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BBC iPlayer app updated with Android 4.2 support, background radio playback and more

The BBC has released an all-new version of its iPlayer Android app, completely refreshing the mobile app’s layout and adding in a decent collection of new features. It now has an Android 4.0 style tabbed layout with the now standard pull down menu option, plus a much prettier radio section and will now work with Andriod 4.2 devices.

And YES the radio now works while the app is minimised and the screen is turned off, with a notification in the Android menu telling you what station you’re listening to…

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…plus the BBC says it has has added a proper downloadable Favourites system, which will automatically download the next episode of a show to your phone for immediate watching, although… I couldn’t find a Favourites button in the app.

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Nice picture quality too. It’s a big improvement. Get the updated Android iPlayer app on the Play Store here.

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Facebook For Android App Updated With Sharing, Improved Photo Tagging, More

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Facebook updated its Android app to version 1.9.12, adding a couple new features, like the ability to share news stories from your timeline and create photo albums directly from the mobile app. Photo tagging is improved, too, whatever that actually entails. The look of the Like / Comment / Share tabs below posts was also revamped, and it should be a little easier to tap on the respective action now.

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Other than that, this is a very minor update (that crashed after about thirty seconds on my phone, yay!), as Facebook lurches ever-closer to its anticipated native Android app that is expected some time in the next few months.

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Sony Xperia S removed from AOSP, Sony to keep project alive on GitHub

As many of you are aware, Sony’s Xperia S was recently made a target device in AOSP, which essentially turned it into a pseudo-Nexus device. It wasn’t an official target, but it was a decent option for those willing to tinker around. It was a big move for Sony and Google, and a step in the right direction for Android and manufacturers. It was great while it lasted, but unfortunately, today the plug was pulled and the Xperia S is no longer in AOSP.

There’s been a bit of speculation over why this happened, with Sony responding saying that Google doesn’t have the time and resources to devote to a non-Nexus device. Believable, but there does seem to be more to the issue. Sony hasn’t released binaries for specific parts of the Xperia S, so it’s pretty unusable in its current state. That’s as good a reason as any to pull it from AOSP. The good news, though, is that Sony intends on keeping the project alive on Sony’s GitHub space. So if you’re content to tinker with 4.1, you’re still in luck! To be fair, 4.1 is more than most devices have seen so far, so that’s not a bad deal.

Sony has done a better job than many at embracing the developer and enthusiast communities, and this brief endeavor was no exception. It’s sad to see it end, but there’s more than likely some other factors at play here that are keeping Sony from releasing those necessary binary files. Regardless, I’m hopeful that this won’t be the last non-Nexus device to follow in the Xperia S footsteps.

source: SonyMobile


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Google bumps Android to 4.2, keeps Jelly Bean moniker

Google bumps Android to 42, keeps Jelly Bean moniker

Well, it’s no Key Lime Pie, but Android 4.2 is certainly a treat in its own right. The latest version of Google’s mobile OS makes a number of evolutionary improvements to its already impressive repertoire — including a new quick settings menu that can be accessed from the notification pull down and support for multiple user profiles. The multiple user support is especially handy for tablets like the new Nexus 10, which are much more likely to be shared, and now offer quick and easy user switching right from the lock screen. If you don’t want to share your tablet, just what’s on it, the new support for Miracast makes will allow you to wirelessly beam movies, games or anything else to a compatible display. The 10-inch tablet UI has also received a slight tweak, moving closer to the design for phones and the Nexus 7, with centered navigation buttons and the notification area up top. It might seem strange for users used to the Honeycomb-style tablet layout, but the new design is much simpler and provides a consistent experience across devices.

Google has also overhauled the photo experience and added Photo Sphere — a 360-degree panoramic shooting mode that captures everything around you. Obviously, you’ll be able to post those shots to Google+, but you’ll also be able to add them to Google Maps, basically creating your own personal Street View. Interestingly, Google has also taken a page from Swype’s playbook, adding “Gesture Typing” to its keyboard. There’s also a new screensaver called Daydream that offers up news, photos and other content when a device is docked or idle.

