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14 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (12/15/15 - 12/28/15)

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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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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DigiCal Calendar

Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites.

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Veer Contacts Widget Makes Quick Work Of Getting In Touch With Your Most Oft-Used Contacts [Sponsored Post]

Overall, most of us would probably say that Android is a pretty efficient mobile OS. Quick access to features and apps that users want—like Google or the camera, for example—are there out of the box, making it easy to do what needs to be done without a lot of hassle. One area that could be improved, however, is something that everyone likely does often: accessing contacts.

That's where a relatively new app called Veer Contacts Widget comes in handy. Now, let's get one thing clear out of the gate: despite the name, this isn't a typical "widget." It's more of a floating app that's accessible from anywhere, at any time.

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FiLMiC Pro Brings Advanced Manual Video Capture To Select Android Devices For $10

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.

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PSA: If 'Touch To Search' Is Gone In Chrome For Android, Here's How To Bring It Back

Touch to Search, which enables users to highlight a single word or line of text in the mobile version of Chrome and instantly search for that text in Google, is pretty neat. It was introduced in the beta build of Chrome for Android version 38 way back in March of last year. But in the latest versions of the app (including the standard release), it's been curiously absent for many users.

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Holiday Play Store Deals Roundup [Updated Continuously]

'Tis the season to spend money on stuff for others, but what about you? What about your needs? It just so happens there are a ton of apps and games on sale for this holiday week, and we're going to keep track of all the best stuff. Check back as we'll be updating this post with new sales as we come across them.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Offers Over $30 Of Appstore Apps And Games For Free, Including Lifeline, Last Horizon, And Goat Simulator MMO

There are probably quite a few new Amazon Kindle tablet owners poking through their brand new gadgets this morning, and to encourage new customers to check out what the Appstore offers, Amazon is giving some of its best games for free. A couple of its best games, anyway - the rest of today's 13 freebies are less than notable. But gamers will definitely want to grab textual space adventure Lifeline, atmospheric exploration game Last Horizon, and the zany fantasy-themed Goat Simulator MMO Simulator.

Here's the full list of currently free titles.

  1. 2Do ToDo List ($6.99)
  2. AVG AntiVirus PRO Android Security ($11.99)
  3. Batman: Arkham City Lockdown ($5.99)
  4. Bridge Constructor Playground ($2.62)
  5. Christmastry
  6. Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood ($2.99)
  7. Goat Simulator MMO Simulator ($.99)
  8. Lifeline ($.99)
  9. Victor's Cold!!
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Official Kodi Remote 'Kore' Updated To v2.0 With PVR Support, New Animations, And More

Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a popular option for those who want to roll their own media center, and the official Kodi remote "Kore" plugs into the system perfectly. This app hit the Play Store earlier this year, shortly after the alpha and beta builds of Kodi did, and now Kore is getting a nice v2.0 update.

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YouTube Has A New Pseudo-Drawer For Subscriptions On Tablets

The YouTube app's hamburgerless layout has been with us for a while now, and while it's gotten a mixed bag of reactions, Google is still iterating on it slowly but surely. It seems like the latest development is a new layout on tablets for the subscription tab.

Previously, a strip of avatars lined the top of the content area, with blue dots to indicate whether the channel had a new video for you. In the new layout - which seems to be rolling out pretty quickly from the server-side judging from our inbox - subs have their own sort of pseudo-drawer on the left of the screen.

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WSJ: Google Is Building Another Messaging Service... With Chatbots [And Blackjack, And Hookers]

Google, for all its skill in the realms of mobile search, advertising, email, and even operating systems, has never been particularly good at the social thing. Even now, I suspect, someone at Google is fuming at the notion that the company "isn't very good" at messaging or social networks and pointing animatedly at the tens of millions of Google+ and Hangouts users. The problem is and has always been that for whatever success Google has had in social and messaging platforms, it is constantly undercut by the actions of Google itself that say otherwise. There is near-yearly reworking, redesigning, or branching off of these products in ways that very strongly suggest they aren't getting the results Google's Alphabet overlords consider acceptable.

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SwiftKey Offers "Holiday Presents" Theme Pack For Free And "Everything Megapack" For 70% Off

How festive is your phone? Cool Christmas wallpaper on? Definitely. Christmas watch face sent to your wrist? Check. Snowglobes all over your Facebook messenger? Sure. How about your keyboard? Uh. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! You tellin' me you ain't decked your keyboard with boughs of holly yet?! It's time we took care of that. Yes, right now. Don't tell me you'll do it tomorrow. That's 24 hours you could spend looking at jolly reindeers and gift packs and cold wintery landscapes in your keyboard's background. Type "yes." You can do it. Yes.

SwiftKey is taking care of you this season so you don't have to shell out any money to dress up your keyboard.

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