The HTC 10 begins shipping in the US next week

For folks out there that avoided a carrier when it came to pre-ordering their HTC 10 in the United States, you’re about to start seeing some shipping confirmations in your inboxes.

Thanks to Jeff Gordon, HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager, we’ve now got a clear expectation for HTC 10 shipments in the United States. Replying to a tweet, Gordon said that shipments begin next week for the company’s newest flagship. That would line up quite nicely with the HTC 10 pre-order page, which states that shipments will begin in “early May.”

On top of that, there’s good news for those in the United Kingdom that went with the unlocked device, as Gordon also confirmed that UK shipments will begin in early May as well.

Good news all around! Verizon and Sprint also shared their own launch details earlier today, so now we’re just waiting for T-Mobile to get around to announcing some more good news.

Did you order an HTC 10?

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AT&T HTC One M8 and M9 Marshmallow updates delayed

While the other three major US carriers have released the Marshmallow update for the HTC One M8 and HTC One M9, AT&T has been lagging behind. And unfortunately, there’s now been another delay. 

HTC VP of Product Management Mo Versi announced on Twitter that the Marshmallow updates for both AT&T-branded devices has been delayed. Fortunately, it’s nothing big, as HTC is hoping that they will gain approval in the next few weeks. 

Hold tight, because the updates will come. It’s just a shame it’s taking so long. 

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Samsung announces AT&T Galaxy S6 Marshmallow rollout

Samsung has announced that the AT&T version of the Galaxy S6 is getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update as early as yesterday. Unfortunately, AT&T hasn’t posted any information on this so far, so Samsung may be wrong.

If Samsung is correct, owners of the AT&T Galaxy S6 will be getting the latest version of Android which features Doze mode for better battery life, customizable permissions for better security, new volume controls, Google Now on Tap, and many improvements to make the device faster and smoother.

There’s no info on the AT&T Galaxy S6 edge or Galaxy S6 active updates, but they shouldn’t take much longer. If you own the AT&T Galaxy S6, head to Settings > About device > Software update and check for your update. Let us know if you see it!

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Google Fiber users get app to manage account and network

For the lucky few that have Google Fiber, Google has released an app to the Play Store to manage your account and check on your Fiber network.

It features controls for your network box and WiFi network as well as another method to pay your Fiber bill. It’s a great way to manage your Google Fiber subscription should you have one. And if you need help, it also has a help section.

If you want to give it a shot, hit the source link and download it. That is, if you have Google Fiber… which most of us don’t. Thanks for the reminder.

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Google Translate turns ten years old

For anyone needing to use a language they don’t know, Google Translate has been the go-to service to translate native language to foreign. The service has now turned ten, and over those ten years the evolution has been absolutely amazing.

The service started with two languages and now supports 103. It has 500 million users translating over 100 billion words a day, and amazingly, 92% of translations come from outside of the US.

The amount of improvement over the last ten years is staggering. Not only have new features like live translations been added, but the translations themselves have become a lot more natural and accurate. Russian translations used to be awful, but they’ve come a long way.

Happy tenth birthday to Google Translate, and let’s hope there are many more.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Snapseed, Chipotle

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Snapseed - Version 2.4.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Histogram: Improved precision
  • Details: Add negative Structure to smooth micro contrasts
  • Style selector: Automatically scrolls to the next position
  • Accessibility: Improved parameter selector and on-image controls


Chase Mobile - Version 3.27.0

Chase Mobile

What’s new in this version:

  • Use fingerprint sign in to log in. Your device must use Android OS v6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher. Certain features will still require that you enter your password.


Pocket Agent - Version 5.9.0

Pocket Agent

What’s new in this version:

  • Fingerprint login is here! If you’re an Android 6.0 user you now have the option to log in using your fingerprint. Fingerprint technology varies by manufacturer, so this feature may not be available for all devices.


Haystack TV - Version 2.0.0

Haystack TV

What’s new in this version:

  • A brand new user interface that allows to watch and browse at the same time
  • Live channel integration. Watch Haystack TV channels directly from your program guide
  • Settings to turn auto full screen on/off
  • Lots of bug fixes!


Microsoft Office Lens - Version 16.0.6920

Office Lens

What’s new in this version:

  •  Handwritten text OCR – Scan handwritten text in English and export it to OneNote, where you can search for it like normal text.
  • Business Card mode – Scan business cards in Simplified Chinese and extract contact information.
  • Rotation – Rotate photos.


