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Firefox For Android Finally Hits Beta Status, Set To Silence Critics

As we've seen in the last few days, The Artist Formerly Known As Fennec has really been hitting its stride lately. Riding on this wave of improvement comes a shiny new Beta status, making Fennec now, officially, Firefox 4 For Android Beta.

We won't labour you with details, as many words have been written before about F4FA's arduous journey towards usability. Just get out there and download it.

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You might also want to check out Mozilla's official blog post, and their little promotional video at the source link below.

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SmartSMSVibrate Automates Your SMS Notification Settings

Over at the bustling hivemind of xda-developers, poster Carsten4207 has just published his first app to the Market, and it's one with a neat little trick. The app, when enabled, uses the proximity sensor to determine whether your phone is in your pocket/face-down or facing up on a surface. You can then decide whether or not you want your phone to vibrate for incoming SMS messages depending on the situation.

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[App Review] WolframAlpha Makes Your Phone A Supercomputer

    Recently, Wolfram Alpha LLC dropped the official WolframAlpha app into the market.  It is one of my favorite services and I purchased it ($1.99) as soon as it came out. For those not familiar, this is a clip from the "about" page of WolframAlpha to give you some idea of what this is all about:

    Wolfram|Alpha's long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything.

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Webkey For Android: Take Full Control Of Your Android Device Using A Web Interface From Your Computer

Everyone knows that smartphones are awesome, but it’s hard to beat using a large screen and full keyboard to control a device. Developers Peter Mora and Zoltan Papp believe they have come up with a compelling compromise: Webkey, for Android. Webkey allows users with a rooted Android device to text or call contacts, view SD card contents, and more - all from a web based interface.

Webkey Final 4

The Interface

Webkey's interface leaves a lot to be desired, as it is more bare and utilitarian than polished and perfected.

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Skype For Android Can Now Make Calls Over 3G In The US, No Thanks To Skype

This is really no big deal for Verizon users who have been able to do that since March but, thanks to some creative tweaking, the all-carrier version of Skype for Android can now make calls over 3G in the US. If you remember, the version distributed in the Market prompts you to enable WiFi in order to make calls to both Skype and regular phone numbers.

Xeudoxus (known for his work on Dark Edge) got a bit creative with the Skype apk and has released it to the on-the-go Skyping masses.

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HTCSense.com Goes Live

Last night, @IncredibleDoes threw a shout out on Twitter to let the world know that HTCSense.com was now live.

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While the selection of users and phones that can utilize the service right now is very (more like extremely) limited, it is still exciting to see this coming to fruition. There are devices both upcoming and already out that are slated to receive the new Sense, and it is nothing short of mind-blowing how much functionality they've added.

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AppBrain App Updated Again, Adds Handful Of New (Awesome) Features

Looks like the already-awesome AppBrain App Market app (yea, it's a little hard to wrap your head around that one) has been updated today, and now includes some pretty awesome new features:

  • Cloud to Device app uninstalls
  • Set wallpaper
  • Send URL to phone
  • Landscape mode
  • Dark theme

Cloud to device uninstalls are by far the big winner there - AppBrain already allowed some pretty awesome remote control over your phone's apps via your PC, and remote uninstall is a major addition to the existing feature set.

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[Quick Hands-On] Sony Releases Crackle For Android: Stream TV & Movies To Your Android Device

Sony's Crackle app has landed in the Android Market, and brings streaming of original shorts, TV shows, and movies to Android. The app is free, but requires a premium subscription to view TV shows and movies. At $5/month, the premium content isn't necessarily expensive, but after quickly running through the app, I'd have to say it's probably not worth it unless you're pretty desperate.

A word on the app itself: it's small, installs quickly, and runs smoothly.

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Lifehacker: Easy Ways To Sync Things Between Your PC & Android Device

Yesterday morning, Lifehacker published an article titled "How to Break Down the Barrier Between Your Android and Computer," and it's well worth a look for any Android power user. The article is broken into three sections: Two-Way (Android <-> Desktop) and One-Way (Desktop -> Android) and (Android -> Desktop).

In the interest of not stealing their thunder, I'm not going to tell you what apps they suggest and why, but I will tell you what types of apps they cover:

  1. Two-way
  1. Files
  2. Small data/notes
  3. Reading material
  • One-way (Desktop -> Android)
    1. Remote control/screen viewing
    2. App sync/installation
    3. Web pages, maps, and text
    4. Files
    5. iTunes
  • One-way (Android -> Desktop)
    1. Phone activity (SMS/calls/etc)
    2. Web pages
    3. Files

    Be sure to hit up the source link to check out their app suggestions!

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    Fennec Dev Discusses Differences, Benefits, And Challenges Of Bringing Firefox To Android

    We've seen Fennec (or Firefox for Android as it's now called) gradually progressing over the last few months, reaching a state of real usability in the last couple of weeks. There are many excited by Fennec's journey and the ability have a browser with near-full-desktop functionality, but it seems that even more struggle to see a place for another browser on their phone. After all, the stock Android browser is lightning-quick and works well enough for a pretty satisfying web experience.

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