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[Android Police Podcast] Episode 193: You've Never Seen My Earceps

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 episode: Galaxy S7 and HTC One M10 rumors, our review of the ASUS Chromebit, the stuff Ryan can't live without, and more!

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Guides By Lonely Planet Walk Into The Play Store, Maps In One Hand, Booklet Of Tips In Another

Lonely Planet is known by travelers all around the world for its small travel tip booklets that cover many cities and destinations, using experts and local guides to gather the best advice about each location. After what seemed like an eternity with half-hearted mobile apps, Lonely Planet is finally ready to make the big leap over to your smartphone. The app is now available for both Android and iOS and for a first version, it's a thing of beauty.

Lonely Planet uses a white background and theme throughout the entire app, making every photo and detail pop on the screen. The app starts with a list of supported city guides which are somewhere in the high thirties now.

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[Bonza] Google Introduces Its Beaut New Australian Text-To-Speech Voice With A Synthesized Version Of 'I've Been Everywhere'

If you're an American and you've heard the tongue-twisting country music ballad "I've Been Everywhere," odds are that you've heard the most popular version from Johnny Cash, or perhaps the earlier version by the unequaled Hank Snow. There have been dozens of adaptations of the song, for everywhere from Texas to Singapore. But the original was written by Geoff Mack way back in 1959 and popularized by Lucky Starr, and the first set of lyrics was exclusively tailored to cities, towns, and regions in Australia. The song featured such multi-syllabic municipalities as Megalong, Tamborine, Woodenbong, and Grong Grong.

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[Leak] Waze 4.0 Brings Complete UI Overhaul, Lots Of New Animations

Waze 4.0 is on the way to Android soon, and with it comes a complete overhaul of the entire app's interface. Everything, and I mean everything, has been touched by this update. The app is still clearly recognizable as Waze, but definitely a much slicker, more animated Waze. I wouldn't call it "material" by any means, but it's certainly a lot more modern than what Waze is shipping right now. Take a look at these two GIFs for examples of just what I mean - even the traffic flow animation is now snazzier. There's also this fun little loading bar any time you start a route that shows potential obstacles and traffic on your way.

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Story-Driven Management Sim 'Punch Club' Hits The Play Store, Presumably Knocks It Out

What's the next best thing to fighting in a game? Managing the fighting, of course. Some might even say it's better that way as the experience can be deeper and more varied than a button-mashing fighter. Punch Club puts you in the role of a young boxer as you level up, participate in fights, and search for the man who killed your father.

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Real-Time Mobile Comments Are Now Supported In Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides Across Both Android And iOS

Collaborative features are a big part of the draw to Google's online office suite. Part of this is the ability for multiple people to edit documents from two locations at once. Since this can get hectic really fast, another important part is being able to communicate using comments. Now mobile comments look the same across Android and iOS in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Whichever app you're using, you can communicate in real-time.

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Metamorphabet Is A Beautiful App For Kids That Shows How Letters, Too, Can Grow Up To Be Whatever They Want

Before you learned how to read, you had to learn the alphabet. Maybe you had someone teach you on a chalkboard. Maybe you watched Sesame Street animate each letter to life. Metamorphabet is a mobile app that transfers the latter approach onto tablets for today's kids.

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15 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (1/12/16 - 1/25/16)

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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Password Locker

This week's roundup is brought to you by Password Locker from HandyApps. Password Locker is a highly secure and efficient place to store your login credentials, credit card or bank account numbers, or anything else that needs to be both secure and easy to access.

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BillGuard Is Shutting Down Its Web App, Will Only Be Available Through Mobile Apps Come February 1st

BillGuard is a service for tracking your spending and monitoring your credit, and an Android app is available in the Play Store that lets you do all of this from your phone. Soon you won't have the option to do so any other way. BillGuard has sent out an email to users stating that the web app will go away at the end of the month.

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[Update: More Balls] After T-Mobile, Sprint Also Takes Exception To Verizon's Balls In A New TV Ad

Considering its reliance on many, many balls, Verizon's latest network comparison ad is fairly innocuous. It uses statistics from a Root Metrics study to boast about Verizon's wireless coverage and performance in relation to its competitors AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The ad is obviously intended to make Verizon look good, and the combination of a condescending voice-over and an elaborate visualization are particularly disparaging to the cheaper, smaller networks.

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