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3 years ago

T-Mobile offers free Lookout Premium subscriptions for Asurion PHP and Jump! customers

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New partnership will help keep your personal data, and your phone, a little safer.

Lookout and T-Mobile have a special treat for customers who elect to purchase Asurion PHP (Premium Handset Protection) or enroll in T-Mobile's new Jump! program -- a free subscription to Lookout's premium features. 

If you're enrolled in the Asurion program, or have signed up for Jump!, and a current Lookout user, you should soon be getting an email about the new promotion telling you a little more information. The gist of it all is that in addition to the antivirus, find-my-phone and backup and restore options offered in the free version of Lookout, you'll also have access to photo backup, remote lock and wipe, Safe Browsing, and Lookout's privacy advisor.

This is very much like the partnership between US Cellular and NQ Mobile, and any trend that helps people keep their phones and personal data more safe is a very good thing -- we hope it continues.

These tools are pretty useful, and Lookout has a long history with Android. You may or may not find the antivirus features useful, but the monitoring ans security features are great to have. Look for your email soon!

Source: Lookout. Thanks, Jimmy!

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Blue Board, MX Player, Tetris and more!

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A look at the best apps we have on our devices this week

Here we are once again introducing you to another edition of our 'Apps of the Week' post, where we break down all of the latest apps that the folks here at Android Central have been using. We ask each of the writers here at the site to chime in on Saturdays with an app that has piqued their interest over the last week, and let us know why it has stayed on their device despite the thousands upon thousands of options out there.

We round up these picks and put them together for all to see and hopefully find some that match their own interests and needs as well. Stick around with us after the break and see how we did this week.

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3 years ago

USA PRISM Plus trolls the NSA on Twitter

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Points for creativity here. USA PRISM Plus plays off the recent NSA flap and attempts to turn the tables by randomly taking pictures with your phone and then Tweeting them at the @NSACareers account "to determine that you are not engaging in illegal activities."

The result is, well, pretty much what you'd expect. Random pictures, Tweeted at the NSA.

Wanna see what folks have been snapping? Ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

Chromium team working on Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android

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Todays large-screen Android devices can be a perfect remote viewer for your desktop, and it looks like a native app for Android to do it through Chrome is in the works.

Using your Android phone or tablet as a gateway to your desktop is already possible with apps that use various remote viewing protocols, but they all have one common barrier that keeps plenty of people from trying it -- the require a server set up and running on your desktop. While setting one up isn't difficult, it's one of those things that people aren't confident in doing, or just don't want to fool with.

Chrome has offered a built-in solution for a while with the Chrome Remote Desktop function built into the Chrome browser, and that barrier of installing and setting up a separate server goes away, thanks to using your Google account and Chrome's excellent syncing abilities. It looks like the Chromium team is determined to bring this to Android.

While at the moment the project is in its infancy, and most of the functions are still a ways off, this will be an excellent resource once it's finalized and available. We're keeping a close eye on this one!

Source: Chromium Code Review; Via: +François Beaufort

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3 years ago

Making apps beautiful: The icons

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Beautiful apps start with a beautiful icon, and Google's Android design team offers some great advice for all developers.

Google's Android developers are constantly working with the growing community of application developers and designers to help makes apps that not only do great things, but look lovely while doing it. Building responsive and unique apps is only half the battle, because you and I aren't going to install them -- let alone recommend them to others -- if they don't look good.

In today's segment, they focus on the app icon itself. It's the first thing we see when we install an app, and it's important that it make a good impression. The blog posting lists all the important things to consider when designing your application icon, including the various sizes and formats that will make it look great on every Android device.

Android has taken the world by storm, and a big part of the reason is the rich app catalog. You want to make apps that stand out, and using tips like this will help. It's a must-read for any developer, and worth reading for the curious layman as well. Follow the source link and have a look.

Source: Android Developers

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3 years ago

MLB.com At Bat now compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink

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Get instant, hands-free MLB updates in supported Ford vehicles

Red-blooded Americans who drive a Ford and follow our greatest American pastime can now do both at the same time, safely. MLB.com At Bat is now accessible in Ford vehicles that support the Ford SYNC AppLink. This includes 2012, 2013, and 2014 models like the Fiesta, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty, E-Series and Expedition.

