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3 years ago

Google Calendar update adds notification dismissal sync

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Feature first implemented in Google+ app now makes its way to Calendar

An update to Google Calendar is rolling out in the Play Store today that enables a single feature, but it's an important one – notification dismissal sync across devices. First unveiled at Google I/O 2013 as a new service, the notification dismissal sync will clear calendar notifications on all of your other devices as soon as it is dismissed (by swiping or entering the app) on one device.

If the feature sounds familiar, you may recall that Google quickly added it to the Google+ app when it added a redesigned notifications system across both its apps and web. Google is doing its best to lead by example here, and we sure hope that more developers will implement this service into their own apps and keep our notification bars clean(er) — especially with increasing usage of tablets alongside phones.

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3 years ago

Google working with Netflix to solve Android 4.3 lock up problem

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Putting some Android 4.3 devices to sleep while using Netflix causes freezing

Android Central forums member WwonderLlama has posted about problems he is having using his new Chromecast to watch Netflix:

I just updated my Nexus 4 to [Android] 4.3 via the OTA. That afternoon, I got my Chromecast in the mail. After playing with it for a while, I've found that if I start casting something from my Nexus 4 and lock the screen (just clicking the power button), after a few seconds, the Chromecast audio will stutter and then my Nexus 4 will be hard-locked. I can't get it back without doing a hard reset.

He is not alone, as many people -- specifically those with the Nexus 4 or 2013 Nexus 7 -- are having freezing issues when using Netflix on Android 4.3. Once the app is opened, sleeping the display will lock the device up, forcing a reboot by holding the power button.

Considering the emphasis Google put on Netflix to promote the recently released Chromecast, Google has taken specific interest in finding a solution. Googler Dan Morrill posted on Reddit that "we have top men working on it now." Until these top men send out an update, be sure to keep those Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7 screens on when watching Netflix on Chromecast.

via: Android Police; More: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S3 getting Android 4.1.2 OTA now

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Initial reports of users receiving the update has begun, still no official change log.

After its first major update from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean earlier this year, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 is receiving another considerable update. The phone will still be on Android Jelly Bean, but it gets a version bump from Android 4.1.1 up to Android 4.1.2 (build JZO54K.I747UCDMG2).

Users are reporting an update file size of over 220 MB, which is definitely on the larger side. Some have had success downloading over LTE, while others have said they were forced to download over WiFi. It is also being reported by users that this update includes Samsung's multiwindow feature.

Keep an eye out for that update notification, and join the rest of our members in the forums to discuss the changes and fixes in the AT&T Galaxy S3's latest update.

Thanks, xisruno and Keith!

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3 years ago

BBC Media Player updated with Android 4.3 support

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A heads-up for newly-upgraded Android 4.3 users in the UK — the BBC Media Player app has been updated with support for the latest version of Google's OS. Previously, users who'd upgraded to 4.3 after downloading the player would've been able to continue using it, but if you tried to download it from Google Play using a 4.3 device you'd be out of luck. (The same applies to the BBC iPlayer app, as it happens.)

The app allows users to stream content from the Beeb through their mobile browser of choice, including BBC iPlayer content on the web. That's significant because the dedicated iPlayer app itself hasn't been updated with Android 4.3 support yet. So if you're coming from a fresh installation of Android 4.3, you can now get BBC video content on your device — you'll just have to use your web browser until iPlayer is updated to support Android 4.3.

As always, we should point out that most of the cool stuff that can be accessed through the BBC's player is still exclusive to TV license fee payers in the UK. If that's you, hit the Google Play link up top to grab the latest version of the app.

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3 years ago

Catch Notes service shutting down after Aug. 30

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Current users have until the shut down date to download their data through Catch.com

After years of service to its web and mobile users, Catch Notes has made the difficult decision to shut down its services. One of a growing number of free note-taking apps, Catch Notes offered the capturing of voice, photo, and text for use online and offline, as well as checklists, reminders, and collaboration between friends.

Service will shut down after August 30, which is why the company urges all users to download their data from the Catch.com website before the deadline. Full directions are available at the Catch Help Center.

Disenfranchised users will likely be looking for other services to replace their beloved Catch. Evernote offers free and subscription-based services, while Springpad offers all of its services free of charge. There is also Google's official app Keep, which offers a simpler solution. Check out the Applications Forum for more ideas.

Source: CatchThanks Rachel!

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3 years ago

Microsoft Office now available on Android phones, for subscribers only

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You can now get Office on your Android phone — assuming you fit into a very specific group of people

Microsoft has today launched Office Mobile for Android phones, a new app for Office 365 subscribers that allows them to view and edit their Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other documents on their Android phones.

