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Starbucks App Now Shows What Music Is Playing In Stores And Offers To Save The Entire Spotify Playlist

Finding stuff to listen to is difficult work. I mean, it must be. More folks have sat around thinking up yet one more way for helping consumers discover music differently than have put their talents toward developing a decent mobile office suite or a way for users to back up app save data without having to void warranties. For those of you who have made Spotify your music-finding solution of choice, Starbucks is offering something aside from a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich.

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Pocket Casts Gets Updated To v5.3 With Date-Based Filtering, Marshmallow Data Sync, Improved Voice Controls, And More

The developers of Pocket Casts have a history of being at the forefront of Android with an update adding this feature or that. They were early on material design, and just recently added a cool Nearby API implementation. Today, there's one that adds some tasty Marshmallow features, better filtering, and more.

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25 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (1/5/16 - 1/18/16)

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.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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The Room Three

Android Police coverage: Amazingly Intricate Puzzler 'The Room Three' Is Finally Available On Android

The Room, one of the most well-regarded mobile game series ever, is back with its third iteration. This 3D puzzle game includes fantastic graphics and wonderfully spooky production design, neither of which detract from the brain-tingling puzzles on offer.

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RetroArch Emulator Updated With New Interface, Support For Dreamcast (Soon), And More

The games of yesteryear might not look as pretty as today's games, but they still have a lot going for them. The problem is dealing with a dozen different emulators for each platform. RetroArch offers support for a ton of different classic systems, and it just got an update to v1.3 and it supports even more games.

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Google Is Rolling Out The Ability To Install Apps Directly From Search Results

Google is always testing one or two little things in search results, but this is a more significant change. We're starting to see the option to install apps from inside Google search results without opening the Play Store. Not everyone is getting this yet, but enough are that it's probably in the early stages of a wide rollout.

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Sony Renames Socialife App To 'News Suite' As Part Of A Big Update And Redesign

You can expect a smartphone to come with camera and gallery apps of its own. The manufacturer may also make the time to produce something for taking notes or doodling. Then there are news apps. These aren't guaranteed to appear, and those that come pre-installed take various forms. In Sony's case, there's Socialife, which now has the more straightforward name News Suite. This change comes as part of a big overhaul that made its way into the Play Store.

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Joaomgcd's Join Can Send SMS Text Messages From Any Browser, No Extension Required, After Latest Update

When Pushbullet introduced its pro plan, some folks walked away upset. For some of them, Join from Tasker-plugin maker extraordinaire Joaomgcd was just the ticket. The service doesn't quite stack up feature per feature, but it does a decent job of handling the basics.

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Wikipedia App Updated With Quick Access Toolbar, Better Memory Management, And More

How many pointless arguments have been decided by looking something up on Wikipedia? I bet a lot. The Wikipedia app makes it even faster to look up factoids and end arguments, and it's getting an update today with a few feature tweaks and some bug fixes.

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YouTube v11 Adds Watched Markers To The Subscription Stream And Tweaks A Few Colors [APK Download]

It's a new year and evidently that means time for the YouTube app to get a new major version number. Yes, it was exactly one year earlier that it jumped from v6 to v10, and yesterday it climbed to v11. So far, it looks like there's not much to commemorate the jump, but the changelog is not completely empty. The subscription feed finally shows markers for videos you've watched, and there are now a few subtle tweaks to the interface that shouldn't go unmentioned.

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Left: old version. Right: new version.

There's a great little feature in YouTube that displays flags in the top-left corner of videos you've viewed.

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[Bonus Round] Ancestor, Defenders 2, The Pit, Galactic Nemesis, Rocket Ski Racing, TMNT Portal Power, And Wild Kratts Baby Buddies

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 have a gorgeous platformer, a well-received tower defense sequel, a spunky endless runner, a retro take on Space Invaders, a simple and goofy racer, and two surprisingly decent licensed games. Without further ado:

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Ancestor

Ancestor is a drop-dead gorgeous platformer that mixes combat and puzzle elements with style.

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