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3 years ago

Android App Review: Barcode Scanner

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This one's a classic, and with 10 to 50 million installs, it should be. Most of you have probably heard of it, but for those who haven't, it's called Barcode Scanner and you're going to want to get it.

Barcode Scanner is pretty straightforward. Open up the app, line up a barcode in between the rectangular viewfinder, and you're off to the races. If you're scanning traditional barcodes, Barcode Scanner will give you price comparisons on whatever product you're looking at as well as user reviews.

What really makes Barcode Scanner something you'll want to download is the fact it scans and reads QR codes. For those who don't know, QR codes are those black-and-white squares found at the end of all of our app reviews. They usually contain data like a text file, or in this case, a link to an app on the Market. Having Barcode Scanner at your disposal means you can just scan the code and get taken to the app in the Market, no searching necessary.

Barcode Scanner also has some cool sharing options. You can send information you scan to someone via a text message or you can share it on any number of networks you've downloaded on your phone. That includes email, bluetooth, or in my case, Google+. It's another simple and intuitive way to get the word out about something you scanned and makes it easy on others trying to access the same information.

Barcode Scanner is completely free to download and totally ad-free as well. It's a small app with no frills about it. You can scan barcodes (and QR codes) and that's about it.

If you've got an Android phone, you probably already have it, but in case you don't, download links and a few more screenshots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Koi Live Wallpaper

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There's a live wallpaper for everyone, and if you're looking to be soothed by a tranquil, digital koi pond, then this is the one for you.

Koi Live Wallpaper does exactly what the name implies: puts up a koi pond with fish swimming around in it. At first glance it's just decent. The background image doesn't look quite right and the fish look a little too pixelated and on the foreground for it to settle correctly. Fortunately, once you actually select the wallpaper, it's harder to notice those details.

You're able to create ripples on the screen by tapping, although it doesn't do much (anything) to the fish. A double-tap drops some food flakes into the water and all the fish come out to eat some grub. It's a nice little bit of interactivity that at least offers some moments of entertainment.

One of the strongest parts of the wallpaper is its settings menu. The settings menu is only available if you buy the donate version, but it's pretty comprehensive. From the settings menu you can choose your ideal background, modify things like rain speed (if any), plants in the water (if any), and edit your fish.

The fish editing is probably the coolest single option, if only because it showcases how many different koi you can have, and you can edit their sizes, too. The wallpaper defaults you around six fish (and only two or three colors) when you first download, but I quickly changed that.

The Koi Live Wallpaper is free in the Android Market, or, if you've just gotta have access to the settings menu, 99 cents. We've got download links and more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Epson iPrint application now available for Android

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Have an Epson wireless printer and want to be able to print from your Android device using it? You're in luck. The Epson iPrint application has a lot of the features you may be looking for an is now available for download.

Key Features:

  • Print, scan and share directly from an android smartphone or tablet
  • Print photos and web pages
  • Access and print online files from Box.net, Dropbox, and Evernote
  • Use the built-in Web browser to find and print a web page
  • Configure print options including paper size and type, number of copies and page range
  • Scan from an Epson all-in-one and share the file
  • Check your printer’s status and ink levels
  • Get help with a built-in FAQ section

Epson iPrint is compatible with Android OS 2.1 or later and is available for free worldwide on the Android Market. You'll find the download link past the break, as well as the full press release.

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3 years ago

Let's play some Football, Madden 12 out now!

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Just in time for the start of the regular season, the latest installment in the hugely popular Madden franchise arrives in the form of EA's Madden 12. You guys know the score -- all the official teams, over 2500 official players, this is once again being billed as the "ultimate football experience." 

It'll set you back £4.86 in the UK, which roughly translates to around $7 or $8 stateside. It only requires Android 2.1 and up, so what are you waiting for? 

Hit up the download link after the break!

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3 years ago

Mozilla working on a tablet specific version of Firefox, show a peek at the new UI

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If you have a Honeycomb tablet, I know you're aware of just how great some of the apps can look and feel.  It looks like Mozilla is aware as well, and are hard at work building a tablet specific version of Firefox Mobile.  Based on the same core code as the existing Firefox Mobile browser, the user interface looks to be receiving some very nice changes for the extra screen real estate that a tablet provides.  All the familiar features are there, including the awesomebar, and so far the biggest change looks to be the way tabs are shown and navigated.  In portrait mode, you'll have a button near the address bar that opens a menu of your running tabs, and in landscape, you'll have a persistent scrollable bar on the left with previews of each running tab.  We are pretty excited to see what the folks at Mozilla cook up next, as there's a space for the "perfect" web browser on a tablet that's still wide open.  You can see a few more pictures at the source link.

