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Amazon App Store Updated To 2.6.53, Bringing Test Drive Capability To Android Devices

One of the great things about Amazon's App Store is that its online interface allows users to "test drive" apps before deciding to download them. This functionality definitely comes in handy, especially when mulling over the decision whether to buy a paid app.

In an update to the App Store app today, Amazon – besides fixing a download bug and improving stability – introduced its Test Drive feature, meaning users can preview apps right from the palm of their hand before downloading.

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Apex Launcher For ICS Gets Bumped To Version 1.2, Supports Themes, Adds CM9 Settings Integration

When we first took a look at Apex launcher, we loved it. One of the better ICS launchers is about to get even better, as the app gets bumped to version 1.2. The update brings, among other things, support for themes and a ludicrously high 10x10 grid of icons on phones. For those of you that like have touch screen phones, but hate how easy it is to tap on things without machine-like precision.

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Quadrant Advanced and Professional Editions Now Available In The Play Store

Are you a benchmark junkie, or do you know someone who is? If so, Aurora Software just released some tools to the Play Store that are sure to help feed your addictions: say hello to Quadrant Advanced and Professional Editions.

For the uninitiated, Quadrant has been a standard for Android benchmark tests in Android since, well, basically forever. Previously only available in the SlideMe store, the Professional and Advanced versions are now available in the Play Store.

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33 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (5/5/12 - 5/20/12)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here and the tablet app roundup here.

If you enjoy this roundup, feel free to upvote and comment on Reddit.

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Total Commander For Android v1.0 And All Its Plugins Finally Enter The Play Store

Total Commander, which only graduated to the "final" status yesterday, made it all the way to the Play Store today, along with all three of its plugins: FTP, LAN, and WebDAV. This event concluded the saga that started back in July of last year when the very first preview release was unveiled by Christian Ghisler, the author of the wildly popular application for Windows.

The fate of Total Commander's Play Store listing has been up in the air until only recently, when Christian confirmed he indeed/ decided to go through with it and deal with potential support issues.

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[Weekend Poll] Voice Control Apps: Future Or Fad?

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Follow Up: Is Gaming On Android Lackluster?

Though voice control apps have been around for quite some time, it took Apple's release of Siri to bring the functionality to the mainstream. Now, competing manufacturers are trying to push out similar services. Samsung's first to the punch with a Vlingo-based "S Voice" service, though it remains to be seen how well it works.

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VLC For Android Gets Unofficial Hourly Alpha Builds, Courtesy Of A Generous Developer

VLC is one of those tools that's in every geek's toolbox. The video player that supports every video format known to man still doesn't have an official, finished Android version, though. In the meantime, however, developer cvpcs, has done us all the courtesy of setting up an hourly build server for the alpha of VLC for Android.

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The builds come in both NEON and non-NEON flavors. So, folks with older phones, or devices with the Tegra 2, for example, should probably download the non-NEON version.

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[New App] Hojoki Combines Your Favorite Cloud Productivity Services Into One Handy News Feed

The world of the future has some pretty great products to keep productive. Things like Google Calendar, Dropbox, Evernote, and a myriad of other services all aim to make our lives easier and more cloud-centric. Trouble is that these services are all separate. When a group you're working with adds a new event to a Google Calendar, adds some relevant files to Dropbox, and scribbles some notes in Evernote, that's three different sites you need to track.

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Total Commander For Android Graduates From Release Candidates To Final v1.0, Will No Longer Expire When You Need It Most

Total Commander, my favorite go-to app for powerful dual-pane file management on both Windows and Android (see our overview for features and screenshots), reached v1.0 final today, dropping the incredibly annoying mandatory expiration which was present in the release candidates. One such expiration caught me on a plane with no Internet access and forced me to literally turn back time on my tablet just to get it to work again.

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4 Best Android 3.0+ Apps For Tablets From The Last Month (4/19/12 - 5/17/12)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This edition focuses only on new tablet apps or ones that added tablet support. Regular apps and games are coming soon.

Unfortunately, I could only find 4 tablet apps in almost a month, which makes me really sad.

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