03
Aug
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MyColorScreen is a site where Android enthusiasts can show off the sometimes stunning UIs they design with various apps and mods. Most of what you come across on the site is fairly predictable; a different widget here and a custom wallpaper there. Although, on occasion someone creates something truly wonderful, and the new PIE UI from AdamF is definitely one of those.

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The PIE UI theme is a unique UI that takes advantage of a number of apps like WidgetLocker, Nova Launcher, and Power Widget.

03
Aug
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Last Updated: August 22nd, 2012

Google Music has become quite the app over Android's lifecycle, and there are plenty of very solid alternatives out there. But the vast majority of them offer a rather tired way of accessing your local music collection, splitting them into the same artist, album, genre and playlist sections we've been using for decades. n7player Music Player (yes, it's repetitive) has a uniquely visual way of displaying your tunes, worth checking out for any music lover who wants to shake things up.

03
Aug
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Gamefactory Gameloft is back with another new game, and this time it's a papercraft game in which you nurture, build, and develop a kingdom of adorable little monsters. It's a game that falls solidly within the genre of casual, and with variations of the word "cute" twice in the first two sentences of the description, it's probably not a game for everyone.

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Despite the light-hearted nature of the game, it certainly looks like it offers a surprising amount of depth and impressive amount of fun.

03
Aug
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The long-awaited undead makeover to Glu Mobile's insanely popular first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, just landed in the Play Store. Fantastic, right? Yep! If you have a Sony Xperia Play, S, or Ion.

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That's right - Glu decided to give select Xperia devices a first go at Black Ops Zombies. The rest of us won't get our hands on this living-dead action shoot-em-up for another month.

03
Aug
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If you're serious about security on your Android phone or tablet, you probably know that the Face Unlock feature introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich is a long way from secure. While Google didn't make any claims to the contrary, it looks like the extra "Liveness check" (which requires the user to blink after the initial scan) is almost as susceptible. A group of YouTube users demonstrated how to get past the check with a photo taken off of Facebook and just a few minutes of Photoshopping.

03
Aug
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Last week, we took at a look at the best tablets for students and parents alike. Today, we've picked through the hundreds of offerings out there to pick the best overall and best on-a-budget smartphones on all the major carriers. As a bonus, we took a look at the latest offerings on some of the more popular pay-as-you-go carries, which can oftentimes be the best choice for a student.

With that, let's get started.

03
Aug
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Everyone's favorite third-party browser, Dolphin Browser HD, got a fairly major update today that not only brings some improved features, but also a name change (albeit a minor one). The browser formerly known as Dolphin Browser HD is now simply known as Dolphin Browser.

With this new name, comes some new features, including a cleaner, improved address bar that offers more search suggestions, a better interface for tablets, and "larger space for big thumbs and small keypads."

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The update also brings the option to have a shortcut directly to Sonar on the homescreen, better bookmark management (easier deletion of bookmarks), and the always important "stability and performance" improvements.

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Aug
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Just yesterday, Samsung started sending out invites to its second Unpacked 2012 event at IFA in Berlin, where we believe the company will unveil the successor to the Galaxy Note. Just now, a second invitation just hit our inbox for the previously announced Galaxy event on August 15th.

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Giving credit to previous speculation, the flyer heavily suggests that we'll see the long-awaited Galaxy Note 10.1, along with the tagline "Meet the new way."

An official announcement is the last piece needed to complete the puzzle that has been the Galaxy Note 10.1.

03
Aug
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Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. I have to open this post with a bit of an apology, as our attempts to get the live show rolling this week were thwarted at every turn by technical gremlins - we should be up and running again next week, though. You can still listen to this week's episode in its full, recorded glory, though.

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The Cast

  • Matthew Smith, Host
  • Bob Severns, Editor, A/V, button-presser
  • David Ruddock, Co-host
  • Cameron Summerson, Co-host
  • Eric Ravenscraft, Co-host

THE OUTLINE

Carrier 411

03
Aug
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Today, MetroPCS announced yet another addition to its stable of prepaid Android smartphones. One of the pricier off-contract handsets, the device retails for $459. So, what do you get for a significant portion of your rent for the month? Well, for a Metro PCS phone, it's actually a pretty decent spec list:

  • 4.3" Super AMOLED display
  • 1Ghz processor
  • 8MP rear-facing camera w/ flash
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • LTE
  • 32GB of "external memory"*

*Note: It's a little unclear what they mean by "32GB of external memory." The device's spec page also lists a 16GB memory card, so it may be that the device has an SD card slot that supports up  to 32GB, but only includes a 16GB card.

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