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Blackberry 10 gets help from Android with 28,000 repackaged apps

This isn't the first time we've talked about Android apps running on a Blackberry, but the all-new Blackberry 10 that was announced and shown off this week is getting more than a little help from the green robot. The Playbook enjoyed Android app support thanks to sideloading in OS 2.0, but today we're hearing nearly 30,000 apps have already been "repackaged" to run on Blackberry.

APK Teardown reveals new features coming to Google Play

It looks like some big changes are coming to Google Play. In an APK Teardown from the folks at Android Police, they discovered some pretty massive changes coming to the service. The first one involves a more heavy implementation of Google+. It looks you will have to have a Google+ account in order to leave app reviews on Google Play. This means when you leave a review, your name and photo will probably appear next to the review. It also looks like some tweaks are coming to the way you share apps, probably in form of sharing your reviews with Google+ circles.

S-Voice is back with other Galaxy S III goodies

If you were dazzled by Samsung's S-Voice from the Galaxy S III in the day or so before they blocked access to the operating servers... then you're probably easily impressed. But for the three of you who have Android 4.0 devices and really, really want a shameless Siri clone, "ithehappy" over at XDA has created a signed APK that fools said servers into thinking you're running the unreleased Galaxy S III without checking the standard build.prop value. Get after it!

S-Voice gets gagged: Samsung blocks leaked APKs

So, have you been trying out S-Voice, the brand-spanking new (and totally original, we swear) voice app snatched from the Galaxy S III? If you haven't yet, then you needn't bother: Samsung has begun blocking server access for all phones that aren't the Galaxy S III - and since the phone doesn't officially release for another week, that's all of them. So far Samsung has made it clear that the feature is an exclusive to their new flagship.

Google Play Store mod removes location-based restrictions

Are you Slovenia's biggest Android fan, but bummed that you can't download apps that aren't available in your country? Then the latest mod from XDA might be right up your alley. XDA member Deeco7 has posted a modified version of the "Vending.apk" Google Play Store app file, with the aim of allowing anyone to download any app, regardless of their own location or the restrictions built into the app. The modified app works with Android 2.2 or later, and you don't even need root to install it.

HTC One X software mod grants up to 20% better battery

The HTC One X is pretty great, but its 1800mAh battery (not unlike the one on the Galaxy Nexus) is only OK. It turns out that HTC itself made something of an error in judgement when putting together that shiny new software. Due to an errant APK location, the native NVIDIA power control app (you know, the thing that makes that magical "5th core" work to save all that battery life) wasn't working properly. HTC should have a fix out soon enough, but in the meantime, the fellows at XDA have a fix for you.

Google Play Store update adds review info and My Apps tab [Download]

We're still trying to get used to the new Google Play  moniker for the former Android Market, but Google itself is full steam ahead and has already released its forst notable update to the service. The 3.5.15 update to the familiar Vending APK doesn't change things as drastically as the last one, but there's still a few useful features you'll want to check out, the first of which is the new My Apps section with tabs accessible by swiping right from the front page. The software should be rolling out to just about everybody in the next couple of days, but if you can't wait, the guys at XDA have already put up an APK for one and all.
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