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2 years ago

TVCatchup app leaves beta, joins Google Play Store

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After a fairly lengthy beta test period, UK TV streaming service TVCatchup has graduated its Android app from beta, and launched it on the Google Play Store. The app, like the TVCatchup website, allows license fee-paying Brits to watch live online streams of many of the country's free-to-air TV channels -- currently over 50, the app claims. We've been using the app throughout its beta test phase, and we've found it to be just as reliable as the website.

Note that you'll need to be in the UK to download this app, and that it won't work if you're not on a UK ISP or mobile network. Also, if you want to stay on the right side of the law, you'll need to hold a TV license to view live broadcasts.

With that out of the way, Brits can head to the Google Play link above to download TVCatchup for Android. It's free and ad-supported, and you'll need a phone or tablet running at least Android 2.2.

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2 years ago

Rovio teases next installment in Angry Birds saga, something PIG is coming

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Rovio Mobile has released a teaser trailer for what will be the next installment in the Birds v Pigs saga. Only this time, it looks like the boot is on the other foot. Something PIG is coming. 

Otherwise, we don't get to see much. There's no hints on potential gameplay, release date, anything at all. After such a long old time though, it looks like it's time for the little green pigs to fight back.

Source: Badpiggies via iMore

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2 years ago

O2 UK blocking ICS updates for Xperia Arc, Ray and Neo

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While Sony may have created some excitement in the last seven days with all their IFA announcements, for owners of some of the 2011 Xperia devices on O2 UK there is less cause for celebration. 

The British carrier has decided to block the update to Ice Cream Sandwich for three Xperia devices, the Arc, Ray and Neo. Despite Sony themselves having already released the updates for unlocked versions of all three devices, O2 claims that performance issues have caused them to block the update for their customers. 

They claim that Android 4.0 affected the devices' speed and performance, and since it didn't meet their requirements, O2 customers with one of these devices will remain on Gingerbread. 

Source: O2 Blog

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2 years ago

Apps of the Week - Eternity Warriors 2, Chicken Bandit, ESPN Fantasy Football and more!

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We've got another great lineup of apps for your enjoyment this week. It's the first day of September and these apps will help you start it off right. In this batch there are a few great games, an app to manage your fantasy football team and one to keep your phone secure when you're out of the house. Give these picks a try and while you're on an app downloading spree, go ahead and check out the "End of Summer Sale" in the Google Play Store.

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2 years ago

Weekend project: Build Mozilla's Boot to Gecko for your Android smartphone

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I'm not a coder. I barely know Git from Got, and I can't recall how many times I've wondered why adb won't work, only to discover I forgot to turn on USB debugging -- again. I've got Linux on a box here, but I only ever use it when I'm in the mood to throw a half-dozen questions at Jerry in the span of five minutes.

Also, I don't have a neckbeard.

So what in the wide, wide world of sports am I doing downloading Xcode on my MacBook Air (never mind that until this spring I'd been a Windows guy all my life), syncing from Git repos, compiling code and flashing an operating system I've consciously ignored up until now -- especially given that I've spent 24 hours dealing with a sick child, worrying about an ailing friend, and preparing for a probable hurricane, largely ignoring my actual job?

I, apparently, have a problem with flashing. And so that's how I recently found myself putting Mozilla's fledgling operating system, also known as "Gecko," on the Samsung Nexus S. 

Welcome to the Boot to Gecko project.

Like I said, I'm not a coder. But I do like to mess with things. And I managed to do this, as my young daughters like to say, all ... by ... my ... self. And you can, too.

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2 years ago

Hands on with Ice Cream Sandwich on the Intel powered Orange San Diego

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When we first reviewed the Intel Atom powered Orange San Diego back in May, one of the biggest drawbacks to the device was Gingerbread. While the experience with the device was on the whole reasonably pleasurable, there's just no getting away from how outdated Gingerbread has started to feel. 

All that is about to change though for Intel devices. The ZTE Grand X IN was announced earlier this week running Android 4.0, and at the Intel booth today at IFA 2012 in Berlin, we found an Orange San Diego also running Ice Cream Sandwich. Furthermore, an Intel representative told us that the update will begin pushing out sometime during September, although couldn't be more specific than that. What Intel did say is that from their side, all the hard work is done, and the software build is complete. 

