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Android Community Weekly Digest: Jan. 25, 2015

It's been quite a start to the year, with CES kicking off 2015. Things are relatively more quiet now in the mobile world, the calm before the storm that will be MWC 2015. For this week, we turn our attention to some existing and upcoming accessories for your mobile devices, but that doesn't mean we don't have a few juicy tidbits about devices and businesses. Welcome to this year's first Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from January 19 to January 25, 2015.

OnePlus expands reach to Indonesia starting January 27

After its rather tragic launch in India, Chinese startup OnePlus is turning its gaze to Southeast Asia, starting with Indonesia. The OEM has just announced the upcoming availability of the OnePlus One in the world's largest archipelago. But like in India, it isn't doing it alone. OnePlus is partnering with e-tailer Lazada to bring the much hyped and much desired smartphone to the region. Hopefully this time, with fewer if not no legal headaches.

Samsung developing a wearable sensor to detect strokes

A stroke is what you call it when a small blood clot makes its way into the tiny blood vessels in the brain and gets stuck. Once those tiny vessels are blocked, blood flow to part of the brain stops and that part of the brain can be permanently damaged if not treated quickly. With quick treatment, medications can dissolve the clot and return the person to their normal life. Without treatment, people can be disabled for the remainder of their life or die.

Amazon offers discounted Prime membership to celebrate Golden Globe win

Amazon has announced some interesting news for fans of free fast shipping of items from Amazon and Amazon original series that stream to Prime members. To celebrate picking up a win at the 72nd Golden Globe awards for its original show called Transparent, Amazon will be offering all ten episodes of the show to anyone via the Amazon Instant Video App.

Level Up! Dragon’s Quest V, The Witcher Battle Arena, and more

It's been a while since our last Level Up! games roundup, so let's dig right into the past weeks' highlights. Of course, we have a bunch of new games for you, including some from rather big franchises like Dragon Quest and The Witcher. Naturally, some updates are also waiting for the more comic games of Angry Birds and Goat Sim. We even have some sweet deals for those who want to go beyond simple game playing and dive into the world of game making. Welcome to 2015's first Level Up! digest.

AlarmPad update adds an easier way to set alarms

Android has its own alarm app and so do many OEMs but that hasn't stopped many from making their own spin on the app. One of those is AlarmPad, which features many addon features, including syncing alarms across devices and dismissing them using NFC tags. The app has just gotten a major update that not only imbues it with Material Design, it also adds a new and faster way to add a one-off alarm.

T-Mobile intros Smartphone Equality

There are too many great deals being announced by mobile carriers left and right but admit it, not everyone can avail of such promos. There is always that "terms and conditions apply" note after every ad that promises what seems to be the best way to get that latest flagship smartphone from your favorite brand. Sadly, even if you have the money to pay for downpayment and monthly fee, carriers won't always approve your request because of your bad credit score. This is a sad fact of life that some people must face and there's nothing you can do about it even if it's just a mobile device you are purchasing. (Honestly, you're just buying a phone not a house!)

Opera Max stretches to 21 countries in Asia

If you've been looking for a way to browse to your heart's content on your mobile device and yet not incur the wrath of your carrier, or your wallet, then now might be your day. That is, if you're living in one of the 21 Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern countries that Opera is bringing its Opera Max service to, offering not just speed but also data savings that Opera is known for.

BBC revamps mobile news app

For UK residents (and even for some across the pond), BBC is probably the most widely-read and watched news network. And since studies have shown that news consumption is mostly done through mobile devices, of course, they had to have an app, which they launched back in 2010. 5 years later, they have now revamped their app, giving it a more personal touch and ensuring that it will work better on your smartphone and tablet.

Subway Surfers takes you to Seoul, bring a new character with you

Subway Surfers is one of the Best Android Games of 2014 according to Google. We still haven't figured out the search giant's criteria for determining the best Android apps but it is listed as one of the Top Downloaded Games of the Android Team's The Year in Entertainment infographic also released last December. Game is fairly easy. All you need to do is run, avoid trains, collect coins, and escape from the enemies you meet on your way to the finish line.