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Google Officially Releases Offline Navigation And Search In Maps, Available Starting Today On Android

Back at Google I/O earlier this year, Google teased offline maps and turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps, a feature that many of us have wanted for a long, long time. Today, that feature comes to fruition.

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As of today's Maps update, users will be able to save specific areas to their devices when they know that they'll be in an area with poor data coverage. When an unacceptable connection is detected, Maps will automatically switch to offline mode; turn-by-turn directions, searches, store hours, and the like will all continue to be available.

You'll be able to grab the desired areas by searching for a city, county, or country, then tapping the "download" button on the card.

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Nokia's Z Launcher Update Adds Synonyms And WhatsApp Contacts To Scribbles

Nokia's Z Launcher is a bit different. Instead of a customizable homescreen where you place your app icons, it chooses them based on the ones you often open and you're most likely to need right now. Essentially, it adapts to your context. It has a few more tricks too, like scribbling the names of apps, contacts, and websites to launch them directly. In its new update, this scribble function is about to get a little more powerful.

Scribbling now supports synonyms, so you can launch music apps by simply writing music. Spotify, Pandora, and even YouTube should appear in the list of options.

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PSA: Some Nexus 6P Cases Make It Super-Frustrating To Take Screenshots

Google has a number of neat case options in the Google Store for this year's Nexus phones. If you've been planning on picking up one of the official cases like the "Adopted" model, you might want to pay attention to the buttons. It actually makes taking a screenshot almost impossible. If you've already got one of the official cases and have thus far been under the impression you are losing your mind, you'll be happy to know it's not you.

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[Deal Alert] HTC Offering Up To 30% Off All Items It Sells In Its Online Store Today Only

HTC's latest Hot Deal is indeed a hot one if you've got a hankering for some cheap phones. HTC is offering a tiered percentage discount across its entire online store right now that starts at 15% and goes up to 30%. As usual, the deal is only valid today and "while supplies last." And of course, this is US-only.

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32 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (10/28/15 - 11/9/15)

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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Starific - Endless Reactor

Android Police coverage: Starific - Endless Reactor Bursts Into The Play Store For Free With No IAPs And Optional Ads

Watch the video below. No, seriously, stop reading this and watch it - the frantic combination of Pong, Centipede, Space Invaders, and other classic games is almost impossible to describe without suitable context.

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Verizon Ellipsis 8 Tablet Gets Android 5.1.1 OTA Update

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Amazon Photos 5.0 Improves Album Creation And Editing, Takes You Into The Past With New 'This Day' Section

Amazon wants to store your photos on its servers, and the first part of that is making a compelling service. Since you would understandably want to organize your pictures into albums, the latest version contains a number of tweaks to streamline the process.

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HTC Uploads The One A9's Camera App To Google Play

The HTC One A9 comes with a 13MP camera that, like those found on the backs of other smartphones, is capable of shooting photos. To do so, tap the camera icon that's initially located on the right side of your dock. That little rectangle with a circle in it will fire up an app with the expected capture button, shooting modes, and settings. Said app is also available in the Play Store.

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[Deal Alert] The First Season Of Six Different Children's Shows Including 'Bo On The Go' And 'Animal Mechanicals' Free On Google Play [US Only]

Netflix is a great resource for parents wanting to occasionally entertain their kids with some educational shows without all the crappy Skylander commercials. There is just one issue – the content is only available when you have an active internet connection.

Which, in the days of broad LTE and WiFi coverage, is an easy thing to take for granted. That is, until you board a five-hour flight with a toddler in your lap, seated between two people who are looking at your child with a mixture of disdain and loathing. You can see in their eyes that they are just waiting to criticize your parenting as soon as your kid starts to cry.

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Monday App And Game Sales: Kingdom Rush Frontiers, WeatherPro, Syberia, And More

Another long, grueling week has just gotten underway. As you slog through the unspeakable monotony of your life, perhaps you'll be able to catch a brief respite from the horror by playing some games and stuff on your phone. Yeah, that sounds good. You can even have some of them on sale today, so get in there and check them out.

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