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2 years ago

Guide the plane through the explosions with Paper Glider Crazy Copter 3D

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Who doesn't love classic game creations done right? The folks at Neon Play have brought us Paper Glider Crazy Copter 3D and they have done it with some serious style. The game offers a 3D game play with a rear camera view as you fly through explosions, avoiding electrical lines, flames and plenty of other random obstacles. Each level is timed in the upper right hand corner as you fly through 60 different levels of game play, and you can chose between 12 different copters to fly with. Enough discussing, start downloading now and get to playing. Download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 & INC now available for the Sony Xperia Play

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Gaming is always fun on an Android device, and even more fun if you are a Sony Xperia Play owner. Sony Ericsson has announced that they are now bringing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 and INC to the Xperia Play starting today to enhance your gaming experience. Hit the break for some more information on the applications.

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2 years ago

Android Theme Review: Arctic Green

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Ed. note: This theme requires use of the Theme Chooser.

With the temperature rapidly dropping round these parts, I figured a new theme to match the cold would work out real nice. I've been absolutely wowed by these Sonny Sekhon themes lately, so I settled on the appropriately-named Arctic Green to set the mood for the impending cold.

I know what you're probably thinking. Arctic Green? Shouldn't something arctic be blue? Or white? Maybe, but if you liken it to say, that spearmint green color/flavor toothpaste comes in, the idea settles in a bit quicker.

In typical Sonny Sekhon style, Arctic Green takes your status bar icons and turns them a cool green. The remaining battery is still inside the little battery icon by default, which is typical if you've used one of his themes before.

The pulldown notification bar uses the same widget icons as all of his other themes, but, in a change of pace, the text isn't the same color as the main theme. Your carrier name and 'no notifications' alert are in silver, and notifications are a dark silverish grey with black text. It's not the easiest thing to read and if I had my druthers, the notification text color would be something lighter so it's more easily read, but that's just me.

The notification pulldown is still transparent, accented with a faux-metal bar at the bottom, complete with a stylish, rectanglular cutout in the middle.

The dialer has a transparent background, but the accent color is the same dark grey we saw previously, not the green for which the theme was named. Icons are themed in the same vein: a dark, metallic grey, not a bright, toothpastey green.

There is an icon theme pack that turns your icons bright green, so I'm a little confused why that isn't baked right into this theme from the start.

As a matter of fact, outside of the notification bar and some widgets, Arctic Green defaults to the dark greys over bright green. Toast notifications are dark, but the highlight color  and check boxes are green. It's a little strange seeing fragmentation (or is it legacy?) within a theme, but that's why there's an icon pack, I reckon.

Arctic Green is $1.02 in the Android Market.

We've got more pictures and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons Ham'o'ween now available!

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The next chapter of the Angry Birds saga is now available for download. Angry Birds Seasons has been updated to bring us all the Ham'o'ween special, which marks one year of Angry Birds Seasons updates. In this release, we get 30 new levels to play through as well -- a new bird. Happy Ham'o'ween. Download is past the break for you all as well as a short video.

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2 years ago

How to submit an app for review

So you want to have an app reviewed by Android Central? Great! 'Cause we love reviewing apps. But as you can imagine, there are a lot of apps out there, and only so many hours in the day. Here are a few suggestions to make sure your app gets noticed.

  1. Include your contact information. At the very least, an e-mail address.
  2. Skip the wind-up. What's the name of your app, and what does it do? We appreciate brevity.
  3. Include a link to your app. If it's in the Android Market, include the Market link.
  4. Screen shots are a plus. And first impressions are everything. Make sure they're good.
  5. And if you're showing us a demo video, make sure it's not of the same app on an iPhone. We'll reject those on principle, ya know?

Got all that? Great! We look forward to checking out your app. Here's a link to our contact form.

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2 years ago

Sprint brings real-time captions to phone calls with CapTel

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Sprint CapTel

Sprint's offering up another interseting accessibility option on select Android phones with its new Wireless CapTel service. Powered by Raketu, CapTel is real-time captioning for phone calls. You still make a call like normal. You're then connected to CapTel automatically and can listen to the call while reading the transcription in real time. Pretty cool, actually. Check out the video after the break.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated to support NFC-powered Beam feature

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During the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich demo we got to see another use for NFC. Beam, demonstrated sharing of information across devices and it looks like Google has now updated Google Maps to support the feature. You won't find it listed in the change logs though. In fact, the change log only states the update has reduced file sizes for app storage on different devices but the permissions tell the truth. New permissions requested are for NFC and when you put the pieces together, its safe to assume Beam support has been added to Google Maps.

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2 years ago

Swype gets a new beta release, blissfully makes updating easier

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Swype beta

We've been in love with the Swype keyboard since, well, forever. But time and time again we've threatened to break up over the stupidest of things. Because Swype's business model is to get preloaded onto phones and you technically can't download a full version, the beta installation process has always been a pain in the ass. Download the Swype app. Register. Sign in. Download the beta. When it comes time to update the beta version, you have to go through the whole thing again, and add in a step where you recover your forgotten password.

That ends now.

Swype Bets Version 3.26, in addition to bringing improved language control (which language you use at any given time), a refined key layout and new settings and help, also brings about automatic updates. You'll get notifications letting you know an update is available, and install it right through the settings. Easy as pie.

Source: Swype

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2 years ago

Mobile Mouse Pro now available for Android

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If you've just got to use your phone as a desktop trackpad, it's time to check out Mobile Mouse Pro. The popular iOS app (we really hate having to type that) has just been released for Android. And for $2.99 (that's a bit steep, eh?) your device will serve as a fully functioning trackpad, with full Windows compatability and everything. Give it a shot. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android 101: A little privacy in the YouTube app

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Go ahead, admit it: You've probably searched Youtube for something you'd prefer nobody know about. Nyan Cat. Teletubbies. Justin Bieber. The iPhone. Hey, we won't judge.

