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[The Android Police Files #1] No, We Don't Work For Android, And We're Not Really The Police

We get a lot of mail over the course of each day, but some inquiries and tips are simply better than others. Below is a batch of what we consider the cream of the crop. If there's anything to take away from these letters, it's that people assume we have more power than we do. We can't remote login to your Android devices, even if you ask nicely, and if we knew the reasons behind every delayed online purchase, we'd be much happier people.

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Official Twitter Android App Updated With Login Verification, New Gallery View For Search Result Photos

Today's Twitter update has a keen focus on security. Back in May, the company introduced an SMS-based two-factor authentication system for signing into the service. Now login requests can be be verified using just the mobile app. Users can sign into Twitter and enjoy the extra security of two-factor authentication without having to provide a phone number or worry about cell reception. The app also generates backup codes just in case your phone isn't available when you want to sign in later on.

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[Deal Alert] Wirefly Offering Steep Pre-Order Discounts On New DROIDs: Ultra ($149.99), Maxx ($199.99), And Mini ($49.99)

You can't have them in your grubby little paws just yet, but as soon as the new Motorola DROID phones from Verizon are ready to ship, you can get them at a big discount from Wirefly. If you pre-order one of the devices now, you can save $50-100.

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The DROID Ultra (red or black) is going for $149.99, which is $50 off Verizon's price. The Mini is also $50 off, at just $49.99.

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[Hands-On] Klyph Is A Slick Holo Facebook Client That Looks Nearly As Polished As Google's Native Apps

Not everyone is a big fan of the official Facebook app. Most people probably just tolerate it as a better alternative than accessing the mobile site from a web browser, and judging by the persistently average rating on Google Play, a sizable number of people actively hate it. That's why there's always a steady stream of third-party Facebook clients to choose from, such as the promising Klyph for Facebook. This particular option takes the popular social network and douses it in the same coat of paint as Google+'s Android app.

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[New Game] S.M.T.H. Invites You To Kill Your Phone In Pursuit Of Victory, But You Should Probably Decline

This app is called S.M.T.H., which stands for Send Me To Heaven. It's a cunning double entendre, you see. Not only are you supposed to toss your phone upward to the heavens, but you are also liable to break it, thus sending it to broken electronics heaven. Apple refused to allow this game in the App Store, but we lucky Android users get the chance to live dangerously.

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[New App] Twisty Launcher Can't Wait For The Moto X, Enables App-Launching Gestures On Any Phone

The flick-gesture for quickly opening the camera app on the Moto X and new DROIDs has been repeatedly highlighted by Motorola. And like any buzz-worthy feature in an upcoming phone, it's been almost immediately duplicated. Twisty Launcher popped into the Play Store last night, promising to deliver a customized version of this gesture-based feature, with the added benefit of being compatible with any device or app.

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The name "launcher" is a bit of a misnomer - Twisty launches apps, but it isn't a homescreen in any way.

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Music Player (Remix) Puts Other Music Apps To Shame With A Laundry List Of Features And A Swipe-Up Mini Widget

There are more than a few music players available for Android, but you could search the Play Store for days without finding one quite so full-featured as Music Player (Remix). The developer seems to have thrown every possible bell and whistle into the local playback app, and topped it off with a swipe-based interface and some impressive extras. It's available in the Play Store for $4.99, with a 14-day trial app available as well.

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Download: Latest Google Play Store 4.3.10 With New 'Recently Updated' Section, Combined Update Notifications, And More [Teardown]

Google is rolling out an update to the Android Play Store with version 4.3.10. The new update follows version 4.2.9 which was discovered on July 25th, only a week and a half ago, and brought several very minor changes. Unlike the previous update, 4.3.10 is more significant in user-facing features (yay, new stuff!).

What's New?

There's a new Ron in town, and it's me. Ron's not the only one capable of doing teardowns, and we've already scheduled a duel to sort it out once and for all (whoever lives gets to continue the teardown tradition at AP).

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TuneIn Radio Updated With Android 4.3 Compatibility, Finally Fixes The Persistent Notification

Some app updates have really short change logs, but don't let that deceive you into thinking this isn't a big deal. Tune-In Radio was updated today with only "We've fixed some bugs to improve your TuneIn experience" listed as what's new. What bugs did they fix? Well, the only one that matters to us is that they got rid of the persistent notification that plagued users running Android 4.3.

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If you're scratching your head right now, here's some context.

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iblazr, 'The LED Flash For Smartphones And Tablets' Well Funded With 28 Days To Go On Kickstarter

There seems to be a surge of mobile photography accessories on Kickstarter these days. Really, the trend makes sense – mobile manufacturers consistently tout their handsets' camera capabilities, and most everyone is prone to snapping shots with their phones. The desire to get better quality photos out of the most convenient cameras around is natural.

From Muku's Shuttr to the Lumu light meter, there's a lot to look forward to when it comes to mobile photo gear.

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