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2 years ago

First look at the updated Google Music app

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Here we have our first look at the new and improved Google Music app, which -- surprise, surprise -- is pretty much what we saw tucked into an early Ice Cream Sandwich build. Really, not a whole lot has changed in the whole Google Music experience as far as using the app goes. It's been spruced up a bit, is all, and themed more for the ICS crowd.

Take a look at the video after the break, update in the market at your leisure, and hope the updated Android Market app -- which you'll need to buy music from your phone -- hits soon.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile offers more free tracks via Google music store to customers until the end of the year

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Just in case you thought today's Google Music news couldn't get any better, T-Mobile has announced that they have partnered with Google and will be offering additional free tracks to their subscribers from now until the end of this year.  Customers using a T-Mobile handset, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, can go to the T-Mobile free tracks section and download (and share via Google+) new tracks every week.  This starts today with tracks from Drake and Maroon 5.  You'll need the new updated Android Market on your phone or tablet, and of course have an active T-Mobile line.  For the full details, follow the link below.

More: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Updated Google Music app now available

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The updated Google Music app -- part of what you'll need to take part in all this newfangled digital music goodness -- is now live in the Android Market. If you're into changelogs, it reads as follows:

1. Google Music is now out of beta and is open to all users without an invitation. Upload up to 20,000 songs from your personal music collection to Google Music and listen instantly on all your devices.

2. Seamless integration with the Android Market music store. All your purchases automatically appear in the Google Music app.

What we don't yet have is that updated Android Market on our phones. But, in the meantime, you can purchase from the Android Market website.

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2 years ago

Music now live in Android web market

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Fresh from today's Google Music announcement, the music for purchase is now live in the desktop Android Market. 

The exclusive content, along with the large selection of free music are all there, ready for you to download at your leisure. Please do remember that it is at present only showing up in the US. Hit the source link to start choosing your tunes!

Source: Android Market

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2 years ago

Google Music Artist Hub allows independent artists full distribution to millions

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This one is big news for the budding musicians out there -- Google has announced that the Artist hub will be part of their new Music player and website.  Artist Hub is a way for independent musicians to promote their music with audio files, video, and exclusive content that they control.  It's very much like the Android Market developers portal.  All the content artists upload will be available via the web, and on 200 million Android devices.  That's a lot of eyes and ears, and this service should be a great way to get your music heard, as well as a great way for users to discover new content.

More: music.google.com/artists/

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2 years ago

Google revamps Google Music with an actual store

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As expected, Google this afternoon revamped Google Music, taking it out of beta, making it available to everyone -- and bringing online purchasing into the fold. That is, if you're in the United States.

And outside of purchasing music, the service will remain free.

"For music fans, we believe today's technologies ... bring with them the capability to dramatically improve the digital music experience, said Google's Jaime Rosenberg, director of digital content for Android." In fact, it's what consumers have come to expect."

Just as with the beta service, you can continue to upload your own music to Google Music and stream it back to any of your Android devices.

But the big change is in the Android Market. You'll now be able to discover, browse and purchase music from the Android Market. Everything in the music store has a 90-second preview, and songs are downloaded as 320kbps mp3s. Tracks will download directly to your music locker, so they'll be immediately available on all of your devices.

Of course, Google Music's going social, and your friends will play a big part in helping you discover music. When you purchase music, you're given the option of recommending the music on Google + (and as e-mail links to your lame friends not on Google+), and they'll be able to listen to the entire track -- or the entire album -- for free. That sharing extends to Android and iOS devices as well.

Googles' sweetened the deal with a bunch of exlusive, free music. The Rolling Stones have given six exclusive live records. Coldplay's given a live EP to the cause. Busta Rhymes (who was at the event in L.A.) is debuting his new album on Google Music. Plus, live albums from Pearl Jam, Shakira and the Dave Matthews Band. And Google's going to continue to give a free song a day -- it's given away more than 100 million so far.

So who's on board? Three of the four major labels have signed on -- EMI, Universal and Sony. Google's also got a bunch of independant labels, and more than 1,000 total are a part of Google Music.

Google's also given indepentent artists a place to share andn sell their music, with the Artist Hub. They can upload, set prices and have complete control over their content.

