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Guess who's turning one? The Amazon Appstore! It seems like just yesterday that it was a freshly-hatched Appstore trying to find its place in a mobile-filled world. Over the past year, the Appstore has grown from just 3,800 initial apps to nearly ten-times that amount today (31,000). They grow up so fast!

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In celebration of this noteworthy occasion, mamma Amazon is having a small party of sorts - an app sale party, to be exact.

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Mar
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Those who know me or follow me on Google+ know that I love Mass Effect. Actually, that may be a bit of an understatement; I've had 4 characters that played every single mission and side-mission in both the first and second game, and I just finished the trilogy a few days ago. And now, I have a new way to show my love: with a new Mass Effect 3 live wallpaper (LWP) from NVIDIA and BioWare.

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Mar
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Last Updated: March 20th, 2012

No, you didn't miss the memo - Android Police has been working, in secret (well, kind of secret), for nearly 2 months to bring you our first-ever podcast series. And we're calling it... The Android Police Podcast. Clever, I know. We've been diligently crafting it to make sure we get this right, and our first release episode is now ready for your listening pleasure (at least we hope it's pleasurable).

Seeing as this is our very first episode, we're especially interested in your feedback.

14
Mar
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The Kyocera Milano - a mid-range phone released on Sprint last September - is receiving an OTA update, bringing the device's software up to version 1.006sp. The update includes several bug fixes, as well as a security patch, "changes" to the phone's roaming guard display, and Mobile Alert System capability. If the update hasn't pushed to your Milano just yet, you can manually check by hitting Settings > About Phone > System Update > Update Firmware.

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Mar
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Droid X2 owners should be keeping an eye out for a new OTA set to roll out "soon," bringing the device's build up to 1.3.418.MB870. The OTA is pretty light, coming in at around 35MB, and bringing a small handful of enhancements and fixes to the X2, which debuted almost one year ago. Included in the update are Verizon's Video and VZ Navigator 3D City, Google's security patch, Wireless Alerting System compatibility, and a few other small improvements.

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Mar
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Widgets are one of Android's best advantages over other mobile platforms. Unfortunately, not as many app developers give attention to widgets as we'd like, which only makes us appreciate Beautiful Widgets even more. The famous clock/weather/battery widget developer, LevelUp Studio, is updating its suite of widgets with support for multiple weather forecasts and, more awesome than that, a web store for discovering/installing widget skins.

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Taking a cue from Google's Play Store*, you can connect your Google account to the Beautiful Widgets Skins Market and automagically send skins to your device over the air and apply them without ever touching your device.

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Mar
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In 2011, Archos put out two lines of tablets: the low end (and lesser relevant) Arnova line, and the higher-end G9 series - its first to receive Google certification (which is required in order to offer the Play Store). This year, we can expect a bit more rearranging from the company, as it will offer three lines of tablet: the low-end Arnova, mid-range Elements, and high-end G10xs series.

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The company today unveiled some details about the G10xs series, revealing that it will be intro-ing three new high-end devices this year, including 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch models.

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Last Updated: March 22nd, 2012

Those of you from the early days of Android may remember App Inventor - a Google project that allowed people to create apps for Android by dragging and dropping bits of code - no programming experience required. More recently, Google transferred the App Inventor to MIT, where it was open sourced. But the App Inventor (AI) is still a bit tricky to just open and jump right in to - a proper guide through the AI would allow someone to utilize its full potential, and create more complex apps in less time.

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Mar
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I have a confession to make: I'm a system stat whore. Not just on my PCs, either - I want to know what's up on all my devices, all the time. I've been using OS Monitor on my tablets for quite a while now, and while the information it provides is useful, it doesn't encompass all of the info that I wanted to see at a glance. Furthermore, it doesn't offer support for quad-core devices like the Transformer Prime.

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Mar
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If you haven't already been touched by Verizon's stupid-fast 4G LTE network, then tomorrow may be the day. Big Red will flip the switch on seven new markets, including:

  • Dothan and Enterprise, AL
  • Naples, FL
  • Greenville, NC
  • Altus and Durant, OK
  • Longview/Marshall, TX

Also on its quest for world domination (at least on the cellular level), VZW will expand its LTE market in 17 existing markets:

  • Washington D.C.
  • Elkhart, IN
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Columbus, MS
  • Northern NJ
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Duncan, OK
  • Allentown/Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA
  • Hilton Head, SC
  • Cleveland, TN
  • Dallas/Ft.