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Google Authenticator Finally Dragged Out Of The Holo Dark Ages With A Material Overhaul And Android Wear Support

Protecting your online accounts is important, and 2-factor authentication is the best way to do that. The default method of getting 2-factor codes for most services is SMS, but authenticator apps can be more convenient. Google's own authenticator has been on the Play Store for years, but it's been very ugly until today. This app has finally gotten a material design makeover and a few new features too.

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[Update: Winner] Win A 32GB Aluminum Nexus 6P from Bolste And Android Police

We live in a world where more and more things are being done digitally — take us here at AP for example. None of us live in the same state (hell, a couple of us are even in different countries), and we do everything digitally. The days of teams working exclusively through email are also over, with new services combining the best of email and instant message into once service.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements.

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[Bug Watch] Some Android Users Are Seeing Washed Out Screen Colors After Upgrading To Marshmallow Due To A Reduced RGB Range - Google Is Working On It

Are you noticing muted colors or unusual artifacts when watching video on your Android phone or set-top box after upgrading to Marshmallow? You're not alone. Dozens of users across several devices are complaining of muted colors after upgrading to Android 6.0. On Google's own Nexus help forum and Android issue tracker, plus less centralized places like XDA and Reddit, users are complaining of similar problems after the update.

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The photos above were posted to code.google.com by a user with a Gmail address (#12 in the thread). The difference in black levels between the first image (video from a Nexus Player running Android 5.1.1) and the second image (the same device running Android 6.0) is obvious.

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Google Search On Android Gets A Few New Contextual Bells And Whistles For Movies, TV Shows, Music, And More

Google is continuing to refine what data you can access without ever leaving its browser-based search interface. A few of the more complex options for searching popular culture have now made their way from the desktop to Android, and they've also been given some impressive layout adjustments. According to Google's own search blog, contextual information for music, movies, and television shows will now appear in a dedicated sub-section of Google Search. Some of this was already available, but some of it's definitely new.

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Google Releases Its List Of Best Apps Of 2015 With Regional Focus And Some Questionable Choices

Every year toward December, Google releases a list of the best apps it recommends from the Play Store. It's a great way for Android newcomers to discover interesting apps they might want to install on their devices and for platform veterans to find apps that might have flown under their radar. This year's list is out, divided in 8 categories of 5 apps each, with a few added at the top, but the choices are if anything, a little weird.

You'll likely see different lists according to where you live. Some apps seem to be globally recommended like Skype, Google Photos, Twitch, and djay, while others will differ based on where you're consulting the list from.

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[Deal Alert] Nexus 7 2013 Only $109.99 On Groupon This Time Around ($15 Less Than Before), Optional Case Again Only $5 More

Want a 2013 Nexus 7? If you're still getting your 7-inch Nexus devices confused, think of this as the good one. Grabbing one now may be a much faster way to get Marshmallow than waiting on an update.

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Google Published Cardboard Camera To The Play Store For Taking And Playing Back VR Panorama Photos

There's a surprisingly wide variety of content available for Google's dirt-cheap Cardboard VR system, but not many ways for end users to make use of it for their personal media. Enter Cardboard Camera, a new Google app that allows you to take a series of photos and automatically format them for the stereoscopic, 360-degree headset. (You don't need the headset to take the photos, but you'll need one to view the results in VR.) The app even records a little of the ambient sound in the area while you're taking all the necessary photos, so you can create a complete scene.

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Play Store Has Started Allowing Split Payments Between Google Play Credit And Another Payment Method

It really stinks when you've been saving up your Google Opinion Rewards money, but you're just a few cents short of buying something. Google has not thus far allowed you to apply that credit and pay the difference, but it looks like that's changing. We've gotten multiple tips from readers who have been offered just that option in the Play Store.

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You Will Soon See Interactive Mobile Ads Streaming Apps And Games So You Can Try Before You Buy

The point of ads is to get you interested in whatever is occupying that—ugh where is that X okay there it is—now, where was I? Ads, right. They're just after our attention. Thing is, they generally fail to do their job. So Google wants them to be better.

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Google Is Shutting Down Songza On January 31st, 2016

Google acquired the streaming music service Songza more than a year ago, and it has operated in parallel with Google Play Music all this time. But no more. Songza is being shuttered on January 31st, so existing users have about two months to migrate over to Play Music. The good news, most of Songza's features are already in Play Music.

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