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2 years ago

Dropbox update adds new streaming features and Korean language support

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Cloud storage service Dropbox has updated its official Android app to version 2.1.4, introducing a couple of new features that some may find useful. Firstly, Korean language support has been added, opening the app up to the multitudes of Korean Android users. And Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich users get a "custom-tailored" video streaming interface, which it seems plays a little more nicely with virtual buttons on ICS devices. 

To pick up the latest version, head to the "My Apps" section of the Google Play Store app, or use the web interface to install from scratch. 

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2 years ago

Microsoft releases on{X} automation app for Android

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In one of the day's stranger announcements, Microsoft has announced a brand new smartphone automation service for Android devices, dubbed on{X}. On{X} combines an Android application with a Javascript-based back-end, hosted on Microsoft's onx.ms site, and allows numerous tasks to be triggered based on location, date, speed, weather and countless other conditions. Essentially, it's a bit like Tasker, only controlled remotely via a web interface, with a few more options.

Conspicuously absent is any support for Microsoft's own smartphone OS, Windows Phone. As on{X}'s functionality relies on capabilities not present in Windows Phone, the Android platform is a natural place to test things out while Microsoft prepares the next version of its OS.

To get started, you'll need to grab the app from Google Play, and sign in using your Facebook account. Then, from the onx.ms site, you can add rules based upon MS's own "recipes," through a visual interface, or by directly editing code. Once you're done, you can even upload your own recipes for others to use -- a surprisingly open approach from the team at Microsoft.

Unfortunately we haven't had much luck getting the Facebook login to work, so bear in mind that things may be a little shaky to begin with.

Hit the link below to get started, or join us after the break for Microsoft's introductory video. And if you've managed to get it working, be sure to let us know got on down in the comments.

More: On{X} on Google Play; Source: WPCentral

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2 years ago

Google acquires Quickoffice, looks to bring tech to Google Apps suite

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Google is to acquire mobile office app-maker Quickoffice, the company has announced on its official blog. Describing its new acquisition as a "leader in mobile productivity solutions" with "an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats," Google said it'll work to "[bring] their powerful technology to our Apps product suite." The most obvious candidate here is the mobile app for Google Drive, the new cloud storage service which replaced Google Docs a few months ago.

Google also committed itself to supporting existing Quickoffice users following the acquisition, so even after Quickoffice's tech has made its way into Google products, the stand-alone app will remain. However, it's unclear whether the Google buy-out will affect existing deals with manufacturers and carriers that see Quickoffice pre-loaded on some handsets.

This isn't the first time a major mobile platform player has acquired an office suite developer. RIM snapped up DataViz, creator of Documents To Go, back in 2010. For its part, DataViz has continued to develop for iOS and Android even after the acquisition.  We'll be watching with interest to see how things pan out with Google and Quickoffice.

Source: Google Blog

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2 years ago

AT&T's eco-friendly Samsung Exhilarate available June 10 for $50

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AT&T this morning announced that the Samsung Exhilarate, a 4-inch Android device that is the carrier's first eco-friendly device, made from 80 percent recycled material, will be available next week. (You might remember this guy from its announcement way back at CES in January.) It's also packaged with an energy-efficient charger. Spec-wise, it's got a Super AMOED display and dual-core Qualcomm Scorpion processor at 1.2 GHz. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3MP shooter up front. The Exhilarate also is an LTE-capable device, so it's got that going for it, which is nice. 

No, it's not the Galaxy S III. But it does have an actual release date of June 10 and will run just $50 on contract. AT&T's got some preview video after the break.

More: AT&T

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2 years ago

PlayStation Suite rebranded PlayStation Mobile, HTC named as first third-party hardware partner

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Sony has taken the stage at this years E3 and like Microsoft they came with some mobile news to share with everyone. Back when Sony Mobile was known as Sony Ericsson they launched the PlayStation Suite SDK to the masses however, it was only available for "PlayStation Certified" devices which naturally were all Sony devices. That has all changed now though as Sony has just announced PlayStation Suite will be rebranded to PlayStation Mobile and to help get things off right, they've gone ahead and named HTC as the very first third-party hardware partner. That begs the question. Will we finally get the PlayStation phone of our dreams now?

