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2 years ago

Twitter buys smart lock screen Cover

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Cover is a well-known and popular lock screen replacement app for Android. The app has been in beta for quite some time with public availability going live last December. The app though may have proved to be too popular as Twitter has swooped in and scooped up the fledgling startup.

In a post on the Cover site, the Cover Team has acknowledge the sale to Twitter with a note that users can continue to expect the app to remain on the Play Store.

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2 years ago

BT Sport now streaming on Chromecast

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The BT Sport app for both Android and iOS has been updated with support for Chromecast, just as we were told last week it would be. Apart from that, it's the standard "minor bug fixes" bringing BT Sport app for Android up to version 1.3.15. Of course, you'll need to be a BT customer, which means you'll need to be living in the UK with your Chromecast, but apart from that we're looking at BT Sport on your TV from your phone.

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2 years ago

NVIDIA Shield April software update released with new features

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The April software update for the NVIDIA Shield has arrived. The update bumps the Shield from Android 4.4 KitKat to 4.4.2. New in the April update are betas for Remote GameStream and laptops, a keyboard and mouse support in console mode, and an updated TegraZone.

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2 years ago

The Masters Tournament Android app ready to tee off

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The Masters golf tournament starts this week in Augusta, Georgia, and the official Android app has been revamped so you can keep an eye on the action. The player section now has visual player stats and media, the tee times section now includes player photography, a liveblog feed has been added to their U.S.-only live video section, and a full tournament schedule has been added to the app.

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2 years ago

Apps of the Week: War Agent, LastPass, Snapseed and more!

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Apps of the Week

Kicking off another month of great app picks

It's the first Saturday of the month, and that means it's time to kick off another great set of Apps of the Week columns. Just as you know, we bring together an app pick from each of the Android Central writers and put them on display together as a recommendation of what we're currently using. They may not be new, flashy or top-of-the-line apps, but we think it says something when we consistently use them, so we want to show them off.

Read along with us through this week's picks and see how they stack up — you may just find an app or two that fit your own uses as well.

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2 years ago

Flixster movies app adds Chromecast support

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The movie-tracking app Flixster had an update recently which added support to stream full shows and trailers to your big screen at home via Chromecast. The update also included the ability to load up movies onto the SD memory card, so long as it's a Samsung device.

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2 years ago

Best Android Apps for March 2014

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Best Android Apps for March 2014

We’ve got the best social, utility, and customization apps for Android launched in the last 30 days right here

In our ongoing quest to bring y’all the bestest the Google Play Store has to offer, we’re going to start rounding up our favorite Android releases every month.

Often these round-ups will include big releases that you might have missed throughout Android Central news stories or our picks of the week, but we’ll try to dig up some hidden gems for you too. We’ve already rounded up the month’s games, if you’re looking for more.

For March 2014, we've got a nice spread of apps. A bit of learning, a bit personalization, and a bit of social to check out. Go ahead and dive in!

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2 years ago

Rhapsody brings Chromecast support to Rhapsody and Napster apps

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Rhapsody has added Chromecast support to both the Rhapsody and Napster streaming applications today, and now users can push their tunes right to their televisions.

Rhapsody tells us that things will work exactly as you would expect. You queue up you music from the library of over 32 million songs, then cast them to your television. Since Rhapsody purchased Napster in 2011, support for Chromecast is also added to the Android app.

If you're a user of either service, you'll want to check for your update at Google Play. If you want to give them a look, the download links are below.

Source: Rhapsody

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2 years ago

Verizon HTC One Max users can get Android 4.4.2 starting Monday

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Verizon's HTC One Max has a treat soon, says HTC executive director of product management Mo Versi. Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 have received approval, and will be making their way to users as early as Monday afternoon.

We don't yet have any sort of offcial change log, but a look at the 4.4.2 and Sense update on the HTC One gives us an idea of what to expect.

Come Monday, you can check for your update through your device settings.

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2 years ago

Automatic vehicle diagnostics app comes to Android

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Automatic, a smart driving assistant for your car, has finally come to Android. The app, which has been available to iOS users for quite some time, was rolling along in beta for the last few months but is now available to all in Google Play. Our friends over at iMore reviewed Automatic not two weeks ago, finding it a potentially useful app and device combo, if in need of some improvements.

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2 years ago

Polar Bowler review: The coolest bowling game on Android

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Last year, WildTangent Studios released its first mobile game: Polar Bowler 1st Frame. A lighthearted bowling simulation, it starred a polar bear named “PB” and his penguin sidekick “J.”

Fast forward to today: WildTangent has just launched the full sequel to 1st Frame, simply titled Polar Bowler. The new game features a vastly expanded array of fantasy-themed arctic bowling courses and special inner tubes for PB to wear as he crashes through pins. It sure beats strapping on rental shoes in a bowling alley! Read on for our detailed review and hands-on video.

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2 years ago

QuizUp puts your geography skills to the test with Google Maps 'Earth from Above’ topic

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Test your geography skills against players around the world with satellite imagery

So let's say you love geography, and you also love trivia. Well Google has just made your day by introducing Google Maps-powered "Earth From Above" challenge category to the game QuizUp. The topic is pretty self-explanatory — each round is a satellite image of some place on earth, and you'll be given options to choose from of where you think the location is.

Just like other QuizUp topics you can easily challenge your friends or random people to the Earth From Above section, as well as check out current rankings and discussions on the topic. You can grab a download of QuizUp if you haven't yet from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

Source: +Google Maps

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2 years ago

Facebook Messenger updated to v4.0, brings free Wi-Fi calling

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A new Facebook Messenger update is rolling through the Google Play Store right now. Listed a v4.0, it features quite few changes over the last update, though some were previously available on the beta. If you weren't part of that, the update brings along groups, forwarding, conversation shortcuts and adds a free calling over Wi-Fi feature.

  • Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place
  • Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn't in the conversation? Just tap to forward it on
  • Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen
  • Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply).

The update is live now, so everyone should be seeing it. If you haven't already grabbed it already, you can hit the Play Store link above to get it downloaded to your device today.

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2 years ago

Vine updated with Vine Messages - direct video conversations with your contacts

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If you're a Vine user and have been wondering when they'd be expanding their services, today is a good to check for updates. In an updated dubbed their biggest update since launch, Vine has now introduced VM's or Vine Messages if you prefer.

Vine messages are one to one. You can send a Vine message to multiple people to start several separate conversations at once.

Found a great Vine video? Simply tap the Share button under the Vine post, then choose "Vine Message" to share it privately. Your friends can respond directly to keep the conversation going.

Vine messages aren't limited by your Vine contacts, either - you can send a VM to anyone via email or SMS, even if they're not part of the Vine community.

Keeping things simple, to send a Vine message, go to the Messages screen or tap the Message button on your friends' profiles and you're off to the races. The update is live right now, so give it a go and let us know how it works out for you.

Source: Vine

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2 years ago

Google Opinion Rewards expands to the Canada, Australia, and the UK

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Opinion Rewards, a Google app that pays its users to fill out surveys, has just expanded beyond the U.S. into Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

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