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27 Best (And 1 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (9/24/13 - 10/7/13)

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.

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All But Confirmed - Google Hangouts 1.3 Screenshots Suggest SMS/MMS Integration; Video Sharing Capabilities Coming Too

Several days ago, I started a series of rumor posts on my personal Google+ account discussing some Android rumors I felt were interesting enough to share, but didn't feel confident enough yet to do so here on the site. The posts were heavily prefixed with disclaimers that none of them may turn out to be true but that I had a certain level of confidence to talk about them in public unofficially.

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FolderSync Updated To v2.5 With Hamburger Navigation, New Layouts, Expandable Notifications, And Copy.com Support

Cloud storage providers like Dropbox, SugarSync, and Google Drive all have free apps available in the Play Store, but none of these sync up with folders saved on your Android device's internal memory the way their desktop clients do. For that functionality, look no further than FolderSync. This aptly named app can sync folders with over ten different cloud storage services, and version 2.5 adds another option, Copy.com, to the list.

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Skype v4.4 Brings A New Tablet UI And Up To 4x Video Resolution For All Devices

Even with Microsoft pulling Skype's strings, there are still updates coming to the Android version of the app. Skype 4.4 brings the usual collection of bug fixes and tweaks, but there's also a new tablet UI and improved video quality for all Android devices.

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The updated tablet UI will emphasize conversations by displaying your most recent calls and chats with each contact entry. The look and feel has been streamlined a bit too.

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DashNotifier For DashClock Reaches The Play Store, Uses Android 4.3 NotificationListener Service To Show Notifications From Any Application

If your device runs a fairly stock version of Android, there's a good chance you've got DashClock set up front-and-center as a lockscreen widget or somewhere on your home screen. While we receive seemingly endless notifications throughout the day, relatively few applications provide support for DashClock to display that information. This is where DashNotifier comes in. It leverages the NotificationListener service added in Android 4.3 to read and display notifications from selected applications as if they had provided extensions of their own.

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[New App] Chainfire's RegionLock Away App Kills Region Lock On The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Root Required)

Samsung was the target of extensive hate recently as it came to light that the Note 3 and other high-end devices would be sporting a new region lock designed to cut back on gray market importers. The company said the lock was only a problem the first time a phone was activated, but some users now claim to be having ongoing issues with foreign SIMs not working. Whether or not Samsung's region lock is working as intended, noted developer Chainfire has released an app that can circumvent the lockdown entirely.

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Samsung ChatON Updated To Version 3 With An Updated User Interface And More Social Options

Samsung claims that it has 100 million users of its proprietary ChatON messaging service. With that many eyeballs on your software, it makes sense to give it a little spit and polish, right? To that end they've release the 3.0 version of ChatON to the Play Store, complete with a fresh Holo interface and a few more options. Those of you with Samsung devices are probably getting the update anyway, but the cross-platform chat service is available to most Android devices.

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Ads Are Beginning To Appear In The Gmail App Promotions Folder As Predicted

When we dug into the updated Gmail app in the APK Teardown a few days ago, there was clear evidence of a system for displaying ads in the Promotions folder much like desktop Gmail. It didn't take Google long to start implementing them either – the first users are seeing ads right now.

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[New App] Ubisoft Releases Autodance 2014 By Just Dance, Invites You To Dance On Camera And Share The Footage With The World

As an introvert with no sense of rhythm, I'm situated decidedly outside of the target demographic for the Just Dance series (or, perhaps, that could make me exactly the consumer they're aiming for). But given how much money Ubisoft has made since it first released the original title for the Wii, I understand why the company ports the series to any device that could possibly be used as a dance aid.

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Friday App And Game Sales: Shuttle+, Might & Magic Clash Of Heroes, pFolio, And More

Friday pretty much already the weekend, so stop with all the working. Instead, you can play with your phone or tablet the rest of the day. We even have some sales to help you properly shirk your responsibilities.

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