Amazon offering six titles for free today as part of promotion

amazon_freeAmazon usually offers a free app a day, but today they’re going above and beyond. Six apps and games are free on the Amazon Appstore as part of a promo, and they aren’t all just no-name titles. The total estimated value is $24, and the six apps also come with 20 Amazon Coins that will be added to your account. The full list of free apps/games, with links:

Source: Android Guys

Google Offering 25-50 GBs Of Google Drive Space On Select HTC Devices

google-driveIn addition, it’s being reported that this excludes the developer edition of the One for now nor does it allow you to get the upgrade with an unlocked bootloader. If you’re looking to bank on the offer, it’s good until January 1, 2016 so you should have plenty of time, especially if you’re thinking of upgrading to a new HTC device in the next several months or more.

source: Google

BBM for Android update adds more device compatibility and some bug fixes

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BlackBerry sent out BBM for Android’s first update bringing support for additional devices along with some bug fixes. There is just one problem and that is that BlackBerry didn’t tell us what devices are now compatible. One way to find out if your device has been added is to click on the link below and see if you can now download it. As far as the bug fix, it appears it fixes the app from crashing when moving from menu to menu rapidly. Hit the break for download links.

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Customizable Themer launcher graduates to open beta

themerThemer, the excellent theme based launcher, has graduated from closed to open beta. This means that all you need to do is enter your email address on Themer’s website, and you will immediately receive an access code without waiting. As a refresher, Themer lets you completely modify your home screen in seconds by choosing beautiful pre-setup themes. It’s a great alternative for those who want to personalize their devices, but don’t want to mess around too much creating their own themes.

Source: The Next Web

 

Contextually aware lockscreen Cover coming soon

coverContextually aware apps are all the rage these days, but until now, we hadn’t seen a good lock screen that adjusted to what you want, when you need it. Cover for Android might change that. Cover is a lockscreen replacement app that promises to learn when and where you use the apps on your device. This is  accomplished through cell towers and WiFi signals, which then gives the app the information needed to display shortcuts to the apps you tend to use where you are, whether it’s home, work, or in transit.

The app tray fits six shortcuts, which also allow you to peek inside the app by sliding to the side. In addition, Cover lets you multitask by jumping between apps using a drawer that slides out from the right hand side, and lets you set a custom ringer volume and wallpaper based on time and location.

If you’re interested, head to the source link and request an invite. You can also check out a promo video for Cover after the break.

Source: Cover

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YouTube prepping subscription music service, launch could be just months away

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According to a Billboard source, YouTube is entering into the subscription music service business. The service, which is possibly just months away, would be much like Spotify, having both free and premium options. Also included in the service would be video component that makes YouTube what it is. The premium option would allow subscribers to pay around $9.99 a month to gain access to a wide array of music. The real standout feature of the service would be the ability to store music for offline listening, and ads would be removed completely. Billboard is also reporting that availability could extend all the way to Google Glass (which had some music files found in a recent APK teardown). The service may even appear alongside the rumored YouTube app redesign.

The only question coming into play would be — what about Google Play Music All Access? Google only launched that service in May and has seen incremental, but much welcome, updates. It’s possible that All Access could have been a stepping stone for this new YouTube service. Successfully obtaining deals with major labels would allow that task to be out of the way by the time this new service launches. Maybe we’ll see them merge at some point? That’s a long shot, but only time will tell how this one will play out.

Source: Billboard
Via: The Verge

Plants vs. Zombies 2 now available in the Play Store

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If you’re a fan of mobile gaming, then we have great news for you. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now available in the Google Play Store! While they teased a launch for tomorrowPopCap has gone live with the game. The iOS version, just like the original, was released a few months ago before reaching Android and the Play Store. This time around, the wait has only been about two months.

In case you’re unaware of PvZ is, we’ll fill you in. It’s essentially a tower defense game in which you control, you guessed it, plants that are trying to stop hordes of zombies. The depth of PvZ 2 is quite incredible. Just like the original, there’s a ton of plants to unlock and control and there are just as many zombies to keep the game fresh. Also, this sequel is free-to-play, so you only pay for upgrades if necessary. If you’re interested in Plants vs Zombies 2, hit the break for download links. Read more

Background audio for YouTube app coming?

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As the YouTube app has kept improving, we’ve always desperately wanted one feature – the ability to listen to audio in the background. That would make it possible to listen to music via YouTube while still multitasking on your device. It seems like our wish is going to be granted, as Android Police has found a hidden setting in the latest YouTube APK that allows background audio. The feature will actually appearingly allow you to not just listen in the background, but even keep music playing with the screen off.

By setting a playlist of music to play through, this feature could actually be a viable rival to music streaming services like Spotify. There’s no word on when this feature will actually launch, but we’re excited, and hope it’s soon.

Source: Android Police

Via: PocketNow

Aereo television streaming service now available in Play Store, available only in select regions

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Aereo, a service which allows users to stream live television from their computers, phones, or tablets, is finally coming to Android after an iOS-only release back in May.

The app hit the Play Store today, and the beta is available to download on devices running Android 4.2 or later.

However, Aereo is only available in certain markets at this time: New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Dallas.

If you’re from one of the above regions and want to give it a try, you’ll get the service free for a month until the trial ends and you’ll have to pay $8/month. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as screen shots.

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How to bypass the BBM waiting list and start messaging right now

BBM-BlackBerry-Messenger-for-Older-Devices-Now-Supports-BBM-VoiceThe journey to getting BBM for your Android device has been a long one. It’s been more than a month since the original announced release date, and still everyone doesn’t have the ability to use the messaging client. Blackberry has a wait list for those interested in signing up for a BBM account, but those who registered on BlackBerry’s Web site earlier this month won’t need to wait in line, and can begin using the app immediately.

If you haven’t preregistered, there is a quicker way to start using BBM. Just open the app, enter your email address, click next, and force close the app by going to Settings, Apps, BBM, and click Force Close. After relaunching, you should be able to create an account and get a unique PIN. It’s a trick that works for now, but probably won’t for long when Blackberry catches on.

Source: CNET