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2 years ago

Google Maps updated, 50 billion kilometers navigated

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Google continues to add features to its Maps service for mobile, and the latest version of Google Maps for Android adds in a couple of small changes which may make it easier to get around. First up, there's a new home screen for Google Maps Navigation on Android 4.0 devices. Secondly, Google's improved the way Maps works on phones with high resolution displays, like the Galaxy Nexus, and optimized the way text and vector graphics are shown on these devices. Finally, you can now prioritize a particular mode of public transport when getting directions, and specify fewer transfers or less walking depending on your preferences. Google says that public transport schedules and directions are now available for 475 cities around the world.

Along with today's update comes the news that Android users have navigated 50 billion kilometers To give a little perspective, Google points out that's ten times the distance from Earth to Neptune, the farthest planet from the Sun. As Maps for Android approaches its fourth birthday, it remains a major differentiating feature for Google's OS. In the very unlikely event that you're not already using it, you can find Google Play Store links after the break.

More: Google Blog

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2 years ago

Android 4.0.4 headed to AOSP

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Google's Jean-Baptiste Queru has just given word that Android 4.0.4 is headed to the Android Open-Source Project Bat Cave. (OK, it's more like a virtual repository, but we kind of picture a Bat Cave.) It's said to be an incremental update with "a few hundred changes over Android 4.0.3." That's all great news for you fans of the open-source side of Android (which certainly includes us, too).

And now's as good a time as any to remind folks that pushing the code to AOSP really doesn't tell us when carriers might start to push it out. A lot more goes into that that's outside the scope of AOSP, a fact that JBQ eloquently explains thusly:

I do not know the schedule for deployment to consumer devices, especially in situations that involve additional per-operator customizations done by the device manufacturers and/or in situations that require operator approval prior to deployment.

Sounds good. Look for Android 4.0.4 to more officially hit your favorite AOSP-based ROMs soonish.

Source: Android Build Group; more: AOSP

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2 years ago

Opera Mini 7 available for Android devices today, cuts data consumption and makes browsing quicker

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We have heard that Opera was bringing some new browsers to Android devices, and today they have officially landed in the market. Opera Mini 7 brings a faster browsing experience and allows you to pan around sites quicker thanks to hardware acceleration. In addition they have expanded the ability to their "speed dials" which give quick and easy access to your favorite websites without needing to access the bookmarks or use the keyboard. They have cut up to 90 percent of the data transfer out, so if you are on a limited data plan, or traveling and don't want to rack up a crazy bill, this is a browser for you. Hit the break for download links, and try it out for yourself.

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2 years ago

Endomondo for Android updated, adds two way sync and interval training

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Endomondo is an extremely popular social fitness application that is available on nearly every platform for users to track and share their fitness. While the application is currently feature packed, the folks at Endomondo have managed to squeeze a few more in there in the latest update. They have added interval training to the application now and this allows you to create custom intervals for various workouts, and includes an audio guide to help you through. In addition they have added two way sync which will update your workout across platforms instantly, so sharing them with friends and family remains extremely easy. The interval training update will only be found in the pro version, but the sync is available in both the pro and free versions.

If you are a current Endomondo user you will definitely want to check out this update, and if you are not currently using now would be a great time to start. Hit the break for full details on this update as well as a download link to get you started.

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2 years ago

Evernote rolls out another update, adds speech-to-text and widget themes to the mix

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Evernote has been spending some quality time with their app and giving it lots of love lately. The latest updated has already rolled on out to the Google Play Store and this one isn't just a small bug fix release. It adds quite a few enhancements to the app overall with one of those enhancements being speech-to-text, which is sure to please a lot of users:

  • Speech-to-text: we've added speech recognition; as you speak, the app will add your words into the note as though manually typed.
  • Widget enhancements: The widget app (downloaded separately) can now be customized (color, buttons, note size), includes a tiny widget, and quick snapshot functionalities.