Mozilla Firefox - Version 46.0.0

Firefox Browser

What’s new in this version:

  • Notifications about tabs opened in the background now list the URLs
  • Top Sites panel now lists popular sites by default
  • Previously cached pages will be displayed when offline
  • Firefox will request permissions at runtime instead of installation time (Android 6.0+)


Project Fi - Version I.2.1.18

Project Fi by Google

What’s new in this version:

  • Easily keep track of your data usage right from your home screen. Just long press an empty space on the home screen, navigate to “Widgets”, and scroll to Project Fi’s data usage widget to add.
  • You can now easily enable/disable call forwarding with a simple on/off toggle in the app.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.


Chipotle - Version 2.5.1


What’s new in this version:

  • Fingerprint Support – Protect your account and purchases with a passcode and fingerprint.
  • Quicker Checkout – Pay with a card and get your Chipotle fix with one less button to tap.
  • Scan your Card – Use your camera to add a card to your account.


Microsoft Powerpoint - Version 16.0.6828

Microsoft PowerPoint

What’s new in this version:

  • Superscript and subscript: Format your text with superscript and subscript.
  • Create columns of text: Split a block of text into easy-to-read columns.
  • Commands at your fingertips: Edit with speed! Have quick access to commands that make sense in the moment.


Microsoft Word - Version 16.0.6828

Microsoft Word

What’s new in this version:

  • Tables built for touch: Working with tables got easier! Touch controls let you insert and resize rows and columns.
  • Commands at your fingertips: Edit with speed! Have quick access to commands that make sense in the moment.


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Sprint, Verizon announce HTC 10 availability

The HTC 10 is the company’s flagship device for 2016, and while it’s certainly made some changes over past iterations, the final verdict from customers won’t be in until it makes its way into the market. Fortunately, the device is now beginning to launch around the globe, and today brings in availability info from both Sprint and Verizon. Let’s delve in and see what we’re looking at.

Verizon has already put the device up for pre-order, so we’ll begin with them. Interested Verizon customers can now pre-order the HTC 10 for $648 full retail price. If you buy it on a 24-month payment plan, however, you can save some money. Each month you’ll pay $22.83, which, over 24 months, adds up to just $548, knocking $100 off of the price if you stick with the phone for two years.

Sprint doesn’t have pre-orders open just yet, but has announced that the HTC 10 will go up for sale on May 13. It will be available for purchase online, over the phone, and in Sprint stores across the US. Pricing for the Sprint model is set at $26/month for 24 months, which adds up to $624.

We’re still waiting on word from T-Mobile as to when it will begin carrying the device. If you’re simply looking for an unlocked model, you can pre-order that directly from HTC for $699.

Sources: Verizon, Sprint

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HTC Mother’s Day sale offers discounts on One A9, One M9

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and the manufacturers are starting to open up all of their sales for the holiday. Currently up to the plate is HTC, which is offering discounts on two of its smartphones. First up in the sale is the HTC One M9, last year’s flagship smartphone from HTC. The Pink variant of the unlocked One M9 is on sale for just $399, a hefty cut from its regular price of $649.

Also included in the sale is the Deep Garnet color variant of the HTC One A9. Both the unlocked and Sprint models of this phone are on sale for $389, down from a regular price of $499.

Both phones would make a fantastic gift for Mother’s Day. They may not be quite at the current flagship level, but both phones are very respectable and should more than satisfy the needs of most folks. And hey, even though each device is only available in one color option, at least they’re festive.

Check out the sales for yourself at the source link down below. Drop a comment if you decide to take advantage of the offer.

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All-Metal Huawei Honor 5C with 5.2″ 1080p Display & Fingerprint Sensor Launched

Huawei has been in the rumor rounds for a while now about the launch of its upcoming flagship Honor V8. The smartphone was recently certified by TENAA and is expected to feature dual rear cameras. Recently, the company has launched a budget smartphone called as Huawei Honor 5C in China. The smartphone is the direct successor of the Honor 4C, and comes with upgrades in every aspect. The Honor 5C was also spotted on TENAA recently that revealed most of the details about the smartphone.

Honor 5C

Coming to the specifications part, the Honor 5C flaunts a 5.2-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD display that offers a pixel density of 428ppi. Under the hood, the smartphone comes equipped with all-new Kirin 950 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz clubbed with Mali-T830 GPU. It features a hybrid sim slot that lets you use the microSD card instead of the second sim when required. It supports dual sim dual standby and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based EMUI 4.1 out of the box.

On the camera front, the smartphone features a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP front-facing camera for video calling and stunning selfie images. It has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage and also includes a microSD card slot for further expansion of memory upto 128GB. The smartphone looks premium with an all-metal body and also includes a fingerprint scanner at the back of the unit for extra security. It comes with standard connectivity options like 4G-LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and microUSB 2.0 port.

