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Trend Micro Discovers Mediaserver Bug That Can Crash Android, But You Don’t Need To Lose Sleep Over It

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People are hyper-aware of Android vulnerabilities after the announcement of the Stagefright exploit recently, so Trend Micro is taking the opportunity to detail a bug it found in Android recently. It’s a bug in the mediaserver service that can be used to crash the phone, rendering it unusable until a reboot.

The vulnerability is exploited using a malformed video file in the Matroska container (usually an MKV file. When the mediaserver tries to process the file, it crashes and will likely take the rest of the system with it. Read MoreTrend Micro Discovers Mediaserver Bug That Can Crash Android, But You Don’t Need To Lose Sleep Over It was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Report: AT&T Wants All Its Android Phones To Have An Active FM Radio Tuner Starting Next Year

attlogoHaving an FM radio built right into your phone seems like a really good idea, but for some reason the feature seems to be relegated to “value” phones like the Moto G in the US. In fact, the OEM chipsets for a lot of devices (including many of Qualcomm’s super-popular Snapdragon SoCs) include FM capability, but the manufacturer disables it for whatever reason. According to a quoted report on RadioWorld.com, that’s going to change for Android phones on AT&T in 2016. Read MoreReport: AT&T Wants All Its Android Phones To Have An Active FM Radio Tuner Starting Next Year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Xbox Music Android App Has Found Its Groove, Rebranding Takes Effect In Latest Update

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Xbox Music is now Groove. This is news that Microsoft detailed weeks ago, but it’s only now—coinciding with the public release of the Windows 10 preview—that we’re seeing the name change on Android.
In the latest version, the rebranding has taken place. Microsoft highlights the ability to upload your music to OneDrive, stream music with a Music Pass subscription ($9.99 a month or $99 a year), and save files for offline use. Read MoreThe Xbox Music Android App Has Found Its Groove, Rebranding Takes Effect In Latest Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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SPACECOM Is A Minimal Multiplayer Sci-Fi Strategy Game From The Makers Of The Anomaly Series

spacecomReal-time strategy seems to be all about hundreds of actions per minute these days, if you can even find a strategy game that’s not a clone of Clash of Clans or League of Legends or Army of Alliteration. SPACECOM takes a different approach: it’s minimal sci-fi game where your captured star systems are just solar diagrams, your ships and fleets are a series of triangles, and there’s a definite lack of guns or explosions. 

If you’ve ever played Wing Commander: Armada, SPACECOM plays out like a real-time version of the strategy portions of that game (minus the full 3D space battles, of course). Read MoreSPACECOM Is A Minimal Multiplayer Sci-Fi Strategy Game From The Makers Of The Anomaly Series was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Play Search Ads Are About To Get More In Your Face As Google Expands Availability To All Advertisers

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Google started showing a few ads in the Play Store phone client earlier this year, but the feature has been in testing this whole time. Play Store ads are now available to all interested parties, so get ready to see a lot more of them.

Nothing is changing with respect to how the ads are displayed. They’ll appear at the top of the results list with a small yellow badge marking them as ads. Read MoreGoogle Play Search Ads Are About To Get More In Your Face As Google Expands Availability To All Advertisers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Captain Sabertooth Sails Into The Play Store To Take Kids On A Pirating Adventure Inspired By 25 Years Of Lore

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Arrrrrrrrrre you ready for a new pirate game? No, not pirated. Pirate. We don’t advocate stealing on this site. Well, unless you’re a pirate—the sailing kind. Captain Sabertooth will let your family members have fun pirating in the good sort of way.
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The game is based on the decades-old series created by Norwegian author, actor, composer and musician Terje Formoe. It consists of plays, films, TV shows, books, and now, an Android app aimed at kids. Read MoreCaptain Sabertooth Sails Into The Play Store To Take Kids On A Pirating Adventure Inspired By 25 Years Of Lore was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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PSA: Google Is Apparently Deleting Old, Unused Accounts Without Warning—Time To Back Up

googUsers are reporting that Google has started slashing and burning old accounts in recent days, seemingly with no warning. The first sign something is wrong comes in the form of an alert sent to the user’s backup email informing them their Google account has been deleted because of an unresolved terms of service violation. Whatever is going on, it’s probably time to backup any unused accounts you have sitting around.
The Gmail support forums are packed with users reporting their old accounts have been nuked, and several Reddit threads have popped up in the last few days as well. Read MorePSA: Google Is Apparently Deleting Old, Unused Accounts Without Warning—Time To Back Up was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Updates Translate To v4.0 With 20 New Visual Translation Languages, Shows It Off With ‘La Bamba’ Video [APK Download]

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Google acquired WordLens a while back, eventually integrating its visual text translation technology into the Translate app. It only supported seven languages at the time, but today’s v4.0 update adds a lot more, and Google is showing off the visual translation feature with a nifty Google Translate vs. “La Bamba” video.

The updated version of Translate, which you can get right now on APK Mirror adds 20 additional languages to the instant visual translation engine for a total of 27. Read MoreGoogle Updates Translate To v4.0 With 20 New Visual Translation Languages, Shows It Off With ‘La Bamba’ Video [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Francisco Franco’s Focus Is A Beautiful, Responsive, Tag-Friendly, And Simple Media Gallery

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Francisco Franco, of franco.Kernel fame and several other root applications, has just released a new media gallery browser for Android: Focus. Designed by our very own Liam Spradlin (#halleliam), Focus brings a big, erm, focus on design, usability, and efficiency. It’s decked with Material Design elements and animations, but it still keeps a unique look and approach to image, gif, and video viewing.

Focus’ differentiating feature is that you can see all of your images, literally ALL of your images, from the app’s main screen. Read MoreFrancisco Franco’s Focus Is A Beautiful, Responsive, Tag-Friendly, And Simple Media Gallery was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Sonos Plans To Increase Its European Prices On July 31st, Now’s The Time To Buy Those Speakers If You Want Them

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Were you planning or considering buying a Sonos speaker, amplifier, or any other kind of gear from the company on its European stores? Well, you now have only a couple of days to make your decision before the prices hike up. Sonos has announced that starting July 31st, all of its prices will receive a bump in EUR, DKK, SEK, and NOK. It seems that GBP prices are staying steady for now.sonos-europe-price-changes
The company explains that the significant drop in the EUR to USD conversion rate has made its current prices unsustainable, especially since it’s a US company and it operates on the dollar then has to send its products to Europe where they get tacked with import duties and taxation. Read MoreSonos Plans To Increase Its European Prices On July 31st, Now’s The Time To Buy Those Speakers If You Want Them was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: APK Download] Google Play Store v5.8 Rolling Out With Hamburger-Arrow Morphing Animation

Update 1: 2015/07/28 5:45pm PDT

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GooglePlayStore-ThumbGoogler Kirill Grouchnikov likes to clue everyone into the subtle design tweaks in upcoming versions of the Play Store as they roll out, and today he’s posted not once, not twice, but three times about a slick new hamburger animation. Is that overkill? I don’t know… it’s a pretty cool animation.
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So now when moving between browsing and detail pages the hamburger icon will morph into the arrow button (above). Read More[Update: APK Download] Google Play Store v5.8 Rolling Out With Hamburger-Arrow Morphing Animation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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