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3 years ago

Blocco has moxy but needs a good polish (and better English support)

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Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could have your Android device preform actions with little if any physical input? That's what developer GClue K.K. is hoping to accomplish with the Blocco application. Blocco is, in essence, a user definable macro tool. At first Blocco is somewhat hard to grasp as it's a little complex and not English-native but theres a good hunk of potential for this ambitious little app. Let's explore, after the break.

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3 years ago

How to uninstall apps

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Here at Android Central, we are always telling you about the latest and greatest apps. We even show off some new apps favorites every week. But, maybe you tried an app and just don't like it. You want it off you phone but just can't figure out how. No worries, follow the steps below and you will be all set!

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3 years ago

Zoodles for Android brings kid-friendly mobile Flash gaming

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All you Android-toting parents out there will be pleased to know that Zoodles Kid Mode is now available for Android. Zoodles is a program that puts your phone into a "kid mode" for peace of mind while your child uses your phone or PC. Once you load up the app, the phone is soft-locked into the app so that it takes a little more than a random keypress to get out of the app. It won't stop your child from exiting the app if they really want to, but with plenty of Flash games and videos that can be customized as favorites for each of your children, there's no reason for your little one to want to. The app gives spoken as well as visual directions, and is easy to navigate, so this is a perfect companion for your child while waiting at the doctor's office or while on a long car trip. It's available in the Market now, so be sure to check this one out. Presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola announces the rugged Defy, destined for T-Mobile by the holidays

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Motorola this morning announced the Defy, a 3.7-inch rugged Android phone coming to T-Mobile by the holiday seasons.

The Defy is scratch- and water-resistant, as well as dust-proof, Motorola said in its announcement. The phone appears to have the new version of the skin-that-shall-not-be-named, and Adobe Flash Lite is on board, which suggests it also has Android 2.1. The Defy also sports a 5-megapixel camera and DLNA access. More pics after the break. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Toggle application auto updates with a single app (root required)

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On Episode 28 of the Android Central Podcast, Alexander from Austria asked if there was an easy way to turn off automatic updating of apps, so that he wouldn't have to contend with the downloads sucking down the roaming data. And over the weekend, XDA Developers member eddieringle released just such an app.

Your phone has to be rooted, but once you install Market Autoupdate Bulk Toggle, you can switch between auto and manual updates for all of your Android Market apps with a single tap.

There's no widget yet, but hopefully we'll see that added in the future.

More info at the source link, and a download link is after the break. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Sethjk!

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3 years ago

Froyo update brings Gmail bug to many

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If you recently received your Froyo OTA, you may want to check to see if you're affected by a nasty little bug in the Gmail application by which any secondary accounts don't sync automatically.  Users of the Nexus One, HTC Desire, Droid Incredible, Sprint Evo 4G, and Droid 2 seem to be equally affected, so this is likely an issue across the board and we'll see more reports as more devices get upgraded.  What's most frustrating is that while this bug affects Android, it's not part of Android itself, so the community can't take a look and find a quick and dirty hack while waiting for a more permanent fix from Google -- the Gmail apk is closed-source and Google property.

There are myriad fixes floating around, but they seem to be temporary at best.  The only true fix at this time is to use a third party mail client, like K-9 mail to sync the secondary GMail account via IMAP.  The bug's been filed, be sure to chime in at the source link and let the Googlers know if you're seeing this one.  In the meantime, links to install K-9 are after the break.  [Google Mobile support] Thanks Artur!

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3 years ago

Job posting at id Software hints at possible Android game

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If you watched Apple's Special Music Event on Sept. 1, you couldn't have missed Epic Games new tech demo, Epic Citadel. Although, just a tech demo at the moment, Epic Citadel is no doubt it is one of the most beautiful games we've ever seen on a handheld to date. Unfortunately for us Andorid users, this Unreal Engine 3 powered game will only be available on iOS devices.

Even though we may not be seeing any Epic Games titles on our Android devices, there may be some love from another tripple-a developer, id Software. A new job posting from id Software is looking for an Android programmer to join id's mobile team. id Software is known for industry leading titles: Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein. Basically, they're the guys that birthed the FPS genre we know today.

Currently, id is developing their new engine, RAGE, which was shown off at QuakeCon running at 60fps on iOS. We're hoping id is looking to bring RAGE to Android phones everywhere soon. We can't play the Angry Birds Beta forever now, can we? [Joystiq via [1UP]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 will cost $150 at Radio Shack

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Let the T-Mobile G2 price wars begin!

Best Buy came out of the gate first, offering the G2 at presale for $199 after contract. And now Radio Shack has gone and dropped that price to $150 after contract (and with the same instant rebate). And both those prices are right in the ballpark of what we hear Costco will be selling the G2 for.

We've still had no word from T-Mobile as to its pricing, or when the G2 will actually be available (though Best Buy says it'll have it in stores on Oct. 6).

Regardless, the $199 is the sweet spot these days, and anything less is really just icing on the Android cake, is it not? [via @radioshack]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch HD touts HSPA+ speeds, 3.8-inch screen, 'dual processor'

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Sure, the T-Mobile G2 just got official, but it's the myTouch HD that's really starting to pique our interest. This reportedly leaked document shows a few specs, including Android 2.2, an3.8-inch screen, 4GB of internal memory, a 5MP rear camera and VGA front camera, the Genius button, HSPA+ data speeds -- oh, and a "1GHz Dual Processor." That could mean dual-core, or it could mean something else. You know how these things go. [TMo News]

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