Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

09
Apr
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Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011

The dreaded day of April 18th, this year's tax filing deadline, is almost here, and for our weekly poll, we wanted to see how many of you ended up filing your taxes using your Android phone. 2010 was the first year you could actually estimate, file, track, and even snap pictures of your tax forms entirely on your Android device, without touching a computer or paying a tax professional.

So, which way did you decide to go this year?

08
Apr
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Notion Ink is one of the most controversial companies in recent Android history - it's gone through product delays, building up one of the most passionate communities around, followed by communication issues that you could write a suspenseful thriller about (I am fairly sure there is enough for a trilogy with twists at the end of every chapter), and some of the weirdest reasons for shipments delays we've ever seen.

So far, the only communication methods available were commenting on the official blog, where your thoughts were quickly drowned in a sea of others', and emailing customer support, which probably resulted in more frustration and rage than trying to have a meaningful conversation with a concrete wall (those walls just don't get it, do they?).

07
Apr
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Most users will probably look at this unusual boot animation tweak and wonder why in the world anyone would do this, but developers and Linux lovers will nostalgically giggle and cheer. Rather than having boring pre-recorded boot animations, why not see the actual boot messages fly by, akin to booting a Linux machine?

Chainfire, one of xda's moderators, cooked up a boot animation replacement called live dmesg boot ani that does just that - now instead of your carrier's logo, you can see all kinds of geeky boot goodness your device has been secretly spitting out all along.

07
Apr
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Could it be? Is Amazon offering another useful app that I actually want to own for the 2nd day in a row? That's pretty much a first so far, with the Shazam Encore/SwiftKey tag team being a close second. What makes today's deal especially valuable is that there is no free version of Wolfram Alpha at all, so combined with 4.7 stars and over 1,800 reviews in the official Market, getting today's free app right away is pretty much a no-brainer.

06
Apr
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April Fools' passed a long time ago but users are discovering a few jokes that decided to stick around, such as what happens when you search Google on your phone for any of these words:

  • tilt
  • askew
  • crooked

To preserve the lulz and save you some time, here is what you currently observe:

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If you want to try this out for yourself without pulling out your mobile, you can just head over to this forced mobile version instead: http://www.google.com/xhtml?q=crooked

Keep it up, Google!

06
Apr
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Last Updated: April 13th, 2011

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous week's roundup? Find it here: 48 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps, Games, And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (3/16/11 – 3/29/11)

Featured App

Today’s roundup is sponsored by XIMAD and their game Brain Cube HD Premium.

06
Apr
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After a few days of relatively disappointing free premium apps of the day in the Amazon Appstore, today we have a real treat - the Pro version of a photo editing app PicSay. Before I go on, I must note that this is the only photo editing app I actually bought quite a while ago, after playing around with the free version. It's no wonder - the app has 4.8 stars and over 11,000 ratings in the Market.

05
Apr
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If this is going to become a regular weekly event, then sign me up. Amazon's 1-premium-app-per-day deal got a bit of a split personality today, just like a week ago, and instead of one, two apps turned free until the clock strikes midnight. The apps, which are actually both games, are:

  • Airport Mania ($0.99 $0), in which you become an air traffic controller and which is rated remarkably high (4.5 stars, 47 reviews)

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and

  • Backbreaker Football ($2.99 $0), which is a 3D football crusher with 90 waves, 9 challenges, and 3 difficulty levels

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I must say, I like where this is going, though I can't shrug off a feeling that Amazon is just apologizing extra hard for the last 2 days today (the Angry Birds Rio dupe and the Talking Tom Cat were not exactly the crowd's favorites).

05
Apr
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We don't always write about serious things here at Android Police, so this post is not going to stress your brain or teach you a new trick. Instead, just relax and spend 2 minutes watching this collage posted by Dan Morrill, one of Google's most recognizable Android engineers (actually, he posted it to Picasa, and we took the liberty to export it to YouTube for easier sharing and embedding). All original commentary which makes this collage that much funnier has been preserved - turns out Dan is quite a comedian.

04
Apr
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On March 31st, the Android Developer Console, which developers use to publish their apps to the Market, started experiencing issues that ranged from 404s and disappearing applications to missing statistics and apps that no longer obeyed.

As more and more panicking developers chimed in with similar experiences to multiple support threads, the only response from Google so far came from an employee named Ash back on the very first day, apologizing for the inconvenience and then shortly after announcing that all issues had been fixed.

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