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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T-Mobile now pushing out Chinese compatibility update for Note 4 & S5

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T-Mobile is pushing out an update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 located in the US. Weighing in at a hefty 128MB, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include Chinese language support, as well as a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break to view the full changelog for the “mandatory” update.


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More info about OnePlus One successor surfaces

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This past September, information leaked indicating OnePlus was already tossing around ideas and plans to launch a successor to the OnePlus One sometime during 2015. That really was not a surprise given the way the industry works even for a phone as difficult to obtain as the OnePlus One has been. Now a source familiar with OnePlus’s plans has shared some more details about what is being considered.
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NVIDIA offering some SHIELD specials for Black Friday

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Besides the new Nexus 9 and some of the older Nexus tablets, did you know that NVIDIA has already released the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop for its SHIELD tablet? If not, you may want to reconsider NVIDIA’s tablet offering and if you are a gamer, you may want to check out the company’s SHIELD portable gaming device. To help entice you to do so, NVIDIA will be offering some special deals on Black Friday for both devices.
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Some Samsung phones experiencing crashing problems when running Material Design apps

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Main_02_TAGoogle’s new Material Design look for apps is a big step up from what we’ve previously seen, so many developers want to try to implement that bright and bold three-dimensional look on their applications. Fortunately, they can do that thanks to a ported library of assets from Google that developers can ship with their apps, so even older versions of Android get to enjoy Material Design aesthetics.
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Amazon kicks off Black Friday sales with cheap on-contract phones

amazon-logo-bannerAmazon is starting off their Black Friday deals with a ton of phones for a dollar or less on all three major carriers. These are obviously on-contract devices, but if you’re planning on starting up a new line of service or upgrading any lines, these are some pretty great deals. You can snag a Galaxy S 5 for just a dollar, or an LG G3 or HTC One M8 for a penny. Some of the deals vary depending on carrier and whether or not you’re going for a new account or upgrade, but the deals are worth looking through if you’re in the market.
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T-Mobile adds 14 new music streaming services to Music Freedom, including Play Music and SoundCloud

t-mobile-storeOne of T-Mobile’s more popular decisions lately has been to remove music streaming from what counts against a customer’s data caps. This Uncarrier 6.0 move meant users could stream as much Spotify as they’d like and it wouldn’t count against any of their monthly data allotment, which is great for heavy music streamers.

The carrier has slowly been adding new music to what’s covered under that Music Freedom umbrella, and today they’ve announced 14 new services that you can now stream without worrying about data usage, and Google Play Music has finally made the cut.
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Google rolls out new shopping features for Search in time for Black Friday

google shoppingJust in time for Black Friday, Google Shopping results have gotten several new features to make your Black Friday shopping that much easier. According to Google, nearly 50% of holiday shoppers between the ages of 25 – 34 use their phone to buy other things while standing in line, and Google wants to take advantage of that to help you find the best deals as quickly as possible.
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