So when will you get it? The new version of the Google Music app is available now, as is the new version of the web market. The Android Market will be updated for purchases over the next few days (though we fully expect manual downloads pretty quickly).

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2 years ago

Sprinkle update live in Android Market, opens up to all 2.3+ devices

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One of my favourite Tegra Zone games so far has to be Sprinkle. It's super addictive, challenging, fun to play, excellent graphics, a brilliant casual game. The only drawback has been it's reliance on the Tegra 2 chipset. That changes today though as the latest update has landed bringing with it compatibility for "all recent Android smartphones running Android 2.3 or greater." 

Please do note the word recent in that statement though, meaning it may not be compatible with all Gingerbread+ devices. To try it out though, why not hit the download link below to the also released today free version. Don't forget to check out our review of the game for a full hands on. 

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2 years ago

Google Voice for Android updated, now allows for multiple text recipients

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The Google Voice app for Android has received an update in the Market, which brings, among other enhancements, the ability to send text messages to multiple recipients. I love Google Voice and use it every day, but this is one feature I have been missing dearly. I often find myself sending the same or similar texts to multiple friends and familty and it always irked me that Google Voice did not allow this. With today's update, this is no longer an issue.

Here is the full changelog from the Market:

  • Prefetch voicemails so they can be listened to even when there is no data coverage
  • Allow sending text messages to multiple recipients
  • Improved text message notification

Please find links to the updated app after the break.

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2 years ago

Adobe blesses Android Tablets with the Adobe Touch Apps Family

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Remember those awesome looking Adobe Touch Apps that we saw back in October? Well they have finally reached the Android market for Tablets running Android 3.1 and above, and there are a total of 6 of them available. Each of them are available as individual purchases from the Android market for $9.99 apiece, and you can select between Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe Collage, Adobe Ideas, and a few others. Offering a wide variety of features, each of the applications is designed to do something a bit different, so be sure to hop into the Android market and check out the applications, and figure out which is best for you! Hit the break for the full release.

Source: Adobe

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2 years ago

Eventbrite Easy Entry app looks to make organizers' lives a little easier

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If you're an event organizer and are looking to make organizing events a little easier, maybe take a look at Evenbrite's Easy Entry Android app. It aims to make running a live event much easier on the organizers (thus the name, right?). And having gone to an event or 20 over the past few months, we feel pretty safe in saying that any help is appreciated.

Easy Entry lets guests check in by their name, or by scanning a QR code printed on an Eventbrite ticket. The app also tracks live sales and monitors attendace data, so organizers can decide when to shut the doors, and when to sell tickets at the door. Plus, all data is synced to Evenbrite's servers in real time, so you can use multiple devices at a single event.

We've got a few more screen shots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

CNNMoney app now available in the Android Market

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If you are a fan of money -- which we know you are -- odds are that you have read a thing or two on CNNMoney, and who wouldn't enjoy having that information easily accessible while on the go? Today CNN launched CNNMoney into the Android market so you can now keep track of your favorite stocks, keep up with breaking alerts, and be in the loop of other financial happenings that are taking place all in real time. With a super slick, and elegant interface, and a price tag of free, there is no reason you shouldn't be hitting the break to check out the download links now!

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2 years ago

YouTube for Android reaches v2.3.4 - Adds + 1 button, Annotations and Watch Later queue

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The latest YouTube for Android is now rolling out to folks. This version, v2.3.4 now adds a +1 button to the mix and you can now add annotations as well. For videos you're not wanting to watch right away but rather when you get home on say your computer or Google TV -- there is now a watch later queue that has been added. Plus, if you upload videos from within the app you can now do so while editing the video info -- something that was bothersome in the past. You'll find update available now, in the Android Market and the link past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Star Diamonds Paradise

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

If you're looking for a slight deviation on the gameplay you'll find in Star Diamonds Capture, you need look no further than Star Diamonds Paradise. It's built much in the same way as its sister game, with a few differences.

You're still playing against a live opponent (and you'll need an internet connection to do so!), you're still trying to capture as many points on the board as you can, and you're still trying to fill your green bar up faster than your opponent.

