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2 years ago

Android kids app: Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do

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Let's face it: If you want to properly review a kids' app, you've got to get a kid to do it. So we armed Daughter No. 1 with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the "Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do?" game. It's a simple premise: Pooh loves honey, and it's your job to help him find it by way of a few hidden honey pots. There are a smattering of puzzles to do, too, and they proved no match for a genius soon-to-be kindergartener.

The honey pots, on the other hand, took a little more doing, and there were a few tears shed (by the kid!) when they weren't all found on the first go. But as you can see in the video above, finishing the game doesn't end the fun, and it remains a nice babysitter entertaining. In only adult games could hold our attention like that.

"Winnie the Pooh - What's a Bear to Do?" runs $2.99 in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 3D Accessories Roundup

The hottest accessories for your HTC EVO 3D

 

The launch of the new HTC EVO 3D on Sprint has brought new light upon the Android community with the device's stunning 4.3-inch 3D qHD screen, ability to capture pictures and video in full 3D, and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor underneath the hood to compliment its 4G capabilities.

The EVO 3D is without-a-doubt a precious investment-- and going the extra mile in terms of accessories for your device is absolutely crucial.  If you aren't already familiar with the Accessories Roundups here at Android Central-- we list the most popular accessories for the HTC EVO 3D chosen by our loyal customers here at the store, as well as the most essential EVO 3D accessories that we here at Android Central feel will bring your Android experience to the level of convenience and safety that you should be at.

Interested in checking out more of what's in store for your EVO 3D smartphone? Check past the break for the complete 411 on accessories for the HTC EVO 3D.

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2 years ago

Google Music Manager now available for Linux

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Google has (finally) released the Music Manager PC client for Linux, meaning work-arounds like WINE are no longer necessary.  You can download pre-packaged binaries in either .rpm or .deb format, ready to install on many popular Linux systems.  This is a closed source project, so if you're not using a Linux distro that can parse a deb or rpm package, you'll have to convert it to your preferred package type with a program like Alien, or extract the archive and manually inspect the install script (I'll drop those ubergeek instructions after the break for those interested).

Along with official Linux support, Linux versions of Google Music Manager also support .ogg files, by transcoding them to 320kbps .mp3 files.  This is the same way it handles FLAC files, and while not perfect, we're not going to complain because any support is better than none.  Getting it installed is easy --  just fire up your web browser (on your Linux computer, of course) and head to music.google.com.  Once there, click the "add music" link, and download the client.  It seems pretty solid, and certainly better than using the (not an)emulated Windows version.

Source: GoogleThanks, Andrew!

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2 years ago

Microsoft releases API and tools to connect Messenger, SkyDrive, and Hotmail data to mobile apps

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Microsoft has released a set of tools and samples that now makes it a good bit easier to get users Windows Live data from Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger for smartphone applications, including Android apps.  Developers will only need to enter the application name and language used, and then they will receive a client ID and secret token.  These are then used in your application to allow the user to sign in via the web, with no back-end needed for this from the developers.  Microsoft provides a working sample to view a user's SkyDrive photos, with more examples to follow.

Microsoft, as much as anyone, understands the open platform model.  It's been good to them over the years, and it's nice to see simple and effective methods to access user account data across mobile platforms. I hope some developers out there with the "next great idea" for a Windows Live app takes advantage of them.  Drop us a line if that sounds like you!

Source: Windows Live team blog

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic ... 'Coming soon'

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At this point it's just a matter of time before the Motorola Droid Bionic turns up for sale and available to all -- however, Verizon still appears to be swaying on the side of caution and maintaining as much secrecy as humanly possible. What you see above is a new Verizon display unit that is clearly missing a unit. That space, looks like a like it could house a device with a 4.3-inch display much like the Droid Bionic has doesn't it? In any event, we're still stuck in "wait and see mode" here.

Source Droid Forums; via: Android Central Forums; Thanks, Anthony!

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2 years ago

Costco pulling the Motorola Atrix for 'new handset coming soon'?

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Now this is a wee bit interesting. We've gotten word that the Motorola Atrix 4G soon will be off Costco's shelves as some sort of "inventory pullback," and that "a new handset (is) coming soon." And that "coming soon" date appears to be as early as Sunday, July 24. What might that new handset be? An Atrix inventory replenishment? Some sort of tweaked Atrix? Something completely different? News at 11.

Thanks, ninjroid!

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2 years ago

Three customers getting unbranded HTC Desire Gingerbread update

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Good news for HTC Desire owners on British network Three -- the carrier has confirmed today that it'll be pushing out the official Gingerbread update for the popular handset as soon as it's made available by HTC. No waiting around for network testing or the addition of carrier-mandated bloatware, instead Three-branded Desires will get the update at the same time as unbranded phones. In a post on its official Twitter account, a Three rep said --

Three customers will get this update as soon as HTC release it, there is not a Three version

The Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire is currently in the final stages of testing at HTC, and is expected by the end of the month.

Source: @ThreeUK

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2 years ago

Bionic inches near, Lost music files [From the Forums]

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Another Thursday night is here and we're gearing up for another epic Android Central podcast this evening. While we get ready, you all can mingle amongst yourselves in the Android Central forums. Some of the threads below should keep you busy, just make sure you come back in time for the podcast:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Touch review

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The all-new Nook (aka the Nook Touch) is Barnes & Noble’s follow-up to its successful e-reader of the same name, which for months served as the Kindle’s primary competitor. Barnes & Noble also has the Nook Color, an intriguing e-reader/tablet hybrid running Android that is universally accepted as one of the most affordable tablets on the market. The newly released Nook Touch should be seen as a competitor to the original Nook, not the Nook Color because it is designed to perform one function well: to serve as an e-reader. It runs Android, but will you get a full Android tablet experience on it? Read on to find out.

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2 years ago

Android Market now gives developers option for multiple APKs per app listing

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Here's an interesting little addition to the Android Market for developers: You can now upload multiple APK files for a single listing. That is, you can have one app name (and one package name), with multiple versions of the app file. Why do that? A dev could have one APK for tablets, and another for smartphones. Or one for one screen size, and one for another screen size. The Market keeps all of the same listing information -- screen shots, description, comments, etc. -- and aggregates stats and billing.

For most of you out there, you shouldn't notice a thing. But it's a nice addition for the folks working behind the scenes.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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