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An Exclusive Early Look At The New Google Photos App

We've been hearing for a very long time - virtually ever since Vic Gundotra left Google+, with more rumors springing up recently - that Photos would be splitting off from Google's social/sign-in platform. We've heard vague rumblings, and even seen some baby steps toward this split, but now we have something a bit more substantial to go on - an exclusive early look at Google's new Photos app, separate from Google+ and improved in a number of ways.

We won't be treating this as a normal rumor post, because we are certain that what we have seen is the real deal.

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Google Play Books Still Has An Alarming Number Of Scammy Book Listings

A couple of months ago, we published a story about the scam problem in Google Play Books, and we haven't been alone in criticism of the store's issues.

The gist is this: Google's Play Books store was plagued by scammy "guide" books that, for a few dollars, promised access to cracked APKs, but in reality provided nothing but scams and malware.

Two of the publishers we mentioned in the post - Monster Guides Editor Pro and leon Master - were removed from the Play Store, but plenty remain, still distributing links to pirated apps and malicious sites, or outright selling the work of legitimate authors.

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DxOMark Reviews The HTC One M9, Ranks It The 22nd Best Mobile Camera On The Market, 21 Places Behind The Galaxy S6

DxOMark just released their review of the HTC One M9's camera. I'm not going to beat around the bush, the results aren't great (not that any of us here at AP are all that surprised). The HTC One M9 scored a rather abysmal cumulative score of 69, placing the Taiwanese manufacturer's latest flagship in 22nd place on DxOMark's top mobile camera list.

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That places the M9 21 spots behind the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, which currently sits in the number one spot. The M9 also lags behind other ultra modern behemoths of the mobile photography world, such as the Amazon Fire Phone, the LG G2, the iPhone 4s, and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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[Update: Confirmed] Rumor: Android M Will Come With An Update Guarantee For Nexus Devices

Android 5.0 was a big visual change for Android, but the upcoming M release will make its mark on Android as well. Google is likely going to announce hard cut-offs for Nexus device update support. There will be no more guessing about which devices will get updates and for how long, but that means several older devices are going to stay on Lollipop.

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Google's Internal Code Name For Android M Is Macadamia Nut Cookie (MNC)

Google will be unveiling the successor to Lollipop at Google I/O in just a few days, but we won't get a real name. It will likely just be called Android M until it's released, but Google has an internal code name just as it did for L and K. It's called Macadamia Nut Cookie (MNC), a name which is already being referenced in AOSP.

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The Google Live Case 'Shortcut Button' Looks Familiar - Workshop May Still Be Alive After All

Way back in August of 2014, we got a peek at a service Google was experimenting with, at the time called "Workshop." The service would allow users to create customized cases for their Nexus 5, featuring either photos or map imagery of their choice. The cases would come with a special live wallpaper, also customized around the user's preferences.

After that post, though, everything was quiet. We didn't hear or see any new motion on Workshop until last month, when a customized Google Maps case popped up on a Googler's Google+ profile. The case was on a Nexus 6, and looked really similar to the cases we'd seen before.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 161: Hey, Thanks For The Bag Of Dirt (With Special Guest Ron Amadeo)

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here. As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com. Additionally, we're giving out a $10 Google Play gift card every week to our favorite listener-submitted voicemail or email from here on out, so send us your questions or discussion topics!

On this week's show, we discuss: Android M rumors, 60FPS YouTube support in Android, our hands-on with Android Auto, the ZenFone 2's American launch, and our quick review of the $99 Blu Studio C.

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[Weekend Poll And Discussion] Do You Have Android 5.1.1 Yet? What Do You Think Of It?

As more and more Nexus devices get updated to Android 5.1.1 (and, in the Nexus 9's case, 5.1 in the first place), hopefully more and more issues people had with Android 5.0 and 5.1 are getting resolved. What I want to ask you is about your experience with the latest version of Android. Better? Worse? The same?

The Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 (2012 and 2013), 9, and 10 [and Player] all have the update rolling out now with varying degrees of completeness, and factory images for all but the 6 are available.

So, let's talk. Android 5.1.1: what's better, what's worse, and what problems with 5.0/5.1 still aren't addressed?

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Google Keep Version 3.1.204 Adds A Map View To The Location Reminder Interface

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[APK Download] Dropbox Gets A Material Design Makeover And Gesture Folder Navigation In Version 2.6

Apps with tens of millions of users tend to either spend a lot of time and effort conforming to Android's visual standards... or spend none at all, considering their own cross-platform UI more important. Dropbox has tended to fall into the former category, but it's taken them a while to get on board with the Material Design standards introduced with Android 5.0. That changes today: version 2.6.0.2 adds a new UI that follows the Material Design playbook. For the most part, anyway.

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Old interface above, new below.

The app opens up to your root Dropbox folder, and the tabbed interface is gone - if you want to look at your files in the Photos or Favorites view, you'll have to open the side menu.

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