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On this week's show: A look back at popular stories on Android Police in 2015, a look forward to what 2016 might bring, our Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review, and more!
The highlight feature of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is something called "3D Touch" — a way of interacting with the phone by pressing harder on the screen than you regularly would. This is not to be confused with "Force Touch," which is exactly the same thing but on the Apple Watch instead. (One of our readers pointed out that there is a slight difference: 3D Touch has a few more levels of pressure sensitivity than Force Touch.) Shakespeare would probably have told you that a feature by any other name would be as gimmicky, but I digress.
Misfit's popular Flash activity tracker was recently released in a special Cyclist edition, which has a similar price to the original at just $50 but adds a key sensor of interest for those who ride bicycles: cadence. The only "catch" when it comes to fitness sensors like this is that you need software to interpret the data for you. Today's release of the Misfit Cycling app for Android provides just that.
Misfit Cycling is designed as a standalone app for use as a workout tracker, providing real-time GPS and cadence data. For general activity tracking, users will go to the main Misfit app that owners of the original Flash are familiar with.
Odds are you don't have Android Auto in your car, but you still might want a more optimized mobile experience for driving. That's what AutoMate aims to offer, but it's been in beta for a long, long time. That ends today as v1.0 has been uploaded to the Play Store for all to see. It squashes some bugs, and also adds a few more features.
Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.
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Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites. DigiCal is a complete calendar solution that integrates with Google Calendar, matching it feature-for-feature and then some. A wide selection of calendar views (agenda, day, week, month, text month, list) and great tablet compatibility means that your calendar will look great and be easy to use no matter what device you're using.
The video capture app FiLMiC Pro has been on iOS since time immemorial, but now it's on Android too. It brings the kind of granularity and power to video recording that we've thus far really only gotten with still photos on Android. It'll cost you, though, and device compatibility is spotty.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a unique platforming, a cave-based navigation game, a sarcastic take on Simon Says, a circular twitch game, and a space-based MOBA. Without further ado:
Blown Away: First Try
Blown Away is an interesting little platforming game.
For years, you couldn't even get The Beatles music in digital format, then Apple struck a deal to sell it all exclusively. That was way back in 2010, but now this music is branching out. The Beatles will be available everywhere in streaming form on December 24th at 12:01AM, including Google Play Music.
We've all had to deal with slippery phones before, and it's terrible. The fear of dropping your brand new gadget is a constant dark cloud that oftentimes takes away some of the joy one generally feels when they get a new device. No one wants that.
According to many reviews—both professional and personal—that's one of the biggest issues with the newest OnePlus handset, the X. While elegantly designed and aesthetically very pleasing, it's also difficult to keep in the hand. To make matters worse, it's also a fingerprint magnet. Those two things combined can make for a pretty bad experience when it comes to holding the phone.
T-Mobile has made some big changes in the last few years, but the way it manages data caps has worried some net neutrality advocates. Its last big announcement was Binge On, which exempts services like Netflix, Hulu, and others from data caps, but YouTube has now started complaining that T-Mobile throttles all video regardless of its participation in the program.