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Chameleon Launcher Beta Updated To v0.8, Brings New Widgets, Bug Fixes, And Performance Enhancements

Chameleon Launcher received what I would call its first "major" update today, bringing the launcher up to version 0.8.0. Naturally, you can expect performance improvements and bug fixes, but the update also brings something that users have been asking for since the beta launched: more widgets.

The new offerings in the widget department include Facebook, time, and a "switches" widgets that brings power control options to the launcher. Unfortunately, the switches aren't yet customizable, so you're stuck with a stock set of options that includes airplane mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, brightness, GPS, and sync.

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Google's Music, Magazines, And Goggles Apps All Get Updated, Here's What's New

A bunch of new fun stuff is coming down the pipeline, Google-fans! Your favorite search giant has just pushed several updates to some of its headlining properties, including Play Music, Play Magazines, and Google Goggles. We've got the full rundown for you.

Play Music

For starters, Google Music has added expandable notifications to its repertoire. It doesn't look like you'll see much more info if you expand it, but Play Music continues to be one of the best examples of how to make notifications robust and useful.

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Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G Touch Receives Minor OTA Update To Build FH13

The phone with the name everyone loves to hate – Sprint's Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch – began receiving a minor (and I mean minor) software update over the air today.

The OTA, which carries software build D710.10S.FH13 (for reference compare to the E4GT's Ice Cream Sandwich build D710.10.S.FF18), brings just one thing to the table: battery life enhancement.

Just how enhanced users should expect their battery life to be is unclear as yet, but being able to squeeze just a bit more life out of your handset is never a bad thing.

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T-Mobile's Galaxy Exhibit 4G Gets A Software Update (2.3.6), But You'll Have To Go Through Kies To Get It

The T-Mobile Galaxy Exhibit 4G—formerly known as the Exhibit II 4G before a software update rebranded the device, because I guess you can do that—is receiving another update today. Sorry, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. As a consolation prize, though, you get stability improvements and bug fixes!

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The new build (T679UVLG3) will only be available via Kies, so you'll need a desktop computer to be able to download it. Unfortunately, there's not much in the way of a significant changelog, but what we do have is right here:

Android version 2.3.6 / Software T679UVLG3 - Current Version

  • Version
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software T679UVLG3
    • Samsung Kies Only
    • Approved 8/14/12
  • Improvements:
    • Device stability improvements
    • Bug Fixes
  • Prerequisites
    • Android version 2.3.5 / Software version T679UVLE1 update
    • Latest version of Kies software downloaded on PC or MAC
    • At least 50% battery life

So, Exhibit 4G owners, grab your micro-USB cables and get downloading!

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Movies By Flixster App Gets Updated To Support New Android Style Guide, 7" Tablets, For Better Or Worse

Movies by Flixster has a very interesting design history. The developers behind this app are usually among the first to adopt new Android design guidelines—they had a Honeycomb-style action bar back when the Xoom was the only Android tablet around—and today it got another new refresh. The good news is that now it looks better on the Nexus 7, as opposed to the broken mess it was before. Now, for the bad news.

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ooVoo Video Call App Updated, Includes 4-Way Video Calls, Push Notifications, And A Widget For Android Users

ooVoo, the popular mobile video call app, has been updated to v1.3.4, bringing a number of new features and changes for Android users.

The most noticeable addition in the latest version is that users can now hold 4-way video calls right from their phones, taking advantage of fast Wi-fi and LTE connections to display multiple video streams all at once. This gives the service a big advantage against competitors such as Skype, which only allows free users to chat with one person at a time.

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Sony Continues Its Ice Cream Sandwich Rollout, Promises Updates For The Xperia Arc, Arc S, Neo, Neo V, Mini, Pro, Active, And Ray This Week

It was only last week that Sony began to update the Xperia P with Ice Cream Sandwich, but it looks like the company is now going full steam ahead and bringing the update to no fewer than 8 more devices this week.

A post on the Sony Xperia Product Blog this morning said that the update will be coming to the arc, arc S, neo, neo V, mini, pro, active, and ray "starting from this week".

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Android 4.0.4 For The Verizon DROID Xyboard 10.1 (11.11.27.MZ617) Is Rolling Out Now

It was only a couple days ago that we heard the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola Xyboard Wi-Fi models would be rolling out. Now, Verizon has announced that the same update for the LTE version of the tablet is about to rollout to customers via an OTA upgrade. The package will be about 336.4 MB, so hope you're on Wi-Fi.

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Here are some of the changes you'll see with the upgrade:

Direct Access Lock Screen - The direct access lock screen takes you directly to Camera, Browser, Gallery or Unlock.

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Avast! Mobile Security App Updated To Version 2, Now Includes Anti-Theft Web Portal And More

Several weeks ago, avast! released a beta version of its mobile security and anti-theft apps (the latter of which used to be Theft Aware) that brought with it a slew of new features, as well as an all-new web portal. Those new features have now left the beta stages and the final release of version 2 is available in the Play Store.

This is a pretty major overhaul for what I believe was already among the best anti-theft/anti-virus solutions for Android.

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Motorola Xyboard 10.1/8.2 Wi-Fi Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available In The U.S. Via OTA

Hot on the heels of ASUS pushing out Jelly Bean to the TF300, Motorola has announced that ICS is now available for the Wi-Fi Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2.

The update should be rolling out OTA-style now, and brings a host of new features:

  • Updated Browser with faster rendering, zoom and pan: Users can also now save pages for offline reading and request desktop versions of websites.
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications and recent apps: You can now dismiss individual notifications and apps from the Recent Apps list with a simple swipe of a finger.
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