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Search through Bing at the shake of your phone with Torque

"Google it" has become a very common sentence or command in an era where search has become almost second nature to digital natives (and even digital newbies). But if you're the type of person to go "anti-establishment" or you feel like Google doesn't bring you the search results you really want or need, then your next best bet would be its competitor, Microsoft's Bing. An app, previously available on smartwatches only, can also now bring you quick results on your smartphone with just a shake.

Android Community Weekly Digest: Dec. 7, 2014

With Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday far behind us, it's time to take stock of the spoils of war. This week, we got bombarded with a lot of sales and promos, particularly on the entertainment side of things. A lot of new games have also entered Google Play Store and that is what we're turning our attention to in this latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from December 1 to December 7, 2014. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right Android is certainly not lacking in JRPGs, both old school and totally new. Kemco is one of the more popular names when it comes to flooding Google Play Store with new titles, and their latest Revenant Saga puts a slight twist by introducing 3D battles in an otherwise purely 2D game. When it comes to old school though, Square Enix is right up there and it has just bestowed Android with yet another Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest III. Unfortunately, it comes with the notorious Square Enix price tag. Games of high visual caliber aren't exactly that many on our mobile platform, so when games like Godfire: Rise of Prometheus arrives, we take notice. It's like God of War, but on a smartphone. And without physical controls. On the other hand, button mashing and heavy swiping shouldn't be a problem for Shadowrun: Dragonfall, as its turn-based battles and deep story plot makes this cyberpunk-meets-fantasy RPG a refreshing change. If you haven't been able to decide on what game you'll want to spend your time on, check out Google's own pick for the top games this year. Be sure to also check out our Gaming tag portal for our own selection of new, updated, and sometimes weird games in the market. [youtube 8X92EKqM0ZY] Nexus and Android Lollipop Google and OEMs continue to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop to devices around the world, but things hit a bit of a snag this week. Though it doesn't really change the status quo, Google updated its support pages to explicitly mention that they are not to blame for delays in releases. While the Nexus promise of two weeks for Android releases still stand, Google passes the buck to carriers for any delays in rolling those out. Of course, that only applies to Nexus and Google Play Edition devices purchased from carriers, while those sold through Google Play Store remain favored. This week also saw the surprising appearance of Android 5.0.1, a maintenance release seemingly targeted at Nexus tablets, including the Nexus 9, the 2013 Nexus 7 (WiFi), and the Nexus 10. On the other hand, Android 5.0 has started its descent on the Samsung Galaxy S5, starting in Poland, and finally arrives on the GPE variants of the HTC One (M7) and M8. Cyanogen, OnePlus, and India A drama that was unfolding a week ago finally came to ahead this week. After several leaks and rumors, both Cyanogen, Inc. and OnePlus confirmed and announced their respective thrusts to take the Indian market. For Cyanogen, however, this was revealed to be an exclusive deal with local OEM Micromax. Shocked and dismayed, OnePlus announced that they would continue to support the OnePlus One in India, even without Cyanogen's help. Cyanogen later clarified that its exclusive partnership with Micromax doesn't mean that it has abandoned the OnePlus One in India and that owners would continue to receive OTA updates. That said OnePlus' plans to develop a non-Cyanogen Android OS of their own seems to remain still on track. Apps [youtube DZs4BMc1CBw] This week was not without its interesting apps. Mixing humor with mobile devices, McDonalds Canada released a Fry Defender app that would protect your golden brown sticks from would be thieves. AirDroid releases version 3 of its app that lets you control your smartphone from a desktop or laptop, and with it new standalone Windows and Mac clients that will free AidDroid from the shackles of a browser. Cannibal Open Touch joins the custom Android recovery party by offering a fully touch-optimized and themable tool based on the popular ClockworkMod Recovery. A new app from Digital Turbine called Ignite was discovered to bypass Android's security safeguards and install apps without your knowledge or permission, all for the sake of carrier or OEM bloatware. And last but by no means least, Google releases its selection of the best Android apps for 2014.

HTC RE Camera review

A periscope. An asthma inhaler. We’ve even heard the RE from HTC referred to as other things we won’t print, but one thing remains clear: HTC wants you snapping more pics. With the RE, HTC is moving past their time as a phone maker, and headlong into the world of accessories. Is the Re, which draws comparisons to devices like a GoPro, worthy of your attention, or is it another strange device we’ll soon forget? A review should answer that question nicely.

7 Minute Superhero Workout makes you the hero earth needs

If you think superheroes (not the alien ones okay) are born with the bodies they have, think again. They probably spent hours working out in the gym, training in their backyard or running around the city. Okay, we might be mixing real life and fictional heroes here, but an Android app seems to be mixing real-life exercise and fictional gameplay as well. Welcome to the 7 Minute Superhero Workout.

Get crazy with OverVolt slot cars

You’ll never go bored with any racing game and there are probably thousands of racing apps available for Android. Try the new OverVolt. This simple racing game is different in many exciting ways. No, you won’t be driving real-like cars but just miniature slot cars.

PayPal update: stay logged in, fingerprint scan for Samsung devices

A new update from PayPal will help you have easier access to the online payment system, especially if you use it frequently during the day and if you're secure enough that only you have access to your smartphone or tablet. If you have a higher end Samsung device, you will now be able to use your fingerprint scanner to open your PayPal app and account.

Status automatically lets your friends know what you’re doing

If you don't want to flood your friends' Facebook or Twitter timelines with inconsequential updates like "at home" or "driving" or "out of town" but you would actually like them to know it, then there's a separate app for that. Status - auto status updates somewhat simplifies the process and does that for you.

AutoMath solves equations by taking pictures

Anyone who has to do a lot of math for homework or business wants an easy way to check their work to be sure they did the problem correctly will want to check this out. A new app has turned up for Android users called AutoMath and it will solve an equation for you quickly and simply without you having to type in anything in many instances.

Ghostery Privacy Browser blocks Android user data from trackers

Whether you like it or not, companies have their eyes on you. They track whatever you do online: what you click, read, buy, or share. Don't be surprised when you see related ads on banners and pop-ups whenever you visit a website because it only means you've been tracked. Most of the time, it gets freaky because you're clueless how these brands know what you've been looking for. It's simple--there are trackers in the world wide web waiting to collect and share your data.
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