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Acer Announces The Liquid S1 – A 5.7-Inch Mid-Range Smartphone With Almost-Stock Android And No LTE

Remember when phones were getting smaller? Ah, those were the days. Acer just announced the Liquid S1 at Computex in Taipei, and it's got a massive 5.7-inch screen. It doesn't quite have the high-end specs of some other giant phones, but this device could appeal to a niche consumer.

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The Liquid S1 is a 720p device, despite the screen being on the large side. As such, it won't be as crisp as some other devices.

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[Update: It's Back] Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500 (16GB) On Sale Through eBay Daily Deals For $599.99 While Supplies Last

Update: The deal is back, from a different seller - head here to get it.

No one wants to drop $700-800 on an unlocked smartphone, but that might be your only option if you want the latest and greatest sans contract. In the case of the new Galaxy S4, eBay has been offering some compelling deals culminating in today's $599.99 offer. It's a heck of a deal!

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The i9500 is the unlocked international variant of the 16GB GS4, meaning it will not work on LTE networks.

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CyanogenMod 10.1: AT&T Galaxy S4 Nightlies Added; International, Sprint, And T-Mobile HTC One Builds Reshuffled [Update: AT&T HTC One]

There's a lot happening in the CyanogenMod world this morning. First and most importantly, the AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 now has official CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2) support, following the T-Mobile and Canadian versions. According to this Google+ post, supporting the AT&T S4 was simply a matter of patching a previous build. One nightly ROM is available at the time of writing, with more stable releases sure to follow soon.

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It's Official: The HTC One With Stock Android Is Coming To The Play Store On June 26th For $600

As confirmed by Hugo Barra on Google+ and the official HTC blog, a version of the company's One phone with stock Android 4.2.2 software is coming: on June 26th, you'll be able to buy the "Nexus User Experience" HTC One through the (US) Play Store for $599. The phone was actually announced by Sundar Pichai at AllThingsD's D11 conference this morning.

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The hardware is essentially the SIM-unlocked 32GB version of the device you can buy on HTC's website, meaning support for LTE on both T-Mobile and AT&T.

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Sony Rolling Out Jelly Bean 4.1 To Xperia S, SL, And Acro S, Xperia Ion Coming Soon

Good news for Sony fans: the company is finally starting to roll out Jelly Bean updates to some of its more notable 2012 smartphones. The former headliner Xperia S, its brother the SL, and the camera-focused SL all have Android 4.1 waiting for them. Users will need the a Windows PC and the Sony PC Companion to download and install the updated software, which includes a refreshed kernel as well.

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Google Calendar App Update Brings Color Customization Options, New Event Creation UI

The Google Calendar Android app received an update this afternoon, introducing a brand-new interface for certain steps during event creation, as well as the option to custom color-code days / your entire calendar. The new interfaces for these features are actually quite pretty, focusing on a circle-based design aesthetic that is more reminiscent of the Android 4.2 clock app in some ways.

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These aren't actually huge features in terms of functionality, but they should definitely give you an idea where the Calendar app is headed in future iterations.

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[New App] Giganticon Makes Homescreen Enormous, For Some Reason

If you're reading this story on a Widows PC (Vista or later), do me a favor. Minimize your browser and any other windows so that just the desktop is showing. Hold down the control button. Then scroll your mouse wheel up about a dozen times. Congratulations, you've just replicated the effect of Giganticon without even installing the app.

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Giganticon has one purpose, and one purpose only: it makes the app icons on your homescreen enormous.

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[Update: Winners!] International Book Giveaway: Win One Of Ten Copies Of 'Android User Interface Design' From Android Police And InformIT

Nothing can break a good app quicker than an ugly interface. Conversely, a subpar app can be thrown into the limelight thanks to a beautiful UI. The point is: we're all slightly vain and love to look at pretty things. If you're a developer, making your app visually appealing is absolutely clutch for success; if you're just not sure where to start, however, we've got a book that should be just what the doctor ordered: Android User Interface: Turning Ideas and Sketches into Beautifully Designed Apps ($25, Amazon).

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LG Announces The White Nexus 4, Quashes All Rumors That The Company Is Working On The Nexus 5

We've been seeing images of a white version of the Nexus 4 for several months now (including some recently-leaked press shots), but LG just officially took the wraps off of it. This new N4 is virtually identical to the current edition in hardware specifications, as it features a 4.7-inch 1280x768 display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM, and of course Android 4.2; so no surprises there.

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Oddly enough, the handset will start its journey in Hong Kong on May 29th, and will "roll out globally in select markets in Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East over the next several weeks." That's a step away from the norm, where Google usually releases new Nexus devices in the US Play Store first.

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DashClock Widget Developer Switches To New Beta Testing Technique, Helps Us See How It Works

If you're running Android 4.2, odds are pretty good that you have also installed Roman Nurik's popular lock screen widget, DashClock Widget. Now, thanks to the new method of running beta tests in the Play Store, you can also try out the latest features and improvements before they officially launch. By joining this program, test versions pop up as if they were regular updates.

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The setup process is quick and painless.

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