08
Jul
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If you're one of the few people who sprang for Verizon's pricey, LTE-enabled edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, you may have noticed a software update in your notification bar today. The KOT49H.P905VVRUANE4 update isn't all that notable; most of the actual content comes from updates to a bunch of the bundled-in Amazon and Verizon apps like Kindle and VZ Navigator. But there are some bug fixes and a couple of security extras you might want to grab.

07
Jul
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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.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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07
Jul
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Based on evidence from two tipsters, it seems all but inevitable that Google Now will be receiving media and music playback controls at some point in the future. Some users are already seeing these actions in proto-form on their devices, which can be activated simply by saying "next song." What appears, if your account is enabled for the feature, is shown in the left screenshot. If the function doesn't work, you'll see the one on the right.

07
Jul
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Isis Mobile Wallet may have developed somewhat of a bad rep around these parts because it was the carrier-approved NFC payment alternative to Google Wallet, but no matter how many negative insults a few tech geeks have lobbed at it over the past few years, nothing has shaken the company quite like what the acronym ISIS is more commonly associated with these days - the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

07
Jul
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Another month, another set of platform distribution numbers. The constant ebb and flow of Android's population by version number continues to swing in KitKat's favor, though not by a whole lot. Android 4.4 is up 4.3% month over month during the 7-day period measured by Google from July 1st to the 7th, while Jelly Bean appears to have undergone its first net shrinkage. Though the number of 4.2 installs grew by 0.6%, 4.1 fell 1.2%, and 4.3 by 1.3%, marking a net decline for Jelly Bean of 1.9%.

07
Jul
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Not all that many Samsung Gear Lives have made it into the hands of users, but already we're seeing reports of the smartwatch's charging mechanism breaking and preventing users from continuing to power the device without resorting to wildly impractical measures. Some disgruntled Google I/O goers have taken to Google+ to share pictures of their damaged hardware.

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The user who shared the image above contacted support to arrange for a replacement and came to the conclusion that "Samsung can die in a fire." He was unable to find success through Samsung's site due to an inability to find a "model code" that the website insisted on.

07
Jul
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Puzzles? Check. Cool graphics? Check. Ambient piano background music? Double check. I'm not sure what else you could want out of Lost Toys to have a good time with it. This title invites you to fix some old, broken toys by spinning and flipping the pieces on your screen. It looks amazing, but it's currently showing up as tablet-only.

07
Jul
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We cover many Gmail updates around these parts, but the most important aspect of any email client remains the ability to read it. Today Google has announced support for an additional thirteen languages, bumping the total number up from 58 to 71. The change should benefit speakers from many corners of the globe, as the list shows languages from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

The thirteen new languages are:

  • Afrikaans
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani (Azeri)
  • Chinese (Hong Kong)
  • French (Canada)
  • Galician
  • Georgian
  • Khmer
  • Lao
  • Mongolian
  • Nepali
  • Sinhala
  • Zulu

This support applies to the web version of Gmail, both on computers and mobile devices.

07
Jul
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Android L still has a few tricks up its sleeve – specifically, in the Status menu. If you go to the About section of settings and tap on Status, Android L allows you to copy any of the values listed there with a long-press. Neat.

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07
Jul
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A little over a year ago, I reviewed the Yantouch BlackDiamond3, a visually appealing speaker that makes a show of the music thanks to its 16,000-color LED lights. While a decent little speaker, it had a few downsides – namely the lack of a battery and unsatisfying low end. The company is now back with the speaker's successor, the Diamond+ ($150), which fixes at least one of those issues.

This model comes in two different colors – white or black – with each one being appropriately named (IceDiamond or BlackDiamond).

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