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Sony Xperia Home beta updated with full Google Now integration

Sony isn't making the most compelling Android phones these days, but it does at least try to put out good software. It's one of the most developer-friendly OEMs and it was even the first to release the N preview on non-Nexus hardware. Now, Sony has the distinction of being the first to do something else. The latest version of the Xperia Home beta has a Google Now pane just like the Google Now Launcher—no other OEM has done this on its custom launcher.

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Sony's PlayStation Vue Android app is out now

As Sony promised it would last week, it has released the PlayStation Vue app for Android today, featuring real-live cast support. The app is available on the Play Store now, or via APK Mirror right here. To use Vue, you'll have to be an existing Vue subscriber - the Android app doesn't have any kind of sign-up flow, so if you want to start a Vue trial, you'll need to do that through your PlayStation 3 or 4 console, or through the PS Vue webpage. You do not technically need a PlayStation to use Vue, and Sony offers a free 7-day trial, but you will need a supported Vue TV device (Amazon Fire TV and Roku, for example) to set up your initial profile - the Vue Mobile app does not support this feature.

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Amazing site lists nearly every 'OK Google' voice command

Have you ever wondered just how many things 'OK Google' voice commands can do? Wonder no more (or at least wonder less) - a new site called ok-google.io has set about documenting over 150 voice commands for Google on your Android device. Examples include:

  • Open [webpage]
  • Increase/decrease brightness
  • Take a picture
  • Show me my messages
  • What's my next appointment?
  • When is my next alarm?
  • Set the volume to full.

And so on and so forth. The site overs a total of over 1000 example permutations for these commands, too. I didn't even know the "increase brightness" one was a thing, or "set volume to full" (max also works).

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BLU makes the super-cheap R1 HD official, as low as $50 with Amazon ads

BLU has long been known for making low-cost Android phones, but this is getting ridiculous. The company has made the R1 HD official with a $100 base price tag. However, this phone is included in Amazon's new unlocked phone deal, so you can get an R1 HD for as low as $50 with Amazon ads. Without ads it's $100.

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AnDevCon, the best place for Android developers to sharpen their skills, is coming up this August in Boston [Sponsored Post]

Serious developers are never done learning. And when it comes to Android development, there's no better place to keep up with the latest and greatest than at AnDevCon. The 2016 meeting of AnDevCon is happening in August, just over a month from now, at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston. Interested? Well, Android Police readers get an exclusive $150 discount on an all-access.

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What do you get at AnDevCon? To start with, you have your pick of over 75 classes led by the experts to help you add new skills and freshen up on older ones. The topics are so varied that there is no doubt that AnDevCon has something for what you're looking to improve.

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Google Maps for Android is finally rolling out multi-waypoint directions

As we discovered in our teardown of Maps v9.31 beta last week, Google has been working on implementing true multiple waypoint directions in the Maps app for Android. Unfortunately, we couldn't actually get the feature to, well, work. But according to multiple tips we've now received, the feature appears to be going live for end users. Multiple waypoints will allow you to set "stops" along your route, as shown in the hero image and the screenshots below, a very handy feature indeed.

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CyanogenMod 13 nightlies land for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

The march of CyanogenMod continues as nightlies hit two Samsung devices. The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and the Galaxy Note 8 are receiving CM13 nightlies, with both the WiFi and the LTE variants of the Tab S2 9.7 included.

The Galaxy Note 8 was released in April 2013 with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, while the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 hit the market less than a year ago, in September 2015, running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Galaxy Note 8 is only upgradeable officially to 4.4 KitKat, so getting 6.0 Marshmallow support, albeit through CyanogenMod, will be a big boon to owners of that device.

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[Deal Alert] Moto G4 16GB $124.99 and 32GB $154.99 with Amazon offers and ads for Prime members ($75 off)

The Moto G4 is about to launch in the US on July 12 for prices starting $199.99. However, you can get it much cheaper today if you are an Amazon Prime member and you don't mind seeing ads on your lockscreen. How much cheaper? How about $75 less? Yes, that covers 75% of the cost of a yearly Prime membership and puts the Moto G4 at a ridiculously cheap price.

This is possible thanks to Amazon's newly announced Prime Exclusive Phones venture, which basically subsidizes the price of new unlocked phones by putting Amazon apps and ads on your lockscreen. It's the Kindle Fire approach applied to non-Amazon devices.

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Amazon is now selling unlocked phones at a discount in exchange for giving you bloatware and ads

I can't say I saw this coming: Amazon is getting into the unlocked smartphone business in a big way starting today. By selling you phones for a lower price... in exchange for bloatware and lockscreen ads. Yep, seriously.

Amazon announced today that the BLU R1 HD and the Moto G4 (not the Plus, though) are the first Amazon Prime Exclusive smartphones in the US. Both phones are $50 off their standard retail prices, making the BLU R1 HD just $49.99 and Moto G4 just $149.99 (the 32GB is $179.99). Amazon is even offering an additional $25 off the Moto G4 with offers and ads today as part of a special launch promo, bringing it down to $124.99 for Prime members.

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TWRP comes to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek), LG L90, and Android One 3rd Edition (General Mobile 5 Plus)

Midrange devices are really the perfect target for something like TWRP. They're capable devices, but they usually suffer from intolerably bloated interfaces and/or get updates way too late or not at all. A custom recovery is the starting point from which any enterprising user can start flashing mods and custom ROMs onto their device to get over any of the previously mentioned hurdles.

And so it's nice to see TWRP come to 3 Android phones that count somewhere in the midrange category. The first is the MediaTek version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (the Snapdragon version got TWRP a couple of months ago).

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