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[Update: Winners] We Have 50 Codes For Join By Joaoapps To Give Away

[Update: Winners] We Have 50 Codes For Join By Joaoapps To Give Away

We're big fans of cross-device sync here at Android Police. Therefore, we're of the opinion that if you haven't yet heard of joaomgcd's latest app, you're missing out. Join is a bit like Pushbullet, in that it can do Android-to-desktop notifications, desktop SMS, and a cross-device clipboard. But it can do a lot more; for example, you can set your Android wallpaper through Chrome simply by right-clicking on an image of your choice and selecting "Set image as wallpaper."

Join has a fully-featured, ad-supported trial period of 30 days, costing $4.99 if you want to keep using it, although it's currently down to $3.99 for a limited time.

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Netflix confirms it is blocking rooted/unlocked devices, app itself is still working (for now)

Netflix confirms it is blocking rooted/unlocked devices, app itself is still working (for now)

Earlier today, Netflix started showing up as 'incompatible' on the Play Store for rooted and unlocked Android devices. However, the app itself continued to work fine, leading some (including myself) to think it could have been an accident. However, Netflix has now confirmed to us that blocking modified devices from downloading the app was intentional.

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An (Official) Introduction To APK Mirror

An (Official) Introduction To APK Mirror

Over the past month or two, you may have noticed a change in our "APK Download" posts. Previously, we went through an admittedly tedious process of first hunting down the APK we wanted, and then uploading it to a selection of various mirroring services, each with their own interfaces, ad concerns, and other quirks. In fact we have switched mirroring services several times because of intrusive advertising or other issues our readers faced.

In an effort to make things easy, and maybe even fun, we created APK Mirror. Over the past several months, we've been working to build a smooth, reliable, trust-worthy site to host the downloads users love and keep the whole experience in the AP family.

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Google, please fix Android's slow, bloated share UI

Google, please fix Android's slow, bloated share UI

Sharing from one app to another has been a mainstay of Android for years and years. It was one of the features that first drew me to Android: no more copying and pasting, no more having to open Twitter or WhatsApp to send a picture I just saw in my Gallery. Apps could talk to each other and the experience felt cohesive and seamless.

But with time, the Share UI in Android has languished, stuck with the same features and problems. It switched from a vertical list to a grid, it added direct share in Android 6.0 and app pinning in Android 7.0, yet these felt like putting lipstick on a pig: the Share UI remains slow, bloated, convoluted, and if you pay close attention to it, one of the most inconsistent experiences on Android to date.

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[Initial Hands-On] Android L Developer Preview On The Nexus 5

[Initial Hands-On] Android L Developer Preview On The Nexus 5

The images are live, and that means developers (and not developers) all over the world are getting their first taste of whatever version Android L is going to be (I assume 5.0). This is the most significant change Android has ever seen, but the version we're getting is slightly different than what Google showed off at I/O, but let's take a quick look at what we do get to play with.

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The first thing I noticed is that the developer preview still has the KitKat-style status bar icons. The L icons shown off at I/O were smooth and not broken up in the traditional way.

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Chatting with Google: The many ways Assistant replaces or augments OK Google, Google Now, and Now on Tap

Chatting with Google: The many ways Assistant replaces or augments OK Google, Google Now, and Now on Tap

Hi Google, it's me Rita. I believe we've met before. Somewhere between Gmail, Google Photos, and Chrome, you must know a lot about me. Things I might not want others to discover, so hushhhh. (There are thousands of people reading us, let's not tell them about my love for Winnie The Pooh.) But our relationship doesn't feel equal; I barely have any information about you. Your new guy, this Assistant you've sent here to talk to me, I'd like to get to know him better. He looks a lot like the other guys you've sent before, Now and On Tap, but he seems special.

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After Adding A Bunch Of Bloat To The Free App, ES File Explorer's $3 'Pro' Version Will Take Some Of It Away

After Adding A Bunch Of Bloat To The Free App, ES File Explorer's $3 'Pro' Version Will Take Some Of It Away

Since Google still only reveals a tiny portion of the file system to Android end users, most intermediate and "power" users have a go-to file manager that they use on a regular basis. ES File Explorer was, at least until recently, one of the most popular options on the Play Store - it offers a simple interface, a robust set of tools, and it's been available for years. But recent changes have made long-time fans of the app wary; now ES File Explorer includes a built-in web browser, "junk cleaner" notifications, and "recommended apps" (read: advertisements), among other bells and whistles that no one really asked for in a file manager.

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[Hands-On] WhatsApp Web Goes Live For Android Users (BlackBerry And Windows Phone Too, But Not iOS)

[Hands-On] WhatsApp Web Goes Live For Android Users (BlackBerry And Windows Phone Too, But Not iOS)

Deep breaths. It's happening. WhatsApp Web just went live. Wait, where did you run off to scrolling to the bottom of the page for the link? I have important things to discuss here, like the latest Archer episode. Literally. OK, OK, I won't stall any longer.

The web service, which we first heard about last month, has been officially announced on WhatsApp's blog. As the rumors suggested, it relies on the mobile WhatsApp application as the authenticator through a QR code authorization. It works for WhatsApp users on Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry (and Symbian!), but not iOS.

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[Update: Mystery Solved] [Android 6.0 Feature Spotlight] App Info Menu Is Now Just A Tap Away From The Recent App List

[Update: Mystery Solved] [Android 6.0 Feature Spotlight] App Info Menu Is Now Just A Tap Away From The Recent App List

The app info screen in Android has always been hugely useful, and it's even more so in Android 6.0. You can uninstall an app, see permissions, change notification settings, and more. Google made it a little harder to access an app's info page in Lollipop, but in Marshmallow it's easier again. It's just a tap away from the recent apps list.

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