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3 years ago

Facebook is both herping and derping this morning

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It's not just you. Facebook's having issues this morning, returning any number of errors on mobile as well as the old-fashioned World Wide Web.

Our suggestion? Hit us up on Google+. Or, alternatively, go outside, or read a book. Have a real conversation with an actual person. Ahhhhh, those were the days, right?

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: One Today, Final Fantasy V, Re-Volt: Classic and more!

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Another great grouping of apps for you to check out this weekend

While all of this impending Nexus and KitKat news may be taking all of the spotlight in the Android world, we're still carving out some time for the Apps of the Week. Each Saturday we get the writers here at Android Central to tell us about an app that they've been using in the last week. No matter the genre, styling or overall popularity of the app, we just want to show off what the folks here at AC have been using on their own devices.

This week we have another nice grouping of apps, including a way to donate to charity, a few great games and some odds-and-ends. Read along with us after the break, see how this week's picks stack up against the rest and maybe you'll come away with a few new apps to try this weekend.

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3 years ago

Shooting game Aces of the Luftwaffe gets new campaign and plane

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This free-to-play shooter is even better with new night time battles and a skilled new pilot

You might not think that the shoot-em-up genre and the free to play business model would mix all that well. Yet somehow German developer has crafted a shmup called Aces of the Luftwaffe that is both fun and free. Set during World War II and featuring a charming retro art style, Aces will instantly appeal to fans of the genre and especially Capcom’s classic 194X series of shooters.

Handy Games has just updated Aces of the Luftwaffe with loads of new content and fixes. Head past the break for a trailer and our full impressions of the new content.

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3 years ago

Chromecast Android app now available internationally

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But the device itself is still U.S.-only

Good news for anyone outside the U.S. who's managed to import a Chromecast into their country. We're hearing reports that the accompanying Android app can now be downloaded through Google Play by international users, and we've confirmed that that's the case in the UK. (AC readers have chimed in saying they're seeing it in many other countries, so it appears all regional restrictions on the app may have been lifted.)

Previously the Chromecast app, like the dongle, was unavailable to all outside the U.S. Unfortunately the device itself is still cannot be purchased from the UK Google Play Store, though the app's new international availability may signal possible changes ahead.

Thanks, Gary! 

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3 years ago

PSA: We're up and running with Pulse once more

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Just a quick heads up for those of you who rock Android Central on the Pulse News app. We had a little hiccup with our feed earlier this week. But we've got new hamsters in the wheels, and everything's feeding smoothly now. We apologize for the disruption in service and any inconvenience this might have caused you. 

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3 years ago

Ndemic previews Plague Inc. Mutation 1.7 — real-life diseases and alternate universes

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The folks behind disaster game Plague Inc. — your job is to infect and kill everyone on Earth — today have let loose a preview of what we can expect in the upcoming Mutation 1.7 in a couple months.

First is the addition of "real-life" diseases. You'll be working with the Black Death, Swine flu, HIV or the Bieberic Plague. (OK, we might have made up that last one.) Then there's the new "alternative universes," where such real-life scenarios as the U.S. defaulting on its debts, or xenophobia or an ice age will affect gameplay.

There also will be new achievements, and the requisite bugfixes. You'll get 15 scenarios initially, two of which are free. The rest cost 99 cents each, or you can snag them all for $2.99.

Look for Mutation 1.7 in late November or early December, Ndemic says.

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3 years ago

Chromecast now supports 64-character passwords

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3 years ago

Microsoft launches remote desktop Android app to coincide with Windows 8.1 release

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A new free first-party solution for connecting to Windows desktops remotely

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 today, and to coincide with the launch it has released a first-party remote desktop app on Android (and iOS). Just like many other third-party remote desktop offerings, Microsoft Remote Desktop lets you connect to a remote PC from your phone or tablet anywhere you have an internet connection.

The app offers a solid set of features, including multi-touch and gesture support, giving a better way to interact with touch-enabled devices when viewing Windows 8 desktops. Additionally, the app provides a secure connection using Network Layer Authentication. Microsoft claims that video and sound streaming from remote devices are improved by compression as well.

The app itself is pretty basic but follows Google design guidelines, with a simple interface to choose between your remote desktops, remote resources, gateways, certificates and trusted hosts. The app is free in Google Play from the source link above.

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3 years ago

UserVoice customer support SDK comes to Android

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Chances are that if you’ve ever used a website to vote on feature requests for a game or app, the voting system was driven by UserVoice. Founded in 2008, UserVoice has long focused on helping businesses retain customers by understanding their wants and needs and dealing with support issues.

iOS has enjoyed a UserVoice SDK since 2012, but Android has gone without. Today, UserVoice officially launched its SDK for Android. Now Android app and game developers can integrate UserVoice directly into their apps, cutting down on support headaches and improving the user experience.

