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Cyanogen Partners With Smartphone Newcomer WileyFox To Bring Two New Mid-Range Devices To Europe, Africa, And The Middle East

You've probably never heard of a smartphone maker from the UK called WileyFox, and with good reason. The company didn't exist until just recently. This upstart London outfit is releasing two new mid-range smartphones, and they'll be powered by Cyanogen OS. They won't be targeting the Americas, though.

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[Update: Samsung Responds] Probable Note 5 Design Flaw Can Cause S Pen To Break Pen Detection When Inserted Backward, Or Get Hopelessly Stuck

We try not be hyperbolic here at Android Police, so allow me a moment to explain our title here, and why we think it is justified.

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[Deal Alert] Grab A Free Copy Of The Album 'Play: Blues Pioneers' Courtesy Of Google

Here's another of my favorite kind of deal. Free stuff! Presently you can pick up a digital copy of the album, Play: Blues Pioneers, on the Google Play Store for the delightful price of nothing. It is full of wonderful bluesy songs like, Stormy Night Blues, Hokum Blues, and Blind Pig Blues. I've kindly provided the full list here for your perusal.

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Ok, confession time. I have no experience whatsoever with the blues and I've never heard of a single one of these songs, or artists. (Barbecue Bob? That's a real person?) When I think of the blues this is what comes to mind.

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Vysor Is The Newest (Early Beta) Android Project From Koush, Allows You To Control Your Phone From Chrome

Koush makes a lot of neat Android apps like Helium Backup and AllCast, but what's next? It's a thing called Vysor that will let you easily control your phone from Chrome. An early beta of the app is available in the Chrome web store, and it's already surprisingly solid for something that isn't even done yet.

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Google Settings' Help Page Has A Bizarre Floating Window Interface

Filed in the category of "things we just noticed" is a pretty strange interface element discovered in the "help" interface of Google Settings. When opening an article, users can tap a "full screen exit" icon in the toolbar to trigger the little floating window seen above.

The window is reminiscent of the one found in YouTube, where users can collapse a video and keep browsing, but this window can be moved up to the top of the screen as well. Sliding it to either side will dismiss the mini-window. Here's a quick video demo:

There's no doubt this element seems a little out of place in Google Settings, but my first guess is that, functionally, it would serve a similar purpose to YouTube's mini player - if a user is following step-by-step instructions in a help article, they may want a fast way to switch between the steps and the app that they're dealing with.

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18 New And Notable (And 3 WTF) Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (8/11/15 - 8/24/15)

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.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Hello Pal: Talk to the World

This week's roundup is brought to you by Hello Pal: Talk to the World. This unique app is a language learning tool that combines an instant message client and universal translator.

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tinyCam Monitor Pro v6.2 Brings Built-In Web Server Enabling Remote Playback Of Recordings, And More

tinyCam recently made the big leap to version six dot oh, dragging along a new icon and material design. On the functionality front, we saw the introduction of 24/7 background video recording. This allowed users to keep recording long after they've switched their attention to another app.

With version 6.2, the developer has added in an internal web server that lets users record video on one device and remotely access them from another. For someone who already has multiple Android phones and tablets lying around, this is a cheap way to make an NVR.

This may be the primary new feature, but the lengthy changelogs include a few other noteworthy additions.

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[Kind Of Deal Alert] Get $100 In Google Play Credit When You Buy An HTC One M9

The HTC One M9 hasn't been selling particularly well. Certainly not up to HTC's expectations, at least. To encourage a few more people to pull the trigger, HTC is offering some free Google Play credit. Specifically, $100 of it.

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Floatify Version 8.0 Adds A Ton Of New Capabilities, Makes Google's 'Peeking' Heads-Up Notifications Look Like Junk

Floatify has been around for a little over a year now. It's an app that presents an alternate way to display notifications, specifically the Heads Up (AKA Peeking) notifications that were hidden in Android 4.4 and fleshed out in 5.0. The app has been continuously updated even as Lollipop has become public, and now it's a full-fledged alternative to most of Android's built-in notification systems. The latest update is something really special - we kind of wish Google would steal some of developer Jawomo's ideas.

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[Video] The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ And Note 5 Are Aggressively Killing Background Tasks, Decreasing Multitasking Performance

While the Note 5 and S6 edge+ are far from the first Samsung phones with reported issues killing background tasks with unusual aggressiveness, they are the first ones with four freaking gigabytes of RAM to do so. We've long assumed that Samsung's background task issues on certain handsets are related to a lack of RAM headroom due to TouchWiz, and yet, the Note 5 and S6 edge+ may exhibit the most aggravating task killing of any Samsung devices we've yet seen. Let's cut to the video for a complete explanation. (I realize it's long, but I'd recommend watching all the way through to see what's going on here.)

The issue was readily reproducible on both our S6 edge+ and Note 5 review units, and we aren't the first people to point this out.

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