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PowerbyGen Introduces Andra, Making Device Charging 'Somehow More Rosy'

Andru, PowerbyGen's hit device charger based on our favorite robot, is unquestionably the most adorable adapter you'll ever see. Since his debut last year, Andru has been joined by white and dark versions and international accessories.

Today, PowerbyGen has expanded the family with Andra, a "more graceful" alternative to "her hunkier companions."

If you're familiar with Andru, you already know what you'll be getting with Andra: a pink version of the charger, with pose-able arms, a stand, and light-up eyes. To contrast with her pink exterior, Andra's eyes light up green.

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Like her green counterpart, Andra will cost you $25, with EU and UK adapters (in green) running $6.99 each.

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TWRP Manager App Released In Public Alpha For Team Win Recovery Project Users

The Team Win Recovery Project (stylized "TWRP") is an alternative recovery software for various Android phones and tablets. TWRP tends to focus on newer, more interesting features, as opposed to the more established ClockworkMod recovery. A few TWRP fans have created a support app for users of the custom recovery and posted Alpha information to the XDA Developers forum, allowing users to install new ROMs, backup, restore, and wipe their device from within Android. In layman's terms: it's ROM Manager for TWRP.

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TWRP Manager comes from XDA members JMZ and DeesTroy (current maintainer of the TWRP). The app requires root access, Android 2.3 or later, and (naturally) some version of the TWRP custom recovery installed.

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Samsung Takes A Page Out Of The Zune Playbook, Adds Brown/Black Color Option For The Galaxy Note 8.0 [Update: Now On Amazon]

Brown doesn't get enough credit as a hard-working member of the color spectrum. Despite representing such wonderful stuff as chocolate, wood grain, and varying degrees of melanin pigmentation, it's somehow thought of as boring. Brown keeps its head down and does its job all day long, while that swanky overachiever White and do-nothing Black get the top spots on modern gadgets. Brown's one time to shine was the Zune, and even then it was destined to fail, by virtue of not being an iPod. Apple never even thought of making one in Brown, those jerks.

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Samsung is here to give Brown another shot at rich, chromatic glory.

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PSA: This "Blackberry Messenger BBM" Published By Developer RIM Has 100k+ Installs But Is As Fake As It Gets

This morning we were alerted to a possible Blackberry Messenger sighting in the Play Store, but upon closer inspection, it was immediately obvious that this app is beyond fake. The problem is it already has 100,000+ installs, it's been sitting in the Play Store since Friday, and Google hasn't done anything to remove the listing yet.

Update 6/23/13 4:25pm PT: The fake app has been taken down.

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I can see three big problems that are currently distracting unsuspecting users and making them ignore any other possible warning signs:

  1. The developer's name is RIM, which looks pretty damn official.
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[Weekend Poll] Is Samsung's Insane Galaxy NX Camera Really An Innovation?

If you listen to the Android Police Podcast, you may be well aware at this point that I'm not the biggest fan of Samsung's Android-powered cameras. And I have reasons for this! I've used the Galaxy Camera as a replacement for my crappy little point-and-shoot for weeks at a time, and it just never grew on me. It was insanely bulky for the very average photos it produced (for a point and shoot costing well over $350), and the lack of simple but powerful features like manual focus (yes, really) was a total turn-off.

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The Galaxy NX will have manual focus.

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[Bonus Round] Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, Roundhouse, Fireball SE, Ninja Village Lite, And Pocket Stables Lite

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an unfashionably late Batman game, a giddy throwback to beat-em-ups of yore, a 2D top-down shooter (minus the shooting), and a couple of free demos for Kairosoft's pixelated favorites. Without further ado:

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Batman: Arkham City Lockdown

Well Batman fans, the mobile tie-in to Batman: Arkham City has finally arrived for the majority of Android devices...

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AT&T Offering 50% Off All Smartphones For A Limited Time, Includes S4, S4 Active, One, And Many Others

If you're in the market for a new phone on AT&T, the time to buy is now. The company is running a promotion that knocks 50 percent off of all smartphones – including top-tier handsets like the Galaxy S4/Active or HTC One. To make this deal even more enticing, all activation fees are also getting waived through the end of the month. That's a hell of a deal.

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Here's how it works: you select the device you want, add it to the cart, and go through the normal motions of selecting your plan (or upgrading your line if you're already an AT&T customer).

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Fakeblock Finally Arrives On Android, Has The Best Tonal Recognition Of Any Privacy Software Around

Wood block apps are a f*!#ing joke. Most of them don't even have mallet options or choices for wood weight or grain type. Fakeblock, which is now free on the Play Store...well, actually, it also doesn't have any of those options. But! It is still the most phenomenal block-of-wood-simulator that you will ever have the privilege of installing on your device.

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We've been waiting for this app to launch ever since the big Cinco de Quatro event where CEO George Maharis announced that the app is "real" and encouraged us to "put up this wall." The company has already received several rounds of funding including $50,000 from an unnamed executive of a real estate company.

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Friday Sales: KEMCO Games, Call Of Cthulu, Flight Control, And More

It's finally Friday! That means plenty of time to both download and enjoy new content from the Play Store. We've already seen some pretty great sales this week, but if you've already burned through them all, or just didn't find anything that suited your fancy, don't worry. There's a new batch of sales ready to get you settled in with a new app or game for the weekend. Check 'em out below.

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Vine Gets 'Clear Cache' Option And More In Sizeable Update To 1.1

While Instagram is busy rolling out its own "beautiful" (also "gorgeous") video functionality, the folks at Vine are busy making good on the "rapid, significant updates" they promised for this summer, releasing version 1.1 of the service's Android app today.

Responding directly to users' feedback, Vine now includes a "clear cache" option inside the app's settings. Previously, users complained that the app's cache ate up staggering amounts of space.

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Besides that, the update brings integration with Facebook, the ability to search for users and individual hashtags (another user request), improvements to capture and sync, and of course "other bug fixes and UI improvements." Vine co-founder and GM Dom Hoffman did after all promise the team would "continue to make changes to take advantage of Android's design principles and patterns."

If you're a Vine user and haven't already grabbed the update, just hit the widget below.

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