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Android 4.1.1 Rolling Out Now To The Galaxy S III On Bell, Telus, SaskTel, And Rogers In Canada

It's been a long time coming, hasn't it Canadian GSIII owners? You've sat back and watched Jelly Bean roll out to GSIIIs across the globe over the last several weeks, and there you were - forced to deal with ICS. It's a hard knock life.

But no more! Things are starting to look up - the 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update is now making its way to handsets all across Canada. GSIII owners on Bell, Telus, SaskTel, and Rogers should all be getting the OTA any time now - head into Settings > About phone to see if it's available on your device.

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XBMC For Android Finally Gets Its Own Official Release (Codenamed 'Frodo'), No Messy Compiling Required

When last we left our heroes XBMC for Android, the group behind the open source multimedia manager had announced that it would be bringing support to the platform soon. Of course "soon" isn't a word that tweakers like to hear, so some enterprising fellows compiled the source code into an APK for your testing pleasure, with all the disclaimers that entails. Today, however, a more official app is being distributed by the team with a hefty 'beta' tag attached.

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[The Android Police Week In Review] The Biggest Android Stories Of The Week (11/25/12 - 12/2/12)

Welcome to the Android Police Week In Review - your source for the biggest Android stories of the week. Don't forget, you can catch a lot of these stories (and more) on our weekly podcast.

Features

Product Reviews

Android at Arms

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[Weekend Poll] What Type Of Browser Are You Using On Your Android Phone?

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see What Type Of Keyboard Are You Using On Your Android Phone?

Much like keyboards (which we covered last week), browsers are a dime a dozen. Google ships one browser with Android (in more recent versions, that's been Chrome), which most manufacturers then replace with their own proprietary version. And then there are the dozens (if not hundreds) of third-party browsers available on the Play Store.

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Dolphin Browser Beta Bumped To Version 1.2, Now Supports Android 4.2, Faster Page-Loading, Improved Add-On Compatibility, And More

If there's one thing that can be said of Dolphin Browser, it's that the dev team behind it stays on top of things. There's a steady stream of updates to the browser all the time, bringing new features, performance improvements, and all that other fun stuff that people usually like when they're favorite apps get.

Today's update is no different, though it is a little more notable. First - and most importantly - v1.2 brings support for Android 4.2.

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Total Commander Updated To v2, Brings Drag-And-Drop, Built-In Media Player, And More

I've noticed something: people who love Total Commander really love Total Commander. Like, they won't even consider another file manager most of the time. After seeing TC's extensive feature list, though, I can kind of see why -  this thing's chock-full of useful features. And with v2 - which was released as a beta in early September - it just got a lot more powerful.

Version 2 brings a slew of new stuff:

  • Drag&Drop files to other panel and to sub-folders
  • Built-in media player with equalizer, play queue, background playing, full screen video in landscape mode, stream from LAN and WebDAV plugins (they need to be updated too)
  • Improved stability of background operations
  • Select a range of files/folders with a long tap on an icon
  • Copy to external SD-Card on Android 3.0 or later even without root rights
  • Multi-Window support for Samsung Galaxy N7000, N7100 and N8000
  • Set permissions and owner/group for selected files
  • Custom scroll thumb also in the editor to scroll long files more quickly
  • Context menu now allows to add FLAC files to internal media player

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The update's available now in the Store - hit the widget to give a try.

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[New App] NeroKwik Wants To Be Your Cross-Platform Photo Manager/Sharing App

Start with a base of Google+'s Instant Upload, mix with about three cups of Instagram (sans filters, of course), add a dash of personal Pinterest and what you'll get is a photo sharing app from Nero that serves 3-5 platforms. The company that you best know for including a free trial of something DVD-related on any computer you bought in the last decade has released a free Android app that automatically uploads any picture you take on your phone to its central servers and makes it available on any device you have the app installed on.

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After Hitting 9-10 Week Shipping Estimate In US, 8GB Nexus 4 Goes Out Of Stock Yet Again

In a sight all too familiar to would-be Nexus owners this morning, the Nexus 4 8GB model has once again been listed as "out of stock" on the Play Store. This comes after Google opened up a second round of Nexus sales, which were basically glorified pre-orders, particularly when it came to the 8GB model, which quickly hit a 5-6 week shipping estimate.

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Earlier this week, that estimate stretched all the way to 9-10 weeks, and presumably anything past 10 was the tipping point.

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Phablet Virgin: How Two Weeks With The Note II Made Me A Believer

When the original Galaxy Note was unveiled back in August of 2011, I’ll admit: I was one of the naysayers. Nay, I was more than a naysayer – I was a hater. The idea of the “phablet,” I thought, was absurd. Who would possibly need – or want – such a ridiculous piece of form-factor experimentation? Like much of the tech media world, I looked on and fully expected Samsung’s newest Galaxy product to be a total failure.

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Full Falcon Pro Twitter Client Now In The Play Store, And It's Even Better Than The Widget

Back in mid-August, we highlighted a gorgeous Twitter widget called Falcon. There was a lot to like a Falcon as a widget, but it didn't take long to realize it wasn't living up to its full potential - it needed to be a full app. So that's exactly what Joaquim Vergès - Falcon's developer - did. And it looks fantastic.

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Simply put, Falcon Pro is probably the best looking Twitter client I've ever seen.

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