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2 years ago

Spotify for Android officially updated, all new UI and Last.fm scrobbling on board

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The Spotify app for Android has always been a let down to what is otherwise a first rate music streaming service. We recently got a preview of their latest efforts in the form of a preview edition, and the difference was staggering. For some people -- myself included -- it rekindled a love affair with the service. Suddenly, Spotify for Android had become beautiful as well as functional, following the Android 4.0 design themes superbly. Today sees the end of the preview, and the general release of the update into the Google Play Store.

But, not content with what we've already seen and played around with, Spotify has gone and added yet more new features. One of which being Last.fm scrobbling, another being a new widget. 

So, what do we actually get? The answer, quite a lot: 

  • Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
  • Top-to-bottom redesign
  • All-new slide-out navigation
  • Even more social - check out friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go
  • Artist imagery in high resolution
  • Related artist view - available for the first time on mobile
  • ‘Extreme’ sound quality setting for 320kbps listening
  • So much faster!
  • Play queue
  • Last.fm scrobbling
  • Crossfade/gapless playback settings
  • Widget – control Spotify from the home screen
  • Folder support

The update now seems to be live in the Play Store, so head on over and grab yourselves a copy. As always though, please remember it does require a Spotify Premium account to use on mobile. But, if you've ever thought about signing up, now is definitely as good a time as any. 

Download: Spotify

Source: Spotify

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2 years ago

Max Payne Mobile for Android finally landing June 14

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The wait is almost over boys and girls, as Max Payne Mobile will finally shoot its way onto Android this coming Thursday, June 14. Fully optimized for Android, promising HD graphics and the full and uncut classic Max Payne experience, it looks like it will be worth the wait when we finally get our hands on it. 

Pricing is set at $2.99 from the Google Play Store, but as with GTAIII there is a slight catch. Officially at least, there is a compatibility list at launch of the lucky phones and tablets that will be able to play. Notably missing -- the Samsung Galaxy S III. We're sure that won't be for long though. The full list reads as follows: 

Supported Android Phones: Motorola Razr,  Razr Maxx, Motorola Atrix, Motorola Photon, Motorola Droid Bionic, HTC Rezound, HTC One X,  HTC One S,  HTC Evo 3D, HTC Sensation, HTC Droid Incredible 2,  Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung S2, Samsung Galaxy R, Sony Xperia Play, Sony Xperia S, Sony Walkman Z Series Media Player

Supported Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus Pad, Medion Lifetab, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 / 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P, Toshiba Thrive, HTC Flyer, HTC Jetstream

Source: Rockstar Games

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2 years ago

Euro 2012 Live Wallpaper lets you cheer on your team and play with balls!

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If you're a fan of The Beautiful Game (that's soccer for you Americans), you've no doubt been taking in some of the action already coming out of EURO 2012. Poland and Ukraine are hosting this year, and if the first few games are an indicator we're going to see a lot of awesome football games over the next few weeks.

And thanks to the new Adidas Euro 2012 live wallpaper you can cheer on your favorite team right from your Android 2.2 or greater device by placing the national flag of one of the 16 qualifying countries onto the homescreen soccer field. You can also customize the halfway lines to reflect the host countries.

The best part of this live wallpaper? You get to have fun playing with balls! You can select to have from one to five "Tango 12" Match balls appear on the homescreen, which you can kick, tap and volley around. Check out the video above to see it in action. My words don't do it justice.

This Euro 2012 live wallpaper is free so jump on over to the Google Play store to grab it. And while you're waiting for it to download, be sure to leave us a comment and tell us who you're cheering for. I'm Polish/Ukrainian (50/50) by descent, but being engaged to an Italian (and seeing what happens when they lose) I'm cheering for Italy all the way!

Get your download on after the break.

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2 years ago

Apple ditches Google Maps for its own solution

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We knew it was going to happen, right? Apple has ditched Google Maps for iOS, rolling its own in-house cartographic solution, including turn-by-turn navigation, which has never been as good on the fruit phone as it has on Android.

