03
Oct
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In the Android community, there are a ton of freelancers working together to get stuff done. Whether it's a graphic design artist contributing to apps or websites, video editors helping with game trailers, developers hoping to create the next big thing, or writers churning out content for blogs (yours truly), the mobile space is filled with independent types coming together to accomplish great things. In our space, and in the broader world at large, freelancers need to sign agreements and write up documents that help guarantee payment and assign ownership of work.

02
Oct
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You can now use at least some Android apps as stand-alone Chrome extensions on your laptop or desktop, with a little bit of hacking. The handy Chrome APK Packager made that process much easier... at least until Google booted it off of the Play Store, presumably for a copyright violation. The creator of the tool, who goes by "bpear96" on XDA, said that he would have to change the name in order to keep the app on Google's playground.

02
Oct
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The Play Store has a spot next to each device in your list for an image of that particular phone or tablet. This whole time it's pretty much only been Nexus devices that had the image instead of a generic white outline. Now all of a sudden almost all phones and tablets have an image, which looks much nicer.

2014-10-02 02_13_24-Google Play

30
Sep
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As part of the new rules that will require developers of paid apps to disclose an address, Google is also adding price ranges for in-app purchases to the Play Store. The change was set to go into effect today, according to Google, and sure enough the Play Store client on phones and tablets is showing the cost of in-app purchases in apps. However, it's literally only the price range.

30
Sep
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The other half of Google's Play Store policy changes looks to be going into effect alongside the new in-app purchase price ranges. Developers who have added their addresses to the dev console will now see them posted on the public Play Store page for all to see. This bit of info is in the expanded information section with the changelog and IAP prices. It's currently only showing up in the Android client, but the web store probably won't be far behind.

27
Sep
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For a long time now, Google's Search app has had a new, more rounded launcher icon and a simple label in your app drawer: Google. The app's Play Store listing, however, has stubbornly clung to the name "Google Search," while retaining the old boxy icon of yore. Without a word, it looks like Google has cleaned up its Play Store listing at long last with the refreshed icon and simplified name.

25
Sep
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Last Updated: September 26th, 2014

Sit down, Son. Let's have a talk. Your mother tells me you've been asking lots of questions about where babies come from. See, here's the—uh—here's how it works. When a man and a woman decide they're ready to have a kid, well, one has a penis, while the other has a vagina. When you put the two together, a bunch of little semen run from one and into the other. They then race to see which one will actually get to turn into a kid some day.

25
Sep
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For folks who like to stay on the cutting edge of technology (which I assume includes you, since you're reading an Android blog), thermostats and smoke alarms don't get much cooler than the Nest and Nest Protect. They're Internet-connected, which is great because reasons. They can talk to your mobile device, which is all any gadget really needs to do to be considered smart (since many of us do less talking on our smartphones these days, does that make us dumber?).

23
Sep
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HTC Scribble is now available in the Play Store. What's that? You've never heard of HTC Scribble? You're in good company, then - it's one of those little add-on features in Sense that doesn't get much press... on account of it not being very useful. Scribble is basically a digital scrapbooking app made to highlight some other features of Sense, like Zoe and some rudimentary stylus support. The app was introduced on the plus-sized HTC One Max, but may be available for other One devices.

19
Sep
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BombSquad's premise revolves around sticking a large number of friends together in one match and having them blow one another up across numerous battlefields and various mini-games. The title contains a multitude of weapons such as your standard Bomberman-variety circular bomb, sticky ones that adhere themselves to opponents, ice bombs, land mines, TNT, and... boxing gloves. Okay, everything can't explode, but in the end, BombSquad sounds like a blast (pause for groans).

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