Ryan Whitwam
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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Oct
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If there is one thing the internet has collectively agreed is great, it's cats. Not real cats necessarily, but cats doing funny or adorable things – cats in the abstract. Wake the Cat from Halfpixel Games and Chillingo is a physics puzzler where you have to bounce a ball of yarn over to a sleeping kitten, which should just about do it for the internet.

Wake the Cat comes with 90 levels of cluttered floors and sleeping cats.

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Oct
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Google Maps is a fine tool if you need to find your way around, but Google also has a way to create custom maps called Map Engine. The service is getting a mobile upgrade today with the release of the Map Engine app. This will allow users to view and share custom maps on Android devices. It even comes with some neat samples.

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The Map Engine Lite web service is available to everyone and has a fairly robust set of tools.

21
Oct
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After a number of delays and an untold number of fake spam apps, BBM for Android is about to really arrive in Google Play. This will mark the first time Blackberry's premier messaging service has been available on a non-Blackberry device. You'll be able to download the app today, but you might not be able to actually use it.

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BBM was leaked a few weeks back and the flood of users caused all manner of server issues for the company.

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Oct
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The week is getting underway and maybe that's a bummer for you. Don't worry, though. There are some deals on apps and games that are sure to make you feel better. What else do you really need to be happy in life? Be honest, pretty much just app sales, right?

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21
Oct
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A lot of Android devices have dedicated buttons to bring up the multitasking list, but Switchr may offer an even faster way to jump between running apps. This utility debuted on XDA recently as a beta, but now it has come to Google Play in both free and paid forms.

Switchr, like some similar apps, creates an active swipe zone on the edge of the screen. Swipe in through that area, and you trigger the app switching interface.

21
Oct
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If you buy a Fitbit, Jawbone Up, or one of the other fitness sensors out there, you're committing to a single software ecosystem. That can be a problem if you want to use your hardware with third-party apps. Plenty of Android users know the pain of being unable to wirelessly sync a Fitbit with most Android devices. The Angel fitness and health sensor is an attempt to build a completely open device that app developers can plug into and create new experiences for users.

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Oct
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Even with the now thoroughly leaked LG Nexus 5 about to make an appearance, you can still save some cash in the short term by picking up the LG G2 from Amazon. The AT&T variant can be had right now for a mere $99.99 on contract for all new lines and upgrades.

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The LG G2 on Ma Bell is closely related to the standard international edition of the device, unlike the Verizon version which took some liberties with the casing.

21
Oct
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New devices almost always have some sort of defect buyers should be on the lookout for, and the new Kindle Fire HDX tablet is no exception. Now that Amazon's newest Android device is getting into people's hands, reports are beginning to surface of a strange purple or blue haze around the edge of the screen.

The issue seems present on all edges of the screen equally, and is particularly evident on white backgrounds.

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Oct
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Update 2: We've now received independent confirmation from a credible source that there will be no news, Android or otherwise, at this event. Sorry, everyone - continue your Nexus reveal date conspiracy theorizing as normal.

Update: Geek.com has updated its story with a statement from a "reliable source," and that source is playing down any hopes of a Nexus reveal next week:

We just received a tip from a reliable source telling us that the 10/24 event will not feature any hardware.

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Oct
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The week is nearly over, so perhaps you're wondering what you'll do with yourself all weekend. We have the answer – you will enjoy some apps and games you obtained for a pittance thanks to your most favorite website in the world, Android Police.

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