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This Week's Free Family-Friendly Google Play App Is 'Sago Mini Space Explorer'

Seven days ago Google offered a game from Cartoon Network as its free family app of the week. Monsters At My Birthday Cake was a Zelda-inspired adventure game that, while skewing young, some of us could still find amusing for an hour or two.

Well, this week's free app is aimed at the little ones. Google is offering up a copy of Sago Mini Space Explorer, in which your kid gets to guide a dog in a spacesuit around a whimsical depiction of space.

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HBO Now App Is Live In The Play Store, But It Doesn't Work On Rooted Devices

As announced earlier today, the HBO Now app is live in the Play Store for all devices. Although, when I say "all devices" I don't really mean all of them. Rooted phones and tablets aren't supported, because you're obviously a dirty pirate if you root your phone. Everyone else can get a free 30-day trial of HBO Now, though.

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Google Play Services v7.8.87 Begins Rolling Out With Support For Nearby API And New Account Management Links [APK Download]

Google finally let the curtain fall on the long-anticipated Nearby API that enables detection and easy connection with other devices in close proximity. The new API was announced with Play services v7.8, but the SDK won't be released until that version has gone into wide release, which will happen in about two weeks. This gives Google a chance to identify some of the bugs that may have slipped through during development, and collect feedback from a larger set of devices in the real world.

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Plex Updated To v4.6 With More Material Design, Better Android TV Sorting, And More

The Plex app is getting a big update to v4.6 today, and with it comes yet another step in the app's material makeover. This update goes more than skin deep, though. There are improvements to functionality for Android TV, Chromecast, and the general app.

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Sprint's 2x Carrier Aggregation Goes Live In Nearly 40 Markets Across The US

Sprint Spark Band 41 Carrier Aggregation is now active in over three dozen markets across the US. S4GRU broke down the news after a Sprint employee leaked an internal announcement onto Reddit. The blog, which exclusively covers Sprint 4G rollouts (yes, you can write about anything on the Internet), provides lists of the supported cities and devices.

Early test markets included Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Houston. Thirty-five more cities have joined in time for the initial launch.

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Aviary Photo Editor Updated With Premium Option—$1.99 For 30-Day Access To All Filters And Effects

Aviary is one of the more popular photo editors on Android. In the past there were various effect packs available for purchase, but in the latest update Aviary has added a premium upgrade. It's a little strange, though. For $1.99 you get access to all the effects, filters, stickers, and so on, but only for 30 days.

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HBO Now Is Coming To Android Later Today, Already Available For Fire Tablets, Fire TV And Chromecast Sometime Soon

At this year's Google I/O, we heard that HBO Now would eventually be available across all Android devices. Well, today appears to be that day. HBO appears set to drop Now into the Play Store. The company has listed Android as "coming later today" on its list of supported devices.

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If you have one of Amazon's Fire tablets, your wait is already up. HBO Now is already available on the latest generation of slates, which includes the Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7.

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Wednesday App And Game Sales: Anomaly 2, Astro File Manager, And More

While Amazon's Prime Day sales have been pretty disappointing, there's always something worth checking out in the Play Store. The discounts might not be as drastic or as great in number, but they last more than 30 seconds, so you've got a shot at taking advantage.

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Google Play Newsstand Paid Content Now Available In The Philippines, Poland, Taiwan, And Ukraine

Newsstand is probably the least sought-after of Google's various media offerings in the Play Store, if only because most of the content found in those newspapers and magazines is available elsewhere. Even so, Google seems to be standing by it. Today four new territories have access to the paid issues and subscriptions in Newsstand: the Philippines, Poland, Taiwan, and Ukraine. Readers from those countries, head to the Play Store on the web or your phone or tablet to check it out.

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Time Warner Cable Updates Live Streaming App With A New Look And UI Tweaks In Version 4.0

The Time Warner Cable app is somewhat of a luxury reserved exclusively for paying customers. Like competing TV subscription add-ons, it provides the ability to watch shows on your Android device and a way to control the tube other than reaching for the remote. Version 4.0 updates the experience with a new look.

The changes may require a double take. The toolbar remains largely the same, with Live TV, Guide, DVR Manager, and On Demand spread across the top.

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