Source: Ian Barlow

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3 years ago

Foursquare gets a UI update, all while adding some new features

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The latest Foursquare update is now rolling out if you haven't already grabbed it by now. The update brings some UI enhancements along with it, making the app overall easier to navigate and make your way through. Check-In and venue pages got a bit of a facelift and images are now shown in-line on your friends tab, as well -- you'll find now showing has moved to the Places tab. Nothing too drastic but the folks at Foursquare are making the app look better with every build they put out, download link past the break for you.

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3 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Galactic Core Live Wallpaper

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I remember when live wallpapers came out on Android. Everyone was freaking out about how cool they looked, and people were either elated their phone had the specs to run them or were crestfallen because their phone didn't. One of Google's built-in wallpapers was a galaxy. People thought it was awesome and it was used in a lot of demo videos.

Quite simply, this wallpaper puts Google's to shame. Galactic Core Live Wallpaper is easily the most stunning galaxy live wallpaper I've seen, if not the best and most gorgeous live wallpaper I've seen at all. It's bright, brilliant, and runs like a champ.

Using touch alone, you can move the galaxy up and down, giving you different angles to gaze. There's no multitouch for zooming, which is a little disappointing, if not expected. I'm not sure anyone incorporates that into their wallpapers, but it would have been a killer touch.

If you've opted for the paid version (and you should), there's an awesome settings menu waiting for you to tweak things. Galaxy zoom, rotation speed, and rotation direction are all there. You can also change the camera speed (for when you're changing the angle) and uncap the framerate, if you're using a device that'll churn higher than 60 fps.

The best part of the settings menu is the color section, that allows you to determine what the three colors in your galaxy will be. It's all slider-based, which isn't great for accuracy, but with enough toying, you'll get the shades you want. You can end up making some pretty bizarre (and beautiful) galaxies using less-traditional colors, so spend a few minutes with it. You'll be glad you did.

The Galactic Core Live Wallpaper has a free version, but if you want to access the plethora of settings available to you, I'd opt for the donate version, which is a cheap 99 cents. If you're not quite convinced, we've got download links and more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Rio - Airfield Chase update now available

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The latest Angry Birds Rio update is now available in the Android Market and with the new airfield chase level episode, that means you get 15 new levels to jam away at. We're sure you'll have them beat in a matter of just a few hours. Still reading this? Why? Hit the break for the download.

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3 years ago

OnStar announces RemoteLink application enhancements - Send directions from your smartphone to vehicle

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If you're riding around in an OnStar equipped vehicle like the Chevy Malibu we checked out not too long ago, then you'll be happy to hear the latest news from OnStar. They've just announced some forthcoming enhancements to their RemoteLink application that will help you get to where you need to go more efficiently. (This is what we saw an early preview of way back at Google IO 2010.) On Aug. 30 -- when the application update goes live -- it will include the ability to search for destinations on your device and send them to your vehicle, providing audible turn-by-turn directions to your destination.

“Our customer focus is simple connectivity and a seamless user experience,” said Steve Schwinke, OnStar director Advanced System Design. “RemoteLink’s navigation enhancement offers our customers another choice in how they get directions, whether they’re in their car, on their computer, or using their compatible smartphone.”

Users can type in a destination, select an address from their contact list or speak the destination using voice search. Up to five destinations can be stored, and reused from your device so that you'll always have the most important ones available. If you have an OnStar-equipped vehicle, and don't already have the RemoteLink app -- you'll find it past the break.

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Zombieville USA

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It's something we've all thought about -- the zombie apocalypse. Hordes of undead, clawing their way out of the ground, looking for some savory brains to snack on. There's been many a game about it, and Zombieville USA looks to continue that proud lineage of "don't let zombies eat you" games on Android.

The gameplay is simple enough: avoid zombies and use either melee attacks or firearms to remove them from your path. Each kill (but how can you kill that which is already dead?) earns you a couple of bucks to use on health, guns, or melee weapons once you've cleared a level.

