YouTube for Android updated with better stream quality selections

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YouTube for Android has been updated to version 5.7 bringing you better choices for selecting the stream quality. Before, you could only select HQ or HD, but now you will have your choice of either Auto, 144p, 240p, 360p, or 720p. You might be asking yourself why you would want to change this. It’s simple, if you happen to have a poor data connection, you can eliminate buffering by going with a lower setting. Yes, you do sacrifice some quality, but you won’t have to deal with constant pauses.

It might take a couple of days for this update to hit your device, but if you are in a hurry, we have the APK download, as well as the traditional Play Store download links after the break.

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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android gets updated with immersive mode [APK Download]

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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android debuted a couple of months ago, and it just received its first update.  This update (36.9.1985.39) brings immersive mode. Other than that, you won’t find too much different. You will no longer see the toolbar at the top, but instead a small button to bring back the toolbar. As usual, this update will roll in stages, but if you are in a hurry, we have the APK download, as well as the traditional Play Store links right after the break.

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Angry Birds Stella spin-off coming this fall, Rovio shares gameplay screenshot

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Rovio knows that we all just cannot get enough Angry Birds in our lives. So the developer has announced the spin-off Angry Birds Stella will arrive in September. The image above was shared and shows the titular character beside her friends and foes.

Shortly after the game is available this fall, Rovio has a short television series ready to be released. It will tie-in with the game and be comprised of thirteen episodes that are six minutes each. That segment of Angry Birds Stella should be ready in November along with plenty of other Angry Birds Stella franchise-related items.

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Nova Launcher update brings “OK, Google” hotword and slight design fixes from the beta

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One of everyone’s favorite Android launchers is receiving an update that puts it even closer to the stock launcher. Nova Launcher’s latest update adds the “OK, Google” hotword commonly found with the Google Experience Launcher. This feature requires Android 4.1 or higher and a device than can sit in low power consumption while listening (as not all devices can do so). Another addition is the fixes, tweaks, and changes made within the beta version of Nova Launcher. They have all been brought over to the stable release in the Play Store.

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Microsoft Office Touch will likely be released on Android before Windows 8

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Microsoft release a touch-friendly version of Office apps (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) to iOS devices earlier this year, while making the bundled Office Suite a free download for Android users. There have been rumors floating around about when Microsoft would finally break down and release their office apps on another platform, especially on the Android side of the fence, but after the earlier announcement Android users were still left wondering when or if it would ever happen. » Read the rest

Instagram 6.0 update brings new editing tools

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Whenever an update hits a new whole number, there are bound to be meaningful changes. Today, Instagram has been updated to version 6.0 and it brings new editing tools. Now users of Instagram can edit photographs by adjusting their brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth and other facets. A new wrench icon will appear while selecting a filter and this leads to the new editing tools.

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WatchESPN, MLS Matchday, Google+ Photos, and Crunchyroll support Chromecast

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Today, four new applications have added Chromecast support to their feature set. The WatchESPN app and Google+ Photos app are the two that users were demanding the most. WatchESPN lets users stream content from the ESPN family of networks. Live sports programming, such as the upcoming World Cup or NBA Finals, and studio programming like SportsCenter can all be watched through the WatchESPN app and casted over to the television. As for Google+ Photos, users can cast photographs from the Photos view of Google+. That easy.

Another sports app adding Chromecast support is MLS Matchday. Unsurprisingly, users can watch games with Major League Soccer teams and even the United States Men’s National Team. And a video app added Chromecast support as well. Crunchyroll is taking its 25,000+ videos to the big screen (of your home) with Chromecast. No need for streaming on your laptop, just use Chromecast.

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Pushbullet launches Google Play beta program

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Pushbullet is a popular service that allows users to push links, photos, and other content to their mobile devices, while also pushing notifications and phone calls to the desktop. Now, the creators of Pushbullet have created a Play Store beta program, allowing users to test future version before stable builds are released.

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You can now save all your Spotify tracks for offline playback with just one tap

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If you’re a Spotify user, you might be happy to know that you can now save all your tracks (up to 3,333  songs) for offline playback. Android users already have the capability after receiving the mandatory security update we told you about last week. iOS users will need to download the update via the App Store.

This new feature includes an “Available Offline” toggle within the Songs tab. Just tap it, and all your saved songs will be downloaded to your device, and you will be able to listen to them without a data connection. There does appear to be a limit of 3,333 songs, but I think that should be enough. If you never tried Spotify, then hit the break for download links.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 getting Galaxy S 5 features in latest update, including Kids Mode and Download Booster

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 3 is getting a small update that patches in a few really useful features from the new Galaxy S 5. The update includes Download Booster, the controversial feature that allows users to download files over both WiFi and 3G/4G simultaneously, and Kids Mode, which sets up a safe environment for kids to play around with on a device. It’s pretty crazy that T-Mobile and Samsung have backported Download Booster, a Galaxy S 5 feature, to the Note 3, when other carrier-branded Galaxy S 5s still don’t have Download Booster. Way to go, T-Mobile.

T-Mobile doesn’t have a changelog up for the update just yet, but keep checking your notifications and let us know if you see anything.

source: Phone Arena