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3 years ago

Dead Trigger 2 shambling onto Google Play October 23rd

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Rocket chickens, personal hideouts, regular content updates, and some gruesomely-rendered zombies - what's not to love?

After plenty of teasing, the folks at Madfinger Games have announced that Dead Trigger 2 will be hitting Google Play on October 23. If the screenshot above is any indication, the game is retaining its tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, though there's a lot of new stuff happening. 

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3 years ago

New Android app for EE customers

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'My EE' app gets much-needed redesign

UK mobile network EE has debuted a new, redesigned Android app today, with the goal of making it easier for customers to view allowances and manage their accounts and usage. There's a new, more attractive layout, with prominent placement given to key info like remaining data, billing info and active add-ons. A new side-loaded settings menu also provides quick access to all the various areas of the app.

The new app is available now from Google Play, and can be used by EE, Orange and T-Mobile UK customers. Hit the link above to grab the new app. If you were already using the old EE Android app, you'll get the new one as an update.

Today also sees the launch of new apps for iOS, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10.

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3 years ago

Samsung UK launches 'My Galaxy' app

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Deals, accessories, support and feature guides for Samsung phones

Samsung UK has today launched "My Galaxy," a new app for its Android-powered smartphones. The app incorporates user guides for popular Galaxy phone features, official "news" from the company's social media channels, a built-in Samsung accessory store and offers exclusive to owners of Samsung devices. There's also an on-device assistant feature for troubleshooting.

To get started with "My Galaxy," you'll need to cough up some personal details through the email sign-up process (not currently working, as far as we can tell) or sign in through Facebook. The app is at least well-designed, and seems to broadly abide by Google's Android design guidelines — though you'll want to double-check the "Settings" pane to make sure you're not pestered by unwanted notifications.

The "My Galaxy" app is available now on Google Play for Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note, Note 2, S3 Mini and Galaxy Fame users, and Samsung says it'll be preloaded on upcoming handsets sold in the UK.

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3 years ago

iHeartRadio adds new navigation panel, favorites and talk radio stations

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Simpler navigation to access your new favorite stations

Popular internet streaming radio app iHeartRadio is picking up an update in the Play Store today that improves the app's navigation and adds both favorite station functionality and new talk radio options. The most noticeable visual change is a new slide-in navigation drawer that is accessed from the left edge and holds different "discover" areas along with the app settings and sleep timer.

Dominating the top of the slide-in panel is the new favorites section, which gives six slots for favorite stations — called "Presets" — to quickly access with one tap. You can add favorites to your Presets with a tap on the plus icon when listening to a feed. Also included in this update is a new selection of talk radio stations, which the app is calling "iHeartRadio Talk."

You can grab a download of the latest version of the app from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

Thanks, Andy!

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3 years ago

Firefox update brings WebRTC and NFC tab sharing to Android version

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Communicate without plugins, bump with your friends, and rest your eyes at night with the latest update for Firefox

The Firefox browser has been updated to version 24 for Android, and there's quite the change log in place. WebRTC (Real Time Communications) support has been added, which will allow users to send and receive both audio and video without the use of any plug-ins on properly built web sites. This is the future, boys and girls.

In addition, users with capable phones can now share any open tab via NFC. Bump your NFC-equipped phone against another NFC-equipped phone, and the magic of electrons will send it right over. 

Add in a few minor, but handy, details like a new Night Mode (light text on a dark background) and this is shaping up to be one heck of an update for fans of Mozilla's open-source mobile browser. To give it a try check the Google Play link above.

Source: Mozilla (1); (2)

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3 years ago

Updated Google Wallet app coming to all US-based Android phones

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Google Wallet app now focusing on more than just NFC payments

There are some big changes in store for Google Wallet. The few phones that are able to actually use the NFC payment option will still have that ability, but Google is expanding the usage of the app, adding some new features, and rolling it out to any Android phone running 2.3 or higher (US only). 

The new options aim to make the app more useful on carriers where it has been blocked or on devices without the needed NFC hardware. The new app will be able to send money for free to anyone in the US with an email address, just like we've seen from Gmail. In addition, for a small fee money can be transferred by debit or credit card. 

Users will also be able to directly scan in loyalty cards and use them while shopping at brick and mortar stores. This extends to all devices that can run the app, and not just those with a secure NFC option as in the past. You'll also be able to join new programs like Alaska Airlines, Belly, and Red Mango within the Google Wallet app, Other companies are listed as "coming soon", such as Avis and Marriot. 

The app is rolling out in the next few weeks, so this is something to be on the lookout for. Of course, for those not afraid to try a dodgy apk file, those will be posted online shortly we imagine.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Nexus 7 LTE factory images now available

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If you're one of the lucky few Nexus 7 owners with the new LTE version, you can now safely restore your tablet back to the factory firmware using official images from Google. Images for the Nexus 7 with mobile data — codenamed "razorg" — have been posted on the Google Developers site, giving N7 LTE owners who've tinkered around with their devices an easy route back to stock Android 4.3, build JLS36C.

Hit the link below to grab the images.