Instead of the game being played on a grid, the jewels are laid out in rows with hexagonal backgrounds (which keeps them from lining up nicely). And instead of only being able to flip the spots two jewels are in, you're trying to draw lines between like jewels, chaining together ever longer combos to fill your bar more quickly.

Jewels you capture are still colored with your color (and your opponent's captures are colored their color), and you can still steal their captures, just like they can steal yours. Paradise introduces some cool powerups, like the dynamite and the honeycom honey bee.

If you get a nice chain (minimum of four, I think), you'll net yourself a nice stick of dynamite. If you chain through the dynamite, it'll explode, turning all of the spaces around it your color. It's a quick way to get a couple of spots on the cheap, and can help turn the tide in your favor.

The most powerful powerup is the honey bee. You've got to get a massive chain (nine or 10), and then this bouncing bee icon appears. When you chain through the bee, he makes a sadistic giggling noise while flying out in a circular fashion. Every space he flies over turns your color, and if you chain it in the middle of the board, you'll walk away with a serious chunk of the board.

When you're not in the game, there's the same menu in the top-right corner of the main menu (tap the Star Arcade logo) that'll show you your wins, losses, recent games, and points. There's also a buddies menu, simple settings menu, and in-app shop that hasn't been implemented.

I can only guess the points you get for winning will be applied in the in-app shop, but like I've said before, I wouldn't be surprised to see in-app purchases. For what? I couldn't even begin to guess (the game is so simple!), but it's the "cool" thing to do in apps these days, so don't be caught off guard if it goes there.

If you're looking for a fun, simple game that keeps things fresh (human opponents every round? Yes, please), and doesn't take too long to play, Star Diamonds Paradise is worth your time. It's only $1.99 in the Market, so get capturing today.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Leaked screen shots show possible look into future of Google Music

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Spanish-language site TecnoDroidve, thanks to some "tricks and beginner's luck" apparently has stumled head-first into the phone-facing portion of how Google is expected to sell music. In a series of convincing screen shots, we get a sense of what is expected to be announced Wednesday in Los Angeles -- Android Market integration for a music-purchase service.

Graphically, things look about as you'd expect, in the vein of the Android Market and Google Music service that's been in beta for most of the year. It's not as sexy as what Microsoft's done with its Zune apps, but it does mix a fair amount of album art with easy-to-use buttons.

It also looks like there will be some free music, as well as a free song of the day, and there will be variable pricing for singles.

Couple more days to go before we find out for sure. In the meantime, hit the source link below for the entire gallery.

Source: TecnoDroidve (translated); via Android Police

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Star Diamonds Capture

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

I'm trying to remember when our fascination with games that have jewels in them came about, but I really don't know. People seem to go bananas for Bejweled, and while this isn't that, it's in the same vein of games with jewels (and fun).

Star Diamonds Capture has a simple enough premise: Flip the spots two jewels are in, and while doing so, try to get three-of-a-kind in a vertical or horizontal line. When you do that, the jewels disappear, their background turns blue (your color), and your green score bar fills up.

The kicker? You're playing against a live opponent. Every time. So while you may think you're the master of scoring captures, you've got to contend with someone else's ingenuity trying to muddle your success (and always have an internet connection).

Also, you can steal squares captured by your opponent (as they can do to you), and as a result, the green score bar goes down. It's the easiest way to slow down your challenger's victory, and can seriously turn the tide of a match in a few moves.

You can also put together impressive combos, as falling jewels just happen to land in the perfect spot, but I'm not sure how predictable this is or if it's sheer luck. Regardless, it's the quickest way to win, and whenever you make your move, you'll anxiously wait to see if any more combos are coming your way.

When you're not in-game, you can check out your stats by hitting the Star Arcade logo in the top-right corner of the screen, like recent games, rank, and wins and losses. There's also a buddies list, a basic settings menu, and an in-app store that hasn't been implemented yet. I can only assume the points you earn from winning games will be spent in the shop, but I wouldn't be surprised to see in-app purchases, either, since those are all the rage these days.

Diamonds Capture is a pretty fun (albeit unoriginal) take on the three-of-a-kind jewel games, but the fact you're always facing off against a human opponent adds a great dynamic to the game. Diamonds Capture is 99 cents in the Android Market.

We've got download links after the break.

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