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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Mega-Holiday Giveaway #5: Win A Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB + Etymotic mc2 Headphones + One Of 5 Copies Of Gameloft's Modern Combat 3

Monday is here, and we've got another great giveaway opportunity for our readers. Today, we're giving away a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a pair of Etymotic mc2 headphones and a copy of Gameloft's brand-new game, Modern Combat 3. Four lucky runner-up winners will receive a free copy of Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, as well.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 + Ety mc2 + MC3: David Neylon
  • MC3: Eric (Shen?)
  • MC3: Sebastian (Stoicescu?)
  • MC3: Christen Thompson
  • MC3: xkFrat

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Giveaway: Win One Of 20 PowerAmp Or 20 InDrive Licenses

Who wants some free apps? You do? Cool. Read on.

I'm sure you've all heard of PowerAmp before. But for those who haven't, it's probably the most powerful, versatile, and customizable music player in the Play Store. And that's saying something, because there is no shortage of music players on there. So, what's so cool about it? The fact that it can do basically everything you could possibly want from a media player.

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[Android Police Holiday Giveaway #1] Win A DROID RAZR M, Galaxy S III, HTC One V, And More From RadioShack

Winners have been selected. Congrats to:
  • Andrew E.
  • Jake J.
  • Rami A.
  • Jason P.

We'll be in touch shortly.

It's that time of the year again - Android Police's holiday giveaway series is back, and better than ever. This time, we're giving away even more awesome prizes, and we plan on keeping this party going all the way until (and maybe past) the end of the year. Get excited.

RadioShack

First up on our giveaway list are the awesome folks at RadioShack, who have provided a great combo-pack of phones, RC toys, and audio gear to get us rolling on the free stuff train.

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Google Pixel review: A very good phone by Google

Google's new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, are a watershed moment for the company. They're Google's attempt to define itself as a hardware manufacturer worthy of comparison not just to Apple's iPhone, but the very products its Android operating system has allowed to flourish over the past eight years. Or, as the refrain goes: Google is finally going to compete with other smartphone manufacturers.

This narrative can get in the way of discussing the Pixel for what it is (a smartphone), so I'll try to avoid confusing what this phone means to Google as a company and what it means to you as a consumer.

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[Update: White model too] Google Pixel and Pixel XL press shots leaked

Exactly one week ago, real photos of the Pixel and Pixel XL leaked. Although that leak did clear up exactly what we can expect appearance-wise from the Pixel devices, the images did not show the home screen - or the rumored new navigation buttons.

VentureBeat has leaked a press photo of the Google Pixel (not the XL), including a screenshot of the phone's user interface. We can clearly see the Pixel Launcher in action, as well as the new circular launcher icons. What is new, however, is our first look at the new navigation icons.

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Stock Android Isn't Perfect: These Are The Things I Can't Stand About Jelly Bean

In my reviews, I frequently abuse and pick apart TouchWiz, Sense, and MotoBlur. I point out flaws, say "that's stupid," and wonder what the heck was going on when someone approved whatever half-baked change they've come up with. A lot of the UIs shipping on phones today are bad.

But it's not just the 3rd-party skins. Stock Android isn't perfect either, and that's what we're here to talk about today. Jelly Bean has all sorts of confusing user interfaces, weird bugs, things that don't make any sense, and things that desperately need polishing.

I criticize because I care - that goes for Sense, TouchWiz, and MotoBlur too.

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NVIDIA Announces New Tegra Zone Games Including Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 2, Exclusively For Tegra 3 Devices

What good is four-to-five cores if you're not going to crank out some high-quality games to go along with it? That's the question NVIDIA had to ask itself. Thankfully, we're getting the answer in the form of some brand new quad-core-optimized games coming to the Tegra Zone. Perhaps the most recognizable name on the list is Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

In a follow up to Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, available on the Market now, the sequel is bringing a new set of effects and updated graphics to the classic console games.

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WakeVoice Is A Brilliant Alarm Clock - And 20 Lucky Readers Can Win A Free Copy

WakeVoice

There are dozens of alternative alarms out there, but ever since I discovered WakeVoice way back in November, it's been my favorite. The biggest reason: I can lay in bed for a few minutes after I wake up and not feel bad about it since WakeVoice reads me the weather and news (it can also read your horoscope and, depending on your phone, your calendar). The app uses the stock Android speech synthesis voice, but third-party voices are linked from within the app and can be purchased. Better still, WakeVoice features voice recognition. Rather than having to find your phone to hit "Snooze" or "Stop," you can just say it using voice commands.

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Exclusive: Google Will Soon Introduce 'Nearby' To Let Other 'People, Places, And Things' Know When You're Around

A couple of months ago, we posted one of our early Google Search/Now rumors, and it was something of a long range rumor compared to others. While things like parking reminders, proper timer management, and bill pay reminders have already seen their public release, the ability to set contact-based reminders ("remind me when I'm with this person"), hasn't come forward yet. But it will likely appear very soon with a new feature in Android called Nearby, which will allow new interactions between you and nearby people, places, and things.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Giveaway: Want To Learn How To Develop For Android, But Don't Like Books? Try Android App Development Fundamentals LiveLessons

It's no secret that we work with a number of publishers to give away a steady stream of books to aid aspiring developers - after all, if we help developers, the entire Android ecosystem as a whole is enriched. But for some people, simply reading a book isn't the ideal way to learn. It's for these people that informIT has released Android App Development Fundamentals LiveLessons - a series of downloadable videos that are designed to teach Java developers how to build apps for Android.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  • wolex
  • Sam Monty
  • Adam Fursdon
  • ahunor
  • marshall
  • schnie
  • Shishir
  • Andy (atpiggy)
  • scott braunworth
  • Adrian

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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