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3 years ago

Madden 25 for Android now available

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Looking to get your fix of Madden 25 on Android? It's now available for the low, low price of free — and a little more than a free gigabyte of space on your favorite tablet.

It's a pretty monstrous download, but the gameplay is smooth, the graphics are tight, and there are a whole lot of options to keep things interesting. 

And in case you're wondering how so much game is available free of charge — yes, there are some opportunities for in-app purchases. You'll need "Madden Cash" to unlock more plays — with bundles starting at $3.99 for 25 Madden Bucks — or $$74.99 for 700 bills from the big guy. We'll see how long the game holds our interest before we break out our wallets.

Thanks, Ted!

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3 years ago

Quickoffice now free for all, courtesy of Google

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10GB of free Google Drive storage for installing the app before Sept. 26

After acquiring the app over a year ago, Google has just announced that Quickoffice is now free for everyone on both Android and iOS. The app, which is optimized for both phones and tablets, lets you edit and view Microsoft Office documents that are stored locally on your device without compromising formatting. The latest versions now let you work on documents that have been saved to your Google Drive as well, which is a huge deal for anyone that is used to dealing with Google Docs.

Better yet, if you install Quickoffice from Google Play by September 26th and link up your Google account, you'll be offered an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for two years. This is a great service, and we're going to assume that we'll continue to see more Quickoffice and Google Drive integration going forward.

Source: +Google Drive

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3 years ago

Are you going to use BBM on Android?

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Let's just make this simple, shall we? After the break, a straight up or down vote on whether you intend to use BBM on Android once it's available this weekend.

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3 years ago

Zombie Gunship lays down covering fire on Google Play

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Protect the bunker, wipe out zombies, help survivors, and upgrade your ship

A massively popular shooter game from iOS, Zombie Gunship, has found its way to Android today. Players man the guns in a military aircraft which is circling a zombie apocalypse survivor bunker.

From thousands of feet in the air, you've got to lay down a withering hail of fire on hordes of zombies as they move in towards your bunker, and provide cover for survivors fleeing for safety.

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3 years ago

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing arrives on Android

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SEGA kart racer now available on Google Play

SEGA has today launched its popular kart-racing game Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing on Android through the Google Play Store. The title stars SEGA's spiky mascot himself, alongside friends (and foes) and characters from other SEGA titles. There's AiAi of Super Monkey Ball fame, Ulala from Space Channel 5 and Ryo Suzuki from Shenmue, among others.

The gameplay should be familiar to anyone who's played Mario Kart or any similar racers — race around a bunch of tracks from various game worlds and use power-ups to get ahead of the pack. Naturally, there's also a multiplayer mode allowing you to pit your skills against your friends.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is available now on Google Play, priced at $1.99 in the U.S. and £1.60 in the UK.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 launches on Android, gives pigs lightsabers

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Let's force choke some birds

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 was due to launch tomorrow, but since there's just not enough chaos with updating to iOS 7 right now, Rovio thought they'd kick off their latest physics game across Android, iOS, and Windows Phone today.

You'll find a lot of the characters form the original Angry Birds: Star Wars game, plus many more. 

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3 years ago

It's official: BBM for Android coming September 21

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App will be free and available for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and higher

BBM for Android (and iOS) is certainly one of the most popular ideas to come out of Waterloo in a while. There have been tons of rumors and speculation, but BlackBerry has finally set a date — September 21 for Android, September 22 for iOS.

The app, which will be free for folks running ICS (Android 4.x) or higher, has plenty of the same features that have made it a favorite among BlackBerry fans. Here are the highlights, in handy bullet-point form:

  • BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.
  • More than chat – With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.
  • Keep your group in the loop – Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.
  • Post Updates and stay in the know – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.
  • Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.

In addition, BlackBerry says video and voice calling are planned for the Android version in the future.

The app is insanely popular across the globe. In fact, it's enough to have kept people on the BlackBerry platform while others have migrated away in droves to offerings from Google and Apple. Will the app have the same popularity on platforms where it has some serious competition is the question everyone is asking. We don't have that answer, but you can bet some of us here will be giving it the old college try.

Source: BlackBerry

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3 years ago

YouTube to get some sort of mobile offline viewing starting in November

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The fine folks at the YouTube Creator Blog this morning dropped an early heads up that starting sometime in November, we'll be able to watch YouTube videos offline "for a short period." It doesn't sound like this is full offline downloading, but instead you'll get temporary access while you're disconnected.

To wit:

This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable. So your fans’ ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute.

Looking forward to it. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, wont'cha?

Source: YouTube Creator Blog

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3 years ago

Dead Trigger 2 shambling onto Google Play October 23rd

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Rocket chickens, personal hideouts, regular content updates, and some gruesomely-rendered zombies - what's not to love?

