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3 years ago

Watch UFC events live on your Android phone with UFC TV

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Settling in for UFC 133 tonight? If so, you'll want to grab the UFC TV app from the Android Market. The app itself allows for viewing live UFC events and if you have a device capable of HDMI out you can broadcast them direct your TV plus, you get to view all the press conferences and weigh-ins live for free. Live events and past events do cost you some money but the app itself is free. Pretty decent app for UFC fans out there. Download link can be found past the break.

Thanks, Mike for sending this in!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 6, 2011

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Apps. They make the world go round. OK, well maybe not quite, but they are an enjoyable part of the Android platform and finding new ones can be a bit difficult at times. With so many apps in the market it can be hard to find the right one for you, so let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorites.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Fieldrunners HD

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Tower defense games, a genre as old and time-tested as... well, at least that one mod I found for Warcraft III back in the day. At any rate, tower defense games seem a dime-a-dozen these days, especially on Android, but a strapping young whippersnapper looks to be the king of the heap.

For those of you who've played Robo Defense, you know it's the grandaddy of tower defense games on Android. Take Robo Defense's core gameplay mechanics (or any tower defense game's gameplay mechanics) and slap the shiniest, smoothest, most excellent graphics on them you can, and you've got Fieldrunners HD.

From a mechanical standpoint, Fieldrunners HD plays just like any other tower defense game. Set up towers (of which there are many), pew pew the bad guys, and earn monies for it. With your newly acquired cash, buy more towers, pew pew the bad guys... You see where I'm going with this. It isn't a bad thing Fieldrunners HD doesn't change the game, because the formula works. It's still fun.

The biggest selling point for this puppy are the graphics. Man, are those graphics gorgeous. I know it sounds like I'm blowing it out of proportion, but I can't get over it! You're looking at an early-days Android user who lived and breathed Robo Defense. When Robo Defense got a graphical overhaul not too long ago, I was pleased. But man, it doesn't touch Fieldrunners HD.

You've got full body motion on the troops you're trying to mow down, sound effects enabled by default, and at least on my device, not a stutter to be seen. You can even throw the whole round into 2x speed and it'll run like greased lightning. Like butter. Pick your cliche, cause it's good.

Other than that, there isn't much more to say. You've got three modes of difficulty, so start off easy to make yourself feel good, then ramp up the difficulty and watch the computer field-run circles around your vain efforts to shoot them down. It builds character, I hear.

Fieldrunners HD runs $2.99 a copy, which is an absolute steal for something this polished. It might be a bit more expensive than some other games in its genre, but they're not offering what Fieldrunners HD is offering.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Thumb Keyboard receives significant update to v4.3.2

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Finding the right keyboard for your tablet can be tough. It's like shopping for a smartphone really, different strokes for different folks and not any one app is going to cover everybody. That said; Thumb Keyboard certainly tries to cover all bases and requirements a user may run into and the latest update shows adds some pretty interesting features as you see in the video but here's a run down of them all:

  • Coverflow theme browser with 24 themes (more to come)
  • Option to adjust the width of the split keyboard to the range of your thumbs!
  • Customizable toolbar
  • Option to change the secondary symbols on the letter keys
  • Resizable font
  • Text shortcut buttons (save and re-enter much used phrases)
  • New prediction feature: predict next word based on previous one.
  • Better prediction by the use of new dictionaries
  • 4.3: new theme browser, lots of new themes, customizable sec. symbols
  • 4.3.2: new landscape layout with cursor keys, new themes

Having been using Thumb Keyboard on my Motorola Xoom for the past 24 hours now, I can safely say that it is leaps and bounds better then the built-in keyboard. Having customizable options is pretty awesome, especially being able to adjust the height of the keyboard, as standard settings for me seem too large. Add the themes added by WJD Designs and you've got a whole new look to your tablet. If you're shopping around for a new keyboard layout, give Thumb Keyboard a look. Screen shots and download links can be found beyond the break.

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3 years ago

Twitvid Android app now available

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Sharing videos on Twitter just got a little easier, with Twitvid releasing its own Android application. With it you'll be able to record photos and video, insert a message and then upload straight to Twitter. Sure, many Twitter clients already include that functionality. But if you want something that's straight to the point, without a lot lot of other functionality, Twitvid might be the way to go. It's free, and we've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Kids App: PopOut! Tale of Peter Rabbit

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Here's another nice title from the folks who brought us The Going to Bed Book. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a story most of us should know, if not still love. And it's available on Android in beautiful fashion.

