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Gameloft's New Android 3D Game Avatar Now Selling For $4.99, But Not From The Market [+VIDEO]

Games based on box office hits are usually released shortly after the blockbusters themselves, but it appears that James Cameron's Avatar begs to differ, at least when it comes to an Android version of the game.

About ten months after Avatar was released, Gameloft finally had the decency to turn its attention away from the iPhone and towards the other major player in the mobile industry, which is, of course, Google's world-conquering Android.

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Google Unleashes Car Home Into The Android Market (Kind Of), Download It Here

With yesterday's release of the popular Car Home app directly into the Market, Google continued carrying on its mission to decouple Android applications previously integrated into the core of the Android OS. If you remember, the company did the same to Gmail last week, and Maps, Navigation, and Street View before that.

Have you been waiting to have one touch access to Pandora while driving or perhaps change that boring stock black background?

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LauncherPro Updated To 0.8.0.0, Adds Swipe-up Dock Notifications For LP Plus Users

If you're not using the launcher that came with your phone's version of Android, chances are you're either using ADW Launcher or Launcher Pro. Launcher Pro may not be open-source like ADW is, but it includes some enviable features. This is not the total re-write that dev Federico Carnales blogged about a few days ago, but it is still an upgrade worthy of a new decimal increase.

Besides bugfixes, this latest update brings another cool trick to the table, specifically swipe-up pop-ups in your launcher's dock which show details of relevant notifications.

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Google Acquires BlindType

Have you been wondering what happened to BlindType, the creator of the keyboard that showed us all what a real onscreen keyboard should be like? Well, it turns out that they have been in top secret negotiations with the big dog himself, Google, because today BlindType announced that they have been acquired by our favorite friends in Mountainview - you know, the ones whose name rhymes with 'boogle'.

We are excited to announce that BlindType has been acquired by Google!

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[Android How-To] Make Your Own Ringtones, Notifications, And Alarms From Media Files

Have you ever wanted to make custom ringtones, alarms, or notification sounds in Android but had no clue how to do it, even if you already put a media file onto your device? I can't blame you - Android is absolutely terrible about letting you do anything but pick one of the existing system sounds and offers no way of adding your own.

Enter Ringdroid. Ringdroid's sole purpose is to let you take an existing music file, crop it exactly how you want it, and then save it as either a ringtone, an alarm, or a notification.

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PC World Conducts "Battle Of The Android Browsers", Finds Stock Browser Isn't Best

Well, the title says most of it, and what it doesn't is pretty easily expressed in a chart: the stock browser - even in Froyo - isn't the best option available. In fact, it's not even close, especially for sites that haven't been saved alread:Skyfire 2.0 is faster by 3.3 seconds. The gap for saved sites is less significant, with Opera Mini faster by 1.4 seconds.

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Surprisingly, Mozilla's Fennec comes in last in both categories; then again, Fennec is still considered alpha, and it's a fairly safe bet that times will drop as development progresses.

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DroidRover: Ubernerds Team Up To Create Android-Controlled Rover

We received a tip in the wee hours of the morning that we managed to miss until now, despite its overwhelming awesomeness. In short, it's a video demonstration of a Senseta rover running with custom hardware and controlled by a Nexus One, although it looks like it will run on any Android device with Bluetooth.

The combination of Android and the simplified hardware allows for a simpler setup that saves weight, and in a little bugger like this, any lost weight counts for a lot.

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Keep Your Clipboard History A Long-Press Away With ClipStore And Button Shortcut

Maybe you're like me: you don't find Voice Search all that useful; you have an impenetrably foreign, non-Google-approved accent; you find yourself frustrated by the single-entry nature of Android's traditional clipboard.

If you deem yourself a match with any of those things, I'm willing to bet you find at least one of the two applications on show here of use.

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Android's clipboard isn't anything special. You put stuff there and it disappears when you overwrite it with something else.

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Imgur App For Android With Account Support Now Available For Download

Imgur.com is one of the best, if not the best, sites to upload that image you're about to share with a gazillion people. The site is very simple and robust, yet incredibly functional, and, most importantly, allows all uploaded images to be embedded on other sites without complaining about hotlinking. It is the service used almost exclusively for sharing pictures on reddit.com (hi all redditors!). Imgur started as an anonymous one-time upload service but later introduced account support, which was probably the most frequently requested feature.

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Quick Hands-On: SendStuffNow - The Enterprise User's Solution To Secure Cloud Sharing

Last month, AP contacted Smith Micro with the intention of writing a detailed hands-on with SendStuffNow (SSN). Specifically, we wanted to look at SSN from a corporate-use perspective with the (then) new Android app. They made themselves available in a beautiful fashion, with Matthew Covington, Senior Director of Product Management, taking the time to thoroughly demonstrate the software to us. Unfortunately, complications arose on our end of things, with the end result that SSN has landed in my un-corporate lap.

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