OnePlus sends Cyanogen Camera app to the Play Store

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Following the lead of other manufacturers that use the Google Play Store to distribute core apps, OnePlus has made the Cyanogen Camera app that is part of CyanogenMod 11S, the special version of the operating system used for the OnePlus One smartphone, available in Google Play. By using the Play Store, manufacturers are able to push out updates more quickly and easily to end users. This eliminates the need for an app to go through a carrier’s review process to be included in an OTA update, which tend to be sporadic in their timing.
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New Microsoft Xim app lets groups view photos together

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Microsoft has released a new app, Microsoft Xim, that combines a couple different features for users to enjoy photos as a group experience. Similar to features found on some Android platforms, one person can share a photo on their device to the screen of other users in a group in real time. The benefit of this is that users do not have to try to huddle around a single screen to look at a photo. Microsoft built the app so that only the person sharing an image needs Xim while all others can view the image using a browser. When done with a session, Xim pulls a Snapchat type move and deletes the image after a short period so no storage is consumed.
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Fleksy is now available on Samsung Galaxy Apps and the Amazon Appstore

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Today, Fleksy announced it has updated its revolutionary smart keyboard app on Android to now include the Amazon Appstore and Samsung Galaxy Apps ‘user bases’.

In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports support for two new languages (Polish and Ukrainian), as well as several bug fixes and speed optimizations.

Hit the break to see the full changelog.


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Google Hangouts gets more changes than addition of Voice

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Yesterday the big news about Google’s Hangouts app was that Google Voice was finally being merged into the platform. As that update continues to rollout to users, Google has announced some other improvements to the Hangouts platform for communication. Perhaps the biggest change is that users accessing Hangouts using the iOS or Android app can now participate in video calls without a Google+ profile. The ability to do this first appeared in July when Google added this to the web-based Hangouts interface. 
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Samsung releases WatchON Plus to the Play Store for Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4

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Samsung’s WatchON app is relatively popular — in addition to its ability to control set-top boxes and TVs, it can also play on-demand content (both free and paid).

Today, Samsung released WatchON Plus to the Play Store, but is only available to Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 owners. The app features an updated UI, but doesn’t appear to have any added functionality.

To download, hit the break.


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New App: WeTransfer hits the Play Store, allows file transfers of up to 10GB at once

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It’s pretty annoying to find that a email to a friend with a bunch of photos didn’t end up sending because of your email’s attachment size limit.

But with new app WeTransfer, you won’t have to worry about exceeding that limit.

The app lets you send up to 10GB of data at once to another email address. The receiving address will get a download link — from there, they’ll be able to download all the photos on their device.

It’s pretty simple, and that’s pretty much all you can ask from an app — that it works, and that it’s easy. Hit the break for a list of the app’s features, a gallery of screenshots and a link to the app in the Play Store.


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NFL Now takes the field to provide video highlights and news

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The NFL has released a new app, NFL Now, geared to users who prefer to get their NFL updates through videos. The app gives users access to new videos added daily, including real-time highlights served up on game days. Users can also access, for a fee, the NFL Films archive of shows. The NFL promises all of the content can be accessed through an easy-to-use interface for displaying content on your phone or tablet. While it seems like an app of this nature screams out for the ability to connect to a Chromecast, there is no indication that users can do that.

Hit the break to check out some screenshots and a download link if you want to give NFL Now a try.
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Wear Mini Launcher gets an update and moves from Alpha to Beta

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Developer Nicolas Pomepuy has been quickly working to improve the Android Wear experience through a custom launcher, Wear Mini Launcher, for Wear-based devices. He already released an alpha version of the app for testers to try out and has been providing updates over the course of the past couple weeks. Now, the Wear Mini Launcher app has moved to the beta stage.
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