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Root Checker Gets A Much-Needed Visual Overhaul In The Latest Update

Root Checker is a simple little tool that does what it says on the box: it checks whether your phone or tablet (or game console, or set-top-box, or e-reader, or robotic toaster) has root permissions. Those that use it probably only do so for a few seconds once or twice a month. That being the case, it's not a big deal if the app doesn't look good. But that doesn't mean that it can't, right?

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Root Explorer 3.3 Update Adds SD Card Write Capability Without Root In Lollipop

Root Explorer is one of those apps that has been on each and every one of my Android devices for years, and part of the reason why is that developer Speed Software has kept it relevant with near-constant useful updates. The latest, version 3.3, takes advantage of the revised SD card management on Android 5.0. Those with Lollipop devices can once again write to an external SD card even without root.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Android Police—Here Are Your Hand Turkeys

Last Thanksgiving we at Android Police celebrated by showing you our hand turkeys, but this year we wanted to see yours. Really, you should be the stars of the show. After all, the only reason we get to keep doing this is that you guys seem to like reading our nonsense. So here are the best hand turkeys you sent.

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[Deal Alert] All Nexus 9 WiFi Models Are $50 Off On Amazon Right Now

The Nexus 9 is a good tablet, if you ask me. It's not as great as we were all hoping, but you don't have many options for 4:3 Android slates. The price isn't where it needs to be, though. Amazon has the device on sale today for $50 off all WiFi models, which I think should have been the regular price.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Has Samsung And SanDisk MicroSD Cards At Steep Discounts

Google might hate microSD cards, but we know you—you like, nay, love microSD cards. Now is your chance to show your love with a financial gesture. Amazon has a number of Samsung SanDisk microSD cards for as much as 55% off.

2014-11-27 14_04_50-Amazon.com_ Samsung Memory Deal of the Day

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[Deal Alert] The Chromecast Is $23.99 ($11 Off) On Amazon Right Now

Odds are pretty good that everyone in the US who really wants a Chromecast has been able to find one by now. But with a rock-bottom starting price and compatibility with a ton of third-party Android apps, not to mention the Chrome desktop browser and at least some iOS apps, it makes a great stocking stuffer for people who might not follow every facet of the technology world. If you agree, Amazon has a nice discount on Google's streaming stick at the moment.

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Apktool RC3 Adds Better Lollipop Support And A Bunch Of Bug Fixes

If you're a developer who likes to tinker with Android apps and see what makes them tick, you've probably heard of Apktool. And if you've tried to do that with some of Google's recent apps, or any apps that have been updated with Lollipop support, you've probably discovered that the Java applet doesn't always work for them. Developer Connor Tumbleson just posted the third release candidate for Apktool, which should fix most of those problems.

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Amazon Gives Away 40 Apps And Games ($130 Value) For Black Friday, No Lines Necessary

The best thing you can do for Black Friday is nothing: those discounts aren't worth the indignity of getting clobbered by an octogenarian's purse while she hunts for a Frozen doll. But if you swing by this promotional page for Amazon's Appstore, you can pick up no less than 40 free apps and games, worth a combined $130 at full price. Amazon does these promotions on a regular basis. There's no reason not to get them all, but if you'd rather not clutter up your Amazon account, here are some notable picks:

Some of the apps are duplicates, like the Kindle Fire-only Angry Birds (the one above is fine for non-Fire devices).

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Activision Tries Its Hand At Clash Of Clans Cloning With Call Of Duty: Heroes

Hey, Call of Duty fans: do you want to experience the fast-paced military shooter action, breathless multiplayer competition, and facepalm-worthy single-player campaigns of your favorite console franchise on your mobile device? Well too bad, here's Clash of Clans with some guns and tanks.

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Call of Duty: Heroes is the standard base-building, tower defense/offense game that you've seen about a hundred times before, but this time it's got a thin veneer of the CoD franchise sprayed on top.

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Ugly FCC Certification Labels On The Back Of Your Gadgets Are On Their Way Out, Thanks To A New US Law

Consider devices like the HTC One, or any of Sony's recent Xperia flagships, or the Moto X with its wood and leather options. These are gadgets with decades of engineering inside of them, but which have nonetheless been painstakingly designed to look gorgeous on the outside. And nothing spoils that quite like a big honkin' FCC-required ID and safety label hiding on the metal finish. Manufacturers can try to make it blend into the phone's default color, or hide it behind a battery cover or on a bezel.

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