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3 years ago

This new Weather app from Yahoo! makes every day beautiful

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If you appreciate beautiful, full-bleed graphics in an app that performs as good as it looks, the all-new updated Yahoo! Weather app is one you'll want to have a look at. Checking the weather on our phones is one of those things nobody needs to do —getting up and looking outside would be good for anyone — but most of us do it. It's convenient, and lets us see what the skies and temperature are like in places where we're not. Maybe you're traveling and need to know whether to pack an umbrella or which jacket to take, or you're wanting to know the forecast of the place you're going. Or maybe you just like being able to check something as trivial as the weather through your expensive smartphone. We never judge.

There are a lot (as in a whole lot) of apps out there that show you the weather, but Yahoo! has found a way to stand out from the crowd. Using high-resolution pictures from Flickr —a company Yahoo! owns — that show the location and current conditions as a backdrop, the weather never looked this good. I've been playing with the update here for a couple hours, and I'll tell you that looking at the weather in Berlin is better when the background is a gorgeous picture of the Brandenburg Gate in the background. The same goes for a sunset picture of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Of course not all locations are going to be covered, so if you live somewhere out-of-the-way like, for example, Bunker Hill, West Virginia, you'll have a generic image.

The app is also really feature-rich. The settings cover everything from unit types (Celsius or Fahrenheit) to persistent notifications and alerts. You can add as many locations as you like, and of course your current location is always available. Add in things like 10-day forecasts, 24 hour forecast, the chance of precipitation, wind and pressure numbers, the moon phase, UV patterns, sunrise and sunset times, an interactive map and a set of widgets of all sizes and you've got the recipe for an app everyone will like. There's even a lock screen widget if your Android supports them.

The app is free, and if you're already using the Yahoo! Weather app you'll be getting an update notification soon. If you're not, and want to give it a try, grab it via the Google Play link above. We've got a whole slew of screenshots of the UI and settings after the break.

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3 years ago

Amazon's Silk browser gets a new interface, features

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New features and interface backup previous performance increases.

Amazon's in-house developed browser, Silk, is receiving a big update today that leverages previous behind-the-scenes updates with a refreshed UI. If you're not familiar with Silk, it is the stock browser on Amazon's lineup of Kindle Fire devices, and aims to speed up the browsing process by managing bandwidth and page loads with the help of Amazon's cloud infrastructure.

The latest version of Silk has made several improvements, starting with a new tutorial that gives users a better look at the features when launching the browser for the first time. Once the tutorial is completed, you'll now be greeted by a new start page with a listing of most-visited pages and an empty address bar so you can quickly get to browsing.

Other improvements include a better tab layout to make navigation easier, a new slide-in panel navigation bar as well as an improved "Readability view" that strips out the excess parts of a page to make it easier to get through long articles on web pages. As a whole, the Silk browser seems to have received a much-needed facelift that should impress Kindle Fire users.

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3 years ago

Middle Manager of Justice now available on Google Play, save the world from your cubicle

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Command your team to make the world a safer place, just like you learned to do in business school

The highly-touted game Middle Manager of Justice is now available for Android. It's a "save-the-world-because-you're-a-superhero" game with a big twist, because instead of honing your super powers and seeking out evil crime lords in a one on one setting, you're the department manager of the team.

You hire and assemble your team, and increase their skills by forcing asking them to do menial tasks around the office. When the time comes to go up against the forces of evil, you're in control of the action and your heros are at your command. It sounds a lot like the Android Central offices, but with more exercise and less foot long Subway sandwiches.

You fortress, err office, is customizable ala something from the Sims series. Deck things out the way you like, or to optimize training, or what ever silly scheme comes to mind. Irreverence and silliness abound in Middle Manager of Justice — and that's what makes it great.

You can find it for free (with the obligatory in-app purchases) in Google Play through the link above. If you download and run the game on a Tegra device, you'll have access to extra costumes for the Crimebot and @Man characters. It looks like a really fun time-waster, and a great way to spend the rest of the day. The trailer and some screenshots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Notif Pro hits v1.0 with new reminders functionality

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A different take on the notification system.

