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Amazon Music 4.3 Makes Streaming Easier Thanks To A New Prime Music Section, Quicker Access, Better Search, And More

Those of you with an Amazon Prime account also have a stockpile of music open to you through the company's half-a-year-old streaming service, and with version 4.3 of the Android app, the retailer is making those tracks easier to access.

Instead of browsing through the company's virtual store shelves and adding albums to your library as though you were buying them, you can just browse through a separate Prime Music section. When you click on a song there, it simply starts playing.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha On AT&T Gets OTA Update Bringing Minor Enhancements

The Galaxy Alpha is a slick piece of hardware. While the bulk of the phone remains plastic, Samsung decided to surround this handset with a metal frame, giving it a more premium look and feel than the flagship that came before it, the Galaxy S5. Now AT&T is gracing the phone with a minor over-the-air update that provides unnamed "user experience enhancements." The OTA will leave the device running software version G850AUCU1ANL1.

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Google Maps Updated To 9.3 With Shareable Directions [APK Download]

Google Maps, for its part this Update Wednesday, has received a bump to version 9.3. The changes aren't immediately apparent to users just opening the app, but there are at least a couple of things worth mentioning in the new update.

First, shareable directions. Once a user looks up directions or navigation to a destination, they can share the directions with any app in the normal share menu or - if Google Glass is connected - to Glass.

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Verizon Wireless Pushes Out Xperia Z3v OTA Update Enabling HD Playback In Play Movies And More

The Xperia Z3v is the Z3 with Verizon branding. Since the logo alone isn't enough to keep customers happy, the carrier also provides them with the largest network in the US and occasional over-the-air updates. Currently it's pushing out an OTA (version 23.0.E.1.44) that hits the Sony flagship with a number of enhancements.

The standout item on the changelog, if you're into Play Movies, is the ability to stream in HD.

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Team Win Recovery Project Reaches Version 2.8.4, Comes To The Moto 360 And LG G Watch R [Update: Oppo N3, Too]

Update: Oppo N3 owners can now fire up TWRP as well. A recovery image for the device has appeared over on the site, where it awaits your fastbooting commands.

So you've never heard of the Team Win Recovery Project? Then you probably haven't been flashing many custom ROMs to your Android devices. This custom recovery, affectionately known as TWRP, is a favorite among enthusiasts for doing precisely that. Now version 2.8.4 has rolled out, bringing with it the kind of improvements that will only appeal to people who like to get their hands dirty.

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WordPress Android App Gets The Material Design Treatment In Version 3.5

Folks editing their WordPress blogs from an Android device running Lollipop are in for a treat. The latest version of the app applies a fresh taste of material design. At the end of the day, the experience doesn't look fundamentally different, but you get a full hamburger menu, a floating action button, and a sidebar that slides out on top of everything else.

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Google App Hits Version 4.1 With 'Now Cards' Settings And More [APK Download]

There may be a major trade show happening this week, but it's still Update Wednesday. Google has updated its 'Google' app (formerly known as Search) to version 4.1. We are still digging around for new features, but we've already found a few goodies and put the APK up for your enjoyment.

First up, there's a new space in settings called "Now Cards," which - as the name suggests - gives you control over the cards Google presents to you.

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Sprint Galaxy Note II Receives Google Security Patches In Latest OTA Update

Sprint is rolling out an over-the-air update to customers who own a Galaxy Note II that applies a security patch or two from Google. What vulnerability this update addresses isn't detailed, but it's the first OTA Sprint has sent out since the big KitKat update last May.

Once the goods arrive, they will leave your Note II running software version L900VPUCNK2. There's nothing else on the changelog, so don't go digging around looking for anything exciting.

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SoundCloud Android App Update Brings A Few Material-Inspired Changes And Other Visual Tweaks

The SoundCloud Android app has received a slight visual touch-up in the latest update, version 14.12.18-43. Users will now see a slightly more spacious action bar, rounded menus, and Lollipop notifications. These tweaks sit on top of previous user interface changes that still look bright, colorful, and clean.

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Another change takes effect only when you pause music. The changelog says that the background album art gets blurred, but on my Nexus 7, I only noticed dimming.

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AT&T U-Verse Android App Receives Updated User Interface That Looks Less Out Of Date, But Not Particularly Better

AT&T U-Verse customers can use the Android companion app to watch live channels on a phone or tablet, turn their handset into a TV remote, and manage DVR. The user interface hasn't looked particularly holo over the last several years, but after the latest updates, it now looks kind of ready for KitKat just in time for everything else to go material. Hey, at least it's something.

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If you've used U-Verse on a tablet before, then this interface probably won't look particularly new.

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