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Your Move, Shazam - SoundHound's Free Android App Now Features Unlimited Music IDs

The developers of SoundHound, a music recognition app, have decided to update the free version of their app to allow an unlimited number of music IDs, instead of the previous limit of 5 each month.

Meanwhile, SoundHound's biggest competitor, Shazam, has a very similar offering: a free app that has the same limit of 5 music IDs per month. If Shazam does nothing, which is hard to imagine, and you don't plan on spending any money, there's no contest regarding which app you are going to end up using.

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VLC Player Coming To Android In "A Matter Of Weeks"

The incredibly popular VLC Player is finally coming to Android after months of hard work by the open source project developers. Originally a desktop media center for Linux, Windows, and Mac, this versatile player will bring many new video-playing features to our beloved OS including a wide variety of formats such as DivX and Dolby TrueHD. The lead developer in the project, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, has confirmed that it will hit the Android Market in "just a few weeks", which means that Android will be the first mobile platform to have a version of this software finally follow iOS and get its own port (thanks, Mikeyy).

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ADW Launcher Ex Finally Released, Transitions To A Whole New Dimension

Those of you acquainted with the inimitable Ander Webbs have been waiting for this one for a while. Once dubbed ADW Freak, the souped-up version of everyone's favourite open-source launcher has arrived, and it's now named ADW Ex.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD5WD-HDagM

On the surface, Ex brings ... well, it brings crazy transitions and UI effects, mainly. But underneath all that is some pretty impressive performance improvements. In a launcher, the real place where performance counts is in the drawer scrolling, and if you've been feeling that ADW is a bit laggy lately, Ex will quell your frustration with its silky smoothness.

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Tunerfish Releases Android App, Aims To Be FourSquare For TV, Movies, And Videos (Complete With A Back Story - Read It)

Tunerfish, which dubs itself "a social discovery engine for TV, movies, and online video," released version 1.0 of its Android app to the Market today.

The idea behind Tunerfish is similar to the one behind 4square, only if you replaced locations with TV shows, movies, and online videos. In order to use Tunerfish, you can create an account or log in using Facebook or Twitter. Once logged in, you can:

  • see what your friends are watching in real-time
  • see what they were watching in the past
  • check out trending shows, movies, and videos, i.e.
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SlideScreen 2.0 In The Works, Beta Build Now Available For Download

Remember Larva Labs, the Android development team behind the awesome home replacement SlideScreen? Well, they're back and working on SlideScreen 2.0, a more advanced version of the original. With 2.0 (a beta preview is now available, get it here), things have been taken up a notch. For example, developers will now be able to write plugins using an API and release them on the Android Market - which means you no longer have to wait for the Larva Labs team to add new features.

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How To: Customize Your WidgetLocker Lockscreen

Many people who use custom themes or launchers are familiar with WidgetLocker. What many people don't realize, though, is that customizing WidgetLocker itself is a fairly straightforward task. Better still, there are plenty of existing customizations available, meaning that you have to do little more than shove your modified .PNG files into the APK.

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Before / After

Dalton Gore - better known as @colormeandroid - is responsible for gathering the individual mods and creating the guide.

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Firefox 4 Beta For Android Gets Updated, Finally Enters The Market

Mozilla's been pretty good about keeping the mobile version of its ever-popular Firefox browser up to date (both with the current beta and with the old Fennec Alpha), and it looks like they have every intention to continue that trend. Just today, the third beta of Firefox 4 went live in the Android Market, bringing a number of minor additions along with it:

  • Several UI modifications
  • Easier discovery of add-ons
  • The ability to save websites as PDFs so you can read them later
  • Support for complex scripts (i.e.
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Android Market Updates Continue With New Application And Game Categories

Continuing with the numerous Android Market updates, Google just refreshed the categories that users can use to filter and browse Market apps and games. The changes are now live on both the backend Developer Console and the live Market.

Here is a table showing the previous and new categories (new categories are in green, modified in yellow):

Previous app categories New app categories Previous game categories New game categories
  Books & Reference Arcade & Action Arcade & Action
  Business Brain & Puzzle Brain & Puzzle
Comics Comics Cards & Casino Cards & Casino
Communication Communication Casual Casual
  Education   Sports Games
Entertainment Entertainment    
Finance Finance    
Health Health & Fitness    
Lifestyle Lifestyle    
Multimedia Media & Video    
  Medical    
  Music & Audio    
News & Weather News & Magazines    
  Personalization    
  Photography    
Productivity Productivity    
Reference      
Shopping Shopping    
Social Social    
Sports Sports    
Themes Themes    
Tools Tools    
  Transportation    
Travel Travel & Local    
Demo      
Software Libraries Libraries & Demo    
  Weather    

A shot of the Developer Console:

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Thanks, yuku

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NexusKang Live Wallpaper App Updated, Now Includes Nexus S Live Wallpaper And Gingerbread Compatibility

Earlier today, Kmobs updated the NexusKang live wallpaper app with the Nexus S live wallpaper background, compatibility with Android 2.3, and some bug fixes for good measure. For those unfamiliar with the app, it's pretty damn cool, letting you build customized versions of the standard Nexus live wallpaper found on the Nexus One. Users can choose their own backgrounds and even their own custom colors to fly around the screen. For a custom live wallpaper app, this one is top notch!

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AppBrain Adds A Filter To Hide Sexually Explicit Apps In The Android Market

Google's recent updates to the Android Market have further refined the process of installing and purchasing apps, but they still haven't developed a suitable desktop alternative to browsing the thousands of Android apps available. AppBrain is a third-party website that fills this gap by allowing users to browse apps on their computers and then choose which ones to install on their phones.

AppBrain is a great tool, but it is limited by the policies of the Android Market, which allow almost any app to be installed.

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