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An Exclusive Look At Google's Early Multi-Window Explorations For Android

One of Samsung's claims to fame is a feature meant to improve productivity on mobile devices. One that users of stock Android and manufacturer skins alike have been yearning for for a while. That feature is multi-window, which allows users to run two apps on the screen at once, dragging and dropping between the two.

The problem is no one has been able to get it right yet. A company in the mobile space - in this writer's opinion - has yet to perfect the balance between utility and intuition when it comes to multi-window functionality on tablets (or phones, though I haven't used the Note 4 yet), but a post to Android Internals in March confirmed that Google had been working on the programmatic side of multi-window in stock Android.

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[Update: It Was There And Hidden, Now It's More Obvious] Google+ Now Lets You Pick Individual Local Folders For Auto Backup

Update: As pointed out by several commenters, this option has been there for a while, but appeared new to many of us, including me (my screenshot of the old Google+ app's Folders section that I posted in the original article shows that the cloud icon wasn't visible to me). I reinstalled the old Google+ app to make sure I wasn't missing anything and upon further investigation, figured out the problem. If, like me, you had the "Backup local folders" option unticked, your folder list didn't offer any cloud on/off icon and you would not have known that selective backup was a possibility.

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PSA: Current Chromecast Owners Can Also Get Two Months Of Free Access To Hulu Plus

About a week ago we told you about a Hulu Plus promotion that gives new Chromecast owners two months of access to the premium portion of the streaming library for free. As it turns out, anyone in the US can get that sweet, sweet streaming video, no matter when they bought their Chromecast. AP reader Matthew discovered that he could follow the instructions for redeeming the offer on his older Chromecast without any kind of issues.

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At Long Last, Google Voice Should Be Able To Send And Receive MMS Messages On Most US And Canadian Carriers, Including AT&T, Sprint, And T-Mobile

As cool as Google Voice's free text message service is, it has always been a bit barebones. Big features like MMS have been missing for a lot of users, with some notable exceptions. Multimedia Message Service, usually used to simply attach a photo to a text message, is handled by completely different servers at most carriers, causing some problems with Google's forwarding system. It looks like Google has addressed these issues, at least for most people in the US and Canada, finally enabling the sending and receiving of MMS via Google Voice. 

Google employee Alex Wiesen announced the new feature on his personal Google+ account.

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Leaked Shot Of The HTC Nexus 9 Shows A 4:3 Tablet That Looks Very Similar To Its Predecessor

HTC is expected to take another crack at this whole Nexus thing within a matter of weeks, and a leaked image of the company's tablet has hit the web courtesy of @upleaks. The image isn't particularly crisp, but if you look past the blurriness, you can see a 4:3 Android tablet that looks not unlike last year's installments in the Nexus line.

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Slingplayer For Tablets Update Adds Chromecast Support And A Roku Handoff

A couple of weeks back the Slingplayer app for phones was updated to include the long-overdue Chromecast streaming feature. And because Sling Media still seems loathe to make a single app that works across both phones and tablets (hang on a second... yup, it's still 2014), the tablet app is getting that feature today. Slingbox owners with compatible hardware can download it now for the hefty additional price of $15.

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[APK Teardown] Google+ 4.6 Is Setting Up To Offer User-Generated Polls, Improve Wear Support, And Help You Follow Celebrities

Material Design was the driving force behind a Google+ update that began rolling out on Friday. But while there may be a newer look, there's very little to speak of in the department of functional changes. Naturally, I had to poke around to see if there were any surprises buried underneath the fresh coat of paint. As it turns out, there are a few things worth talking about. It's time for a Teardown!

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HTC's Nexus 9 Appears To Have Passed Through The FCC

Nexus season is in full swing, and as rumors and leaks continue to pile up around Motorola's Nexus 6 (Shamu), we've been wondering when more news might emerge about Volantis (or Flounder, or T1, take your pick) - HTC's 9" Nexus tablet that we first learned of back in spring.

As Blog of Mobile reports, it looks like the Nexus 9 has passed through the FCC for certification, with the relevant documents becoming available just yesterday.

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Google Now Has Started Displaying Cards For The 2014 US Midterm Elections

We first got an indication that Google Now would begin to include election-based content in late September, thanks to the handy UnleashTheGoogle root tool. Now it looks like the "Election Information" cards are appearing for users based in the United States, where the midterm elections will be held next month. (For international readers: those are the ones that elect all the members of the House of Representatives, some members of the Senate, and various state and local offices, but not the President.)

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Like most of the content that appears on the Google Now page, you can activate the Election Information card just by searching for relevant pages via the Google Search application.

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[Deal Alert] Get A Refurbished 16GB 2013 Nexus 7 From Newegg Via eBay For $129.99

By now, you know all about the 2013 Nexus 7. You probably love or hate it, and you may even be looking to pick up a second one for a loved one. The 16GB version of the tablet is still officially priced at $229, albeit sold out, on Google Play, and it's going for $199.99 over at Amazon. Now you can get a refurbished one from Newegg through eBay for $129.99.

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