2 years ago

RunKeeper for Android updated with Pebble smartwatch support


Latest app update allows workout tracking on Pebble

Good news for RunKeeper users also lucky enough to be in possession of a Pebble smartwatch -- the former has just been updated to take advantage of the latter. In its latest update, RunKeeper for Android has gained the ability to connect to Pebble, allowing users to track their workouts in real time.

The app still does all the heavy lifting, with the watch acting as a secondary display, so you'll still need to keep your smartphone on you during your workout. However, the ability to track your stats without reaching (possibly with sweaty hands) for your phone.

Unsurprisingly, with wearable devices set to become more widespread over the next year, RunKeeper says Pebble integration is "one of many integrations with hardware and fitness tracking devices in the coming months." 

To grab the latest version of RunKeeper, hit the Google Play link above.

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2 years ago

Weekly picks from Google Play: Metal from $5.99, The Guardian, Google Keep and more!


There are more than just apps in Google Play, and we want to let you know what we've found

For weeks upon weeks, we've been bringing you a weekly digest of the best apps each of the Android Central writers have been using. But starting this week, we're going to be mixing things up a bit. Google Play has expanded far beyond just apps -- there's a great selection of books, magazines, music and movies out there that deserve more attention.

So today we're going to kick off a new set of picks, ones that expand beyond just apps to include the best content each person at Android Central has found in the last week. Hang with us after the break and see what we've found in the Play Store for you today.

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2 years ago

Buying Punch Quest from Google Play is the best way to spend 99 cents ever


8-bit glory at it's finest, Punch Quest is fast, furious and fun

Cheesy 8-bit graphics and sound, insane fast game play and super easy controls make Punch Quest my instant new favorite game on Android. It's an old-school side-scrolling arcade fighter, where you throw overhand punches and uppercuts to work your way through the dungeon filled with some pretty evil characters. There are power-ups, mini-bosses and plenty of pottery to break, and you even get to ride a dinosaur that shoots laser beams from its mouth.

Dinosaurs and freaking lasers!

There are in-app purchases if you want to play that way, but I'm zooming through the levels without using any. If you like a little gaming on your Android device, especially if you're a fan of pixel art and old-school titles, grab this one for a buck from Google Play. The game trailer is after the break so you can see just how much fun this one is.

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2 years ago

Galaxy Note on AT&T receiving Jelly Bean starting today


Update only available through Samsung's Kies desktop software

It's been a long time coming, but the original Galaxy Note for AT&T is finally receiving an update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Starting today, willing users can grab the update although it will only be available via Samsung's Kies software and not OTA (Over The Air). But we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth, as Jelly Bean will bring some serious improvements to the device. Above and beyond the improvements in terms of overall UI, you'll also be getting changes like Project Butter, a better camera interface and Google Now. AT&T also says that the update will improve both the keyboard and call quality.

Still holding onto the original AT&T Note? Head to the source link below for some detailed information on how to get Kies working on your computer and apply the update. Once you have the update loaded onto your device be sure to let other members in the forums know how the process went for you.

Source: AT&T; More: AT&T Galaxy Note Forums

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2 years ago

Action Launcher update makes customizing even easier


Action Launcher is getting an update today, making customizing the third-party launcher even easier. You can now drag apps directly from the quickdrawer onto the homescreen, speeding things things up even more. You're also able to lock the desktop, so things won't slide around so much.

I've been using the update for a couple days now. Put simply, it makes a great launcher even greater. Give it a shot, and check out the demo video after the break.

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2 years ago

Room 237 is a movie for movie buffs - and available in Google Play


Cook some Jiffy Pop and keep that tin foil for a hat -- Room 237 is 100 minutes of thought-provoking conspiracy theories

With no podcast tonight, I've been forced to find something else to occupy my idle hands. A quick trip into Google Play found the film Room 237, and halfway through I'm hooked.

Without any spoilers, it dissects Stanley Kubrick's take on The Shining into a million tiny slices, and analyzes it all with a keen eye for detail -- and conspiracy theories abound. Half of what I'm hearing sounds absolutely insane, but all of it sounds interesting as heck. Well worth the $7, and I didn't have to get dressed and head to the theater.