The handset powers a 3000mAh battery that can easily take you through the day of mixed usage. It measures 147.1 x 73.8 x 8.3 mm weighs around 156 grams and comes in Grey, Gold, and Silver color options. The Honor 5C is priced at 899 Yuan (approx $139) for the standard variant while the dual 4G option costs 999 Yuan (approx $154). The smartphone is currently available for pre-orders in China and will go on sale starting May 5th. Stay tuned for more updates about the global availability of the device.

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Motorola facing $5 million class action lawsuit over bad warranty service

Motorola’s warranty has been talked about for quite a while in the Motorola community lately, and in a negative way. With so many first gen Moto 360 owners facing the issue of a cracked back, warranty has been an important part of owning a Moto product.

Unfortunately, it seems Motorola has been failing to provide good customer service. The company isn’t denying warranty, but what it does is arguably a lot worse. The owner sends in the device, and often doesn’t see a replacement for months. Either that, or they receive the wrong model back (multiple times even).

Motorola claims that there are shortages of the device in the repair warehouses, but leaving someone without a device for months is unacceptable. Now a $5 million class action lawsuit has been brought against the company due to all of these warranty issues.

As the owner of a first gen Moto 360 that was warrantied once (and it took over a month to get my watch back) and just had the back crack again out of warranty, I feel the pain of others scorned by Motorola. Have any of you had issues with Motorola? Leave a comment!

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Google OnHub routers updated with IFTTT support

Google’s OnHub routers are constantly being updated with new features and bug fixes. They’ve gotten significantly better since their release, and as the owner of one, I’ve quite enjoyed the changes.

The latest change is geared more towards the power users, which is great to see as the routers are a bit limited for power users. IFTTT support is now included with the router, so once you sign up for IFTTT, you can head to the OnHub channel and get started tinkering!

IFTTT is a service that allows you to make basic “recipes” that trigger commands based on things happening. For example, you can make it send you an email if a certain device connects to the router, or turn on the lights when your own phone connects to WiFi.

There are plenty more applications, so check out the video below for info and ideas!

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BBM for Android gets beta video chat

BBM for Android is a chat service brought over from the BlackBerry OS of the past, even more important now that the company has its own Android device on the market. And with the latest update, a beta version of video chat is now available.

The video chat feature is intended to work between iOS and Android users, though it’s currently not available for iOS. It’s a beta feature in the app, but requires no special sign ups to use. Just press the call button, and you’ll be able to use the video call feature if the other person’s app supports it.

The feature only works in the US and Canada right now. iOS should get the beta sometime soon and the official rollout will come in July. Give it a shot and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Google Trips app screenshots shown off

We recently heard about Google asking for testers for a new travel app, and now we get to take a look at it. The app is called Google Trips and it’s all about trip planning and information.

The test participants who were chosen had to have had an upcoming trip to try the app on, and the app populates itself based on emails from your Gmail. Inside the app you’ll be able to view info on reservations, local transportation, local attractions, and more.

The app also works offline, which is great news for those who don’t insist on buying cell service on an unlocked phone when they go abroad.

Google is currently looking for feedback, so if you have the app, you should definitely tell Google what you think. It’s far from finished and we don’t know when it’ll be officially released, but it’s looking pretty useful. What do you guys think of it?

Google Trips screenshot 1 Google Trips screenshot 2 Google Trips screenshot 3 Google Trips screenshot 4 Google Trips screenshot 5 Google Trips screenshot 6 Google Trips screenshot 7 Google Trips screenshot 8

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Apple Music updated to support music videos

Apple Music launched for Android not too long ago, and since then Apple has been periodically updating the app and improving it. Back in February, for instance, Apple Music gave Android users the ability to download music to an SD card for offline listening. And in March, Apple Music finally added support for a widget. Now, Apple Music has been updated again, bumping the version number to 0.9.8 and adding a couple of noteworthy features.

First is the ability for Android users to finally access the service’s growing library of videos. Android users can search for a specific video, or they can find options that include new and popular music videos in the “New” section.

In addition to that, Android users can now sign up for the Apple Music family membership from within the app. That will run you $14.99 for six users, compared to the $9.99 for an individual account.

Version 0.9.8 of Apple Music is available now. Are you using the service, or is there another that you use for streaming music?

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Rick Osterloh, former Motorola CEO, is now heading up Google’s hardware division

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a whole series of shake-ups involving Motorola, Lenovo and Google. Now there’s another piece at play. Just weeks after leaving Lenovo, former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh is headed to Google as a new Senior Vice President who is tasked with leading Google’s new hardware division. Osterloh previously worked for Google when the company owned Motorola, but stayed with Motorola when it was purchased by Lenovo. Now, he is headed back to Google after Lenovo restructured its leadership positions and Osterloh left the company.

