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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Rays of Light

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

I'm always on the lookout for a good looking live wallpaper. I know some people are vehemently against them, saying they slow down their phone or kill their battery, but Rays of Light doesn't fit that bill.

Rays of Light gives your phone this kind of Hollywood-esque, night at the club, gettin' down with my homies feel. Rays of light of different colors pulse and intersect one another, creating some beautiful color combinations as well as keeping things fresh looking whenever you're checking out your screens.

The colors are what they are with Rays of Light. There's nothing on the settings menu that lets you pick certain colors. As a matter of fact, the settings menu is pretty bare. There's two choices: Set battery saving tips and moving animation.

The battery saving tips gives you four options to save your battery, all of which alter the speed of the light rays. The moving animation lets you stop the animation when you're swiping between screens.

Other than that, there's not much to say about Rays of Light. It performs well, looks good, and best of all, it's free. The developer is a top developer, too, so you know this wallpaper is quality.

We've got a couple of screenshots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Get in the Halloween spirit with some live alerts from Pops

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A few weeks back we took a look at Pops, a rather unique alert application for Android, and they have reached out to let us know they are offering some free Halloween alerts. If you currently are using Pops you will want to grab these free packs, and if you are not a current Pops user be sure to hit the break for download links!

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2 years ago

Google Wallet bumped up to v1.0-R33v4 - New offers, new transaction screens and more

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Not a whole lot has happened on the Google Wallet front since its initial release but a new update has now appeared in the Android Market and brings a few cool changes and a weird version number with it. v1.0-R33v4 as it is known has the following changes listed:

  • Find new offers directly in Wallet
  • Updated transaction detail screen (for Tap & Pay and in Transaction History)
  • Merchant name and amount now available for Google Prepaid Card purchases
  • Improved button to turn your cards on and off
  • Five minute default PIN timeout for new users
  • An improved tutorial
  • Account Number validation for some gift cards
  • Bug fixes

New offers? We like the sound of that. Have you updated yet? Let us know in th comments or in the Android Central forums if you spot any other changes within the app -- ya never know, Google may have slipped something un-noted in there. Remember, only Nexus S 4G owners need apply, others will have to wait and see what can be done with the update. Download is past the break should you need it.

Thanks, to all who sent this in!

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2 years ago

HBO Go gets updated with Epic 4G Touch support, here's how to get it working

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HBO Go received an update today that brought bug fixes and support for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, but many users are finding that the app won't after updating it on their Samsung Galaxy S II, Sprint Epic 4G Touch (love that name!).  That's an easy fix, thanks to Android Central member Murphy5111.  You'll need to clear the application data, which is easy and quick to do:

  • On your homescreen, press the Menu button.
  • Go to Settings, Applications, Manage applications.
  • Scroll down the list until you find the HBO Go app, then press it's entry on the list.
  • Press the "Clear data" button.

You'll have to sign into your cable company account again, since you've manually wiped out the application data, but that's a small price to pay for streaming movies and HBO's programming.  You can find the update in the Android Market, or hit the link after the break.

More: Android Central Epic 4G Touch forums

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Plasma Sound

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Sometimes I get introduced to some app for which there are no real words to describe it. Plasma Sound easily falls into that category, tripping me out while I was playing with it and making me scratch my head as to how to best explain it.

Plasma Sound is an electronic instrument that responds to touch. The pitch of the sound varies with where your finger is on the screen and you can even cause multiple pitches to ring out because it supports multitouch. The sound it produces is this kind of weird, techno-electronic sound. It's strange but definitely versatile.

There's a settings menu where you can change the kind of waveform your notes will have, and that also affects how the note sounds. From the menu you can also change the highest and lowest pitches on the "board," which will give you a wider or smaller range depending on what you choose. There's also options for things like vibrato and tremolo, although in my experience, I couldn't discern any difference from my tablet's speakers.

There's also a sequencer where you tap squares (that represent pitches) and when the white bar scrolling across the screen passes them, the note plays. With a little bit of experimenting and some creativity, you could definitely create some cool grooves, provided to set the appropriate tempo.