There's also houses to loot (yes, loot) along the way. Simply tap on a door and your character will hop into a house and you'll be either rewarded with ammunition or cash. The houses serve a dual (and awesome) purpose, though. Not only are you rewarded by going into a house, you're also off the streets, meaning zombies just walk on by. It's a great strategic tool to help you plan an ambush or get out of the line of fire eating.

There's also seven different characters for you to choose from, which gives you a little wiggle room depending on your play style. There's guys like the survivor, who is your run-of-the-mill zombie slaying guy. He planned ahead but doesn't have any special powers. There's also a SWAT team member, a ninja, and a doctor, to name a few. All of them have different strengths and weaknesses.

Zombieville USA is a pretty hilarious game with a kickin' soundtrack, to boot. It runs well, and despite the title screen being totally messed up on my EVO 3D, the game itself fills out the screen correctly once you've started playing. Zombieville USA is $1.99 in the Android Market if you're looking to put some zombies back in their place (which is in the ground, duh).

Download links and more screenshots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Gravity Wins

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here's a great little twist on an old favorite. Gravity Wins takes your old Connect Four game and turns it on its head. And its side. And keeps doing so until somebody wins.

The idea is simple. Just like traditional Connect Four, you drop checkers down the slots, trying to get four of your pieces in a row, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Only in Gravity wins, the board rotates clockwise 90 degrees every five moves, dropping all the pieces to the bottom. (Thus the game's name.) It's a little frustrating at first, but soon enough you'll start thinking about where your pieces -- and your opponent's pieces -- will end up.

Gravity Wins has a single-player mode, or you can play against a friend on the same phone. There's a lite and paid version available. (With annoying video ads in the former.) Download links to the free version are after the break.

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3 years ago

EA officially rolls out free version of Tetris

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EA's had Tetris in the Android Market for some time now, and a free version recently soft-launched. Today, EA's officially announced the ad-supported version. And it's the same excellent gameplay you've come to know. Tap to rotate, slide to move, drag down to drop slowly, and flick to send pieces crashing downward. The in-game ads aren't terribly intrusive, though we could do without the interstitials, which should look familiar if you've ever played Words with Friends.

Full presser and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: bytNotes

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If you're anything like me, you take notes. I takes notes on Post-Its, I take notes in my schoolwork, and I take notes on my phone. What I haven't been able to do up until now, though, is take notes and assign them to contacts. BytNotes looks to remedy that problem by letting everyone do just that.

BytNotes is pretty simple. You create a new note, then assign it to a contact. When they call, the note pops up and reminds you about whatever you wrote about. You can either close the note out or close it and dismiss it. Simply closing it will have it pop up again when they next call, where dismissing it keeps it from returning.

Setup is easy and the app works well. My only complaint is that you have to close the note before you're able to answer a call. Maybe I don't want to close it. Maybe I need to get STRAIGHT to the call. I should have this option.

Otherwise, if you're the note taking (or forgetful) type, I'd recommend bytNotes. It's $1.01 in the Android Market.

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

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 27, 2011

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Apps! Apps! Come get your apps! Hit the break with us as we take a look at some of our favorite applications from this week while you continue to keep yourself safe and out of the way of the incoming hurricane!

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Sheep Impact

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

This one's a simple one, but still worth your time. It's called Sheep Impact, and the whole premise of the game is that you fly around in a hot air balloon, rescuing sheep that are inexplicably strapped to dynamite.

Sheep Impact is one of those "ascend when you touch the screen" games, so essentially, you're trying to time to descent correctly so you can pick up the sheep (done by running into them) and then ascending before you crash into anything. It's exactly what you'd expect if you played any games in this genre, so you know what you're getting.

Graphically, Sheep Impact is simple but cutesy, if I'm allowed to say that. Colors are bright and sheep look, well, like sheep. Because of the simple graphics, the game hums along nicely on my EVO 3D, but I'd imagine you'd still get great performance on lower spec'd phones.

Scoring is done via a medal system, so nabbing all the sheep nets you a gold medal. Miss one (or some), you get a silver, so on and so forth. Grabbing the coveted gold becomes more difficult as you venture into the later levels, because more and more sheep keep getting tacked on to your list to rescue.

Sheep Impact is 99 cents in the Android Market. If you're looking for a fair bit of fun and this game is your style, we've got download links after the break.

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