David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

15
Jul
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The Android Police Week In Review is back! And that shouldn't be surprising, because it's Sunday. Unless you have amnesia. Or you're just reading it for the first time. I'm going to guess the latter is probably a little more common. And whether you're an amnesiac or a first-timer, you can catch a lot of these stories on our podcast, too.

Features

Hardware Reviews

13
Jul
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If there's one thing that sets people off upon purchasing or downloading an app (games in particular), it's opening it up and finding it has in-app purchases.

And this is, generally, a good instinct for consumers to have - hundreds, if not thousands of mobile games blatantly take advantage of people's willingness to nickel-and-dime themselves out of money they would have never otherwise spent buying a game in the first place.

13
Jul
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The Android Police Podcast is back for another week of fun, and we've managed to limit ourselves to a mere 80 minutes this time. This week, we're talking about a lot of various things, including the Galaxy S III's US adventures, just how ugly the white EVO 4G LTE is, and something about an "Ouya."

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Cast:

  • Matthew Smith, Host
  • Bob Severns, A/V, Editor, "guy pressing the buttons"
  • David Ruddock, Co-host
  • Cameron Summerson, Co-host
  • Eric Ravenscraft, Co-host

THE OUTLINE

Carrier 411

12
Jul
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If you're a Sprint subscriber in the Kansas City area, you should probably be getting excited, as Sprint's 4G LTE network went live in portions of that market early yesterday. Sprint has confirmed this with S4GRU, and has stated more markets around the greater Kansas City area will continue to light up until that region's rollout is complete. Additional markets, as we know, are scheduled to go online on the 15th, though based on what we're seeing here, that could be an "at the latest" sort of date.

11
Jul
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You thought you knew everything there was to know about the Nexus 7? Well, you thought wrong. A curious owner of the device started doing what any totally rational person does with a brand-new tablet: expose it to magnetic forces. The results yielded an as-yet hidden feature in the Nexus 7, in the form a magnetic smart cover sensor. Simply take a magnet and put it up against the front or back of your Nexus 7 along the bottom left-hand side while in portrait mode with the display on, and you can see the effect for yourself.

10
Jul
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Our I/O Nexus 7s just received update notifications that a new software build is available for download - this is very likely the final retail build users will see when they receive their devices.

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While a "changelog" of sorts pops up with the update notification, it's stock dialogue from a full-on Jelly Bean upgrade, not something specific to this particular update for the Nexus 7. More than likely, this OTA just irons out some bugs and turns off some unnecessary data logging and pre-release testing tweaks.

10
Jul
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So, you heard about Google's new predictive text engine in the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean keyboard, right? Now you can download that keyboard courtesy of Beansoft (developer of Thumb Keyboard), from the Play Store, free of charge. It's ported straight from AOSP, though it's currently in "alpha" state. The only catch is that you need to be running Android 4.0.3 or higher (Ice Cream Sandwich).

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I've noticed the Android 4.1 keyboard also seems to have improved accuracy and speed (it looks ever so slightly different, too), so this is definitely worth a try.

10
Jul
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Last Updated: July 23rd, 2012

Update: The winners have been selected. And they are are:

  • Grand Prize
  • Evgeny Moryatov, via Facebook
  • Stan Tan, via Twitter
  • Runner-Up
    • Johnathan Higginson

    Android Police and Meizu are giving away one of two brand-spanking-new Meizu MX 4-Core smartphones, and one Meizu grab bag.

    The Prize

    Two lucky winners will receive a brand-new Meizu MX 4-Core, the latest smartphone from Meizu. These phones are currently only available in China, so this is a rare opportunity to grab one of these devices before its wider debut.

    10
    Jul
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    Once in a while, an Angry Birds or Temple Run comes along in the mobile gaming sphere. Games that are able to hook you with their simple but endlessly entertaining mechanics, and an ability to immediately "dive in" to the game at any time, even if for just 5 minutes (or 3 hours).

    The problem with those games is that they're generally aimed at an audience that has never played video games, or has but doesn't actually love them.

    10
    Jul
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    Twitter for Android had been updated to version 3.3, adding support for Twitter's new "expanded tweet" feature, as well as account-specific push notifications. You can now select any account you're following, and using the drop down menu, choose to receive push notifications whenever that account makes a new tweet. Pretty awesome stuff.

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    Auto-complete for user searches has become smarter as well, and you can now tap on the avatar of any account from a tweet to go directly to the user page.

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