Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

04
Apr

An update to the Gmail app just hit the Play Store that brings a number of smaller-ish features, most of which are for Honeycomb tablets. The app now offers some of the benefits of ICS on its older brother:

Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) users get the Android Gmail 4.0 (ICS) experience with:

  • Swipe to move between newer and older conversations
  • Tap your account to access Recent labels
  • Set custom notifications for individual labels
  • Sync last 30 days of messages so you can read and search messages faster both online and offline

It also brings some minor changes for users on Froyo or Gingerbread:

Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) users get:

  • New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
  • Performance improvements

The update is live in the Play Store right now, so go ahead and pull it down to enjoy the new features!

04
Apr
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Ever since SwiftKey first hit the scene, one realization has become very clear to me: SwiftKey users love their keyboard. Seriously. Don't even try to convince those guys (and gals) that there could be a better alternative out there, because it's pointless.

For all the SwiftKey VIP members out there, a new beta just hit the SK VIP lounge for you to try. The next gen mind-reading keyboard brings some nifty features to an already nifty keyboard, including smart space, a feature that automatically detects where spaces should be in real-time.

03
Apr
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So, envision this for moment: you're a farmer. You have some killer crops of corn reaching their peak, just waiting to be picked. Then, disaster strikes - aliens come down from... wherever aliens come from, to steal your precious corn. You're left with but one choice: kill 'em all.

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That's basically the premise of the new game Farm Invasion USA from HandyGames, the same crew that brought us Guns'n'Glory, Aporkalypse, and more.

03
Apr
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Looks like Sprint's first LTE handset, the LG Viper, will be available for pre-order from Sprint beginning on April 12th for a reasonable $99 after $50 mail-in-rebate, and will be available in all channels "later this month."

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The Viper was originally announced alongside the Galaxy Nexus earlier this year at CES as one of Sprint's premier LTE devices and is packing some reasonable specs for the price:

  • 4-Inch 480x800 display
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear shooter, VGA front-facing camera
  • 4GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • NFC and Google Wallet
  • Android 2.3 (will likely be updated to Android 4.0)

Last we heard, the Viper was said to be released on April 15th, but that seems unlikely with pre-orders beginning on April 12th.

03
Apr
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Three years ago, Amazon opened a new online store dedicated to changing the way users buy cell phones. That store has now evolved into a go-to place for anyone who wants to get a great deal on a phone, free two-day shipping, and the top-notch customer service that Amazon is known for. Today, that store loses its beta tag, and brings two new features to the service: best price guarantee and free premium apps for Android users.

03
Apr
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Mid-last month, AT&T announced that it would bringing LTE to 12 new markets in "April, May, and into early summer." It appears to be making good on those plans beginning now, as it's going to flip the switch in three new markets on April 8th:

  • Muncie, IN
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Bryan-College Station, TX

This gives AT&T a total of 31 LTE markets now, putting it pretty far behind Verizon's "more than 200 cities."

There's no word as to when it should roll out the rest of the promised markets, but it's nice to see it getting an early start delivering the goods.

03
Apr
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We've been waiting for weeks for Instagram to come to Android, and it looks like today's the day - it's available now in the Play Store. The hit iOS app offers a way to "breathe new info into your mobile photos" using filters and easy sharing. It's like a social network designed specifically for people who like to take photos.

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Features:

  • 100% free custom designed filters and borders
  • Lux works its magic by making your photos more vibrant and brings out details in your photos you couldn't see before
  • Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare (Flickr coming very soon)
  • Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
  • Works with Android versions 2.2 and above that support OpenGL ES 2
  • Full front & back camera support
  • And much much more...
03
Apr
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Things are really starting to heat up for the arrival of Sprint's Galaxy Nexus on both the 'net and in Sprint stores; in fact, rumor has it that employee training started today. Graciously, one of those employees happened to send a few slides over to Android Life that confirms almost everything we want to know about the device, excluding one small detail: the release date.

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Ever since Sprint announced the GNex at CES this year, there have been rumors that it will have a 1.5GHz processor.

02
Apr
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Update: That's it, guys - all 1,000 Zeemotes are gone. Congrats to all who got one!

Yes, you read that right. We're giving away 1,000 Zeemote Bluetooth Gaming Controllers. One thousand. If you were to buy all of those from Amazon, it would cost you a whopping $30,000. Yeah - kick back and chew on that for a few.

So, what's a Zeemote? It's a controller that aims to drastically improve gaming on mobile devices, because, let's face it - touchscreen controls generally suck.

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Apr
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Last Updated: May 14th, 2012

We teamed up with Tasks N Todos back in February to hook one lucky winner up with a Galaxy Tab 8.9 and ten more with pro licenses of Tasks N Todos, and now, we're back again to give one lucky winner a White GSM Galaxy Nexus.

So, what's so great about Tasks N Todos?

For starters, it syncs with Google Tasks, so if you have access to GMail, you have access to your task list.

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