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

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Will/Do You Use The Multi-User Support In Android 4.2?

There's an absolute plethora of keyboard options available for Android devices - in today's poll, phones in particular. You can use the Android (AOSP) keyboard, the stock manufacturer keyboard that ships on your phone, or one of the hundreds of third-party options available in the Play Store. And if you go third-party, there are all different styles, from quirky options like 8Pen, to trace-based keyboards like Swype, and traditional predictive tap-based choices such as SwiftKey.

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T-Mobile Updates Official Visual Voicemail App With Annoying Banner Ads

The nation's smallest national carrier has to score points with customers somewhere, and providing free visual voicemail has been one of those places. Some of the big players charge Android users a monthly fee for this feature. Well, T-Mobile has to defray the monstrously large costs of making your voicemail easier to access somehow, right? In the newest version of T-Mobile's official visual voicemail app, it has chosen to include banner ads.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 37: Geeks In Trench Coats And Katanas

Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 37. Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). The unedited video version of the podcast can be found here - and will likely include various verbal expletives, technical snafus, tangents, and probably a good 5-10 minutes of pre-podcast banter as we prepare. Watch at your own risk!

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The Cast

  • Matthew Smith, Host
  • Bob Severns, Editor, A/V
  • Cameron Summerson, Co-host
  • David Ruddock, Co-host
  • Eric Ravenscraft, Co-host
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[Exclusive] How To: Unlock The Droid DNA's Bootloader

When the Droid DNA was first announced, we were all surprised to find that the bootloader was unlockable at HTCdev.com. Because of this, the device actually got root, recovery, and custom kernel days before the official release. Unfortunately, by the time the device became available in retail channels, Verizon pulled the plug  and it was no longer unlocked through official means.

Thankfully, there's another way (isn't there always?). The softmod below will effectively change the carrier information, allowing it to once again be unlocked via HTC's official tool.

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Apollo, CM's Music Player, Pulled From The Play Store Due To Alleged Copyright Infringement

On Monday of this week, Apollo - the default music player in Cyanogenmod - was released to the Play Store in both free and paid variants. As of yesterday, just four days after its release, both versions of the app have been pulled due to alleged copyright infringement.

Andrew Neal, the app's creator, took to his Google+ page to let users know what happened:

Hey, just to let those of you who noticed that Apollo and Apollo+ are no longer in the Play Store know, MusixMatch filed a complaint and had them removed for alleged copyright infringement due to the way that Apollo fetches lyrics.

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[Black Friday Giveaway] Win A Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 LTE From AT&T And Android Police

A winner has been selected. Congrats to April!

You didn't think we'd miss a chance to give something away on this day of all things cheap, did you? Of course not. So we've teamed up with AT&T to give you a little Black Friday promotion of our own - in the form of a free Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with LTE.

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The Tab 2 10.1 LTE is a lot like its Wi-Fi sibling, though it's packing a much quicker Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, along with the aforementioned LTE support for the AT&T network.

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[New Game] Hyperwave Is A Space Shooter Forged Entirely From Lasers

Hyperwave is a fast paced space shooter that might look a little familiar to you. This same glowing neon style was used in Hyperlight, a previous game from developer CatfishBlues. The two look similar, but the gameplay is quite different. Your goal in Hyperwave is to defend humanity from the luminous hoard of alien attackers as they bombard the defensive shields. It's reminiscent of Space Invaders with a few key differences.

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[Deal Alert] Get A 12000mAh New Trent Portable Charger For Just $53.50

Have you been looking for a high-capacity portable charging solution without the high price? Amazon's got a great deal on the highly-rated New Trent IMP120D portable charger today as part of its Black Friday Deals Week, just $53.50 shipped (and Prime-eligible). This is a pretty standard two-port USB portable charger, though with a massive 646 reviews and a 4.5 star rating, it's hard to see how you could possibly go wrong here.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked Galaxy Note II (3G) Just $549 On eBay Daily Deals

It's a deal kind of day (it's Black Friday, after all), and we've got another one to add to your list: the unlocked GSM version of the Galaxy Note II is just $550 on eBay Daily Deals, with free shipping included.

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Now remember - this particular variant of the Note II has no LTE support on board, just good 'ol HSPA+. Still, this is a great deal on an already pricey phone - $30 less than the lowest price we've seen.

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[Update: It's Gone] 32GB Nexus 7 w/ Official Case $239 Shipped (Except NJ)

Update: The deal appears to be over, with a final count of 2000 Nexus 7's sold, which is quite a lot for an eBay Daily Deal. We're betting on similar deals popping up in the weeks before Christmas, so we'll be sure to keep an eye out.

eBay Daily Deals has an absolutely fantastic deal going on right now, and you better be quick if you want in on the action.

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