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3 years ago

BlackBerry Messenger coming to Android in September, says BB India managing director


Taking BlackBerry Messenger cross-platform will make a lot of Android users happy. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long to see it.

BlackBerry Messenger, the one killer feature that keeps a lot of folks from ever leaving the house without their BlackBerry, should be available for Android in September according to BlackBerry India managing director Sunil Lalvani. We've known that the messaging service was headed to Android since CEO Thorsten Heins announced as much last May, but at today's BlackBerry Q5 launch event in India we're getting a little more information.

The service is coming to Android this summer. But summer as per North America, where it remains till September.

When asked for clarification that this means a September launch, Lalvani replied that yes, that is correct.

We know plenty of folks will be happy to see BBM for Android, and we hope the programmers at BlackBerry do a great job and give us an app we will want to use. Hopefully, we'll know more in a month or so.

Source: IBNLive; Via: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Twitter updated with improved reply screen, tweet sharing via DM


A couple more small features to improve the Twitter experience

The official Twitter for Android app has been updated with two small but notable improvements today -- a new reply screen and the ability to share tweets to direct messages. In version 4.1.3, the new reply screen resembles closely the general "compose tweet" screen with the ability to add location and pictures right from the window. Twitter says this makes it "easier to join conversations", but really it just means you get the same features when replying to a tweet as you do when composing one stand-alone.

Additionally, when you hit the share button on any given tweet in the app, you now have the option to share it as a direct message (DM) to another user rather than retweet and mention that user publicly. Once selecting the sharing option, you just type in a user name, add any additional words (up to 140 characters, of course) and send it off.

The latest version of Twitter for Android can be downloaded from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II software update brings improved performance and many bug fixes


Software version JZO54K.I415VRBMF1 is going out over-the-air in Verizon's latest update

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II owners should be on the lookout -- a new software update is on the way, care of our good friends over at Big Red. The Galaxy Stratosphere II's newest software version, JZO54K.I415VRBMF1, includes numerous small bug fixes and improvements.

Reliability and stability enhancements were made to the Data Usage Meter, mobile hotspot connectivity, and Kindle App (when downloaded separately from the Play Store) connectivity. Bugs that were addressed include the internet browser reset issue, blue/monotone screen requiring reboot, and text message deletion during word correction.

New features and improvements include the following:

  • Caller Name ID is now supported as a downloadable (from Google Play Store) application
  • SIM pin entry screen now displays the correct number of remaining attempts
  • Lock screen functionality has been improved when in Emergency calling mode
  • Enhanced lock screen security
  • Custom ringtones for the contact list have been improved

Update notifications should be appearing on users' devices soon. For those that want to be a bit more proactive, updates can be initiated by the user as well. To check for available updates, the 'Check New' menu button must be pressed. It can be found by going to: Settings > About Device > Software updates > Check New.

If anyone has received this update, hit the comments and let us know.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Cricket to offer monthly phone payment plans, Muve music updated to 4.0


Cricket has announced today that they too will be moving forward with plans to purchase devices on payments. Their new flexible financing comes in three flavors, with a category for everyone. 

For users with good credit, Cricket will be offering a plan with no financing fees. For users with questionable credit, but still qualify, there will be a plan with low financing fees, and for folks who would rather skip the credit check all together there's a plan that will still offer competitive financing rates. For some phones, these plans will require a down payment. These down-payments will start at $25. Full details will follow in a Leap Wireless (Cricket's parent company) press release.

In addition to the phone payment options, Cricket also announced a major update to the Muve Music service. The new 4.0 version of the service will feature a new user interface to access all the features, and subscribers will no longer need to have a special SD card to use the music service. The new Muve Music 4.0 will first be available on the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy Discover and the Samsung Galaxy Admire 2. Other devices will follow later in the year.

For more details, visit the Leap Wireless site below.

Source: Leap Wireless

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 in Canada becomes next in line for a software update


Galaxy S4 model SGH-M919V gets update that includes Apps2SD support

Continuing to make the rounds -- this time in Canada -- model variant SGH-M919V of the Galaxy S4 has begun its over-the-air update rollout. Reports of receiving this update are not widespread just yet, but users on carrier-branded phones in Canada are likely to start seeing the update notification very soon.