There's a settings menu for the sequencer too that lets you (among other things) pick how big your grid is and set the tempo, giving you total control over your creation. What you can't do, however, is have a note get played on an upbeat, so everything runs the risk of sounding, for lack of a better word, square.

Plasma Sound is completely free and devoid of ads, so if making sweet electronic music from your Android device is something you want to be able to do, grab it from the Market and get to it. While it may seem more of like a toy at first, the developer says he uses this as his instrument in a band, so there's more to it than meets the eye at first pass.

For the budding musicians, there's download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Viber updated to 2.1, brings photo and location sharing and improved voice engine

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Viber has updated their VoIP app to version 2.1, bringing changes that users have been requesting as well as an all new voice engine that will improve call quality over low bandwidth networks.  If you're not familiar with Viber, it's a voice over IP application that lets users make free calls and send texts to each other, on cellular networks or Wifi.  It works really well, and is a great way to manage minutes or text allotments from your carrier.

In addition to the new and improved voice engine, the folks at Viber have also added two things users have been requesting -- picture messaging and location sharing.  These work just like the standard messaging app we're used to, and really make for a great update.  Top it all off with an updated UI, and it's something to have a look at -- grab it after the break, or check the Market for the update. 

Source: Viber

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2 years ago

AT&T DriveMode now available for Android

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We heard a lot about safe driving initiatives during the CTIA keynote and now AT&T has launched their DriveMode service. What started life as an idea submitted to them, AT&T DriveMode was voted one of the top ideas and as such became a reality thanks to the AT&T Innovation Center. So what exactly is DriveMode?

AT&T DriveMode when enabled provides the option to send calls directly to voicemail, and to send an auto-reply to incoming emails. When the app is turned off, user can view the calls, messages and e-mails as they normally would.

DriveMode users can then pick 5 people which can be included on the "Allowed list" to send and receive calls while the app is running. 911 calls can be made and Music and Navigation settings allow one music and one navigation app to run while AT&T DriveMode is enabled.

The ultimate goal here is reduce distractions when driving therefore keeping drivers and pedestrians safe as possible. No message is important enough to lose a life over so if you find yourself tempted -- grab the app from the Android Market. You'll find the full press release and download link past the break.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Zlango adds icons to text messaging; we go hands-on

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Last time we checked, the great thing about text messages was that they're simple, short and don't take much brain power to digest. Zlango goes a different direction. The SMS replacement app, which launched today, adds a world of crazy little icons to your text messages. It's fully themed -- that's The Walking Dead theme you see above -- so you can customize to your heart's content. It's also got an easy on/off toggle if you want to switch back to normal.

You guys might not be ready for it yet, but your kids are gonna love it. Check out the video after the break.

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2 years ago

Tapjoy and MachineWorks NorthWest bring Duke Nukem 3D to Android

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Hail to the king, baby! Tapjoy and MachineWorks NorthWest have teamed up to bring the classic first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D to the Android platform and we'll soon all be able to kick some alien ass:

“Duke Nukem is a legend in his own time, and he’d be the first person to tell you that,” said Rob Carroll, Tapjoy’s Director of Publishing for Tapjoy. “MachineWorks NorthWest has done a great job of bringing the brash, trash-talking character and all his ass-kicking glory to the mobile environment, and we are thrilled to be working with AAA studios like MachineWorks to help bring games of this caliber to Android.”

Duke Nukem 3D will be available very soon in the Android Market, with compatability for any device running Android 2.1 and higher. Press release is past the break, what are you waitin' for - Christmas?!

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2 years ago

BlueStacks now available, brings Android apps to your PC in style

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It seems forever ago that BlueStacks was announced as coming soon but no -- it's finally here. In case you don't remember, BlueStacks is for now, a Windows application that allows you to run Android apps directly on your computer and easily switch between say Windows and Android.

The BlueStacks Android Player was released in Alpha form last night and to go along with that came of course, the Android app syncer as well. The App Syncer application allows you to sync any Android app on your device with the BlueStacks cloud service. When synced, the apps will then become available for use on your PC.

