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Google Launches WebView Beta Channel In The Play Store

You're probably more aware of WebView after the recent dust-up over security issues in older versions of Android. WebView is a tool developers can use to display web content in an app without implementing a whole browser, and today Google is opening a beta test for WebView on Android 5.0 and higher. Simply head over to the Google+ page to join and get the latest tweaks and fixes.

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Canadian Television App CTV GO Gets Chromecast Support, Revamped UI, And More

Google services may take a while to make the long trek north from Seattle to Vancouver, Detroit to Toronto, or from Portland to Montreal—but Canadians still get to enjoy Google hardware such as the Chromecast. Television network CTV has added support for the spiffy little dongle inside the latest version of its Android app (though this, too, kind of took a while).

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Chromecast support is the most exciting item on the changelog, but this release also tweaks the interface.

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HTC's Video Player Makes Its Way To The Play Store To Facilitate Faster Updates

HTC has been one of the most prominent OEMs to adopt the Play Store as its apps' update ground, decoupling them from the software and thus making it possible to update them separately and regardless of firmware versions, operator approval, and so on. The latest app to join the independent fold is HTC's Video Player.

This is the same video player that's built inside HTC's Sense UI layer, with multiple format decoding, gesture controls (two-finger swipes act as FF and RW for example), streaming, still image capturing, and subtitle support.

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Sony Live On YouTube App Updated With Many More Devices Supported And Full HD Broadcasting

Sony's Live on YouTube app, which allows you to offer live streams from your Xperia handset, has updated to bring more devices into the fray. First off, sorry, but this is still Xperia-only and is likely to stay that way. The other key feature addition is the ability to broadcast in full HD when the camera and local upload speed allows it.

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Nokia's HERE Maps Leaves Beta, Adds 3D Venue Maps, Design Tweaks, Background Downloads, Improved SD Card Support

Just yesterday, HERE Beta sent out an update with a few minor improvements. Today, they came out like gangbusters by dropping the beta label and adding some serious polish to the app. This navigation app, perhaps the most serious challenger to Google Maps, is developed by once-ubiquitous OEM Nokia. Now, they think they are ready for showtime.

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It's really a quite nice looking app and has become popular for its solid international support.

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Push Tasker Is A Straightforwardly-Named Plugin That Expands On What Pushbullet And Tasker Can Do Together

Push Tasker is an extension that takes two of the most Android-y apps out there and teaches them how to build a better relationship. The first half of the name refers to Pushbullet, a particularly stellar way to get stuff from one device to another. The second half deals with Tasker, the tool of choice for Android users who want to automate all the things. The two already know how to interact with one another, but this plugin turns things up a notch.

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Google Maps Is Adding Lane Guidance In 15 European Countries, Including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, and Netherlands

Just days after its 10th birthday, Google Maps is not resting on its laurels. Maps is rolling out its lane guidance feature to 15 new countries, all of which are in Europe:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Finally, we can quit hearing about the lack of Maps features in Liechtenstein! While it has been over 6 months since lane guidance was added in the USA, it's always better late than never.

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[Deal Alert] Over Three Dozen Apps And Games Available For Free Today On The Amazon Appstore

Amazon gives out a free app or game everyday, but sometimes it likes to go all out with enticing people towards its Google-free marketplace. Today the retailer is offering dozens of paid apps for free.

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Amazon says the content here adds up to $140. The priciest inclusions are OfficeSuite Professional and a $30 English dictionary. Gamers may want to check out 80 Days, Back to BedMonsters Ate My CondoSki Safari: Adventure Time, and Sorcery!

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HTC Updates Zoe With Support For Android Lollipop, New Highlight Engine, And More

HTC Zoe is a social network of sorts built around video highlights. According to the latest update's changelog, the app now works on devices running the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, including the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. Here it is on my updated HTC One M7.

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That's not all this release has in store. The list of changes includes a new highlight engine that enables new themes, effects, and transitions.

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Flickr Updated To v3.2.2 With Tagging Users, Better Photo Organization, And More

The Flickr app got a substantial redesign not long ago, and it's not bad. The new version brings some additional features, including something mysterious and "sparkly." I'm not sure what that means, but there are some other, less cryptic features as well.

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