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2 years ago

Google Play unveiled - the new place for Music, Apps, Books and Video

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Google's content portal for Android apps, music, books and video content has been consolidated under a new name -- Google Play. Google Play which is now live on the web at play.google.com, will replace the old Android Market, Google Music, Google Books and Videos service, giving users  a clear one-stop location for content.

The way you buy music, apps and other content from Google through the web, or your phone or tablet won't change, but the branding behind the places where you get your content will. Instead of heading several differently-named stores for each type of content, it'll all be available under the Google Play portal.

Android (2.2+) users with the old Android Market app installed will soon see it updated to Play Store, while Google's Music, Movies and Books apps for Android will be updated to incorporate the new Play branding.

So it's an important step for Google as a content provider, existing users shouldn't notice too many changes in the way app, music and video purchasing works. You can still rent a movie once and watch it on YouTube, your phone or your tablet. And you can still send apps to your phone from Play, just as you could with the Android Market.

We've got a brief introductory video after the break. Check back later for a more extensive walkthrough.

More: Google Play Q&A

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2 years ago

Temple Run for Android to be released on March 27

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Imangi Studios announced today that the much anticipated Android version of its wildly-popular Temple Run will be available on Tuesday, March 27 in the Android Market. 

"We are excited to finally share the Android release date with our fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Temple Run,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “By expanding to more mobile devices, we hope to provide the same addictive and fast-paced gameplay to an entirely new group of players."

For those unaware, Temple Run is a fast-paced game of reflexes in which your runner collects coins while avoiding danger and falling off of the path. Temple Run for iOS was released in August of 2011 and, according to the studio, has been downloaded by 6% of the total US population.

Source:  Imangi Studios 

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2 years ago

Bunch of Android apps on sale today for 49 cents

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Looks like the Android Market has another big sale under way, with apps like SwiftKey, HomeRun Battle 3D, SoundHound, Shadowgun, World of Goo, NFL Flick Quarterback, Osmos HD, Quell Reflect and other sgoing for just 49 cents.

There must be others. Sing out the the comments if you spot 'em.

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2 years ago

Amazon App Store hits v2.2.0 with new notification settings, improved app compatibility checks

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It's been a while since the last Amazon App Store update was pushed out and it seems Amazon has been working on some improvements in that time. The latest update pushes the Amazon App Store into v2.2.0 and brings some welcomed changes with it aside from the usual bug fixes and stability improvements:

  • New notifications settings: Enable or disable notifications for - Download and Installation, App updates, Status Bar.
  • Improved messaging regarding payment options.
  • Improved app compatibility checks.

Overall a decent update, especially to the notification system that more or less harassed you each and every second until you attended to them. Plus, app compatibility checks will hopefully help against wasting your time in downloading an app that simply won't work for your device. The update is live now, so go ahead and check for updates or hit the source link to head on over to Amazon and grab the download.

Source: Amazon

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2 years ago

Official TED app for Android now available with streaming video and audio

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Many people draw inspiration from a lot of different areas in the world. Looking to gather up those inspired thinkers is the TED Talks conferences that have been happening globally since 1984. Whether you're looking to hear Bill Gates talk about energy or Steve Jobs talk about how to live your life before you die or even how Jamie Oliver thinks you should teach every kid about food - there is something for everyone in the content available from TED.

That content has now been all wrapped up in an Android app available now in the Android Market. Sticking to basics with design, TED has rolled out their app all while keeping a pretty straightforward Ice Cream Sandwich layout within. While the app does look basic, it certainly does deliver on the content. You can stream audio and video as well as search for anything you may be interested in with ease or if you're not looking for any talks specifically, you can just check out what's popular and browse through the content that way.

TED is available as a free download, and will work on Android tablets as well as phones. If you're looking for some inspiration, jump on past the break and grab the download. Thanks, Derek!

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2 years ago

Adobe Flash Player for Android updated with security fixes

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When Adobe said they wouldn't be developing Flash Player for Android to work with any new versions, they also promised to keep the current version up-to-date with critical fixes and security patches. Once again, they show us that they really mean what they say, and there's another update for Flash in the Android Market. The fixes include events for handling a crash would could lead to code execution, which means potential is there for someone to hijack your system. Adobe is usually pretty good about patching these things before the get exploited, and there are no known instances in the wild of attackers using these methods to compromise Android devices. 

