Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. 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- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

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May
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Paranoid Android made headlines last week when it announced a new take on mutitasking called Halo. While the feature wasn't available for user testing at the time, the team has now pushed out early alpha builds for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 3G, GSM Galaxy Nexus, and Oppo Find 5.

This is still a "very early build" of the ROM, so expect bugs, crashes, and other odd side-effects that come along with using alpha software; in other words, don't expect to use this as a daily driver.

05
May
1

If you jumped on the I-would-like-a-seven-inch-phone-please bandwagon with the ASUS Fonepad, an update should on its way to your device. According to the changelog (below), this one is mostly about optimization and a few bug fixes – but hey, that's a good start on any device.

Improvements:

  • Bug fixes for game execution, e.g. NBA2k13, Space Hunter, and LINE Homerun Battle Burst.
  • APN modification for carriers.
  • Optimized power consumption for music playing.

03
May
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Who's ready to kick the weekend off?! If you're looking for a good way to get a relaxing start to your two-days-off, kicking back with a game is a good way to do it. Or maybe you plan on getting out and about but can't put your phone down long enough to actually go somewhere – no worries, there's an app that'll let you walk and text to your heart's content without fear of bumping things or falling into a fountain.

03
May
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The Droid DNA may not have Boomsound, Ultrapixels, or other HTC-branded buzzwords, but it's most definitely the best HTC device you'll find on Verizon right now. And if you're dead set on not paying more than a fifty spot for a new phone, the DNA is your ticket to a high-end smartphone that won't break the bank - , so long as you're willing to buy directly from HTC.

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It's pretty rare that we find the manufacturer of a device selling its phones cheaper than, say, Amazon Wireless or Wirefly, but that's exactly what HTC is doing here with the DNA.

03
May
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Toshiba is kind of all over the place when it comes to Android. It has released some absolutely fantastic hardware in the past, but the lack of support for said hardware is awfully damning when it comes to recommending its devices in good conscience.

Still, it looks like the company is knee-deep in the development of a new tablet, which is currently being called the "AT10LE-A," and is said to be powered by NVIDIA's newest baby – the upcoming Tegra 4.

03
May
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It's no secret that I've long been against calling the Nook and Kindle Fire series "Android tablets," as neither is more than a glorified e-reader to me. Today, Barnes & Noble dropped a bomb on that way of thinking, as it announced that the full array of Google Play services will now be available on the Nook HD and Nook HD+, essentially turning them into full-fledged tablets.

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Moving forward, all Nook HD and HD+ tablets will ship with Google services – including the Play Store, YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, and the like – but for those who already own HD/HD+ units, the new features will be showing up via an OTA update to v2.1.0, which should begin rolling out today.

02
May
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Verizon just started pushing Android 4.1.2 to the Galaxy Note II. AT&T will start offering that same update to the original Note tomorrow, May 3rd.

Update: The word on the street is that this update is already available through Kies. Hook up and get it!

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While the Android version bump is the same, however, everything else about this one is quite a bit different. Here's what you an expect post-update:

Software update includes

  • Popup note: Allows user to instantly write down directions, phone numbers, and other information while on a call.

02
May
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So you got into the whole workout-on-the-Wii fad a while back, but now the Balance Board just hangs out in the corner, collecting dust. What a waste. You could choose to let it continue to clutter up your living room, or you could get it out, blow the dust off of it, and connect it to your Android phone or tablet. What?!

Thanks to an app called FitScales, that process is actually made incredibly simple.

02
May
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For a photo sharing app, Instagram has long been missing one key feature: in-picture tagging. Fret no more, pic-a-holics (or stalkers) – as of today's update to v3.5, the desire to find out who someone is a given picture is just got a little easier to satisfy thanks to the app's new "Photos of You" feature.

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In a nutshell, it's just like Facebook's tagging option: upload a photo, go through the typical filter features and social options, and tag away.

02
May
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Allow me to be frank for a moment: Beautiful Widgets is one of my most-used, longest-installed widgets since I started using Android. I actually bought it on my OG Droid back in the day, and have literally used it on every device I've owned since then. One of my favorite things about it is the developer – LevelUp Studio does an absolutely fantastic job of not only updating the app, but adding new features fairly often.

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