After having given it a go, I have to say it is pretty impressive. Most of the apps I synced worked quite well. Some apps did lag, and some apps for whatever reason refused to sync but that's to be expected as it is still Alpha testing. If you give it a go, make sure you send the BlueStacks team some feedback as that will help their offersings progress. You can hit the source link for more info plus, a demo video can be found after the break.

Note: You do need a Facebook account in order to have access. Other methods are on their way but for now, Facebook it is.

Source: BlueStacks

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Theme Chooser Themes

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I'm a bit of a themaholic. It's not the same as a flashaholic (although I am one of those, too), but it's in the same vein. Up until now, I had to really search for good CM7 themes, but with the discovery of this app, I'm sure my problem is only going to get much, much worse.

Theme Chooser Themes is a CM7 theme collector/list that displays not only themes that are in the Market, but also themes that are on XDA. They're color coordinated by price, with green being free, blue meaning there's free and paid versions, and red being paid.

You can also filter the themes by free, free/paid, paid, by a developer, and screen size support. You can also search for themes using the theme's name, a description of the theme, or the developer's name.

If I had any complaints, it'd be screenshot previews of the theme before you get redirected to the Android Market or XDA, but I'm not sure how time consuming and/or data intensive that would be. Still, it's something I'd like to see in the future.

Theme Chooser Themes comes is ad-supported normally, but if you opt to buy the donate version (99 cents), you can kiss those ads goodbye. 

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

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2 years ago

T-Mobile brings its Bobsled service to Android

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T-Mobile announced today that its Bobsled VoIP service is now available on Android smartphones and tablets. Bobsled, developed by Vivox and previously available for desktop broswers only, allows you to call your Facebook contacts for free from your device. Instead of dialing a number, simply select your Facebook friend and Bobsled will call or send a voice message for you. T-Mobile has also updated the browser version with free calling to any mobile or landline device within the U.S. and Canada. Despite its name, Bobsled is available on all carriers, and can be downloaded from the Android Market after the break.

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Marvel Comics Android app available now

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Here she be, folks -- the official Marvel Comics Android app! You can now get all of your favorite superheroes and villans -- more than 1,400 issues in all, in the safety and comfort of your Android smartphone or tablet.

Your downloads are backed up on Marvel's website, so switching devices won't make you lose what you've purchased. There are free previews available as well. We've got your download links after the break.

Source: Marvel; Thanks, Deathtron5000!

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2 years ago

Rocket Launcher receives a huge face-lift; is it enough to make it a default on your device?

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We took a look at a new launcher to the Market, Rocket Launcher, and while it was quite a unique launcher there was definitely a long way to come. The developers took to our feedback, they read the comments, and they jumped right into making big improvements on the launcher. They are back in action now with correct time and date, ability to add widgets, a new home screen look, and much more. So, whether you were a fan of it originally or not, this is definitely something you will want to check out and see how it works for you. Download links after the break.

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2 years ago

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 launches on Android devices from Sprint

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TeleNav has been working hard on their latest update and they are now soon ready to release TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1. First up, will be availability to Sprint customers, who can start taking advantage of the newly implemented features such as:

  • New Home Screen - TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 uses a new, unique home screen, called “My Dashboard ™,” for quick and easy access to what on-the-go people need every day. The redesigned interface includes a map of the user’s current location with real-time traffic overlay and customizable “Home” and “Work” buttons to show current drive times based on live traffic.
  • Improved Map Options - TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 also includes smoother and faster map rendering, enhancing features such as live traffic, red light cameras and satellite view map layers. The application includes Multi Routes™, which recommends up to three routes to the destination with distance and estimated drive times based on traffic conditions.
  • New Widgets - Customizable Android widgets have been added for quick access to the information that on-the-go people need and use every day. Three TeleNav widgets are available for download on the Android home screen, including a map of the user’s current location, a one-box search field, and navigation with Home and Work commute times.

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 will be available later this month at no additional charge with Sprint’s Everything Data and Simply Everything plans, with optional premium features such as lane assist, speed trap, red light camera, speed limit notification and commute reports available for an additional $4.99 per month. Full press release is beyond the break.

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