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Lockdown Pro allows selectively locking almost any app

We are trust our smartphones with private data more and more, and it is becoming so difficult to keep that data away from people who just want to compromise your privacy. Enter Lockdown Pro, a pretty awesome app that allows you to lock your apps whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned user – and it looks great to boot. Best of all, it’s completely free – with in-app purchases, of course.

Monster Strike arrives for North American Android users

Monster Strike, one of those monster collecting game franchises that have become so popular in Japan (*cough* Pokemon, Digimon *cough*), has arrived for North American Android users as well after being one of the top games in Japan for so long now. It is being pushed by social networking outfit mixi and is now being made available for Android (and iOS) users.

Etsy releases Credit Card Reader for budding entrepreneurs

If you're one of those budding entrepreneurs that can't quit their day job yet but love to participate in weekend bazaars and arts and crafts fairs, chances are, you've encountered potential buyers that ask you if you can take plastic. But unless you have a "real" business, you most likely can't, even with online transactions (except if you have Square or Paypal). Etsy believes that it's growing community has need of this service and so they are now offering a "Sell on Etsy Reader" and an accompanying app to help you out.

Deep Loot lets you discover the depths of the ocean

You may not have the chance to go to the beach or explore the ocean because of the cold weather right now but you can still discover things under water with Deep Loot. It’s a new game for Android that is all about swimming, digging, and fighting your way to explore the ocean and find some hidden treasures.

SwiftKey releases virtual keyboard’s Material Design themes

Even if we're still a few weeks (for some, maybe months!) away from the official release of Android Lollipop, a lot of apps have been releasing their own take on Google's Material Design, giving users a preview of what it will be like when the major update is finally released. Virtual keyboard SwiftKey is the latest app to do so, releasing two new themes in their store that were designed "in the spirit of the upcoming Android L keyboard" but with what they say, is their own unique touch.

Chainfire unleashes Sideload Launcher for Android TV

The Android TV platform is yet to have a formal launch but already we're seeing surging interest and activity around it, which is always good for a nascent platform. First there is that unofficial port that will let you install Android TV on an OUYA. Now even SuperSU creator Chainfire is jumping in with Sideload Launcher for Android TV, a handy little utility that will unhide regular Android apps that you might have indirectly installed on Google's fancy new entertainment platform.

Google Earth major update: 3D rendering, access to KML files

When was the last time you opened Google Earth on your Android device? Last week, two months ago, maybe never? Google is now giving you several reasons to open and use this often-neglected app as they are introducing 3D rendering technology and giving map-making users easier access to their KML files. While Google Maps is constantly updated with new features, it's been 10 years since there has been a major overhaul for their less-loved but supposedly more awesome-looking sibling.

Nova Launcher adapts Lollipop design in latest update

Even before the official announcement of Android Lollipop (actually, even before we knew it was a lollipop), we expected to see most of the apps adapt its Material Design and several other features before its official launch in the next few weeks. One such app that has done this is Nova Launcher in its latest update. Some loyal users consider this the best launcher app yet, and they will be happy to know that the update brings with it several Lollipop-esque features they can already enjoy.
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