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2 years ago

Who needs Siri? We apparently have Pocket Stalin

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Also from the Dead Dictator series:

  • Digital Secretary Saddam
  • The Mussolini Messenger
  • Navigate! with Napoleon
  • Francisco Franco's Guide to Spanish Cuisine
  • Gadhafi's Group Chat (too soon?)

And coming soon:

  • Find It! with Fidel Castro
  • Hugo Chavez's Filling Station Locator

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2 years ago

Let the skulls fly across your screen with Halloween Skulls Live Wallpaper

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With Halloween rapidly approaching it is time to get in the spirit and spice up your device with a little Halloween flavor. One of the many fun features of Android is the ability to run live wallpapers, and what better way to show a little bit of Halloween fun than to have some skulls flying across the screen, and some cobwebs? This live wallpaper, like most others that offer options to customize the speed, direction, and size of the objects will set you back only 99 cents, but that's a small price to pay to get in the spirit. Hit the break for download links.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Sentinel 3 - Homeworld

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Another week, another tower defense game. This one is in space, you say? And has an HD texture pack upgrade? And a giant, robo mech that protects your base? Alright, I'm sold. Let's have a look.

When you first open up Sentinel 3: Homeworld, you'll be prompted to download additional files (19MB worth, to be exact). I get it, it's a big game so not everything comes bundled in from the Market. There's also an optional 40MB "HD pack" add-on that's totally not mandatory, but recommended if you've got space to spare and you're playing on a tablet.

There's three game modes: Campaign, Endless, and Classic. In Campaign, you play through the (cliche and weak) story. You get to control where your mech's skill points are spent, buy more weapon slots for your ground and sentinel weapons, and buy the weapons themself.

Endless mode is just what is sounds like. Endless (natch) waves of bad guys come at you and you try to stave them off until you lose. The Classic mode is similar to the Campaign, except each level has you outfitted with specific towers and such to fend off your enemies.

Gameplay is typical from a tower defense game. You put up towers, they kill bad guys, you get money, and the whole cycle repeats itself. Sentinel 3 tries to differentiate itself from the pack with two ideas: the commander and the sentinel itself.

The commander is the mech I've mentioned a few times. He's controlled by the computer, parks himself in front of your barrier (your first physical structure in blocking your base), and generally owns anything that comes at him. He's got a wide range shot, can melee attack, and boosts the attack speed and damage of units within his 'morale' radius. (Morale is one of his stats you can boost up, too.)

The sentinel is your spaceship, presumeably floating in near-Homeworld orbit. As you continue to move through the levels, you'll be able to purchase new and exciting abilites for the sentinel. I think the first one you can buy are homing missiles that rain destruction upon your enemies. All the sentinel abilities require energy to use, and there's an energy pillar thing that keeps sending charges up as long as it doesn't get destroyed.

Sentinel 3 is also long. The first level on Classic took me 35 minutes, and that was with the fast forward option turned on. While this definitely promises a lot of gametime for your money, at some point you've got enough towers out to know you're not going to lose, and at that point, it feels like it wouldn't hurt to set your device down and go for a walk.

Still, there is a lot to do in Sentinel 3, between the three games modes, and then two styles within Classic. Oh, and did I mention there's four levels of difficulty? And OpenFeint support? Cause there is, and there's achievements to go along with everything, including things as simple as beating a level.

At $3.06, Sentinel 3 is one of the pricier games out there (but still cheap in the grand scheme of things), and for a fan of any tower defense game, feels like a must-have. The gameplay has just enough variation to keep things feeling fresh. There's interesting towers, lots of different enemies, and a sweet soundtrack, to boot. (What is it? Techno? Dubstep?)

If you're willing to take the plunge and bring the fight to the homeworld, download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Dolphin Browser v7.0 launches exclusively on GetJar

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If you're not much of a fan of the stock Android browser, you've probably tried Dolphin Browser in the past and realized it offers quite a few extra features when compared to the other multitude of options out there. The latest release being v7.0 has now landed as a GetJar exclusive and is available for download and iintroduces a new feature called Dolphin Connect:

Dolphin 7.0 is moving your mobile experience to the cloud by introducing Dolphin Connect.  With Dolphin Connect your bookmarked sites and your browsing preferences will be kept in sync across all of your devices. No longer forget web addresses—Dolphin Connect remembers them for you. With Dolphin Connect, Dolphin will once again reshape the mobile browsing experience.

Dolphin retains all the great features from previous releases as well such as gestures, webzine and add-ons. If you've not taken Dolphin for a test drive in the past, now is a good time to give it a go. Full press release is past the break, you can hit the source link for the download.

Source: GetJar; Thanks, @fabyloso

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2 years ago

RIM: Still 'no plans' to bring BBM to other platforms

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By the way ... As if there wasn't enough going on today, our CrackBerry cousins are in the middle of their DevCon conference in San Francisco, where the topic of BBM on Android came up. RIM VP of developer relations Alec Saunders and Chris Smith, senior director of the BlackBerry Developer Program, pretty much shot it down -- for now -- with the former saying he "wasn't aware of it" and the latter saying "there are no plans for it."

Usually when a company says it "currently has no plans" or "we have nothing to announce at this time," it means full well they're working on it. But it's also worth mentioning that fake screenshots are fake, trollers gonna troll, our our boys on the ground at DevCon know their stuff. Keep calm and carry on.

Source: CrackBerry

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