03
Apr
avast

Thanks to its amazing anti-theft features – which are powered by what used to be Theft Aware – avast! has long been one of our favorite mobile security apps. That's not to say its malware prevention abilities aren't also a highlight of the application, because they are – in fact, it's an all around good package. And thanks to a new update that hit the Play Store just a bit ago, it's just got better.

03
Apr
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Three brand-new Nexus 4 accessories are appearing on the US Play Store (UK, Canada, and Germany too) today: a wall charger, a microUSB cable, and a set of earbuds with a built-in microphone. The wall adapter is a rather steep $16, the microUSB cable $10, and the earbuds $20.

Basically, you're probably vastly overpaying for all of this stuff, should you so choose to invest in it - 2.1A wall adapters (with two outlets, no less) can be found on Amazon for $10, and microUSB cables for a few bucks at Monoprice.

03
Apr
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You read it right - one of the most popular apps on Android, and long-time holo holdout Twitter, has finally updated its look. And it's nice.

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The new 4.0 release has an all-new feel, and improved hashtag and mention support in the search and compose windows. You also now tap and hold on tweets to bring up the action menu (reply, retweet, favorite, share). Here's the full changelog from the Play Store:

New in this release of Twitter for Android:
- We’ve got a brand new look and feel crafted for Android 4.0+.

03
Apr
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Who's ready for the Facebook phone?! Honestly, it really doesn't matter either way – it's coming whether you want it to or not. And as much as people are trash-talking this upcoming device, one thing's still pretty certain: everyone is curious about it. What's it going to be like? How much Facebook are we talking about here? Should I be afraid? While we can't answer or quantify all of those, we can shed a little light as to what the UI should look like thanks to a new post by @evleaks over at 9to5Google.

03
Apr
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Mozilla announced on its official blog this morning that it's teaming up with Samsung to create a brand-new mobile browser engine, dubbed Servo. Its aim is to power browsers for "tomorrow's faster, multi-core, heterogeneous computing architectures" - so the sell is that Servo will be built from the ground up to take advantage of increasingly capable mobile hardware.

Servo will be written in Rust, Mozilla's own programming language, which - surprise of surprises - has been designed to more readily take advantage of parallel computing.

03
Apr
mapstiny

Back in December, we noticed that a bunch of countries had been added to the list of supported areas for Google Maps Navigation. That list was promptly updated to remove most of them, but now it looks like they're (almost) all back and available for use right now, including Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovakia and more.

Here are all the new countries that have been re-added to supported list:

  • Bulgaria
  • Estonia
  • Ghana
  • Iceland
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Senegal
  • Slovakia

Of those, we have independent confirmation from users in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, and Slovakia that turn-by-turn navigation is available as of right now, which leads us to believe that the entire list is legit.

03
Apr
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Net analytics firm Net Applications has released its latest mobile browser market share data, and the results on the Android side were a bit of a surprise to me: apps based on the stock Android browser are still handily trouncing Chrome for usage. That includes 3rd party solutions like the stock Samsung, HTC, and LG browsers, all of which are based on the stock Android browser.

To be precise, the figures are 21.86% of all mobile visits for the "Android Browser," but a mere 2.43% for Chrome (Safari is out in front, at 61.79%).

03
Apr
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At the beginning of March, ASUS became the first company to push Android 4.2 to a non-Nexus device when the update came to the TF300. At the time, the company promised 4.2 for the TF700 and MeMO Pad Smart sometime "in the second quarter." We're now three days into Q2, and ASUS has started pushing the update to the TF700 (Infinity). Talk about delivering on promises.

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New font!

Announced late last night on the official ASUS Facebook page, the update brings all sorts of goodies to the device:

Upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.2

  • Multiple account login for up-to 4 user accounts
  • ASUS Screen Saver in DayDream Feature

New app:

  • Parental Lock
  • New Camera AP

New function:

  • Lock screen wallpaper

Improvement:

  • New UI for ASUS IME.

03
Apr
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AT&T took the lid off a truckload of new LTE markets today. The list encompasses the four corners of the the United States including New York (Binghamton), Washington (Mount Vernon), Florida (Palm Coast, Lakeland-Winter Haven and a bunch of others) and California (Fresno), as well as a bunch of markets in between. Here's the full list:

  • Fort Smith, AR
  • Martin and St. Lucie counties, FL
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
  • Palm Coast, FL
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Binghamton, NY
  • Carbondale, IL
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Mount Vernon, WA
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Fresno, CA
  • Temple/Killeen, TX
  • Beaumont, TX
  • Houma/Thibodaux, LA

All of the new markets should be live today, and may include several smaller surrounding areas so check out the gigantic list of press releases here if you want a bit more information about where you live.

03
Apr
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Update:  Looks like Woodside won't be the only person of interest at D11. Chrome – and now Android – lead Sundar Pichai will also be joining the conference. He'll definitely be one to watch.

Historically, AllThingsD's annual "executive conference" – simply called D – has yielded some interesting info from the likes of Andy Rubin, Eric Schmidt, and more. Thus, it's an an event that we all look forward to, just to see what sort of answers the parties relevant to our interests produce.

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