But there's more. As you can see here -- and from our hands on video after the break --  the San Diego is running on stock ICS. And, aside from the slightly odd screen resolution of the San Diego -- another of our less favored points -- tainting the appearance a little, it seems to run really nicely. It's smooth, it's snappy, and it's impressive to see that Intel is now starting to make a real push forward. 

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3 years ago

Google Play kicks off end of summer sale

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Gameloft isn't the only one putting their Android wares on discount for the long weekend; Google Play has an official end of summer sale that has quietly started, with many apps already discounted. Check out this search to see what's currently discounted, and expect that list to grow as the weekend wears on. We've received a few tips about the impending sale, but we're still waiting for a big promotional banner on the front page of Google Play, or some equally obvious place to find all of the discounted apps in one spot. (Update: Ahh, here we go.)

Have you found any particularly great apps with recent discounts? 

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3 years ago

Modern Combat 3, NOVA 3 and Gangstar Rio go on sale for a buck each

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Gameloft has just kicked off a Labor Day sale featuring Modern Combat 3, Gangstar Rio, and NOVA 3. These are some of their biggest titles, and they're available for a buck each in Google Play. Sure, they're "homages" to Call of Duty, Saint's Row, and Halo, respectively, but they're all extremely well polished and the closest you'll see to those franchises finding a home on Android. 

I've personally put a fair bit of time into Modern Combat 3, and found the accelerometer controls to be really precise once you got used to it. I wasn't a huge fan of NOVA 3, though I never got into Halo either. Any Gangstar Rio players out there? What's your top pick out of these three games?

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3 years ago

Evernote updated with new Jelly Bean notification features

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Evernote has been updated with some fresh features for Jelly Bean users. Now notifications show some additional information and buttons for sharing and editing included. Here's the full changelog.

  • Notifications improvement [Jelly Bean only]
    • Displays thumbnails and text snippets
    • Share and edit the note from the notification
    • Groups similar notifications
  • Improved performance:
    • User interface refinements
    • Notes containing images load faster
    • Faster notebook scrolling
  • Numerous bug fixes

The last big update made Evernote look great on tablets, and this handful of tweaks makes the quintessential cloud notetaking experience even better. Evernote actually just wrapped up their annual developer conference, and there seemed to be a lot of cool apps being shown off there. You can catch up on what happened at the Evernote Trunk Conference over at their latest blog post

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3 years ago

Five great Android time-wasters for this weekend

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Hey, it's Labor Day weekend. And as far as we're concerned, we're going to do everything we can to not lift a finger. In fact, we're not even going to bother writing any more. Without further ado, here are five Android apps that will help you waste away the weekend and not take up too much brain power:

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3 years ago

Hands on with Huawei's Emotion UI

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Huawei recently announced its new interface layer for upcoming Android phones, dubbed the Huawei Emotion UI 1.0. Despite being announced a couple of months back, so far it's only been available in Chinese. But at IFA 2012 today, we tracked down the new UI running on an Ascend P1 at the manufacturer's booth. It's a fairly drastic departure from the way Android normally works, as there's no traditional app drawer, with all app shortcuts being displayed on the device's homescreen instead.

Huawei's also introduced a host of modular, customizable widgets to display personal info, contacts, weather forecasts and other pertinent data. And as far as visuals go, the Emotion UI ships with several skins that completely change the look of the UI, including one inspired by stock Android 4.0.

Check out our video for a quick preview of what to expect in Huawei's new Emotion UI software.

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3 years ago

Hands on with Moleskine for Android on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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One o​f the announcements at the Samsung Unpacked event on Tuesday night in Berlin, was of an updated SDK for the Note devices with a view to better third party integration of the S-Pen. One of the apps that will be getting on board with the Galaxy Note 2 is Moleskine, you know, those nice -- and somewhat expensive -- paper notebooks that so many seem to adore. 

Moleskine has recently announced an integration between their paper notebooks and Evernote with the 'Smart Notebook', but this is something entirely different. This is a native note taking application, that will be exclusively available on the Galaxy Note devices for six months after launch. 

So it's a note taking app. Samsung includes a perfectly good note taking app themselves on the Galaxy Note devices already. While Moleskine here at IFA may only be a demo version, there's certainly a lot to like about it. It's really nicely done, and makes full use of the S-Pen and the pressure sensitive technology within the Note 2. 

