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Google Play Gift Cards Now Arriving In Stores Across India

You can't gift people apps, books, or albums from the Play Store―but with Google Play gift cards, you can effectively do the same thing. But first, there's the little technicality of where you live. Depending on which country you call home, those little plastic rectangles aren't yet available.

Google announced back in June that gift cards were on their way to India. Now it appears to be fulfilling that promise.

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Ultimate Ears Announces The BOOM 2 With Increased Volume, Longer Battery Life, And IPX 7 Protection

For the past two years, the Ultimate Ears BOOM has been, in my opinion, the benchmark Bluetooth speaker. It was the first one to come out that really and truly changed the way I personally thought about BT speakers, because it was the first one that didn't sound like a tiny, ultra-portable speaker. Since then, we've seen a lot of really nice speakers step the game up, but despite being two years old, the BOOM has been able to hold its own against basically all of them.

Today, UE announced the successor to the BOOM, the BOOM 2. Naturally, this builds on what UE started with the BOOM and makes it better.

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[Deal Alert] Get A 6-Month Pandora One Subscription For 20% Off ($24 Instead Of $30)

Does Google Play Music All Access not quench your thirst for music streaming and random audio discoveries? Do you fail to see the appeal behind Spotify's playlists? Then maybe you use Pandora as your audio station and let it curate music just the way you like it... except when you don't and can't skip that horrible tune it just threw in your ears because you've already used your skips for the day.

Your solution is a Pandora One subscription, a $4.99/month subscription that gives you more daily skips and lesser timeouts, while also removing ads. But if $4.99 is too much to pay, or if you're already a Pandora One subscriber and want to save a bit, there's a sweet little deal over on StackSocial that you may be interested in.

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HTC Hot Deals Are Back In The US: Save 40% On The Nexus 9, 25% On The M9 With $100 Play Store Credit, And 50% On Accessories And Re Cameras

Remember when HTC had its Hot Deals discounts in July and everyone tried to grab a Nexus 9 for 40% off? Well, the deal is back and you better hurry because the stocks seem to be depleting as I type this. Right now, only one color of each 16GB (black) and 32GB (white) Nexus 9 remains available, while the other is gone, gone, gone. If you're too lazy to do the math, you're looking at paying $239.40 instead of $399 for the 16GB, and $287.40 instead of $479 for the 32GB. At those prices, the tablet's flaws sort of disappear from the equation.

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Qualcomm Announces The Mid-Range Snapdragon 617 And 430 Processors

Isn't technology just fascinating? Don't you remember a few years ago when the first dual-core and quad-core mobile processors were announced, and we all marveled at the progress but wondered why would we ever need this much power in a smartphone? Fast forward a few years and we're already considering octa-core processors as "midrange", like these newly announced Snapdragon chipsets.

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First is the Snapdragon 617, coming before the end of 2015 with an X8 LTE modem (Cat 7 for up to 300 Mbps downlink and 100Mpbs uplink) and dual Image Signal Processor (ISP) for cameras up to 21MP. Both features are similar to its Snapdragon 618 and 620 siblings and would allow OEMs faster software compatibility optimization if they've already implemented them.

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Qualcomm Reveals The Connectivity Features Of Its Upcoming Snapdragon 820: X12 LTE Modem, 802.11ad WiFi, And Improved Performance In Metallic Devices

After several faux-pas with its previous flagship processor, the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm has been plotting its redemption scheme with a worthy successor, the 820. The chipset was announced at MWC 2015, but not much was known back then except the 64-bit CPU architecture, the FinFET design, and a slew of potential multimedia capabilities. We later learned that the Snapdragon 820 will have a new Adreno 530 GPU, which is 40% faster and 40% less power hungry than the Adreno 430 GPU included in the 810.

Now the company is back with more details regarding the Snapdragon 820, revealing its connectivity featureset, and it's a doozy.

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Qualcomm Introduces Quick Charge 3.0: 27% Faster And 38% More Power Efficient Than Quick Charge 2.0

For the past few years, we have been struggling against the limits of battery technology in our devices. The more powerful they become, the more we want to use them, but battery capacity never caught up with our demands, so we keep finding ourselves with smartphones that mostly just barely make it through the day. To remedy this, Qualcomm introduced Quick Charge, a faster way to charge your device's battery so that you can get back to using it as soon as possible and with as little interruption as necessary.

Quick Charge has been through two iterations and Qualcomm just announced version 3.0, which adopts a new algorithm to improve speed and efficiency.

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38 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (9/1/15 - 9/14/15)

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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.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Goat Simulator MMO Simulator

Android Police coverage: [Yo Dawg] Coffee Stain Studios Heard You Like Simulators, So They Made 'Goat Simulator MMO Simulator'

Have you ever wanted to play an MMO game without having to deal with other humans?

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Russian Anti-Monopoly Agency Rules Against Google For Pre-Loading Gapps On Phones, Plans To Issue Fine

Google is not the largest search provider in Russia, but that didn't stop market leader Yandex from filing an anti-monopoly complaint against Google earlier this year. Now the Russian Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) has quite predictably sided with Yandex. According to FAS, Google illegally required Android device makers in Russia to include its apps and services alongside the Play Store.

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[Update: It Does] The OnePlus 2 Camera Might Not Have Optical Image Stabilization As Claimed [Video]

OnePlus made a big deal of the camera in the OnePlus 2. There's a whole page on its website to brag about features like laser autofocus and optical image stabilization. However, some owners on the OnePlus forums have been raising concerns about whether or not the image stabilization is even enabled right now.

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