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Kickstarter Launches Official Android App—Hopefully Future Updates Aren't Stretch Goals

Here's an idea. Tell me if I should get it crowdfunded. We'll create an Android app for Kickstarter. Wait, before you scoff, hear me out. This way you don't have to fiddle around with opening the site in a browser or opting to sit down at a laptop instead. As soon as you get the urge to throw your money at a project, you can do so.

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HERE Android Beta Update Tours You Around The City With 'Get Your Guide', Lays Foundation For Future Third-Party Content

Not too long ago, we were impressed if a GPS application successfully got us from point A to point B without leading us off a bridge or taking us a dozen miles away from a more direct route. But then some apps started to nail it. Google Maps was good enough to sell Android phones on its own. Alternatives like HERE maps have proved themselves as competent.

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Starbucks App Now Shows What Music Is Playing In Stores And Offers To Save The Entire Spotify Playlist

Finding stuff to listen to is difficult work. I mean, it must be. More folks have sat around thinking up yet one more way for helping consumers discover music differently than have put their talents toward developing a decent mobile office suite or a way for users to back up app save data without having to void warranties. For those of you who have made Spotify your music-finding solution of choice, Starbucks is offering something aside from a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich.

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Sony Renames Socialife App To 'News Suite' As Part Of A Big Update And Redesign

You can expect a smartphone to come with camera and gallery apps of its own. The manufacturer may also make the time to produce something for taking notes or doodling. Then there are news apps. These aren't guaranteed to appear, and those that come pre-installed take various forms. In Sony's case, there's Socialife, which now has the more straightforward name News Suite. This change comes as part of a big overhaul that made its way into the Play Store.

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Joaomgcd's Join Can Send SMS Text Messages From Any Browser, No Extension Required, After Latest Update

When Pushbullet introduced its pro plan, some folks walked away upset. For some of them, Join from Tasker-plugin maker extraordinaire Joaomgcd was just the ticket. The service doesn't quite stack up feature per feature, but it does a decent job of handling the basics.

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YouTube v11 Adds Watched Markers To The Subscription Stream And Tweaks A Few Colors [APK Download]

It's a new year and evidently that means time for the YouTube app to get a new major version number. Yes, it was exactly one year earlier that it jumped from v6 to v10, and yesterday it climbed to v11. So far, it looks like there's not much to commemorate the jump, but the changelog is not completely empty. The subscription feed finally shows markers for videos you've watched, and there are now a few subtle tweaks to the interface that shouldn't go unmentioned.

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Left: old version. Right: new version.

There's a great little feature in YouTube that displays flags in the top-left corner of videos you've viewed.

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Samsung Brings Wi-Fi Transfer App To The Play Store, An Offline Way To Share Files Between Devices

When I was making my way through grade school, getting files from one machine to another meant reaching for a floppy disk or a flash drive. By the time I got to college, we were exchanging data online. Today, there are any number of cloud services and apps dedicated to this one task. But most of them have a flaw: they require an Internet connection. Otherwise, it's back to pulling out that flash drive.

While there are USB sticks that work with Android phones, only a relatively small number of Android users have one of those lying around. However, a solid number of them have a Samsung device, and the manufacturer is now doing them a solid by releasing its own Wi-Fi Transfer app to Google Play.

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Google+ 7.0 Automatically Hides The Bottom Tab Bar When Scrolling, And More [APK Download]

The Android app for Google's favorite social network (guess) has received an update that will make the experience more pleasant for a solid number of you bothered by a specific design choice. Need a moment to figure out which one? Here's a hint—it's the black tab bar at the bottom of the app.

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WordPress 4.9 Introduces An Updated Media Detail Screen, Fingerprint Unlocking, Multiple Image Uploading, And More

The WordPress Android app probably won't have you closing your laptop to go do most of your blogging from the backseat of a car, but it does a decent enough job, and the app looks pretty. The latest version of the app continues the march towards both replicating the desktop experience and integrating with Android's design language.

Version 4.9 spruced up the screen that tells you the size of your images and their file names. You can also upload multiple images and video clips at a time.

The changelog mentions unlocking the screen using your fingerprint, a feature that presumably only appears on devices with the necessary hardware.

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[Update: Normalization Is Gone] Google App v5.8 Beta Brings Back Launcher Auto Rotation On Phones And Now Normalizes Icon Sizes For A Bit Of Consistency [APK Download]

Following the big improvements to Maps on Monday night, Google is hitting us again with another update that is sure to make quite a few users happy, at least for those that use the Google Now Launcher (a.k.a. GEL). Support for a rotating launcher screen on phones is back, and if that's not enough, there's also a nifty new rendering feature that resizes app icons so most of them will look more consistent on your home screen. This update appears to have come out of Google's beta channel, but we've got download links at the bottom if you want to jump on it right away.

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