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Reliable Developer Indicates HTC Is Backtracking On One S Update Situation, S4 (Ville) Variant May Get Android 4.2

Community developer LlabTooFeR has reason to believe that Android 4.2 will, in fact, be coming to HTC's One S. A series of tweets late last night between Llab and a few followers indicate that the One S "Ville" model (the version using a Snapdragon S4 processor) will receive Android 4.2 one way or another.

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LoJack for Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4 Active now available for purchase at $29.99 per year

Samsung announced this spring that security app LoJack would soon be built into the Galaxy S4. The necessary firmware arrived on most North American variants of the S4 in recent weeks, and now the service is live to take advantage of it. LoJack can be activated on your Galaxy S4 today for $29.99 per year. In return for your money you get phone tracking, remote wipe, and recovery assistance.

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The LoJack app is built into the firmware of the device, making it persistent through factory resets (but probably not ROM flashes).

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Bjork's 'Biophilia' Mixed Album-App Experience Brings Quirky Educational Content To The Play Store, Feels Like An Acid Trip

Bjork's Biophilia part-album, part-app is an educational experience that teaches kids both about music and the natural sciences. That it helps prevent risky behavior by giving youth a chance to experience an acid trip without doing drugs is an added perk. At some point there appears to be a dis-embodied pelvis making love with the moon, suggesting that some type of abstract sexual education may have slipped in as well. Now all of this is available in the Play Store, two years after Biophilia's iOS debut.

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Sprint's HTC One Getting A Small OTA Update (1.31.651.2) With HD Voice Enhancements And Ringtone Tweak

Prepare to temper your expectations, HTC One owners on Sprint. In the coming days you will see the update notification pop up, but it's not Android 4.2. It's not even a very substantial update. But hey, it's still an update, and that's more than a lot of phones get.

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Toshiba Excite Pro And Excite Write Sneak Onto Best Buy Online And Amazon With Tegra 4 Chips, T3-Based Excite Pure Comes Along For The Ride

With little fanfare, the first available devices running Nvidia's Tegra 4 ARM chip have popped up at Best Buy and Amazon. The Toshiba Excite Write and Pro tablets are 10.1-inch slates based on Tegra 4, whereas the Pure is another Tegra 3 device. All three new slates appear to be available for purchase right now.

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The Tegra 3-based Pure tablet is a midrange affair with a 1280x800 resolution 10.1-inch screen. It comes with 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.

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WigWag, An "If This Then That" For Connected Devices, Gets Funded On Kickstarter With 30 Days To Go

For the desktop/web power user, the If This, Then That (IFFT) service is invaluable - it powers more than a few behind-the-scenes processes here at Android Police, for example. So it's easy to see why taking that idea into the physical world has got a lot of people excited. They've responded by funding the WigWag Kickstarter project, a combination device/service that talks to and controls some of the more common home automation gadgets through a central hardware hub.

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US Cellular Axes Belief Project Benefits: No More Contract-Free Upgrades For Existing Customers

At a time when T-Mobile is trying to redefine the less-than-stellar reputation of wireless carriers, it looks like regional player US Cellular has taken a big step backwards. The company is no longer allowing customers to access the upgrade reward in the Belief Project, which allowed those who had completed an eighteen month contract to buy a new phone at the subsidized price without signing another contract. After July 27th, US Cellular customers will have the same old contractual ball and chain if they buy a new device at the advertised price.

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Tip: Chrome 29 Beta Now Has A Flag For 'Draggable Menu' – Lets You Access Menu Options With One Motion

Google sometimes likes to throw fun little changes into beta builds of Chrome, with the most experimental of features being tucked away safely in the chrome://flags/ menu. Today's build – which just started rolling out a little while ago – brings one such feature to the table: the ability to access menu functions in one motion. It's called draggable menu, and it's easy to enable and even easier to use.

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26 Best (And 1 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (7/4/13 - 7/16/13)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.
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Verizon Holding Press Event On July 23rd: Everyone Try To Act Surprised When It's New Motorola DROIDs

It's time for Verizon to roll out its next wave of exclusive devices, as the company has just sent out invitations to its upcoming press event. Verizon will hold the shindig in New York City on July 23rd, where we expect the carrier to announce the latest generation of its DROID handsets. Likely candidates include the DROID Ultra, the DROID MAXX (an Ultra with a bigger battery), and the DROID Mini (convenient travel sized).

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