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HTC cancels ICS update for Desire HD, blames “poor device performance”

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HTC may be stepping on a few toes with this one, but Telus Canada has just released a document, that shows the Desire HD ICS update has been cancelled. The only reason that's given was that.

Google Drive Updated To Version 1.1.1.6, Brings The Ability To Transfer Any File Type, Faster Navigation While Transferring, And Text Alignment In The Document Editor

driveGoogle Drive just saw its first update since back in April when it shed the Docs nametag. The update is relatively minor, but still brings some worthwhile enhancements and tweaks:

Foursquare Version 5.0 Hits The Play Store, Gets Rebuilt From The Ground Up

1Foursquare's mobile app hit the big five-point-oh today, with a brand new overhaul that's so comprehensive, the What's New section on the Play Store gave up and said "Go check it out for yourself!" The app has gotten a whole new ICS-styled look, which just looks fantastic. In addition, the app has revamped the "Explore" tab that allows you to see what's around you, encouraging more discovery, instead of mindlessly checking in whenever you happen to go to Starbucks.

Foursquare is clearly looking to engage users more with the update, as the maps section shows. You can now see your friends' locations overlaid on a map that also highlights points of interest in your area. You can search by category like before, or simply see what's interesting around you. You can also find deals from Foursquare-friendly vendors.

Google Translate Updated To Version 2.4 With Holo UI And More Text To Speech Languages

google translateGoogle has just dropped a Google Translate update into the Play Store, bringing it into a new ICS-flavored age. The most obvious change is the switch over to a Holo interface complete with clean drop down menus, an action bar, and better speech recognition. For the weary world traveler, things also get easier with wider language support.

The app performs sometimes imperfect text translation between 64 different languages. The app can also listen and transcribe spoken words in 17 languages to save you keystrokes. This version ups the number of dialects that can be spoken out loud by the phone to 40, including Esperanto (which people totally still speak someplace). Any translation that uses non-Latin characters will be spelled out for you so you can attempt to pronounce it.

WordPress For Android Updated To 2.1, Brings Autosave, Comment Editing, UI Changes, And More

wordpress for androidWordPress's official Android app has been updated with a bunch o' new features, as well as numerous performance and UI enhancements. The popular blogging platform's (hey, we use it) app has been on a bit of a bumpy road since its initial release, but has consistently been improving over the last year. Hopefully this release will stomp some of the issues that have made it a bit frustrating to use at times. Here's the changelog:

Adobe Reader gets eSignature feature in latest Android update

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Adobe today announced a significant update to its Adobe Reader app for Android devices which includes the ability to sign documents from a mobile device. The eSignature feature makes it a breeze to sign, comment, or annotate PDF documents with the swipe of a finger. The technology behind the update is called Adobe EchoSign and it's also included in the new Adobe Reader update for desktops as well.

Spotify Has Major Update Coming Soon

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Spotify is a pretty popular application, considering over 5 million people have downloaded but the problem is it hasn’t been updated since sometime in November of 2011. That’s a while for a big app not to be updated, and because of the lack of updates there are many users reporting that the application won’t work on their device.

Ice Cream Sandwich Updates For 2011 Sony Xperia Phones Starting In Mid-April, But Carrier Restrictions May Apply

icsBefore Sony Ericsson became Sony Mobile, the company seemed committed to developing an Android 4.0 update, going so far as to release alpha ROMs for a number of Xperia devices, and more recently a beta for the Xperia Play. Here we are, a quarter of the way into 2012, and Xperia owners are still gnawing on last year's official Gingerbread. Although, there may finally be a light at the end of the tunnel; the Sony Mobile blog has announced that the first Android 4.0 updates will roll out to select Xperia phones in mid-April. Don't get too excited when wireless carriers are involved though.

Amazon Appstore Updated To v2.3 - The 20MB 3G/4G Download Limit Finally Goes Up To 50MB, Blocking Notifications Actually Works, And More

The Amazon Appstore Android app was just updated to version 2.3, which finally raised the maximum application size that can be downloaded over a mobile connection from 20MB to 50MB - something we've been asking the company nonstop for over a year. I understand why they set the default to 20MB, but enforcing a max, especially on 4G (Sprint has unlimited 4G, for example) didn't make sense. After all, it's my data, I should be the one to decide how to use it. Can you say "finally" a few more times? I can.

Google Maps Update Improves Battery Life

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Google Maps has been updated to increase battery performance for latitude and location history users and a few bug fixes. Since Google Maps is the primary app that most users use for gps and other location services its nice to see these types of updates. While only a few updates to the app its always good to increase battery life and decrease its burn by even a little.

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