Source: Sony

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2 years ago

Watch the Microsoft Xbox SmartGlass presentation from E3!

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If you weren't watching the Microsoft Xbox keynote from E3 live online, or following the WPCentral liveblog -- which you really should have been doing might we add -- then fear not. Thanks to the WPCentral guys, the bit that might interest Android fans is here for you to view at your leisure. 

We're only really interested specifically in the Xbox SmartGlass announcement, which Microsoft today said will work with Android devices turning them into a second display for your Xbox. There's a chunk that might not end up being useful for us, but the wireless video streaming and second display stuff, well that looks mightily appetizing. 

We're looking forward to hearing more about this service and just exactly how it's going to pan out on Android, but in the meantime, enjoy.

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2 years ago

Microsoft unveils Xbox SmartGlass, "second screen" functionality heading to Android

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Our buddies over at WPCentral are out in LA right now enjoying the Xbox keynote presentation at E3. Microsoft presentations wouldn't really interest us much, but surprisingly there was a specific mention of Android. It seems the newly unveiled Xbox SmartGlass feature will be compatible with Android. 

It offers an Airplay-esque functionality, in that videos viewed on a tablet for example can be transferred over to the big screen and picked up where you left off. When viewing on the TV, the tablet then becomes a second screen, displaying additional content. An example shown off was with popular series Game Of Thrones, where the tablet became a map tracking all the on screen action. 

The keynote has just finished, so we'll be looking forward to further coverage on this from the guys over at WPCentral. 

More: WPCentral at E3

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2 years ago

Demolition Inc. escapes the Tegrazone and is available for non-Tegra devices

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Demolition Inc. is somewhat of a favorite of mine at the moment. Its blend of excellent graphics, simple addictive gameplay, and most importantly, blowing things up, makes for a fantastic mobile game. The only downer for many was it's reliance on a Tegra processor, meaning only a select few could enjoy it. Not so anymore, as the developers, Zeroscale Games, have released a version in the Google Play Store that is fully optimized for non-Tegra devices. Originally we'd heard it was due on April 26, but this is definitely a case of better late than never. 

The blowing things up aspect of the game is made ever better by a truly impressive physics engine. The developers say that nothing is pre-determined, and nothing is pre-animated. The actions taken by the player truly determine the chain of events. 

There is a kind of story behind all the destruction though. You play as Mike an alien demolition worker, who flies a UFO all over Earth causing destruction and havoc wherever he goes. Using various different 'tools' such as oil slicks, super glue, and even exploding cows, Mike guides the traffic into doing his bidding and causing the series of high-rise buildings to collapse.

It's a great game, and can only be helped by now becoming available to a wider audience. Demolition Inc. HD is available now for a price of $1.99/£1.59. The THD Tegra optimized version is available at the same price. You'll also find the trailer for the game after the break.

via Droid Gamers

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2 years ago

Instapaper app now available on Google Play

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While not quite the shocker that having the same Galaxy S III on all carriers, nobody really expected an Instapaper app for Android any time soon. Marco Arment, the creator of the service, has said as much on more than one occasion. Apparently the draw of running on six of every ten smartphones in the world has changed a few things and it's available tonight on Google Play. We'll have to give it a good look over before we pass any judgment, as it has big competition and Android is a whole different ballgame than iOS. Just a tip that you can download and install it tonight if you've been missing it. Grab at it the link below.

Download Instapaper for Android

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2 years ago

Instagram bug fixing update live in Google Play, app crashing issues fixed

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Photo sharing social network Instagram, has pushed out an update to its Android application which is live in the Google Play store now. It doesn't bring anything new to the table, but does promise to fix an issue with user images that was causing the app to crash. 

While small, judging by a couple of threads started down in the Android Central forums only this morning, it could be a valuable update. There seemed to be instances of sporadic crashing on the Galaxy S III, HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE in particular.  Hopefully any issues have now been fixed, but head on down to the forums or shout on the comments below and let us know how it's working for you guys. [Google Play Link]

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2 years ago

Bloodland: Kill. Zombies. Now.

