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HERE Maps For Android Update Brings New Contextual Menu

When HERE Maps launched a new beta program back in July, the first major feature was a new contextual menu. Whenever you long-pressed anywhere on a map, four bubbles would pop up that offered information on the location, the option to share, the ability to pull up directions, and the choice to immediately start navigation.

Now that feature has hit the stable version of HERE Maps.

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[Update: Google App Too] Google Rolling Out App Updates With New Logo And Icons, Starting With Maps And Translate [APK Download]

Google's new branding is already starting to worm its way into all corners of the company's design. The web interface is already being updated with new icons based on the sans-serif G, and now app updates have started to show up. No need to wait for update Wednesday this time. So far we've got Maps and Translate.

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ES File Explorer Expands Its Material Design Interface To The Play Store Version After Beta Testing

Hey, remember those many moons ago when ES File Explorer, one of the more popular file managers on Android, released a Material Design user interface update? You should, because it was exactly one moon ago, back at the beginning of August. After a relatively quick closed beta session (which Android Police apparently spoiled by writing a story about a pre-release version uploaded to APK Mirror - sorry), the update is now live in the Play Store as app version 4.0.2. Go download it.

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Splyce Mixes And Orders Your Songs By BPM, Acts Like A Cool Automated DJ Who's Always With You

When I was looking at local music players on Android for my roundup, I tried to find an app that would analyze your songs' BPM and let you create playlists accordingly, but couldn't land on one that did the job well. Both DjRun and RockMyRun use BPM to build their playlists, but they are geared toward running and active lifestyles. What if you just wanted slow mellow songs to chill to? Or fast uptempo music to ease your homework struggle? There didn't seem to be an alternative that fit the bill quite well, until Splyce came along today.

Although it has been available on iOS for a (long) while, Splyce has just made the jump to Android.

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Pokémon Shuffle Is Now Available To All After Geo-Restricted Beta Phase

There's finally an official Pokémon game on a mobile device, and that's great. It's just... well, it's not the game that everyone really wants. Pokémon Shuffle is a matching puzzle game with hefty in-app purchases and a timer system. It was released in geo-restricted beta a week or two ago, but now it's live for everyone. Maybe if we give them enough money they'll release a proper Pokémon game?

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Konami Releases Companion App For Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

For most of my life, the Metal Gear Solid series has been my absolute favorite collection of games - right alongside Red Dead Redemption and The Last of Us. Today marks the release of one of the most anticipated games in the MGS series: The Phantom Pain. I'm sure there are quite a few of you who have already made your way over to Game Stop to pick it up, in fact.

For the release (and those of you who have already grabbed your copy), Konami published the companion app to the Play Store earlier this morning. This app allows gamers to use it as a support terminal to display maps and call in air support helicopters while playing the console version of MGS V: TPP.

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The Context-Aware Bento Launcher Is Now Called 'Scout' And Has Moved To An Open Beta

Your phone and the services connected to it know a lot about you (creepy, right?), and Bento Launcher is designed to use that data in order to bring relevant information to your home screen. Bento is entering a new phase today, starting with a name change. It's called Scout Launcher, and it's now available to everyone.

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Hopper For Android Predicts Airline Prices To Help You Get The Best Deal On Your Next Trip

Look, you're going to have to deal with the TSA, baggage fees, and all sorts of other junk to hop a flight, so why not make paying for the ticket a little less painful at least? Hopper might be able to help. It came to iOS a few months ago, and now it's on Android. Just tell it when you're flying and to where, then Hopper figures out when you should buy.

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35 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (8/18/15 - 8/31/15)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

FRAMED

Android Police coverage: Framed From Noodlecake Studios Is A Gritty Comic-Style Puzzler Where You Control The Story

In Framed, you play a silhouetted detective in the vein of Sam Spade, tasked with solving some rudimentary puzzles.

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