To learn more about what was fixed, have a look at the Adobe Security Bulletin dated March 5. You'll find the Market link after the break.

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2 years ago

Google opens Android Market to oversized apps – 50MB limit upped to 4GB

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Tired of quickly snagging a game only to learn you still have another 200MB (or worse) to go in a separate download? Following through on a promise made at its 2011 developer conference, Google's just made the Android Market a whole lot more friendly to oversized applications, upping the maximum file size from 50 megabytes to 4 gigabytes -- a 7,900 percent increase.

Most Android apps are far smaller than even the previous 50MB limit, though, so there's a good chance you'll never notice the difference. For more intensive applications -- 3D games, for example -- the extra downloads will be able to come from Google's servers, which is good for devs. Users won't actually have to (or be able to, for that matter) download a full 4 gigabytes in one sitting, as the extra downloads will be broken up into 2GB chunks, but the total size will be reflected in the Android Market.

The updated code is available now in the Android SDK Manager, so look for this to start hitting the Market any day.

Source: Android Developer Blog

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2 years ago

ADT 17 and SDK tools r17 now in third beta, bring new tools and bug-fixes to developers

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Anyone doing development for Android (or any software platform) knows that good tools are the most important part of the whole process. We've seen that the Android team has been hard at work to improve development and debugging tools, and they're still at it. The ADT plugin for Eclipse and the SDK tools/platform-tools have a major upgrade underway, and are at the third beta preview. Developers will enjoy the changes, which includes big things like a new version of ProGuard (more info here), as well as minor changes like being able to export a screenshot from the layout editor. We've got the full list of changes after the break, and if you're developing any sort of application for Android with Eclipse, you should give it a look.

But there's one big change that is going to be uber-helpful to the average Android hacker/modder -- detailed network usage of any application. The new DDMS tool will give data for network traffic, both in and out, on any device running Android 4.0.3 or higher. The graph updates in real-time, and in addition to being a great way for app developers to see how their app is utilizing network sockets, it will be able to help debug just what apps on your phone are eating up your data. No more guessing which app is stuck and constantly uploading, just plug your phone in and use the new DDMS tool to find out exactly what is going on. Knowing is half the battle.

If you want to try the new tools, you won't be able to download them via the SDK manager, but manual installation is easy enough, and you'll find full instructions at the source link below.

Source: Android Tools Project

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2 years ago

Preview of WhitePages social caller ID app for Android

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One pleasant little tidbit to roll out of Mobile World Congress 2012 was an upcoming app from WhitePages. They're expanding their standard caller ID features to a bunch of social network tie-ins, so you can see LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter updates of whoever's calling as they're calling. It can even pull in weather for where they're calling from, and offer a link to any web headlines about them. Once the call's over, you can view some extremely detailed stats on how often you call people, how long your calls last, and how text messages factor in. Of course, you'll need to have these people in your address book already. 

Now, this might not necessarily be much of anything new; RIM bought a whole company, Gist, that did something like this, and we're starting to see a more social-savvy address book emerge on PlayBook 2.0. As far as caller ID specifically goes, HTC did some similarly clever stuff, like pointing out if it was a caller's birthday. It seems to me the biggest thing WhitePages could do with this is provide a ton of information on incoming callers who aren't already in your address book - it could be both creepy and awesome. 

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2 years ago

AccuWeather Android app gets push severe weather notifications

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AccuWeather today announced that it has updated its Android application to push severe weather alerts to your phone. That's a big deal, because it means you won't actually have to check the app to get an alert -- it'll be sent to your notification bar, which means you'll see it sooner. And as we've unfortunately seen again in the past week, having a few extra minutes to take cover before a storm hits can be a life-or-death difference. 

If a severe weather alert is enacted in your area, you'll get a notification, and your phone will vibrate, too.

“Proactively alerting our users that severe weather is in their forecast is very important to us,”  Pascal Racheneur, AccuWeather Vice President of Interactive Media, said in a press release. “Pushed severe weather alerts are another way that we can give you immediate access to your local and up-to-date weather conditions. In addition to pushed severe weather alerts, we added lifestyle forecasts – special weather forecasts for specific hobbies or activities such as, travel and sports, and forecasts that impact specific health conditions, such as asthma and migraines.” 

