05
Apr
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In a fascinating new video titled "Get to know the HTC EVO 4G LTE," HTC explains the ins and outs of Sprint's One X variant, from the conceptualization of its design, to decisions surrounding build quality, materials, and a pretty interesting explanation of the new EVO's soft-touch unibody form.

Senior Director of Advanced Materials Chris Porter details the EVO's soft-touch feel in the video, explaining that the device has a "warm, velvety, soft-touch feel as opposed to a harder, rougher, cold metal feel." Porter explains that creating the effect involves sand/grit-blasting the device's frame, followed by a light chemical etching process to remove the sharp "peaks." The EVO's design also utilizes around 100 custom-designed machine cutters, used to create exactly the right geometry and feel for each device.

05
Apr
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Sprint just announced the OTA update that all Nexus S 4G owners have been waiting for: the update to Ice Cream Sandwich.

This OTA brings a whole slew of features, all of which come directly from ICS:

  • Customizable favorites tray visible on all 5 home screens just above the hard keys
  • Contacts application replaced with a People application that provides improved integration with Gmail, Email, Google+ and other apps
  • Multitasking allows users easy access to switch between recently used applications by tapping and holding the Home key
  • Create folders on the home screen by dragging and dropping one app onto another to create a folder
  • New lock screen actions allow users to jump into the camera or pull down  notifications to check messages, without unlocking the device
  • Swiping from left to right can dismiss individual notifications, close  apps from the recent apps list, and close browser tabs
  • Data usage provide controls for monitoring and managing network data usage
  • Camera enhancements include capturing panoramic photos, continuous focus, zero shutter lag exposure, stabilized image zoom and decreased shot-to-shot speed
  • Android Beam allows two NRC-enabled devices to exchange favorite apps, contacts, music, videos and more

It should be rolling out now and finish up within the coming days.

05
Apr
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Team iLuminate, one of the most visually impressive and creative dance troupes who just happened to win be one of the finalists in America's Got Talent last year, recently joined Labrinth in this stunning performance at the Sony Xperia S party. There really isn't much to say here - just watch:

I've been a huge fan of iLuminate, and while this isn't by far their most original performance, it was still quite a treat.

05
Apr
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I don't know a single person who has Facebook and doesn't check it on their phone. I also don't know a single person who doesn't hate how ridiculously slow the official Facebook app is. Fortunately, Facebook has APIs that allow third-party applications to do everything that you would normally use the official app to do - and it many cases, they do it better. A good example of "doing it better" is Friendcaster fro Facebook, which just so happened to receive an pretty massive update to version 5 today.

05
Apr
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Last week, we got word from a Best Buy tipster that ICS updates would be rolling out to the Droid RAZR/MAXX on April 4th and the HTC Rezound on April 6th. If you've checked the calendar lately, then you're probably aware that today is April 5th - one day later than ICS was supposed to hit the RAZR Twins. Still, that OTA is nowhere in sight (soak test details for the RAZRs did surface yesterday, but it wasn't ICS).

05
Apr
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Android, as a platform, has an advantage in that apps designed for phones scale to tablets dynamically, so many are functional without a proper tablet interface. The disadvantage? Some developers take their sweet time making said tablet interfaces. Twitter, for example, is still a giant, stretched-out version of the phone app. Enter Plume, an app that sticks much more closely to the ICS design style guide.

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While adhering to the style guide may not always be enough to make an app great, Plume provides a highly-customizable UI that makes use of the best parts of Android's new design elements.

05
Apr
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Do you love good deals? Because we love good deals. Not only that, but we love to share the good deals we find. With that, here are a pair of goodies that we stumbled across just a little while ago.

Asus Transformer TF101

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If you really want an Android tablet, but don't want to kill your wallet, then picking up a refurbished model is a great way to save some coin.

05
Apr
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Last Updated: April 9th, 2012

Spring is coming. That means it's time to refresh your summer wardrobe. Get started with this shirt sporting a diagram of the scientific theory of Android evolution. We're giving away ten of these shirts to you, our lovely readers. If you've got a hot date this weekend, though, and you need to impress someone with your advanced techno-genetics in a hurry, you can use the coupon code "ANDROIDPOLICE" (no quotes) to get the shirt for $7.99.

05
Apr
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Your down time is Zynga's bread and butter. Between Words with, Hanging with, and Scramble with Friends, Zynga has a pretty big monopoly on your social gaming. Today, the casual gaming giant is building out new territory in your world with a paid version of Scramble with Friends. This version removes those pesky ads and also doubles your token-earning fun. These tokens, by the way, are not the worst thing in the world.

05
Apr
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There's no doubt that the Galaxy Nexus is one of the best things Verizon Wireless has going for it right now. If you've been thinking about jumping over to Big Red so you can grab the Android 4.0 flagship, but can't justify the $300 price, then AmazonWireless and Wirefly are here to save the day.

Both of the online retailers are offering the GN for a mere $80 with a new two-year agreement, so the toughest decision that you're left with is which one one to buy from.