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24 Best New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (5/22/13 - 6/3/13)

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.

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

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Net10 Announces Its Version Of The Galaxy S III LTE, Available Now For $440

We all knew it was coming. StraightTalk Wireless announced that it was getting the GSIII LTE last month, so it was only a matter of time before its sister company Net10 did the same. Well, that time has come and Net10 users can now get The Next Big Thing Before The Current Next Big Thing for a cool $440 off-contract.

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For those who may not be familiar with the Net10, it's essentially an MVNO and StraightTalk sibling owned by TracFone.

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16GB White Nexus 4 Already Sold Out On Google Play, 8GB Still Available

If you've been on the fence about about picking up the white version of the Nexus 4 that just hit the store three days ago, the decision has been made for you if the sixteen gigger was your peach. As of this moment, Google is "temporarily out of stock" of the sparkly white flagship with 16GBs of storage, but if happen to think eight geebees may do the job, then you're still in luck.

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Google Updates Platform Distribution Numbers – Jelly Bean On One-Third Of Devices, Gingerbread Still Hanging On With 36.5%

Google has updated the developer dashboard with new platform distribution numbers, and they show a nice uptick for Google's latest and greatest. Jelly Bean (versions 4.1 and 4.2) have reached 33% of active Android devices, or roughly one-third of the market. Gingerbread, however, continues its slow slide downward while remaining stubbornly high.

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Last month Gingerbread was chugging along at 38.5%, so the last 30-days saw a 2% drop. That's actually a slight acceleration in the rate of decline.

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[Deal Alert] eBay Daily Deals Offers The White Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G For $370 ($130 Off), Black And Red Models Extra

Samsung's Galaxy Camera is an undeniably unique device... and long-time gadget hounds will know that "unique" is often synonymous with "expensive." $500 is a lot for a point-and-shoot camera, even one that runs Android 4.1, but once again eBay's Daily Deals is offering it at a significant discount. Seller never-msrp has the white EK-GC100 model Galaxy Camera (AT&T/international 3G) for $369.95, without a contract. That's a savings of $130.05, a bit more than 25% off AT&T's retail price (not to mention a cool $100 off the last Galaxy Camera deal).

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Hulu Update Brings "Even Higher" Resolution Playback To DROID DNA, Galaxy S4, And HTC One

While it's not exactly ripe with details, the Hulu Plus for Android app's latest update promises increased playback resolution for three popular 1080p handsets: the Galaxy S4, DROID DNA, and HTC One. The assumption you might make, then, is that it's adding 1080p playback.

That's possible, though the amount of 1080p content Hulu currently provides is pretty limited, apparently. And Hulu itself lists a maximum resolution of 720p on its supported devices page.

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Google Launches Mobile Backend Starter – One-Click Deployments Of Cloud Backends For Developers

Listen up, developers. Google knows you like its cloud platform, but all that arduous setup and coding... yikes. That's why Google is launching a new one-click solution to power apps with a ready-made cloud backend and application framework. It's called Mobile Backend Starter, which pretty well describes what it does.

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Download: New Gmail For Android v4.5 With Slide-Out Navigation And Brand New Inbox

The new Gmail is here, very slowly rolling out thanks to staged rollouts that may take a few weeks to complete. Thankfully, we already have the APK, and it's only a quick download away. The version number is 4.5-694836, and it's beautiful. Gogogo grab it!

Update: If you don't see the categories, go to the desktop version of Gmail, click the gear icon on the top right, and select Configure Inbox.

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Asus PadFone2 Updated To V10.4.16.8 With A Few Important Tweaks, Full ROM Downloads Available

The PadFone2 is a bizarre device, but at least t's getting some update attention from Asus. Firmware update V10.4.16.8 is in the wild, and you can download the full 700-800MB package on the Asus site. The device stays on Android 4.1, but there are a host of improvements and bug fixes.

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[Deal Alert] Philips Fidelio Docking Speaker Going For $39.99 With Free Shipping On Amazon

Unless you have the HTC One with BoomSound , you probably don't want to listen to music through your phone's wimpy little speakers. A Bluetooth speaker is a popular solution to the problem, but they can get pricey. The Philips Fidelio Docking Speaker for Android is priced pretty reasonably, and it's on sale through Amazon today.

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