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[New App] SmartWidget Ensures That You Always Have Frequently Launched Apps On Your Homescreen

If you're anything like me, you keep a shortlist of your favorite apps on your homescreen for quick access, but apps that fall into the favorite category change fairly often. At that point, you have to reevaluate which apps qualify as homescreen material, remove the ones that do not, and replace them with a more applicable selection. Wouldn't it be nice to have a widget that automates this process for you, keeping your most used applications on the homescreen at all times?

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[Update: It's Back!] Deal Alert: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi 32GB For $530 From eBay Daily Deals

If you've been considering grabbing a new tablet, there's little doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has entered your line of sight at least once. If this ultra-thin tablet has become your heart's desire, then you should hop on today's Daily Deal from eBay, as you can score the 32GB version for $530 with free shipping, saving you $70 off the retail price.

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The specs of the Tab are nothing to scoff at, either:

  • 10.1 Inch 1280x800 display
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 3MP rear shooter and a 2MP front camera
  • 32GB of built-in storage
  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb

As a Tab 10.1 owner myself, I can wholeheartedly recommend this deal to everyone out there - but if that's not enough, take a look at our review of the I/O unit and then take the unit for a test drive on Samsung's new Galaxy Tab simulator.

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AT&T Promises Gingerbread To All Post-Paid 2011 Android Phones

It looks like the ATRIX Gingerbread update that started over the weekend is just the start of a line of updates set to hit all AT&T 2011 model post-paid smartphones by the end of this year. Ma Bell is standing on the rooftop shouting out this glorious news for all to hear, along with a list of the phones that will see Android 2.3 sometime this year:

  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • LG Phoenix
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Pantech Crossover
  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Infuse 4G

Once the ATRIX update is complete, the next device to get some Gingerbread lovin' will be the HTC Inspire 4G, with the update rolling out "in the coming weeks."

Where applicable, the updates will be in delivered OTA (over-the-air) fashion, but in some cases may require PC intervention (because we all know how much manufacturers love their proprietary software).

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Marvel Entertainment Enters Android With The Official Captain America 3D Action Game [Bonus: Live Wallpaper Too]

Timed with the release of its newest blockbuster movie, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel Entertainment is also pushing on the mobile front with the introduction of a surprisingly well done action game and, separately, a live wallpaper.

The live wallpaper, which displays the infamous unbreakable shield which deflects bullets left and right, is free in the Market (see the widget towards the bottom).

The game, naturally, features Captain America on a mission to stop Red Skull and mow down all the HYDRA soldiers in his sight along the way.

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[Total Nerdgasm] Total Commander For Android Is Very Real And Functional, With Root Support And Plugins - No Ads And Free Forever

When we found Medieval Software's new app called Dual File Manager XT yesterday, we jumped on it right away due to its 2-pane support. Ever since the '90s, 2-pane "orthodox" file managers like the Midnight, Norton, Volkov, and most recently Total Commander have been an absolute necessity on any computer I use.

In fact, once I install a Windows OS nowadays, Total Commander is the first program that follows. Those who try 2-pane file managers can't (or rather shouldn't want to) go back to the conventional Explorer-style layouts - the level of productivity they bring is unparalleled.

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ATRIX 4G Gingerbread Update Now Available Via OTA - Brings Sideloading, New MOTOBLUR

Better late than never, right? Motorola's first dual-core handset, the ATRIX 4G, has finally received the green light for Gingerbread - and the OTA is a go. If you head into your Settings menu, and hit About Phone, then System Updates - the update should be waiting for you. If not, just wait a while - OTA's often take several days or even weeks to complete the "rollout" process.

What does the update bring?

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New App: Dual File Manager XT Brings Awesome Dual-Pane File Management To Android

If you're like us, you probably spend a little bit of time in your Android device's directory system, hunting down stray files or unused app folders ripe for deletion. Or, more frustratingly, moving files between folders. This has never been particularly easy on Android, because you're limited to enough room on most handsets for one open file directory at a time - but no more.

Update: In response to a lot of you who are asking for root support, the app developer wrote in to say this:

"yes ROOT will be added if the program along with additional features."

Even with robust file management applications like Astro, moving files from folder to folder is a bit of a pain.

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Nexus S 4G Android 2.3.5 Update With WiMAX Speed Improvements Rolling Out July 25

After a delay, Sprint has unveiled the much-awaited Android 2.3.5 update for the Nexus S 4G, and it will start rolling out Monday, July 25th. The update brings a much needed fix for bogged-down 4G speeds on the handset, which have plagued users since the phone's release.

Additionally, some Wi-Fi bugs have been exterminated, the speakerphone should sound better, and TTY support for deaf users has been added. You'll also get a 4G toggle widget (update: maybe not), and NFC will officially be enabled.

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LG's Roadmap For The Remainder Of 2011 Leaks, Includes Several New Android Devices

According to a leaked roadmap that PocketNow recently got a hold of, it looks like LG may have some pretty big things (okay - maybe just one) in store for the remainder of 2011. Everything from low-end to groundbreaking, LG is looking to run the gamut in the Android smartphone game.

Let's have a look, shall we?

LG Prada K2

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The Prada K2 is a super-sleek and thin high-end device rocking some pretty powerful hardware under the hood:

  • 4.3 inch NOVA LCD display
  • Dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.3 front camera
  • HSPA+
  • 8.8MM thick
  • Android 2.3

LG Univa

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This Univa appears to be a middle-of-the-road device, as well as somewhat of a sequel to the Optimus One:

  • 3.5 Inch display
  • 800MHz processor
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 11.9MM thick
  • Android 2.3

LG Victor

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The Victor is another solid mid-ranger, with equally indifferent specs:

  • 3.8 inch OLED display
  • 1GHz single-core processor
  • 5MP rear camera, VGA front cam
  • Android 2.3

LG Gelato NFC

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As the name states, this is an NFC capable handset, but it also falls into the mid-range category:

  • 3.2 inch HVGA display
  • 800MHz processor
  • 3MP rear shooter
  • Android ??
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Motorola Droid X2 Gets 2nd-Init Support, Opens The Gate For Custom ROMs

The technology that allowed custom ROMs like CyanogenMod on the Droid X/2 and Atrix - 2nd-Init - has now been ported to the Droid X2 by XDA forum member edgan. According to the source thread, it was a direct port from the Atrix, as the code was not modified whatsoever, only re-compiled.

Before I go any further, let's get one important piece of information out of the way: this does not unlock the bootloader or allow custom kernels; it simply brings full custom ROM support.

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