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Google Play Games Gets Dedicated App, Comes Preinstalled On The New Nexus 7

Google Play Games has done wonders to tie game scores and achievements to our Google+ profiles and show us who's kicking the most butt in any particular title. Yet information has thus far been scattered across individual apps and Google+, limiting the value of the experience. Today Google is rolling out a standalone app consolidating all of this content in one place.

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The new app can display achievements unlocked in individual games, those that a player has yet to unlock, and leaderboards for every different map within a specific game.

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Yes, The New Nexus 7 Will Work On AT&T, Verizon, And T-Mobile's LTE Networks - All In A Single Model

This is definitely one of the highlights of today's Nexus 7 presentation for me: multi-network LTE support in one device. No mucking about with carrier-specific models. This is really great, assuming your carrier is supported.

The new Nexus 7, if you opt for the LTE model, will support LTE data connectivity on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. That's just kind of awesome. There are some potential caveats, though. Google did not elaborate on which frequencies were specifically supported, or if 3G support would be available on all three networks.

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Android 4.3 Coming To The Nexus 10, OG 7, 4, And Galaxy Nexus Beginning Today; Google Play Edition Devices Getting It 'Soon'

Google officially unveiled the newest version of Android this morning – Android 4.3 Jelly Bean – and of course the first question is when can I have it?! Good news for current Nexus owners: it's coming today. The current edition Nexuses – 10, 7, and 4 – along with the Galaxy Nexus (GSM is assumed here), will all begin getting the update as of today.

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Of course, there's another big question here: when will the Google Play Edition HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 get the update?

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Google Officially Unveils Android 4.3: Improved Multi-User Profiles, Bluetooth LE, And More

As expected, Google [finally] took the wraps off Android 4.3 At today's "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai" event. On the surface, 4.3 is all too familiar, as it essentially looks identical to 4.2 in that there isn't a single distinctive thing to tell the two apart from a UI perspective. However, that doesn't mean there isn't anything new – it's all under the hood, baby.

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Let's take a look at what's new:

  • Multi-user with restricted profiles – content control on the user level
  • Bluetooth Low Energy support
  • OpenGL ES 3.0
  • New DRM APIs – Netflix is the first to support it, full 1080p streaming
  • ...a lot more new APIs

Android 4.3 will be available on the new Nexus 7 at launch, and will also be rolling out to the Nexus 4, current Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the Galaxy Nexus beginning today.

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Google Officially Announces The New Nexus 7, Surprise Features Include Multi-Network LTE, Qi Wireless Charging

Google has announced the much-anticipated successor to the Nexus 7, released a little over a year ago, today at a small press conference. Hugo Barra introduced the device, which has been leaked extensively in the past month (several of those times being here, more recently).

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The new Nexus 7 is thinner by 1.8mm, and narrower by 2.75mm on each side of the bezel in portrait orientation. It's also 50 grams lighter.

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AT&T Rolls Out 4G LTE Availability To Eight New Markets, Expands Five Others Across The Country

AT&T is rapidly expanding its 4G LTE availability, pumping billions into the effort as it seeks to upgrade most of its network. Now the cellular provider has introduced zippier speeds to the the eight new markets listed below, along with five additional expansions. The new markets are concentrated predominantly in Alabama, California, and a couple states in the Northeast.

New Markets:

  • Greenville, AL
  • Troy, AL
  • Madera-Chowchilla, CA
  • Merced, CA
  • Vallejo-Vacaville, CA
  • New London County, CT
  • Sussex County, DE
  • Columbia, MO

The five new expansions are spread all across the country, including locations on the both coasts and one state in between.

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Galaxy on Fire 2 HD Rockets Into Google Play, Brings Updated Graphics And Content With No Tegra Exclusivity

Galaxy on Fire 2 THD is a popular free-to-play title on Tegra devices, but it's only for Tegra. That's a bummer for the overwhelming majority of Android users. But what's this? At long last, Galaxy on Fire HD is in Google Play and it works on almost all Android devices.

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Galaxy on Fire 2 is a 3D space adventure game with over 50 customizable ships and hundreds of different weapons.

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WidgetLocker Hits Version 2.4, Brings App And Camera Access, New Settings Page, And Fixes For Jelly Bean

If Android's stock lockscreen has become mundane and boring to you, then WidgetLocker – which comes from TeslaCoil Software, the creator of Nova Launcher – is one of the best replacement options on the Play Store. It recently received a somewhat significant update that brings a handful of new and useful features, like the ability to swipe left or right to access apps or the camera, respectively. That's not all TeslaCoil packed into this update, however:

What's New

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  • Bezel Swipe left for apps
  • Bezel Swipe right for camera
  • Redesigned settings page
  • New Unread Count badge options
  • Fixes for Jellybean (4.1 through 4.3)
  • Optimizations

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The update is available now in the Play Store – hit the widget below to grab it.

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Popular JRPG 'Doom & Destiny' Now In The Pay-What-You-Want IndieGala Bundle, Along With Other Non-Android Games

Doom & Destiny is a highly-rated JRPG ported to Android from the PC, Xbox, and Windows Phone. It's currently available as part of the IndieGala, a pay-what-you-want bundle of games not all that unlike the immensely well-known Humble Indie Bundle. If you're familiar with one, then you know how the other works. Consumers get to set their own price for a good selection of games, but the full bundle is only available to those who pay higher than the average.

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Wednesday App And Game Sales: Couch To 5k, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Plasma Sky, And More

There's supposed to be some kind of Google thing happening today. On the off chance a new device is announced – I don't know, maybe a tablet, or something – you might want to beef up your list of apps and games. Well, we've got some sales to help out with that.

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