What's that mean for us? Not a whole hell of a lot, and it's not like Google's been resting on its mapping laurels. It was just last week that El Goog announced some major 3D renovations, which will be coming to Android along with offline access. We'll be just fine, thank you very much.

Also: iMore's WWDC coverage

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2 years ago

Ford SYNC and AppLink for Android set to expand globally

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Back during CES 2012 we got a real good look at all the things Ford was doing with their Sync service including the deep integration with Android and AppLink. Having put it all to the test in the U.S. Ford has now announced they'll be expanding the offerings globally with the introduction of the services to Asia.

“We will continue to work closely with leading developers and companies in local markets and around the world to make existing apps compatible with SYNC AppLink and provide the best services for our customers,” Ed Pleet, Director, Connected Services, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, and Europe.

To help expand the offerings, Ford will be working with developers locally to create localized content using the SYNC Developer SDK. On hand at Computex 2012, Ford will be hosting a hackathon with Ford engineers to help developers started on integration applications and more. The full press release from Ford is available below.

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' App Picks for June 10, 2012

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We're a day late but worth the wait! Welcome to the latest iteration of our Android Apps of the Week, where we showcase apps that we find interesting. Have an app you think we should take a look at? Feel free to e-mail us and we'll give it a gander.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, onto the show!

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2 years ago

No extra free storage for AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S III owners! The horror!

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So if you get the AT&T or Verizon version of the Galaxy S III, you won't be getting a free extra 48 gigbytes of online storage on Dropbox. That sucks, considering that our European friends have it, and presumably Sprint and T-Mobile will as well. (And it's little toughter for AT&T fans to swallow since you can only get the AT&T GSIII in a 16-gigabyte flavor -- OK, throw a microSD card in there, but still.) But, hey, that's the carriers' right. They don't want to pick up the tab, Dropbox doesn't want to give it away for free (not that we necessarily blame them after what some folks did with the SGSIII promotion), and so we won't be getting the extra free space, a fact Dropbox has been happy to advertise in its help forums:

U.S. AT&T and Verizon customers

Select carriers have opted-out of the promotion on phones otherwise eligible. Unfortunately, AT&T and Verizon are among these carriers not currently participating.

It's not like you can't get a buttload of free Dropbox space already, though, with the usual 2GB of initial space, plus another 500MB for each referral, up to 18GB. (And if you have a friend with an HTC One phone, you probably can finagle a bit more, too.) If it's not worth it to AT&T and Verizon in this case, them's the breaks. End of the world? Not hardly. And if you really do need that 50 gigabytes, you can always pony up the $9.99 a month (or $99 a year) in that old-fashion, capitalistic manner.

Source: Dropbox; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Sprint rumored to be launching their own NFC mobile wallet

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NFC Times is reporting that Sprint is currently working on their own NFC-based mobile payment system, which would put them at odds with the rest of the US telcos and Google. Until the Samsung Galaxy Nexus appeared at Google Play, Sprint was the only carrier to ship phones with Google Wallet, though it was relatively easy to install on other devices with the proper hardware. If the news we're hearing today is true, Google may be left with no carrier phones supporting their payment services, as it's US only (for now) and the US carriers have opted for alternative systems -- which would require exclusive control of the secure element inside our phones. Sprint, having hired systems provider Sequent Software looks to be developing their "Touch" wallet system and retain complete control over partners, development, and security. The rest of the US carriers have opted to use the Isis payment system

This is turning into a mess. The lure of transaction fees and lucrative partnerships has become so important that everyone is forgetting that we need to use it for them to make money on it. Instead of fighting tooth-and-nail with each other over every penny, they could take one of the existing standards, garner more support from new financial partners, and have a system that works at most every point-of-sale, for most bank cards. Instead, there are a huge group of folks who want to use an NFC-based mobile wallet system, but can't. That's money not being made and not lining the pockets of investors. Everyone needs to get on the same page, pick a system, and put their support behind it so we can use it instead of bitching about it on the Internet. 

I understand the driving force behind innovation in the mobile space is the almighty dollar. I don't like it, but I get it. How about getting it all together and making some, instead of adding another "standard" to the mix?