After plenty of teasing, the folks at Madfinger Games have announced that Dead Trigger 2 will be hitting Google Play on October 23. If the screenshot above is any indication, the game is retaining its tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, though there's a lot of new stuff happening. 

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3 years ago

New Android app for EE customers

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'My EE' app gets much-needed redesign

UK mobile network EE has debuted a new, redesigned Android app today, with the goal of making it easier for customers to view allowances and manage their accounts and usage. There's a new, more attractive layout, with prominent placement given to key info like remaining data, billing info and active add-ons. A new side-loaded settings menu also provides quick access to all the various areas of the app.

The new app is available now from Google Play, and can be used by EE, Orange and T-Mobile UK customers. Hit the link above to grab the new app. If you were already using the old EE Android app, you'll get the new one as an update.

Today also sees the launch of new apps for iOS, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10.

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3 years ago

Samsung UK launches 'My Galaxy' app

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Deals, accessories, support and feature guides for Samsung phones

Samsung UK has today launched "My Galaxy," a new app for its Android-powered smartphones. The app incorporates user guides for popular Galaxy phone features, official "news" from the company's social media channels, a built-in Samsung accessory store and offers exclusive to owners of Samsung devices. There's also an on-device assistant feature for troubleshooting.

To get started with "My Galaxy," you'll need to cough up some personal details through the email sign-up process (not currently working, as far as we can tell) or sign in through Facebook. The app is at least well-designed, and seems to broadly abide by Google's Android design guidelines — though you'll want to double-check the "Settings" pane to make sure you're not pestered by unwanted notifications.

The "My Galaxy" app is available now on Google Play for Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note, Note 2, S3 Mini and Galaxy Fame users, and Samsung says it'll be preloaded on upcoming handsets sold in the UK.

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3 years ago

iHeartRadio adds new navigation panel, favorites and talk radio stations

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Simpler navigation to access your new favorite stations

Popular internet streaming radio app iHeartRadio is picking up an update in the Play Store today that improves the app's navigation and adds both favorite station functionality and new talk radio options. The most noticeable visual change is a new slide-in navigation drawer that is accessed from the left edge and holds different "discover" areas along with the app settings and sleep timer.

Dominating the top of the slide-in panel is the new favorites section, which gives six slots for favorite stations — called "Presets" — to quickly access with one tap. You can add favorites to your Presets with a tap on the plus icon when listening to a feed. Also included in this update is a new selection of talk radio stations, which the app is calling "iHeartRadio Talk."

You can grab a download of the latest version of the app from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

Thanks, Andy!

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3 years ago

Firefox update brings WebRTC and NFC tab sharing to Android version

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Communicate without plugins, bump with your friends, and rest your eyes at night with the latest update for Firefox

The Firefox browser has been updated to version 24 for Android, and there's quite the change log in place. WebRTC (Real Time Communications) support has been added, which will allow users to send and receive both audio and video without the use of any plug-ins on properly built web sites. This is the future, boys and girls.

In addition, users with capable phones can now share any open tab via NFC. Bump your NFC-equipped phone against another NFC-equipped phone, and the magic of electrons will send it right over. 

Add in a few minor, but handy, details like a new Night Mode (light text on a dark background) and this is shaping up to be one heck of an update for fans of Mozilla's open-source mobile browser. To give it a try check the Google Play link above.

Source: Mozilla (1); (2)

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3 years ago

Updated Google Wallet app coming to all US-based Android phones

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Google Wallet app now focusing on more than just NFC payments

There are some big changes in store for Google Wallet. The few phones that are able to actually use the NFC payment option will still have that ability, but Google is expanding the usage of the app, adding some new features, and rolling it out to any Android phone running 2.3 or higher (US only). 

The new options aim to make the app more useful on carriers where it has been blocked or on devices without the needed NFC hardware. The new app will be able to send money for free to anyone in the US with an email address, just like we've seen from Gmail. In addition, for a small fee money can be transferred by debit or credit card. 

Users will also be able to directly scan in loyalty cards and use them while shopping at brick and mortar stores. This extends to all devices that can run the app, and not just those with a secure NFC option as in the past. You'll also be able to join new programs like Alaska Airlines, Belly, and Red Mango within the Google Wallet app, Other companies are listed as "coming soon", such as Avis and Marriot. 

The app is rolling out in the next few weeks, so this is something to be on the lookout for. Of course, for those not afraid to try a dodgy apk file, those will be posted online shortly we imagine.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Nexus 7 LTE factory images now available

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If you're one of the lucky few Nexus 7 owners with the new LTE version, you can now safely restore your tablet back to the factory firmware using official images from Google. Images for the Nexus 7 with mobile data — codenamed "razorg" — have been posted on the Google Developers site, giving N7 LTE owners who've tinkered around with their devices an easy route back to stock Android 4.3, build JLS36C.

Hit the link below to grab the images.

Download: Google Developers

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