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Google Play promo codes are now available in 8 more countries

Google Play promo codes are now available in 8 more countries

If a developer wants to give some paid content away, usually the best way for them to do this is with a Google Play promo code. This has always been dependent on where you live, as they're supported
Google Maps v9.54 prepares to add saved locations for your school and gym, notification channels, and what looks like a task list [APK Teardown]

Google Maps v9.54 prepares to add saved locations for your school and gym, notification channels, and what looks like a task list [APK Teardown]

An update to Google Maps v9.54 began rolling out to users through the beta channel yesterday, but it doesn't appear to have any visible changes going live quite yet. However, a teardown of the apk
Nova Launcher beta brings Android O's notification dots

Nova Launcher beta brings Android O's notification dots

One of Android O's newly announced features at I/O is notification dots on app icons on your homescreen. Much like iOS or plenty of third-party Android launchers and add-ons, O will add a little dot
[Update: False alert] Google says gifting in the Play Store is "Infeasible," marks it as "Won't Fix" in the Issue Tracker

[Update: False alert] Google says gifting in the Play Store is "Infeasible," marks it as "Won't Fix" in the Issue Tracker

Update 1: 2017/05/26 5:03am PDT False alert. Issue was closed in 2013 because it was submitted to the wrong tracker. You know how almost every app or software store lets you buy apps and gift them
[It's about time] Android Wear 2.0 is now rolling out to the 2nd-generation Moto 360

[It's about time] Android Wear 2.0 is now rolling out to the 2nd-generation Moto 360

Android Wear 2.0 hasn't been as fast of a rollout as everyone had hoped, to put it mildly. The first watches to ship with the update were LG's Watch Style and Watch Sport, but existing watches have
[Deal Alert] Score an Asus ZenFone Zoom with a free ZenPower 10,500mAh portable battery for $180 from B&H ($170 off)

[Deal Alert] Score an Asus ZenFone Zoom with a free ZenPower 10,500mAh portable battery for $180 from B&H ($170 off)

Memorial Day weekend is nigh upon us, so seeing some sales pop up is not surprising. Tonight, we have one courtesy of B&H. You can get an Asus ZenFone Zoom for $179.99 with a free ZenPower
Xiaomi announces the monstrous Mi Max 2 with a 6.44" screen, 5300mAh battery, and Nougat

Xiaomi announces the monstrous Mi Max 2 with a 6.44" screen, 5300mAh battery, and Nougat

Xiaomi is already off to a good start for 2017. The Mi 6 was unveiled a month ago, and now the Chinese manufacturer is back with a successor the last year's Mi Max. Pushing the limits of what one
Suggested Sharing is going live in Google Photos for some users

Suggested Sharing is going live in Google Photos for some users

Google Photos is ground zero for the company's crazy machine learning technology. At Google I/O 2017, a number of new features were announced for Photos, including suggested sharing based on who's in
Android O feature spotlight: Dev options has new "Window animation scale" and "Force RTL layout direction" quick settings tiles

Android O feature spotlight: Dev options has new "Window animation scale" and "Force RTL layout direction" quick settings tiles

We've hit most of the high points in our quest to find all the important things in the new Android O beta. Still, there are some little tidbits that will interest developers and huge Android dorks
Recently revealed "Cloak & Dagger" Android attack uses overlays and accessibility services to deceive users

Recently revealed "Cloak & Dagger" Android attack uses overlays and accessibility services to deceive users

A new series of vulnerabilities in Android have been discovered by researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Titled "Cloak & Dagger" this
[Hands-on] Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, a solid spin-off that revolves around an often forgotten about Pokémon

[Hands-on] Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, a solid spin-off that revolves around an often forgotten about Pokémon

I have to admit, Pokémon: Magikarp Jump is not what I expected when I first heard about this title. I had figured it would be a cash grab taking advantage of the Pokémon name, but in all actuality, it
Andy Rubin's Android startup 'Essential' has a Twitter account, will announce new phone on May 30th

Andy Rubin's Android startup 'Essential' has a Twitter account, will announce new phone on May 30th

Once upon a time, Andy Rubin created Android. Then one day, Google bought Android and let Andy play with robots for a few years. Now, Rubin is at the helm of a mysterious startup called Essential. He
Lyft introduces new Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV black car service

Lyft introduces new Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV black car service

Today Lyft has announced two new black car options for the ridesharing service. They are called, perhaps unimaginatively, Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV. As the names imply, each of the services is meant
Daydream and Daydream Keyboard updated to v1.6 with new languages, better punctuation layout, and more

Daydream and Daydream Keyboard updated to v1.6 with new languages, better punctuation layout, and more

Google announced a new standalone VR platform at I/O this year, but it's not stopping work on the existing Daydream apps and services. There's an update rolling out today to Daydream and the Daydream
[Bonus Round] Get your hands on another 25 temporarily free and 56 on-sale apps

[Bonus Round] Get your hands on another 25 temporarily free and 56 on-sale apps

What's this? A bonus round of app sales... on a Thursday? Still your beating hearts, dear readers mine, because while I have more apps for you today, I've decided to take a different approach. Due to
Google updates Play Store developer policies, provides additional information on malicious behavior, ratings manipulation, and more

Google updates Play Store developer policies, provides additional information on malicious behavior, ratings manipulation, and more

Google's policy for developers on Google Play has been updated recently to include a few new changes. It's has revised both the Malicious Behavior policy and the Ratings Reviews, and Installs policy,
Instagram now supports links and landscape/portrait images in direct messages

Instagram now supports links and landscape/portrait images in direct messages

Instagram isn't just for posting pictures of food anymore. Whether you like it or not, the app has branched out to become a Snapchat competitor too, and now its direct messaging abilities are getting
Major security vulnerability found in VLC, Kodi, and other media players, Kodi for Android already patched

Major security vulnerability found in VLC, Kodi, and other media players, Kodi for Android already patched

What's worse than a security vulnerability in a widely-used program? A security vulnerability in several widely-used programs. Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies have uncovered a flaw
T-Mobile's DIGITS number sharing service rolls out on May 31st

T-Mobile's DIGITS number sharing service rolls out on May 31st

T-Mobile announced a beta test for its DIGITS service last year, and at long last the beta is over. DIGITS will roll out to all subscribers on May 31st, and it's free to use with your current mobile
Goat Simulator PayDay arrives on Android in a stolen car

Goat Simulator PayDay arrives on Android in a stolen car

Goat Simulator has seen a plethora of different games released under its franchise in the last few years. The gameplay has ranged from zombie survival to colonizing space, and everything in between.