play's Family Library with app and game sharing goes live today, July 2nd

Family Library and sharing have been a long, really long, time coming on Google Play. In his different app teardowns, Cody has repeatedly discovered strings pointing out to the feature coming to Play Books, Play Movies, Play Services, the Play Store, but up until recently, the only Google entity that had benefited from any kind of family sharing was Play Music and its Family Plans.

But at this year's Google I/O, Google announced that Family Library was coming to Google Play app and games purchases with the new changes taking effect on July 2nd... which happens to be today.

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[Deal Alert] RAVPower 20100mAh external battery with USB-C and Quick Charge 3.0 input/output is $47.99 on Amazon

Do you want power? More power? Faster power? If the answer is yes, then you've come to the right deal alert post. This RAVPower external battery has everything I'd want in a portable charger nowadays and it's discounted today on Amazon to an all-time low price of $47.99.

So why am I gushing about this battery pack? Well, it's not because of its 20100mAh capacity or dual USB output ports or 4 LED indicator lights. Those are pretty standard for any external battery. There are three other great selling points to this RAVPower:

  • One of the USB output ports is Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 compatible, which means that it'll charge all of your QC1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 devices as fast as they can handle it.
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ASUS ZenFone Zoom and ZenFone Selfie start getting Android Marshmallow OTA

ASUS is working hard to meet its self-imposed deadline of upgrading several ZenFone devices to Marshmallow before the end of Q2 2016. We're technically in July and Q3 already, but we'll give the company a little leeway for almost-making it on time with these two new OTAs.

After the ZenFone Max and a couple of variants of the ZenFone 2 Laser, ASUS is now starting to roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the ZenFone Zoom (ZX551KL) and ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL).

The ZenFone Zoom is moving to firmware version 4.21.40.74 while the Zenfone Selfie is going up to 21.40.0.1692. Both devices are shedding a lot of preloaded apps (read: bloat) and gaining a couple of new apps from Google and/or Facebook.

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Evleaks publishes press renders of the Galaxy Note7, again confirming name

Want an up-close and personal look at the upcoming Galaxy Note7? Evan Blass has given us just that - no more prototypes or cover glass to extrapolate from. This is the real deal. The Note7, spacing correct there, looks very, well, Note-like. With a hint of Galaxy S7. Which makes sense. As to the name? You can explain that however you want: a preemptive strike against the iPhone 7 (a moniker that lately has been dubbed unlikely by some), a lining up with the Galaxy S series - whatever. Note7 definitely does seem to be what we'll be calling it.

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Android Police Podcast Ep.212 - Seasoned Nexus (with special guest Ron Amadeo)

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here (warning: this video is uncut). As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's show: Specifications for the HTC Nexus "marlin" appear, Google is building a live support app for Nexuses, Android's navigation keys may change, and more! Plus, special guest Ron Amadeo.

This week's Android Police Podcast is brought to you by Linode cloud hosting.

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YouTube v11.25 begins preparation for mobile live streaming [APK Teardown]

YouTube is going to earn a reputation as a service that doesn't let anybody else stomp on its territory. In a story that sounds entirely too similar to the launch of YouTube Gaming to combat the success of Amazon-owned Twitch, rumors started circulating a few months ago with the suggestion YouTube had started preparing for a head-on fight with mobile livestreaming services like Periscope. It was no surprise when a formal announcement was made last week confirming YouTube would add live streaming to its flagship mobile app. The latest update to v11.25 contains evidence this is either ready to go, or at least in the works.

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[Update: Winner] Giveaway: win an NVIDIA Shield Pro (500GB) bundle

NVIDIA's latest update for Shield - the only Android TV device worth buying, frankly - is out, and it adds a whole bunch of stuff. Like Plex Media Server. Which goes quite well with today's giveaway of a 500GB Shield Pro. With Plex Media Server on your Shield, you'll not only be able to watch all your Plex content, you'll be able to store it on the Shield itself.

Shield is powerful enough to transcode all your videos and serve them up on your network, eliminating the need for a standalone Plex box on your network. Shield just does it all.

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WiFi Manager for Android Wear lets you enter network passwords on your watch

Google added support for WiFi on Android Wear devices a long time ago, but the feature is a bit of a pain to use. You have to enter the WiFi passwords on your phone, and the connection manager on Wear is limited to say the least. WiFi Manager for Android Wear makes more of the process workable on the wearable itself, and it's free to try.

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Looks like you'll soon be able to cast Chrome tabs to Hangouts (and possibly more)

A new casting feature appears to be going live for some in Chrome on the desktop (including mainline releases), with the dialogue shown in the hero image above asking users to consent to "enable casting to cloud-based service." This includes, apparently, casting Chrome tabs to Hangouts.

Casting tabs to Hangouts isn't actually new - we first saw it last May - but the feature never appeared to be widespread, and at the time tab casting itself was still in beta. This new version, unfortunately, doesn't actually appear to work yet. But there's a Google Support page and everything for it, so it's definitely a thing.

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[Deal Alert] Get a $75 gift card when you buy the new unlocked Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge from Best Buy

Samsung announced an unlocked version of the Galaxy S7 for the US market yesterday, and Best Buy is already offering a sweet deal to entice buyers to pick one up. Buying the unlocked GS7 or GS7 Edge from Best Buy gets you a free $75 gift card. That effectively makes the unlocked phones much cheaper than the carrier versions.

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