Ford SYNC AppLink allows drivers to use simple voice commands to interact with Android applications. Users of MLB.com At Bat can use these commands to access schedules for all 30 Major League Clubs and get game scores in real time. Having a subscription to MLB.com At Bat 13’s premium features enables users to connect their Android devices to listen to the home and away games of the regular season and postseason, which includes the 2013 World Series.

Those without a subscription to MLB.com At Bat 13 can sign up for a free trial through July 31, 2013. After the trial ends, a one-time seasonal fee of $9.99 will buy access through all supported platforms (including iOS). Those that are already MLB.TV Premium subscribers get this service for free.

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3 years ago

Google Play Books now official in 13 more countries

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Thousands of titles, both new and old, are now available for reading on your Android, iOS device and the web across Europe.

We've been getting reports of Google Play Books showing up on phones and tablets in new countries across Europe since the beginning of the week, and today Google has made it "official" and announced that their book store and reader is ready to go in: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden.

Books are available to purchase and add to your library on the web, on your Android devices and on iOS devices in the new countries.

The revamp of the Google Play Books app makes this news even better. You're not only able to read your books purchased from Google in the cloud from anywhere, but your personal ePub files and pdf files can be uploaded and added to your library, and the app syncs your place and bookmarks as a proper app should.

We've no idea when Books or other services will push out to more countries, and content deals can be tricky. We're just glad every time we see more content available for more users. If you're looking to get your library started with Google, hit the Google Play link above for the Android app.

Source: +Google Play. Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

The Android Central App: Which theme should be the default?

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I don't think we ever got around to actually asking this one officially, so let's do it now. We've got two themes available in the official Android Central App. One's light, one's dark. Right now we serve up the light theme by default. And it's a fine theme.

But that dark theme just keeps calling to us. It beckons us into the settings every time we install some new test build.

And, so, we put it to you. Which theme should be the default? Light? Or dark?

Choose wisely. Poll's after the break.

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3 years ago

Path app now available on Amazon Appstore

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Those of you who enjoy the tight-knit social network Path and have a Kindle Fire are in luck, as the app has just hit the Amazon Appstore for those non-Google Play equipped devices to download. If you haven't heard of it before, Path is a social network focused on sharing more personal moments with a small group of people, which is strongly based on using mobile apps rather than the web for sharing. With Path, you can share status updates, pictures and private messages between users in a different setting than the generally "broadcast" style mediums like Facebook and Twitter.

Kindle Fire users, as well as other users who happen to prefer the Amazon Appstore for one reason or another, can download Path for free from the source link below.

Download: Path (Amazon Appstore)

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3 years ago

Download the Mobile Nations Forums app to keep up with every site!

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Download the app that Apple wouldn't approve for the App Store

We all love Android around here, but we also recognize that there are other platforms that hold a special place in many user's hearts. That's why we have different sites that focus on the other platforms -- iMore, CrackBerry, WPCentral -- as well, and now we've also released an app that lets you access the forums for every site in Mobile Nations. The Mobile Nations Forums app is now available in the Play Store for you to download and participate in all things Mobile Nations, meaning that you can keep up with every platform without downloading individual apps for each.

And remember that if you just need access to the fantastic Android Central forums, you can look no further than our new Android Central app, which has just been updated with even more interface and feature improvements.

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3 years ago

Pocket releases great new Chrome app

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Keep up with your top stories from any device running Chrome

Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later) has carved out quite a market for itself as a great bookmarking and reading service, and is expanding the number of clients available today with a new Chrome app. The new app is far more than just a web page, and actually opens properly in its own window to display your queue of unread stories. You can browse through stories in either a list or grid format, with a nice view of the article title, headline image and source name. You can also sort by articles, videos or images and use the universal search to find things if you need.

