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Kappsule's Latest Game 'Battle Golf' Is A Free Way To Defeat Menacing Creatures With A Solid Stroke

Golf balls have much in common with projectile weapons. They're small. They're shaped like musket balls. Sometimes they cut through the air too quickly for the eye to follow. You could do a lot of damage with one, if you think about it.

Developer Kappsule, creator of Wrassling, apparently has. Battle Golf is the result. In this not-quite-a-sports-game, you swing a club at a ball just like you would in a virtual golf course. But when you land that hole-in-one, you're not just showing off your skills—you're doing battle.

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See that blowhole at the top of the angry whale? If you drop enough golf balls in there, you can get it to leave you alone.

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[Update: RUU Download] T-Mobile HTC One M9 Finally Getting Android 5.1 OTA Update

It's not often the case, but T-Mobile is playing catch-up with some other carriers when it comes to getting OS updates to a flagship phone. Sprint M9 owners got it on the first of July and AT&T versions were updated two weeks ago, but at not-so-long last T-Mobile HTC One M9 owners will be upgraded to Android 5.1 as well.

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Of course, the T-Mobile M9 got the oft-mentioned camera improvement update way back in April, so they were first to get what was arguably the most important OTA for the M9.

The update, to version number 2.7.531.6, should start rolling out today.

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Supply Issues Force Cancellation Of North American YotaPhone 2 Despite Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

The dual-screen e-paper/LCD YotaPhone 2 has a sufficiently interesting gimmick that it was able to rack up almost $300,000 on Indiegogo last month. However, the Russian smartphone maker has reached out to backers to share some sad news. It is unable to get the North American variant manufactured in a timely manner, so it's cancelling the device entirely.

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Snowball Hits Version 2.0, Becomes A Full-Featured Notification Center

Back in October of 2014, a new beta app called Snowball was released. Back then it was a chat head-style multi-messaging client of sorts, which was useful enough in its own right. Snowball 2.0 is out now, and the app has apparently gotten a full overhaul - it's essentially a completely different thing now. Instead of being a messaging client, Snowball is now a full-featured (and damn good-looking) notification center. Check it out:

If I said this didn't look pretty useful, I'd be lying. Don't get me wrong - Android's notification panel has come a long way and is already pretty great, but there's always room for improvement, right?

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 171: Project Margarine

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. 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: We go back and talk about Jelly Bean (in all its various iterations) as part of our ongoing Android history feature, discuss the upcoming Moto X Style, Play, and G phones, as well as the OnePlus 2.

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Google Is Rolling Out New Custom Invitation Options In Hangouts

Hangouts does some things well, but letting you know when someone new is trying to contact you is not one of them. Google is rolling out several new invitation options to Hangouts that will make things much clearer. What's more, it looks like they're already live in the Android app.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Software Upgrade 3.1 Brings Android 5.1.1, Required For Voluntary Recall

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Unsurpsingly, Android M Developer Preview 3 Has Been Delayed

With Lollipop, Google did something that developers had wanted for a while: a dev preview of the upcoming Android build. With the M release, it made that even better with OTA updates for the first time...but that hasn't gone quite as smoothly as we'd hoped it would.

The original plan was to release one build per month until the final release. New builds were scheduled to show up at the end of May, June, and July, with the final build in "Q3." That's cool, except the M 2 build was fairly late; it didn't actually hit till the second week of July.

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Google Play Reduces The Minimum App And In-App Purchase Price In India From Rs. 50 To Rs. 10 ($0.156)

India is one of Google and Android's biggest markets both in terms of device sales and Play Store reach, but the country's purchasing power is quite different from the US or Europe's, especially if you simply convert a dollar to rupees (that's approx. Rs. 64).

Previously, the minimum price for apps and in-app purchases on the Play Store in India was Rs. 50 ($0.78), which was quite in-line with the $0.99 minimum in the USA, but still rather expensive for Indian customers. Now it has been dropped to a more affordable Rs. 10 (approx $0.156), the same as Apple's recent price drop for purchases on the Indian App Store.

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Android Studio v1.3 Released To Stable Channel, Includes Support For C/C++, NDK, Data Binding, And More

A preview of Android Studio v1.3 made its first appearance at the Google I/O 2015 session What's New in Android Development Tools, which introduced a number of significant improvements and additions. The biggest announcement was about the integration of JetBrains Clion, enabling Android Studio to be used for C/C++ development, and ultimately support app development with the Native Development Kit (NDK). After a few months in development and about 3 weeks in the Canary channel, version 1.3 has been promoted to a Stable release.

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Support for C/C++ development is still considered an "Early Access Preview," so it's probably not quite ready for larger projects.

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