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Newly Redesigned HipChat Beta For Android Hits The Play Store, And It's Already So Much Better Than The 'Stable' Version

Here at AP, we rely on HipChat for our internal chatroom(s). Given that, this news is probably more exciting for us than anyone else, but we're sharing it anyway. The HipChat team just released a new beta version of its app to the Play Store, and to put it simply, it's amazing. Compared to the current "stable" build, which ironically isn't very stable at all, the new beta has already proven itself to be the superior choice. So, really, the beta is more stable than the stable build which is more like a beta. How's that for confusing?

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The real deal here is the interface: the app now uses Google's design guidelines, so it's Holo-ed out to the max.

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WordLens Gets A Huge 2.0 Update With A Holo UI, No More Flickering Issues, German Translation, And Bug Fixes Galore

WordLens is one of those borderline-magical apps that make me feel like I'm living in a scifi novel. The initial release was a little buggy, and the UI made it clear the app was a direct port from iOS. The 2.0 update just dropped, though, and it takes care of a lot of those issues.

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If you've never heard of WordLens, here's the deal: hold your phone up to a sign or some other thing with words on it, and WordLens uses your camera to translate those words to another language of your choosing in real time. The translations are overlaid on top of the live camera feed, which is kind of a wow moment (when it works).

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Zero Motorcycles Releases A Companion App For Its All-Electric Bikes, And It's Actually Pretty Neat

Question: what do you do when you're a motorcycle company doing something completely different by releasing all-electric bikes with built-in Bluetooth? If you guessed publish an Android app that lets you control the motorcycle, view its stats, and a lot more, then you're probably part of the Zero Motorcycles team. Because that's exactly what they did.

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If you haven't heard of Zero before, don't feel bad, because neither had I. Turns out it's a pretty innovative company releasing some sleek all-electric motorcycles. Each bike comes with a bunch of neat all-electric stuff, but most importantly to the mobile geek, it has built-in Bluetooth and a companion app that lets you do all sorts of awesome junk to (and with) your bike.

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36 Best (And 1 WTF) New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (2/7/13 - 2/20/13)

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 edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Catch The Candy

Today's roundup is sponsored by Catch the Candy from Herocraft. Good God, this thing is so cute it makes me sick.

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HBO GO And MAX GO Apps Updated To v2.0 With Support For HDMI Out

HBO has been completely uncompromising in its approach to locking up content in pay-for-TV. If you want to watch what are arguably the best TV series currently running, you need to pay your cable provider. The HBO GO and MAX GO apps have provided a little more choice for existing subscribers by streaming to tablets and phones, but the new 2.0 update finally unlocks HDMI video output.

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Before this update, the ability to output video over HDMI was blocked for both these apps, so this is kind of a big deal. Anyone with an HBO/Cinemax subscription already has at least one TV with access to on-demand content, but this app update lets you take that programming with you to any big screen – be that elsewhere in your house, on vacation, or whatever.

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TestFlight, Having Served Over 300,000 Apps, Announces Private Beta For Android

Popular beta testing platform TestFlight has officially announced its arrival to Android in private beta form, in a post to the TestFlight blog. If you're wondering how popular TestFlight really is, the same post should provide some reference: the service has been trusted with smoothing the process of beta app deployment for over 300,000 iOS apps. Needless to say, its expansion to Android is big news.

Of course, Android already has HockeyApp.net, and the Play Store offers private app deployment, TestFlight provides the ingredients for an impressively sleek beta testing process with secure deployment, tracking, and – perhaps best of all – centralized feedback.

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Beautiful Widgets Hits v5.1, Brings New Widgets For Tablets, Improved Layouts For 4x1, Beta Channel, And More

Today is national app update day. Not officially, but it sure feels like it. We've already seen updates to high-profile apps like Google Drive and Any.DO, but Beautiful Widgets may have set the bar for excellent updates on February 20th, 2013. The day's not over yet, but this one's a doozie.

So, what sorts of newness does it bring? Lots. Lots of sorts of newness. Like the option to select Weather Underground (wunderground) as your default weather service. You can also get rid of geolocation and set your location manually, if you so choose.

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There's also a new feature called "Lifestyles" on the forecast screen – this lets you plan your activities around the weather.

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PushBullet Updated To Version 9 With DashClock Support And More

Roman Nurik's DashClock Widget has seen remarkable adoption since its release earlier this month, with a handful of apps quickly adding their own DashClock extensions in a bid to populate your lock screen with useful information. Joining the list today is PushBullet which, in an update to version 9, added a DashClock extension that will let you know how many pushes await you before you unlock your device.

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Besides the DashClock extension, PushBullet will now play your device's default notification tone when you receive a push, and has new localization for Italian and Dutch users, along with a couple of other tweaks.

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Any.DO Updated With DashClock Support, A New Daily Planning Feature Called 'Moment', And More

Any.DO – one of the best looking task managers on Android – just got an update that makes the app even more useful. For starters, it now has DashClock support; if you're not already using DashClock Widget, then you're missing out on the single best widget of all time. Really, it's pretty amazing. But that's a different story.

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Aside from that, is a new feature called Any.DO Moment, which is essentially an elegant daily reminder to plan your day. Because everyone knows: plan your work, and work your plan. That's one of those quasi-motivational things that they tell you at work, right?

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New York Times App Updated With A Night Mode And Customizable Widget

The New York Times, old guard or not, is still a huge source of news to a lot of people and to the company's credit, it's paying a decent amount of attention to its mobile apps. Now the publication is issuing an update that brings a night mode that inverts the colors for easier night reading. As someone who likes to minimize the amount of bright white light blasting into my eyes, I appreciate the option.

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Additionally, the company is adding a customizable widget that, frankly, gets nearly everything right: it's resizable, you can customize which categories show up in the feed, and there is an easy button to change the widget settings if you should so choose.

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