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Google made a whole lot of folks happy this week, particularly Chromecast owners, by finally opening up the SDK for the media stick to the public.
This means some of your favorite apps will likely be receiving updates in the near (or not so near, as the case may be) future allowing them to stream content to your television through your Chromecast. Exciting times, indeed. Support for the API on the user end was implemented in the recent Play Services 4.2 update, so you should be able to start using those apps that have already added Chromecast support immediately.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a quirky Tin Man game book, a gorgeous
endless Neverending runner, and a fusion of Minecraft and Where's My Water.
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Any decent bank heist movie always has one common hurdle for the would-be thieves: a regularly changing access code to the vault, and only one person knows what it is.
Motorola's Droid Zap, an exclusive feature for Verizon's 2013 DROID line, always seemed a bit on the limited side. Maybe that's because only those three DROID phones could actually use the service - other phones could receive photos from nearby users with the Zap app, but only the DROID Ultra, DROID Mini, and DROID Maxx could send them. Today Moto has seen the light and made both sending and receiving photos possible for any phone.
Those of you lucky enough to be visiting Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics might not have opulent luxuries like floors or potable water, but at least getting around town will be a little easier thanks to the Word Lens app. The developers added support for Russian today, allowing users to translate signs, menus, and other text on the fly.
If you've never used Word Lens, then you really should, at least if you're frequently traveling to places that don't speak your native language.
Let's get this out of the way upfront, LEGO City My City has nothing to do with LEGO City Undercover for the Wii U. Chase McCain is not the protagonist, Frank Honey's antics are nowhere to be found, and there is no open world city to explore. This is a mini-game collection inspired by the LEGO City block set, with players getting to step into the blocky shoes of role models from all over town.
The Battery Guru app from Qualcomm promises to learn how you use your phone and make small tweaks to improve battery life. Glance, a new app from Qualcomm, uses that same usage data to build an intelligent lock screen. Battery Guru is required, so that means this is a Snapdragon-only experience.
Glance integrates a lot of supposedly intelligent features that tailor themselves to your usage. It lists upcoming appointments, apps you might want to use, frequent contacts, and the weather (because everything has to show the weather).
— Swype (@Swype) February 7, 2014
AT&T's prepaid offering Aio Wireless is a nice way to access the carrier's network without having to make an expensive two-year commitment. Now the carrier has announced the availability of two additional Android phones. The Moto G is available for $149.99 (though it doesn't yet appear on the site). It is joined by the ZTE Sonata 4G, which goes for $79.99. The latter, while less impressive, is an Aio exclusive in the US.