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[New App] Mercury Browser Arrives On Android With Private Browsing Mode, Gestures, Plugins, And More

Mercury Browser has been one of the top alternatives to Apple's Safari browser on iOS for a while, and now the developers have finally ported it to Android. It might not be sewn into the fabric of your Google account like Chrome is, but Mercury Browser has a slick interface and plenty of advanced features.

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Google Maps 7.3 For Android Shows Up, Brings Compact Navigation Cards, Better Expanded Notifications, And More [APK Download]

Earlier today, Google started a staged rollout of a new point release of Google Maps. We've been poring over all the UI differences between the new version 7.3 and the previous version 7.2 from last month for the last couple of hours and managed to catch a few interesting changes. Since the official changelog isn't out yet, these will have to do for now.

Here's what we've spotted.

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What's New?

Duration, distance, and estimated arrival time in the expanded notification

The expanded notification now carries a lot more information than before.

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Quickoffice Updated To Version 6.1.181 With Better Google Document Handling, Performance Improvements, And Bug Fixes

Google left many of us scratching our heads when they relaunched Quickoffice last month as a free app, one that probably should have shipped as a Google Drive update instead. Nonetheless, a new version has rolled out that nudges things in the right direction. Now opening a Google document inside Quickoffice will launch the file using the Google Drive app. Previously the document was merely displayed as a PDF instead.

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SwiftKey Keyboard Updated To v4.2.1 With A Ton Of Bug Fixes

There are plenty of alternative Android keyboards, but SwiftKey is perhaps the most well-known and capable of the lot. Even this paragon of customization is not perfect, though. The newest update to SwiftKey includes a lot of bug fixes and responds to some specific user complaints.

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Plume For Twitter 5.4 Update Adds Push Notifications, Unread Counts, And A Few Other Tweaks

Flashier Twitter apps have come and gone, but I'm still pretty enamored with Plume. One reason is that the developer (LevelUp, of Beautiful Widgets fame) is constantly rolling out new features, and today's update adds a doozie: push notifications. You should get notifications for new tweets, replies, mentions, and messages more or less instantly, and the widget and main feed can now use a "Live Stream" mode.

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The service experimented with push background notifications before, but the developer wasn't satisfied with the battery-hungry feature.

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[New App] µTorrent Gets A Premium Ad-Free Version Of The Android Client For $3

This is what I like to see in an Android monetization model: options. The BitTorrent company released a full-function version of µTorrent (AKA uTorrent or MicroTorrent) a little more than a year ago. The beta app was free, but now there's a paid version that drops the beta tag in favor of a "Pro" label. The new app is $2.99 and includes all of the improvements made to the original app, with a little extra.

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Xfinity TV Player Updated To Version 1.4.0.005, Adds HD Video Support, Makes More Content Available For Download, And More

Comcast provides an Android app for people with active cable subscriptions, but it's a supplementary product, and sometimes it really feels like one. Today I'm reporting on the arrival of a feature that you could reasonably have assumed was included from the beginning. The latest version of the Xfinity TV Player adds HD support for devices with resolutions high enough to handle it, and if you've bought a smartphone or tablet in the last two years, there's a good chance yours is one of them.

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Stitcher Updated To Version 3.1, Gets New Offline Listening Mode, Hamburger Navigation Menu, And Usability Improvements

Popular radio and podcast streaming app Stitcher has made the leap to version 3.1 today, and while it hasn't picked up many new features along the way, the few it has are doozies: a new navigation menu makes it easier to get around the app, and you can now designate entire playlists for offline listening. This means you can start streaming at the comfort of your office desk and walk out for lunch without your listening session coming to an abrupt and jarring end.

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HBO GO And MAX GO App Updates Finally Add Android 4.3 Compatibility

It's been over two months since Google started releasing Android 4.3 builds, and in all that time users of the updated Nexus and Google Play edition devices haven't been able to access the HBO GO or MAX GO (Cinemax) video services. Considering that subscriptions to both channels are pricey (on top of a cable or satellite subscription, no less) that made for a lot of less-than-satisfied customers.

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Thankfully, both apps have finally been updated to new versions: 2.2.05 for both HBO GO and MAX GO.

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Tuesday App And Game Sales: Fieldrunners 2, PhotoViva, GPP Remote Viewer, And More

What are you doing? Working? That's for suckers. A far better use of your time would be to play games on your phone all day. Sure, you might have some problems with bill collectors down the line, but we can at least save you a little cash on the apps.

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