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3 years ago

The Galaxy Gear Manager app for the Galaxy Note 3

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If you're going to have a Galaxy Gear, you're to also have a Galaxy Note 3. And you're also going to need the Galaxy Gear Manager app.

Want to change settings on your Galaxy Gear? This is the place to do it. This is where you'll change camera settings, add new watch faces — basically anything and everything runs through this guy.

And, here, we run you through the process from the floor at IFA in Berlin.

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3 years ago

Turn any website into a marble maze with the latest Chrome Experiment

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Google's new World Wide Maze Chrome Experiment shows you the web like never before

Got a computer and an Android device? If so, you're fully equipped to have a bit of fun with Google's latest Chrome Experiment — the World Wide Maze. Google's Chrome team is celebrating their fifth birthday, and nobody knows how to have fun quite like Google. Want to have a go at it?

Get Chrome installed on your phone (use the link above), then fire up the Chrome browser on your computer and click this link.

Once there, follow the instructions and you can whittle away the hours rolling your marble through a 3D "conversion" of any website into a maze. Protip: AndroidCentral.com is hard.

You'll have shades of Teeter (remember Teeter?) but you'll have a lot of fun.

Source: +Sundar Pichai

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3 years ago

Latest Facebook beta (finally) lets you edit posts, comments

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Facebook's beta app for Android has gotten an update today — and it's one we've been waiting for for quite some time. You can now edit your posts and comments. 

Finally.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Use icons in status updates to express what you’re feeling or doing
  • Edit your posts and comments, and tap to see all your changes
  • See upcoming events at a glance on your favorite Pages
  • Create and share new photo albums from your phone

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3 years ago

BBC iPlayer now lets you download shows for offline viewing

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Downloads only available over Wifi, expire 7 days after watching

The latest version of BBC's iPlayer app for Android has finally caught up to its iOS counterpart, and now offers content downloads for offline viewing. Building on its expanded device support in the last update, the iPlayer app will now let you download complete shows in either standard or high-definition, provided you're on a device with Ice Cream Sandwich or above.

Once downloaded, shows will be stored on your device for 30 days, but will expire just 7 days after the first time they are played. The download feature is only available while connected to Wifi and the changelog indicates that it will only initially be supported on certain devices, but that the list will be expanding quickly. Grab a download of the BBC iPlayer app from the Play Store link above.

Thanks, Paul!

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3 years ago

PayPal redesigns entire app, revamps in-store payments

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New interface that looks great and makes it easier to manage all functions of your account

While the previous version of the app wasn't exactly hard on the eyes, PayPal is completely revamping its interface and adding new functionality in its latest update. First and foremost is an entirely new design that is simpler and better fits in with the latest Android design looks — we're now seeing full use of the action bar and left edge slide-in menu. The entire app makes use of a nice blue, white and grey color palette and seems to perform extremely well.

Underneath all of the clean new design is a reimagined PayPal experience, making it simpler to use the app for shopping, managing your account or transferring money. The new app makes it easy to find retailers that accept PayPal as a payment method and help you choose your payment methods and even order or pay in advance at certain retailers.

It's now even easier to manage your payment methods from the "Wallet" menu, check your recent transactions or transfer funds to and from other people as well. If you're a big PayPal user, this is going to make your day — you can grab the update from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

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3 years ago

Is it better to zoom out, or just fade away? Android Central app gets new transitions!

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: We've uploaded a new version of the official Android Central App (accept no substitutes!) to the wonderful and bizarre bazaar that is Google Play, to be downloaded at your earliest convenience.

In addition to the standard (and unfortunately necessary) bugfixes and performance improvements, in Version 1.4.3 we've also added in an option for screen transitions. If you like nice fade, you can have one. Or if you're more into a zoom sort of thing, you've now got that option, too. Look for it in the settings menu under "Screen transitions."

As always, you can see previous changelogs at http://phon.es/achange. Enjoy!

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3 years ago

Get ready for the 2013 football season with these essential apps

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Are you ready for some football?

The 2013 football season is upon us. College games started last weekend and the NFL kicks off tomorrow night, so we wanted to provide you with some essential apps for getting you through the season. Whether you're a fantasy junkie or just want to keep up with league scores on-the-go, we've got you covered. Enjoy! Now onto the list, after the break.

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3 years ago

BBM for Android demoed on video [Updated]

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Update: And just like that, the video has been removed. Enjoy this pic instead.

Update #2: Working video (for now) after the break. Thanks, Jean-Baptiste!

A brave soul has broken BlackBerry's embargo and produced a video demo of BlackBerry Messenger running on Android

If you've been waiting to see just how BlackBerry Messenger would look and act on your Android phone, here's your chance. The app has been in a not-so-secret but tightly controlled beta test for a while, but it looks pretty much the same as it does on a BlackBerry 10 device.

The app seems to have all the same basic features on Android as it does on BlackBerry, including NFC abilities. The layout and controls are different from what we're used to as Android users though, and that may mean some adjustment time.

