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[Update: More Details And Video] CyanogenMod Team Teases Gello, A New Chromium-Based Browser With Tons Of Customizations

There is no shortage of third-party browsers available on Android. While most of us use Chrome, there are plenty of worthy alternatives and valid reasons to choose them. The CyanogenMod team (notably distinct from, but connected to, the Cyanogen Inc.

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Awesome New Google Voice Actions Feature Remembers Which Apps You Want To Launch For Particular Commands

Earlier this week we spotted a new Google Voice Actions / "OK Google" feature - it's called preferred apps. The idea behind it is wonderful: if you use a particular voice action that maps to multiple apps on your phone, you can pick one, and from then on, Google will launch the activity in that app by default. It's simple and brilliant and I love it. Well, I would if Google's implementation was a bit more...

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Are Your Hangouts / SMS / Google Voices Messages Coming Unmerged? Google Is Working On Fixing That

On around June 18th, a number of Hangouts users began reporting that merged SMS/GVoice/Hangouts messages in Hangouts conversations were, well, unmerging. This obviously annoyed people, because this is an annoying thing to have happen.

About a week after that, a Google community manager responded to that Google Product Forums thread to let everyone know the team responsible had identified the issue and would be rolling out a fix "shortly." Well, we all know what that means in Google time (read: when it's done), but it looks this week that fix did begin to propagate. At least, sort of. Some users on the Google Product Forums and Reddit are reporting that Google Hangouts and phone SMS conversations are remerging themselves, but Google Voice users are still being left out in the cold, harsh, unmerged text wastes.

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[App Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Apps Of June 2015

June didn't see any huge releases in terms of Android apps, though we did finally get a publicly-available version of the Kodi Media Center, and Photoshop for Android (yes, yet another version of Photoshop). There are also some new tools for cloud storage fans, and probably the best cooking app on the Play Store. We've got some notable extras (especially if you're a Stephen Colbert fan). Here in no particular order are the best seven new apps from June, along with some honorable mentions.

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Android Police coverage: Kodi Media Center For Android Is Now Available On The Play Store, No Beta Request Necessary

The open-source Kodi media player, formerly XBMC, has been available in a closed beta on Android for months.

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Endomondo Update Brings MyFitnessPal And Google Fit Integration

Five months ago, Under Armour purchased both Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. Now the former is learning how to play along with the latter. In Endomondo version 11.2.1, users can access their MyFitnessPal information without leaving the app.

This update isn't just for the nutrition-minded among us. It also adds the ability to integrate your account with Google Fit. This way you can take workout data collected in Endomondo and share it with Google.

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I hope this news was worth taking a pause in your workout. Feel free to check out the changelog before hitting play on your music app and returning back to your sweat-inducing routine.

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Solid Explorer 2.0 Comes With A Goat Mode Easter Egg

Are you a goat? You can be one just by tapping a few things in the new Solid Explorer 2.0 to activate goat mode. Okay, you're not really going to be a goat, just like tapping the Android build number to activate developer mode doesn't make you a developer. Still, it's pretty funny.

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Wednesday App And Game Sales: Civilization Revolution 2, Genius Scan+, XCOM: Enemy Within, And More

It's Wednesday, which means there should be some Google app updates at some point. Nothing much has happened yet, but here's a good way to pass the time while waiting—get some new apps and games. We've assembled some deals to help you justify the cost.

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Solid Explorer 2.0 Is Finally Out After A Lengthy Beta Test, New Paid Plugins Available Too

Solid Explorer is one of the most popular file managers on Android, but the app has never been particularly attractive. It's much improved today, though, with the release of Solid Explorer v2.0. I know what you're thinking, is that really just happening now? Well, it's been in beta for more than six months.

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HTC Dot View App Updated To v2.10, Shows More Info In Dot View Mode

Just about every Android OEM has an official flip case of some sort these days, but they're usually a rip off of Samsung's S View case. At least HTC is doing something different with the Dot View. The companion app for this accessory has been updated to v2.10 today with a few new display options.

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Orfox Is The Guardian Project's Latest App For Bringing The Tor Browser Experience To Android, First Alpha Release Is Available

The Guardian Project, the group behind previous efforts to bring Tor and other privacy-preserving software to Android, is working on a Tor-friendly browser built on the desktop equivalent's codebase. This app, named Orfox, will replace its WebView-based predecessor Orweb.

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Just like Orweb, Orfox will require the companion app Orbot to connect to Tor. Orfox sets itself apart by being a fully-featured standalone browser, with the basic trappings even privacy-conscious users would come to expect like bookmarks and tabbed browsing.

Why Orfox? Well, the Tor Browser Bundle for desktop users is built on Firefox 38.0 ESR. The Guardian Project, who is already accustomed to collaborations with The Tor Project, made the few necessary modifications to the desktop version's code to make it suitable for Android.

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