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Swype launches next-gen keyboard, available today [Hands-on]

After months of silence the extremely popular keyboard for Android is back today. I'm talking about Swype. One of the first 3rd party keyboards to really take off for Android has just hit the ground running this morning and announced their all new keyboard that they are calling "the next generation of Swype!" Now you can Swype, type, talk, or write all with a single keyboard. Check out our hands-on below.

CyanogenMod 9 official release candidate builds coming soon

You've probably been enjoying CyanogenMod 9 on your phone or tablet for more than a few months already, but they've only been nightly "experimental" builds -- although seem plenty stable to me. Today however the team from leader @Cyanogen has confirmed they've stopped all changes in what they call a "code freeze" and are preparing the first wave of official release candidate builds of the most popular ROM for Android.

Flipboard beta for Android updated with bug fixes

If you've been enjoying the brand new Flipboard beta for Android on a shiny new Galaxy S III, or other phones now that they've released the beta we have good news today. Flipboard has just issued another quick update for their popular news app and it should fixed multiple problems we've been hearing about as of late. The new beta is available for download now and we have more details below.

Flipboard for Android enters public beta, we go hands-on

Well, we reported this morning that iOS smash-hit newsreader Flipboard would be entering beta soon, catering to specific handsets in order for the developer to get used to multiple screen resolutions. Well we were only half right, but we were half right really fast, so I'm going to call it a win. All interested parties can now download the Flipboard beta APK from their website, and navigate the news with aplomb using RSS feeds, social networking and gestures. Which is what we did, rather promptly, for your enjoyment.

Flipboard beta planned for multiple devices [Update: Download]

If you're at all excited about Flipboard making a long-overdue appearance on Android, odds are pretty good that you've already tried out the APK ripped from the Galaxy S III. But soon enough more Android users will be able to get in on the action. The developers have stated that they intend to release a beta version of the app for just a few devices, in order to test out different screen resolutions.

Alt Mounter brings Android USB Mass Storage back to OS X

Hands-down one of the most annoying features of the few Android phones that implement it is the MTP storage standard, which is frustrating on Windows PCs and nearly useless on Mac. Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich devices (and even some Samsung Gingerbread phones) have adopted MTP over the older and generally more reliable USB Mass Storage, much to the consternation of Android users everywhere. Luckily, there's a new project on XDA that gets around it and returns sweet, sweet USB mounting to your Android device and your Mac: Alt Mounter.

Chrome for Android coming out of beta soon

Google's push to extend its Chrome browser to the Android platform has been a successful one for the most part, and apparently they're done making it sit at the software equivalent of the kiddie table. Google's senior vice president of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai said that Chrome for Android will lose its beta label "in a matter of weeks", making a statement about the mobile version of Chrome's readiness to take over Google's web presence on Android. Pichai did not give a more precise date for the transition.