Perhaps the biggest, and creepiest improvements are to Google Now, which can monitor your Gmail for relevant content such as flight numbers. Hotel and restaurant reservations are now presented as cards, as are packages enroute to your humble abode. The service will even remind you of events you’ve purchased tickets for, essentially making Calendar redundant for a lot of your personal life. For more info check out the source links.

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Google bumps Android to 4.2, keeps Jelly Bean moniker originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dropbox pushes 2.2 update out, adds photo tab and moves upload Function

At the end of September we alerted you guys of a pending update for Dropbox. You had the chance to grab the preview build and see what you thought. Quite a lot of you guys pulled the trigger and gave it a go. Not everyone likes to give unreleased updated versions of their favorite apps a go though. Dropbox has now released the 2.2 update to the Play Store for all to enjoy.

It houses the usual amount of bug fixes and under the hood tune-ups, but also has added a great new UI element. At the top of the account you now have a small picture icon. Taping it allows you to go view all the pictures you have uploaded using the instant upload feature. it won’t pull pictures or videos you have in other folders. That can be a good thing and a bad thing for some. The tab offers up a gallery layout that displays the image thumbnails by the date they were added.

  You will also notice that the ‘upload’ option has also been moved. You now have to hit menu while inside the main list or inside any folder to access it. Overall the update is kind of nice. I would like the picture tab to allow me to select specific folders for viewing instead of just pulling from the camera uploads folder. Maybe in the next update.

If you haven’t picked up the update yet be sure to head into the Play Store and you ‘My Apps’ section to do so. You can always click or scan the QR code below as well.

Application: Dropbox
Developer: Dropbox, Inc.
Cost: FREE

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Deal of the Day: DICOTA Pull Tab Case for Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S3

Deal of the Day The September 12 ShopAndroid.com Deal of the Day is the DICOTA Pull Tab Case for Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S3. This case is made of a durable leather that keeps your device protected at all times. The functional pull tab allows you to easily retrieve your device from the case each time, so you never have to struggle. The magnetic front flap also keeps your device secure from drops.

The DICOTA Pull Tab Case is available for just $18.00, 55% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping.

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Sprint support page says Jelly Bean for Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus coming today — anyone pull it down yet?

We heard yesterday that Sprint had plans to launch Jelly Bean for their Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus today, and sure enough Sprint’s support site says users should start seeing it.

But we haven’t been particularly overwhelmed by reports that users have received the upgrade. Regardless, Sprint’s support site says so and they haven’t been quick to take it down. Take a look at the tons of different changes you can expect:

  • Upgrades phone operating system to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
    • Smoother user interface
    • Enhanced Accessibility functions
    • Bi-directional text and other language support
    • User-installable keyboard maps
    • Expandable notifications
    • Ability to turn off notifications on an application specific basis
    • Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items to fit on home screens
    • Android Beam – Use Android Beam to Bluetooth transfer data
    • Offline voice dictation
    • Improved voice search
    • Improved camera application
    • Google Wallet (for the Nexus 7)
    • High resolution Google+ contact photos
    • Google Now
    • Multichannel audio
    • USB audio added for external sound Digital to Analog Conversion
    • Audio chaining also referred to as Gapless Playback.  Gapless playback is the uninterrupted playback of consecutive audio tracks
  • Discontinuing support for Adobe Flash Player:
    • Adobe will not be certifying the Adobe Flash Player for Android Mobile devices that either release with or update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
    • Devices that upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1.  Adobe recommends uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.

We don’t have any Sprint Nexus devices on hand to test, but if you would like to keep us updated in the comments section below I’m sure the whole community would appreciate it. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]


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Evernote update makes use of Jelly Bean’s rich notifications

Evernote update makes use of Jelly Bean's rich notifications

The rich, interactive notifications baked in to Jelly Bean are certainly one of our favorite features of the newest version of Android. Now, one of our favorite apps, Evernote, is tapping into their power. Version 4.2 of the note-taking giant’s program offers quick shortcuts to edit and share uploaded notes from the notification pull down. Those notifications are also delivering a lot more context than they used to. Rather than a simple alert that a note has been uploaded, you’re now presented with a thumbnail of images captured and a snippet of your text entry. Power users will also be glad to hear those notifications will no longer pile up, as multiple ones will be condensed into a single entry as they do with Gmail. There’s also the usual bevvy of bug fixes and performance improvements, which is never a bad thing.. Hit up the source to download it now.

