David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

09
May
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Last Updated: May 10th, 2012

Mugen, I think I speak for everyone when I say "please stop." I mean, really? Look at their latest creation, a 5400mAh extended battery for the already gargantuan Galaxy Note:

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If you own a Galaxy Note and have grown tired of carrying around a small diesel generator, though, this may be the solution to all of your problems. Of course, no one said this solution didn't come with problems of its own.

09
May
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TheVerge has just learned that the previously-upcoming Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, an upmarket version of the Galaxy S II with LTE and a larger HD display, will not be released.

Previously announced at CES, the HD would have been the flagship Samsung device in AT&T's lineup. In light of the launch of the HTC One X, though, the HD was simply outgunned. Rumors prior to the launch of the Galaxy S III also indicated Samsung had moved up the release date of the next Galaxy in order to get a leg up on the competition (namely, HTC).

09
May
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The Google Maps Android app has been updated to version 6.7, bringing some new important (and useful) features. You probably figured out what they are. Here's the changelog:

What's in this version:

  1. Discover nearby Google Offers in the US
  2. Indoor walking directions (Beta) for Japan and the US
  3. See 360° panoramas inside restaurants and stores

Google Offers has been having difficulty gaining traction in a market dominated by the Groupons and LivingSocials of the world, and Maps integration may be just what it needs to start getting a little respect.

08
May
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WordPress's official Android app has been updated with a bunch o' new features, as well as numerous performance and UI enhancements. The popular blogging platform's (hey, we use it) app has been on a bit of a bumpy road since its initial release, but has consistently been improving over the last year. Hopefully this release will stomp some of the issues that have made it a bit frustrating to use at times.

07
May
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Last Updated: June 2nd, 2012

You've probably already read headlines in the last hour or two proclaiming that Google has "lost" its copyright case against Oracle, and in the strictest sense of the word, it has. Google lost on a number of counts, including the most important one, question one in the jury instructions. It also lost on a count involving nine lines of code that have long-since been removed from Android.

The first question, though, asked the jurors whether Google's use of 37 Java API packages, taken as a group, constituted an infringement of Oracle's copyrighted works.

07
May
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It's finally here, the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, that phone you might have sort of been a little curious about at some point, but probably weren't because it isn't nearly as good looking as the real HTC One phones. But hey, it has a removable battery, Verizon's ever-expanding 4G LTE network, and a Snapdragon S4 processor that hopefully won't devour juice like the Cookie Monster at an all-you-can-eat Nestle Toll House buffet.

06
May
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Welcome to the Android Police Week In Review - where I talk about the biggest stories of the week in the world of Android and no way make fun of anything. This week, of course, necessitates a chunk-o Galaxy S III news, so let's get down to it.

Also, don't forget, you can catch a lot of this news on our weekly podcast.

Hardware Reviews

04
May
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Facebook's Messenger app for Android has been updated, and here's the changelog:

  1. Now it’s even easier to reach groups of friends on the go:
  2. Text everyone for free, using your existing data plan
  3. Reach friends wherever they are now – on their phone or the web
  4. Know who’s seen your message, and who hasn’t
  5. See where friends are messaging you from

Now, you're probably wondering what Facebook means by "texting" - they mean the app will send SMS notifications of your messages to people who aren't using the app but are on your friends list, and have their mobile phone number listed on their profile.

04
May
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Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast - and this week, we're keeping the variety of content down, because the Galaxy S III is officially here, and it's only natural that we should discuss it. Hit up the outline below the RSS subscription info to see the topics we'll be delving into this week.

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