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.

10
Jul
skype

A little more than a week ago, a major Skype update hit the Play Store with an all-new, Holo-fied look and overall sleeker appearance. But, that update also brought some annoyances, as well as its fair share of bugs. Today, Skype has released another update that should fix at least some of those issues.

Of the quirks that came along with the Skype 4.0, the difficult process to sign out was among the most frustrating.

09
Jul
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Last Updated: July 25th, 2013

Andrew Bell is a genius. Or a madman. Or both. Probably both, actually. If you're not familiar with Mr. Bell, you're missing out on some of the best Android paraphernalia memorabilia that you'll find on the net – of course, I'm talking about those awesome Android figurines available exclusively through Dead Zebra. Every Android fan loves those guys.

That's not all Andrew has been up to these days, either. He's been hard at work creating these incredible Android propaganda prints, stylistically designed to replicate those from the 30s/40s.

09
Jul
dropbox

Lots of news stuff is happening in Dropbox-land today! The company is holding its first-ever developer conference, dubbed DBX, and has already made a slew of announcements highlighting new features.

Firstly, you may have already noticed the new icon that showed up in the Play Store. Not a huge difference, but a new look is a new look – all the good stuff is hidden behind the scenes, anyway.

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New icon aside, the company has announced some pretty nice things that will be available to developers moving forward: the Datastore API, Chooser, and Saver.

09
Jul
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Last Updated: August 2nd, 2013

Are you an Android developer? Are you struggling with a good design for your app? Fret not, boys and gals – Android Police has teamed up with Wiley to offer up 10 copies of Android Design Patterns: Interaction Design Solutions for Developers.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements.

09
Jul
floatingtouch

Facebook must've known what it was doing with the launch of Chat Heads, but that feature has been duplicated in everything from custom ROMs to apps attempting to clone the feature. The newest app to take note of Facebook's chat application is Floating Touch (not, it's not that floating touch), an app that makes basically any toggle, navigation shortcut, or app just a tap away.

The concept behind Floating Touch is simple: a small, customizable floating toggle resides wherever you place it on the screen.

08
Jul
uber

Use Uber? Love Google stuff? Good news – the two have become wed. Well, sort of wed. Uber just received a fairly major update that bakes a couple of significant Google services into the app: the ability to sign in/up with your Google account, and the option to pay with Google Wallet.

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That's not all, either – the company will knock $10 off your fare the first time you should elect to use Wallet as your payment method.

08
Jul
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Google has just published the platform distribution numbers collected over the past two weeks, and things are finally looking up for the 4.1+ crowd. It's been a long, tedious, tiring trek, but Android 4.1.x/4.2.x, collectively known as Jelly Bean, has finally become the dominate OS – surpassing Gingerbread by 3.8 percent. It may not be a huge amount, but Jelly Bean is currently running on 37.9 percent of all devices – a full 4.9% more than last month's numbers.

08
Jul
twitter

Long-time Twitter users have their fair share of daily annoyances with the company's mobile application, but an update just hit the Play Store that should improve on some of those – namely DM synchronization and better search results.

According to the official Twitter blog, when you read a DM post-update, it will be marked as read across the web and other applications (like Tweetdeck, for example). This is fantastic news for all the Twitter users who are tired of getting the "XX unread DMs" notification after installing a new Twitter client.

08
Jul
whitethumb

While the Big Four have been able to tout the GS 4 for several months now, customers of most smaller carriers have been left wanting. Today marks the launch of the device for two such carriers: MetroPCS and C Spire Wireless.

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Available exclusively on MetroPCS' 4G LTE network, the GS 4 is available today in select markets – Atlanta, Hartford, Philadelphia, Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and New York – for $549.

06
Jul
cid

One issue that has plagued many Google Voice users since the dawn of time (or at least since GV became a thing) is how not good the app itself is. Those who use GV as their primary phone number are stuck using the app for things like sending/receiving SMS messages, and up until now, there was absolutely no alternative.

Today, however, Koush Dutta has announced Google Voice SMS integration in CM10.1 with not only the stock messaging app, but also any third party application you may use (GoSMS, Handcent, etc.).

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