AccuWeather cooked a few other improvements into this update, including detailed hourly forecasts, a new lifestyle section, in-app purchasing for an upgrade to AccuWeather Platinum, UI updated for consistency, and you can now exit the app.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Domino's Pizza USA [Android App Review]

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Ordering pizza is important. Pizza is the everyman's food, and without it, countless people wouldn't know what to eat at birthday parties, late night gaming sessions, or when they're just hanging out with friends.

Giving people the easiest, most seamless way to order said pizza hasn't always been a priority for the Android faithful, but now there is change, thanks to the Domino's Pizza USA app. (There's also a killer promotion for a free Android phone, too!)

The Domino's Pizza USA application is the standard by which all pizza ordering apps should be held. It's clean, visually appealing, and incredibly easy to navigate. All the options you could ever dream of are there for you to use, be it extra cheese, more pepperoni, or something else on the menu that isn't pizza at all! With everything just a single tap away, you'll wonder how you ever called in an order in the era before smartphones.

Once your order is complete, you're taken to one final confirmation screen to review your options, and if everything looks good, you move to the checkout screen to input your payment information. This is pretty standard stuff, but the fact it all looks so good and works so well keeps me singing its praises. (And you will, too.)

Perhaps the coolest part of the app is the pizza tracker, which lets you follow the progress of your pizza all from your phone, as soon as you've placed your order. With each passing second, your excitement will grow, as you watch your order blossom from a few bits of data into a hot, delicious pizza, on its way to your domain.

If all of this pizza talk has got you hungry and salivating, we've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

MIT Android App Inventor beta launches, caves under initial traffic

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Update: Everything seems to be up and running now.

A little ahead of schedule, the first beta version of MIT's App Inventor for Android landed on the web today at appinventor.mit.edu. The App Inventor, first launched by Google in mid-2010 before being discontinued and open-sourced last year, allows just about anyone to dive directly into Android app development with a simple web-based interface. To get started with the public beta, all you need is a Google Account and a little creativity.

However the launch seems to have been a little bumpy -- earlier this morning the site was working just fine, but now MIT's servers seem to be having trouble dealing with the influx of traffic. Hopefully it'll be back up before too long -- we'll update this post whenever there are any further signs of life from MIT's site.

More: MIT App Inventor; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 3, 2012

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Now that the madness of Mobile World Congress is coming to an end, and we are all super excited about upcoming Android devices, it is time to continue to load up great apps on your current one. Let's hit the break together and check out some of our picks from this week, and be sure to let us know in the comments your favorite app, and why!

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2 years ago

YouTube app update brings HD quality to capable Froyo and Gingerbread devices

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It seems that Google have gone and snuck another little YouTube update into the Android Market. This one is directed towards anyone on Android 2.2 and 2.3, and brings HD video streaming to anyone on those platforms with a capable device. That isn't going to be a good portion of you, but if you're one of the lucky ones then with this update you should see some better looking videos. 

It seems to be a hit and miss update too. Not all devices have been showing it up -- which sounds very familiar. There are also reports that not all devices are able to install it via the Market either.You can find some handy download links can be found after the break. 

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2 years ago

PowerAMP on sale this weekend for only $2

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Looking in the Android Market to see what apps are possibly on sale this weekend? If so, you'll want to check out PowerAMP. The folks from Max MP have are celebrating their success and wanted to give the community a little something back for all the love they've been shown.

Rarely do we get users that make us so proud of what we've created. We have received ratings that have constantly staid above the 4.5 mark even after 100,000+ rating on top of that, we have received over 15,000,000 downloads. As thank you, we are doing a 48 hour application sale for $1.99. So if you love our player and want to get it for a bargain price (only time you'll get this chance this year), here you go guys. Thanks for using our player!

PowerAMP  normally goes for $4.99 has been reduced down to only $2 in the Android Market and will stay that way up until Sunday. We've checked out PowerAMP in the past and were more then pleased with it's offering, so if you're looking to get better control of how you listen to music this would be the time to do it. You'll find the download to the free trial version past the break, from there you can purchase the upgrade unlocker.

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