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2 years ago

Microsoft preparing to bring Xbox Live to Android?

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At this moment in time it's only our cousins over at WPCentral who get to enjoy the best Xbox Live mobile experience from Microsoft. But according to a recent job listing, that could be changing in the future. 

The job posting itself requires 2 years of mobile application development, and more specifically experience of Windows Phone, iOS and Android being a big plus. 

Is it that surprising really that Microsoft would want to get Xbox onto Android? Not hardly. Market share alone would sight that as a positive step, but it would be a bit of a kick to the Windows Phone platform. Either way until we see something on our Android devices we'll have to treat it with a pinch of salt, but there's a lot of people who'd be excited to see this. 

Source: Microsoft; via Liveside

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2 years ago

First look at ASTRO File Manager's cloud backup service

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The massively popular ASTRO File Manager received an update about a month back that brought with it the opportunity to register for a free cloud backup account. Registration emails are now being sent out for the private beta of the service, so of course it's only right that we take a quick look at whats on offer.

The e-mail you will be receiving contains within it all the necessary account login information, along with a QR code to the new version of the application that has the backup service integrated within. Once you're over the login stage, the first thing that strikes you is that, well nothing looks any different. Which is good, because there's nothing wrong with ASTRO as it is. 

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2 years ago

Sandisk Memory Zone exiting beta, 350k downloads and going strong

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We first saw Sandisk's Memory Zone application back in September when they launched it in beta out into the big wide world of the Android Market. 350,000 or so downloads later, they're ready to end that beta process. 

Sandisk let us know that as of Monday, the application will be officially exiting beta. Their last update a few weeks ago brought Facebook integration with it, which allows you to upload content directly from your cloud services to Facebook. Additionally it also syncs your Facebook photos to the SD card on your phone. 

So on Monday we should be seeing an update, and who knows we may even get more new features to go with shedding the beta tag. If you've yet to take a look at this, then why not check out our review and hit the break for the download link. 

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2 years ago

TuneIn Radio updated, gets itself a car mode

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TuneIn Radio was one of my most used apps of 2011, and it's starting out 2012 strongly as they've today announced an update to both the free and pro versions of the app. 

The biggest feature of the update is the introduction of an all new car mode complete with voice commands. Using car mode it's possible to search by artist, album or even by a song name. Tell it what you want to listen to, and it will find it. 

You also get an adapted interface tweaked for use in a vehicle, with extra large buttons to make it easier to jab at the correct button while your phone is safely docked in the windscreen. 

We also get some bug fixes, a new setting that controls how long a stream will buffer before playing, and a fix to a sleep timer and alarm clock issue. 

Curious? TuneIn have produced a handy little video exhibiting the new car mode feature. It, along with download links for the free version of TuneIn Radio can be found after the break. 

Source: TuneIn 

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2 years ago

Swiftkey X update brings some handy bug fixes

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The Android Central Editors keyboard of choice, Swiftkey X, got itself a little update today, bringing with it a couple of handy bug fixes. 

The changelog promises improved handling of low memory situations, force close issue fixes, XKDPI icons and key-press popup fix, and voice input improvements for the Droid Bionic. 

Hit the market link below to grab the update.

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2 years ago

Box Android app updated, brings couple of new features to the table

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Box have been pushing themselves in the Android world recently with a slew of 50GB account giveaways to owners of LG and Sony Ericsson devices. Today they update their Android application to bring to the table a couple of nice new features, including a homescreen widget. 

It also now offers better integration with other apps on your device, and the ability to upload content such as email attachments directly to your Box account. 

The full changelog reads:

  • Version 1.5:
  • View recent activity in your account
  • Home screen widget shows updates and provides shortcuts to create and upload content
  • If you have a compatible app installed, the ability to create new documents, spreadsheets, presentations and text files
  • Upload content directly to Box from anywhere you view a file (like an email attachment)

Hit the market link after the break to grab yourself the update.

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2 years ago

Swype prepping Ice Cream Sandwich beta release for late January

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Swype -- the top keyboard in the 2011 Android Central Readers Choice Awards -- on Twitter today announced that we should see a beta release for Ice Cream Sandwich at the end of January. Here's the full tweet:

Good news! Official ICS support is near. Final tweaks and testing should be done in time for an anticipated end-of-month beta update.