The firmware version for this new update is M919VVLUAMG1, and reportedly includes the following changes:

  • Apps2SD
  • Some new icons in the settings
  • Additional 'Smart Pause' button in quick settings
  • Stability improvements
  • Upgrades the camera firmware.
  • Storage shown as 16GB now, but 6.38 GB is occupied by System memory under 'Misc'

Screenshots of the update are also available. For the screenshots -- as well as the original forum post -- see the source link below.

Thanks arjunamin! More: XDA Deveopers

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3 years ago

We've added more functionality to our Google Play badges!


Attention, people of Earth! Somehow in the 1,000 or so words written yesterday on the Version 1.3 update to the official Android Central App, we managed to leave out another change — and this one actually affects the website as well as the app. 

The blog for some time has used the "Get it on Google Play" badges to link to apps. We've now implemented it in the same way in the app, which is a more consistent design. But we didn't stop there. Now we're using that badge to link to anything in Google Play. Books, magazines, TV shows and movies, music — anytime you see that badge, it'll take you to the listing in Google Play. In the app, on the blog, and straight to the listing. Done.

And if you haven't already (what are you waiting for?!?!?) be sure to check out the latest version of the Android Central App!

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3 years ago

Chrome beta for Android now has WebRTC for video chatting


Support for live video and audio without installing any software comes with today's update.

Chrome beta for Android has been updated today, and while there are the standard performance improvements on-board, there's also a slick new feature or two -- support for WebRTC.

WebRTC is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications capabilities via some simple Javascript APIs. It's been supported on the desktop in Chrome for a few versions, and is a joint project between Google, Mozilla and Opera.

What it can do for you is easy -- it let's you use the camera and microphone on your phone or tablet to video chat without installing any software. You're warned when you visit a site that requests the permission, and while using it a persistent notification is present. This way, there won;t be any funny business or snooping involved. Is it useful? Not yet, but when developers implement WebRTC on their site, it very well could be. In the meantime, it's very, very cool.

You can play around with this one yourself. Fire up Google Play and update Chrome beta, or hit the Google Play link above, then visit this link

Via: Google

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3 years ago

TED 2.0 launches today, brings 20 new languages


Users in over 100 countries can now have the full TED experience in their native tongue.

TED, the lauded nonprofit that brings together Technology, Entertainment and Design through a series of talks and presentation by some of the world's most fascinating people, has updated their Android app to version 2.0. All the same great talks and video content is still there, but now it's available in 20 new languages thanks to some wonderful volunteers in TED's Open Translation Project.

This change gives people from over 100 countries the ability to use the app and browse for talks, use the help files and FAQ sections, and get the full experience in their native language. In addition, subtitles are now offered in 102 languages for the talks themselves, with Somali being the newest translation

TED is one of those apps everyone should look at. Maybe it's not for you, but you owe it to yourself to see the passion and ideas the speakers bring to their talks. Chances are you'll find something you love, and maybe even something that changes your view of the world. And now, chances are it will be in your native tongue. Grab the app at the Google Play link above.

More: TED

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3 years ago

Introducing Version 1.3 of the Android Central App!


New navigation drawer, YouTube API and forum search highlight this major update!

OK, folks. It's time to take the wraps off the latest and greatest version of the Android Central App! We've been testing this internally for a little while now, and for a little bit with a few close friends. Now it's time to unleash it on the public.

So what's new in v1.3? Quite a lot, actually, which is what took us a little longer to get the update pushed out. But we think it's worth it.

Keep on readin' on, and we'll walk you through the changes.

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3 years ago

Facebook beta updated to remove legacy menu button, changelog remains the same


The button is gone, but the philosophy behind its existence up until now remains

Those of us who have hopped on the Facebook beta testers group have received a visually-important update to today which removes the legacy menu button. This marks the final disappearance of one of the most annoying parts of the Facebook app, which should not only free up visual space on the bottom of many HTC devices without a capacitive menu key but also fall closer to Google's Android design guidelines. Taking place of the legacy menu key are a full set of settings behind the slide-in left panel.

We're happy to see the legacy menu button go away, but this shouldn't be a complete standing ovation. Facebook has made serious improvements to its app in the recent weeks but still flies aimlessly around most of Google's other design guidelines in terms of using drawers, overflow menu buttons and most standardized design elements. Additionally, we're not entirely sure what other changes have been made in this beta to accommodate the lack of the menu button. Facebook has gotten rid of the visual reminder that its app development was based in the Gingerbread days, but we're not completely sure if the underlying code in the rest of the app still is.