Remember, there's more to Google Play than just apps if you're in a country that supports all the content. If you're bored, or a film enthusiast I think you'll like this one. 

Rent Room 237 from Google Play

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2 years ago

Halo feature from Paranoid Android team demoed in video


Facebook's Chat Heads feature taken to the next level with the Halo mod

For many folks, half the fun of having an Android phone or tablet is hacking the daylights out of it. For the average user, that means installing custom tweaks and ROMs. For the developer types, though, it means something different. They get inside things, and twist everything around until they get it all the way they like. Here's a great example of that.

The folks hard at work on the Paranoid Android ROM have been teasing a new feature, and today we get a four-minute glimpse of Halo.

Think Chat Heads on steroids. It's an entirely new way of handling notifications, and it looks pretty slick. Trun it on from the status bar, and your notifications appear in a small circular icon and flyout. Tap said icon, and whatever you might be doing will pause, and a small version of the application that gave you a notification will open, allowing you to respond appropriately.

There's no public release available yet, but word is you'll soon be able to try it yourself. We'll keep an eye out for this one.

Thanks, David!

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Friends flies into the Play Store


Fling various birds at pigs in structures... now with your friends

Just as we expected, Angry Birds Friends hit the Play Store this morning as a free download, ready for you to challenge your Facebook friends to some intense tournaments. If you haven't played the browser-based version yet, the concept is pretty simple. You have access to all of the varieties of birds you know and love, but now you compete with your friends to make the highest score every round. There are weekly challenges with new levels in each, as well as individual challenges with friends for trophies, and various ways to brag to your friends about how well you're doing.

This is going to require a Facebook login (no way around that), but if you're interested in mixing up your Angry Birds play time this may be a good way to go. You can grab a download of the game for free from the Play Store at the link above, or if you need a refresher on your Angry Birds skills there are plenty of previous versions to choose from. The app has just now hit the Amazon Appstore in several countries as well, so those of you on a Kindle Fire can grab your free download at the source link below.

More: Amazon Appstore

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2 years ago

Instagram adds account tagging, 'Photos of You' album


Remember everything about a photo by tagging friends involved

Instagram has updated its app to v3.5 today bringing the notable feature of photo tagging to both Android and iOS concurrently. While hashtags have been a staple of posting on Instagram, you can now choose to tag any of your friends in photos as well. After you're done taking, cropping and applying filters to a photo, tapping a tag button lets you select people (or items) in the picture to mark as those people. You can add any of your friends, but also other accounts you follow such as a restaurant or a sports team. Only the person who took the photo can tag others, which helps keep spam down considerably.

On the other side, if someone tags you in a photo it will now show up in your profile as "Photos of You" for you -- or anyone else -- to see all in one place. If you would prefer to review each tag before it is posted publicly, you can change your settings to prevent unwanted tags. The update is now live in the Play Store, so go grab your download from the link at the top of this post.

More: Instagram

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2 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Note II getting Android 4.1.2 today


If you've got a Verizon Galaxy Note 2, you should now have an update to Android 4.1.2 waiting for you. Thanks to Roustermiller in the Android Central forums, we have the build.prop information:

  • Android 4.1.2
  • Baseband version I605VRAMC3
  • Kernel version 3.0.31-1098177
  • Build number JZO54K.I605VRAMC3

Head over to the update thread for changes posted as they are found. We'll update this post when we get more information from Verizon.

And here's the full changelog:

  • Download images via Enterprise Exchange email
  • Download ring back tones through VZTones version 5.1.2 preloaded application 
  • Access downloaded languages on the Samsung keyboard
  • Use Multi Window support for more applications
  • (YouTube, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Kindle, Viewdini, Google Maps and Talk)
  • Search or filter by Name in the dialer screen
  • The snooze option in the Alarm Clock app is set to “ON” by default
  • All Alarm Clock options are now viewable without the need to press the “more” button
  • Added a Notification Panel editing menu under Display Settings
  • Transfer content from your old device seamlessly with the
  • Samsung Smart Switch application, now supported

Source: Verizon (pdf); More: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Zappos improves payment and account management in latest update


Quickly view orders and edit payment information from your phone

Zappos has just released its v3.0 update in the Play Store with a few welcomed back-end features to help the experience of shopping on a mobile device. While most of the interface remains unchanged save for a few minor usability tweaks, the real improvements can be found in the "My Account" settings. With the latest update, you can now add and edit any aspect of both payment methods and shipping addresses associated with your account, so they're ready to go the next time you need to make a purchase quickly.