Source: NFC Times

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2 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 11 update pushed to Google Play

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If you have Adobe Flash Player 11 installed on your Android device, then you're going to want to head on over to the Google Play Store where there will be an update ready and waiting.

The official changelog on the Adobe website hasn't been updated at the time of writing. But, considering active development has been discontinued, there's a high chance it brings a handful of security and bug fixes. In any case, if there's an update there, it's usually a good idea to download it, so head over to the Play Store now and snag yourself a copy.

Download: Adobe Flash Player 11 

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2 years ago

Evernote launches Evernote Food on Android, helps you remember all your good eats

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Evernote has been on a roll as of late rolling out updates to already existing apps and adding new ones to the mix. The latest to land on Android is Evernote Food. If you're a food lover, it's something you might want to take a look at. It's based on the same concept as Evernote itself but as the name implies it revolves around food that you've enjoyed.

Out at a great restaurant and want to share it with others? Snap a pic and have it uploaded to Evernote food and share the details with others with the included function of adding titles, tags and even location as it has Foursquare integration built right in. The app itself looks great especially after you start adding your own items to the mix.

Evernote Food is available on the Google Play Store right now but if you're looking to get a better look at the app in action or see how it can fit into your daily use, there is video below of the app in action for you all to check out.

Source: Evernote Blog

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2 years ago

Facebook for Android updated with fixes for crashes and login issues

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Been having issues with Facebook for Android logging you out or just outright crashing seemingly for no reason? If so, time to grab the latest version that is now appearing in the Google Play Store. As noted in the change log, this one should solve those issues, though we're not going to make any promises. You'll find the update in your apps list or you can just grab it from here.

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2 years ago

Splashtop brings Win8 Metro Testbed to Android tablets

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I'm not entirely sure the level of interest among Android users out there wishing to run Windows 8 on their tablets but according to Splashtop developer interest is high. As such, they've gone ahead and released Win8 Metro Testbed, which will allow you to simulate a Windows 8 environment on compatible Android tablets.

“In response to the high demand from Splashtop fans and the developer community, we have provided a Windows 8 development platform for Android tablet owners,” noted Mark Lee, Splashtop CEO and co-founder. “With Windows 8 Metro both iPad and Android developers can now turn their tablets into a development testbed to evaluate touch gestures and functionality of their app in a Windows 8 environment.”

There is a few constraints with the app you'll need to be aware of though. First, you'll need a copy of Windows 8 installed on a PC or Mac to make use of but you can get that from Microsoft for free right now. Then, you'll need the Win8 streamer app installed available from Splashtop. Finally, you'll need to hand over $25 for the Win8 Metro Testbed app available on the Google Play Store.

Sounds all rather complicated but it's really not if you're already checking out Windows 8. Splashtop did do up a great video showing how to use the app so go ahead, have a look at Win8 Metro Testbed in action below.

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2 years ago

Google Schemer gains photo and landscape support with latest update

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Although it remains a niche app of sorts, Google hasn't forgotten about Schemer in their run of latest Android app updates. A new update is currently showing as available in the Google Play Store with some notable changes included. Landscape support is now baked into the app as well as support for photos on posts. If you're into scheming, you can grab the download right now at the link after the break.

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2 years ago

Redesigned Foursquare app now live in Google Play

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Launch the app, and it basically says it. It's an all-new Foursquare app. OK, maybe not all ​new. You're not going to be lost trying to check into your favorite coffee shop. But, yes, the app now has a much-needed makeover. Big tabs. Big photos. A cleaner look. Better mapping. Better discovery. It's just better.

Snag it at the download link below.

Download: Foursquare for Android; More: Foursquare blog

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2 years ago

Google Shopper updated, promises fixes for crashing issues

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The last update to Google Shopper brought some UI improvements and a tighter integration with Google Offers. It also seems that it brought with it a good deal of issues with the app crashing sporadically for a number of people. Hopefully those issues are now put to bed, as Google has pushed an update that promises to fix such issues. No new features are added in this minor update, which can be grabbed by heading over to the Google Play Store now. 

Download: Google Shopper

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