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Last Updated: December 29th, 2012

We've known it's coming for a while and, per today's announcement, it will finally be here soon: Facebook's revamp of its Android app that will bring a proper, native UI as opposed to the mostly HTML5-based web viewer that's been powering the application for so long. The result is photos, the news feed, and timelines will load at least twice as fast, according to the company.

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The company touts speed as the big improvement here, and it's sorely needed.

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Google Magazines has to be one of my favorite services from Big G. I've always been a big fan of magazines in general - they just provide a different experience to the traditional blog format (oh how the tables have turned, right?). Now, all our friends across the pond can begin enjoying this fantastic service, as well.

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Officially announced last night by Google UK, the service is now available in the Play Store for UK residents.

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When AudioGalaxy comes to mind, I think of the music download service from back in the day that was anything but legit. Of course, the service did turn itself around and get on the right side of the law after a bit, and has since become a fairly popular music streaming service with internet radio. Looks like the AG days are quickly coming to an end, though, as the company was just purchased by Dropbox.

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zeitgeist

For the past 12 years, Google has put together a list of the top searches encompassing each respective year. The list is called Zeitgeist, and it really embodies what was popular through each year - everything from most searched celebrities, to trending songs, apparel brands, and so much more. If you want to see what 2012 was all about, wrapped up in a nice package - Zeitgeist 2012 is the place to do it.

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Google Currents is not the only Android app the company updated today as many first-party apps saw relatively minor updates through the Play Store this afternoon. Basically, the next time you check your app list be prepared to wait on those updates to download.

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If you are one of the few still using a Google TV device, the PrimeTime and TV Search apps have been updated. PrimeTime comes with bugfixes and faster access to the channel guide.

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bump

Before NFC and Android Beam (or as Samsung like to call it, S Beam), there was Bump - an application that users share images, contacts, and apps by touching their phones together. However, Bump was pretty limited in the types of files it could transfer. If you wanted to send a document, zip file, or something similar, you were just out of luck (or forced to use email).

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The Bump team heard your cries, and has been hard a work on a version of the app that supports file transfers.

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Looking for yet another SoundHound or Shazam alternative? The Android Sound Search widget that was introduced as part of Jelly Bean is now available for all Android 4.0 devices, in the form of the Sound Search for Google Play app.

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The limitation of Google's app, of course, is that it only recognizes songs from the Play Store - though that's still a substantial library. Hit up the link below to grab it.

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Despite Twitter making it difficult for developers to maintain third-party clients, they just keep popping up. This week, we take a look at Falcon Pro, which seems to marry the idea of beauty, functionality, and smooth animations into a solid contender for the best of its kind.

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Falcon Pro had roots as Falcon, a Twitter widget that was fully-functional and looked damned good, to boot.

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Vocre, a voice and text translator that won audience choice in TechCrunch's Disrupt, came to Android today, bringing with it a promising challenger to Google's own Translate app and a "tabletop UI" meant specifically for extended conversations with those on either side of the language barrier.

As shown in the video above, Vocre's interface is exceedingly simple. Users need only select languages and genders, then record their message, check for accuracy, and let the app do the rest.

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Sony Digital Network Applications (Sony DNA) today announced Motiongraph – an app that aims to make the creation of cinemagraphs fast and easy for Android users. A cinemagraph, for those who don't know, is a still image with one or two minor elements animated (you can see some great examples here). They're a fascinating medium that can only be achieved digitally, and which have an eerie yet fascinating aesthetic.

Sony's app looks to give users more consistent and controlled results with a simple "rubbing" interface in which areas to be animated are identified by simply highlighting them with your finger.

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