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Action Launcher 2.0 hands-on

Action Launcher 2.0 exited the beta phase yesterday evening. Version 2.0 had been in beta for sometime, but despite regularly using Action Launcher, we held off on installing the beta release. Well, after spending some time with v2.0 last evening and this morning -- we are now wishing we would have updated sooner. First and foremost though, along with some new features, Action Launcher 2.0 also brought a free and paid version.

Moto G Flip Shell hands-on

Following a lengthy series of rumors, Motorola officially announced the Moto G at an event back in mid-November. Since that point we have been watching the handset begin arriving. The North American launch began in Canada and that was followed up with an earlier than expected release in the US market. But along with the announcement for the Moto G itself, Motorola also detailed some accessories. With that in mind, we have recently been spending some time with the Moto G and for today, we have a hands-on with the Flip Shell.

Camera Awesome for Android hands-on

SmugMug recently released Camera Awesome for Android. This release came after a rather long period of being available for iOS only. But putting that to the side, the app is $2.99 and brings the obvious ability of being able to capture images or video along with quite a few features. To begin with though, the Camera Awesome app is able to capture images quickly, really quickly.

Dayframe: Android photo frame hands-on

Dayframe is an app that will turn your Android handset into a photo frame. This one comes by way of Cloud.tv, the same team responsible for HD Widgets and should not be confused with Daydream, the Jelly Bean feature. The Dayframe app is set to arrive in the Play Store on November 12th, however we took advantage of the beta program to get an early look.

Nexus 5 hands-on: photos, benchmarks, first impressions

In the Nexus 5 you'll find Google's biggest effort yet in their unique "pure" take on Android, both physically and metaphorically. You've got LG-made hardware here with a display that's the most massive Google has issued for a Nexus smartphone, appearing at 4.95-inches of LCD with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. That's 445 PPI, and beaten only by the HTC One's sharpness of 469 PPI due to it's smaller display at 4.7-inches with the same amount of pixels.

Aviate launcher hands-on

Launchers have been a rather hot topic for Android users lately. There has been two recent arrivals, though, they are both still in private beta at the moment. The launchers are Themer and Aviate. We took a took at Themer last week and more recently, an invite to Aviate has arrived. We have only spent about a day with Aviate so far, and while we have some issues, there does appear to be some potential.

BBM for Android hands-on

BBM for Android was the subject of numerous leaks and rumors and more recently, an aborted launch attempt. Looking back, BlackBerry was supposed to launch BBM for Android on September 21. The app never arrived, and what was later blamed on an APK leak, the release was officially put on hold. BlackBerry did confirm they were still committed to launching on Android, however talk of the launch seemed to have gone quite.