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One of the worst phrases a human being can put together is "automatic video editor." The whole thing feels like it's set up for failure. Like "vasectomy in a box" or "snooki's pregnant." Add in "for Android" and, well, let's just say I've been burned before. So it came as an unbelievable shock when I tried out Magisto, which claims to be both of these things, and it was good.

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Last Updated: August 29th, 2012

We're back! If you are somehow just joining us, where have you been? This is Getting To Know Android, the series where we milk every little detail out of the latest version of Android and put other change logs to shame.

Expect this version to be heavy on the pictures because, honestly, we're getting down to the bottom of the barrel here. There won't be much left to cover after this.

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Microsoft's competitor to Dropbox and Google Drive, SkyDrive, just got an official Android app. Surprisingly, it actually looks like it was designed for Android, though the Metro influence is hard to deny.

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For the unaware, SkyDrive is Microsoft's take on cloud storage, though it goes a step further by integrating remote access and collaboration tools (similar to Google Drive). While SkyDrive is undoubtedly a powerful tool, the Android app only allows for a portion of the functionality of the desktop service.

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Aug
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According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung isn't wasting time on keeping the eight smartphones Apple is demanding injunctions against on store shelves. And no, I'm not talking about an appeal.

Samsung is currently working with the carriers selling at least five of those phones in order to strip them of the features described in the software patents they were deemed to infringe as part of Friday's verdict in Apple v.

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Just last week, MetroPCS announced a new offering from LG, along with an ultra-affordable $55 unlimited LTE plan. This week, the pay-as-you-go carrier is announcing an even more affordable 4G LTE handset: the Coolpad Quattro 4G.

This marks Coolpad's first venture into U.S. territory, and with a price of $99 (after $50 mail-in-rebate) sans-contract, the Quattro is priced to move units. Of course, when it comes to smartphones like this, you get what you pay for:

  • 4" display
  • 1GHz processor
  • 3.2MP rear shooter, front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 2.3.x

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Notice something oddly familiar about this little handset?

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A rather innocuous OTA update (T989UVLH1) for T-Mobile's Galaxy S II was announced today, with a 2-line changelog that, on the surface, probably won't excite anyone:

Improvements

  • ISIS/NFC update
  • Bug fixes

That's the whole thing. But that little Isis mention is easy to overlook - this is the first phone to officially indicate (if indirectly) support for the carrier-backed mobile payment system. Unfortunately, we don't have a T-Mobile Galaxy S II in order to check if this update actually brings the Isis app itself, or is merely in preparation for support.

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Samsung has been slowly but surely pushing Ice Cream Sandwich to last year's Galaxy Tab series. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi was the most recent Tab in the series to get the update here in the U.S. and, considering the devices are nearly identical, it left owners of the Tab 8.9 wondering where their update was.

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Good news, Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi owners: the wait is over. The 313.96MB update just started rolling out in the U.S.

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We already knew that the Samsung was planning to release a black version of the Galaxy S III, but it's just been announced that the company's flagship phone will also be available in three additional colors soon.

Continuing the "inspired by nature" theme of the Galaxy S III, Samsung's blog says that the new color variants are "derived from man’s relationship with natural materials and perfectly compliment the handset’s organic experience."

The Garnet Red model has already been available exclusively from AT&T for the past month, but consumers will soon have the option to buy the phone in 'Amber Brown', 'Sapphire Black', or 'Titanium Grey'.

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Aug
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Barnes & Noble announced last week that its Nook Simple Touch e-book readers were coming to the UK, and it's now been confirmed that John Lewis will stock the devices from mid-October.

Although Barnes & Noble is an established name in the US, this will be the first time that the company has made itself known on this side of the pond. With no brand recognition, it will have a tough time competing against the likes of Amazon, who just recently partnered with Waterstones to bring the Kindle to the high street.

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Aug
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Brightstar, a global wireless services company with a presence in more than 51 countries worldwide, has acquired LetsTalk.com for an undisclosed fee.

Since its founding in 1999, LetsTalk has served as an independent resource for wireless products and services, raising $21.5 million in funding. The San Francisco based company competes with Wirefly and Amazon, selling service plans from US carriers.

"Brightstar can now extend the wireless supply chain to the point of purchase and enable sales of connected products through an integrated omni-channel that includes online, in-store, mobile and social interfaces," said David Stritzinger.

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