Anyone that is currently signed up to be a beta tester can grab the update on their device now, and anyone waiting for the more stable update should see it soon once any potential bugs are squashed.

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3 years ago

Uber update lets groups split fares simply


In its latest update, black car and taxi service Uber has made it dead simple for customers sharing a ride together to split up the fare evenly through their apps. Building on a previous update that brought the Google Wallet payment system to the service making it that much easier to pay your fare, the latest update makes it just as simple to split a ride between each person in the car. Now, once you've requested a ride, simply hit the "Fare Split" button next to your driver's name, and then invite friends that are riding with you to join in on the payment.

Other riders can be added through your contacts list or by their phone number, and when they confirm the math will all be handled by Uber at the end of the ride. Furthering the simplicity of paying for rides with the app, Uber will evenly split the fare between the confirmed riders and bill them individually. Grab a download of the latest version of the Uber app at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Android app developers: If you're not watching the Making Apps Beautiful series videos, you should be


Google's DevBytes series is a great way to refine your development process and build better apps

Google's Android Developers have a great series they publish to YouTube, called DevBytes. The episodes are always full of great info for the people developing Android apps, but the latest -- the Making Apps Beautiful trilogy -- is a must watch.

You'll learn all there is to know about making your apps look modern in episode one, nailing typography and spacing in episode two, and episode three tackles what it takes to make your apps look good on a tablet while using the same code as the phone.

You want your apps to look good. We want your apps to look good. Most importantly, your customers want your apps to look good. Take a few minutes and watch the DevBytes shows and learn how to write better apps. Be sure to let us know what you're working on, too.

You can visit the link below to see all of the Android Developers videos, and the Making Apps Beautiful series videos are embedded after the break.

Android Developers on YouTube

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars II coming September 19, along with a full line of merchandise


May the Pork be with you

Rovio continues to milk the Angry Birds franchise for every thing it's worth, and coming this September the latest -- Angry Birds Star Wars II -- will be launching on app stores worldwide. This time though, there's a new piece of merchandising that fans of the series, as well as Star Wars fans, are going to be excited about.

They're called TELEPODS, and they bring more to the table than your typical plushie or keychain figurine. As you can see in the video after the break, they are action figures of your favorite Angry Birds Star Wars characters, that can be imported right into the game. Place the base of the figure on your phone or tablets camera and they're instantly available as a playable character.

Also new is the ability to choose your faction, and you can play as part of the good or evil side -- or "Pork Side" as Rovio puts it. All in all, this latest looks to breathe new life into the most popular mobile gaming series of all time. We'll give it a good long look this coming September.

Source: Rovio

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3 years ago

Android Central App v1.3 now in beta testing


Update: Due to overwhelming response from way more people than we expected, we're going stop accepting new applicants to the Android Central app beta group. We're already getting great feedback, and we hope to push v1.3 out to production just as soon as we can.

A quick heads up for you hard-core fans of the Android Central App. We've finally rolled out proper beta testing, and we're starting with a pretty good build to try it on. Version 1.3 of the app has been pushed out to our beta group for some final testing. There it will remain until we're happy with it, or until we just can't stand it anymore and have to release it into the world, free to spread its wings and become a beautiful butterfly. Or something. 

If you want in on the action, just hit the link below to get going. Namaste.

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3 years ago

Amazon offering free productivity app bundle today only


Amazon has seven great apps for free in this one-day promotion

Amazon has a big app promotion going on today in their app store, and they are offering seven great apps in their freee productivity app bundle. These are popular applications that plenty of folks think are well worth their normal price, all free for Sunday July 14 only.

The apps are:

  • WiFi File Explorer Pro by Dooblou (normally 99-cents)
  • Documents To Go (Full Version Key) by DataViz, Inc. (normally $14.95)
  • PrinterShare Mobile Print by Dynamix USA, LLC (normally $12.95)
  • Tasks N Todos Pro by Handy Apps Inc (normally $5.99)
  • Splashtop Remote Desktop HD by Splashtop Inc. (normally $8.99)
  • Spacedraw Key by Scalisoft (normally $4.99)
  • Splashtop Remote Desktop by Splashtop Inc. (normally $4.99)

You'll need the Amazon app store installed to buy these, and keep it installed while you're using them. This sounds like a great way to save some serious cash, and score some really nice apps while doing it.

More: Amazon

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