It's not cheap -- running $5.19 U.S. -- but you get the entire story, with animated pictures on every page. It's a "pop-up" book, meaning there are little "tabs" you can pull to also make the character do things. Plus you can tap on each word of the story to have it repeated, helping teach a child to read. The optional background music also is wonderfully done.

We're not completely sold on the pricing, but the app is really well done. We've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

AutoCAD WS for Android sees over 1 million installs

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AutoCAD WS has just celebrated its 2-million-registered-users milestone, with a cool million of those being for the Android platform.  Launching for iOS back in September 2010, the huge influx of Android users that accounts for over half the install base comes in only three months time -- proving that there is a need for mobile CAD applications, and that people who develop and design intricate "stuff" also use and prefer Android.  Users aren't just looking and uninstalling either, as there have been 3.5 million drawings uploaded to AutoCAD WS since its inception. 

It may not be a fun 3D game, or an easy way to tell your friends what movie you're seeing, but AutoCAD WS does work well, and the folks behind it tease us about new features and the next release "in the coming weeks."  Keep up the great work, and congrats! 

If you want to have a look and see what all the fuss is about, hit the break for a download link. (Android 2.1 and higher)

Source: AutoCAD WS

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3 years ago

Android's Facebook app updated with bugfixes, design improvement

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The official Facebook app for Android just got itself a little update in the Android Market. Here's what's new in version 1.6.3:

  • Improved the design of the composer bar
  • Fixed a bug that made birthdays disappear
  • Fixed the Quick Contacts overlay in Friends
  • Fixed an issue that caused a crash on start after upgrade

Go get it now in the Android Market. We've got links after the break.

Thanks, isaiah32, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Tab Explorer

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You're floating on Cloud 9 at your new Xoom Tab 10.1 Thrive tablet purchase, but after a bit of messing around, you realize you need a file manager. How else can you make sure your Now That's What I Call Music (Vol. 1-9) collection makes it into the right place? Enter Tab Explorer.

Tab Explorer is pretty bare bones, but that's not to say it's bad. You don't need bells and whistles up the wazoo on your file manager, and for what it advertises, Tab Explorer delivers. You get a four-pane setup, and the deeper you go into a folder, for example, the more panels appear.

It's rather intuitive, pretty much like using ASTRO File Manager or Root Explorer on your phone, except you're afforded the luxury of seeing the location you just came from instead of a new folder taking up your entire screen.

There's also sorting options in the top-right corner of the screen, allowing you to sort by size, type, or name. You get a notification on-screen whenever you've chosen one, and if you want to use that same option, but reverse the order, pressing it again (or double-tapping it the first time) will get that result.

Tab Explorer also does picture and app sorting for you as well, and you can access either of those menus at the top of the screen. App sorting didn't do much for me, but it might be because I still don't have too many apps on my tablet. The picture viewing is cool because it lets you delete pictures straight off your device and also lets you rotate them without going into the gallery or a photo editor.

Tab Explorer comes in at $1.99, and while it's not as cheap (or free!) as some of it's competition, it's definitely a strong contender in the tablet file manager space. The developers also have a lite version on the Market that gives you full functionality for seven days, just so you can sample the delights before you invest.

As always, more pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

OpenFeint adds 230 games in past two months, holds 24 of top 100 spots in Android Market

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The folks at OpenFeint have sent out a press release that toots their own horn a bit, with very good reason.  The social gaming network is the largest of the bunch with 107 million users, and in just two months they have released 230 games -- 24 of which are in the top 100 list in the Android Market.  That's no small feat, especially when others are lagging behind and hiding behind cries of fragmentation instead of releasing new titles.  You can check out the list of the 24 best in the press release after the break.

