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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.

SwiftKey 3 hits beta with new UI – We go hands-on

The popular 3rd party keyboard for Android SwiftKey is back in the news today announcing the all new, redesigned SwiftKey 3 for smartphones and tablets. Available starting today is the new and improved SwiftKey 3 beta for their VIP forum members, and we can expect it to launch in the Play Store soon. We were lucky enough to enjoy the predictive text features and more all early so check out the hands-on after the break.

Sony releases official ICS beta for Xperia Play

Great news, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play owners: you can go get your Ice Cream Sandwich on right now. Sony has released a beta ROM of Android 4.0 for the gaming-centric handheld, and it'a available to the poor and the gentry on their download site. Sony previously promised to update all its 2011 Xperia phones to Ice Cream Sandwich, and it looks like they're making good on both the promise and the timetable - this beta comes after a similar program for the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Ray.

Google Chrome Beta for Android receives an update

Google Chrome Beta's last update was back on February 24th, and this particular revision has primarily focused of bug fixes. Chrome should now properly run on any version of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), so many of the custom ROMs out there could possibly be supported. There are still the same three known issues since the previous update: No way to toggle between mobile/desktop UA, YouTube links don't prompt specific application use, and proxy settings are still not supported.

Sonar: Local social networking lands for Android

The popular local and location based social networking application Sonar is finally available for Android today in a limited beta. Sonar pulls data from publicly available profiles from Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and brings it all into a single application. It sounds a little scary I know, but we are hearing great things about this new social experience.

HTC Thunderbolt “test builds” of ICS could be coming next week

Well folks, we have some tasty good news for those that still might be rocking the original 4G LTE-powered HTC Thunderbolt. It looks like HTC is about to start taking the same update approach as Motorola and a few others, and will be supplying "test" or beta builds to select few lucky customers of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense UI 4.0 like we saw at MWC. More details after the break regarding this possibly real news.
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