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3 years ago

Foursquare updates mapping interface, adds filters to 'Explore' search

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Improved landscape map browsing on large devices and pre-filtered searches highlighted in this release

Foursquare has just pushed out an update to its app in the Play Store with a set of improvements primarily focused on mapping and searching. First up is an improved map experience, which builds on previous updates to the mapping UI, that offers a neat two-paned view while viewing in landscape on large phones and tablets. You can now properly browse and select places on a map on one side of the screen while browsing your friends' recent check-ins on the other. On the search side, Foursquare has added filters that you can apply before entering any search terms in the "Explore" box. Tapping the "Filter" button to the right of the search box gives options to sort by best match or distance, choose whether to show places you've checked into before, sort by price and many more. You can then continue on with a keyword or category search within those filters.

They're subtle tweaks, but we're never going to turn down improvements to a popular app. You can grab a download or update to the latest Foursquare app at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Redbox Instant from Verizon now available for select Google TV devices

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Your $8 monthly subscription for Redbox Instant now goes a little further, as the service is available for a handful of Google TV devices

Verizon and Redbox have made their Redbox Instant app available for a select group of Google TV devices, bringing another streaming on-demand service to the bigger screen in your living room. For an $8 monthly subscription, folks using the 47G2 and 55G2 Google TV-enabled Smart TVs from LG, NETGEAR's NeoTV Prime with Google TV, the Sony Internet Player NSZ-GS7, or the Vizio Co-Star can instantly stream a movie, rent or buy content, and even reserve a DVD for pick up at the local kiosk.

Getting started is easy, simply fire up the Google Play store on your supported device and search for Redbox Instant by Verizon-GTV and install the app. You can then enroll for a free trial month right inside the app or on the web here

For Google TV, content is king. It's nice to see more of it being delivered, even if it is on a scale limited a little more than we like. 

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Feedly bringing search, better speed and new partners before Google Reader officially dies

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Feedly aiming not only to be a Google Reader replacement, but to pick up where Google left off and make RSS better

In exactly four weeks (July 1) Google Reader will be officially dead, and Feedly is showing that they are determined to not only fill the void left behind, but to own the space. They're looking to pick up where Google left off, and using their user-voice site where users like you and me can express feedback, give ideas and get our questions answered they're doing it the right way.

Today they have announced their short term roadmap, filled with things that they say will be ready before Google Reader goes offline. Things like an online presence that doesn't require an extension or browser add-on, faster service from a new army of servers they've picked up, support for Windows 8 and Windows Phone and more. All excellent changes which will help everyone during the transition from Reader to Feedly. But what really caught our eye was their announcement of new partners.

Part of what made Reader so nice, especially on mobile, was that there were so many great apps to get to your content. Feedly plans to create the same ecosystem, and their free API will allow developers big and small to get on board. They've already been working "behind the scenes" with a list of partners: the developers of Reeder,Press, Nextgen Reader, Newsify and gReader. 

If anything, Google Reader showed us that sometimes, someone besides Google does it better. We're excited to see Feedly following the same path, as well as the way they are listening to users about future features and changes. And of course, we're relieved that the news will continue to flow as well or better than it always did with an exciting new service. 

Source: Feedly

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3 years ago

New-look Gmail Android app rolling out now

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Looks like we didn't have to wait too long after all for that fancy new Gmail app for Android. The new app -- Version 4.5 for you folks playing at home -- kills the action bar at the bottom and moves things up top, and introduces the left-anchored drawer for things like accounts and labels. You've also got the much-desired pull-to-refresh, and conversations how have a new look as well. 

Spend a couple minutes with the app and it you'll be quick to find that it's worthy update, though you will be stretching for the top of your phone when you're working with individual e-mails, instead of easily reaching the archive and delete buttons at the bottom. We'll have to see how much of an annoyance that is over time.