Stability and bug fixes are listed to make up the rest of the change log for everyone. If you're looking for the download link, you'll find it past the break. Plus, you can grab the stand alone widget app from here, in the Google Play Store.

Source: Evernote

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2 years ago

Google Play Movies updated, Sony and Archos tablet crashes fixed

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The Google Movies Google Play Movies app for Android has been updated with a compatibility fixes for some Honeycomb tablets. Today's update fixes an issue which could cause the app to crash on certain devices, including Sony's Tablet S and Archos' 80 G9 tablets. If you've affected by random crashes in the Play Movies app, you'll want to grab the update now from the Google Play Store.

Google Movies became Google Play Movies a few weeks ago, as part of Google's rebranding of all its content delivery services. Alongside Play Movies, Google Music became Google Play Music, Google Books became Google Play Books, and so on. You get the idea. Aside from some shiny new app icons, everything works just as it did before.

We've got the usual web links and QR code for the Google Play Movies app after the break.

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2 years ago

Video hands-on demo of Temple Run for Android

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Temple Run for Android is finally here and if you're still not sure what all the fuss is about, have a look at the video demo above to get a better a look at the game. Granted, I'm not the best at playing but hey -- I just got it, cut me some slack. You'll find the link to Temple Run beyond the break if you're looking to get in on the action as well.

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2 years ago

Seesmic for Android updates with Instagram viewing, adds ads to the free version

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In a case of being careful what you wish for, Seesmic for Android got itself an update today that brings along some added functionality -- as well as the inclusion of in-app advertising.  But we'll get to that in a second.

First, the good: Seesmic -- which long has been my Twitter client of choice, even if I've strayed from time to time --has added the ability to view Instagram and Twitter photos directly in the timeline, and you can no natively add images to Twitter proper. It's removed support for Chatter, and fixed some bugs. Good stuff. 

And, yes, advertising has been added. But there's also a Premium version available. And for that $2.99, you'll get rid of the ads, plus a few more new features, such as the ability to combine views from different accounts. (Kinda like you can do in other Twitter apps.) For those of us who run multiple Twitter accounts, that should be three bucks well spent.

Update: Looks like the pro unlock doesn't work on Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason. Let's hope that gets fixed ASAP.

Source: Seesmic; Download: Free, Premium

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2 years ago

BlueStacks enters beta-1, brings 450k Android apps to Windows

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After we got wind that Bluestacks was going to be releasing a beta soon, we could only wait with bated breath at what exciting new enhancements would be dropped on us come unveiling time. Finally, that time has arrived, and let us tell you, Bluestacks has made good on their promise to up the ante in terms of Android emulation.

Using their new "Layercake" technology, Bluestacks allows any​ Android app to run without issue on x86-based PCs. Games like Angry Birds Space run flawlessly, and hardware acceleration is not enabled, but works like a charm.

While this might seem like purely a novel concept at first, there's some far-reaching implications as far as pricing structures go. Angry Birds Space is roughly $8 or so for the PC version, but you can get the Android version for free and run it in BlueStacks.

The Sims: 3 for Android is about a third of the price of its PC counterpart, and you can run the Android version in BlueStacks as well. It's hard to tell this early if Android apps can eat into a PC version's market share, but the potential is there.

BlueStacks beta-1 is an exponential improvement over the initial alpha that launched a while back, and we're glad to see such powerful features in its latest iteration. If you're interested in the nitty-gritty of it, we've got an official beta demo and​ press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Rio updated, brings another 12 bonus levels of bird catapulting fun

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It isn't all about Angry Birds Space right now it seems. Rovio have pushed out an update to Angry Birds Rio bringing with it 12 new bonus levels. 

The new levels are unlocked via in game achievements. To unlock the bonus levels for an episode, you need to finish all the levels and or collect all the fruit. 

Further still, a statement in the Google Play Store listing from Rovio says that "this is not the final update for Angry Birds Rio, so stay tuned." Like it or not, Rovio are one of the best out there at giving us new content. Download links can be found after the break.

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