As always, there is a great Pocket app for Android available that syncs everything with your account across your devices, including when you're signed into Chrome. You can download the Android app from the Play Store at the link above, and grab the Chrome app from the Chrome Web Store at the source link below.

Download: Pocket

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3 years ago

Koush open-sources 'Babel' Google Voice integration for SMS apps

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Third-party messaging apps now have access to Google Voice; CyanogenMod to include 'Babel' soon

Likely best known for his work on all things ClockworkMod, Android developer Koush has been working for the past few weeks on a tool he currently calls "Babel" to integrate Google Voice into third-party messaging apps. Following a development cycle with some ups and downs, he has decided to completely open-source the project for anyone to use and implement. Babel (although this is only a temporary name) works alongside code in the latest nightly builds of CyanogenMod to seamlessly integrate your Google Voice messages into the stock Messaging app.

Nothing is perfect just yet, but the latest versions of the Babel apk along with the latest nightly builds of CM give users a relatively seamless integration option for the stock messaging app after a little bit of hackery to get things set up just right. In his latest post on Google+, he notes that it is going through review to be included in CM completely as well, which should cut down on the hassle for users to get things working.

The hope is that going forward more messaging apps will take advantage of this code to integrate Google Voice using Babel (or whatever it is called going forward) as the back-end. Enterprising developers among us can take a look at everything available on GitHub at the source link below.

Source: +Koushik Dutta (Google+); GitHub

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3 years ago

Evernote adds OfficeSuite document editing, improved reminders

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Evernote users get a one-week free trial of the full OfficeSuite features

Evernote has just introduced a few points of new functionality in its latest app update ranging from document editing to new widget options. First up is a new partnership with popular document editor OfficeSuite, which now lets Evernote users edit documents in their library with the OfficeSuite app. While it does require that the OfficeSuite app be installed separately, you can now fully view and edit office documents and have the changes replace or append documents in Evernote. OfficeSuite is currently $14.99 in the Play Store, but Evernote users get a 1 week free trial to give it a shot first.

Beyond office documents, the latest update makes managing your reminders even easier. Now from the main notes listing, you can add, reorganize and mark reminders as completed without entering a special menu or individual notes. Additionally, the Evernote widget has been improved to add lock screen support, a swipable "list view", quick reminders and even more customizability.

It's a big update that Evernote users are likely to want right away. Grab a download of the latest version from the Play Store link above, or learn more about the features at the source link below.

More: Evernote Blog

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3 years ago

BlackBerry Messenger coming to Android in September, says BB India managing director

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Taking BlackBerry Messenger cross-platform will make a lot of Android users happy. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long to see it.

BlackBerry Messenger, the one killer feature that keeps a lot of folks from ever leaving the house without their BlackBerry, should be available for Android in September according to BlackBerry India managing director Sunil Lalvani. We've known that the messaging service was headed to Android since CEO Thorsten Heins announced as much last May, but at today's BlackBerry Q5 launch event in India we're getting a little more information.

The service is coming to Android this summer. But summer as per North America, where it remains till September.

When asked for clarification that this means a September launch, Lalvani replied that yes, that is correct.

We know plenty of folks will be happy to see BBM for Android, and we hope the programmers at BlackBerry do a great job and give us an app we will want to use. Hopefully, we'll know more in a month or so.

Source: IBNLive; Via: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Twitter updated with improved reply screen, tweet sharing via DM

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A couple more small features to improve the Twitter experience

The official Twitter for Android app has been updated with two small but notable improvements today -- a new reply screen and the ability to share tweets to direct messages. In version 4.1.3, the new reply screen resembles closely the general "compose tweet" screen with the ability to add location and pictures right from the window. Twitter says this makes it "easier to join conversations", but really it just means you get the same features when replying to a tweet as you do when composing one stand-alone.

Additionally, when you hit the share button on any given tweet in the app, you now have the option to share it as a direct message (DM) to another user rather than retweet and mention that user publicly. Once selecting the sharing option, you just type in a user name, add any additional words (up to 140 characters, of course) and send it off.

The latest version of Twitter for Android can be downloaded from the Play Store link above.

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