As head of hardware at Google, Osterloh will oversee a number of different divisions. These include Nexus devices, Google’s Chromecast products, consumer hardware including Chromebooks and the Pixel C tablet, OnHub wireless router, Google Glass and ATAP, which is Google’s experimental team that handles devices such as Project Ara, Google’s modular phone.

Osterloh has been highly praised for his work at Motorola and it’s no surprise that he’s being given far more responsibility at Google now than he previously had. The move comes amid a concentrated effort at Google to streamline and unify the company’s various hardware projects. Google has had its share of struggles with hardware in the past, relying on numerous partnerships with manufacturers for products and occasionally facing major product flops, such as the Nexus Q. With Osterloh as the new head of hardware, we should see improvement.

What’s your reaction this latest move at Google? Will it improve the company’s hardware efforts?

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Thanks to Twitter, Fenix has returned to the Google Play Store

Just a few days ago, one of the most popular third-party Twitter apps for Android, Fenix, was pulled from the Google Play Store because the app had reached its token limit.

Now, thanks to some help from Twitter itself, the app has made its triumphant return to the digital store shelves. Developer mvilla has announced that the Fenix app is now available for new users to install and use once again. When the app reached its token limit earlier this week, it meant that new users wouldn’t be able to download the app, but also that mvilla wouldn’t be making any money from the app, either.

However, with the help of Twitter, that’s no longer the case, and it looks like mvilla’s hard work will continue to see plenty of attention moving forward. However, when asked what happened, mvilla could only say that the developer had “been in contact with the Twitter team and they’ve helped to fix the issue.” So what, exactly, Twitter did to help Fenix out remains a mystery.

Are you happy to see Fenix’s return?

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Google Photos adding more powerful search in latest update

Google Photos is one of those apps that nearly every Android user has on their device, but not everyone uses. Nonetheless, Google is continuing to improve the service with frequent updates that add and improve features, both in an effort to keep current users happy and in an attempt to draw in new users. This latest update from Google Photos brings in a few notable features that you should definitely know about.

First off is an improved search experience that is clearly changed from the existing search experience. Google Photos now features a prominent search bar at the top of the UI. Users can tap the search bar and type in their query to instantly begin searching, or they can simply tap the search bar and scroll down to see faces, places, and photo types to help narrow the search category down.

Also added is the ability to customize the movies that the app automatically creates. Users can now add their own music, photos and videos to these automatically created movies. Additionally, users can now rename and delete user-created device folders right from Google Photos. Managing files and folders on SD cards has also been simplified.

The update is now rolling out to Android devices and will be available for iOS in the coming weeks.

What are your thoughts on the new features?

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Top 10 new Android games this week: illi, Tiny Rogue

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.

Ether Wars

DescriptionProve your worth in unlimited levels that will test your radial-aim skill and patience. If that isn’t enough for you, challenge your best friends in PVP matches to proclaim yourself the absolute ruler of the ether galaxy.



Description:  illi is a polished one button platform puzzler. As the creature illi, you jump your way through a strange world where gravity follows you! Things you take for granted in your world is different here. illi travels through portals and enters barren worlds where she gathers light crystals that remain. 


Adventure Jack

DescriptionHe knows there is an old boat house on the island, but he don’t know how to reach there.Your objective is to help him to reach the boat house by guiding him through the jungle. In each level, you have to help him to find the required objects to proceed and the way to the boat house. Tap to guide him to the objects to interact with them or collect them. Keep an eye on his energy level and get the food when its goes down to avoid losing his life.



DescriptionFor eons, the Titans have fought for fame, glory, and bragging rights in an eternal struggle. As a Spellbinder, YOU control the battlefield. Choose a Titan, command an army of fearless minions and dust off your favorite spell book.


Now Escape

DescriptionDrag the ball to avoid obstacles. These neon-like traps can surprisingly transform right before your very eyes – stay focused and use your reflexes… Now Escape!


Tiny Rogue

Description: In Tiny Rogue you will descend as deep into the randomized dungeons as you can. Strategize your turns moving through the dungeons collecting treasure, using potions and spells, slaying foes, earning experiences and levelling up your hero. Can you compete on the high-score leaderboard?


The World of Dots

DescriptionThe world of dots was once a world of structure. Since the ancients disappeared the dots have begun losing their order. Help rebuild the world of dots with Rubik’s cube inspired puzzles.