BlackBerry has stated that they would have the Android and iOS versions out by the end of summer, so it's good to see they are close to the finish line. 

Source: BBOS; Via: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Yahoo! Weather, Fractal, PaperKarma and more!

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See what apps we're using this weekend

It's Saturday, and that means its time for our weekly post where we show off the best apps that the Android Central writers are currently using. Each week we ask the folks here at AC to chime in with a few words about an app that is sticking around on their devices and why it works for them.

This week we're looking at a beautiful way to check the weather, a way to cut down on spam in your (physical) mailbox and a few games to help you pass the time. Hang with us after the break and see how the picks stack up this week.

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3 years ago

Circuitry Live Wallpaper updated - HOLO everywhere

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The full Holo color palette and new settings make the Circuitry Live Wallpaper update feel like an all-new app

One of my favorite live wallpaper applications has received a big update, and it's a veritable HOLOVERLOAD. The Circuitry Live Wallpaper app as an all new design and look, with tons of new settings, and still delivers that same cool electro-geek look of ICs and circuit traces to your phones screen. 

It's one of those live wallpapers that can deliver a lot of motion and animation to your home screen without killing your battery or grinding your phone to a halt, and everyone loves those. The difference is, now during the set-up you've got a slew of options and the full HOLO color palette to choose from. I still prefer grey on black, but the new background colors, patterns and shades combined with the 16 HOLO-color component and circuit choices make it look and feel like an all new application. 

There's a new product video after the break so you can see exactly what some of these colors look like, and you can grab the app ($1.99, Android 4.0 and higher) or the update at the Google Play link above. 

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3 years ago

Amazon Appstore offering 10 apps for free today

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'Free app of the day' gets bulked up to celebrate one-year anniversary of European Amazon Appstore

Amazon's Appstore may be best known for its "Free app of the day" promotion, but today's sale jumps from one to 10 apps that won't cost you a penny. To celebrate one year of availability of the Appstore in Europe, Amazon is making 10 different popular apps free for the entire day, valued at over $35 normally:

  • Angry Birds (Ad-Free) - regularly $0.99
  • Drawing Pad - regularly $1.99
  • PAC-MAN HD (Kindle Tablet Ed.) - regularly $2.99
  • World of Goo - regularly $2.99
  • SwiftKey - regularly $3.99
  • CalenGoo - regularly $5.99
  • Sprinkle - regularly $1.99
  • Paper Camera - regularly $1.99
  • Jamie's 20 Minute Meals - regularly $7.69
  • Shazam Encore - regularly $4.99

Even though the sale is being kicked off because of a European milestone, the sale is available in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Japan. Head to the Amazon Appstore on your device or the source link below to grab your free apps.

Source: Amazon Appstore

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3 years ago

Pocket Casts will be getting Chromecast support in the future

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Just as soon as Google will allow, we can have it

Pocket Casts by Shifty Jelly is one of our absolute favorite podcast apps for Android, and it turns out that it'll be getting support for one of our new favorite devices. Just as soon as Google allows it. We're of course talking about the Chromecast, and the good folks at Ausdroid have popped along to the Shifty Jelly offices to get a brief look at it in action. 

The issue isn't that they don't want us to have it, but that Google is currently forbidding the release of any third-party apps supporting Chromecast while some final details are finished off. But Pocket Casts works just fine with it, as the short video after the break shows. What better way to listen to the best damn Android podcast in the world than on your big screen TV? 

Source: Ausdroid

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3 years ago

BBM for Android inches closer to release (and/or obscurity) with landing page

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We still don't have BBM for Android, but we now have a landing page that talks a little bit about BBM for Android. Let's hope that design isn't quite finished yet either — white text on gray is kinda hard to read, but what it says is "BBM is the best way to connect and share instant messages, pictures and more for free, in real time."

Kinda like every other messaging app available.

Source: BBM for Android; via CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Facebook for Android getting some bugfixes

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Facebook this morning dropped word that its official Android app is getting an update. Nothing huge in this latest v3.6 update — a few bugfixes, mainly. Here's the deal:

  • Fixed a crash when deleting a photo from a comment
  • Fixed music controller notifications from disappearing
  • Various other crash and bug fixes 

Presumably it also contains the improvements found in last week's beta update. The update is available for the Facebook beta testers now and will roll out to everyone else in the next few days.

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3 years ago

Google Keyboard update adds long-press numbers on tablets, bug fixes

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Tablet users can now quickly type numbers in the same way as the phone

One of the biggest reasons Google has taken apps like its keyboard and moved them into the Play Store is for updates independent of the OS, and we're getting one of those today to add a feature for tablet users. The main user-facing change in this update is the addition of a long-press action for numbers in the top row of the keyboard on tablets, something that was available on the phones but oddly missing on larger-screen devices.

Additionally, the update is improving keyboard layouts for some languages, fixes various bugs and makes stability improvements across both phones and tablets. You can grab a download of the latest version of Google Keyboard from the Play Store link above, no matter what device you're on.

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