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Sony releases F2P Fat Princess: Piece of Cake on Android

Sony has just released its Fat Princess: Piece of Cake game for Android, a free-to-play match three game that you should be able to take to immediately. It’s a classic “match three” game in the tradition of “Bejeweled” so there is no learning curve here to speak of, just another cute and fun time waster on your Android device.

FloatNote allows you to place reminders for people you call

There’s always that time when someone calls and you know you have to tell that person something important, but as we tend to do, we forget. FloatNote is an app that was created with that situation in mind, and admittedly, we need all the help we can get – evidence being the multitude of apps out there designed to remind us of things.

Google updates Material Design resources for Android 5 release

Google initially released its Material Design guidelines in July and designed it as a feedback mechanism from developers to refine the initial aesthetic and look of Android 5.0 when it was unveiled in February. Today, it has updated these resources and guidelines as the release date nears.

Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK now out for devs to test apps

Google I/O seems so far away now, but it was really only back in June this year when the mothership presented its spanking new Android OS version – dubbed Android L at that point – but has now been revealed as Android 5.0 Lollipop. Now that the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 are nearing their ship dates, Android Developers is making available the Android 5.0 SDK so that developers can now start testing their apps for compatibility.

Google, Best Buy, HTC offers Nexus 9 pre-orders

You excited for the Nexus 9 yet? Google’s iPad killer was launched recently but will not be available until the early part of November. The Google Play Store has made the item part of their listings, although it is still noted as “coming soon”. All of us are going to have to wait ‘til November to get our hands on the tablet that has been branded as – “for movers and makers” – but there are pre-order options already.

Firefox for Android Beta tests out browser casting feature

There are still people who use Firefox as their browser on both desktops and mobiles, although that percentage is growing smaller and smaller by the year. Last year (2013), that percentage was 20.09%, if the guys at Statcounter are to be believed.* But that is not stopping Mozilla from continuing to develop the Android version of their browser, now coming up with a “mirroring” feature that enables devices to cast a tab of the browser to a Chromecast or Miracast streaming device.

Samsung developing flexible ‘rollable’ batteries

Say what you want about Samsung, but these guys have invested a ton of what they earn in profits back into their in-house R&D – which is why they don’t rely so heavily on outside suppliers all that much. The Galaxy Note Edge is really a shining evidence of how they have furthered their in-house AMOLED technology. But Samsung won’t stop with display technology – it is reportedly investing much in flexible batteries, the kind you can use with action-type wearable devices.

AutoInput plugin automates almost any app, no root needed

Let us bottom-line this for all of you out there – if you’re wondering what’s so amazing about the Android OS (and ecosystem), it is because of rockstar developers like “joaomgcd” who developed a lot of the AutoApps plugins for Tasker like AutoVoice, AutoRemote, and AutoNotification. He’s back with a new one – AutoInput – which is another Tasker plugin that will allow you to automate clicking on app buttons and typing text on input fields.
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