Super Phantom Cat

DescriptionSuper Phantom Cat is a retro-inspired 2D platformer that pays homage to 8- and 16-bit classics Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Country, and Sonic The Hedgehog. In Super Phantom Cat, players take on the role of Chemist White and embark on an action-packed journey through the Phantom World.


Rush Fight

Description Get ready for super fun arcade action! Test your reflexes and break records, challenging fighters from around the world. And remember, if you stop you lose!


Angry Birds Action!

DescriptionPull, aim, action! Send the birds of the Angry Birds Movie crashing through obstacles and bouncing from wall to wall like a wrecking ball – all in the name of saving some eggs. It’s a game based on a movie, based on a game! Explore the world of The Angry Birds Movie for the first time ever in Angry Birds Action!


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AT&T is pushing Marshmallow to the LG G3

Marshmallow updates have been raining down lately, with most current and previous flagships now having received the update. One previous flagship, however, has faced quite a long wait. LG was fairly speedy in getting a Marshmallow update out to the LG G3, but the carrier variants have taken a bit longer, particularly the AT&T model. Fortunately, that wait is now over, as AT&T has begun pushing the Marshmallow update out to LG G3 owners on its network.

With the update, you’ll get the usual goodies of Marshmallow. These include Google Now On Tap, which allows for contextual assistance based on what is currently on the screen, as well as Doze, which improves standby battery life. In addition to those, you’ll see LG’s slightly updated UI. Under the hood, you’ll likely also notice some performance and stability improvements. All in all, it should be quite a welcome update.

The update has begun to roll out, but it could be a few days before it reaches everyone. Be patient and savor the reward when you finally receive the update.

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HTC Nexus 9 no longer available from the Google Store

Rumor has it that HTC is hard at work on potentially two new Nexus-branded devices. One of them could even be a tablet. So it seems like a good time to pull HTC’s current Nexus tablet from Google Store stock.

If you are perusing the Google Store today, and happen to find your way into the tablets section, you’ll only find Google’s Pixel C as an option. The HTC Nexus 9 has been unceremoniously removed from stock, which makes sense considering the Nexus 9 first launched back in October of 2014.

Even though it looks like Google is over and done with selling the Nexus 9, you can still pick one up from Amazon or HTC if you’d like to clamp down on a bit of nostalgia before it’s gone for good.

Did you ever own an HTC Nexus 9?

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Random Flix

Random Flix

Description: Have you ever wanted to watch a show on Netflix, but can’t decide what episode to watch? Well then this app is for you! Random Flix allows you to easily search through every available show on Netflix, and then play a random episode! 




DescriptionSkip QR codes or NFC, Radon lets you share to everyone nearby, as long as you have the app open. As soon as they open Radon on their device, they’ll automatically open whatever you shared, on as many devices as you want.


Starbucks Keyboard

Starbucks Keyboard

DescriptionThey say emojis are worth 1,000 words, so say it with Starbucks keyboard — the easiest way to show your friends some emoji love via iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, email and more. 


Homefront Resistance Network

Homefront Resistance Network

DescriptionThe Homefront Resistance Network is the official Companion App to Homefront: The Revolution – the thrilling, open-world first person shooter from Deep Silver Dambuster Studios coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC in Spring 2016.


xOS Launcher

xOS Launcher

DescriptionEasy to use, light, smooth, beautiful. Are your bored with Android interface? xOS Launcher is for you! All are os9 style: Icon、operating、wallpaper…This Launcher will let you experience the super speedy and smooth operation. We believe Simple is Beautiful.




DescriptionThe world’s largest library of animated GIFs, now on your mobile phone! GIPHY for Android is the fastest, simplest way to search and share GIFs across all of your favorite social channels.


 Samsung Safety Screen

Samsung Safety Screen

DescriptionChildren are spending more time these days watching content on electronic devices for entertainment & education. While devices like tablets and smartphones are adding a lot to their experience of growing up, there is an increasingly problematic behavior of children sitting too close to the devices.




DescriptionShopping on Android has never been so beautiful. Canopy helps you discover beautiful products that are all available for purchase on (US only). We bring boutique curation to the Internet’s biggest, most reliable catalog.


Airtime – All together now

Airtime - All together now

DescriptionHi! This is Airtime — the best way to stay close to your friends and family anytime, anywhere. Your Airtime rooms help you stay in touch with your groups.


WU CM Weather Provider

WU CM Weather Provider

DescriptionThis application is a plugin for CyanogenMod’s weather api’s, providing real time weather data for any listeners from Weather Underground. It requires at least API level 5 or higher in the CyanogenMod build you’re running.


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