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[Update 2: It's 4.1.2] Verizon Announces Android 4.2 Update For The Motorola XOOM (Yes, Really), Build JZO54M

Update 2: Verizon has confirmed that it is in fact an update to Android 4.1.2, not Android 4.2, as the screenshot below now reflects.

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Update: It sounds like this may be an Android 4.1.2 update, not Android 4.2. The build number JZO54M is, according to Google's own codename site, an Android 4.1.2 build (specifically, Android 4.1.2 R2.1). Sounds like Verizon done goofed. We've reached out for confirmation, but I'd be skeptical if the Verizon XOOM suddenly bunny-hopped from Android 4.0 to Android 4.2.

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T-Mobile Won't Be Selling The Moto X For Now, But Direct Purchase Through Motorola Will Be Possible

You might have noticed the pricing of the Moto X when it was announced yesterday. $199 is a typical price for a new subsidized phone on a 2-year contract, but what about T-Mobile? The magenta carrier doesn't do traditional subsidies anymore, so what's the deal? Well, a close reading of the original PR makes it clear that T-Mobile isn't going to carry the device in stores or online. It'll still exist, though.

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Avast Launches Mobile Security v3, Anti-Theft v3, And Backup v1 Betas In The Play Store, Starts To Roll Out Premium Features

When it comes to mobile security, we readily recommend Avast's option. Not only does it offer fantastic malware protection, but the built-in Anti-Theft is one of the best tools you can have installed should your device ever get lost or stolen. Today, the company is taking advantage of Google+ Community beta testing with Mobile Security, Anti-Theft, and a new product called Backup.

The beta testing period will only last for a week, during which time the company is inviting advanced users to give this new trio a shot and provide feedback before they become available to everyone.

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Appsi Adds Plugins And Customization To The Holo-Style Swipe-Out Sidebar Launcher

The latest trend in Android user interface modifications is the gesture-based meta-launcher, a way of quickly launching and switching between huge numbers of apps. My personal favorite is still SwipePad, but the current fashion is for Holo-style, scrollable sidebars. Appsi is the latest among these, but differentiates itself with a ton of customization and plugins.

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First of all, the setup process is a lot simpler than similar apps, allowing the user to easily move the activation areas with a more graphical UI, instead of adjusting numbers or sliders.

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August Android Distribution: Jelly Bean Rises To 40.5%, Gingerbread And ICS Hold Steady

It's that time of the month: get your paycheck, pay your bills, and gather round the Android Developers page for a new look at the distributed versions of the world's most-used mobile operating system. For the two-week period ending on August 1st, Jelly Bean 4.1 rose 1.7% to 34% of the total Android population, becoming the most popular single version of Android for the first time.

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The rest of the platform changed very little since July.

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[Bonus Round] Hero Forge, Choplifter HD, Suspect In Sight, A Ride Into The Mountains, And Squarescape

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 RPG-puzzle mix, two, count 'em, two helicopter games, a stylish retro platformer, and another puzzle game from Noodlecake.

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Moto X Will Not Be Sold Outside Of The Americas, Cheaper Versions To Be Made As Company Focuses On "Very Few Devices"

Much has been made of the fact that Motorola's shiny new flagship is made (or at least assembled) in America. But there's a downside to this: it looks as though aspiring Motorola customers in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the rest of the world will have to do without. Motorola has made it clear that the Moto X is only for the US, Canada, and Latin American markets.

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That isn't to say that the company is not concerned with the worldwide marketplace.

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[Update: Winners] International Giveaway: Win A Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505) Or Nexus 7 16GB (2012) From Look4App And Android Police

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.

Antonin Lenfant

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Update: Here's Antonin with his new baby:

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There's not shortage of photo editing apps on Android, but Smoothie Photo Editor is definitely one of the prettier ones I've seen.

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The Drowning Is An Innovative First-Person Shooter Without Virtual Joysticks, Coming Soon To Android

Mobile gaming has evolved a lot over the years. Early phones were weak, so manufacturers stuffed more powerful CPUs inside them. Screens were small, so they've been stretched out to 5-inches or more. Number keys were functional, but touchscreens allow for a greater degree of interaction. Yet despite all of this innovation, trying to play a first-person shooter on a mobile device still sucks. The Drowning is one game that promises to fix this problem.

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PSA: The Latest Chromecast Over-The-Air Update (12840) Patches The Bootloader Exploit Used To Obtain Root

The Chromecast runs a modified version of Android, so of course modders are all over it like white on rice. The folks at GTVHacker already gave us a working bootloader hack and root access, not that there's much you can do with it at the moment except switch to the beta or dev channel. Unfortunately, a quick over-the-air update for the Chromecast seems to have closed this modding avenue already.

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