02
Jun
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With the announcement of the two leading-edge Android smartphones, the HTC One and Galaxy S4, in new "Nexus User Experience" editions, there really is only one remaining question: are you going to buy one?

The Nexified software experience has been something I've seen internet commenters clamoring for since the day I started writing for Android Police. And yet, somehow I feel pretty confident saying that these phones will fail to gain much traction outside a small, hardcore group of enthusiasts.

02
Jun
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Last Updated: June 18th, 2013

One of the very few issues with the HTC One is that it still runs Android 4.1, whereas the Galaxy S4 started out on 4.2. A new report on what's to come with HTC's OS update includes some apparent screenshots of Sense 5 on 4.2.2, and there is some good stuff on the way.

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First up, there is finally an option to have the battery percentage in the status bar.

01
Jun
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Samsung's newest flagship phone has infiltrated just about every US carrier already, but we can add one more to that list today. Cricket Wireless has started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4 with an expected shipping date of June 7th.

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Cricket Wireless is a pre-paid carrier that operates partially on the networks run by Sprint, MetroPCS, and others (as an MVNO). Cricket does have its own CDMA towers on 1700 and 1900MHz in many areas.

31
May
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It was only a matter of time before the first facial recognition project for Google Glass was started. That project was announced earlier this week by Lambda Labs, and the Google Glass team has now backed away from the technology on Google+. According to the post, Google won't approve any "Glassware" utilizing facial recognition due to privacy concerns. The key word here is approve.

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May
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Last Updated: June 3rd, 2013

Here's some unexpected news. Two new livestream videos have popped up on Google's Developers website, counting down to their respective start times. Both are marked as events especially for the mobile version of Chrome (presumably Android and iOS), and both have no more details to share at the moment. The first livestream is scheduled to start on June 7th at 1PM Eastern Daylight Time, the second is scheduled for June 13th at 11AM EDT.

31
May
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Update 5/31/13: RC4 is here, just a day after RC3. It's very likely the next release will be the final stable version.

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31
May
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PC gamers know the ARMA series as wickedly difficult, painstakingly accurate military shooters - the thinking man's (or possibly masochist's) alternative to the likes of Call of Duty. For its first full mobile game, ARMA is eschewing the first person shooter genre in favor of a tactical game: a top-down, turn-based combat system where strategy wins over speed and reflexes. It's a good choice for touchscreens, and an understandable one given ARMA's current fanbase.

31
May
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Last Updated: June 13th, 2013

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future. Congratulations!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

Grand Prize (Note 10.1) - Ricardo Jorge

Runner-ups (ArtFlow license)

  • Kocsis Robert
  • David Balogh
  • Komal Chola
  • Palo Gabrys
  • Miles Guilford
  • Gus Sykes
  • Danny Park
  • Peter Morrison
  • Chris Goddard

Update: Ricardo sent in a photo of his new tablet with a little something he drew:

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Interesting in winning a 16GB Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet?

31
May
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Zynga's Battlestone is now available on Google Play for any and all who just can't wait to answer the call and ready their blades. With just a swipe of the finger, players can bring the forces of evil down to their knees. This game comes with player-versus-player multiplayer support, so while you won't have to explore that 3D world alone, you won't be doing it with friends.

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Players can create dozens of heroes to lead off into battle, all performing various attack combinations with mere touches and swipes.

31
May
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Last Updated: June 6th, 2013

Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 63.

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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