But you'll need to be an Office 365 subscriber to get in on the spreadsheet-based action — Microsoft isn't offering a free version of the app right now. Nor is it opening things up internationally — the app is U.S.-only at the moment, though The Verge writes that Microsoft plans to open up to other markets gradually. Finally, it's also a phone-only app at present — sadly there's no Android tablet support in this release.

Regardless, if you're living in (and paying for) the Microsoft Office ecosystem, the new app looks attractive enough, and offers the kind of quick, basic editing experience you'll likely want on a smartphone. Hit the Google Play link up above to grab the app.

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3 years ago

Google Catalogs app to be discontinued from August 15

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Support for the Google Catalogs mobile app for Android and iOS is to be withdrawn from Aug. 15, an in-app message is telling users.

Google Catalog, which launched with festive cheer around the 2011 holiday season, allowed users to browse through virtual catalogs from major brands. However 18 months later the app's installation count sits between the 50-100,000 install level, and it's this lack of user adoption that's likely behind Google's decision to mothball the app. The company has become more aggressive in pruning less-used services in recent months, after all.

Catalogs will continue to be available on the web at google.com/catalogs after the mid-August cut-off, Google says.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Galaxy S4 MoDaCo Switch Indiegogo campaign quickly reaches its fundraising goal

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Over £1,000 raised on Indiegogo with 17 campaign days still remaining

After initially being announced only for the HTC One, an Indiegogo fundraising campaign was started to bring support for the MoDaCo Switch to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The MoDaCo Switch will enable one set of user data and apps to be shared by two different versions of the Android operating system: the Samsung TouchWiz version of Jelly Bean, and the "Google Edition" version of Android Jelly Bean. This allows one phone to switch back and forth between software versions, making changes to one side (like installing apps) that are also reflected on the other.

A goal of £1,000 was set on Indiegogo to bring the Switch to the Samsung Galaxy S4, which was exceeded with over two weeks still left in the campaign. The following update was given in response to the donators' support:

Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far, you're all awesome and it's fantastic we've hit the target already. I'm not setting stretch goals per se, but all subsequent donations help get us towards the ultimate goal of making Switch available for all ROM developers to use and thereby all devices. Switch is for you - Android fans. :-)

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3 years ago

Titanium Backup updated with Android 4.3 support

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Scheduled job power conditions, data exclusion for media storage, and bugfixes also added

When Android 4.3 was released, those who root their phones updated and quickly rooted with the only Superuser app that was working at the time. The next thing many of those same people probably did was try to restore their apps using Titanium Backup, only to be greeted with a blank list of backed up applications.

Thankfully, Titanium Backup's fame is only exceeded by it's update frequency. A new update has been pushed to the Play Store, adding initial support for Android 4.3. Further compatibility will likely come soon in subsequent updates.

Along with the added Android 4.3 support, a few new features were added, and a few bugs have been fixed. Read past the break for the change log, and follow the Play Store button above to update or download.

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3 years ago

Transit App launches on Android for all your public transportation needs

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Real-time routing available in 43 major cities across the United States

Transit App has gotten quite a reputation with the iOS folks. Now, the Google Maps alternative for public transportation is also available for Android. The app works in 43 major cities including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.

It offers real-time public transit schedules, a multi-modal trip planner showing the four fastest ways to your destination, saves frequently used routes as favorites, and promises always up-to-date data.

Of course, this is a new release, and there are still some kinks to work out. I could only get "out of range" errors when trying to navigate around town in Boston using my Nexus 4, despite it being listed as an officially supported city. My route from JFK to John's Pizza on Bleaker St. worked great, though. Check it out for yourself with the Play Store link up top.

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3 years ago

One week with Locket, the lockscreen app that pays to show you ads [Updated]

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Upate: Locket no longer pays users for ads. Instead, the company is saying that it is just pushing out relevantly curated content to users on their lockscreen to add value. You can read more about the changes on Locket's blog

Original story: Swipe in, cash out. That's in Locket's description on Google Play, and it pretty much sums up the idea behind the lockscreen app. In a nutshell, you install it on your phone and see an advertisement every time you wake your phone. In exchange, you get paid a little. Very little.

Sounds horrible, doesn't it? Who wants to see adverts every time you turn on your phone? Thing is, Locket's done a pretty good job here. We've been using it for a week now, and it's time to share a few findings. Maybe we're doing so from the comfort of a newly purchased yacht. Or maybe we've managed to scrounge up a little extra beer money.

Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

US Airways finally gets an Android app

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Attention frequent flyers: US Airways finally has an Android app. (We'll pause as we let the cheers in Charlotte, N.C., subside. Everybody done? Good.)

The app hits all the buttons you'd expect. It ties into your Dividend Miles account. You can see your itineraries and check into flights, as well as access your boarding pass wallet. You can check on your flight status and book new flights, and you also can get terminal maps and check on clubs in whatever airport you're headed to. If you've lost a bag, you can check on that through the app as well.

All in all, not a bad app — though we're ignoring the horrible placement of the settings button, which really needs to be in a proper overflow menu. And while we're on the subject, the legacy overflow menu (seen here with the dots on the bottom right) doesn't even work on HTC devices. Fortunately, all that's tucked in there is a Home button, My trips, Flight status, check in and "more," all of which is available on that main screen anyway. So you won't be able to get to it universally throughout the app on an HTC device, but neither is it missing.

We've got a few more screen shots after the break, and you can download it at the link above.

H/t to @airlineflyer

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3 years ago

VSCO Cam coming to Android, in private beta now

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Some exciting new for fans of mobile photography — VSCO Cam is coming to Android. Currently in private beta, it'll first see release on a few of the current high-end phones and should hit more Android 4.0-and-up devices after release.

What's the big deal about VSCO Cam? It's long been a must-have app for serious mobile photogs on iOS. Here's what our cousins at iMore.com had to say about it:

The thing I love so much about VSCO Cam is that is gracefully balances what we want and need to quickly edit with ease of use. When I'm out and about, I don't necessarily want to spend twenty minutes trying to learn how to use an app or applying filter upon filter before finally exporting to m  camera roll and sharing to whatever social services I'd like from there. I just want to share my memories as quickly as possible and tinker later if I feel the urge.

VSCO Cam lets you edit basic elements such as the temperature, exposure, contrast, cropping, and rotating natively. Along with that, you can apply a selection of gorgeous filters. If the ones that come for free aren't enough, you can also buy packs or individual filters that will be added to your library. Once you're done, you can instantly upload your photo to the social network of your choice including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, and via email.

VSCO Cam also is a favorite of our pal Martin Reisch — aka Safe Solvent — which frankly is about all the endorsement we need. Says Martin:

Primarily what I appreciate most about VSCOcam is the subtlety of it's filter system. The quality of images coming from mobile phones at this point no longer require the heavy handed filters that are built into Instagram and so that's where VSCOcam shines. The ability to slightly tweak a shot without ruining the details or overly crushing the blacks or bumping the saturation means that with a few taps, you've got an image that has mood, without losing the details.

No word on when, exactly, VSCO Cam will come out of beta. It's currently testing on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, and on the HTC One.

You can apply to be a beta tester at the link below.

More: VSCO Cam

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3 years ago

Zagat gets a new look on both the web and your smartphone

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Get the very best restaurants and nightspots right at your fingertips with the all new Zagat

It's been a while since Google did anything with the Zagat franchise they purchased back in 2011, but if you're a fan of the crowd-sourced restaurant rating application genre, you'll likely love what they've done with it. First off, everything is now 100-percent free, and a whole lot of people love free. Mostly though, it's the new modern look and feel they've created in their Android and iOS apps and the website. 

Bright, cheery and card-based, it still ties in to services like Google+ and Google Maps to keep you informed about the best places to get your grub on. With curated lists like Restaurants with the Best Food in Washington, D.C. (Obelisk in DuPont Circle has the best Italian west of Roma -- no lie) you'll have access to trusted opinions and ratings.

Zagat still only serves a handful of cities (Austin, Boston, Chicago, LA, NYC, Philly, San Francisco and DC) but if you're a local or plan on traveling, you should give this one a spin. Your stomach will thank you.

Source: Zagat

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3 years ago

Google Shopper app reaches its expiration date Aug. 30

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Google encourages Shopper users to instead use Google Search or its shopping webpage

Google Shopper, an app with over 10 million downloads that set out to help consumers find product information as well as organize shopping lists that were sharable with friends, is being shut down on Aug. 30. "Building a seamless shopping experience across all devices" is Google's reasoning behind the shut down, as they push for use of other products.

Shopper users are being directed towards other Google services to replace the Google Shopper functionalities, such as Google's search page, the Google Search app, and google.com/shopping. While these services do not offer a complete replacement for Google Shopper, they will allow users to compare prices, shop on mobile devices, find local products and reviews, and view product photos.

It seems consolidation is the theme around Mountain View lately.

Source: Google Commerce

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