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Screen Casting (With Sound!) From Android Is Now Live For Select Devices Running KitKat 4.4.2 Or Higher

Google showed off screen casting from Android at Google I/O, and we've been seeing hints of it in KitKat for months, and now it's suddenly real. Google has thrown the switch and enabled casting on a number of Android devices, and it works with sound too.

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The Sprint LivePro Is An Android-Powered Mini Projector, Mobile Hotspot, And External Battery All In One Weird Little Package

The convergence of multiple devices can be a good thing. After all, who wants to carry a bunch of different stuff around when a single thing will do? This is, presumably, the rationale behind the Sprint LivePro, but maybe it's gone a little far. This is a mobile hotspot with a built-in projector and a battery that can charge your phone. The whole thing is, of course, powered by Android.

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Samsung Gear Live Gets An Update To Build KMV78X, Nothing Yet On The G Watch Side

The first Android Wear devices are just starting to show up on doorsteps, but already a second update is heading out to the Samsung Gear Live. The OTA bumps the build to KMV78X from KMV78V. What does it do? Unclear.

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Paid Apps On Android Wear Made Possible Through Google Workaround, Let The Spending Begin

Google's recently launched Android Wear platform had a bit of a rough weekend when it ran into an unexpected snag regarding paid apps – it couldn't install them. It turns out that the behavior could be traced to a Play Store security feature that was responsible for encrypting paid apps to make them more difficult to pirate; but in doing so, it had also made it impossible to extract and install any micro-apps contained within the apk. Tuesday night, Google responded to developers with an apology and a set of steps to reconfigure development projects to circumvent the installation issue.

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[For Developers] Google Cast SDK Updated With Media Player Library Improvements And Native Support For Subtitles

Very few things are as pleasing to a developer than deleting large blocks of code that aren't needed anymore. That's exactly what many developers of apps targeting the Chromecast are going to be doing this week after an update to the Google Cast SDK. The changelog (dated July 8th) is pretty long, but it mostly boils down to a few new classes that add built-in support for closed captioning (subtitles), improvements to the Media Player Library, and a few other bug fixes.

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Android "L" Spotlight: Task Locking Enables Strict Focus On Apps For Enterprise, Education, And Kiosks

Android is really turning into a jack of all trades, having become the OS of choice for phones, tablets, face computers, and now wristwatches. The combination of flexibility, open source code, and low cost of entry make it a prime candidate for countless utilitarian purposes. With the upcoming release of Android L, Google is aiming to make it even easier to deploy highly specialized environments with a new feature called Task Locking that allows a single app to take control of the interface and prevent users from switching apps or even seeing notifications.

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Google Officially Pulls Xperia Z Ultra, One M7, And G Pad 8.3 GPE Devices Off Play Store, Galaxy S4 Still Out Of Stock

Last month, we reported that the Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3, HTC One M7, and Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition devices were all appearing as out of stock on the Play Store for several weeks. Today, Google officially removed the Z Ultra, G Pad, and M7 from the Play Store, and they no longer appear under the Google Play Edition devices section.

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The remaining three phones are the One M8, Moto G, and Galaxy S4.

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Tuesday App And Game Sales: The Room Two, SportsTracker Pro, Blazing Star, And More

It's nice to buy apps and support hardworking developers, even if the app is on sale. That's what we've got here – apps on sale. Loosen those purse strings and get ready to support some developers.

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The Weather Channel's Big 5.0 App Redesign Is Now Very Slowly Rolling Out To Users Via The Play Store [Updated]

Most app updates roll out to the majority of users either all at once or within a matter of days, but like a tropical storm, the Weather Channel has decided to take its time with its big 5.0 Android release. The update is currently available to just 10% of users, and it won't be out for everyone until mid July.

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This update brings the Android version of the app up to date with the iPhone release that went out in April.

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Motorola Connect Updated With A New Interface And Phone Finding Feature

This one is just for owners of Motorola's newer phones like the Moto X and Droid Maxx. Motorola Connect is getting an update from 1.5 to 2.0, and it comes with a big interface change. It's actually an app now, rather than just a settings menu. Weird, right?

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