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Android Wear Mini Launcher Developer Sells The App To A New Dev

Wear Mini Launcher was one of the favorite tools in the opening months of Android Wear. Back when the platform's utility was somewhat limited, it was the best way to manually start a Wear app. Of course that utility has become somewhat redundant now that Wear has been updated with an integrated launcher. Even so, the gesture activation function still makes Wear Mini Launcher one of the easiest ways to quickly activate a Wear app without using voice control.

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YouTube 10.35 Adds Option To Clear All Offline Videos And May Soon Enable Automatic Sync For Offline Playlists [APK Teardown + Download]

YouTube updates have been rolling out at a pretty speedy rate lately, averaging about 3-4 each month. The latest bump is relatively minor, but it includes a useful new feature to quickly wipe any offline content from your device. A teardown also reveals that there may be a new auto-syncing feature that will download content for offline viewing without the need to manually pick out videos. As usual, we've also got a download link at the bottom if you'd like to grab the apk.

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[Weekend Poll] Will (Or Would) You Use Android Pay When It Launches?

Android Pay is coming. We thought it was coming last month, but that didn't end up panning out. Either way, the launch does seem imminent: Android Pay is expected to be available in the US in a matter of weeks, in time for Google's Nexus phone(s) to launch, and soon you'll be able to tap-and-pay (...again) with your Android phone at Select Retail Locations(TM).

As far as we know, Android Pay pretty much really is just about paying for stuff. Loyalty cards and similar things may be integrated, but Pay is largely a rebrand of Wallet's NFC-based tap-to-pay functionality designed pretty expressly to ride the coattails of the launch of Apple Pay via a new logo that retailers can put on their credit card terminals (and have been).

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Google Wallet Users Are Seeing A Banner For Android Pay Inside The App

Have you opened Google Wallet lately? Yeah, neither have I. But those users who have are seeing a not-so-subtle hint from Google that the service's successor, Android Pay, is almost here. Open the latest version of Wallet and you'll see a banner for Android Pay, which appears to be a server-side push (since there's no corresponding update to the APK). The link goes to a web-based FAQ about Android Pay, mostly outlining the transition from Wallet.

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Sphero's Star Wars BB-8 Droid Toy Is Ready For Android With This Controller App

If you've been on the Internet this week, you've probably seen the marketing blitz for the new line of toys for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The crown jewel among innumerable action figures and LEGO sets is the miniature BB-8, a customized version of Sphero's ball toy with Star Wars paint and a "head" that bobs around and stays on top of the ball as it rolls along. Though the BB-8 is mechanically identical to a regular Sphero, you'll need a specialized Sphero app on Android or iOS to actually play with the thing.

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Amazon Music App Adds Android Auto Support In Version 4.5

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[App Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Apps Of August 2015

August was light on new Android apps, but there's one new arrival that might change things in a big way: Amazon Underground. Aside from that, Google's new push towards streaming games and a new translator service from Microsoft make up the more interesting apps from the big publishers. That said, there are a few indie gems in both our primary lineup and the Honorable Mentions sections, so check them out below.

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BlackBerry Acquires Good Technology And Its Suite Of Enterprise Android Apps For $425 Million

There's good news in store for future Android-running BlackBerry users. The smartphone maker that now figures maybe it likes the taste of Lollipops and Marshmallows after all has announced its acquisition of Good. Good.

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WhatsApp Now Has Over 900 Million Monthly Users, Is So Close To A Billion It Can Almost Taste It

WhatsApp has come a long way since its origins as an instant messaging client in 2009. By this time 2013, over 300 million people were running the app, and that was before Facebook decided to pay $19 billion for the service. By the beginning of this year, it had reached 700 million.

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[APK Download] Chrome Beta 46 Now Available In Google Play, Brings Several Developer-ey Tweaks

Chrome Beta seems to be that sweet spot between reliability and new features - not quite as bleeding edge as the Dev build, but still packed with new stuff earlier than the Stable build. It's generally my personal favorite browser to use as primary, because checking out the new stuff once it's basically no longer buggy is always fun.

Beta 46 was announced for Android yesterday, and it brings a slew of under-the-hood improvements. Even more than that, it brings a ton of features for developers that I'm not even going to pretend to fully understand; if you're the type who likes to dig into code, however, you may want to check out the Chromium blog for more info.

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