Yeah, there's been a hacked version of Swype working on ICS, but we prefer the real thing, ya know. Counting the days.

Source: @Swype

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2 years ago

Qualcomm's GameCommand hits Android Market Jan. 10

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Qualcomm this morning announced that its Game Command will launch the Snapdragon GameCommand app in the Android Market on Jan. 10, the opening day of CES. 

GameCommand is a portal for more than 100 featured games for Android smartphones and tablets, including Fight Game Heroes, Bunny Maze 3D, The Reem and Desert Winds.

We've got the full presser after the break.

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2 years ago

FYI: NFL Mobile finally working on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

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Good news, everyone! The NFL Mobile app is finally working correctly on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. The app actually got its update fix last night, but the login was still borked for a lot of people. (Or at least us, and we count double.) Anyhoo, all is well, you should be able to log in, and just in time for the playoffs. Huzzah.

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2 years ago

Google Listen updated, seems Google hasn't forgotten it after all

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Google has updated Google Listen, the once- (or still) popular Podcatcher application, proving that they haven't abandoned the application like a certain Android blogger and editor thinks.  It's not the biggest update in the world -- the changelog only mentions that references to the now-defunct Google Labs have been removed, but it shows that Google isn't quite done with Listen.  Now if they could update the UI, and fix some of the playback bugs we'd all be much happier.  If you haven't moved on to another Podcatcher and are still using Listen, hit the Market for your update.  If you want to give it a try, there's a handy link after the break.

Thanks, @GeekforGoogle!

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2 years ago

Google Earth updated, fixes issues with Tegra 2 devices

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Google has updated the Google Earth app, fixing a pesky-as-hell bug that caused the app to crash during startup on Tegra 2 devices.  NVIDIA uses special instructions for the Tegra chip, and while they work amazingly well when used properly (check out some Tegra games if you haven't yet), sometimes different specialized hardware makes it difficult for the generic "works everywhere" app to use the full set of features.

That's probably what happened with the last update for Google Earth -- it certainly pushes the limit of what a mobile GPU can handle, and needed a bit of tweaking to run it all on the Tegra chips.  Call it fragmentation, call it legacy, but it's a fact of life that you have trade-offs between different hardware platforms.  Google seems to have it all sorted, and now we can have our imaginary getaways to exotic virtual locations on our Tegra based tablets and phones.  Hit the download link after the break or check the Market for your update.

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2 years ago

Tapatalk optimized for Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1; available for free on Samsung Apps

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When not browsing the Android Central Forums from a computer, many folks use the popular app Tapatalk. And now, a special version of Tapatalk is available exclusively from Samsung Apps free for a limited time. The special version was built for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab Tab 10.1 so if you own either of those devices, you can open up Samsung Apps and grab your free copy now. Once downloaded, let us know how it's working in the Android Central Forums.

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2 years ago

Virtua Tennis to be shown at CES; Xperia Play to get it first

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Sega's push into mobile gaming is set to continue, as they've just sent word that they're showing off their latest efforts, Virtua Tennis Challenge, next week at CES

Other information is pretty scarce, but the first device to receive the game is apparently set to be the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Release schedule is "later this year," becoming available to other Android devices at a later date. 

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2 years ago

Hamster Cannon hits Android with full furry cheeks

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

To all the hamsters in all the balls in all the world, you have our apologies and our everlasting love for being not only good fist-size companions, but for allowing us to portray you to games such as Hamster Cannon for Android. (Available for free now in the Android Market!)

Screen shots and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Amazon's Silk Browser hacked to work with Cyanogenmod

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The Silk browser on the Amazon Kindle Fire may or may not be to everyone's liking, but that hasn't stopped the community efforts to port it across to other devices. The ever helpful folks over at the XDA forums have successfully managed to port the browser to work with the Cyanogenmod custom ROM. 

It's been tested on a number of different devices, including the Motorola Atrix and Droid X. There are more than a few different choices in the browser stakes that would probably be a better choice than Silk, but such tinkering is one of the reasons we all love Android as much as we do. If you fancy trying it out for yourselves, hit the source link for the lowdown. 

Source: XDA Forums

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