Notifications have a renewed sense of importance since the improvements to the system in Jelly Bean, and while most apps use them as an entrance to another interaction with their app, Notif uses them in a bit of a different way. The main idea of Notif is to be a tool for you to create custom notifications of any type and display those in a number of ways to fit your needs.

Notif is a new way of thinking outside the box about notifications on Jelly Bean devices, and with its latest update to version 1.0 it is adding even more functionality and polish to an already useful app. Hang with us after the break where we spend a little more time looking at the new features.

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3 years ago

What's your AC App signature?

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As we continue working toward v1.4 of the official Android Central App, let's take a look at another of our favorite features.

Anytime you post in the forums or leave a comment on a blog post, you post a signature, letting folks know that you're using the best damn Android Central app we've ever produced. And you can customize that signature so that you stand out even more. 

Give it a shot. Just go into the Settings menu and customize away.

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3 years ago

Google+ update will make switching accounts easier, improves location controls

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Looks like a pretty decent Google+ update is coming down the pike, according to Google's Virgil Dobjanschi. Rolling out in the next day or so in version 4.1 is:

  • Easier switching between accounts. You won't have to sign out and then back in anymore. Same for pages you manage.
  • Better options for sharing your location. You'll get to choose just how precise a location you share with your circles, and it's done on a per-circle basis. So you could share the city for folks you don't know as well, and be more precise with folks you do.
  • Google Apps for Business. Finally supported.
  • Access photos and video from Google Drive. Maybe one day everything will live in one place. But for now, it's good to be able to get to them wherever they are.
  • Bye-bye Messenger, hello Hangouts. No great surprise here, and perhaps the bigger news is taht you'll be able to export all you Messenger conversation from Google Takeout.

Indeed, a good update. If you're not yet seeing it, hang tight. And if for some reason you've yet to circle us, we're at google.com/+androidcentral.

Source: +Virgil Dobjanschi

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 10.2 nightly builds now rolling out

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Initial nightly rollout begins for Android 4.3-based custom ROM

While some have been compiling "unofficial" builds since the CyanogenMod 10.2 source code became available, there have so far been no "official" builds of the Android 4.3-based custom ROM. Today the CyanogenMod download portal has become populated with the first nightly builds for a handful of devices, including various members of the Samsung Galaxy families, The 2013 Nexus 7, Nook HD, and LG Optimus G.

With the Android 4.3 source code becoming available less than four weeks ago, this is has been a quick turnaround on the developers' parts to get the first nightly builds of CM 10.2 prepped and available. As always, though, these nightly builds are considered unstable and experimental, so flash 'em at your own risk.

The new builds come with many goodies, including but not limited to the new Focal camera app, a version of Superuser compatible with Android 4.3, and the ability to send Google Voice messages through standard SMS apps via Voice+

Follow the source link below to check and see if an official build is ready to download for your device.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Box updated with design refresh, new widget

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Account switching, new folder views and sorting highlight this update.

A new update to Box is bringing several interface improvements to what was previously tired-looking app, including some new features to improve usability. First and most noticeable is a visual refresh to the home screen of the app, which now has an updated slide-in left panel for navigation between folders and access to accounts and settings.

Now that settings are found in that drawer, hitting the overflow menu button gives options to refresh or sort your files, which now offers several more options including by folder name, date and size. Also helping usability is a new thumbnail view with larger previews of files.

Those looking for a more feature-filled Box widget now have that option as well, with a full resizeable version that shows  a scrollable list of file updates for your account and gives options to refresh and add new files right from the widget. This is overall a considerable update, and you can grab your download of the latest version at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

OpenTable now makes it easier to find and book tables quickly

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Access to even more information with fewer steps to get it.

An improved first launch experience is on the menu with the latest update to the OpenTable Android app tonight. With necessary improvements to the somewhat dated-looking experience offered before, the v3.0 update now gives you a quick and simple reservation search along with recommended restaurants right when you launch the app. The new UI lets you set your location, date, time and number of people and quickly find a table without any extra pages or taps.

Those recommended restaurants on the main page are what OpenTable calls "Great Tables", a curated list of highly-rated restaurants in your area with their availability displayed prominently. When you do tap in to search results or listings, you now get a view of ratings from the results page and can even sort those results by user ratings.

The OpenTable app update has just been pushed out to the Play Store, and you can grab your own install or update from the link at the top of this post.

