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Android TV's Google Search App Arrives In The Play Store For Easier Updates

You can navigate the Android TV interface using a remote control or dedicated app, but Google would really like for you to use your voice. Even if you're typing, the company would prefer you search for what you're looking for, rather than browse manually. This is Google, we're talking about.

The TV version of the Google search app has now found its way into the Play Store, which should allow for easier updates going forward, even if there's no particular reason to rush and download it right away.

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Pushbullet Update Brings Copy & Paste Feature To The Chrome And Firefox Extensions, A Few Other Enhancements

You guys love Pushbullet, right? If not, it's probably because you haven't used it. This is easily one of the most powerful utilities available on Android, and definitely one worth having installed. And as of today, it's getting even more powerful (or convenient, at least).

As you probably already know, the guys behind Pushbullet never sleep. I've asked them how they seem to gogogo all the time, but they're not giving up on any secrets.

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New SwiftKey Update Brings Significant Performance Improvements, Twelve New Languages

SwiftKey has been my go-to keyboard on every Android device I've owned for the last...long time. Google's stock keyboard keeps getting better and better, but it just can't seem to match what SK can do, and every time it gets close, the SwiftKey guys generally push an update that puts it back in the lead by a large margin.

Today's update, though, is something else altogether. This is probably the most significant update to SwiftKey in the last several months, possibly even longer.

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Clear Your Schedule—Kingdom Rush Origins Is Now Available

The next installment in what may be the best mobile tower defense series has arrived on Android. Kingdom Rush Origins brings back all the game mechanics you know and love, but adds a few tweaks and a ton of new stuff. You would do well to make some time to play—maybe go home "sick."

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Unified Remote Receives A Material Design Update, Complete With A New Screen-Mirroring Feature

Unified Remote gives your PC the TV treatment, letting you control it from afar with just the right blend of convenience and laziness that have turned us into the society that we are. Its developers have created a solid app, and they're not wasting any time making sure it looks up-to-date.

Version 3.1 preps Unified Remote with those touches of Material Design that should make it feel more at home on a device running Lollipop.

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The Banner Saga Arrives In The Play Store Priced At $9.99 [Update]

It's quite possible the only thing you know about The Banner Saga is that King.com of Candy Crush Saga fame threatened to sue over the name of the game. Why? Because "Saga." Dumb, but there's much more to The Banner Saga than a naming dispute. This is a lovingly crafted RPG inspired by Norse mythology with stunning artwork and deep gameplay.

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Yonomi Is Like IFTTT For Your Smart Gadgets, Helps You Wake Up To Fresh Coffee, Toast, And Cool Tunes

All of these "smart" devices in our lives sure are creating a mess for us. We have to remember to charge them and take the time to set them up properly, every gadget has its own app on our phone, and none of them seem to be able to communicate effortlessly with each other unless they come from the same manufacturer, and even then... That's where Yonomi comes into the picture.

With one app, Yonomi aims to solve the mess that is our connected life.

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Google Opens Up Merchant Support To China, Allowing Developers To Distribute Apps In 130+ Countries (But Not China)

In an interesting bit of news this evening, it looks like Google has opened up merchant support to China, allowing developers to distribute free or paid apps, in-app purchases, and subscriptions in over 130 countries.

The news comes in a post to Google's official Android Developers blog, which goes on to explain that Chinese developers distributing paid apps through the Play Store will receive payment via wire transfer to a Chinese bank account in USD.

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You Can Now Embed (Public) Photo Spheres And Street View Images On The Web Using Google Maps

Embedding photo spheres has been a painful and annoying process since Google announced the ability way back when (and then stopped supporting it in Views). Today, the Google Maps team is making it a lot easier, using the Google Maps Embed API to get the job done. Take a look!

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Samsung Launches Milk Video, The Tastiest New Media-Streaming App In Your Galaxy (Device)

Samsung has milked music before, and now it is ready to milk video as well. The company has announced another creamy media-consuming app intended to pump more value into the hands of millions of Galaxy device owners, and it goes by the name of Milk Video.

This time around, Samsung customers are treated to a way of absorbing various videos from across the web without having to actively search for them. Milk Video monitors what each of its users view, like, follow, and dismiss to push up recommendations that it's sure will catch their interest.

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