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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Built-In Storage Manager Becomes Much More Usable

When you go to the Storage area of settings and tap on Misc. to see what's eating up your free space, Android tosses up a rather basic file manager. You can select top-level directories and delete them. That's it. This screen doesn't even let you dive in and see what files are lurking about.

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In Android M, Misc. changes to Other files. But that's just the beginning.

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Android Auto: A Second Take On Google's In-Car Efforts

When Google announced Android Auto at Google I/O 2014, I was already sold. And by "sold," I mean I fully expected it to be something I'd want [were I in the market to buy a car that had it]. And while I don't actually plan on buying a car with Auto any time soon, after spending a week with it, I do feel pretty OK with that gut feeling. We reviewed Auto earlier this month on a Pioneer head unit, but I figured I'd also share my own thoughts on it.

For a little bit of background, recently Hyundai allowed me to borrow a Sonata sedan (I reviewed it) with Android Auto loaded up.

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AC/DC Is Now Ready To Rock Online Music Streaming Services, Including Google Play

Today AC/DC's albums have come to music streaming services. They are now available on the likes of Spotify, Rdio, and Google Play.

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Some musicians make their debuts on the web. Others embrace online stores as a new revenue stream. A number have decried digital downloads and online streaming as detrimental to the music experience. AC/DC has been one of the last and most well-known holdouts.

The hard rock band formed in the 70s, decades before the Internet fundamentally altered the way music gets distributed. The members didn't allow its albums on iTunes until 2012, and it's only now that the group is willing to play along with music streaming services.

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Verizon Will Start Pushing Android 5.1 To The Droid Turbo Wednesday Afternoon

It's almost here. Verizon has finally provided some official details on the Android 5.1 rollout for the Droid Turbo. Motorola announced a soak test yesterday, and now Verizon says the final version should be made available tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon.

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Xiaomi Introduces Brazil To The R$499 Redmi 2, Its First Phone In Latin America

In an American expansion that doesn't involve the US, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has announced that it's entering the Brazilian market. This marks the company's first exploration into Latin America. It's bringing along a new phone by the name of the Redmi 2, which will sell for R$499.

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If some of Xiaomi's other designs harken to the iPhone, the Redmi 2 brings up thoughts of the Galaxy S6—from the back, at least.

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[APK Teardown] YouTube v10.25 Hints At Voice-Activated Playback Controls, Shows Signs Of Life For Ad-Free Subscription, And More

After the launch of Music Key in November, we've had good reason to expect quite a bit from YouTube. We've seen things like 60 fps live streaming, 360-degree videos with cardboard support, and big updates to the Kids and Creator Studio apps – and that's just some of the stuff from the last two months. We also know there's plenty still to come, particularly an ad-free subscription model. The latest update doesn't seem to deliver any new features, not unless Google is planning to flip a switch server-side, but it gives a few hints about what to expect in the future.

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MOTA Battery Case For Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: Affordable, Functional, And Some Drawbacks

If you aren't familiar with the controversy over Samsung's decision to make the S6 and S6 Edge's batteries non-replaceable, you probably don't follow Android news very much. Because you can't just swap out another battery, more people have gotten interested in figuring out how to ensure they have an operating phone after a long day. One method that owners of many smartphones have been using for years is the battery case. While there are tradeoffs involved in putting a case on your phone that is big enough to house a battery, there is a payoff too: no need to find an outlet or juggle wires when your device would normally be running out of juice.

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Amazon Announces Retail Expansion Into Mexico, Shopping Now Available South Of The Border Via The Amazon App

It's honestly kind of surprising that a company as huge and far-reaching as Amazon hasn't made a more serious effort to sell things in Mexico yet. After all, there are over a hundred million people in the country - surely a few of them want to buy some books and phones and such, and Amazon already sells to much smaller markets in Europe. The company announced today that it's expanding its online retail services to Mexico, including both conventional sales and its Marketplace program.

That will make the Amazon Kindle e-readers available in Mexico, but oddly there's no mention of the Kindle Fire, Fire TV, or Fire Phone lines (you never know, someone down there might actually want one).

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YouTube Outlines Ten Upcoming Features In A Creator Preview Video

YouTube is just over ten years old. That's about the time that a global and ubiquitous web service oughta straighten up and stream right, throw off adolescent comforts and maybe start considering some branch-off services, like Music or Games. The development team has decided to release news of upcoming features in that time-honored and totally not aggravating format, the video list. The following is specifically for "creators" (read: people who upload regularly and/or try to make money with videos), but some of the information is interesting for mobile users.

If you don't have four and a half minutes to spend watching for the new stuff, here's a breakdown in the old-fashioned and completely dead text format.

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Half-Life 2: Episode 2 Comes To SHIELD, Along With A Handful Of Other Killer New Games

NVIDIA changed the landscape of Android gaming with the original SHIELD. And with that, came top-tier titles of recent years, like Valve favorites Portal and Half-Life 2. Since then, the company has released a slew of killer games specifically for SHIELD devices, including Half-Life 2: Episode One. Today, the saga continues with the third Half-Life game available for Android, Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

HL2: E2 (which is available exclusively for SHIELD Android TV) is joined by a handful of other kickass titles, all of which should be available today in Google Play. Here's a quick rundown, starting with the star of the show.

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