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Jekyll And Holo: A Few Weeks With The HTC One Google Play Edition And Its Sense-Infused Counterpart

I really like the HTC One. I also really like the Galaxy S4. And the Optimus G Pro. And that's because there are a lot of great Android smartphones out there right now, and really, none of the very best ones are actually bad (nor are any of them perfect). And if I were to ask you, our readers, what would be the first thing you could change about any of them - if it could be just one thing - a few months ago the consensus likely would have emerged as "give them stock Android."

Well, we're two out of three - the HTC One and Galaxy S4 are both available in stock Android iterations, aka Google Play Editions, and are yours for the buying (if you're in the United States - admittedly a major caveat).

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[New App] Chainfire Releases Alpha Version Of GeoLog, A GPS Logging App That Knows When Not To Log

Chainfire has been a busy, busy developer. Just a few days ago he released the first working root app for Android 4.3, and now he's sharing an early alpha of his new location tracking project, GeoLog. It's similar to other coordinate logging applications, but takes full advantage of Google's new Fused Location Provider and Activity Recognition APIs (check out Google's demonstration at I/O) to determine how precisely it should be tracking your position, and if it should even be actively logging at all. The technique involves using various sensors on the phone, like the accelerometer and GPS, to determine when you're standing still, walking, or even riding in a car.

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Panasonic Launches A New Cordless Phone That Looks Like A Smartphone, Acts Like A Smartphone, But Isn't A Smartphone

Panasonic's KX-PRX120, besides having a sexy name, is quite the handset. It runs Ice Cream Sandwich, has access to the Play Store, and sports a 3.5 inch touch-screen that would not look out on place on display next to any other budget smartphone. The thing is, buyers won't want to tote it around town. This digital cordless phone is too timid for that lifestyle and works best within the confines of its own home.

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Consider this a premium cordless phone for people who still, well, need dedicated landlines and perhaps lack access to a smartphone with the same functionality. It's a smartphone for people who don't need, like, or want smartphones.

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32 Best New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (7/17/13 - 7/29/13)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store 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.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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PassWallet - Password Manager

Today's roundup is brought to you by PassWallet (formerly Password Wallet) by HandyApps. Passwords are hard, thanks to the thousands of logins required for modern digital living.

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Did You Root Android 4.3 With Chainfire's SuperSU? Update To v1.43 To Fix The 100% CPU Bug

If you've already updated to Android 4.3, whether via an OTA or by flashing it manually, and rooted it, you're more than likely using Chainfire's SuperSU, which carefully works around the new restrictions Google put in place. Cody has a good write-up about why they did it and what's going on, so go read that if you're interested in the details.

Chainfire created the Android 4.3-compatible root method and the updated SuperSU back when the first leaks showed up for the Galaxy S4 but hasn't updated it for a few weeks. During that time, a good portion of users have discovered that sometimes SuperSU causes CPU spikes and starts eating up 100% CPU.

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Samsung Makes New Exynos 5 Octa 5420 Official With Double The GPU Performance

We don't see a lot of Exynos chips shipping in Samsung phones in the US, but the rest of the world is swimming in devices running Samsung's in-house ARM chip. The Exynos 5 Octa (5410) debuted in the Galaxy S4, and now an updated version of that chip known internally as the Exynos 5420 has been officially announced.

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Like the older Exynos 5 Octa chip, the 5420 has eight total cores that leverage ARM's big.LITTLE design. That means four full-power ARM Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.3GHz. The combination offers more processing power and lower battery usage than running only A15 cores.

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Belkin's WeMo App For Android Exits Beta, Now Available On Android 4.0+ Devices

Back in mid-February, Belkin released and early beta build of its WeMo for Android app. It was very light on features at the time (and only available for the Galaxy S III), but has been receiving updates ever since to get it up to snuff with the experience Belkin was looking for.

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For those who may not be familiar with WeMo, here's the in-a-nutshell explanation: it's a family of devices – WeMo Switch, WeMo Light Switch, and WeMo Motion – that connect to your Wi-Fi network and allow to you control household electronics directly from your smartphone. For example, you could have WeMo Switch plugged into the coffee pot and fire it up directly from bed when you wake up.

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[Weekend Poll] Are QWERTY Slider Smartphones Finally Dead?

With no DROID 5 in sight for an unveiling at next week's Verizon festivities, it seems the writing is on the wall for the form-factor that basically got Android off the ground: the QWERTY slider phone.

It's been nearly 4 years since the original DROID and HTC G1 debuted, two phones that really carried the Android platform in those early, uncertain days. It seemed, perhaps, that the trend the Sidekick (aka Hiptop) started in 2002 might continue on into the true smartphone era, side-by-side with the increasingly popular touchscreen slab (which at that point really just meant the iPhone).

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The last of the breed.

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Samsung Ditches Media And Music Hubs, Replaces Them With The Samsung Hub (Now In The Play Store)

If you've owned a Samsung device in recent years, then you're likely at least somewhat familiar with the Media and Music hubs, Samsung's exclusive music and movie stores. There's a good chance that you may have never used either of the pair, but if you have, Samsung is making some changes that are essentially going to cannibalize both apps for the Samsung Hub, which consolidates all of Samsung's current stores into one app.

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The Samsung Hub made its first appearance on the Galaxy S 4, so this app – which is now available in the Play Store – brings older Sammy devices up-to-date in terms of content stores.

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AOKP Finally Releases Jelly Bean 4.2 Milestone 2, Complete With SwipePad-like Ribbon Feature, New Devices, And More

It's been quite some time since we heard major release information from the ROM developers at the Android Open Kang Project, or as the cool kids call them, AOKP. After three months of relative quiet (though plenty of development and testing has been going on behind the scenes) The team just announced AOKP Jelly Bean Milestone 2, a complete and hopefully bug-free build that brings a ton of new features.

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The most user-facing addition is probably Ribbons, a built-in quick launcher that works a lot like SwipePad. Swipe in from the left, right, bottom, or any number of other locations including the lockscreen and notification shade, and you'll open a customizable vertical list of app/function shortcuts.

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