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Evernote update makes use of Jelly Bean’s rich notifications originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 02 Sep 2012 00:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Flickr Android app gets updated, touts refreshed UI and camera selection

Flickr Android app gets a muchneeded update, touts refreshed UI and camera selection

Flickr’s Android app has been around for nearly a year and was due for a tune-up to perform like its iOS sibling. First, a retooled UI touts a new navigation menu and the Explore section now does a better job of sorting shots according to nearby location and level of interest. In addition to the aforementioned photo library search, notifications, profile, camera and upload options fill out the rest of the main menu’s tabbed options. Throughout the application, a pull down to refresh function keeps the most recent notifications and uploads at the top of the window. When the camera tab is tapped, you’ll now be prompted to choose your camera or camera app of choice in order to capture the shot. Rounding out the improvements are improved overall search, the ability to edit details / metadata on pictures and HTML content in comments and descriptions. If you’re looking to give the overhauled software a go, hit the source link below to snag it.

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Flickr Android app gets updated, touts refreshed UI and camera selection originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Aug 2012 02:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola says ICS for DROID 4 now rolling out

Motorola took to Twitter to announce tat the Motorola DROID 4 is now receiving Ice Cream Sandwich. We suspected a recent soak testing session was fr testing the final build of Ice Cream Sandwich for the device and Motorola finally officially confirmed it.

There are significant UI changes in tow along with the many features Android 4.0 brings, so be prepared to handle a phone that will feel brand new, software wise.

And while this isn’t Jelly Bean we’re sure users couldn’t be happier to finally be using a modern version of Android. Motorola is non-hesitant to mention that this thing is rolling out in phases so don’t be vexed if you can’t pull it down just yet.

Just know that it’ll get to you eventually. You can try forcing the download by  heading to the settings menu, but this won’t guarantee you a download. [via Twitter]


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Foursquare brings nearby check-ins back to BlackBerry and iPhone, saves our pub crawls

Foursquare brings nearby checkins back to BlackBerry and iPhone, will never let you miss a pub crawl again

The Foursquare 5.0 revamp wasn’t all good news for some of the location service’s most loyal fans: the design quietly scrapped the option to only see check-ins from nearby friends. After much clamoring, Foursquare has found a way to tuck it back in, starting with BlackBerry and iPhone users. A pull or a tap now filters between check-ins worldwide and just those from friends gallivanting around town — just in case you’d rather not see your international friends enjoying the weekend before you do. Android phone owners will have to take Foursquare’s word that their update is “coming soon,” but those who can get it today on other platforms will likely appreciate knowing exactly when it’s time to join friends at that fourth consecutive bar.

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Foursquare brings nearby check-ins back to BlackBerry and iPhone, saves our pub crawls originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 09 Aug 2012 23:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple App Store Search Getting Revamped?

Earlier this year, Apple had acquired a start up called Chomp. If you do not know about Chomp then let me tell you that, it is basically a search engine. A search engine specifically to search apps. Chomp has its own unique search algorithm which lists out search results based not just simply on the names of the apps, but also on the function that the apps perform.

So, now, many app developers feel that the effects of Chomp can be seen in how Apple’s App Store is listing out its search results. According to Techcrunch, who have spoken to some app developers and app search engine owners, there are a couple of different ways in which the changes in the search results can be interpreted.
The first theory is that, now, having the right name for your app does not necessarily translate into a good position in the search result list. The App Store, now puts heavier emphasis on the popularity, download numbers, and reviews of apps than on the name. Also, the search results are now more universal, than generalized.
The second theory says, the app store has now learned to detect the purpose of the search term. For example, a search term “gas” won’t pull out games such as fart apps or racing apps, but instead, apps which will help you find the nearest gas station or the low gas prices. If this theory holds true, then most probable is the result of Chomp’s search algorithm.

