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The Android Community Team: what we’re playing

We are introducing a new series of posts this weekend. As you'll see from the title, these will be of the "what we're" style. First up is gaming, which only seemed fitting as the Games Developers Conference just came to a close. Having said that, this series of posts will highlight a new category each week, and you'll be seeing them hit the site on the weekend when news is slow and we have a bit more time for fun and discussion.

Minuum keyboard hands-on

The Minuum keyboard isn't new, however we did see the v2.0 release arrive in the Play Store earlier this morning. This latest release not only had the keyboard officially exiting the beta period, but it also brought a 30-day trial version for those not yet ready to fully commit. Minuum regularly sells for $3.99, so having a free trial available seems like a solid perk.

LG G Pro 2: improving selfies with “Flash for Selfie”

Taking selfies, much less taking selfies for work purposes is something I never thought I would be doing. But, thanks to LG and a new feature called "Flash for Selfie" -- here I am. Flash for Selfie is one of the highlight features found on the LG G Pro 2, and also the latest in our ongoing series of posts covering the handset.

LG G Pro 2: hands-on with Dual Browser

Next up in our extended look at the LG G Pro 2 -- the Dual Browser mode. This one is simple, but at the same time, really nice to have with such a large display. As a refresher, the LG G Pro 2 sports a 5.9-inch display. A 1080p at that. But regardless of the resolution, it can sometimes be convenient to run two apps at the same time.

LG G Pro 2: setting up and using Knock Code

We have already posted our review of the LG G Pro 2, however a few new buzz words came along with this release. LG introduced the handset with features such as Mini View, Dual Browser, Magic Focus, Natural Flash, and Knock Code. We plan on offering a bit more on each of these, beginning today with setting up and using Knock Code.

Evernote for Android: handwriting first look

Handwriting support has been available in the beta version of the Evernote app for a little while now. Evernote participates in the Play Store beta setup, so users do have the option to run the beta releases, but we prefer to stick with the regular releases. That said, having been not so patiently waiting for handwriting support to arrive in the Android version of Evernote -- we were glad to see the release arrive earlier this morning.

Omate TrueSmart: a Kickstarter shipment unboxing

Originally backed on the day the Omate TrueSmart Kickstarter launched, our shipment finally arrived earlier this morning. We realize plenty are still waiting, and while this may only serve to further tease you, we did want to offer this unboxing to address some complaints we have been seeing regarding the TrueSmart shipments.

Blackphone secure Android smartphone hands-on

The Blackphone, a secure Android smartphone was teased a bit back in the middle of January. At the time they were talking about showing something during Mobile World Congress, and naturally, we just had to go and check them out. And to clarify, the Blackphone is coming courtesy of Silent Circle, whom we seen with Android apps to include Silent Phone, Silent Text, and Silent Contacts.

Sony SmartBand and Lifelog Camera: hands-on from MWC 2014

We saw a preview of the Sony wearables back in January, during CES. And nicely, Sony was prepared to offer a bit more this time around. Coming out of MWC 2014, there was some hands-on time with the Sony SmartBand SWR10. This is a Bluetooth dongle at the moment, and will be paired with the Smart Lifelog Camera companion setup.
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