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Thursday App And Game Sales: 10000000, Combo Crew, Reckless Racing 2, eWeather HD, And More [Update]

We already had some pretty great app and game deals yesterday, and today looks even better, particularly if you're in the mood to expand your Android game library.We've got Reckless Racing 2 for speedsters, Combo Crew for fighters, 10000000 for the nostalgic, and Beauty and the Beast for those who can't wrestle their tablets back from the kids. Here are the rest of your Google Play Store deals for Thursday.

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[Counter-Point] The 'Google Play Edition' Phones Are Fine As They Are; It's The Business Model That's Broken

In a turn of events that no one could have predicted, Google introduced, in partnership with HTC and Samsung, two versions of highly anticipated and desirable phones that are stripped of their manufacturer skins entirely and are devoted purely to stock Android. Equally unpredictably, this created a chasm in the Android community as the Nexus Warriors took up arms against the mudblood HTC One and Galaxy S4.

There were no survivors.

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You Could Become The Next Street View Trekker And Contribute To Google Maps

Google has crept on all of us over the course of developing Google Maps into the ubiquitous product that it has become, and now the company is enabling us to start creeping on each other as well.* Today Google has kicked off a pilot program opening up use of the Street View Trekker to third parties. If you're a member of a tourist board, non-profit, university, research organization, or something otherwise interesting, you can apply to borrow the Trekker and help capture images of the hard-to-reach places Google has yet to access.

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[Rumor] WSJ: Google Is Working On 'Videogame Console' Along With Smart Watch, New Nexus Q, More

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is working on a few things. They are, according to the world's most infamous tipster "People Familiar With The Matter," working on an Android-powered video game console. And a smart watch. And a new Nexus Q. And the possibility of Android-powered appliances (like refrigerators). And Laptops. And, oh yeah, low-cost phones for developing markets.

Typically we avoid reporting on too-good-to-be-true rumors, but today's alleged revelation is a real whopper.

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Samsung Posts Kernel Source Files For Galaxy S4 Zoom

Getting access to kernel source code is a big deal for developers. It has a lot to do with getting all the neat features to work in your favorite ROMs. You might not swoon when Samsung drops the code for new devices, but you should be happy someone does. This time it's the bizarro Galaxy S4 Zoom that's hitting Samsung's open source site.

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No, Xbox And Other Microsoft First-Party Games Aren't Coming To Android Any Time Soon

A few days ago, there was a huge commotion around the Android and iOS campfires: Microsoft is bringing its first-party games to mobile platforms other than Windows Phone! The news stemmed from this Reuters report that Age of Empires would be coming to Android and iOS, followed by other titles. The first part is correct (though not nearly as exciting as it sounds, see below) but the latter part seems to be a translation error - Phil Spencer, Microsoft's VP of the company's internal game studio, clarified the issue via his Twitter account.

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Facebook To Start Using Play Store Beta Testing For App, Here's How To Become A Tester, And What's In The New Beta v3.4

If you head over to Facebook Engineering's latest note, you'll find a lot of words that generally don't in any way forgive the fact that Facebook's official Android app is nothing short of an abomination. You will, however, find instructions on how to join the beta testing program for that app buried in this manifesto, near the bottom. Here are those instructions.

  1. Join the Facebook for Android Beta Testers Google group
  2. Allow beta downloads by clicking Become a Tester in the Play Store (you need to join the Google Group before becoming a tester)
  3. Download Facebook from the Play Store to update your app
  4. Join the Facebook for Android Beta Testers group on Facebook to tell us what you think

Now, there might be a slight delay between steps one and two (the Play Store link may 404 for a few minutes before it recognizes you), so be patient.

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PSA: Latest Google Play Movies Update Kills Support For Nexus Q, YouTube All That's Left

Today's update to Play Movies introduces a sleeker experience for Android devices. Unfortunately, the experience is too sleek for the Nexus Q to handle. For the few of you that have one of those endearing little spheres, your movies are now joining your music as content you can no longer stream to the device.

NexusQ-Fail

With both Play Music and Play Movies support gone, there is little reason to continue using the Nexus Q.

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[Editorial] The Revolution That Wasn't: The "Google Play Edition" Galaxy S4 And HTC One Are Missing The Point

I have to admit, if you were to tell me one year ago today that devices like the Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition would exist as things, I'd call you a liar. And I'd probably secretly hope that they did exist, too. These handsets, or really, the idea behind them, have been the enduring dream of almost every Android enthusiast from the early days of MOTOBLUR and TouchWiz.

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Google Play Movies Updated With Sleek New Interface And 'Watch Now' Suggestions [Update: APK]

If you're a fan of the new slide-out menu that has slowly been making its way into all of Google's official apps and also like to watch movies/TV shows, today's your lucky day! Play Movies just got a sizeable update that not only brings said menu, but also a sleeker look and a couple of new features:

New layout and visual design.
Watch Now provides quick access to what you’re likely to watch next.
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