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[Bonus Round] Pumped BMX 2, Checkpoint Champion, And Cubic Castles

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an impressive BMX game, a tricky top-down driver, and a collaborative 3D platformer.

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BBM 2.6 Includes Android 5.0 Support, Landscape Mode, Stickers In Group Chats, And More

Version 2.6 makes BBM ready for Android 5.0, but don't get too excited. There's no big redesign here. The app still looks as Gingerbread as ever, it just now explicitly supports devices running the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.

That's not to say that the update is without visual changes. If you turn your phone sideways, the interface will now rotate to landscape mode in order to accommodate you.

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Amazon Game Studios Releases Free 'The Unmaking' Preview Filled With Waves Of Server-Powered Enemies

Update: Here's the recently published trailer.

Amazon Game Studios has released a free preview of The Unmaking, an impressive looking game where the hordes of enemies you see on-screen are powered by Amazon servers. Your job is to defend your castle by blasting and burning wave after wave of bloodthirsty foes using siege weapons and magic spells alike. The catch is that you need to have a Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7, or Fire HDX 8.9 to enter the battle.

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Latest Fleksy Beta Releases Bring Big Redesign With Material Themes, GIF Keyboard Extension, And Much More [Hands-On]

Android Lollipop has started rolling out to people in the months since version 3.3 of Fleksy hit the Play Store, and the third-party keyboard's developers aren't just settling for giving the next release a material theme. The beta contains a new interface, plenty of new themes, and keyboard extensions. This last category is the one we're most excited to see.

What's New?

The Material keyboard themes look less like Google's and more like simple recolored versions of Fleksy, and while they're not particularly exciting, at least they're not indicative of the effort the developers have taken to make the app look at home on Android 5.0.

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British Spy Agency GCHQ Releases App To Teach Kids About Encryption, Still Thinks Encryption Aids Terrorism

Who better to learn encryption from than the people who have actively tried to build vulnerabilities into encryption? Nobody, says the GCHQ, the British NSA equivalent that has released a free Android app called Cryptoy to teach children the basics of encryption. The app, designed for tablets, focuses on four basic techniques and allows users to create encrypted messages for sharing to friends to decode.

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Friday App And Game Sales: Pathogen, Share Where Pro, Let's Create! Pottery, And More

Got big plans this weekend? No you don't—stop lying. It's okay, though. We've got your back. There are some apps and games on sale, and they can help keep your mind off the crippling loneliness. We're always there for you.

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Microsoft Updates Lync For Android With Anonymous Join, Contact Management, And Passive Authentication

Microsoft Lync is instant messaging for people wearing suits and ties. The service, which you generally won't see outside of corporate environments, supports typing, talking, or staring at each other's faces through an Android device. Now Microsoft has rolled out an update that adds new features and brings more feature parity with the Windows Phone and iOS versions of the software.

For starters, the Lync Android app can now handle Anonymous Join, which lets users join a Lync meeting without an account.

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Plex Update Adds Support For Playlists On Android And Android TV, Improves Play Queue Handling, And More

If you have a lot of media files on your computer or server and you like the freedom of streaming them to your mobile phones, tablets, TVs, and other screens, chances are you're either using XBMC or Plex. For fans of the latter, there's some good news waiting for you in the form of a major update to the Android app.

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Playlist support has been added to Plex on both the mobile layout and Android TV.

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Data Conservation, Improved Gender Identity Options Come To Google+ App, Post Pinning On The Way

From a recent teardown of Google+ 4.8, it seemed like Google was preparing to offer bandwidth optimizations in the app, with the option to switch on a data conservation option. It looks like that feature has cropped up (thanks David) now, along with a new gender identity setting brought over from the web.

A few days ago, the Google+ team announced that the service would now accommodate those of any gender, not just male or female, by opening up a "custom" option, as well as a method of indicating one's preferred pronoun (the selection includes male, female, and other).

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Google Translate Gains Support For 10 New Languages Spread Across Africa And Asia

Before Chromebooks and Android, Google blew peoples' minds with its web services alone. Translate was one of them. Here was a website that took in whatever you typed and spat out something that at least kind of resembled the same words in a different language. Even now, translations aren't spot on, but it usually gets close enough to convey the message.

Google is still expanding the service, and now the company is ready to introduce support for ten additional languages.

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