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Android Police Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: This Is The Shit You Want

With Christmas right around the corner, it's the time of year when many people are scrambling around trying to find the "perfect" gift for their loved ones. Picking the right thing for "the person who has everything" can be quite the task – that's why we decided to offer up our favorite products for the year in a massive this-is-the-stuff-we-use-and-love-and-think-you-or-your-loved-ones-will-too (abbreviated as TitSWUaLaTYoYLOWT for short) list.

Each person from the AP team picked out a handful of stuff (or more, possibly several handfuls), that they either can't live without or feel like would make the perfect gift this holiday season.

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Happy Thanksgiving From The Android Police Team - Here Are Some Hand Turkeys We Made

This is a big day for those of us in the US – it's a day of food, family, friends, and more food. It's the day we all get together and celebrate what we're thankful for (which, really, should be every day). It's also a day strongly associated with turkeys. In fact, turkeys are the Santa Claus of Thanksgiving... except they don't actually bring gifts. I mean, unless you count their glorious meaty bodies as "gifts," in which case they do.

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[Oops] Walmart Is Selling The Moto X With 'Android 2.3'

Hurry up, ladies and gentlemen! If you sprint to Walmart between November 20th and 26th, you can apparently pick yourself up a very vintage Moto X running none other than Android 2.3. Those on-screen buttons and #HOLOYOLO accents look pretty spiffy on this fine Gingerbread device, don't they?

Curiously, on November 29th, the same phone not only drops to half price for Black Friday, it also gets a ninja upgrade to Android 4.2 and a $100 Walmart gift card (which is actually a pretty good deal since you're effectively netting 50 bucks - after signing a contract, of course).

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Psst, LG, Google, The Nexus 5 Doesn't Have 802.11nc

It was understandable when early pre-release specs listed the Nexus 5 as having a fictional 802.11nc (as opposed to 802.11ac) Wi-Fi, which many definitely noticed at the time. After all, the Nexus 5 wasn't official yet, and something like that could have been a typo made by a PR person or an intern.

Then the Nexus 5 launched, and O2's and LG's official specs still said 802.11nc. Reluctantly, I decided to let it go, thinking someone would eventually notice and correct it.

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[The Android Police Files #4] No, This Isn't The Artem You Are Looking For, And Please Stop Asking Us About Eric

It's been hectic around here lately, but now that the Nexus 5 has finally launched, we can give the rumors a rest and turn our attention to other matters. For starters, we have another batch of your emails, so finish that soda, pull over to the side of the road, and turn off the stove, because you're in for a treat. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Letter #1

Subject: Refurbished Samsung Galaxy TAB II P5100

Text:

Interested in the above model.

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Uh-Oh, I Think They're Onto Us...

Well, folks, it finally happened - after numerous APK teardowns, Google has finally dropped a message to the Android Police teardown team inside one of the APKs - the Android Play Store v4.4 nonetheless.

The message reads: <string name="ap_teardown_notice">"These aren't the features you're looking for, officer"</string>.

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Many of you have joked about this in past comments, so I've been wondering whether a Googler will actually do it one day.

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[The Android Police Files #3] Baffling Lawyers, Video Earrings, Dangerous Open Source Software, And So Much More

Gather 'round, folks. This is the third installment of Android Police Files and the first to contain letters submitted after we started the series. As you would expect, many emails we receive come in the form of questions, and some submitters keep their requests short and sweet. Unfortunately, we couldn't satisfy some of them even if we wanted to.

But we do our best. We really do. If we weren't here to serve, we would throw our wisdom up behind a pay wall.

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[Saturday Ridiculousness] vrAse Is The Perfect Solution To A Problem Nobody Has

Have you ever wished that your phone's screen was the size of a theater? Do you hate looking normal in public? Do you hate being able to see any aspect of your surroundings? If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, you need to re-evaluate your priorities. Seriously, go do that. If, after a good deal of self reflection, you're sticking to your guns, we've found a product that suits your misguided needs perfectly.

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[The Android Police Files #2] Maybe People Would Be Less Confused If We Changed Our Name

Here it is, the second installment of Android Police Files. We're still getting a steady stream of email, and while we can't post them all, we've hand-picked eight more to share with our darling readers. As you're about to see, many people can't seem to grasp what it is we do. We're not crime fighters, nor are we IT ninjas. We blog. Still, that doesn't mean we don't try our best to help out.

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[The Android Police Files #1] No, We Don't Work For Android, And We're Not Really The Police

We get a lot of mail over the course of each day, but some inquiries and tips are simply better than others. Below is a batch of what we consider the cream of the crop. If there's anything to take away from these letters, it's that people assume we have more power than we do. We can't remote login to your Android devices, even if you ask nicely, and if we knew the reasons behind every delayed online purchase, we'd be much happier people.

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