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.

06
Jun
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Facebook and Facebook Home for Android received a significant update today (though the update is, you guessed it, on a staged rollout), adding a few significant features. The Facebook app now allows insertion of multiple photos into chat messages (previously it allowed only one per message), and on-the-fly tuning of your post sharing settings - something many people are likely to enjoy.

Facebook home has a brand-new 'favorites tray' area in the launcher, allowing you keep a few select apps handy on your homescreen by dragging them into the tray area.

06
Jun
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Sprint announced the Optimus F3 this morning, a very boring little phone you probably couldn't care less about, and I don't blame you. What you should care about, though, is what's going on in the official press photos below. Look closely at the one on the left.

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Left to right: Optimus F3 IP Infringement Edition, Optimus F3

Why yes, that is a slightly older version of TouchWiz (Nature UX 1.0, if I'm not mistaken) that this Optimus F3 is running!

05
Jun
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Fire up the Play Store on your phones, Explorers - the MyGlass app for Android received an update to version 1.4 today, adding several very desirable fixes. To the cheers of every Glass user, the reliability of SMS sending has been improved - a significant complaint from day one for the MyGlass app. Hopefully the promised improvements actually, really fix it.

Screencast performance has also been boosted, hopefully to a level above the basically-5-FPS that the feature offers now.

05
Jun
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Do you have this (look down) problem after installing the new version of Gmail? That is, when you open a message, all you see are options for archive, mark unread, and add to folder? You're not alone! If you downloaded the new version of Gmail (v4.5) from the Play Store today, it's likely that your "Archive & delete actions" were reset when the app was installed. We're not sure why Google did this (well maybe Google doesn't really want you deleting your email, that would make sense from a business standpoint), but here's how to fix it.

05
Jun
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If you haven't yet manually updated Gmail to the redesigned 4.5 release, it's rolling out on a wide basis this morning to users in numerous countries. If you can't see the update on your device, try forcing the install from the web version of the Play Store, here.

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The new version of Gmail for Android includes support for the all-new inbox tabs from the desktop Gmail, along with a totally revamped slideout navigation bar.

05
Jun
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Hangouts for Android is receiving its first Play Store update - on a staged rollout basis - today, fixing a few notable bugs, and promising enhanced performance in unspecified ways. Here's the rather short changelog:

1.0.2
● Fixed a problem where you could receive two notifications for a message: one from Hangouts, one from the old Talk app.
● Audio issues in video calls on some Android 2.3x (Gingerbread) devices, including the Droid Charge, should now be resolved.

04
Jun
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Hi there. It's been a while since I last wrote about the smartphone patent wars. I consider that a really, really good thing. I really don't like the patent wars. They're little more than a proxy conflict led by Apple and Microsoft to slow down the emergence of competing OEMs in what has obviously become the next big computing market. It is, however, a proxy war they are undeniably winning. Microsoft has inked royalty deals with nearly every Android OEM of note except the Google-owned Motorola (big surprise there), Apple has a nice little licensing arrangement with HTC, and a $600 million verdict against Samsung with another trial considered to be in Apple's favor to come.

04
Jun
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Patent trolling is far from a divisive issue in the United States. Pretty much everyone but the trolls can agree that patent trolling is damaging to the economy, and generally kind of a dick move. Patent trolling, if you're not familiar with the practice, is quite simple in concept: buy patents, extort licensing fees from alleged infringers, and sue if they refuse to comply. President Obama proposed some "major" changes to US law that will supposedly reduce the effectiveness of such companies.

03
Jun
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While it's not exactly ripe with details, the Hulu Plus for Android app's latest update promises increased playback resolution for three popular 1080p handsets: the Galaxy S4, DROID DNA, and HTC One. The assumption you might make, then, is that it's adding 1080p playback.

That's possible, though the amount of 1080p content Hulu currently provides is pretty limited, apparently. And Hulu itself lists a maximum resolution of 720p on its supported devices page.

03
Jun
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After months of speculation and rumors, Verizon announced the HTC One for its network with all the pomp and circumstance and extravagance it deserved - just kidding, they tweeted about.

So there it is. The One is coming to Verizon "later this summer." This is HTC's first four-carrier Android device in the US, albeit a little late, but cool nonetheless.

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