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HTC Posts 1.5GB RUU File To Manually Install Lollipop On The Sprint HTC One M7

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Google's Latest Android Commercial Reaches Cute Factor 11 By Mixing Adorable Animals And Disney's Robin Hood

In 1973 Disney released Robin Hood, a kid-friendly re-telling of the English outlaw legend with anthropomorphic animal characters. There wasn't anything odd about that  - its previous release was The Aristocats. What was odd about the movie was the tonal shift to American folk music, with Texas-born singer Roger Miller providing the songs and narration, and even appearing as Robin Hood's musical merry man Alan-a-Dale (an animated rooster in this version).

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[APK Download] Google Maps v9.4 Update Includes New 'Local Guides' Feature, Highlighting Top Reviewers

Coming with the latest Google Maps update is Local Guides, a new program meant to increase the number of reviews original to Google and highlight the best of them. It is both a feature addition to Maps and something that exists independently of it. Guides are people who will be rewarded for their reviews, while you benefit by having them as a more credible source of information.

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This looks similar to Yelp's Elite Reviewers, which is...well, similar.

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HandyGames Releases 1942 Pacific Front, The Sequel To 1941 Frozen Front

There were many real world ramifications from World War II, but one of the more relevant to our coverage on Android Police is that it gave developers material for no fewer than a zillion games. HandyGames saw success with its last WWII title, 1941 Frozen Front, and now the sequel known as 1942 Pacific Front is available for download. It's essentially the same thing but with less snow.

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RIP RadioShack: The Iconic Electronics Retailer Files For Bankruptcy, Sprint To Move Into 1750 Of Its Retail Locations

Today marks the end of an era in retail, as the iconic electronics chain RadioShack filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, weeks after a final warning from the NYSE that its stock would be delisted for falling below market capitalization requirements. While I was too young to really know RadioShack in its heyday, the company that got its start on mail-order ham radio gear in the 1920s, there probably aren't too many people in America who haven't at least walked into one.

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Swype Version 1.8 Introduces Three New Themes, A Floating Keyboard For Tablets, Several New Languages, And More

Swype, the keyboard that made gesture-based typing famous, is still alive and kicking. The company has just crammed enough new features into its Android app to bump things up to version 1.8.

What's on the changelog? Cool stuff, that's what. Stuff like new Lollipop-friendly themes that even stock Android lovers will be able to install without holding their nose. There's a dark one, a light one, and a third theme called Bumblebee because why not?

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[Duh] Verizon's Nexus 6 Will Have A Carrier Logo On The Back

You probably remember the huff over AT&T's customization of the Nexus 6 several months back. Well, Verizon isn't going to be left out of the fun. Verizon's version of the device will apparently have a logo on the back, according to some leaked pics. Yes, if you look carefully, there's a phone under all those watermarks.

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Wear Mini Launcher 3.0 Comes With A Material Design-Inspired Companion App And A Couple Drawer Tweaks

Google may not want managing apps to be a primary part of the Android Wear experience, but that doesn't mean all users must agree. Wear Mini Launcher shrinks a traditional app drawer onto that tiny display, where you can access your petite apps with just a swipe.

Today version 3 has hit Google Play, and while it does a number of things to streamline the watch experience, the big item on the changelog deals with the companion app.

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Timely Gets First Significant Update In Ages With Material Tweaks, Support For Alarms/Timers Through Google Now, And More

Development of the popular Timely alarm clock slowed to a crawl when Google acquired the company just over a year ago, but there have been a few small updates since then. Today is a big one, though. Timely v1.3 adds some new features, fixes some bugs, and even adopts a few Lollipop UI elements.

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Leaked Sprint Document Points To Lollipop Updates For HTC One M8 And LG G3 On February 13th And 16th, Respectively

Sprint is really getting on the Lollipop train lately with updates for the HTC One M7 and Galaxy S5 already announced. Today, we have a leaked internal Sprint document that claims two other devices are getting Lollipop soon—the HTC One M8 and LG G3.

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