Action Launcher is one of the more interesting home screen replacements out there, and it's getting better with a big update to version 1.9 today. There are a few new features, but the app has also gotten a plethora of bug fixes and optimizations that should make it faster and more stable.
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.
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AT&T customers now have one less reason to leave the house. Moto Maker is completely open to everyone, doing away with the need for those lame Moto X cards AT&T stores have been handing out. Just go to the site, design your phone, and buy it on the spot. If your wallet is weighed down by cash, you can also buy the Moto X off contract for $579 starting today. On-contract pricing is still $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB.
There are any number of photo editors on Android already, but Repix brings something slightly different to the table. This app isn't about getting the colors just right or removing red eye – it turns your boring regular pictures into snazzy art. What? You don't like snazzy things?
There are 16 filters, 17 frames, and over 30 brushes available in Repix. There's not a lot of messing around with settings here – you just pick a tool and have at it.
The date has been rumored for a while, but now it's official. Verizon has announced via its official Twitter account that the Moto X is hitting virtual shelves on August 29th. The retail launch will come a few weeks later.
— Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) August 26, 2013
This is the same Moto X you can buy right now in AT&T stores, but locked to Verizon's network.
The year was 1993. A young President Clinton was embarking on what was sure to be a scandal-free presidency, Whitney Houston was topping the charts with nothing but fame and fortune in front of her, and Simon the Sorcerer was released on Amiga and MS-DOS. You could say this game has had more lingering appeal than a lot of things from 1993, and now it's available on Android in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
Sony has announced that a previously promised maintenance update for the Xperia S, Xperia SL, and Xperia Acro S is hitting the internet tubes now. These devices received an Android 4.1 update a while back, but now the OEM is tying up some loose ends with a new Jelly Bean build. It should reach all users soon.
The Android faithful have been eagerly awaiting the release of Contra: Evolution, but there were some irksome issues when the game finally launched last week. You could only install it on phones, and when you did, the list of permissions was a little bonkers. Well, both of those points have been addressed in a new update.
Contra: Evolution can now be installed on virtually any Android device. It was a little bizarre that it didn't allow tablet installations seeing as a number of the phones it supported were higher resolution than some tablets.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a neat device that's ruggedized and water-resistant. However, there's that accursed USB port. The port on this device is covered by a flimsy plastic flap that's tough to close properly, and feels like it could break off at any moment. It would be nice if you didn't have to mess with the port to charge the device, but Samsung hasn't released a wireless charging back for the S4 Active.