Head past the break for more details and our exclusive interview with the CEO of UserVoice!

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3 years ago

Get the No. 1 Android app that Apple refuses to approve!

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We've had more than a few folks ask us to bring the official Android Central App to iOS. And, frankly, we'd be happy to do it. Unfortunately, any attempts to do so have been thwarted. And, so, we're Android-only ... for now. We've got a few ideas, though, and maybe iOS isn't the only other route to go. More on that later, though.

For now, be sure to check out the latest version of the official Android Central App. And swing by our downloads section for more ways to keep up with the latest Android news while you're at it!

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3 years ago

Google Play Music updated with 'I'm feeling lucky radio'

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New icons for pinned music also in latest version

There's a new version of Google Play Music rolling out today, bringing with it a couple of interesting new features. The first is plain to see at the top of the Listen Now and Radio sections, named "I'm feeling lucky radio," in an homage to Google's famous search button. The new radio channel picks stuff it think you'll like based on your past usage. Once you're in, "I'm feeling lucky" works just line any other radio list in Play Music — you can share it, save it, or save tracks to a playlist.

Secondly, there's been a UI tweak to make it easier to find music you've saved to your device — these items now show a little "pin" icon on the lower right of the card.

The update is rolling out through Google Play right now, though with any staged update everyone might not get the new version right away. If you've picked it up already, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the new "I'm feeling lucky" radio.

Update: Looks like the new radio mode is rolling out to Google Play Music on the web, too.

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3 years ago

SwiftKey 4.3 beta debuts with new keyboard layouts, we go thumbs-on

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New 'thumb,' 'compact' and undocked modes make it easier to type on larger screens

The team behind popular third-party keyboard SwiftKey has announced a new version of the app today — SwiftKey 4.3. Dubbed "layouts for living," the new version of SwiftKey introduces a host of new layout options designed to make it easier to type on all kinds of Android devices, from smartphones to tablets and everything in between.

There are three main layout modes to choose from in SwiftKey 4.3, all accessible by pressing long-pressing the SwiftKey menu button. "Full" is the regular SwiftKey layout existing users will already be familiar with. "Compact" gives you a smaller keyboard aligned to the left or right side, depending on which hand you want to use. And "thumb" mode gives you a split keyboard for easier two-handed thumb-typing, best suited for tablet users.

More after the break.

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3 years ago

Netflix for Android updated, brings smoother performance all around

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Update brings performance boost, but profiles are still nowhere to be found

The latest Netflix update is rolling out hard and steady this evening, and we've had a chance to give it a spin. The app has a newly tweaked UI with the hamburger menu we all know and love (that's a nerdy term for the slide-out menu apps are adopting) and better lock screen controls when using the Chromecast feature. But that's not even the good part.

What this app brings that everyone will appreciate is a much smoother overall UI. No more janky, stuttery transitions between views, and everything seems nice and fluid while navigating through both your queue and the categories. Huzzah!

What we aren't seeing is the new profiles feature, that seems to have made its way to every platform except Android. Multi-user support for an app like Netflix, which is heavily influenced by user preference, is a big plus. Hopefully we see it soon for the world's most popular mobile platform.

You can try your luck getting the update via the Google Play link above, but as is usual for big updates to popular apps, Netflix is pushing on a controlled rollout. You'll get the new version eventually — just keep checking.

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3 years ago

Google Offers receives a facelift in latest update

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Cleaner, faster interface that's easier to navigate

Google's coupon and deals app, Google Offers, is getting a nice update today to modernize and improve the interface throughout the app. The new main screen of the app is separated into three tabs — Browse, Featured and My Offers — that can be navigated between simply with a slide. Each tab is scrollable, and the Featured tab will of course have the most content. Scroll down to the bottom and you can switch between offers displayed in your own location or a different city.

The new interface continues into the individual offers, which follow more of the modern "cards" UI that Google has been putting into many of its apps today. The offers are still information-rich, with details on the store, the coupon, and where the nearest store that accepts the coupon is. The latest update also lets you redeem offers without a network connection — something we're suprirsed wasn't included before.

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3 years ago

Riptide GP2 update splashes its way into Google Play

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New vehicles, female riders and a new game mode round out a very nice update

Vector Unit has sent the big update for Riptide GP2 that players have been waiting for, bringing a new multi-player game mode, a new high-end hydro-jet, female riders and some touch interface changes. They've been teasing the new features on their Google+ page, and the sizable fan base (including yours truly) has been looking forward to the changes.

The new Scorpion looks pretty awesome, the long-time-coming female character avatar looks like you would expect any female player in an action game to look (for better or worse) and the interface changes — including a new method for manual acceleration — are welcome. But the big news is the new VR Challenge game mode, where you can challenge your friends on 14 different tracks to see who gets the best time.

I've long been a fan of the Riptide GP series, and this update looks like a real winner so far. Grab it from the Google Play link above.

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