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3 years ago

Tapatalk 4 now on sale, just $0.99 for one week

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Existing Tapatalk HD owners get the upgrade for free with phone compatibility included.

After releasing its updated Tapatalk HD for tablets and beta testing Tapatalk 4 for phones, the new version is now fully available and kicking off with an 80-percent off sale. As we've shown before, the new version of Tapatalk brings a whole bunch of new features and modern design that is well worth the upgrade price. Users who have previously purchased Tapatalk HD for tablets will now get the upgrade to Tapatalk 4 for free, supporting both phones and tablets in one app.

For those who have an older version or have yet to pick up any version of Tapatalk, the version 4 app is on sale this week for just $0.99, and will go up to $4.99 after this week. The new Tapatalk 4 app requires Android 4.0 or above, but Tapatalk 2 will continue to support devices on Android 2.x.

If you're a user of several different forums you'll want to pick this one up. While it's a great purchase at $4.99, it's unbeatable at $0.99. You can grab a download from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Send us tips right from the Android Central App!

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Have some news you just can't hold back any longer? Want to tip us straight from your phone? Maybe we missed the latest update to the Nyan Cat app. It's easier than ever to ping us.

Just head on into the official Android Central app and scroll through the menu to "Tip Us." It's the quickest and easiest way to get our attention, submit a story or just say hi.

Give it a shot!

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3 years ago

Kindle app receives new library sorting, sync improvements

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Small but important tweaks to make book, magazine and newspaper management simpler.

Amazon has pushed a small but notable update to the Kindle reader app tonight that adds two new features as well as performance improvements. Starting with this version 4.2.0 update, you will now have more options for sorting the items in your library including by recent purchases, title or author (A-Z or Z-A). Additionally, the update added a new feature showing the amount of time left to finish the current chapter or entire book (presumably based on your average pace).

Naturally the update includes "sync and stability improvements", although no specific fixes were mentioned. Kindle users should go ahead and snag the latest version from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Root Explorer updated with Superuser compatibility, new multi-file handling

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Manifest updated for Koush's Superuser app, adds new permissions and owner change options

It's always good to see one of the most tried-and-true root friendly apps get updates for our ever-changing Android environment. In version 3.1, Root Explorer adds an entry to its manifest to make it Superuser-friendly. By adding ACCESS_SUPERUSER, users of Koush's Superuser app will no longer be warned that Root Explorer has not declared this permission, and those that use the "Declared Permission only" setting no longer have to worry about Root Explorer not being granted root privledges.

Also gained is the ability to change the permissions and owner of multiple files at the same time. Simply select each file using the checkboxes Root Explorer added a few updates ago, and use the action overflow/menu button to carry out the task. This is definitely a potential time saver, allowing users to avoid doing it one file at a time or connecting to ADB and doing it that way.

As always, the Play Store button up top is there to take you directly to the app page — or simply update Root Explorer directly through your device.

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3 years ago

SwiftKey Cloud beta updated with numerous fixes

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Several known issues still on the list to be fixed in future updates.

SwiftKey is pushing out an updated build of its latest beta product, "SwiftKey Cloud", that fixes many annoying issues with the initial release that have been reported by testers. Version 4.2.0.155 makes several big improvements including being able to personalize with multiple Gmail accounts, removal of Android's own backup service if Cloud is enabled and removing redundant SwiftKey account entries in the Android settings menu.

Additionally, many small issues have been fixed. Gmail personalization should no longer crash, Flow predictions are now more responsive, Cloud preferences crashes have been fixed and emoji input in Handcent has been fixed. There are still several more known issues that are next in line to be fixed, but this is still a big update that all beta testers should move up to.

You can grab a download of either the phone or tablet version of the SwiftKey Cloud beta at the source link below.

Source: SwiftKey

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Klyph, Hungry Shark Evolution, ActiveNotifications and more!

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A great selection of apps from the Android Central crew.

Welcome back to our second edition of the Apps of the Week column for the month of August, where we give the Android Central writers a chance to show off apps that they're using. This post is a place for the writers to sound off about an app or service they've been using in the last week and just have to tell everyone about.

Hang along with us after the break where we have a Facebook alternative, a couple of games and a few tools to round out the group. 

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