Credit cards can also now be simply nicknamed and color-coded to make sure you never make the wrong choice when checking out. The order history page has also received a facelift, with easy to browse icons of the items that make it easier to find what you're looking for. When you add together all of these small account-related improvements, the process of checking out and shipping items just got a whole lot easier. Grab your download or update to the Zappos app from the Play Store link above.

More: Zappos

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2 years ago

Beautiful Widgets launches free version


Free basic version of the popular app, augmented by in-app purchases

The Beautiful Widgets team has launched a basic free version of its weather and widget customization app. The basic app can be augmented by in-app purchases, allowing users to choose and pay for the features they want. Through these in-app purchases it's possible to individually unlock every feature contained in the full version of Beautiful Widgets. Purchases are made using the "Gold" virtual currency through the GetJar service.

Speaking of which, the paid version of the app has since become 'Beautiful Widgets Pro,' and is still available to download for anyone wanting the full experience in a single download.

Today's developments are also good news for users in countries where paid Google Play apps might not be available. Developer LevelUp says both versions of Beautiful Widgets will maintain feature parity in future releases.

You can grab the new, free Beautiful Widgets using the Google Play link above.

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2 years ago

WeatherBug refreshes user interface in latest update


Improved navigation, live updating and photos section all included

The popular WeatherBug app has just undergone quite a redesign in the Play Store today, bringing in a completely new interface. The overall experience better follows current Android design guidelines, with a tabbed interface that makes it easy to get between current weather, forecasts and detailed information with just a swipe. Further functions and navigation are handled behind a slide-in panel from the right, and the overflow bar at the top takes care of the rest.

On the content side there are "tiles" in the interface that stay up to date with the latest data, a new photos area where you can view shots of the area and different background themes for the whole app. It's a big visual refresh that certainly looks nice to our eyes, and drastically improves usability of the whole app. You can take a look at the free version of WeatherBug from the Play Store link above, or grab the paid version right here as well.

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2 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: What's your Android keyboard of choice?


We spend more time using the keyboard than many other apps. Which one is your favorite?

One of Android's killer features is the ability to change system applications if we come across one that's better for us than what came with our phone or tablet. Things like messaging apps, or launchers or lock screens. That's some powerful stuff, and makes the word customized actually mean something. To me, this is especially important when we're talking about the input method we use to communicate with the world from our phones. Of course, I'm talking about the keyboard.

There are some really great keyboard replacement apps out there. SwiftKey has an uncanny prediction engine that learns as you use it (even BlackBerry users agree) combined with the "Flow" swipe-to-type feature. Swype, the original swipe-to-type keyboard, now has a fine prediction engine and dictionary set-up of it's own. A quick look through Google Play will show you that there are plenty of others out there that offer unique functions and layouts, too. No matter what you're looking for from your keyboard, you'll probably find one to suit you.

So we ask, what is your keyboard of choice on your Android device? There's a poll on the sidebar to the right, and it's also embedded after the break. Let us know which keyboard you're using, and feel free to tell us why in the comments.

A look at last week's poll results:

Which U.S. carrier will you be getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 on?

A nice, even spread with Verizon taking a slight lead as expected. More importantly -- a lot of people are picking up a Galaxy S4. And we can see why.

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2 years ago

Ingress invites passed out to players level 2 and higher


Recruiting your friends and family just got easier, as Ingress has sent out new invites to level 2 and higher players

If you're an Ingress player, and have been wanting to spread a little love and get some of your friends and family involved, there's a good chance you just got a couple invites to hand out. The official Ingress profile on Google+ has announced that players level two and higher will receive invite codes they can pass out to folks in need. 

With rumors of "dark matter" portals and a new Red faction to compete with the Enlightened and the Resistance being talked about, it looks like the summer is going to be quite a fun time for Ingress players. Be sure to help out your friends who need an invite with the codes you got today. If you're looking for an invite, or have a few to spread around, be sure to hit the Ingress forums!

Source: +Ingress

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