10
Oct
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Themer Beta, a launcher replacement initiative by the team at MyColorScreen.com, has received a lot of attention in the last few weeks. And I mean a lot, as it currently has a waitlist of 280,000+ people strong. That's right, two hundred and eighty thousand.

The invites have so far been released in relatively small batches of a few thousand at a time, leaving the majority of those on the list waiting impatiently and scrambling to find a code or two to satisfy that Themer craving.

31
Aug
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The slew of deals coming out today just isn't stopping. Besides Google's coordinated End of Summer Sale, BeyondPod, an extremely popular podcast manager, is offering its full version unlock key for $1.99, down from the normal $6.99. A handy price drop after Listen was abruptly pulled from the Play Store. The key works for both the regular and tablet-oriented versions. This app is one of the more powerful podcast managers and is able to run on a wide selection of devices, including many Google TV boxes.

22
Mar
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Google Authenticator, an important security tool that enables 2-step verification for your Google account, has racked up over 250,000 downloads over its lifetime, which is no small feat for any app in the Play Store. However, a few days ago, that version (previously available here) all of a sudden became obsolete and was consequently silently deleted.

Its replacement, which can be found here, bears version 2 (2.15 to be exact) and offers the following changelog:

  1. New entry for Google Play, same great app
  2. Updated look and feel
  3. "Scan barcode" and "Manually add account" options moved to Menu > Add account.

22
Sep
swiftkey-x

A new version of SwiftKey X has been released to private beta testers, and it brings quite a few improvements. Chief among them: the ability to learn from your blog via RSS - certainly a nifty feature. Other highlights include better error reporting, general performance improvements, and a number of bug fixes. The update also brings a new novelty feature in the form of the "My typing heatmap," which keeps track of keystrokes and displays a "heatmap" of the keyboard.

20
Mar
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Last Updated: March 22nd, 2011

What an absolutely insane week it has been for unlocking encrypted and signed hardware!

Update: How disappointing - nenolod turned out to be a fraud, and the whole thing was a hoax. It seemed too good to be true, and it was.

First, the Thunderbolt, which turned out to be HTC's most closed off device ever, was cracked wide open by team AndIRC within days after release, including our own Justin Case (jcase), Jamezelle, scotty2, and others.

10
Mar
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Last Updated: May 4th, 2011

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them towards the bottom of the page.

One of my greatest annoyances with Android, as a developer and an employee having to connect to my company's VPN, is the complete lack of attention to usability of VPN-related activities. Not only is it impossible to pull out a widget to connect to a VPN server, but Google apparently thought it wasn't useful (and so insecure that it shouldn't even be an option) to add the ability to save the VPN password.

02
Dec
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Last Updated: December 12th, 2010

Ingenious apps come out very rarely, but when they do, I make sure to have them installed on all my Android phones and recommend them to everyone I know. Theft Aware is one such app, as you may have already found out if you've read my review. It hides itself in your phone so well, especially if it's rooted, that unless the thief installs a whole new ROM (a hard reset doesn't remove Theft Aware on rooted phones) or knows you are running Theft Aware for a fact, you will be able to track your device for as long as it has battery life.

15
May
Contest: Win A Starcraft 2 Beta Key For Designing AndroidPolice.com's Twitter Page - Calling All Designers
Last Updated: August 12th, 2010

The Contest

The second official Android Police contest is here!

We have grown fast in the 7 weeks of existence, and it's time for our twitter page, @AndroidPolice, to have a decent design.

Update: And the winner is: eugene from http://xedner.deviantart.com/ who sent in not one by two awesome designs, one of which we are now using.

Here they are: Flashing police lights and Inspired by yellow police tapes.

04
May
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Thank you to everyone who entered AndroidPolice.com's first contest - we've had quite a turnout!

Up for grabs we had 2x Starcraft 2 Beta keys. There were 62 contest entries, listed below:

2dvh guille0301 Martin rockslave
Adi halldorhg MattDolan5595 RyanD86
adriencollot Hippolyth Maxwell Thom Scx2010
Afal88 Howard Chiang Michale Senne Mennes
AlexK iOverflow Mike K shamoo121
AlexS Jason Mona Zhao snowboycowman
Ben Jim MrRandomacity Spencer Rosengarten
Bennet Manuel Joe Layne mwardrop2 Starzcat
blah2135 JoeCool Nasosd Storfmon
DavidA Johan Larsson Nicholas Bowman Tenorikuma
DavidD Jonathan Peter McGuire Travis
Dzverski Josh Firman Phaze vi_x3
elvin Kavos puppi WayHow Hsu
GardenOfAiur khin RaptorJedi wearelu
Gary L Kluc1996 Rhainus  
gb lerdex Ricosta3  

Drumroll please!

26
Apr
Android Starcraft 2 contest
Last Updated: August 12th, 2010

The Contest

Update 5/4/2010: The contest is now over! We've had 62 entries and 2 keys to give out, so the odds were pretty good. The winners have now been chosen at random - head over here to see them.

The first official Android Police contest is here!

To promote the site further, following our very successful first month on the net, we decided to give away 2x Starcraft 2 Beta keys which will let you download the most anticipated game of this year and play it on Battle.net.

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