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Kingdom Rush Origins
Android Police coverage: Clear Your Schedule—Kingdom Rush Origins Is Now Available
Arguably the best-known tower defense game on mobile has another installment. Read More
Google Now is never short on surprises. The personal assistant/wizard living in Google's Search app (technically it's Google's "Google" app now) can do some amazing tricks, and no matter how long you've used the app, there are always new features being discovered, added, or improved.
One such feature that's come to our attention is Google's ability to show you a countdown to important events based on your reminders. Basically, if you have a reminder related to an event Google knows about (like Christmas, for instance), Google will pick up on that and - on your reminder card - serve you a countdown. Read More
Update 3: Google claims the issue with Gmail is resolved.
- (2:31PM PST 11/25) "The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better."
Update 2: The issues appear to be resolving.
Update: Google has marked Gmail as experiencing a service disruption currently:
- (1:11PM PST 11/25) "We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail.
You're heading to work to make money, but what if you could earn a little extra on the way? That's what Lyft is promising with its latest initiative, Driver Destination.
The new service extends to drivers what Lyft Line offered passengers. It lets drivers offer rides to people who are heading in the same direction, and it pays them for the trip.
Here's how Driver Destination works. First you put your destination into the app. Read More
The Time Warner Cable app has been updated with a few bug fixes and whatnot. One notable change is that it actually works on Android 5.0 now. See, before it just didn't run on Lollipop, but the changelog calls it a simple crash fix. Oh, you guys.
TuneIn Radio may have made users wait patiently for Chromecast support, but it's here at last. Not only that, there are bits of Material Design sprinkled throughout the latest version of the app as well.
You have your updated menu button that rotates into a back arrow, Play Store style. When you tap the drop-down menu, the corners have been rounded off. The navigation bar stays black, but the status bar is tinted. Read More
When Comedy Central launched an official Android app a couple of months ago, people called for Chromecast support. Today, it's here, and it's not alone. TuneIn Radio has been around long before Google's little dongle, but its support is only now trickling in. These apps are just two in a wave of apps that have just learned how to play nicely with Chromecast. Read More
Being on the bleeding edge is great and all, but there are drawbacks. For example, many users of Android 5.0 devices are reporting that apps seem to be restarting an awful lot in the background. There are also performance issues that seem to crop up more the longer a device runs without being restarted.
The Team Win Recovery Project is a great custom recovery, but it isn't pretty. Back in the Ice Cream Sandwich days, it kind of blended in. Nowadays, it's just that outdated screen you largely don't care about while you flash .zips.
But what if TWRP could look just as sleek as the rest of Android 5.0? Thanks to the work of XDA developer z31s1g, it can get close. He has released a Materialized TWRP theme that changes the appearance of every screen, including when you're wiping partitions or running scripts. It comes in either a light or dark variant, and you can choose any of 15 colors. Read More