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Turn your speakers up for this one, boys and girls. Zombies approach. Twenty levels, including "rush" and "survive" modes. We'll see you after the apocalypse.

Download: Bloodland (free)

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' App Picks for June 2, 2012

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You like apps, but don't want to spend hours finding the good ones? How about this -- hit the break with us and check out some of our favorites from this week? Who knows, they may become your favorites, and if not, be sure to let us know about some of your favorites!

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2 years ago

Digital Embers Live Wallpaper [Live Wallpaper Review]

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I've got to admit, ever since Google unveiled Honeycomb, with its TRON-like interface and emphasis on hexagons, I was hooked on that style. Something about digital honeycombs looked so cool to me, and as a result, I absolutely fell in love with the Digital Hive Live Wallpaper. D'Keesto has been keeping up in the wallpaper space, bringing us another entry in his "digital" line of live wallpapers, this time in the form of Digital Embers.

Digital Embers doesn't act like typical embers (bouncing around erratically and whatnot), but instead travels across the screen, usually left to right (or vice versa), igniting larger shapes from which the smaller embers radiate off of until the fade into nothingness. It's visually appealing as all getout (especially if you're easily entertained like yours truly), and if you touch anywhere on the screen, that area lights up with activity.

Hop into the settings menu and you'll see the wide variety of things you can tweak to really perfect your embery experience. There's options for your tile shape, spark shape, number of sparks, and spark color mode. You can also pick your colors here, using either single colors, colors based on battery level, or colors based off of the charging/discharging state of your device.

You can also alter how much the screen lights up when you touch a specific area and also give the wallpaper leeway to simulate screen touches (even if you're not), just to keep things interesting.

Overall, Digital Embers Live Wallpaper is great, as I'd expect from D'Keesto. It runs incredibly well, to the point that I'm not seeing any​ performance issues when swiping back and forth between screens on my old, archaic Tegra-2 tablet. (The horror!) If you're the type to venture into live wallpaper space and like what you see, I'd definitely suggest giving Digital Embers a shot.

Digital Embers Live Wallpaper is 99 cents in the Google Play Store. We've got screenshots, video, and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

SiriusXM satellite radio app gets a hefty update

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Android's SiriusXM app (yes, some of us love and use satellite radio over streaming services) just got itself a fairly decent update in the Google Play store. On tap are "enhancements and fixes to the following core features:"

  • Start Now - Go back in time up to 5 hours to hear previously aired programming on most channels
  • TuneStart - Hear songs from the beginning when tuning to music channels
  • Pause - Pause and resume live programming
  • Fast Forward & Rewind - Skip forward and back on many channels
  • Show Alerts - Reminders when your favorite shows begin
  • Album Art & Artist Bios
  • Improved reliability & sound quality

A decent update indeed. We've got a download link after the break should you need it.

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2 years ago

Google showing off 'next dimension' of Maps at event next week

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Press invites are going out for a Google Maps press event next Wednesday, June 6, where the company says it'll show off the "next dimension" of Maps. That'll be some sort of 3D offering then, we'd imagine. Right now the Google Maps web interface supports 3D features through WebGL, while the Android app can show 3D buildings and Street View images. So presumably whatever's next will be an expansion of these features, possibly bringing in elements of Google Earth, too.

Little solid information is presented with the invite, though attendees are promised a "behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps," as well as a demo of "some of the newest technology" and "upcoming features." These will apparently "help people get where they want to go -- both physically and virtually." So new 3D functionality is certainly a safe bet.

The event will take place just five days before the start of Apple's WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference), where Google's arch-rival is expected to unveil its own iOS maps solution. Right now Maps on iOS is powered by Google Maps, and recent reports have suggested Apple will look to re-vamp Maps with new 3D features, and a new non-Google back-end. (Thus depriving its foe of the associated ad revenue.)

The natural place for this kind of Google Maps announcement might've been the Google IO Developer Conference, which takes place in late June. But by strutting its 3D stuff a few weeks earlier, Google will be hoping to beat Apple to the punch. Whatever's shown off next week, you can bet Android will account for at least part of it, and so we'll be watching with interest next Wednesday.

Source: TNW

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