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Metamorphabet Is A Beautiful App For Kids That Shows How Letters, Too, Can Grow Up To Be Whatever They Want

Before you learned how to read, you had to learn the alphabet. Maybe you had someone teach you on a chalkboard. Maybe you watched Sesame Street animate each letter to life. Metamorphabet is a mobile app that transfers the latter approach onto tablets for today's kids.

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15 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (1/12/16 - 1/25/16)

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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Password Locker

This week's roundup is brought to you by Password Locker from HandyApps. Password Locker is a highly secure and efficient place to store your login credentials, credit card or bank account numbers, or anything else that needs to be both secure and easy to access.

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Dropbox Android App Passes 500 Million Installs On Google Play

Many of Google's apps have passed a billion installs. This sounds like a large accomplishment, until you consider that shipping pre-installed counts as being installed. In that case, it's more impressive when third-party software makes the list. Dropbox isn't at a billion yet, but it's now halfway there.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition Beta 0.14.0 Hits Android With Cauldrons, Repeaters, Comparators, Hoppers, Droppers, And More

The latest beta update for Minecraft Pocket Edition has hit the Play Store. Right now the download is available just for Android users, but the Windows release is on its way. No matter, Android user means you, so dive in.

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Goosebumps VR App Takes A Scary Drive Through The Play Store Wearing Google Cardboard

In horror movies, things leap out at you. The same is true with scary books. Take Goosebumps. A 90s kid could not walk through a library, book store, yard sale, or a box of hand-me-downs with at least one novel in the series jumping out at them. And like a horde of zombies, those books knew there was strength in numbers. It doesn't matter how many R.L. Stine actually created, that number is half as much as what it felt like he did.

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BillGuard Is Shutting Down Its Web App, Will Only Be Available Through Mobile Apps Come February 1st

BillGuard is a service for tracking your spending and monitoring your credit, and an Android app is available in the Play Store that lets you do all of this from your phone. Soon you won't have the option to do so any other way. BillGuard has sent out an email to users stating that the web app will go away at the end of the month.

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Spotify To Add Streaming Video To Android App This Week

We usually refer to Spotify as a streaming music provider, but the terminology will have to change this week. According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify is set to add video content to the Android app in a few days, followed by iOS late next week. This was first announced in May of 2015, but the launch was pushed back as the company tested and gathered feedback.

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The YouTube Android App's Pull To Refresh Animation Is Now Widely Available

In many Google apps and other third-party software, you see a spinning circle appear when you pull down from the top of the screen to refresh content. This pleasant little indicator is a sign that something is loading in the background, but you have permission to keep scrolling around while you wait.

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Google Play Newsstand Gets A New Cleaner Article Layout

Google Play Newsstand is gearing up to get an update, at least according to its Play Store listing on the web, but even though the new version is still on a slow rollout, another change is hitting the app. This one doesn't require an update and seems to have been server-triggered widely. At least 4 Android Police members are seeing it and we were able to confirm it shows up on other friends' devices too.

A new layout is greeting us on the article view of Newsstand. All other screens appear to be untouched, but if you open an article, you'll notice a few new things.

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