The App Store search results however, do not hold true for every country. The results vary from one geographic location to the other. This would mean that the changes to the App Store, if any, have only been done in certain regions and that it is not global.
Techcrunch has contacted Apple for more information about the matter.

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Android 4.0 now available down under on Telstra’s Galaxy S II

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Good news for our friends in Australia today as the official Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available for Telstra's  Samsung Galaxy S II. The update to Android 4.0.3 is available OTA through either an update prompt or a manual pull, though if that hasn’t hit your phone Kies will do the trick. The update is around 200 MB, and comes fully equipped with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Galaxy S II 4G owners are still out of luck, but if you’re a proud owner Telstra’s OG GSII, be sure to let us know below how the update process is going for you.

  Source: Telstra forums via Ausdroid

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T-Mobile G2x gets bug-fixing update over-the-air (for real, this time)

It seems like we can’t go a week without hearing that an update for the T-Mobile G2X has been made available and promptly pulled. After a few frustrating cycles of this happening, it appears the update is finally, truly ready to go out this time.

The update was made available via an over-the-air process. Because of that, don’t worry if you can’t pull it down right away – they’re most likely going to take the staggered route. Device boot fixes, fixes for random reboots, and improvements to WiFi calling are all part of this smallish 30.5MB package.

Over-the-air updates will cease May 14th, but T-Mobile has mentioned that there will be an update file available for PCs on that day. Hit the source link for the full changelog and download instructions. [T-Mobile]


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[Tool] MIUI theme editor moves from beta to first stable Release

Until I got my hands on a stable Ice Cream Sandwich build, MIUI was my default ROM of choice. It offers so much customization and the battery life was always stellar. I miss it at times, but I just can’t pull away from ICS. Some of you aren’t fortunate enough to have ICS on your device though. Those of you that are still running MIUI like to trick out your device to look and feel how you want it to be. That is where MIUI Themes come into play. The themeing ability is by far the best feature of MIUI. Giving you the ability to change a single aspect or the entire device at a moments notice. While picking up a plethora of themes is great, some of you want to try your hand at making your own theme.

Thanks to XDA member Clever_Name_Here, you have an opportunity to edit and alter a theme your way, or even build one from scratch. He’s recently released his MIUI theme editor application to the masses after . It is a PC based application that lets you change and alter a number of things like splash screen, boot animations, re-sizing and editing icons and so much more. Much of it accomplished with easy drag and drop functionality tht even the most novice of users can understand.

I downloaded the app myself to have a go at it. Seems to be working pretty well. I can see where there is going to be a small learning curve to over come and a lot of learning will be trial and error.

If you are feeling creative, or even just bored, you might want to head over to the main site at miuithe.me. The tool is free for your use and the dev has plenty of plans for additional features in the future. The download is an easy to launch exe file with no installation required. Also, be sure to let the dev know about issues and any future requests, he is very receptive and wants to make this app something everyone can enjoy using.

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DoubleTwist adds support for Google Music and separate Alarm Clock app

DoubleTwist burst onto the Android scene as an alternative and bridge for iTunes, but now that Google sells its own tunes, they’re getting with the program. The DoubleTwist app can now recognize music from the Google Play Music service and plays them back through its app alongside any of the standard MP3s or other songs you’ve got stored on your Android devices’ internal storage or SD card. There’s just one hitch: like Cloud Music Sniper, the updated app can only “see” the music you’ve selected for offline access in the Google Music  app.

The service can’t pull down music directly from Google’s servers, but then, no third party app can do that at the moment. DoubleTwist still integrated with iTunes better than just about any app we’ve seen (though I prefer to just keep my music in folders and let VLC do the grunt work). The app is still a free download on the Google Play Store – and it’s got many features that Google’s only thinking about adding to Google Music, like album art downloads.

They’ve also added a separate Alarm Clock app. The app is something of a non sequitur, since it’s got nothing to with either the music player or AirSync. It is a pretty sweet-looking alarm clock app, though, with all the bells and whistles: multiple and recurring alarms, a couple of slick-looking full-screen faces, and a snooze function. Naturally you can use any music or sound stored on your phone for the alarm, in addition to the defaults. Unfortunately there seems to be a distinct lack of widgets. The app is currently on sale for 99 cents – after it’s downloaded 10,000 times it’ll go up to $1.99.


