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Android Police Podcast Ep.202: Play Aiken

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, homescreens, and old Android devices at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

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Facebook Introduces New Ways To Find, Share, And Interact With Live Video

Facebook recently introduced live video. Now it wants more users to start recording themselves. To entice people to do so, the company has rolled out a few enhancements.

Let's start with the people willing to stand in front of the camera. Since launch, you've been able to share streams with friends. Going forward, you can also show your feed to entire Facebook groups and events.

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The Huawei P9 And P9 Plus Are Official: 5.2-Inch And 5.5-Inch 1080p Screens With Leica Dual Lens Cameras

The Huawei P9 has leaked quite a bit over the past few weeks, but now it's finally official, with Huawei announcing the device at an event in London. The standard P9 has the same screen size as its predecessor, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, while the P9 Plus has a 5.5-inch display, but still at a 1080p resolution.

However, the big feature of the P9 is the camera, or cameras if you're being pedantic.

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[Deal Alert] TellTale's Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1 Is Down To $0.49 On The Play Store In Several Countries

TellTale Games has made a name for itself lately with episodic story-based point-and-click adventure games, and Minecraft: Story Mode is no exception. Released in October 2015, the game uses Minecraft's signature voxel graphics along with interesting storylines, character choices, and a star-studded voice acting cast to create an engrossing adventure game that you feel compelled to finish.

The first episode of the game usually costs $4.99, the same as all other episodes which come as in-app purchases. But with the 5 episodes now fully released and episodes 6, 7, and 8 planned as part of a larger "New Order of the Stone" expansion, the TellTale team is ready to let more people in for a lower price of admission.

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OPPO Announces The F1 Plus, A Super-Slim Phone With A 16MP Front Camera That Doesn't Look Anything Like An iPhone, No Sir It Doesn't

Look, Chinese phone manufacturers, we need to have a talk. I know trademarks, copyrights, patents, and all manner of intellectual property are played kind of fast and loose over there. But when even your legitimate companies follow Apple like a bunch of multi-million-dollar ducklings, it's not poking any holes in the old "iPhone clone" argument. Case in point: OPPO's shiny new F1 Plus, a phone that has some fantastic design and hardware and could certainly stand on its own merits... that just happens to look like someone took an iPhone 6 Plus and put it through a photocopier a few dozen times.

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[Deal Alert] Tronsmart's Titan, A Beastly 5 Port QC 2.0 Desktop Charger, Just $21.99 With Coupon Code (Normally $36)

The King Kong of wall chargers is on sale. Tronsmart's massive, and extremely powerful, wall charging station, the Titan, is on sale at Amazon for just $21.99 after applying coupon code TITANUSB at checkout. Yes, that's the code and link right there, you don't even have to finish reading the article!

Oh, you are still here? I guess I better tell you some more about the charger. The Titan sports 5 USB charging ports, and all five of them are QC 2.0 compatible with a total of 10A/90W of charging power. That's Jafar transformed into a genie kind of power.

Sure, it's been on sale before, but this is the lowest price we've ever seen.

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T-Mobile Adds More Services To Music Freedom And Binge On: Amazon Music, ESPN Radio, DailyMotion, Nickelodeon, And More

In my tiny little corner of the world, we get very few perks with any of our mobile plans. No unlimited calls, no unlimited texts, and lots of limited data. That hasn't stopped an enterprising local music service from convincing carriers to offer an unlimited streaming plan only on their app for a small fee. That goes to show that people may not care about calls or texts anymore, but there's always room for offers when it comes to entertainment.

T-Mobile has been trying to pioneer that area in the US and (politics and legalese and execution aside) has managed to get really good deals for customers who might be interested in them. I am such a music and TV show addict that I wish I lived in the US and could benefit from "free" data usage on some streaming services, even if it meant a loss in the quality of the stream.

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14 New And Notable Android Apps From The Last 2 Weeks (3/23/16 - 4/4/16)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Internet Radio - PlayTime

This week's roundup is brought to you by Playtime Internet Radio from HandyApps. This useful all-in-one radio manager allows users to search for specific songs or shows streaming on thousands of live channels all across the Internet, or use the more conventional recommendation engine for a more random experience.

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[Android N Feature Spotlight] Direct Boot Will Keep Your Encrypted Phone Functional After An Unexpected Reboot

Sometimes phones spontaneously reboot. The problem isn't too big a deal, unless your phone is encrypted. Then the phone sits, not taking calls, not pulling down email, and wasting battery life as it waits to decrypt.

In Android N, Google is making the experience less painful. When a device reboots on its own, you will retain the ability to receive phone calls. Email clients, instant messengers, and other apps will deliver notifications. Alarms will go off in the morning. In short, your phone will continue to do its job.

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Google Open Sources WALT, A Tool For Measuring Touch And Audio Latency On Android And Chrome OS

From a user perspective, a phone is either snappy or it's not. If it isn't, the device is either old or garbage that a manufacturer should be ashamed of shipping.

Technically, things aren't quite so simple.

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