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Apr
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Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 59.

Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). The unedited video version of the podcast can be found here - and will likely include various verbal expletives, technical snafus, tangents, and probably a good 5-10 minutes of pre-podcast banter as we prepare. Watch at your own risk!

26
Apr
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If you like Tetris—wait, what the heck am I saying? Of course you like Tetris. Everyone likes Tetris. Disliking Tetris is like disliking ice cream, or baby animals. You like Tetris. And EA is about to make you a little bit happier with the release of Tetris Blitz on the Play Store. Though, this is just a soft launch so it may not be available in your area yet.

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Since this is coming from EA, you can expect the requisite in-app purchases for various power-ups if you really want to spoil Tetris.

26
Apr

QWERTY phones might be few and far between but they haven't died out completely. If you have a Motorola Photon Q and you're on C Spire, you might want to open your Settings menu and check for updates. The round sugary goodness of Jelly Bean is on its way.

The update brings a bunch of improvements in its wake:

Enhancements:

  • Google Now
    Added feature that generates real-time notifications throughout the day with relevant, contextual information such as weather, traffic, calendar.

26
Apr
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A few days ago, we saw an unlocked Galaxy S4 show up on the eBay Daily Deals site before promptly disappearing. Well, now it's back. The last time around, only about 200 of them were sold before they ran out, so if you really want to get in on this action, you'd better hurry.

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In case you have a poor memory and have forgotten the bajillion articles around the internet about this device, here are the specs:

  • 5" 1080p Super AMOLED HD display (441 PPI)
  • 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos processor 
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 13 MP Rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Storage, microSD card slot with support up to 64GB
  • Android 4.2.2 with a "totally new and upgraded user experience" Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • IR Blaster
  • MHL 2.0
  • Temperature and humidity sensors
  • 2,600mAH battery
  • 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
  • Two colors: Black Mist, White Frost

As with before, there are also some limitations on where this device can ship to:

Excludes: US Protectorates, APO/FPO, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Tunisia, Brazil, Ecuador, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, India, El Salvador, Turkey, Mexico, PO Box

Still, this is the best price you can get for an unlocked version of the international phone.

26
Apr
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I've been using Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 for the past week or so, and it is hands-down one of the best tablets I've ever used. The form factor is great, and the S Pen adds some really useful functionality to this little beast. If you're looking for a new tablet in a smaller-than-ten-inches form factor, I readily recommend this one.

And once you've decided to pull the trigger and buy one, you may want a quick and easy way to gain root access, flash a recovery, make a backup, and all that other fun stuff that so many Android users like to do.

26
Apr
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SEGA has a rich history of platfoming titles to draw upon as it makes the transition to mobile gaming. Alex Kidd. Sonic the Hedgehog. Nights. But one you might not have heard of is Hell Yeah!, a downloadable title from developer Arkedo Studio. After making waves on the PC and consoles last year, this tongue-in-cheek gorefest has been adapted into what might just be the strangest endless runner on Android.

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You play as Ash, spawn of the Dark One, prince of Hell, and somehow, also a rabbit skeleton.

26
Apr
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When it comes to well-support devices, ASUS is a company that stands by its products. The TF300 was the first non-Nexus device to get Android 4.2, and the Taiwanese manufacturer followed up by bringing the updated build to the TF700 (Infinity) and MeMO Pad Smart.

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Today, it's sending another small (17MB) update to the TF300 that brings a handful of improvements and bug fixes:

1. IME bugs fix
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26
Apr
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Shortly before the Facebook Home launch, some users noticed a new version of Facebook was available on their device, but it wasn't through the Play Store. Instead, the update came directly through the app, bypassing the Store altogether. Naturally, there was outrage, people were angry, felt violated, and whatnot. For Facebook, however, this was a way of getting a beta version of its app out to some users without having to give it to all users.

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Apr
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A minor update to the new, cleaner Google Play Store v4.0 started rolling out earlier today. The new version is 4.0.27 which follows closely the previous version from April 19th - 4.0.26.

Ron and I tore down the apk but found only minor changes to translations and a small change to the manifest that removed android:excludeFromRecents="true" from one of the billing activities.

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Apr
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After a brief delay, it looks like AT&T's Digital Life service is finally ready for prime time. The service, which promises extensive home automation from temperature control to security monitoring to door lock control, will launch first in fifteen markets including Atlanta GA, Austin, Houston, and Dallas TX, Boulder and Denver CO, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Riverside CA, Miami FL, Philadelphia PA, Seattle WA, St Louis MI, and "select areas of the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area." By the end of the year, AT&T says it plans to expand the service to fifty markets.

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