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Angry Birds Space now available for download, pigs will fly

Angry Birds Space now available for download, pigs fly

Rejoice, casual gamers — Angry Birds Space has landed! Rovio’s latest game — which we recently took for a spin on Samsung’s Galaxy Note LTE at SXSW — frees itself from the earth’s gravitational pull to explore the final frontier. We’ve gathered download links to all the major platforms below for your epic birds vs. pigs entertainment. Aren’t space physics fun?

Update: Video and PR after the break.

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Angry Birds Space now available for download, pigs will fly originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Mar 2012 04:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Virgin Mobile USA service restored

Virgin Mobile USA has announced via their Facebook page that service has been restored after an outage that began yesterday evening. Data, texts, and calling should all be in working order for subscribers. For those still experiencing issues Virgin recommends a battery pull and device restart. The carrier offered the prerequisite apology for any inconveniences.

[Facebook via Engadget]


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Ice Cream Sandwich update for HTC Vivid manually Available

During the HTC One series of device announcements, AT&T and HTC announced the Vivid would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich soon. Needless to say this made a few of you pretty happy. It now appears that an ICS build is hanging out on the servers over at AT&T and can people are getting lucky in pulling it through to their device. While AT&T is not officially stating that the build is ready to roll out for mass consumption, that has never stopped us in the past. There is a little trick that seems to be having some hit and miss success. If you grab your Vivid and dial *#*#682#*#* and then call, your device will ping the server for updates. You might get an update replay a few moments later. It doesn’t seem to be a 100% way to get in on the icy goodness a bit early, but it never hurts to try.

The build is potentially not the final build that will ultimately be pushed out to customers. Attempting this pull and install is done at your own risks as we have no idea if it is final, what bugs if any exist or if you will loose root or be able to regain it. Comments are still pouring in at Androidcentrals Vivid forum saying it is still working and many people have successfully updated their devices or friends devices. The update pulls in 300mbs and a Wi-Fi connection is highly-recommended. You will ultimately be updated to ICS 4.0.3 along with the Sense 3.6 UI.

 Let us know how it goes if you pull the trigger.

Source: AndroidCentral 

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Tip: If Your DROID RAZR MAXX Freezes Up, This Trick Will Save You

We actually wrote this tip up when the original RAZR was released, but we would hate for RAZR MAXX owners to find themselves without a trick to get out of a similar bind. Since neither phone has a removable battery, you are unable to do what we call a “battery pull” to reboot your phone [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE Review

As the Galaxy Nexus approached launch on Verizon here in the U.S., you couldn’t pull up an Android site without seeing some sort of rumor, tip or leak that had to do with it. This phone was hypebeasted as if it was the second coming of some religious tech figure. Over the last couple of [...]

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MoreQuicklyPanel: Pull-Down Notification Toggles With No Root Required

  Been jealous of all those custom ROM users that are able to choose to have system toggles in the pull-down notification bar?  Be jelly no longer.  Introducing MoreQuicklyPanel, which allows for a variety of system setting toggles to be controlled right from your notification bar including WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and so much more.  You can change [...]

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Android 4.0.3 delayed for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S

Google’s highly anticipated Android 4.0.3 update will finally bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the Nexus S, and hopefully fix a few bugs concerning the Galaxy Nexus battery life. It has been a real problem getting a full day of use on a single charge with Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus – even with the extended battery. The update to ICS for the Nexus S has almost been perfected, unofficially of course, so those that are rooted may not see much of a difference. Unfortunately, the update has been flagged for further review.


Earlier we had heard some rumors that the Nexus S ICS update would possibly be delayed, and now it seems we should bet on it. Over on Google’s forums, users are reporting that the update was downloaded to their device – but installation doesn’t pull through. Google reports that it is holding the update hostage to “monitor feedback”.

But what better way to monitor feedback than pushing the update? Not only will they receive a more accurate response – but it will give Nexans what they want; after all, the reason many of us buy into the “Nexus” line is to receive updates promptly from Google – and to receive them first. As for the Galaxy Nexus owners out there (including myself), please fix the battery drain issue and we’ll be happy.

