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Dec
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Everyone knows and loves Dropbox, and with build 1.3.0.6, its Android version is about to get even better. For now it's but a preview -- a "forum build," by official Dropbox terminology -- though we'd expect that to change soon, as in my experience it seems quite stable.

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The main addition here is "optimization" for Android 4.0, presumably consisting mainly of performance tweaks. Additionally, the update features:

  • support for foreign languages
  • quick offline access to files ("favorites")
  • the ability to bulk upload photos and videos
  • the option to rename files and folders
  • single-tap access to all file and folder actions
  • an improved gallery
  • uploading from and exporting to local storage
  • the obligatory bug fixes

Interested?

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Dec
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Remember the colorful and imaginative tower defense game Jelly Defense that we took a look at several weeks ago? It just received a mighty nice update that brings some new winter-based levels, new gameplay options, new music, gameplay improvements, and performance enhancements. In other words, the developers packed quite a bit of punch into this one. Here's the full changelog:

    1. Two winter levels for Christmas evenings.
    2. Challenging endless level.
    3. New and cozy Christmas tune.
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    Dec
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    Amazon started pushing an update to the Kindle Fire yesterday, and two words that no Android geek wants to hear were muttered shortly after: breaks root. Unlike the previous update to the Fire, this update can't be re-rooted using SuperOneClick.

    It's not all bad in Fire-world, though; for the un-rooted, this update brings a number of fixes and performance enhancements to the sub-$200 device:

    • You can now remove books, apps or other content from the carousel of recently used items on the home screen.
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    Dec
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    Samsung has finally made an official statement regarding its plans to upgrade current handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android version 4.0), and the short list is indeed quite short:

    • Galaxy S II (including AT&T LTE version)
    • Galaxy Note
    • Galaxy R
    • Tab 7.0 Plus
    • Tab 7.7
    • Tab 8.9
    • Tab 10.1

    Updates will start with the Galaxy S II and Note in Q1 2012, but that time frame likely applies to world versions of the phone, so those with American carrier-branded versions of the GSII will probably be waiting a little longer.

    19
    Dec
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    WordPress for Android was updated to version 2.0 earlier today, making on-the-fly blogging easier than ever. The update brings several new features, including a Dashboard and Quick Action Bar giving "one-tap access to everything you want to do with your blog." Additionally, the update offers an all new post editor, which comes with a sophisticated rich text formatting bar and "enhanced" media features.

    The update also brings full support for Android tablets, which is huge, particularly for those users with a handy Bluetooth keyboard.

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    Dec
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    Update: The update just went live in the Market. It not only brings the ability to start a hangout from your mobile, but a few other fixes and features as well:
    • New design of the photos album view
    • People suggestions when composing a Messenger conversation
    • New icons to show which photos have been uploaded to Google+ via Instant Upload
    • Ability to leave one-to-one Messenger conversations
    • Bug fixes

    Hit the widget below to grab it!

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    Dec
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    Update #1: The full flashable stock RUU (it's not rooted and will most likely wipe your data) has been leaked. It can be used by developers or users to roll back to stock 2.11.605.9. You can download it from our mirror here (MD5: 013cbdd3a9b28bc894631008fa2148e2).

    Thanks, Garrett!

    Update #2: This update breaks revolutionary at the moment, but a fix is on its way.

    Thanks, Justin Case!

    Update #3: Rooted and deodexed version is here.

    19
    Dec
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    Popular screen recording app, Screencast, has just received an update with some pretty sweet additions. Those of us who use this powerful app know how awesome it already is, but it just got better with a new time lapse recording feature. I'm sure some users have been waiting for this for some time now, and it sure is welcomed. It'll definitely add a whole new element to app and game demos.

    16
    Dec
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    Well, that didn't take long. Here are the instructions to you your Nexus S rocking ICS right now. Do not try this on the CDMA Nexus S!
    • Download the OTA Package
    • Rename it to update.zip
    • Copy it to the root of the internal storage
    • Power off the device, hold Volume Up and Power to reboot into the bootloader
    • Select "recovery," then hit the power button
    • Once the warning triangle appears, hold the power button and hit volume up
    • Select "apply update from /sdcard" and choose the update.zip
    • Once the process is finished, simply choose "reboot system now"

    Once it reboots, BAM!

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    Dec
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    Looks like the incremental updates for Android 4.0 are rolling along nicely at this point - the VZW Galaxy Nexus received the update to Android 4.0.2 yesterday, and now Google has announced version 4.0.3. As you may expect, it crushes many bugs that have been found in current builds, along with throwing some optimizations into the mix.

    This update will also bring some new goodies to the table for developers in the form of new APIs:

    • Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each.

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