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Firefox 10 update hits Android Market, Flash still missing

For all those users of the popular Firefox browser for Android we have good news today. Firefox 10 has just landed in the market and the update is available now thanks to Mozilla. Along with tons of improvements to overall stability and performance we have a faster and easier set up and sync, but Adobe's Flash Player is still missing.

Official Steam for Android leaves beta, open to all Steam users

After Valve finally released an official Steam app for Android just a few short days ago users have been leaving all sorts of comments to release it out of beta. After only a select few could use the late to the party application, today it has left beta and is now fully open and available to anyone that already has a Steam account.

World of Midgard MMORPG makes you say “WoW”

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (or MMORPGs, to the cool kids) are some of the most popular interactive titles on the planet. And the king of the hill in that contested arena is Blizzard's World of Warcraft, with millions of active players ponying up for access to the virtual fantasy world every month. There's no real comparison on the mobile platform at the moment, but developer Veraxon Entertainment aims to change that. Their project World of Midgard aims to bring a "familiar" experience to Android phones and tablets, and it's in a closed beta right now.

Official Steam app in closed beta, available now

While we saw at least one impressive attempt at an unofficial Steam app, big daddy Valve has now stepped up and offered an official Steam client for Android. The ubiquitous PC game store-cloud client is incredibly popular among gamers, who have had to settle for access to the desktop web version before now. The Steam app is in beta and available as a free download on the Android Market, but unfortunately, your Steam account needs to be part of the batch of beta users in order to log in.

Swype Beta updated with Dragon Dictation for voice and support for 50+ languages

Swype has just announced another update for their popular keyboard and users taking part in the BETA can enjoy it right now. The last update was back in November and brought a few awesome new features but this newest update is even better. Swype has now add Dragon Dictation for ultimate voice control and TTS (Text to Speech) since being bought by Nuance. They've also added support for over 50 languages and more.

Dropbox Beta updated with ICS support, improved gallery, and bulk uploads

Everyone's favorite cloud storage option for Android has just released their latest beta build. Currently the version available in the Android Market is the same one we all already use and love but today Dropbox has pushed their latest beta build over at the Dropbox forums. Complete with an overhauled UI that not only looks like ICS but fully supports it too. Download links and more details are available below.

Samsung Galaxy S II [AT&T] Ice Cream Sandwich alpha build hands-on

Now that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is out in the wild and the source is available to all we are starting to see a few ICS ROM's appearing for select handsets. This is not a port from the SDK but a ROM built and modified right from the source code. What I have for you today is the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S II running the latest and greatest 4.0 ICS from Google. Remember this is very much an alpha build and not remotely close to being finished -- but it's still fun to use and enjoy as well as show all of you.

Swype OTA update coming soon, brings context prediction and more

The developers of Swype have been on a roll as of late and just last month announced the new Swype v3.26 BETA. Along with the update came tons of changes and even a new design layout for the keyboard. One of the biggest though, was automatic updates right to the device instead of all the fuss that we've had to deal with in the past with Swype. Today Swype has started the first OTA update for their BETA and users should see it soon.

Republic Wireless tries to change the game with VOIP and Android

Raise your hand if you love your wireless carrier. Anyone? Consumers fed up with spotty service and limited terms have been complaining for years about lack of transparency and competition, and on November 8th, they might just have a next-generation alternative to the likes of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Republic Wireless is a new Mobile Virtual Network Operator that uses a combination of conventional cellular lines and Voice Over IP via Wifi.

Iris, an alpha, free Siri alternative for Android

Even though most of the "new" features in Apple's iOS 5 can be easily replicated by Android's built-in features or free apps, it's hard to deny that Siri is an impressive piece of tech. The natural language engine wowed consumers and press when demonstrated on-stage, and is honestly a lot more exciting that the iPhone 4S's lukewarm hardware improvements. At least one developer has been inspired to create his own version for Android. It's called "Iris," and the alpha version is available in the Android Market right now.