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Google Play Newsstand Update Adds A Few More Material Design User Interface Tweaks [APK Download]

If you're as frustrated at Google's somewhat inconsistent implementation of the new Material Design user interface as our own Liam Spradlin, you'll be happy to see the latest small change to the Google Play Newsstand app. Newsstand got its major Material re-design early last month, but version 3.3.1 adds a few more tweaks to the UI. This demonstrates that Google intends to keep working on Material Design in general and its look in individual apps in particular.

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First Impressions Of Google's Nexus 6: Really Big, Really Beautiful [Update]

The Nexus 6 came in for a landing on my doorstep yesterday, and I've been happily exploring Google's new phablet ever since. Because I've had it for just one day, there's no way I could write anything resembling a review, so instead I thought it may be fun to do a very basic "initial impressions" post. There are a few things that immediately strike me about the device, so I'll discuss those here, with more details to come in the full review.

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Gmail 5.0 With Exchange Support And Material Design Has Landed [APK Download]

The day is finally upon us - the Gmail 5.0 APK has landed, and we have it for your (production-signed) downloading pleasure.

As we've expected since we first saw the app more than a week ago, the new Gmail is very... "material." It's got a FAB, the beautiful thread interface we've come to know and love from Inbox, and a drawer that complies with guidelines.

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But Gmail's beauty isn't only skin deep - the app holds some new features, too.

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Sony Xperia Z3 (T-Mobile) Review: Maybe The Best Mainstream Phone Of The Year (If That Still Matters)

The Galaxy S5. The One M8. The LG G3. All very good phones - all phones that I like, for various reasons, and dislike in certain respects for others! HTC, Samsung, and LG have generally been the de facto leaders of the high-end Android smartphone market here in the US. But what about Sony? I'll freely admit that I've never been much of a Sony smartphone fan. I didn't like the Xperia ZL as well as its competitors.

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[Update: 5.0.37] Google Play Store 5.0.31 Adds More Material Design, Moves "What's New" To The Top [APK Download]

Update 10/17/14: Play Store 5.0.32, a small bump over 5.0.31, is now available for download.

Update 10/31/14: Play Store 5.0.37, a bump over 5.0.32, is now available for download. It comes with at least one new change - a new permission bucket called Wearable sensors/activity data to help explain permissions for apps that can grab data from wearables, such as heart rate monitors.

Of course, as I have to pick up my son from daycare, breaking news had to hit, and Google had to start pushing out the Play Store 5.0 update (5.0.31, to be exact).

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Halloween App And Game Sales: ROM Toolbox Pro, Botanicula, The Walking Dead Pinball, And More

A frightful evening to you all, ghouls and goblins. It's Halloween, and even if you don't celebrate, there are plenty of sales in the Play Store for you to take advantage of. Several prolific developers have put almost their entire catalogs on sale, so get your bag ready so we can pile in those treats.

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[Bonus Round] Boulder Dash, Tasty Tower, Escape from Montegrande, And Zombie Gunship Arcade

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 a retro revival, a sickeningly cute jumping game, an appealing escape title, and a Flappy Bird clone with zombies.

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Virginia Circuit Court Judge Says Police Can Require Fingerprints To Unlock Smartphones, But Not Passcodes

Writing for Android Police from my home office in Virginia, it's not every day that I get to report on something somewhat close to home. But here it is. A Virginia Circuit Court judge has ruled that while police officers cannot compel a person to give up their passcode, they can demand someone use their fingerprint to unlock their phone.

Judge Steven C. Frucci made the ruling this week, saying that giving a police officer your fingerprint is similar to providing a DNA or handwriting sample, something the law permits.

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Google's Copresence Looks Like A Contactless, Cross-Platform Version Of Android Beam

Several months ago, we discussed something called Nearby, a project that - at the time - seemed to be Google's effort to let "people, places, and things" know when a user is, well, nearby. It seems that Google is still hard at work on its effort to connect various devices to each other and their surroundings, but Copresence (an internal name for this functionality) may have a more specific scope in this effort than we first estimated, apparently including iOS devices in the fun.

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Haunt The House: Terrortown May Be The Perfect Spooky Accessory To Your Halloween Night

Whoooooooa! Look out! It's a spooky ghost! Did you see it? Aw, man. It was right there in that game. You know the one, Haunt the House: Terrortown. It's a new one that's just out in the Play Store, and it's on sale for Halloween. Seems fitting.

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