The main home screen displays all of your various journals on a book shelf, and the actual journals themselves can be customized with different colored paper, lines, grids, you get the picture. There will be a selection of pre-created templates, which in this demo version was for recording information about your dog. At launch there will be many more though. 

As we already mentioned, this version is only a demo, and there will be more features available when it comes to launch such as the pocket that can be found on paper Moleskine notebooks. It's really well done though, and the future success of the Note line will depend on developers bringing quality apps to market that take advantage of the technology within the devices. The emphasis seems to be on creating the same experience of writing in a paper Moleskine notebook though, just in digital form. 

Moleskine will be available through Samsung Apps at launch, but the developers did confirm to us that after the exclusivity period with Samsung has expired, Moleskine will be available through Google Play. 

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3 years ago

Former BlackBerry user? Check out the free CrackBerry Forums app for Android!

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Greetings citizens of Android Central! The Mobile Nations World Tour continues, and I confess I have been slacking.  My BlackBerry duties pulled me away. I have a couple more quality posts due to hit the blogs here before I move onto my stint with Windows Phone. But I wanted to chime in quick to let you know about a new app that just went live minutes ago in the Google Play Store... the CrackBerry Forums App for Android!

Yes, there is a story behind this one. We wanted to get an interim CrackBerry forums app up and running for the BlackBerry PlayBook quickly while we continue to work on our upcoming native BlackBerry 10 app. We found the easiest and best way to do this was to have our friends at Tapatalk port over their Android client. We launched that version yesterday in BlackBerry App World. As a byproduct of those efforts, we had the .apk in our hands so figured it wouldn't hurt to get it live in the Google Play store as well. Judging from the comments to my previous posts here, I know a bunch of you are former BlackBerry users and CrackBerry members. It's all good. 

The app is of course free. So if you have a soft spot for your old BlackBerry, want to keep in touch with CrackBerry friends or want to keep up to date with all the chatter surrounding the upcoming launch of BlackBerry 10 phones, be sure to give the CrackBerry Forums app a download in Google Play. The app makes it easy to browse the forums from your Android device. Just remember, if you're going to post, don't be a troll about it. Nobody likes trolls. Be like Phil and Jerry who have already downloaded the app and given it a 5 star rating along with some awesome reviews. ;)

The next move is yours Phil. I can't wait for you to come on CrackBerry and announce the launch of the Android Central app in BlackBerry App World.

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3 years ago

Blood and Glory: Legend brings back gladitorial mayhem to Android

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Glu has launched their sequel to Blood and Glory on Google Play today, offering a remastered experience of one-on-one tactical combat. Say what you will about this being Infinity Blade in ancient Rome - gladiators are badass, and I really can't wait to get my thumbs on this one. Here's a quick run-down of the features. 

  • Motion comic storyline: Journey through the Empire, leaving blood-thirsty bosses in your wake as the all new animated comic story unfolds!
  • Stunning & award-winning AAA graphics: Perfect your skills and unleash stunning Special Attacks, Super Combos and the all new Glorious Strike!
  • Daily bonus: Come back every day to earn free money and equipment!
  • New arenas and enemies: Battle new towering Giants and seductive Claw Vixens to the death in the new Snake Den, Viking Ship, and Neptune Temple!

Of course, Glu is all about free-to-play, and that means in-app purchases. If you can deal with that and dig the trailer below, you can get Blood & Glory: Legend over here in Google Play.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with HBO Go on Nexus 7

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Oh, happy day! After a bit of a false start this afternoon with the first update on Google Play, HBO Go is finally available on Jelly Bean devices -- and more specifically, on the Nexus 7. That's the 7-inch tablet with thie high-resolution display Google released this summer, and we've been dying to give HBO's on-demand streaming a go.

The app is pretty stunning, visually. You're asked to log in through your cable provider at the outset (though you can browse shows as a guest, too). From there, you're greeted with a moving wall of thumbnails. Movies, series, specials -- everything HBO has to offer through the app is right there. You can browser traditional menus if you want, but that's not nearly as much fun.

Pick a show, and watch. It's that simple. And it's about time.

We've got some quick hands-on video after the break if you prefer.

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