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3 years ago

Nuance Dragon Mobile Assistant adds location sharing and hands-free texting

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Nuance has announced a handful of new features to their Dragon Mobile Assistant app, which launched just last fall. In addition to the usual stuff, like updating Facebook and Twitter, finding businesses, booking calendar appointments, and getting directions, Dragon Mobile Assistant can now share GPS coordinates with trusted contacts.

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Beat Hazard Ultra

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Although a few of the games in Humble Bundle 5 are making their Android debut, Beat Hazard Ultra has been out on the Play Store for some time now. That doesn't mean that it isn't a worthwhile title though, as it still brings together the arcade shooter and music genres in an interesting way. The game will be different for every user too, because the gameplay changes based on your own local music collection.

Hang with us after the break to see a little bit more about Beat Hazard Ultra, one of the games in the Humble Bundle 5.

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3 years ago

Marvel Comics app now offering 700 free first issues

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Marvel has announced an awesome limited-time promo as a part of their SXSW presence. Anyone using the official Marvel Comics app for Android can download over 700 first issues for free. These #1 titles range from the classics to the more contemporary stuff. The frenzy over these issues is pretty amped, so your download speeds might not be so great right now. You'll still want to get in on this, because it wraps up at 11 PM Tuesday night. David Gabriel, one of the dudes from Marvel, commented on why they kicked off this promotion. 

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia J updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Good news for Sony Xperia J owners - the official rollout of Jelly Bean has begun. This will bump the Android OS up to version 4.1, bringing with it new features from Jelly Bean like Quick Settings in the notification area. A new version of Sony Select has also been packaged into the update. Xperia J users should be getting an update notification on their phones automatically in the coming days/weeks. If any users are unable to update over the air, they can check out Sony's official page for a manual install method.

Source: Sony; More: Sony Xperia J Forums

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Dynamite Jack

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A few of the games in Humble Bundle 5 are making their Android debut, and Dynamite Jack is one of them. This retro-styled game that reminds us of old arcade titles translates well to the phone with touch controls. And because its part of the Humble Bundle, it won't cost you much to play.

Hang with us after the break and see how Dynamite Jack performs in its first Android release.

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3 years ago

Unicorn Apocalypse game from Samsung commercials hits the Play Store

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Unicorn Apocalypse

Samsung has been using a fictional game called "Unicorn Apocalypse" in a barrage of internet and TV commercials lately, and has followed up on it by actually releasing the game in the Play Store. In the commercials, Samsung tends to poke fun at the fictional developers of the game because they take it so seriously, and the game certainly continues with that theme. Unfortunately the game hasn't exactly gotten great reviews in the Play Store, with most users noting that the game doesn't play properly, and when it does the content isn't exactly exciting. We've noticed that the visual assets aren't set properly for 768x1280 displays either.

With little bugs aside, it's a fun little game to look at -- if for nothing more than to have the game from the commercial on your phone. You can grab a download from the Play Store at the source link below.

Download: Unicorn Apocalypse (Google Play)

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: HootSuite, TVCatchup, Solar 2 and more!

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Apps of the Week

Ahh yes, the Apps of the Week. We meet here every Saturday afternoon to bring you an app from each of the Android Central writers. But not just any apps, these are the apps that we're using day-to-day and have found useful enough to keep on our devices. We have some tools, games and everything in between on the list today.

Stick around with us after the break and see how we did with our app picks this week.

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3 years ago

Netflix shutting down public API program, current third-party apps will continue to function

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While third-party Netflix applications are somewhat limited as to what they can offer anyway, some folks still love to use them. Netflix is putting an end to any future third-party clients however, by killing off the public API program. 

Currently active clients will continue to function, as all API keys currently issued will remain active. What it does mean is that no new keys will be issued to third-party developers, so what we've got today is as far as it goes. Additionally the developer portal is being set to read-only, and the OData catalog will be retired in April. 

Netflix says that the changes are being made so as to focus on the products and features most used by its subscribers -- or in other words, the official Netflix clients. It's still a little sad to see future third-party apps killed off completely, but given the times we live in -- Twitter being the obvious example -- it isn't all that surprising either. 

Source: Netflix

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: Solar 2

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Our coverage of the games offered in Humble Bundle 5 continues with a look at Solar 2, which has just made its debut on Android. This is an interesting game centered around the life of an evolving planet, flying around the solar system trying to grow and stay alive. Solar 2 has a neat gameplay idea wrapped in solid visuals and an appropriate soundtrack, all of the components necessary for a great game.

Read on past the break for a more in-depth walkthrough of Solar 2, a new game now available as part of Humble Bundle 5.

