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[The Android Police Files #10] Lethal TREASON, Juuuuust Smthn To Ponder On

Now that the hustle and bustle of Mobile World Congress 2015 is behind us, we have time to address some of the comments and emails we've received over the past several months.

If this is your first time coming across the Android Police Files, here's what you should know: some of the people who reach out to us assume that there's a police force out there dedicated entirely to Android (whatever that means) or that we personally had a hand in every piece of code or software that comes out for their devices.

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The xkcd Phone 2 Arrives With Always-On Speaker, MaxHD Cheek Touching Display, Coin Slot, And More

Following on the success of the original xkcd Phone (which featured a blend of Android and iOS, a side-facing camera, and the ability to scream when falling), a successor has arrived that offers some of the best tech that 2014 has to offer.

The xkcd Phone 2 includes a revolutionary always-on front-facing speaker, which the phone will use to automatically cry when lost. With a built-in, ribbed, auto-rotating case made of 3D materials, the handset should feel comfortable in any hand size.

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[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Android 5.0 Now Includes Advanced Goat Recognition Technology

Google's developers are notorious for including little jokes and easter eggs throughout all of their products. When your job consists of writing thousands of lines of code and testing obscure bugs, you're going to lose your mind without some kind of outlet. We usually see their sense of humor show up in Google Doodles, easter eggs, and even in the occasional bug report.

This time we're diving straight into the Android SDK to check out a function called isUserAGoat.

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[The Android Police Files #9] I'm Very Happy To See Liam! And That Artem Loves To Sleep On The Floor

Greetings, loyal readers. Several months have passed since our last installment of the Android Police Files, and a few gems have piled up in that time. People have come to us with vague messages about Minecraft, stalkers, in-app purchases, and really weird dreams. Seriously, we're not sure what to make of that last one. Give it a read and let us know what you make of it.

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Letter #1

Subject: I want to have an email

Text:

I want to apply an email & one account, one Google

One Google...

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LG's Over-The-Top G Watch R Promo Stars A Luxury Car-Driving, Mountain Biking, Wildlife-Stalking Secret Agent

We've seen some ridiculous product trailers before, but this one takes things to another level. In this video, LG isn't trying to sell the G Watch R to the busy student, tired mom, stressed business man, or hip vague twenty-something in transit through someplace crowded. Instead, it sets its sights square on those among us who still dream of being a secret agent. It's an interesting demographic to go after, considering the people who dream of living such a life tend to stop by the time they're old enough to actually afford a smartwatch.

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[Ask And Ye Shall Receive] Google Releases Performance Boosting Thing™ (Update: It's ART)

Remember a few months ago when fellow Android enthusiast Amit was sick and tired of his phone's performance being subpar? Google took notice by marking his issue as "FutureRelease," thus ensuring that one day, the Performance Boosting Thing™ that he so desperately desired would see the light of day. Well, folks, that day has now arrived. The bug has been marked as "Released" and Amit's problem is now officially fixed.

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Epic Vine Video Shows Why Developing For Android Can Be An Absolute Pain

Android surpassed iOS in global smartphone marketshare ages ago, yet iOS still tends to get new apps and games before it. The easy critique is that bone-headed developers are still lovestruck with Apple. A more reasonable critic would acknowledge that developing software that can run on the countless Android devices out there is going to take more time and effort than supporting a single piece of hardware. Developer Game Oven Studios has posted a short vine clip that sums this up in just a glance.

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[New App] Type Your Ringtone Uses Text-To-Speech To Turn Words Into A Ringtone [Banana Phone Video Demo]

There is an app for pretty much everything at this point. It's like rule 34 for smartphones, and that's where Type Your Ringtone comes in. You just enter some text, and the app turns it into a ringtone. What, this isn't what you've always wanted?

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KitKat Shows Off New Features Of 'KitKat 4.4', The Future Of Confectionery

If you missed out on the ruckus Google caused this morning, here's a quick briefing: the upcoming version will not be 5.0, nor will it be called Key Lime Pie. Instead, it's 4.4 KitKat. No joke – this is legit. Sundar Pichai even put a picture of the new statue up on Twitter and G+. This is happening.

The question is, though, what new features can we expect? KitKat itself has taken to YouTube with just that information.

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[OH YEAAAAAH] There Is Now A Kool-Aid Man Photobomb App, Because That's Obviously What You've Always Wanted

If I were to tell you that you could easily insert the iconic Kool-Aid man into your pictures in one easy step, would your response be "OH YEAAAAH?" Then you, my friend, are about to have the best day ever. But stop smiling so much – your Kool-Aid-stained teeth will scare small children.

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