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2 years ago

Android Resolutions: Resolve to spend more in the Android Market

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There's a fallacy about Android users: We're cheapskates. We refuse to purchase applications. Or, at least, we don't purchase apps as frequently as users of other platforms. On one hand, so what? There are countless bad-ass Android apps that don't cost a dime. What's wrong with that?

On the other hand, none of us would be here if it weren't for developers and content creators. And we should all want to support them. And so ...

Resolve to spend more in the Android Market

Actually, let's start with apps, but we need to remember to think beyond them.

When it comes to Android applications, there are myriad options. Consider the following:

  • You've got your free apps.
  • Your free apps with ads.
  • Your "lite" apps.
  • Your paid apps without advertising.
  • The odd paid app with advertising.
  • And our favorite, the "donate" version, which might have the same functionality as the free version.

It's that last bullet point that probably deserves more attention. If presented with two apps that do the same thing, only one is free and the other costs, say, 99 cents as a "donation," ask yourself which you'd be more likely to download. Now ask yourself why? If it's an app you use and like, why not give back to the developer?

That said, we'll be the first (well, we'll hardly be the first) to mention that the Android Market's making things a little more difficult by allowing only a 15-minute refund window if you purchase an app and discover it sucks. That makes pulling the trigger a little more difficult. But not all app purchases need that sort of trial period. Point is, if you're presented with a choice, spare a buck when you can.

And then there are the newer fares in the Android Market -- movies and music. Don't forget about them. The movies section still leaves a lot to be desired. Or maybe it doesn't. That can be a bit subjective. Same goes for purchasing music from Google. Some days it's great. Other days I go running back to another music store. But the only way either one is going to get better is for us to keep using it, to keep purchasing.

It's a bit of a Catch-22, I know. If there's nothing good in the Market, you won't spend money there. And if nobody's spending money, you'll not seen newer, better content added. So think about that when you're deciding whether to go with a free or donation version of an app. Or if you're going to torrent a movie or album (you naughty thing, you) instead of spending a couple bucks. In the end, shelling out makes for a better ecosystem.

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2 years ago

Tapatalk optimized for Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1; available for free on Samsung Apps

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When not browsing the Android Central Forums from a computer, many folks use the popular app Tapatalk. And now, a special version of Tapatalk is available exclusively from Samsung Apps free for a limited time. The special version was built for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab Tab 10.1 so if you own either of those devices, you can open up Samsung Apps and grab your free copy now. Once downloaded, let us know how it's working in the Android Central Forums.

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Nexus root toolkit makes the process easier than ever

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We're normally not huge fans of one-click rooting around here. Don't get us wrong, they're simple and the folks who put them together deserve applause. But we also think you should have at least a basic understanding of what you're doing to your phone when you're rooting it, and that needs to be more than a button in a dialog box. (And remember, rooting's not for everyone. There's no shame in that.)

And that's why we're thrilled to see Wug's Galaxy Nexus Root Toolkit sitting in our Verizon Galaxy Nexus Forums -- complete with an explainer of what each step of the process does. This is one-click rooting done right, folks. So if you need a little help getting it unlocking and rooting, or going back to stock, hit the link below.

More: Wug's Galaxy Nexus Root Toolkit

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2 years ago

Virtua Tennis to be shown at CES; Xperia Play to get it first

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Sega's push into mobile gaming is set to continue, as they've just sent word that they're showing off their latest efforts, Virtua Tennis Challenge, next week at CES

Other information is pretty scarce, but the first device to receive the game is apparently set to be the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Release schedule is "later this year," becoming available to other Android devices at a later date. 

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2 years ago

Hamster Cannon hits Android with full furry cheeks

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

To all the hamsters in all the balls in all the world, you have our apologies and our everlasting love for being not only good fist-size companions, but for allowing us to portray you to games such as Hamster Cannon for Android. (Available for free now in the Android Market!)

Screen shots and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Amazon's Silk Browser hacked to work with Cyanogenmod

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The Silk browser on the Amazon Kindle Fire may or may not be to everyone's liking, but that hasn't stopped the community efforts to port it across to other devices. The ever helpful folks over at the XDA forums have successfully managed to port the browser to work with the Cyanogenmod custom ROM. 

It's been tested on a number of different devices, including the Motorola Atrix and Droid X. There are more than a few different choices in the browser stakes that would probably be a better choice than Silk, but such tinkering is one of the reasons we all love Android as much as we do. If you fancy trying it out for yourselves, hit the source link for the lowdown. 

Source: XDA Forums

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2 years ago

SugarSync update enables AutoSync for videos

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Fans of SugarSync will be happy to know that today's update adds video compatability to the popular AutoSync feature. Formerly compatable with photos only, AutoSync works in the background to automatically gather photos and videos shot on your Android and syncs the files to your other devices, inlcuding phones, tablets, and computers. The update will automatically enable video syncing, though you'll need a Wi-Fi connection for the feature to work. Grab the update from the Android Market below, and hit the source link for SugarSync's full presser.

Soruce: SugarSync

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2 years ago

How to use BBC iPlayer on the Galaxy Nexus (or any unsupported ICS device)

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The official BBC iPlayer app for Android is great, assuming your phone or tablet is on the list of approved devices. If it's not, you won't even be able to see the app in the Android Market, and the mobile web player will turn you away with an error message. Two devices which still aren't officially supported are the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S (assuming you've got the ICS update), as the iPlayer currently rejects all Android 4.0 phones out of hand.

Never fear, though, because we've got a simple workaround that'll let you enjoy iPlayer content on both these devices with a minimal amount of fuss. Join us after the jump to find out how.

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic accessories contest!


Youtube link for mobile viewing

It's a little early for spring cleaning, but that doesn't mean we can't find a few gems laying around. And that brings us to today's contest, which is only for owners of the Motorola Droid Bionic. We've got a bevy of accessories with someone's name on them, just waiting to be packaged up and sent out. Check the video above for instructions. Good luck!

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2 years ago

Xperia Active gets drowned, stabbed, bludgeoned and run over by a Jeep

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active survived our own dunking test as part of our review, but one YouTube user decided to take things a little further recently, with some heavy-duty tests of his own. These included sending it hurtling into a puddle to test water-resistance, as well as stabbing and bludgeoning the rugged smartphone with wrenches, hammers and screwdrivers. Finally, the Active was put up against a Jeep Wrangler (alongside an unfortunate potato) to test its sturdiness under extreme pressure.

In the end, the phone only sustained screen damage after being repeatedly whacked with a large wrench -- something we try to avoid during our testing process here at AC. In any case, if you want to see all three punishing videos for yourself, we've got them embedded after the jump.

Source: crimi8787 on YouTube; via: SE-nse

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