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Facedroid is an app that ambitiously set out to give users a more powerful, functional Facebook experience. Until now, though, it was only available for Android tablets.

In a substantial update to version 2.52 today, that changed – the new update finally brings Facedroid to your phone. The phone interface, as you may expect, looks to bring the same functionality users have come to know and love from the tablet version.

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Update: We've added a few more changes, courtesy of TeslaCoil.

The highly popular homescreen replacement Nova Launcher is now officially at V2.0 - the latest release just went live minutes ago. Let's cut to the chase: what's new? A whole a lot, based on the changelog below.

What's in this version:

  • Custom Icon Size (Prime)
  • Swipe actions on any desktop icon (Prime)
  • Custom wallpaper cropping
  • Increase maximum desktop grid size
  • Infinite Scroll Drawer Setting
  • Alphabetical list drawer style
  • Small Icons Dock Setting
  • Force wallpaper scrolling on USA SGS2
  • Aggressive Desktop Setting (Keep in memory)*
  • Lower memory usage
  • Improve scrolling performance
  • Fixes, optimizations and tuning

*"Retrieve Running Apps" used for Aggressive Desktop and warning when multiple launchers are running

Additional changes:

  • "Swipe to open folder" allowing swiping over a desktop or dock folder to open it, with the tap action doing something else (such as opening an app).

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CyanogenMod just announced that CM 10.1 builds starting with nightlies released today will be getting a brand-new clock widget called Chronus (initially known as 'Lock Clock'). It works both as a homescreen and lockscreen widget, is configurable, and provides extra information in the form of calendar events and weather. 

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It works on both phones and tablets, and in lockscreen widget mode, appears collapsed and must be expanded in order to view additional information (this could later change with a settings toggle).

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If you head over to eBay Daily Deals, you'll find that the 32GB version of the Nexus 7 is on sale for just $229.99 with free shipping once again, this time from Adorama Camera.

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Tax may apply in your respective state, so be sure to check the total before you confirm your purchase (there was no sales tax in CA for me). Even with tax, you're probably saving some money anyway, so it's a worthy buy.

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Increasingly-popular Twitter client Falcon Pro has been updated to v1.4 this morning, adding a slew of new stuff. You can find out what that stuff is in the changelog below.

- Added YouTube api integration
- Added option to Enable double tap on tweets
- Added logout button
- Added hide keyboard on RT
- Added report for SPAM
- Added mute mangement from settings
- Added hashtag auto fill when searching for tweets
- Added slider for refresh rates
- New "More Actions" dialog design
- Removed retweets from search results
- Set back mentions of followers in timeline
- Enhanced conversation view with private accounts
- Changed reply icon in profile view
- Faster user profile loading
- Fixed the rotation problem on tweet writer with pics
- Fixed orientation change on main view
+ other fixes

So, no, there still isn't support for push updates.

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It was only a matter of time after the dev units shipped out that we could expect to see a thorough walkthrough on the part of a new owner, and here it is. Some of what we're seeing in this trio of videos, we've already seen in the official Ouya unboxing. However, a few new details have been highlighted. For starters, in the top center of the controllers, there are touchpads that can be used for cursor control.

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Does the fact that your smartphone or tablet's orientation control conform to its orientation rather than yours constantly enrage you? Well, you could go buy a late-model Samsung device for its Smart Rotate feature, which uses the front-facing camera to see which way your face is pointing and adjusts the screen accordingly. Or you could download GMD Smart Rotate, which does the exact same thing.

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GMD replaces the accelerometer function with facial recognition, meaning that if you hold your phone in portrait mode even when you yourself are horizontal, it will know not to rotate the screen.

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Last Updated: December 31st, 2012

Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 42. This week is a special, best-of show featuring highlights from the past year of podcasts. Our very first year, at that!

Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). No unedited version today. Sorry, folks! We'll be back next week.

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We've lamented the various restrictions on NFL Mobile's streaming audio and video before: the fact that it costs extra even for games on public broadcast, the fact that you can't use it with HDMI output, and most of all, the fact that it's only available on Verizon. Today the app gets a little less restrictive, at least assuming that you use Verizon FiOS for your home Internet connection. The latest update indicates that FiOS subscribers will be able to access NFL Mobile live streaming on their tablets for free.

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US Cellular is issuing an update to their variant of Samsung's Galaxy Note II, bringing the baseband version up to R950VXALL1. The headline feature with this update, as may be expected, is multi-window support. That's not all the R950VXALL1 package brings, though.

The update, besides evidently bringing the device up to Android "4.1.4" Jelly Bean (did you mean to say "4.1.2" there, USC?), brings an armload of bug fixes, from a "Burst Mode" camera fix to occasional toggling between 3G and 1X, to minor UI changes including the replacement of the notification shade's "sync" button with a multi-window shortcut and a makeover for the phone's Sound icon, switching from gray to green.

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