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Kindle App Updated To v4.4 With Faster Cover Loading, Auto-Brightness Control, And More

The Kindle app has gone through a number of redesigns, but its finally settling into a nice Android vibe. The newest update doesn't radically change anything, but it does add some useful features and squash a few bugs that have probably been annoying you.

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[New Game] Kickstarter-Funded Broken Sword: Serpent's Curse Hits The Play Store

There's a mystery afoot and only your most skillful tapping and dragging can solve it in Broken Sword: Serpent's Curse. This is the fifth title in the Broken Sword franchise, and it returns to the series' 2D roots with clean pre-rendered graphics. This game tore it up on Kickstarter back in 2012, eventually raising $771,000. If you didn't back the project, you can now get your hands on the Android version for $6.99.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition 16GB On Sale For $375 At Newegg, 32GB For $405

Looking for a high-end Galaxy Note tablet that doesn't cost over seven hundred freakin' dollars? Then head over to Newegg, where the slightly older and slightly smaller Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is on sale in refurbished form. You can pick up a 16GB version of the tablet for $374.99, a full $175 off the original retail price, or a 32GB version for $404.99, a whopping $195 off.

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[APK Teardown] BBC iPlayer Gains Casting Ability, Likely Timed For Chromecast Launch On March 19

We learned yesterday that the Chromecast would finally make its grand entrance to our friends in the UK on March 19. While the recently finalized Google Cast SDK should leave them with plenty of ways to start using it right away, there's one app that definitely needed to take the plunge and add support: BBC's iPlayer. Well, it looks like the BBC had the same thought, because a recent update gives us solid evidence that Chromecast streaming is coming very soon.

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[Bonus Round] oO, Save the Furries, Pénombre, Pulser, Dracula 4, And LEGO Technic Race

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 frustratingly good twitch game, an adorable physics puzzler, an indie endless runner, an odd typing shooter, a sequel to a classic adventure game, and a LEGO-branded racer.

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Looks Like Verizon Will Be Getting A Third-Generation LG Lucid, Because Why Not

While it's probably safe to assume the bulk of our readers are after the highest-end handset out when upgrade time comes, there's undoubtedly also those who need to stay on a budget. LG's Lucid was a handset that I feel like helped spark a new era for the budget market: affordable phones that don't completely suck. Verizon must've felt the same way, because the Lucid saw a sequel with last year's aptly-name Lucid 2.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 103: KitKatification

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. For the unedited video show, click here.

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Chromecast Launching In The UK On Wednesday March 19th

Our friends across the pond will no longer have to resort to importing a Chromecast from the US as of March 19th. That's apparently the day Google's streaming dongle is set to hit shelves in the UK. At least one retailer already has the device in stock and has alerted employees to the impeding launch.

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Sprint Replaces Previous No-Contract 'As You Go' Service With New Prepaid Smartphone Plans Starting At $45 A Month

Out with the old, in with the new. Today Sprint has retired its no-contract As You Go service and replaced it with the more straightforwardly branded Sprint Prepaid. The new offering is something Sprint customers or no-contract shoppers should almost want to consider, but the monthly prices still aren't low enough for the limited number of phones supported.

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Sprint Prepaid introduces two smartphone plans: Smart and Smart Plus. The former offers unlimited talk and text for $45 a month.

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Google Wallet Tap And Pay Functionality Will Not Be Supported On Devices Running Android 4.3 Or Older After April 14th

Google has updated its support pages and started sending out emails to alert users of Google Wallet to an upcoming change in the way NFC payments work. As of April 14th, tap and pay will require KitKat or higher. Older devices will no longer be supported after that date.

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The reason for the change is Google's desire to only use Host Card Emulation (HCE) to make NFC payments work. That feature was introduced in Android 4.4, so it's the end of the line for Jelly Bean and earlier devices.

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