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3 years ago

Latest Project Shield demo from Nvidia shows off Riptide GP 2, looks insane

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Riptide GP is somewhat of a favorite among the Android Central staff. Its excellent graphics, combined with superb controls and a great pick up and play approach make it to this day one of Android's finest game titles. We don't need to tell you that we're eagerly awaiting Nvidia's Tegra 4 platform, and with it the follow up title, Riptide GP 2. Thankfully, to help keep us going in the meantime, Nvidia's latest Android Thursday video shows off the new game running on Project Shield

And it looks; amazing. Besides showing off the gameplay, Nvidia also talks us through some of the special graphical touches that have been brought to the table thanks to Tegra 4. We're talking enhanced water effects, motion blur, improved reflection shaders, all designed to immerse the gamers ever further. 

Gameplay wise looks like a continuation from the original -- no bad thing. There's some pretty sweet looking tricks too like the Superman and something called a Nak Nak -- right? -- to perform. Combined with Project Shield, Riptide 2 looks like an absolute blast. Naturally we're excited for both, but we'll take Riptide 2 on anything that'll play it at this point. 

Source: Nvidia (YouTube)

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3 years ago

Sprint Optimus G Jelly Bean update rolling out now

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LG Optimus G users on Sprint have something to cheer about today, as the Jelly Bean OTA update has just started its rollout. As newer versions of the Optimus G have started to come out of the box with Jelly Bean on board, it's good to see Sprint keeping up with the update on the original devices that came first. Users will get the whole suite of Jelly Bean updates like Google Now, Project Butter and resizable widgets with this update. The stock ICS browser is being replaced by Google Chrome as well.

The new software is based on Android 4.1.2 -- version LS970ZVA LS970ZVB -- and will be rolling out in phases starting today. Seeing the update on your device yet? Head to the Sprint Optimus G forums and let other members know what your experience has been with the update.

Source: Sprint; More: Sprint Optimus G Forums

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3 years ago

Scope update brings new UI, host of new feeds, advertising and Android Central

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The last time we heard from Scope, the all-in-one social aggregator, they were opening up a VIP program for interested beta testers. We've been part of the VIP program since it began, and some interesting features have been introduced which are now ready for the prime time and pushing out through Google Play. With this update, Scope is taking a big step forward into becoming a personalized news service more than a social media aggregator. 

Scope has gone from operating with just a handful of social networking services, to now containing over 20 different services -- including your favorite Android resource. That's right, one of the new news services contained within Scope is an "Android News" feed, provided by Android Central. 

The UI has also been updated, with a slide out menu that replaces the previous swiping between feeds. It's pretty slick, and brings a little more order to things than endlessly swiping between your feeds. 

One change which may disappoint some users though is the introduction of in-app advertising. This isn't a decision that the developers took lightly by any means: 

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3 years ago

Path update hits Android with messaging, stickers and 'The Shop'

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Path has just been updated to add private messaging, stickers and "The Shop" to fall in line with the update that hit iOS yesterday. If you're not familiar, Path is a social network that is limited to a set number of friends, which is meant to enhance the relationships you build with the smaller group. This latest update is hoping to help with that by offering private messaging between users, as well as "stickers" that can be sent back and forth. Some of the stickers are free, but others are paid -- in the range of $0.99 to $1.99. If you want to make a sticker purchase, you'll have to head to The Shop, where you can also buy filters for photos you post (a la Instagram) at $0.99 a piece.

The update certainly adds a useful feature in the form of private messages, but still leaves us scratching our heads over paid stickers and photo filters. If you haven't checked out Path in a while, maybe the new update is worth it for you to give another look. You can grab a download from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Motorola makes the Droid RAZR/MAXX Jelly Bean OTA official

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We had some pretty interesting information regarding a Jelly Bean soak test for the original Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX, and now Motorola has made the update official. The support page has just gone up indicating that the update will be rolling out in phases, as is usually the case. There's no specific note about the removal of the Motorola apps and being replaced by stock Google apps, but this looks to be the same update that we were seeing before.

Seeing the update on your own device yet? Shout out in the forums to let other members know what your experience is.

Source: Motorola
More: Droid RAZR forums; Droid RAZR MAXX forums

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3 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: NightSky HD

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The Humble Bundle is an awesome way to get some great new games for a great price, but also support developers and charities at the same time. The 5th iteration of Humble Bundle has six games up for offer, some of which are making their Android debut through the sale. We're going to take a look through these titles one by one, starting off with NightSky HD.

Hang with us after the break and learn a little bit about NightSky, a fun puzzle game cast in black and white scenery.

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