18
Apr
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ES File Explorer received its first major update in a while this morning, bringing the popular management app to version 3.0. The major change? A brand-new UI that isn't really Holo per se, but does incorporate a slide-out navigation bar and swipeable tabs.

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Here's the complete changelog:

V3.0

  • New UI
  • Fast Access(Press menu)
  • Multiple Windows
  • Send Files By WiFi
  • Gestures(Drag,Zoom,Slide)
  • Classic Theme
  • New Picture,Root Explorer,Tools,...

While there certainly isn't any lack of competition when it comes to file management utilities on Android, ES File Explorer has remained one of the most popular such apps for quite some time now, and a UI refresh was probably high on users' lists at this point.

18
Apr
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If you were a fan of SimAnt way back when, Anthill by Thumbstar Games may be up your alley. While it doesn't appear to carry the slow, deliberate pace of Will Wright's masterpiece, it does revolve around the same basic premise: amass an empire of everyone's favorite six-legged pest, and destroy the competing ant colony.

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Anthill does appear to focus a bit more on the whole "destruction" aspect, though, and much less on the simulation part.

18
Apr
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If you're a musician, aspiring beatmaster, or just really love dinking around with a digital keyboard, I have great news: FL Studio Mobile is finally here for Android. Device compatibility seems decent, but I don't have too many tablets around to check with - I do know it's compatible with the Nexus 7, and a fair number of recent Android phones (oddly, not the HTC One).

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For the rest of you, yes, you read the title correctly - FL Studio Mobile costs $20.

18
Apr
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While Yahoo may not shout "relevance!" from the treetops on an Android blog, the struggling web giant's email service is still hugely popular in the US. Its Android mail client, until now, hasn't explicitly supported tablets. A new update today changes that, and the end product is surprisingly decent-looking (certainly prettier than Outlook.com's most recent update).

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While the UI layout isn't revolutionary, it is fairly attractive and clean, something I think we can all appreciate in an email client.

18
Apr
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There really is no other app out on Android as robust as Chainfire's DSLR Controller when it comes to... controlling your DSLR camera. The $8 app - which already had over 10,000 downloads and a boatload of control features - just got a whole lot better this morning with a major update that should have the app's fans absolutely ecstatic. The mile-long changelog includes tons of fixes and improvements, but the new feature list is impressive on its own.

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Apr
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ZeptoLab has released the latest episode in its highly popular Cut The Rope franchise this morning, with Cut The Rope: Time Travel. No, metaphysics are not involved, sadly. The new game doesn't bring too much in the way of overhauled mechanics (though ZeptoLab promises a few new elements), but is more of a content pack. The one major change to gameplay is that levels now feature two creatures to feed, which in turn increases the complexity of the game.

18
Apr
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When it comes to aftermarket keyboards, we're big fans of SwiftKey. The prediction engine is second to none, Flow's gesture typing is full-on awesome, and you can customize it to look however you want. Honestly, what more could you want from a keyboard? It's things like this that have made SK a hit with users around the world.

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Given that sort of global success, the folks at Swiftkey compiled a blog post with some fun facts about how users in different regions use the keyboard.

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Apr
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Back in October Subsonic was updated with a Holo interface, which was a vast improvement over the old UI. However, that update also included ads. There was a $4.44 in-app purchase to remove them, but now that's a thing of the past. The new version of Subsonic for Android is completely ad-free by default.

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The upsell in the app didn't really make much sense in the first place.

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Apr
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Pocket, in an update to celebrate the one year anniversary of Read It Later's rebrand, has introduced (among other things) Send to Friend, a new feature that allows for quick, easy sharing of content with friends. Users can accept shared content directly from the Pocket app, using the app's new Inbox. Those sharing can also highlight quotes or add their own comments before sharing, sending them along for friends to read.

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Apr
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Paradox Interactive, a well-known game publisher and developer, today posted up a promo video for the upcoming ship battling game Leviathan: Warships. If you watch only one video today, let it be this one. Kittens and puppies can wait till tomorrow. I haven't had this much fun watching trailers ever since the unfortunate fireworks accident at the nearby trailer park.

Paradox Interactive's previous Android project, Magicka, is sitting at 4.8/5.0 after over 100 reviews, so needless to say, I'm pretty excited about their next game.

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