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Most Android users have installed, and uninstalled, dozens of launchers in an attempt to improve or personalize their devices. A lot of these users find that a cool launcher skin can cover up an outdated OS interface, but can slow down the device. This is a shame as Android lends itself so well to customisation and launcher modifications — as evidenced by our epic coverage of the different available options in our Customization Month.

With KitKat installations climbing every hour, a lot of space and processing power on Android devices will be freed up for a better, more robust launcher that truly ticks all the boxes. MyColorScreen’s Themer is trying to be that launcher.

The company has just announced the launch of the app’s public beta onto the Play Store. Before this, it had been in private beta and required an invite code and direct download from their website. Users running Android 4.1 and up should find their devices supported. Let’s take a look at the launcher and the amount of customisation it permits.

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One of my favorite parts about Gmail is all of the cool Labs features it has: the Send & Archive Button, Reply to All by default, Google Docs Previews, Canned Responses, and more. The problem, however, is that most (or none) of these are available on Android. Recently, app developer Apndroid decided to fix one of these issues by releasing a beta version of their app, Gmail Canned Responses, which brings Canned Responses to Android.

This app is clearly labeled as a development version but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a look at it! Let’s see how it’s coming along so far.

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BitTorrent is as popular, if not even more so, than ever.  You’re probably familiar with the idea of using torrent to quickly download large files, even if this is not something you choose to indulge in.

uTorrent for Android enables you to make the move from desktop torrenting to mobile torrenting. The app is currently in beta so I thought I’d take a quick look to see how things are shaping up. The desktop version of uTorrent is my default client, so I was intrigued to see how it compares.

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I love finding great design and video content on my Tumblr feed, my Facebook friends never fail to entertain, and I follow a carefully curated set of creative folks on Twitter. What I hate is having to use separate apps for each network, with different interfaces and clunky workflows for sharing between them. That’s why I’m really glad I came across Scope.

Still in beta, Scope is a unified social networking app that brings together all your content and activity from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Foursquare in a simple, beautiful interface that’s really easy to use. Scope differentiates itself from other apps like Flipboard and Feedly in that it not only allows you to view content from your social networks but also interact with item just like you would on their native apps.

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Voice command is definitely a hot topic when it comes to mobile devices like your Android phones and Tablets. Even before Siri started strutting her stuff on prime time television, mobile users have longed for a way to make their devices take action without having to diddle with the screens and keypads.

Of course, many apps have sprung up to fill this gap, and as far as the Android landscape is concerned, Vlingo is at the top of the food chain. You can’t really discuss voice command on Android without mentioning it. This is likely why manufacturers like Samsung have partnered with Vlingo to create their own customized virtual assistant apps. Siri-competitor S-Voice, only officially available on the Samsung Galaxy S III at the time of this writing, is obviously based on Vlingo.

Vlingo Labs (Beta) is where users with an Ice Cream Sandwich device can test out the hottest new features that could end up in the official Vlingo Virtual Assistant app. In this case, we are dealing with a true beta app. It is strictly a “test kitchen” for shiny new ideas and test features that may end up elsewhere.

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