The update's propagating now, so head on into your local Google Play Store to snag it.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Vine launches on Android with exclusive features

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Six-second video app hits Google Play with new zoom feature

Twitter-owned video-sharing app Vine is launching on Android today, seven months after the initial iOS-only release. The app allows you to create and share six-second square-shaped videos and follow fellow Viners through your own tailored feed. Essentially, it's Instagram for video.

In addition to all the editing and social networking features of Vine for iOS, the Android version of the app is getting something unique -- zooming support. The Vine team also promises further updates in the weeks ahead, including front-facing camera support, search, mentions, hashtags and Facebook sharing.

After a brief delay, the app is now live on Google Play at the link above. You'll need a device running at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Anyone been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Vine on Android? How are you getting on with the Android version of the app? Shout out in the comments.

Source: Vine

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3 years ago

Get the newest version of the Android Central App before anyone else

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Join our beta test group and move yourself to the front of the line

We love beta testing. We love playing with things that might break, will break and need some testing. To that end, Google recently introduced proper beta testing of applications through Google Play, and we're going to start using it.

Want to get the latest version of the newest Android Central App before anyone else? Want to help us test things out and squash bugs? Here's how to order:

It's that simple. We'll start with the beta builds in the coming weeks. Thanks for your help!

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Couple, The Simpsons Tapped Out, Hiversaires and more!

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We have another diverse group of picks to keep you busy this weekend

Welcome back to yet another edition of the "Apps of the Week" post, where we bring together a group of apps that the Android Central writers have been using on a regular basis. App discovery can be tough with so many options out there, so our goal is to give you some personal recommendations on the apps we're using ourselves. This week we're looking at a few tools, a couple of good games to kill some time with and as usual some odds-and-ends.

Stick around with us after the break to see what we have for you this week -- you may just come away with a couple apps that you want to download on your own device. 

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3 years ago

World War Z invades Android

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You're either one of us, or you're one of them. It's that simple. And who doesn't like killing a buttload of zombies? To that end, the mobile game for World War Z -- the movie, not the book it was loosely based off of -- has finally been released to Google Play, bringing with it 28 levels of first-person shooter, along with "intense combat, engaging puzzles, upgradable weapons and armor and unlimited challenge mode."

Certainly looks decent enough. You'll have to pony up $4.99 for the pleasure playing. Hit the link above to give it a go.

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3 years ago

Sky apps back on Google Play following account hack

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Full complement of Sky Android apps available once again after recent hack by Syrian Electronic Army

A quick heads-up for Sky subscribers in the UK -- the satellite broadcaster's range of Android apps has returned to the Play Store today following its Google Play account being hacked. The hack occurred over the weekend and was attributed to the Syrian Electronic Army, whose banners appeared on the apps' Play Store listings.

In the wake of the attack, Sky's apps were pulled from Google's app store, however the broadcaster has insisted that the apps themselves were not changed. As of this morning the full suite of Sky apps is once again available, including Sky News, Sky Sports, Sky+ and Sky Go. Sky subscribers can click here to view a full list of apps.

Source: Sky Help Team

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3 years ago

After Earth game now available to coincide with movie release

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A movie-themed endless runner with a few interesting gameplay elements

In a partnership with Sony Pictures, Reliance Games is releasing a new game for mobile devices based on the upcoming feature film from Will Smith, After Earth. The game, which ties in directly to the cast, plot and setting of the movie, fits well into the "infinite runner" genre made popular by games like Temple Run. Throughout the game, you're running, driving, jumping and flying along with a third-person view through levels to collect coins for as long as possible without dying. There's a complete 20-level story mode available that walks you through a complete plot and lets you unlock new levels along the way, as well as an "Infinite Mode" for additional gameplay options. The game also includes different achievements and high score tracking, as you would expect, to give the game some replay value.

The game has just gone live in the Play Store a day ahead of the movie's release here in the U.S., and can be downloaded for a mere $0.99. The graphics and gameplay look quite good, and it may just be a nice break from the other endless runner games you've been playing for a while now. You can see a quick gameplay trailer above, and can grab a download of After Earth at the Play Store link there as well.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 10.1 RC3 now available

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A 'small, incremental change' over RC2

As the road to a stable CyanogenMod 10.1.0 release continues, the CM team has today started pushing out RC (release candidate) 3 builds for phones, tablets and other devices. If you're running any earlier build, you'll want to update via the get.cm download hub or CM updater app.

