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AT&T's One X Left Out Of Bootloader Unlock Program – HTC Cites "Restrictions" As Reason For Cold Shoulder

After MoDaCo's recent report that HTC's Bootloader Unlock tool didn't work for AT&T's One X variant,  The Verge reached out to the Taiwanese manufacturer, and received a reply which suggested that the device has "restrictions" which prevent its bootloader from being unlockable:

HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. Since announcing our commitment to unlockable bootloaders, HTC has worked to enable our customers to unlock the bootloader on more than 45 devices over the past six months.

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Facebook App Updated To Version 1.9.2 – Say Goodbye To Messenger And Camera Shortcuts

You may remember the recent Facebook update that added two rather controversial app shortcuts on users' devices, with icons that had to be revised because they looked a little too similar to a couple of Android's stock icons.

If you found the added shortcuts to be redundant, confusing, or just plain useless, you're in luck - with the app's latest update, the shortcuts have been totally removed.

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It's not exactly clear why Facebook so quickly yanked the shortcuts from the app, but rumblings from the user community about the – in many cases – unwanted installation of extra apps may have something to do with the decision.

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27 Best (And 3 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (4/22/12 - 5/4/12)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.

If you enjoy this roundup, feel free to upvote it on Reddit.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.
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Verizon Motorola Droid 3 Getting Updated To Version 5.7.905, No Ice Cream Sandwich In Sight

Owners of the Motorola Droid 3 are getting a hefty over the air system update that addresses a number of concerns with the firmware and included apps. Firmware version 5.7.905 clocks in at 224.8MB in size, so make sure you allow at least an hour on Verizon's 3G to pull down the file.

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As for system bugs, the Droid 3 is getting a few Google security patches, a fix for mysterious device power ons, better camera autofocus, improved call quality, and a few stability improvements around HDMI and Bluetooth.

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Facebook Messenger For Android Updated To 1.7, Brings Message Read Status And Tries To Call Itself A "Texting" Service

Facebook's Messenger app for Android has been updated, and here's the changelog:

  1. Now it’s even easier to reach groups of friends on the go:
  2. Text everyone for free, using your existing data plan
  3. Reach friends wherever they are now – on their phone or the web
  4. Know who’s seen your message, and who hasn’t
  5. See where friends are messaging you from

Now, you're probably wondering what Facebook means by "texting" - they mean the app will send SMS notifications of your messages to people who aren't using the app but are on your friends list, and have their mobile phone number listed on their profile.

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[Deal Alert] Demolition Inc. THD On Sale For 75% Off, Or Just $0.99

If you've got a device powered by a Nvidia Tegra system-on-a-chip, a solid internet connection, and one US dollar, you're in for some fun. The price on physics-based puzzler Demolition Inc. has dropped from $3.99 to just $0.99. That's a heck of a deal.

In Demolition Inc., you take on the roll of Mike, the alien demolition truck driver. Some pesky human cities are in the way, and you've got a work order that says to knock them down.

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The Samsung Galaxy S III: The First Smartphone Designed Entirely By Lawyers

The Galaxy S III is... well... it's ugly. There's really no other way to put it. But why? Why is it ugly? I don't mean aesthetically, why is it ugly, I mean, "How did something like this ever make it out of Samsung's design studio?" I'll tell you how, it was never in the design studio. This phone design was born down the hall, in a room where the door sign reads "Samsung Legal."

It was designed by lawyers.

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CLIQ 2 Finally Receives An Update To Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Makes Us Nostalgic For Waiting On Gingerbread

Gingerbread may have been out for nearly a year and a half now, but did you know there are some phones out there that have been living on nothing but Froyo this whole time? It's sad and it's true. Today, though, one abandoned phone is finding a new home on Gingebread: the CLIQ 2. Finally rolling out the 2.3 update, after launching back in January 2011 with Android 2.2 on board.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Giveaway: Prototyper Lets You Pre-Visualize Working Models Of Your App, We're Giving Away 2 Pro Licenses ($495 Each)

Building apps can be a tough task. It can be difficult visualizing how the functionality of an app and its UI work together before you have a working model. Prototyper aims to alleviate some of that stress by letting you build what appears to be a functional app, without that messy business of it having to work.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • MJ
  • Deepu Mukundan

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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