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Sprint Pushing OTA Build FC17 To Samsung Conquer 4G

Owners of the Samsung Conquer 4G on Sprint may have received notification of a small OTA update this morning that brings a couple of little changes to the device, including a "security fix." Like with past updates, that basically translates into "removal of Carrier IQ software."

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Aside from that, it also removes the Magic, Smoke, Maps, Nexus, Spectrum, Water, and Waveform live wallpapers (does anyone actually use those, anyway?). The update should be rolling out now according to Sprint's online documentation and will hit all devices within the next ten days.

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Gmail App Updated In The Play Store, Brings ICS Features To Honeycomb Tablets

An update to the Gmail app just hit the Play Store that brings a number of smaller-ish features, most of which are for Honeycomb tablets. The app now offers some of the benefits of ICS on its older brother:

Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) users get the Android Gmail 4.0 (ICS) experience with:

  • Swipe to move between newer and older conversations
  • Tap your account to access Recent labels
  • Set custom notifications for individual labels
  • Sync last 30 days of messages so you can read and search messages faster both online and offline

It also brings some minor changes for users on Froyo or Gingerbread:

Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) users get:

  • New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
  • Performance improvements

The update is live in the Play Store right now, so go ahead and pull it down to enjoy the new features!

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"Netflix For Magazines" Is Finally Here, $10-15 A Month Nets You All The Magazines You Can Read From Next Issue

We've heard whispers that the powers that be have been working on a bulk subscription service for magazines. Now, they're finally delivering it. Next Issue offers users a very Netflix-like subscription service that includes unlimited access to current and some older issues of a selection of magazines for $10 a month. Or, for $15 a month you can get a slightly bigger selection of magazines. Yes, it's tiered.

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At the moment, the selection is particularly small, though it does offer quite a few big name magazines.

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SwiftKey 3 Beta Now Available To VIP Members, Renders The Spacebar Useless, Brings More Language Support, And Offers 'Intelligent' Punctuation

Ever since SwiftKey first hit the scene, one realization has become very clear to me: SwiftKey users love their keyboard. Seriously. Don't even try to convince those guys (and gals) that there could be a better alternative out there, because it's pointless.

For all the SwiftKey VIP members out there, a new beta just hit the SK VIP lounge for you to try. The next gen mind-reading keyboard brings some nifty features to an already nifty keyboard, including smart space, a feature that automatically detects where spaces should be in real-time.

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CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies Drop For Sony Xperia Arc And Neo

CyanogenMod (CM) has long been the modding community's custom ROM of choice, and for good reason: it takes the goodness that is basic Android (AOSP) and adds a hearty dose of all-around improvement. The list of devices supported by CM is quite a long and impressive one (truth be told, they do a better job of supporting devices than the manufacturers do), and last night, cutting-edge nightly CM9 releases dropped for the Sony Xperia Arc (Anzu) and Xperia Neo (Hallon).

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[Leaked Photos] Sprint's HTC EVO One Shows Off Its 4.7" Screen, Red Kickstand, And Could It Be... A Camera Button?

The famous red-and-black accents and the kickstand seem to live on in the HTC EVO One (or so we think it'll be called), according to these photos of Sprint's upcoming One X variant. The device, which looks to be a test unit, was obtained by one of DroidLife's readers, who then forwarded the snaps on for all of us to enjoy. You are enjoying them, aren't you?

Now, don't be too hasty and judgmental, take your time to examine these.

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[Leak] Either Samsung Or AT&T Can't Keep A Secret: Ice Cream Sandwich For The Galaxy Note Leaks This Time

As the old saying goes, "When it rains, it leaks ICS builds for a whole lot of Samsung devices on AT&T's network in a short time frame." At least that's how I learned the saying as a boy. While it didn't make sense then, now that Android 4.0.3 has been leaked for the Galaxy Note, rounding out the Samsung/AT&T trifecta of flagship devices, it all makes sense.

As with the previous leaks, also courtesy of RootzWiki, this build flashed its build.prop badge at the door to let us know it's the real deal:

ro.build.fingerprint=samsung/SGH-I717/SGH-I717:4.0.3/IML74K/144:user/release-keys

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Indeed, it looks like Note users can now join the Samsung family at the dessert table.

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Google Releases Full Flashable OS Images For Nexus S i9020A (sojua 4.0.4 IMM76D), Sprint Nexus S 4G D720 (sojus 2.3.7 GWK74), Korean Nexus S M200 (sojuk 2.3.6 GRK39F)

Last week, JBQ from Google released full flashable images of the newly baked Android 4.0.4 (IMM76D) for a few devices - the GSM Galaxy Nexus i9250 yakju and the Nexus S i9020T (soju). The Nexus S release specifically wasn't compatible with the AT&T version (i9020A sojua), but an image for i9020A was promised at a later date. Additionally, builds for the Nexus S 4G on Sprint and other variants as well as the Verizion Galaxy Nexus were to follow.

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[New Game] HandyGames Releases 'Farm Invasion USA', Begs You To Protect Corn From Aliens... What?

So, envision this for moment: you're a farmer. You have some killer crops of corn reaching their peak, just waiting to be picked. Then, disaster strikes - aliens come down from... wherever aliens come from, to steal your precious corn. You're left with but one choice: kill 'em all.

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That's basically the premise of the new game Farm Invasion USA from HandyGames, the same crew that brought us Guns'n'Glory, Aporkalypse, and more.

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