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Have You Met The New APK Mirror Yet?

Hey, did you notice yet? Our other site, APK Mirror, got an update a little while ago. Things are... different. The site's design has been updated, and that means we've made some functional changes too.

We considered renting an all-white studio and some film equipment to tell a heartfelt (and, frankly, heartwarming) story about the new design - about how subatomic particles are related to APK files, how we carefully cut each button out of aircraft grade aluminum, how each material sheet is thinner and lighter than anything you've seen before, or something along those lines. But I couldn't get the budget cleared with Artem in time for this post, so we thought a simpler overview of what we've changed (and fixed) might be better.

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Gmail 6.4 Adds Exchange Support On Non-Nexus Devices [APK Download]

Today Gmail is getting Exchange support—

Yes, I know, Gmail has been handling Exchange accounts for quite a while. Users have been able to sign in to corporate email addresses since Gmail hit version 5.0. In case you haven't been counting, we're now at 6.4.

So what's going on?

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[Deal Alert] Three Storytelling Games Lifeline, Lifeline 2, And Lifeline: Silent Night Are Each Reduced To 10 Cents

Bringing games to mobile phones has come with challenges. Touchscreens don't handle some genres as well as traditional controllers. Interface elements need to be large enough for fingertips. Some titles, frankly, feel shoehorned to fit on phones.

The Lifeline series of games are an exception. I don't mean these are three titles that are remarkably well adapted for small touch controls. This series offers an experience that only feels natural on a phone, and today you can get all three entries for 10 cents apiece.

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Still Not Seeing Podcasts In Play Music? Try Refreshing Your Account

Google finally made podcasts official in Play Music last week, but not everyone is seeing the option even after updating to the newest app version. You might be able to give Play Music a kick in the butt by refreshing your account. It is an option in the app's settings—refreshing, not butt kicking.

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Chase App Adds Support For Fingerprint Login With Latest Update

Most of the top Android phones (and even some mid-range ones) are shipping with fingerprint readers these days. App developers are starting to take notice and add support to apps, and today an important one for many people has been updated. Chase Mobile, which has tens of millions of downloads, now supports fingerprint logins. Bank of America just did the same a few days ago.

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TWRP For The LG G5 (T-Mobile And International) Now Available

LG's phones have long been popular with people who want to play with mods, and now that can begin in earnest with the LG G5. This device now has an official build of TWRP ready for flashing. With a custom recovery, you can do all sorts of neat stuff.

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HTC One Gallery Will Be Discontinued On April 30, but HTC Gallery Will Continue To Operate

A product of HTC's research division, One Gallery allows users to upload photos and videos to a variety of cloud services through the HTC Gallery app. However, according to changelogs for both apps, the One Gallery service will be discontinued on April 30.

No reason has been given for the discontinuation, but it might be down to the number of installs it's had, somewhere in the 1 million to 5 million bracket. This doesn't sound too bad, but then you look at HTC Gallery and its 10 million to 50 million installation bracket and it starts to pale in comparison. With this in mind, it's likely HTC didn't see the worth in continuing the service, which is a shame as it has an average rating of 4.2 in the Play Store and seemed well-liked by its users.

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The Play Store Is Coming To Chrome OS, Complete With All The Android Apps You Could Ever Want

In 2014, Google brought a few Android apps to Chrome OS - at first it was a trickle, and then more and more came, until an astounding 29 apps were available. Google then released ARC Welder, a tool that allowed developers to port their apps without Google's involvement. But Android apps on Chrome OS have always felt like they didn't really belong on Chrome. Now, Google might be about to change that.

According to reddit user /u/TheWiseYoda, there is a setting in Chrome OS v51 (which is currently available through the developer channel) which says "Enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook." In and of itself, that's not really saying anything - Android apps have been on Chrome OS for a while.

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[Weekend Poll] What Is Your Ideal Smartphone Screen Size?

Believe it not, we've only run this poll once before - I know, I was shocked, too. And the last time we ran it? 2011. Needless to say, display size preference on smartphones has likely changed a fair bit since then, and I'm quite curious to see how.

In 2011, just 19% of people wanted a display larger than 4.7" - the largest category we put in the poll! Today, that seems pretty small, doesn't it? Unfortunately, using the 2011 poll's exact dimension choices won't really work well given the size of today's smartphones - there aren't exactly many sub-3.5" displays out there anymore.

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Amazon Alexa Voice Control System Updated With Google Calendar Compatibility

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