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Suddenly, A Wild Android 4.3.1 Appears - LTE Nexus 7 Receiving Android 4.3.1 OTA (JLS36I)

Without any warning, Google started rolling out Android 4.3.1 (JLS36I) late Thursday night. The first device to receive it is the 2013 LTE Nexus 7 (also known as deb and razorg).

At the moment, it's unclear what exactly the new features and bug fixes in this update could be, but it's worth noting that while Google has patched 4.3 in the past several times, this is the first 4.3 release to increment the version number.

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Latest Twitter Beta Update Shakes Up The UI Again – Removes Hamburger Navigation, Simplifies Tabs, And Adds Floating Buttons

Most developers who use the Google Play beta program don't seem to make monumental changes, but Twitter is really taking the beta label seriously. A few weeks after rolling out a completely new UI to the beta app, Twitter has updated the interface substantially again. It's cleaner in some places, but less so in others.

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Google Talks Android Malware, Estimates That .001% Of Apps Evade Defenses And Harm Users

You hear a lot of reports about malware and other undesirable third-party apps these days, especially from security researchers (and people who want to sell you something to make you feel safe). It's undeniable that malicious apps are a problem on an open system, but new data from Google indicates that the amount of actual harm being done might be negligible. QZ.com reports on a presentation from Google's Android Security Chief Adrian Ludwig at the Virus Conference in Berlin.

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[Bonus Round] Deprofundis: Requiem, Proto Thunder: Zero Hour, And Marvel Puzzle Quest Dark Reign

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a well-done dungeon crawler, a shoot-em-up with a fresh coat of paint, and a Puzzle Quest sequel built by Tony Stark (in a cave, with a box of scraps).

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Instagram Feeds Will Start Displaying Ads In The Next Couple Of Months For Users In The US

Like most social networks, Instagram doesn't cost a cent to use, but it costs billions of them to own and run. Facebook paid a pretty penny to acquire the network last year, and the time has come to recoup those costs. Soon Instagram will start dishing out ads in the middle of your feed, and it will do so in a way Facebook users should already be familiar with.

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The rollout is expected to take place over the next couple of months to users in the US, at which point they will start seeing the occasional ad pop up in their Instagram feeds.

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Sony Unveils The Power Cover CP12 For The Xperia Z Ultra: Case, Stand, Extra Battery And More All In One Sleek Package

If you like your phone to be more like a tablet, then it's hard to overlook Sony's massive 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra. Admittedly, it takes a certain type of person to show interest in a phone this big, but one thing's for sure: those who love big phones really love big phones. If the Z Ultra is the big phone for you, Sony just announced an awesome accessory for it.

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Chrome 31 Beta For Android Will Bring The Updated New Tab Page To Everyone

A few weeks back we pointed out a neat little trick in the Chrome Beta for Android. By toggling the NTP flag, you could get a spiffy new tab page with a search box and scrollable list of recent sites. The last update to the app seems to have killed it, but now we know why – Chrome 31 will make that UI the default in Android.

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Google Unveils The New Glassware Review Process, Starts Accepting Glass App Submissions From Anyone With Glass

Starting today, anyone with Glass can now submit their own creations to MyGlass, the Google Glass app store. Google has opened up the Glassware Review Process to any developer seeking to make their software available to the many Explorers who already happen to own a pair. All a developer has to do is take a look at the Distributing Glassware documentation and meet the basic requirements provided.

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Today's announcement coincides with the release of several new third-party Glassware in MyGlass.

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[New App] Readmill eBook Reader Comes To Android, Offers A Simplified Reading Experience That's Easy On The Eyes

There are a number of ebook readers available for Android, but if you want a Holo-friendly option, your best bet is to rely on Google Books or the latest version of Aldiko. Now there's another competitor making its way over from iOS that seems to blend in just as well, if not more so. Readmill for Android offers a reading experience that's easy on the eyes and - since it's not tied to a bookstore of its own - your wallet.

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Google Chrome Beta 31 For Android Brings 'Install To Homescreen' For Web Apps With Support For Full-Screen Mode And Task-Switcher Integration

Starting with the upcoming version 31, Chrome for Android Beta will support adding web apps to the home screen via an option in the overflow menu. These apps will still run in a sandboxed Chrome environment, but they will also be integrated with the operating system in a few interesting ways.

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Adding a supported web app to the homescreen will place a custom icon on the device, but this is more than a bookmark shortcut.

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