In addition, the first portions of their next generation social gaming network with new player profiles, status updates, and player walls has started rolling out, and are now live on all 700 games for Android.  Sorry Apple fans, you'll have to wait until fall to see these features.  With Android massive global growth, it only makes sense to see developers and publishers focusing on the platform, and I predict this is a trend that will continue.  If you're a developer and are interested in using OpenFeint in your game, head to OpenFeint.com/Developers for more info, and be sure to drop us a line so we can check it out.  Read the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Paranormal Agency now available for Android

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After having launched some of their previous titles in the Android Market such as Supermarket Mania, Mahjong Artifacts, the folks from G5 entertainment have now gone ahead and launched one of their most popular titles there. Paranormal Agency has now landed and is available to all who like to dive into hidden object games. Paranormal Agency is available as a free download and supports In-App Purchase to unlock the full version. You can check out the full press release past the break or just skip on right to the download.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: The Marbians

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Android users love games. Especially physics-based games (if Angry Birds is any indication). But what are you to play after you've gotten three stars on every map in every season that's out thus far? You find a new game, like the Marbians.

The idea is simple enough: some aliens (see: Marbians) went and got themselves all crashed in Roswell, New Mexico circa 1947. Fortunately for everyone, they crash land in a box in someone's attic and want nothing more than to get home. That's where you come in.

The Marbians are trapped (live inside?) marbles, which makes it convenient enough for you to physics-bounce them around a level, collecting blue moon rocks and eventually bouncing them to their spaceship. You get one shot, and if you don't hit their UFO, you lose. The bottom-right corner of the screen has a restart button for times like this, so don't fret.

Like any physics-based game, you've got to play angles to your advantage, but despite the plethora of physics-based games out there, the Marbians still feels surprisingly fresh. Maybe it's the retro graphics or the old-timey feel, but the gameplay doesn't feel repetitive nor does it feel like a rehash of someone else's ideas.

Aside from just collecting moon rocks and flying away in UFOs, there's also trophies to collect (like the one I manage to snag in the video) and you can partner your game with your Facebook account, just to show your friends how much of a nerd you are good you are at this game. There's also more levels to play, but you need to unlock them by collecting more moon rocks. Such is life.

The first six levels of the Marbians are free to play, and you can unlock the other 70 or so with an in-app purchase. I think that's a stellar move by the developers to give you a chance to see if you fancy the game without sweating bullets about the 15-minute refund window. You've got nothing to lose (except maybe some time on the trickier levels), but for those who're hooked, download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Kids App: The Going to Bed Book

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I think there's zero shame in admitting I'm actually pretty excited for this Android kids app. Chances are if you've had kids in the past 20 years or so, you've read them a book from Sandra Boynton. Blue Hat, Green Hat; Moo Baa La La La; Hippos Go Berserk; But Not The Hippopotamus.

And, of course, the Going to Bed Book, which is now available on Android. The app is exquisitely done by Loud Crow Interactive, going so far as to keep the feel of the original indestructible book, which you'll notice when you turn the page.

You can choose to have the book read to you -- narrated by Billy J. Kramer (the Cow Planet guy!) -- or you can read it yourself. Tapping on an individual word repeats it, which is great for teaching the young ones to recognize words. The characters on each page are interactive, with a couple of surprise (one of which we show you in the video above). There's also music that can be controlled via a slider on the first screen.

Will this replace reading actual physical books to your kids? Nah. There's the slobber factor, and I don't want anyone chewing on a $600 tablet. But it's still pretty darn cool, and well worth a quick $2. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Dex Mobile

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Whether constantly on the go in new areas that you are not familiar with, or just looking for a new place to dine or how expensive the gas around you is, many of us want access to all this information with one simple click. Dex Mobile is a rather new application that is available in the Android Market free of charge that allows users to collect all this information, and more with just one simple click.

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3 years ago

Even more Berenstain Bears titles headed to the Android Market

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It's posts like these that make me realize how old I am -- for better or worse. I remember reading Berenstain Bears books as a child and now times have changed so much that the books can now be downloaded and listened to, and followed along with on numerous devices. That said; you can expect more Berenstain Bears titles to start showing up in the Android Market as  OceanHouse Media and Harpers Collins have a new agreement in place to bring the Berenstain Bears books to the digital front:

“The Berenstain Bears omBooks continue to be one of our most beloved app series,” said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to expand the number of these treasured books in our omBook collection thanks to our wonderful partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books.”

You can find the full press release after the break, or you can just head on over to the Android Market right now and grab some of the currently available titles.

Source: PRWeb

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