18
Jul
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Widgets are an indispensible part of Android for many users, including yours truly. It's just too bad that they're so ugly - who wants to use a 1080p screen for looking at Twitter feeds or checking emails when you could stare at some fantastic wallpaper instead? All joking aside, Popup Widget is a pretty fantastic solution for those who prefer their homescreens without clutter.

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It's a simple idea: instead of having a big, space-consuming widget sit there all the time, hide it in a shortcut.

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Jul
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Last Updated: October 12th, 2013

A couple of hours ago, the Android 4.3 system dump was leaked for the Nexus 4, and while I was digging through it, I found that it contained an updated Play Store, version 4.2.3. The latest Play Store currently used by Google is 4.1.10.

What's New?

17
Jul
books

Guys, we have good news for those who know how to read: Google Play Books is now available in a slew of new regions.

  • Denmark
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Update: we've confirmed Sweden too (thanks, Andre!)

So, what does this mean? It means that residents of the aforementioned countries can now purchase and read Play Books from the Play Store. That brings the total number of countries where Books is available to 26 – more than any other Play service (Movies, Music, etc.).

17
Jul
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Love it or hate it, version 7 of Google Maps is now apparently rolling out to everyone. The latest release is entirely different from prior versions and gives the mobile app a look that matches that of the new Google Maps soon to hit the web. Upon opening the app for the first time, a solitary search bar hovers at the top of the screen while all other options are tucked away.

17
Jul
simple

I just want to get this out of the way up front: I love Simple. It's among one of the best new services I've used, and after careful consideration, it beat GoBank as my financial institution of choice. If you're a Simple customer also, great news: the app just got a lot better. Thanks to the bump up to v1.2.0.8, nearly all of the features of the website are now available in the app, including the following additions:

1.2.0.8

  • Goals!

17
Jul
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If you use Evernote and OfficeSuite on your mobile device, today's update is one that should help unify your workload, even if only a little. As of the latest build, Evernote now supports OfficeSuite integration – you can view and edit your attached Office documents directly from Evernote. Easy peasy.

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Past that, you can also add new reminders directly from the reminder list, which seems like a logical place to add new reminders from in the first place.

17
Jul
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Remember the latest Facebook beta update v3.5? The one that brought photo saving and got rid of the legacy menu button, among other things. Looks like there's another change we didn't spot - one that's roughly 3 years overdue.

Starting with v3.5, the Facebook app finally registers itself as one of the apps capable of opening facebook.com links, so that when you click on, say, a new comment email notification, Facebook is right there instead of all your installed browsers.

16
Jul
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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.

16
Jul
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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.

16
Jul
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A new version of Chrome has hit the beta channel, and that means it's on Android in the Chrome beta app. Most updates these days are staged rollouts, but I'm already seeing version 29 on all my devices. No promises, though.

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Version 29 of Chrome adds support for WebRTC, a real-time communication API based on JavaScript. This will enable web-based voice calling, video chat, and file sharing without installing any additional software.

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