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Official NCAA March Madness App Gets 2015 Schedule And A Material Redesign

March Madness will soon be upon us. The 2015 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is set to start next week. If you've made the appropriate arrangements with your TV provider, you can watch every game on your Android phone or tablet (whichever one you feel most comfortable yelling at in public).

The NCAA March Madness app provides live access to 67 games spread across CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. CBS doesn't require a cable or satellite subscription, but the others do.

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Google Device Assist Updated To v1.1 With Added Helpfulness, More Countries Supported, Fewer Redundant Tips [APK Download]

After its debut in December, Google's Device Assist app is getting its first update. The app offers tips and troubleshooting advice for Nexus, Android One, and Google Play Edition devices running Lollipop. You can also use Device Assist as a gateway to live support when it doesn't solve your problems. The v1.1 update adds a greater variety of help cards, small refinements to the interface and user experience, and is available in additional countries.

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ESPN 4.2 Gets Bigger To Better Work With Tablets, Still Runs Light On Its Feet

The official ESPN app (formerly known as SportsCenter, or was that Score Center?) looks largely the same following the update to version 4.2 as it did in 4.1, unless you're running it on an Android tablet. There the experience has expanded to present you with more information on-screen. Want to see the latest sports gossip news? You got it. Want to see scores at the same time? Sure. Information on your favorite teams is tucked away along the top-right corner of the action bar.

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Allthecooks' Cookpad Recipes Gets Updated With Some Material Design Elements

Cookpad Recipes, the renamed app of Allthecooks that made it into my favorite list of beautiful and delicious cooking apps for Android tablets, has received a significant update to version 6.11, bringing a redesigned homepage and a few Material Design elements.

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Gone is the grey toolbar that greeted you when you first opened the app, replaced with a floating white search bar and a hamburger menu. A FAB sits at the bottom of the screen and spawns another action button to compose a new recipe. Inside the app, the toolbar has switched to Cookpad's signature bright orange, and the status bar is made transparent to fit with it.

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Evernote Updated To v7.0 With A Material Overhaul, Customizable Quick Notes, And More

Evernote has been nibbling around the edges of material design for a while now, but the 7.0 update is a big one. The app is adopting many aspects of material design and adding a few new features too.

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Latest Play Music Update Extends Artwork And Navigation Menu Through Notification Bar, And More [APK Download]

A fresh release of Play Music is going out to devices, and it brings a bit more consistency to another one of Google's apps. Now the navigation menu that extends from the side of the screen will reach up through the notification bar.

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Left: Old, Right: New.

That's not the only element of the interface that's reaching upwards. When you go to play a track, you will find that the album artwork extends to the top of the screen as well.

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Waze 3.9.4 Brings Traffic Bar, Better U-Turns, Speed Improvements, And More [APK Download]

Waze has bumped its Android app up to version 3.9.4, and it's asserting that the app is faster. How much faster? 85%. That's an oddly specific number, but whatever. All that matters is that users should be able to pull up locations and routes more quickly.

The big feature in this release is the new Traffic Bar. This little meter gives you an estimate of how long you will be stuck in a traffic jam.

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Chrome For Android Updated To Version 41 With Pull-To-Refresh Functionality [APK Download]

There's a new version of Chrome Beta available in the Play Store, though it doesn't seem to add a whole lot to the app itself. That means that the features from the last beta graduate to the stable build, which you can get in the Play Store (if you're patient) or at the APK Mirror link below (if you're not). The biggest user-facing change is the ability to "pull" down from the top of a page to refresh it, a gesture already seen in various other Google apps like Gmail.

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[Update: Notifications Working!] Chrome Beta Bumped To Version 42 With 'Site Notifications' And Not Much Else [APK Download]

Hey Google, I know that this is a beta release of Chrome for Android, but a little explanation on your update page would be very helpful. For example, what exactly are site notifications, as alluded to with the text "get the latest updates from sites with notifications?" Presumably they'll show up in Chrome Beta 42 when initiated by a website, but will that be when you're on that particular page, when you're using Chrome, or will the notification be presented in Android's notification bar?

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Google Releases Virtual Reality Cardboard App To Show Off Its First Branded Store

Have you ever wished that Google would just open its equivalent of an Apple Store, so you could have a one-stop-shop for your favorite phones, tablets, and Chromebooks? The company has dabbled with the idea before, and Americans can kinda-sorta experience this in the corner of a local Best Buy, but now the Big G is taking things to the next level by opening its first branded shop. It just happens to be at Currys PC World in London.

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