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Instagram's New 'Layout' App Offers Yet Another Way To Crop And Arrange Photo Collages

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then multiple pictures smushed together into the same square-cropped Instagram post must be like a freaking novel. Or a short story at least. The new Layout app from Instagram lets you easily create that sort of photo collage from your gallery, or take new snapshots on the spot. It's aimed at Instagram users, but you can do whatever you want with the images.

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Automatic Opens Up An App Store For Automobiles, Brings A New Developer SDK And 2nd Gen Adapter Along For The Ride

Automatic wants to make your drive smarter. Or it wants to make you a smarter driver. Or it's only for smart drivers. Moving on, the company that makes its own proprietary Bluetooth dongle to offer real-time feedback and log your trips has announced a new phase for its car-centric project—it's opening an app store.

The Automatic App Gallery is a place for developers to drop apps that integrate with the Automatic adapter.

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[Update: Navigation Summary Alert Too] Google Maps v9.9 Adds A Translucent Status Bar [APK Download]

Our long national nightmare is finally over—Google has updated Maps with a translucent status bar. No more will you stare at that flat black status bar and curse your life and everyone in it.

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Opera Mini Update Adds Night Mode, Page Titles In The Address Bar, And Speed Dial/Open Tab Syncing

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TeamViewer QuickSupport Now Offers Screen Sharing On All Devices Running Android 5.0

TeamViewer's QuickSupport app is now expanding to a dearth of new Android devices. The latest version to hit the Play Store boasts screen sharing on all phones and tablets running Lollipop. Chances are the people who need remote help from you aren't using a handset running the latest and greatest, but you never know. Maybe they just picked up a Galaxy S6 and have already run into a roadblock. You know, the same folks you helped set up an Android TV for a couple months back.

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[RealSomething] RealPlayer Cloud Suddenly Becomes A Cloud-Based Photo/Video Manager Called RealTimes

RealNetworks has struggled to make the transition to mobile, but it's not for lack of trying. There was a regular RealPlayer app, but that didn't get traction. Then there was RealPlayer Cloud, which had some potential. Now with a wave of its magic wand, RealNetworks has transformed RealPlayer Cloud into RealTimes. It's a photo/video manager with online sharing and remixing features.

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Samsung Releases Flow Beta With Support For Sharing Activities On Select Devices, But You're Not Missing Much

Samsung has a new activity sharing service for Android, and you can try the beta version right now. Well, actually... you probably can't. Flow Beta requires you to have two newer Samsung devices to send activities between. If you don't the requisite phones or tablets, Flow won't do anything. Even if you do, Flow still doesn't accomplish much in its present form.

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Microsoft Releases Phone Versions Of Word, Excel, And PowerPoint On The Play Store As Previews

If you head over to any of the Play Store listings for Microsoft's previously tablet-only Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android, you'll find they have a new feature for beta testers: phone support.

Microsoft has renamed the apps appropriately, dropping the "for tablet" moniker that they previously had, and the UI has been optimized for the smartphone form factor.

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NFL Mobile Updated To v12.0, Now Actually Looks And Feels Like An Android App

Let's be honest, the NFL has not done a great job with its Android app. It was basically just a nice little viewer for content that was on the web, and by that I mean it was just showing the web pages in a little bit prettier interface. With a new update, though, it is much smoother and actually feels like they cared about the end product.

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Screenshots won't really do it justice because it is all about the feel.

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Google App v4.6 Enables Translucent Status And Navigation Bars For Google Now Screen On Custom Launchers [APK Download]

Expectations are high for each update to Google's core apps on Android. After all, we know there are going to be a lot of new features announced at I/O in less than 2 weeks. Quite a few apps have recently gone through a Material refresh, and plenty of others have seen smaller changes as they slowly coalesce around the current design guidelines. That appears to be the story with the latest Google App update. The latest version finally enables full screen mode for Google Now on devices using custom launchers.

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