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Two-Year Service Contracts (And Phone Subsidies) Are Back From The Dead At Sprint

Remember when Sprint said that it wouldn't be offering the tried and true two-year phone contracts anymore? Yeah, not so much. Fierce Wireless reports that the carrier is once again offering two-year service contracts, and the Sprint Wireless website bears this out. New phones are being sold with a significant discount, up to 100%, in exchange for customers signing a promise not to stop paying for 24 months. Everything old is new again.

If you'll recall, two-year contracts fell out of favor after T-Mobile made a big show of discontinuing them as part of its "uncarrier" initiative in 2013. Instead T-Mo started promoting a new payment program which allowed customers to buy phones in installments with interest-free financing, very much like European carriers have been offering for years.

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Google App v5.10 Includes A New Wait Animation And Will Soon Solicit Users To 'Donate' Screenshots [APK Teardown + Download]

The Google app has gone through some fairly rapid-fire updates over the last month or so, with new versions popping out every few days. Just yesterday, a somewhat buggy v5.10.22 rolled out in the morning, only to be replaced in the evening by a minor v5.10.23 update to fix some issues with crashing. The changes from v5.9 to v5.10 appear to be rather minor, but a close examination turned up a couple of little things we couldn't ignore.

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Appeals Court Throws Out $120 Million Judgement Against Samsung In Apple Patent Battle

Samsung and Apple have largely ended their ongoing patent animosity, but the earlier cases are still winding their way through the courts. In the most recent ruling, a previous $120 million judgement against Samsung was thrown out by a federal appeals court. In fact, the court found it was Apple that infringed one of Samsung's patents. 

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Android Police Podcast Episode 196: Modular Friends With Benefits (MWC Special)

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 (warning: this video is uncut). As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's show: Our MWC special! Galaxy S7, LG G5, Xperia X series, Xiaomi Mi 5, and more - it's all here. Strap in for all the new phone news you can handle.

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ASUS Lists Which ZenFone Devices Will Get An Android Marshmallow Update Soon-ish

Operating system updates don't come quickly in the Android world. They show up fashionably late, nevermind that parties where everyone looks forward to a new software release aren't the kind where people care how anyone is dressed.

ASUS is now doing its users a solid. No, it's not pushing out over-the-air updates to all of its devices right this moment. But it is doing the next best thing, which is listing which phones will get the update.

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Facebook Live Video Is Coming To Android Within The Next Week

There's this feeling floating around the Internet that Facebook is irrelevant. It's old. The kids have moved on. They're Tumblring, Vine-ing, Snapchatting, and Instagramming (okay, that one's owned by Facebook, but whatever). They wouldn't be caught dead using the same social network their parents sign into. Famous people aren't using it either. They've moved to Twitter.

What's a site like Facebook to do? Introduce live video.

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[Update: Now Cheaper] Deal Alert: Nabi Big Tab (20-Inch) On Sale For $199.99 Via eBay ($100 Off)

Samsung has a giant tablet for grownups, but it doesn't seem to be a hit. The Nabi Big Tab for kids is pretty popular, though. The 20-inch variant usually sells for $300, but it's on sale for $250 via eBay right now. The sale is good for a few days, but there is a limited supply and a few hundred have already sold.

This deal is back and cheaper than ever before.

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Inbox's Snooze Feature Gets Even More Robust With New 'Later This Week' And 'Weekend' Options

I still don't get the whole Inbox thing — I've tried it, and it's just not my cup of tea. Still, I get why people love it (even if it just doesn't go well with my workflow), and I'm glad that it exists. I like options. If you're one of the folks who happen to use Inbox, you may be interested in some new stuff Google has been cooking up and just implemented into the app: "later this week" and "weekend" snooze options. I'm not sure why you'd want to put an email off till the weekend, but you know what, that's your choice and I respect that.

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Blur Out Private Information And Private Parts With YouTube's New Auto-Tracking Custom Blurring Tool

License plate numbers, emails, strangers faces, home addresses, and nipples. These are all things that you might not want seen by the world when you upload a video to YouTube. Google understands this, and has just released a new tool for YouTube that grants users the ability to blur any object in a movie, even a moving one! Check out this example clip to see it in action.

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This guy was able to remove a really embarrassing lawn mower that was totally ruining his sick stunt video. Seriously, lawn mowers are the worst, they always want all the attention for themselves.

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Google Sheets For Android Gets Image-Rendering And Slides Gets Theme Chooser In Latest Updates [APK Download]

Two noteworthy improvements found their way into the latest set of routine updates for Google's office suite on Android, both implementing desktop features into the mobile counterpart. Sheets will now properly render images while Slides now allows users to choose between 18 pre-supplied themes.

Sheets has already been able to manage images within its web app for some time now, but they weren't visible if you opened the spreadsheet in the Android version. With today's update, the Android app will render images with just a few quirks. The main limitation is that in frozen rows, behavior will be fairly unpredictable.

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