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SwiftKey Revives Left-Handed Number Pad Option, Addresses Several Other Bugs With Update To Version 4.3.1

SwiftKey introduced several new keyboard layout options earlier this month, including the ability to split keyboards and move them around, empowering users to position the keyboard precisely where its most accessible. Unfortunately, some features were lost in transition. Today's update does its part to address these drawbacks. Now left-handed users, or people who just prefer having the option, can again move the number pad to the left side of the keyboard.

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Android 4.4 OTA Now Rolling Out To The Google Play Edition HTC One

Earlier today we shared the kernel source and framework files for the Google Play edition HTC One that have been posted on HTCdev, a sign that an OTA possibly wouldn't be far off. As it turns out, it wasn't. An update is now rolling out to device owners. Here's the proof, courtesy of a user on XDA Developers.

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[New App] App Ops Lives On In Android 4.4, Can Now Deny Even More Permissions - Here's How You Can Access It [Update]

One of the strangest changes with regard to Android 4.4 was the apparent removal of the hidden App Ops menu. You remember this one – it was the interface that allowed you to restrict permissions on a per-app basis. Well, apparently it's still in there – Google just made it harder to find. Color Tiger, developer of Smart IR Remote has just released its new App Ops 4.3/4.4 app that pulls up the standard App Ops and can add new features with root access.

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[New Game] DogByte Games Brings Minecraft Sensibilities To The 2D Racer With The Amazon Exclusive Blocky Roads

Minecraft-themed shooter? Yeah, we've done that. Minecraft-themed platformer? Yup. Minecraft-themed dungeon crawlers, RPGs, and (of course) zombie games? You bet. Now developer DogByte, of 8-bit Ninja fame, is bringing Minecraft to the racing genre with the cleverly-titled Blocky Roads. For the moment this 2.5D driving game is exclusive to the Amazon Appstore, where you can pick it up for two bucks.

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How do you combine the blocky sensibilities of Minecraft with a super-simple racer a la Excite Bike?

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Samsung Drops Android 4.4 Kernel Source For The Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition – Is It About To Start Raining KitKat?

We just saw HTC post its KitKat open source files for the Google Play Edition One, and now here's Samsung doing the same thing for the GPe Galaxy S4. Although, its open source website is a lot less attractive. What's with that, Samsung? At any rate, you can grab the kernel source right now at the link below.

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Samsung Announces The Galaxy Grand 2 – 5.25-inch 720p Screen, 1.5GB Of RAM, Dual-SIM, And A Quad-Core 1.2GHz Processor

A big phone usually comes with a big price tag, but Samsung is still committed to expanding options at the more affordable end of the market. The company just announced the Galaxy Grand 2 with mid-range specs and an emphasis on media.

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The Galaxy Grand 2 packs a 5.25-inch 720p LCD, which works out to 280 pixels per inch. That's still pretty respectable. The RAM is only half of Samsung's flagship phones at 1.5GB, and the storage is stuck at 8GB.

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US Cellular Quietly Releases The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: $50 On-Contract, $500 Unsubsidized

You've got no shortage of options for carriers if you want a Galaxy S4 Mini in the United States. Verizon and Sprint have already released the phone, and now prospective US Cellular customers are getting a crack at it. The carrier posted the phone to its online store today with neither pomp nor circumstance. You can pick it up for $49.99 on a two-year contract or a whopping $499.99 without.

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[New Game] Square Enix Ports Final Fantasy IV: After Years To Android, 22 Years After The Original

Fans of classic Squaresoft RPGs have had a smorgasbord on the Google Play Store as of late, but it's all been remakes and re-releases. The first "new" Final Fantasy game to come to the platform (unless you count some of the simple stuff like Final Fantasy All The Bravest, which you shouldn't) is Final Fantast IV: The After Years. It's a sequel to the old FFIV (from 1991) released for Japanese mobile market in 2008 before making it to the Wii in 2011.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 87: Chamfered Versus Chiseled

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. The video show experienced technical difficulties this week, so we don't have a full video to share with you. Sorry!

The Cast:

  • Matthew Smith: Host
  • Bob Severns: A/V, editing, and soundboard
  • Liam Spradlin: Co-host
  • Ryan Whitwam: Co-host
  • Eric Ravenscraft: Special guest

The Outline

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[Deal Alert] Wirefly Offers The Sprint HTC One Max At $129.99 ($20 Off) For New Customers And $199.99 ($50 Off) For Upgrades

Looking to get your hands on HTC's new super-sized One? Then Wirefly is happy to offer it at a discount, at least if your preferred carrier is Sprint. Right now the service and hardware reseller is selling the HTC One Max for $129.99 for new Sprint customers and $199.99 for returning customers who re-sign their contract. Not bad for a brand-new flagship.

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Technically new customers are getting a $120 discount off of the $250 retail contract price, but Sprint offers a $100 discount for porting your number from another service, so the effective price change is twenty bucks.

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