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Google Voice For Android Finally Updated With Fixes For Self-Pausing Play Button And Delayed Notifications

The Google Voice app for Android, which I've been using as my primary voicemail provider after gladly abandoning Sprint's own visual voicemail, saw its first update in many months today, which, among other things, finally fixed the most annoying bug that's been plaguing it for as long as I can remember.

The bug I am talking about is, of course, having to click the Play button a second time after you've already clicked it once (the voicemail would stop playing 0-2 seconds into the call requiring this second press).

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Madden NFL 12 Hits The Android Market, Brings Over 2500 Real NFL Players To Your Mobile Device

If you've been waiting for the chance to "feel the excitement of NFL Football, anytime, anywhere," then you're in luck - EA Sports has just released Madden NFL 12, the first Madden game to land in the Android Market. Bringing impressive animation, smooth controls and a host of real NFL teams and players, this game promises to bring everything you love about EA's Madden line to the palm of your hand.

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Firefox For Honeycomb Coming Soon, And It Looks Great

If there is one thing that I'm always interested it, it's new browsers for my tablet. I can honestly say that I've used nearly every available browser in the Market - both optimized for Honeycomb and not. While I currently switch between Dolphin for Pad and the stock browser, I've been longing for a Honeycomb optimized version of Firefox for some time. It looks the Mozilla Mobile team heard my quiet cries, as they showed off some of the features of the upcoming browser in an official blog post earlier today.

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Angry Birds Rio Gets 'Airfield Chase' Update - 15 New Levels


For those who have been waiting patiently for an update to the popular game Angry Birds - the wait is over. Angry Birds Rio received an update today that brings 15 new levels in an episode titled "Airfield Chase."

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If you haven't already, fly over to the Android Market and grab the update!

Angry Birds Rio
Angry Birds Rio
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Elixir 2 Brings Added Functionality To One Of The Best System Info Apps Available

The original Elixir, developed by Tamás Barta, is a powerhouse of system information and control, giving the user quick access to an ocean of information about their device. Earlier this week the same developer introduced Elixir 2, a sizeable improvement over an already handy app.

The most practical improvements in Elixir 2 are the enhanced system info tools, allowing the user to get a quick look at a comprehensive list of system information, including hardware, software, sensors, status, services, etc.

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JRummy's ROM Toolbox Loses Liberty ROM Exclusivity, Now Available For All Rooted Devices

If you were to throw ROM Manager, MetaMorph, Titanium Backup, and SetCPU into a blender with a dash of steroids, then the result would most definitely be ROM Toolbox from JRummy. Clearly this is a root only app, and it is probably the most beastly one that I've ever laid eyes on. All of the features encompassed by ROM Toolkit will blow your mind, just take a look at the feature list, taken directly from the Market listing:

ROM Settings:

  • Access the ROM Manager with hundreds of zips to download & install
  • Install ROM from SD card
  • Check for ROM updates/patches
  • Backup/restore nandroid
  • Wipe data/cache/dalvik/battery stats

Theme Settings:

  • Change your battery icon (Beta)
  • Restart status-bar
  • Change system fonts for your entire device
  • Set your boot logo (for supported phones)
  • Manage Theme Chooser themes (CM7 themes)

Application Management:

  • Remove, Freeze, unfreeze, launch, backup, wipe data/cache for any System or Data app
  • Backup and restore your apps
  • Set app install location (apps-to-SD)
  • Batch install apps to either System or Data

Performance Settings:

  • Set CPU (max/min frequencies & scaling governor)
  • Apply CPU at boot
  • Change sysctl values to improve performance
  • Free system memory

Start-Up Tasks:

  • Zipalign system/data apps on each boot-up
  • Clear cache on each boot-up
  • Fix permissions on each boot-up
  • Run your own custom script each boot-up

Quick Commands:

  • Mount system read/write
  • Reboot, Fast Reboot, Reboot Recovery, Shutdown, Reboot Bootloader
  • Zipalign apks to optimize performance
  • Block ads shown from other apps
  • Remove or enable the boot animation

Build Properties:

  • Change the lcd density (screen resolution)
  • Change the call ring delay to ring faster when dialing out
  • Set the VM Heap size (performance increase)
  • Set any property in any .prop file

Extra Tools:

  • Use your camera led as a torch/light
  • Quickly access: Terrminal Emulator, Hidden settings menu, all System app settings
  • Show ROM info

That is a serious amount of features jammed packed into one app.

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[New LWP] Swirling Ornaments Is One Of The Best Live Wallpapers We've Seen In Months

Normally, I feel like live wallpapers are a novelty at best. While they may add functionality or pleasing aesthetics to a device's homescreen, they usually end up sucking down the battery and slowing down the device as a result.

Every once in a while, though, a LWP comes along that makes any potential downsides totally worth it. Thus is the case with a new live wall from Bizai Studio called Swirling Ornaments.

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Samsung Launches Cross-Platform Instant Messaging Service 'ChatON'

Samsung has taken a dramatic step today towards world domination and the death of SMS by announcing an intriguing mobile cross-platform instant messaging service called ChatON. Similar to RIM's BlackBerry Messenger and Apple's iMessage, ChatON will be Samsung's foray into the global mobile communications service connecting all major smartphones and feature phone platforms. There will even be a web client to facilitate conversations between mobile devices and PCs. Furthermore, according to the press release, ChatON will allow users to share text, images, hand-written notes and videos.

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United Airlines Releases Android App With Post-Merger Support For Both United And Continental

As a sign that the United and Continental Airlines merger is progressing well, United (which got to retain its name in the process) has launched an Android app that supports both United and Continental.

In fact, the app is so close to the existing Continental app that I'm pretty sure they simply ripped it apart and put back together after adding support for United into the mix, even leaving the logo the same.

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Gameloft Announces New Subscription Service In The UK, Lets You Get One Game Per Week For £0.99 (66% Off Regular Price)

Here's a bit of good news for our friends across the pond: Gameloft just launched a new subscription service called the "Gameloft Club" that lets you score a new game title every week for just £0.99. All you have to do is head over to the Gameloft UK website, join the Gameloft Club, and register for the service using your "Android HD" device by hitting the "Club Buy 99p" link next to any applicable game.

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