Black Friday and Cyber Monday Android app and game sales roundup

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If you have been wanting to buy a particular app, but waiting for the price to drop, this might be the best weekend of the entire year. Many apps are on sale from today through Cyber Monday. You might even find some apps you weren’t aware of. Here’s a number of the more notable apps that are on sale, most of them at least 50% off, but there are tons more. You can always search “Black Friday Sale” or “Cyber Monday Sale” in the Google Play Store to find even more apps. Hit the break for our roundup.


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How to set up a slideshow screensaver on Android TV that utilizes your own photos from Google+, Dropbox, and more

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One of the advantages of Android TV (Nexus Player and ADT-1) over Chromcast is that you can have a slideshow screensaver that will automatically turn on not only when the device is idle, but it will also come on when playing music. Chromecast only offers Backdrop, which will not display when you’re playing music. Backdrop is also limited in that you can only display photos from your Google+ account or other images that Google chooses, not to mention the transition speed is horrible. Android TV also offers Backdrop, but at this moment in time, it can’t be customized. However, you can still setup a highly customizable slideshow screensaver that can include your own photos from cloud services like Google+, Dropbox, and more. You can even set it to display other cool images from around the world. This screensaver will come on whenever your Android TV is idle, which means that it will also display when you’re streaming music from any service. Hit the break to find out how to do it.


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How to download Android APK files from the Google Play Store

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There might be various reasons that you would want to download an APK directly from the Play Store. One might be that an app (especially Google apps) is showing that it has been updated, but you can’t push it to your device. By downloading the APK directly, you can simply sideload it on your device and get the updated version that much quicker. You also might be a tinkerer in that you want to sideload an APK to your Android TV device (or some other device) to see how it works.

Now you can find various sites that host APK files, but they might not have the latest versions, not to mention they could be altered with malware. Grabbing it directly from the Play Store is the safest way, but how do you go about doing that? It’s actually pretty simple, so hit the break to get started.


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[Deal] HTC offering free suction mount and bar mount with the purchase of the RE Camera

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It’s week of 4 of the 9 week “Hot Deals” promotion from HTC. This week they are offering a free suction mount and bar mount with the purchase of the RE Camera. The RE Camera goes for $199, and the free accessories are valued at $44.98.

The sale kicks off at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT, and will run until 12:00 am ET / 9:00 pm PT tonight or until inventory runs dry. Hit the source link to get your order in.

source: HTC Hot Deals

 

How to sideload apps (APK files) on the Nexus Player or ADT-1

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Since Android TV is Android-based, you can sideload just about any Android app you want. Now that doesn’t guarantee that it will work properly. In fact chances are that it won’t. However, if you’re sporting an Air Mouse remote control or a USB Mouse, a lot of apps will be usable. The good news is that sideloading an APK is really easy. You don’t have to connect your Nexus Player or ADT-1 to your computer and fumble around with ADB commands. It’s so easy that my dog could do it. Well, maybe not, but I’m pretty sure you can so hit the break to get started.


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Here’s the list of official Android TV apps that don’t show up on Google Play, and how to install them

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If you own a Nexus Player or the ADT-1 developer unit, you already know that the Play Store is available to you for downloading apps. Since it’s still early in the game, there are a little over a handful of apps, other than games. We reported last week, that developers have to submit their Android TV apps to Google for approval, but even after approval, only certain apps will actually appear in the Android TV version of the Play Store.


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Nexus 10 owners reporting no audio from any apps after Lollipop update

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A lot of Nexus 10 owners lost the ability to hear any audio after receiving the Lollipop update. This includes all sources, whether it be apps, or even music stored on the device.

The good news is that there appears to be a fix at the user level. Some people found that just rebooting the device several times in a row (5 or 6 times) did the trick.


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Luxury watch makers are feeling threatened by smartwatches

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Smartwatches are at their infancy, but 2015 could be an explosive year once Apple jumps on the bandwagon and more Android Wear smartwatches become available. One of the coolest things about smartwatches is their ability to change watch faces. You could literally have a different watch face for each day of the year. Very cool, but luxury watch makers don’t think so.

You may have noticed that there are already thousands of watch faces available thanks to apps in the Play Store like Facer. Many of those faces are replicas of actual luxury watches, giving you the feeling of owning one without dropping thousands of dollars on one. But now companies like Rolex are trying to stop these replica faces from being available.


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Qualcomm releases development smartphone featuring the Snapdragon 810

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The Snapdragon 810 probably won’t come to consumer devices until next June, but Qualcomm has released a development smartphone featuring the said processor. Called the Mobile Developer Platform (MDP) smartphone, it gives developers early access to the processor for testing and optimizing Android applications.

The 810 is an octa-core and 64-bit, so the rest of the specs are also high end. It includes a 6.2-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, an Adreno 430 GPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13 MP rear camera with Dual LED flash and 4K video recording, 4 MP front-facing camera, the newest Qualcomm Hexagon DSP, 3,020 mAh battery, and the “latest available Android OS,” which we presume will be Lollipop.


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