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Ask Android App Launches Ask Android App Launches

Ask has launched a new Android app offering a mobile Q&A service to users. The launch follows that of its iPhone app, which recently surpassed a million downloads. “We have placed a big bet on mobile as part of our …

Facebook Messenger App Launches with Group Chat Facebook Messenger App Launches with Group Chat
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Facebook has announced a new mobile app called Messenger. The app, which the company says will be available today for iPhone and Android, is a standalone app – separate from Facebook’s regular mobile app. It would appear that the app …

Google+ Android App Gets Update, Site Attracts 25 Million Users Google+ Android App Gets Update, Site Attracts 25 Million Users
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According to comScore research, as reported by Reuters, Google+ has attracted 25 million users, making it the fastest site to achieve such a number. The firm says Google+ had 25 million uniques as of July 24, growing at about a …

MapQuest Android App Launched

MapQuest has unveiled a new Android app that comes with voice-guided/turn-by-turn Navigation, voice search, a map toolbar (making it easily find restaurants, gas stations, etc. with one click), walking/driving directions, recommendations for the best routes, rotating maps, and live traffic flow/incidents.

CitySearch Launches Daily Deals Aggregator
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Taking advantage of all the buzz about daily deals, CitySearch has taken it upon itself to provide a convenient way for user to check out available deals from one spot (an iPhone or Android app). 

Twitter for Android Becomes More Like Other Twitter Apps

Twitter has launched a new version of its Android App. The company says its designed to feel more like its other official Twitter apps to provide a more consistent experience. 

Blogger Gets Android App for Posting On the Go

Google’s Blogger has released a new Android app that allows bloggers to update on the go. 

With the app, users can switch between different accounts and blogs (for which they have author rights) and post accordingly. You can compose posts, attach photos, assign labels, and save them as a drafts or go ahead and publish them. 

"Saving as draft is handy if you need to wait until you have Internet connectivity," notes Blogger’s Vinay Sekhri.

Netflix Spotted on Android Device, Doesn’t Mean Yours Will Get It

A Netflix app for Android was spotted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which wrapped up yesterday. Verizon, showing off its new LG Revolution 4G phone with Android, showed evidence that the app is indeed in existence. 

Android users have been waiting for a Netflix app for quite some time, and have had to wait idly by while apps for the iPhone, iPad, and even Windows Phone 7 were released. UnwiredView.com posted the following video of the demo, which is now making the rounds: 
 

Google Maps Goes 3D and Offline on Android

Google introduced a new version of Google Maps for Android, which brings several new features. These include 3D map interaction and offline reliability features. 

Google is now using vector graphics for the maps, so you won’t see the map load in squares as it has done in the past. Instead, it will "dynamically draw" the map as you use it. Google lists the following features that come with this functionality:

Google TV Gets Improved Netflix and Remote Apps, Better Movie Search and Screen Sizing
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Today, Google began pushing out its first software update for Google TV. The update fixed a few bugs, and added some other new interesting features. 

Google Finally Releases Google Reader Android App
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Google has finally released an Android app for Google Reader, and as the company acknowledges itself, "It’s been a long time coming." I couldn’t agree more as a user. I already use a bookmark for Google Reader probably more than any app on my phone, so having an actual app for it should be pretty nice. 

Milo Launches Useful Local Product Search Android App
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Milo.com announced a new Android app today for local shopping. The company claims this is the only app available in the Android Market that will search the inventory systems of local stores in real-time and tell shoppers (while they’re on the go) what’s currently in stock , where, and which local stores have the best prices. 

Skype Finally Makes Its Way to Android
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Skype announced that it is now available on a wide range of Android phones (it has been available on some models from Verizon). Users of supported devices can simply go to skype.com/m on their phone to download it or find it in the Android Market. 

Google Adds Features to Car Home for Android

Google has released a new version of Car Home for Android, aimed at making customization easier and information retrieval faster. Users can customize shortcuts for one-touch access to apps and info on the phone. You can now also set your own wallpaper for the app and customize the color of the shortcut icons.

Amazon Launches New Version of Kindle for Android

Amazon announced a new version of Kindle for Android that comes with several new features. These include:

mSpot Android App Gets 500,000 Downloads in Two Months

mSpot announced today that the Android app for its streaming music service has been downloaded 500,000 times.This is fairly impressive as the app has only been out for two months.

If you’re unfamiliar with mSpot, it lets you upload your music files to store in the cloud, and stream them from your computer or mobile device. 

Google Voice Gets New Android Widgets
Google has announced the launch of some new Android widgets for Google Voice. The widgets are available in an update to the Google Voice Android app. 

The widgets are designed to give users immediate access to their Google Voice inbox and settings from the home screen. 

TweetDeck Coming to Android – Beta Test Starts This Week
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The developers of TweetDeck are getting ready to beta test TweetDeck for Android, a move some might call long overdue. The incredible growth that Android is seeing is making the operating system hard to ignore (as a Netflix employee recently pointed out).

Facebook Launches Update for Android App
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It was recently discovered that Mark Zuckerberg had begun using an Android device. Many Android users were hopeful that would lead to the company improving its Android app, which has been less than perfect.

Whether Zuckerberg’s Android use was the driving factor or not, Facebook has indeed launched a new update for its Android app. A Facebook spokesperson shared some of the notable features of the update:

Android Developers Get New Licensing Service

Google has announced the release of a licensing service for Android apps in the Android Market. Android’s Eric Chu says this comes as the result of feedback from developers who want better protection against unauthorized use of their apps.

Yahoo Releases First Ever Android Apps

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Messenger apps for Android. These are the first Android apps Yahoo has ever offered.