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[Update: Probably Fixed] The Play Store Is Lousy With '944' Download Errors Right Now

If you're having trouble downloading app updates from the Play Store right now, you're in good company. We're getting reports from multiple Android Police readers that Error 944, a rather nondescript problem that prevents automatic and manual updates, is interrupting said updates on apps all over the store.

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[Update: It's Out] Episode Three Of TellTale's Game Of Thrones Adventure Series Lands On Android On Thursday, March 26th

Confession: I still haven't played part two of TellTale's episodic Game of Thrones series. For all I know, King Joffrey has arrested all of our heroes and sentenced them to death by rabid weasel (it seems like his kind of corporal punishment).

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Instagram Passes The 500 Million Installs Milestone, Tries To Catch Siblings Facebook And Messenger

The Instagram Android app has acquired over 500 million installs, a milestone that only a few items in the Play Store can claim. The majority of them come from Google, but Instagram marks the third one from Facebook.

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Facebook Messenger passed this bar back in August of last year. By the next month, the main Facebook app managed more than double that amount.

Aside from Google and Facebook, only two other companies have made it into this exclusive club, with one gaining access on a technicality.

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Square Cash Updated To v2.5 With New 'Cashtags' For Easier Payments And Cash Pro For Business

Square released Cash a while back to make it easier to send and receive money on your mobile device, but now it's even easier with "$Cashtags." Get it? It's like a hashtag, but for money. You know some marketing manager was giddy after coming up with that. It's not all fun and games, though. Cash now also supports businesses with an option called Cash Pro.

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Netflix Launches In Australia With Prices Starting At A$8.99 A Month

Netflix has said it wants to expand its service to as much of the world as possible, and now the time has come for residents Down Under to fire up the streaming service. According to AusDroid, Netflix is now available in Australia,with streaming plans ranging from A$8.99 to A$14.99.

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The cheapest plan offers only standard definition streaming on a single screen, while the most expensive option supports 4K and streaming on up to four devices.

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Instagram Announces Layout, A Collage App Arriving On Android Sometime In The Coming Months

For mobile photographers, collage apps are second only to filters in their ability to take low-res images and make them look somewhat interesting. Rather than continue to cede this area to competing apps, Instagram has decided to create its own dedicated piece of software. It's called Layout.

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Layout can pull photos from your gallery or instantly arrange images as you snap them. Then you drag, resize, flip, or rotate different parts of the collage by tapping, pinching, pulling, and twisting your fingertips against the screen.

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31 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (3/11/15 - 3/23/15)

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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.

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Expense IQ - Expense Manager

This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps.

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Microsoft Partners With Samsung, Dell, And Other OEMs To Preload Office And Skype On New Android Phones And Tablets

It should come as no surprise that Microsoft wants to have a larger footprint in the mobile market. So the company is taking one of its flagship products and having it shipped preloaded on a significantly larger number of phones and tablets. No, silly, not Windows. I'm talking about Office.

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Microsoft has announced that it is partnering with a good number of OEMs to have Office shipped out of the box on a plethora of hardware over the next year.

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[Update: Another Variation] Google Testing Extra Reminder Button In Inbox

A few days ago, we noticed a new sight in Inbox by Gmail - another FAB. The new floating action button is blue, and exists only to create reminders. Since then, we've received numerous reports of the FAB popping up for more users. Personally, only one of my two accounts has the new FAB, suggesting that this might be a slow rollout or even an A/B test for the new feature.

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[Rumor] Big Changes To Photos And Auto-Backup Are Expected This Week

Keep your eyes peeled for major changes to the Photos app and experience this week. A little birdie tells us that Google is preparing to shake things up, and all could be revealed in a few days. The changes will reportedly involve Photos and the associated auto-backup features currently built into Google+. What could it be?

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