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Facebook refresh live in the Market

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We know some of you have been on pins and needles about the new Facebook update, and we can safely say it's officially live in the Market.

The update kicks the design up a few notches, but the basic works remain the same. It's certainly faster, and while the phone version has come a long way, but the tablet version is still atrocious. Everything is unbelieveably stretched out and looks pretty bad. (See above.)

You get some nice new features, like pull to refresh, but otherwise it's the same Facebook app you've come to know and love.

If you're a big fan of the Facebook app (or are just curious what the new design looks like), we've got a massive boatload of pictures and a download link after the break.

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Galaxy Nexus Press Shots Extracted, Shows Verizon Branding

Well, thanks to the folks over at the Android Forums, Ytram was able to extract a few press shots of the up and coming, long overdue Galaxy Nexus for Verizon.  And much to our disappointment, the device is branded like a cow getting its first stamp of approval.  It’s obvious Verizon must have some serious pull to get Google to agree to put their “Verizon 4G LTE” branding on the backside of the device.  And to much dismay, there is still no official word on a release date other than the many speculated ones given previously.  So, as always, stay tuned and don’t forget to let us know what you think of all of this branding nonsense in the comments below.  Should Vz be stamping their name all over an official Google branded phone?  Hit the break to check out some more screen shots of the device courtesy of our friends over at Android Central.  

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First look at EXOdesk, 40-inches of pure Enjoyment

In the event of a slow news day, much like today, we start searching the internet looking for something new to bring to our readers. Sometimes it is Android related, other times it is not. This is one of those ‘not’ kinda things. As Android lovers though, we are also tech geeks. We still love all things that are just plain cool. EXOdesk is easily one of those things that everyone should at least see, if not figure out how to buy.

This is a full featured multi-touch desk with various uses for just about any geek. In the video you see the easy navigation along with the RSS feed that can be pulled out of thin air. At the end of the video you can see the guy pull up a piano keyboard, sadly we don’t get to see him play it though. The desk is being built by selected partners for release in 2012. It will be showed off at the upcoming CES event in January in Las Vegas. The creators are putting a huge focus on price and user experience so that it can land in more homes and offices than just the CEOs. Similar products are already available but run easily around $8000 or more. This little guy is expected to launch for only $1299. I know what I am asking for Christmas next year.

What do you guys think? Is there a market for a desk like this? If you could get your hands on one would you? What if the community got their hands on this and made it a 40″ Android tablet Desktop? So many questions and so many uses. I would have to keep my desk a lot cleaner that is for sure.

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Tip: DROID RAZR Frozen and Can’t Battery Pull? Try This Trick to Power it Off

Since the DROID RAZR doesn’t have a removable battery, you may be wondering what you are supposed to do if the phone were to lock up. No chance for a battery pull, right? Thankfully, you can apply the same trick we do on the Motorola XOOM, a device that also does not have a removable battery. [...]

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T-Mobile Launching HSPA+ 42 Mbps in 9 New Markets Today

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More 4G news is here, but this time it’s for Magenta’s customers. T-Mobile will be launching HSPA+ 42 Mbps in 9 new markets today, including Bend, Medford and Corvallis, Ore.; Benton Harbor, Mich.; Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana and Springfield, Ill.; Columbus, Ga.; Hagerstown, Md.; Montgomery, Ala; and Yuba City, Calif.

Some of these markets are also getting HSPA+ 21 Mbps, including Corvallis, Ore.; Decatur and Peoria, Ill.; Evansville, Ind.; Holland and Kalamazoo, Mich.; Santa Barbara, Calif; State College, Pa.; and Yuba City, Calif.

Their network is still relatively small compared to others’, but at least they’re working and that’s the most we can ask for. Grab your HSPA+ phones and see if you can’t pull down faster data in the markets listed above. Read on for full press details.

