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Oct
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This year's Droidcon is all set up and ready to go on November 22nd and 23rd in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, so all you Android devs across the pond may want to mark your calendar. Expect to your brain to be filled with pertinent information from the likes of Google, Facebook, and Paypal, among many others. In fact, if you'd be interested in joining those ranks, Droidcon is still accepting papers for potential speakers.

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Oct

Google is always finding ways to improve and enhance its services. Sometimes the updates are fairly major, while others a minor bump is enough to make a notable difference. The latter's the case with a new feature now available in GMail on the desktop, mobile site, and mobile app: the search function can now return results that include text inside of attachments.

Before today, you could only locate specific attachments by searching for the the filename or file type.

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Oct
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Attention gearheads, the app you've been waiting for has arrived. It's clear right off the starting line that Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution is a driving game unlike the competition. This app was previously an iOS exclusive, but it's not in Google Play just yet. As of now, Android users will have to go to Amazon's Appstore to pick it up, but it's free.

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The new Top Gear game borrows the supercar vibe from the popular BBC TV show by placing you in interesting locations to pull off stunts and drive like mad.

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Oct
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Do you want to buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1? No? Well, that's pretty understandable, but for Samsung, a US sales ban on the tablet issued earlier this year has been a symbolic thorn in the company's side throughout its ongoing legal spats with Apple. Today, after a decision from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals indicating the issue was ripe for review, that ban was lifted.

Judge Koh, reviewing the issue on the grounds under which the injunction was granted, found that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was not infringing the patents which Apple based its injunction request on.

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Oct
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The Atrix HD is probably the best Motorola smartphone on AT&T right now. If you happen to fancy Moto's hardware and are in the market for a new phone on Big Blue, you're in luck: it's now basically free from Amazon Wireless for new contract and upgrading customers.

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Specs:

  • 4.5" ColorBoost display with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • Android 4.0

This deal is good for both the white and black versions of the device, so pick your favorite, hit the appropriate link below, and enjoy your new phone.

01
Oct
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Google has once again updated the Android platform distribution numbers. The numbers, released right on schedule today, show Gingerbread still leading the pack at 56% of devices (down from 57.5% last month), with Jelly Bean crawling up the ladder to 1.8%, up from 1.2% last time.

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The two most important stat changes from last month, Gingerbread and Jelly Bean, are somewhat disappointing – both shifting at a lower rate than last cycle, but promised updates and leaked devices we may or may not see in the near future will likely help those numbers along.

01
Oct
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T-Mobile has begun rolling out the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update (T769UVLH5) for the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, and you can get it right now one of two ways. First, you can head to your phone's settings menu and check for the update. If the update doesn't appear, though, you'll either have to wait, or download Samsung's Kies utility (here) and check through that.

Here's the changelog:

  • Android version 4.0.4 / Software version T769UVLH5 - Current version

    Version

    • Android version 4.0.4 / Software version T769UVLH5
    • Updated 10/3/2012
    • Optional Manual update

    Improvements

    • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Mobile Hotspot Icon location fix
    • Add Email option fix

    Prerequisites

    • Manual (via Samsung Kies)  update
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T769UVLB7/T769UVLF4
    • Device software is not rooted
    • 50% battery life
    • Data connection
    • 20 MB available memory (File size of update is 15.7 MB)

Happy updating.

01
Oct
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Many of us waited with bated breath for Rayman Jungle Run to arrive in the Play Store late last month. Just when the wait was almost over, it was delayed. The game finally arrived a week later with all the platforming goodness you could ask for, so maybe the delay was worth it. All this precision jumping doesn't come free, though. Is the new Rayman worth a few dollars of your cash?

01
Oct
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For some time, Motorola Mobility has offered its MOTODEV Studio for Android suite as a standalone alternative build on Eclipse. A lot of developers seemed to like the additional tools Moto built into Studio, but weren't exactly keen on dropping Eclipse in exchange for Moto's less open solution.

Now that Motorola is a part of Google, it seems that state of affairs just won't do. Earlier today, on the official Motorola blog, the company announced it was open sourcing key parts of MOTODEV Studio and merging them into the Android Open Source Project.

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Oct
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You may not know it (especially if you see how I eat most nights), but I rather enjoy cooking. The fact is, though, that most recipe apps on Android really suck. Like, really, really, really suck (I am looking at you with extreme disapproval, Epicurious).

So when I saw the BBC's Good Food app on the Play Store this afternoon, I was intrigued. Then, I tried it, and I have to say - I'm impressed.

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