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.

18
Apr
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ES File Explorer received its first major update in a while this morning, bringing the popular management app to version 3.0. The major change? A brand-new UI that isn't really Holo per se, but does incorporate a slide-out navigation bar and swipeable tabs.

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Here's the complete changelog:

V3.0

  • New UI
  • Fast Access(Press menu)
  • Multiple Windows
  • Send Files By WiFi
  • Gestures(Drag,Zoom,Slide)
  • Classic Theme
  • New Picture,Root Explorer,Tools,...

While there certainly isn't any lack of competition when it comes to file management utilities on Android, ES File Explorer has remained one of the most popular such apps for quite some time now, and a UI refresh was probably high on users' lists at this point.

18
Apr
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If you were a fan of SimAnt way back when, Anthill by Thumbstar Games may be up your alley. While it doesn't appear to carry the slow, deliberate pace of Will Wright's masterpiece, it does revolve around the same basic premise: amass an empire of everyone's favorite six-legged pest, and destroy the competing ant colony.

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Anthill does appear to focus a bit more on the whole "destruction" aspect, though, and much less on the simulation part.

18
Apr
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If you're a musician, aspiring beatmaster, or just really love dinking around with a digital keyboard, I have great news: FL Studio Mobile is finally here for Android. Device compatibility seems decent, but I don't have too many tablets around to check with - I do know it's compatible with the Nexus 7, and a fair number of recent Android phones (oddly, not the HTC One).

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For the rest of you, yes, you read the title correctly - FL Studio Mobile costs $20.

18
Apr
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Sprint announced a major expansion of its still-nascent LTE network today, with three large markets headlining the Now Network's growing 4G footprint: Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Memphis. 18 other, smaller markets were also announced. Here's the full list.

  • Albemarle, N.C.
  • Bloomington, Ind.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Contra Costa County, Calif.
  • Denison, Texas
  • Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Joplin, Mo.
  • Kerrville, Texas
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Los Angeles
  • Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Newport News, Va.

18
Apr
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While Yahoo may not shout "relevance!" from the treetops on an Android blog, the struggling web giant's email service is still hugely popular in the US. Its Android mail client, until now, hasn't explicitly supported tablets. A new update today changes that, and the end product is surprisingly decent-looking (certainly prettier than Outlook.com's most recent update).

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While the UI layout isn't revolutionary, it is fairly attractive and clean, something I think we can all appreciate in an email client.

18
Apr
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There really is no other app out on Android as robust as Chainfire's DSLR Controller when it comes to... controlling your DSLR camera. The $8 app - which already had over 10,000 downloads and a boatload of control features - just got a whole lot better this morning with a major update that should have the app's fans absolutely ecstatic. The mile-long changelog includes tons of fixes and improvements, but the new feature list is impressive on its own.

18
Apr
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ZeptoLab has released the latest episode in its highly popular Cut The Rope franchise this morning, with Cut The Rope: Time Travel. No, metaphysics are not involved, sadly. The new game doesn't bring too much in the way of overhauled mechanics (though ZeptoLab promises a few new elements), but is more of a content pack. The one major change to gameplay is that levels now feature two creatures to feed, which in turn increases the complexity of the game.

16
Apr
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Verizon just announced a new maintenance update for the DROID RAZR M that brings various fixes to the device, including improved Wi-Fi connectivity, voice call volume, and visual voicemail connectivity. The camera's touch-to-focus is now also better, apparently, and the camera itself will take better low-light photos. Expect the update to roll out in the next week or two. You can see the complete changelog in the image below.

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The last update to roll out to the RAZR M was Android 4.1, back in November.

16
Apr
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While I personally had not heard of Ting until today, the Tucows-owned Sprint MVNO operates on a pay-per-usage billing model, providing voice and data service on Sprint's complete network (including LTE). The company launched its first Android app in the Play Store today, designed to help you monitor your Ting account.

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The Ting app may not be jam-packed with features, but it is decidedly clean and simple, and there's nothing wrong with that.

16
Apr
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AT&T announced on its official blog that the LG Escape will be receiving an update to Android 4.1, and that said update should be headed to devices starting today. The first release of Jelly Bean includes things like expandable rich notifications, Google Now, and possibly some Project Butter smoothness enhancements (all LG handsets I've seen have them, at least).

AT&T's DriveMode app is also included in the update, so there'll be another piece of carrier bloat (arguably of the less than useless variety) in your app drawer.

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