Download: Google Developers

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3 years ago

Google Drive update changes up interface elements, adds settings and features

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Holo light, new spreadsheet and scan options introduced

Word from a few days ago tipped that a Google Drive update began rolling out to devices with several new features, and now it seems that the update is hitting a wide number of devices. Although at first glance the update's changelog of "Bug fixes and other improvements" may throw you off, there are actually quite a few changes in the latest version.

First and most noticeable is the move to a "holo light" theme from "holo dark," which will make the app extremely familiar to those who use the latest versions of Gmail. Next on the main screen you'll notice a new bottom action bar with options to upload, create and scan, where the "create" option gives you a familiar menu to make new folders, documents and spreadsheets. This new bottom bar replaces the old plus button in the top action bar, and hides when you scroll down your documents list.

You'll also find a good grouping of new features in the spreadsheet editor for merging and locking cells, and new options to improve your new scans. There are small tweaks and improvements across the entire app, leading to what seems like an improved experience all-around for us. You can grab the latest version from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Samsung Mobile Nigeria says BBM hits Friday, has three-month exclusivity

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Speaking of BBM for Android, Samsung Mobile Nigeria today tweeted that apparently BBM for Android will be available Friday — and that it'll be some sort of Samsung-exclusive, possibly for three months. 

If that's in fact true — we've got e-mails out to Samsung Mobile for more proper confirmation — that's a bummer for the cross-platform crowd, but a boon for Samsung.

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3 years ago

Uber now lets you share your route and ETA with contacts

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Let your friends know you're running late and how you're arriving

Black car and taxi service Uber is updating its apps today with a great new feature that lets you share your location and route information with any contact. Once you've called for an Uber pickup, you can use the app to enter your destination and then share the route and estimated travel time to any contact in your phone. The app calculates how long it expects the driver to take, and sends it off without any additional calculations on your part.

Although Uber isn't available in all major cities in the US just yet, it is expanding quickly. If it is available where you live, you may just want to have the Uber app installed the next time you need to call a car. You can grab a download from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

BBM for Android leaks out, but you can't use it yet

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A quick heads up that, yes, the BBM for Android application has leaked out. But, no, you can't use it just yet. The deal is that your BlackBerry ID has to first be whitelisted with BlackBerry's servers. And seeing as how you're probably not an official beta tester — hey, we're not, either — ain't nobody whitelisting you.

So, we continue to wait.

Source: CrackBerry; More: CrackBerry Forums

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Pocket Trains, My Wendy's, DraStic DS Emulator and more!

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Take a look at what the Android Central writers are using on their devices this week

Another week, another great set of app picks from the folks here at Android Central. If you're new to this, we take time each Saturday afternoon to show off one app from each of the AC writing staff and see why they've been using it on their own devices. This isn't necessarily meant to be the top selling apps list for the week, but more of a discovery of the diamonds in the rough that the rest of us may have missed.

Hang with us after the break where we show off a few different games, a tool that will help you game and a few odds and ends.

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3 years ago

Google Maps update brings tips and tricks section, improved hotel search, faster navigation

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Maps update rolling out to more users this evening

Google Maps has been updated, and it seems like this evening the staged rollout is picking up steam. More folks are getting the update, which brings things like bug fixes and stability improvements — things we always love to see — but also some improvements to core features. The full change log:

  • Faster access to navigation, complete with route and traffic overview
  • Improved hotel search results with sponsored rates and booking links
  • Tips and Tricks available in the side menu
  • Bug fixes

We've been told that users are seeing faster and more accurate re-routing in navigation, which matches up well with the changes listed. You can check to see if it's your turn to update right from the Google Play app, or simply check the Google Play button above.

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3 years ago

Sony CyberShot QX camera support coming to Camera360

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Version 4.8 of the popular camera app to be released later this month

Sony and Camera360 have announced that support for the Sony CyberShot QX series lens cameras is coming to the popular Android camera app. Scheduled for a world wide release this month, the QX series lenses we're one of the things we saw at IFA 2013 that got us talking. If you're not familiar, the picture above explains it pretty well. The lenses (which also handle all the image processing and can work stand-alone) attach to your smartphone and use an application to control them wirelessly. This gives the benefit of a much larger sensor and lens than any camera phone can provide, while still providing an easy way to share your pictures through your smartphone. It's some great outside-the-box thinking, and we're curious how well consumers will adopt the idea.

Currently, only Sony's PlayMemories Mobile app works with the QX series, and it needs some work. They have released what looks to be a great SDK for developers, and we should see more apps like Camera360 add support for Sony wireless cameras in the future.

The 4.8 update for Camera360 is coming this month, and you can bet we'll take a look at it. If you want to check out the interface and current features (it's a great camera app), hit the Google Play link above.

Source: PRNewswire

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3 years ago

Listen up: Comparing Xbox Music and Google Play Music All Access

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No single service has everything, but some have more features than others

A full 11 months after Microsoft let us know that Xbox Music would come to Android "eventually," we finally have access to another one of the big music services on our Android devices. While Microsoft was busy working out the kinks of finally launching its app, Google has entered the space with All Access, a subscription version of Google Play Music that gives you customizable radio features and unlimited access to every song its library.

Both of these music services offer a unique feature set, and now that Xbox Music has finally come to Android we can take a look at them head-to-head. Read on with us after the break where we break down the features, shortcomings and overall experience of Xbox Music when compared to Google Play Music All Access.

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