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Solid Explorer 2.0 Alpha Goes Full Material, And You Can Try It Now

Solid Explorer has long been one of the most popular file managers on Android because of its slick dual-pane UI and extensive feature list. However, the UI isn't what you'd call intuitive. A big material redesign is in the works, and you can test it right now by joining the Google+ community.

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Kodi (Formerly XBMC) Gets Updated To v14 With Tweaked Tablet UI, Better Fast-Forward/Rewind, And More

Perhaps you're wondering what this Kodi thing is... well, it's XBMC. They just don't call it XBMC anymore. The latest version of this all-in-wonder media player and content organizer has been released, and you can get it on your Android device right now for zero dollars.

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Dolphin Browser Gets Flash Support For Lollipop Devices, Various Improvements For Everyone Else

Dolphin, one of Android’s most popular third-party browsers, continues refining its Lollipop experience after initially rolling out a compatible release a month ago. Now, with Flash support, Android 5.0 devices should have feature parity with KitKat and earlier systems. In addition to the Flash upgrade, Dolphin has a grab-bag of enhancements that apply to all 4.x users.

The most fun new doodads are some Christmas-oriented themes.

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Maybe not the most integral feature, but their themes are fairly well-done.

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Google Bars Developers From Including User Testimonials In Play Store App Descriptions

Google has updated its Play Store guidelines to again clamp down on how developers can list their apps. The keyword spam section of the support site now includes a rule that specifically forbids developers from inserting user testimonials into app descriptions. Doing so could get an app pulled.

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SoundHound Update Includes Option To Automatically Add Searches To A Spotify Playlist

You need never be plagued by a haunting tune you just can't identify in this modern world. There are plenty of apps that can ID a song in mere seconds, but the new version of SoundHound adds a cool trick. It can add songs you ID to a Spotify playlist for easy listening. This functionality was debuted a few months ago for Rdio, but I'd wager there are more Spotify users out there.

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Lyft Now Allows You To Split Fares Among Your Fellow Passengers

In its latest update, Lyft has finally added the capability to split fares among passengers. This is a pretty important feature and one that puts it on par with top competitor Uber, which has had fare splitting for well over a year. For those who travel in groups, this makes Lyft a more viable option.

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Spotify Shares The Holiday Joy With A Snowfall Animation In Its Android App

♫ Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we've no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! ♫

Whether you're listening to Christmas carols, other holiday or non-holiday songs, or simply feeling grim and replaying some mellow tunes through Spotify, the service sneaked in some winter joy in its Android app to cheer you up. Consider it an easter egg in the form of Christmas snowfall.

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Security Hole In Skype Allows Users To Surreptitiously Connect To Other Users

Reddit user Ponkers posted an interesting find to /r/Android today, pointing out a significant privacy hole in Skype that essentially allows users to force an Android device to answer a call, making eavesdropping nearly effortless.

Ponkers drew a diagram below, which I feel compelled to include based on its artistic merits, but here's the gist of how the process works.

Assume you have three devices, device 1, device 2, and device 3.

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Nike's Golf 360 App Comes To Android After Taking Its Sweet Time On iOS

Look, we realize that some companies don't have the resources to develop apps for multiple platforms, and in some cases (some very limited cases) it makes sense to publish on the mobile OS that has 12% of the market. But Nike isn't one of those companies. And so it still kind of miffs us when they take two years to bring a sports app like Golf 360 to the Play Store.

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PayPal 5.10.1 Update Adds Stored Gift Cards, Arabic And Hebrew Language Support

Some people download a million apps to their Android phone, one for each and every activity. Coincidentally, these are also the people who ask their brother why their phone, which was lightning fast when they got it, is suddenly struggling to open the homescreen under the load of three different QR code readers. (Not that I'm pointing fingers. Bekie.) For those who prefer to keep fewer apps installed, the latest PayPal update adds the ability to scan and retrieve gift cards.

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