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Microsoft Releases Phone Versions Of Word, Excel, And PowerPoint On The Play Store As Previews

If you head over to any of the Play Store listings for Microsoft's previously tablet-only Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android, you'll find they have a new feature for beta testers: phone support.

Microsoft has renamed the apps appropriately, dropping the "for tablet" moniker that they previously had, and the UI has been optimized for the smartphone form factor.

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LG Expands Its G4 Family Lineup With The Midrange G4 Stylus And G4c — Removable Batteries And MicroSD Slots Abound

Following up on its flagship G4 announcement for 2015, LG is now supplementing its lineup as it does every year with more midrange options that can appeal to and target different audiences: a larger phablet with a stylus for a Note-like approach and a smaller less powerful variant of its star player.

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Let's start with the G4 Stylus. It comes with a larger 5.7" display than the G4, albeit with a lower 720p resolution that results in a rather average 258ppi. It has drawn the short end of the stick on other specs as well, coming with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, but there will be two variants: a 3G one and an LTE one.

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Asus ZenFone 2 Is Available For Pre-Order On Amazon, Auto-Notify Listings Live On Newegg And B&H Too

The Asus ZenFone 2 is one of the more interesting unlocked phones to be announced lately, and you can secure yours right now on Amazon. A few more US retailers have product pages up, but it looks like it's just Amazon taking orders. The first round will ship on May 20th.

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NFL Mobile Updated To v12.0, Now Actually Looks And Feels Like An Android App

Let's be honest, the NFL has not done a great job with its Android app. It was basically just a nice little viewer for content that was on the web, and by that I mean it was just showing the web pages in a little bit prettier interface. With a new update, though, it is much smoother and actually feels like they cared about the end product.

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Screenshots won't really do it justice because it is all about the feel. If you already used it, you might be a little disoriented due to the movement of some controls, but you'll notice the speed right away.

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[Deal Alert] Get An Unlocked AT&T Galaxy S5 On eBay For $315 With Coupon Code

You know how it works. The Galaxy S6 is a thing now, so the S5 is now a cheaper thing (depending on where you buy it). As we pointed out last month, you can get one off eBay for just $350. It's AT&T's version and comes with 16GB of storage. You have your choice of black, white, and gold.

Why am I bringing this up again? Well, we've come across a coupon code. If you enter CDTECH10 at checkout, you can knock $35 off the price. For the math averse, that's a 10% discount bringing things down to $315.

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New Startup '21' Wants To Put Dedicated Bitcoin Mining Chipsets In Your Smartphone

You've probably heard of Bitcoin once or twice by this point, even if you're not entirely clear on how it works. Until now you've needed to be familiar with the entire process of producing, storing, and spending Bitcoins for the currency to make any difference in your life, but a startup called 21 wants to change that. 21 is pushing Bitcoin mining as a built-in device function. This won't make you rich, but it might change how content and services are managed.

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Google App v4.6 Enables Translucent Status And Navigation Bars For Google Now Screen On Custom Launchers [APK Download]

Expectations are high for each update to Google's core apps on Android. After all, we know there are going to be a lot of new features announced at I/O in less than 2 weeks. Quite a few apps have recently gone through a Material refresh, and plenty of others have seen smaller changes as they slowly coalesce around the current design guidelines. That appears to be the story with the latest Google App update. The latest version finally enables full screen mode for Google Now on devices using custom launchers.

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left: old version, right: new version

Prior to this release, users with the Google Now Launcher set as their default homescreen would see their Now stream with translucent status and navigation bars.

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OPPO Releases A Beta Lollipop Version Of Its ColorOS ROM For The Find 7 and Find 7a

If you've got a Find 7 or Find 7a phone from OPPO and you're itching for an official Lollipop ROM, head on over to the company's user forums. A beta version of Color OS 2.1, running on top of Android 5.0 code, has been posted for you to download. At the moment this edition of the software is not available via an over-the-air update, though that should be coming soon enough.

According to the post, this version of the misnamed ColorOS adds a redesigned interface and icon set. More relevant changes to the skin are the removal of a bunch of superfluous widgets and features, including something called "emoticon radar," in an effort to reduce size and increase performance.

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The New Humble Mobile Bundle Features 9 Hidden Object Puzzlers From Artifex Mundi

If you're into hidden object games, you are probably familiar with Artifex Mundi. This developer has a bunch of these titles in the Play Store, all of them with thousands of downloads/reviews and nearly perfect ratings. They're also rather pricey, but for the next two weeks you can get a good deal on the whole catelog from Artifex Mundi and contribute to charity thanks to the Humble Bundle.

2015-05-18 13_44_41-Humble Artifex Mundi Mobile Bundle (pay what you want and help charity)

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15 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (5/5/15 - 5/18/15)

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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Expense IQ - Expense Manager

This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps. This amazingly complete expense tracking system has a solid and colorful UI, and just about every possible checkbook, alert, and tracking feature you could want.

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