A Google+ post by the team reveals that it's a "small, incremental change" from the previous RC2 build, with fixes for issues including camcorder preview bugs, launcher icon alignment in tablets, disappearing widgets, along with a bunch of translation updates.

CM 10.1 RC3 is available for some 37 devices at the time of writing, so your best bet is to hit up the source link and check the list for your model's codename.

Download: get.cm; Source: +CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Telly launches new tablet-optimized version of its app

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New features such as 'carousel view' highlight the properly-designed tablet experience

Telly, a service that helps you create, discover and share videos on your mobile device, is launching a completely redesigned and tablet-optimized version of its app today. In an attempt to build on its growing user base, Telly is introducing a new tablet design that was built from the ground-up for the larger screen size with a few new notable features. The larger interface is easier to navigate, with extra room being taken up by "My Telly" and "Popular" feeds to help discovery. The main portion of the UI is comprised of a new "carousel view", which makes it simple to swipe between videos and browse for something interesting to watch.

Along with the new interface improvements, Telly is also introducing two new features to improve sharing. Both NFC sharing between two devices and friend tagging (by their @name) will hopefully improve discoverability and sharing between Telly users. Video is one of the main selling points for tablets nowadays, and it's important to see Telly working on improving its tablet experience if it hopes to grow its user base going forward. You can grab a download of the latest Telly app at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

How to enable the new Gmail in a web browser

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Google just announced a pretty major update to Gmail, and you should now be able to give it a go in the browser, if you so desire. As our pal Paul O'Brien from MoDaCo points out, all you have to do to enable the new tabbed organization is go to the gear icon on the right of the screen and choose "Configure inbox." (If you're using a wrapper like Mailplane, you might need to do this from a traditional browser first, then restart the app.)

Next you'll be asked which tabs you want to use -- primary, social and promotions are checked by default; updates and forums are other options. Once enabled, you'll find e-mails sorted among the tabs. To move e-mails between tabs, just click and drag. (You'll also be asked if you want to continue to get that particular kind of e-mail in the new tab.)

Still no sign of the new Gmail app for Android, which also will bring a new sorting experience. 

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3 years ago

Google Play Music updated with track removal, sharing changes

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Delete tracks, remove from 'My Library' and share directly from 'Now Playing' in new version

Don't go anywhere yet -- we haven't seen the last of today's Google app updates. Google Play Music 5.0 for Android, which first debuted following the Google I/O keynote along with the All Access subscription service, has been updated again today with a handful of essential features missing from the original release. The new version 5.0.1041J has been updated with the ability to delete tracks directly from within the app, and remove items added via All Access from your library.

What's more, a UI tweak now allows you to share tracks and add them to playlists from the 'Now Playing' screen. The update is rolling out now through the Google Play Store, so head over to 'My Apps' in the store to grab your update. Alternatively, we've got a Play Store link for you up above.

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3 years ago

Google Calendar app updated with custom color labels and new date and time pickers

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Google's Calendar app update makes those important dates easier to add and keep track of

Google has updated the "stock" Android Calendar app in Google Play this afternoon, bringing two minor, but very relevant changes. We'll start with the one most users will instantly appreciate -- setting a custom color for a calendar or event. If you subscribe to multiple shared calendars, or have several of your own, you know just how this will help. You can take the calendar your boss shares with you, and make the event labels a certain color so they stand out, or make your calendar one color and you significant other's a different color. In addition, you can mark any single calendar event with it's own custom color to help keep track of important events. 

The other change is equally as important, and it shows Google is really pushing forward with the new app design language they've been showing us as of late. The new time and date picker windows look better, but also have more functionality built in. You can set up recurring events easier, and even select the time zone right from the add event window.

You can grab the update from the Google Play link above.

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