America’s Largest 4G Network Expands to Cover More Locations

 

T-Mobile’s 4G network is now twice as fast in 163 markets and

available in 208 markets nationwide

 

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Nov. 16, 2011 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the company has doubled the speed of its 4G network in 11 additional markets, offering faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) to nearly 180 million Americans in 163 markets. In addition, T-Mobile expanded the reach of its nationwide 4G (HSPA+ 21) network to 9 additional markets, now covering 208 markets across the country and reaching more than 200 million people.

 

T-Mobile continues to expand and enhance its 4G network, providing customers with a rich mobile data experience whether they’re at home or on the go. Offering compelling 4G network speeds across a broad lineup of devices including smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots and more, America’s Largest 4G Network�… makes it possible for customers to stay connected in new and exciting ways virtually anywhere their busy lives take them.

 

"Our customers are taking full advantage of these faster 4G connections through services such as streaming video and audio. In fact, these services now account for more than half of the 4G device usage on our network," said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA.
"T-Mobile is committed to delivering a fast, reliable network experience to our customers ― paired with compelling and affordable 4G devices, applications and services ― that can keep up with and enrich the busy lives of our customers."

 

T-Mobile’s portfolio of more than 25 4G devices gives customers access to the content they need and desire almost instantly, whether downloading large files or streaming the latest episode of their favorite TV shows. In addition to a full portfolio of 4G devices, the company recently introduced its first smartphones capable of taking advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) network ― the Samsung Galaxy STM II and HTC AmazeTM 4G. With the introduction of these two smartphones, customers can now access rich Web content on their smartphones at speeds faster than the average home Internet connection, with average download speeds approaching 8 Mbps and peak speeds around 20 Mbps on T-Mobile’s 4G network. The company also recently introduced the T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot, T-Mobile’s fastest mobile hotspot, providing access to T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+ 42) network for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices including iPad�…s*, tablets, music players, gaming consoles, laptops, cameras and e-readers, among other devices, all from virtually anywhere.

 

T-Mobile 4G markets where HPSA+ 42 service is launching today:

Bend, Medford and Corvallis, Ore.; Benton Harbor, Mich.; Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana and Springfield, Ill.; Columbus, Ga.; Hagerstown, Md.; Montgomery, Ala; Yuba City, Calif.

 

T-Mobile 4G markets where HSPA+ 21 service is launching today:

Corvallis, Ore.; Decatur and Peoria, Ill.; Evansville, Ind.; Holland and Kalamazoo, Mich.; Santa Barbara, Calif; State College, Pa.; Yuba City, Calif.


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PicsArt Photo Editor – You can’t beat free editing done Well

Have you been looking for an all in one photo editor that pretty much does everything but haven’t wanted to purchase an app that cost $5 or more? Me too. I’m a big fan of free.

I found PicsArt in the trending section of the Market this morning. After playing with it for a while I’m pretty impressed. It has its own camera interface with forward facing camera support. You can import pics that you have already taken for editing and you can even just doodle on a blank canvas if you want. The UI is very trendy, and has plenty of pull tabs for extra features tucked away here and there.

According to the description PicsArt combines some old apps that disappeared from the market. PicsIn, Photoid, and AnDrawing have all been combined so that you only have to open one app for all of your editing needs. PicsArt has also included some new features like, ”Magic effects – awesome artistic photo effects such as Stenciler, Cartoonizer, Sketcher, Orton, Lomo, Vintage, Cross Process, HDR, Fattal, Pencil, and Holgaart.”

And for those of you who just have to share their photos with the world, or like me have relatives who absolutely must have up to date photos of your children, PicsArt can integrate with  Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox, Fouresquare, Tumblr, Blogger and WordPress.

One thing I don’t like about it. The contrast feature isn’t quite up to par. It seems to only affect the “brights” and not the “darks.” A good contrast adjustment should increase the ratio of bright to dark. So increasing contrast should increase both brights and darks at the same time. PicsArt’s contrast adjustment does not. This is actually a major problem in my opinion. But it could be fixed by the dev I suppose. Other than that I’ve really enjoyed it.

All in all this is a great app with its cute UI and a FREE price tag, PicsArt has probably made itself one of the must have photo apps.

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Click or scan the QR code below to download PicsArt from the Market!

Application: PicsArt Photo Editor
Developer: PicsArt
Cost: Free

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