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Smartphone app downloads predicted to reach 56 billion in 2013

How many apps do you have installed on your smartphone or tablet? If we had to guess, that number would be fairly large. I have just over 70 installed on my Galaxy S III, however I would probably say that number is on the lower end as compared to some. Needless to say, regardless of how many apps you have personally, one thing is clear -- apps are popular. And in fact, with more and more users moving to smartphones, the amount of downloaded apps is only going to increase.

Google Play Books updated with over 90 bug fixes

Today those folks from Google have issued a quick update to their increasingly popular Google Play Books application for Android. The update added a few new features, fixed a truckload of bugs it apparently had, and even added support for India to now enjoy a good read. Apparently Books had some issues, because Google promises to have fixed tons of them.

Google Play services v3.0 brings Google+ sign-in and more

Google has recently announced the v3.0 release of the Google Play Services. And while some of this may be more developer oriented, these changes and new features will filter down towards the end user. In fact, some of these new features sound like they will make things a bit easier and more convenient for the end user. Just to begin with, Google Play Services v3.0 brings Google+ Sign-In and over-the-air app downloads from a website.

CNN app update brings live video

CNN for Android has recently been updated. The app update brings one main feature along with some bug fixes and something that will likely either be loved or hated. This update brings the app up to version 1.3.0 and it remains available by way of the Google Play Store and for devices running Android 2.2 or later. That one main new feature -- live video.

AdBlock Plus and Android 4.2.2 don’t mix well

There has been some concern over AdBlock Plus and how automatically redirects your phone's proxy to a localhost to block ads. This led to a bigger issue of a large security hole inside of the Android operating system. Even if a smartphone isn't rooted, apps could use this security bug for phishing. The developer of AdBlock Plus proposed a few resolutions for the issue that would both fix the security hole, and also allow the AdBlock Plus app to keep working.

Apple Store gains trademark while Google remains in the cloud

While Google seems intent on remaining in the cloud in terms of device sales, one thing has recently been made clear -- should they decide to go the retail route with stores of their own, they should not have them looking like an Apple Store. The reasoning here, Apple has recently been granted an official US trademark (from the USPTO) for their retail stores.

Nexus 4 availability returning on a global basis

We haven't seen an official statement from Google or LG, however it does appear as if they have gotten the inventory situation under control. That of course, comes from the recent Nexus 4 availability in the US market as well as news of availability on a more global scale. In short, the Nexus 4 appears to coming available around the world.

Chrome Beta for Android found to be hiding a full-screen browsing mode

It seems Google may have hidden a full-screen browsing mode in the latest Chrome Beta release. Though, before anyone thinks of switching to the beta -- we should point out that this seems to be more of an unintentional discovery at this point. Simply put, the latest Chrome Beta can enter a full-screen browsing mode, however there are a few things that need to be done in order to make it work. Not to mention, there are some glitches when returning after you have closed the app.
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