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Google’s core Android app updates climb to 16

This could only be coincidence, however it appears as if Google is doing some prep work for the upcoming announcement and launch of Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Specifically, some public facing prep work. Reddit user JLishere has noticed that Google has been updating apps. Actually, updating quite a few of the core apps.

Flyne, an offline reader app arrives with Feedly and Twitter integration

It looks like Android users have another news reader application to consider. This latest to arrive is called Flyne, The Offline Reader. The app touts itself as being a "fast, fresh and simple way to stay up to date with your favorite news sources." Flyne takes advantage of Twitter lists and Feedly categories, but some may be happy to learn the name of the developer behind the app.

Motorola Spotlight Player now available for download to the Moto X in Play Store

The Moto X is just full of surprises. First it shows us that a device with last years’ hardware really can be meaningful, and now they’ve gone and packaged an app somewhere in the device which is only now peeking its head out. We were surprised to find they had been working with Pixar to bring something fresh to the device, but it may be more than a one-off collaboration.

Themer launcher graduates from private to public beta status

Themer launched earlier in the month and as we often see with items that require an invitation -- there was quite a bit of hype surrounding the launch. For those that somehow missed that, Themer is a launcher replacement that allows you to quickly and easily customize your Android handset. While the Themer team has yet to take the app out of beta status, they have graduated from private to public.

Cover for Android offers the promise of a contextually aware lockscreen

Full-on launcher replacements have been a fairly popular topic amongst Android users lately. We have seen two launch in private beta status recently and it looks like we are now getting a look at a lockscreen replacement. This one is called Cover and while not yet available in the Play Store, it is said to be coming soon. Perhaps more important here, Cover brings the promise of being able to learn when and where you use different apps.

Pebble Locker app: PIN locks your phone upon Pebble disconnect

The Pebble smartwatch has a decent amount of functionality straight out of the box, however there are more than a handful of apps available by way of the Play Store to expand upon that. We have taken a look at some of these in the past. One app was Canvas for Pebble which allows users to create dynamic watchfaces. Today though, we are looking at an app called Pebble Locker. And as the name implies, this deals with locks. In this case, the lockscreen of your phone.

Runtastic Six Pack Abs Workout app arrives for Android

Another Runtastic branded app has landed in the Play Store today. This latest is called Runtastic Six Pack Abs Workout and brings the promise of giving you a "six pack trainer in your pocket." Perhaps key here, this may be an app to consider by those who are motivated, but not quite motivated enough to make it to the gym. The Six Pack Abs Workout app includes some pre-set workout plans that make use of some basic exercises.