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3 years ago

Official Twitter app updated with new 'top tweets' feature, smoother animations

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It might be all doom and gloom for popular third-party Twitter clients, but at least the official app is getting some love. Twitter's own Android app has been updated to version 3.8 today, with a trio of new features alongside the usual big fixes. First up there's a new "top tweets" feature, which is supposed to make significant tweets from the past pop up when searching for specific topics. (We tried searching for "Election 2012" and "Olympics" to no avail, but Twitter had plenty of tweets to highlight when searching for "grumpy cat," including news of the disgruntled feline's upcoming appearance at SXSW.)

Other additions include the ability to see all replies to tweets in details view, and smoother animations for pull-to-refresh in the "Discover" tab.

Has the recent drama over user tokens for third-party apps got you back on the official Twitter client? Let us know what you think of this update down in the comments! If you're giving it a try for the first time, check the handy Google Play link above.

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3 years ago

Endomondo adds a couple premium features

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Fitness app Endomondo got itself an update today that brings a pair of new premium features, as well as a couple nuggets for the cheap seats.

New for those who shelled out for the full version are "Heart Rate Zones" and weather information in the workout summary area. 

For everyone, there's also altitude data in the summary, and you can now see and join challenges from within the app itself. There also are the requisite bugfixes.

The the link above to get your update on.

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3 years ago

Opera browser beta: Starting the move to WebKit

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Opera has announced that it is making the switch to WebKit, and they're giving everyone a look at their first effort with a beta version of the browser packing the new engine. Building on top of that new engine, the Opera browser beta brings along new features that are meant to help speed up browsing, as well as a new interface design.

Hang around after the break and see how the first WebKit-based Opera browser beta performs.

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3 years ago

Team Coco app now supports phones, full episode streaming

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The Conan O'Brien Team Coco app now supports phones as well as full episode streaming right inside the app. Previously, the app was only available for tablets, which didn't make a whole lot of sense. The new update opens things up to phones, and has a pretty solid UI to go along with it. You have access to videos, photos, articles and show schedule from a slide-in panel on the left, and a video clip viewer on the main page.

You can also now "sync" your phone with the TV broadcast for enhanced functionality while watching, or even watch full episodes on demand in the app. The Team Coco app still shows ads, unfortunately, but surely has a lot of increased functionality in this latest update. You can grab a download from the Play Store at the link above.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Stellar receiving Jelly Bean OTA

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Verizon has published support documents indicating that the Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy Stellar is on its way out. The update to Android 4.1 -- software version JZO54K.I200VRBMA1 -- is rolling out to devices OTA (Over The Air) now, and weighs in at a hefty 403MB. Users will see several improvements from Jelly Bean, such as Google Now, expandable notifications and Project Butter. The update also brings support for 64GB SDcards, improved networking and removes the Verizon app store.

If you have a Galaxy Stellar, be on the lookout for the update notification to hit your device. As always, you can check for the update manually via the "About phone" menu as well. Once downloaded, expect your device to be out of commission for about 15 minutes while it installs. If you want a little more information on the update, hit the source links below.

Source: Verizon; Instructions (PDF)

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3 years ago

Google Play turns one year old, kicks off a week of special deals

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The rebranding of Android Market to Google Play happened just one year ago today, and to celebrate Google is offering discounts, gift cards and exclusive in-game content. The deals range from free books and music to discounted movies and TV rentals, as well as new Android-themed additions to some games. Deals seem to differ depending on the country and region, but this is what we're looking at for the U.S. Three different games -- Gnome Village, Royal Revolt and Yumby Smash -- all have new free levels, discounts on in-app purchases or exclusive characters available for a limited time. Fancy, Hotels.com and Gyft are all offering discounts on purchases made from the app or giving away free gift cards to be redeemed in-app as well.

There are 11 deals in total for today, but the page also says that this is kicking off an entire week of deals on different content, so be sure to check back and see what they offer in the coming days.

Source: Google Play

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3 years ago

The latest Chrome Beta brings password and autofill sync to Android

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There's an update to the Chrome beta channel for Android, bumping it to version 26.0.1410.26. Along with a new number comes some fixes and enhancements that are important, but the real news here is that this version also includes support for password sync and autofill sync. 

That means that any other instances of Chrome (version 26 or higher) you've signed into and set up can now share things like log in details, or your address for web forms, or any text field that has a common label. This is great news if you visit a lot of sites on the web and have Chrome set up to securely remember your passwords, and the autofill sync is a blessing if you buy a lot of stuff online. 

Of course, you can also opt to turn this off if you use another method to manage your passwords and personal details. Chrome beta for Android works with phones and tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher. You can download it, or update, from the Google Play link above.

Source: Chrome Releases blog

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3 years ago

Humble Bundle 5 brings six games in one awesome deal

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There's no better way to get a handful of awesome Android applications for one low price than the Humble Bundle, and it's back in its fifth iteration with up to six titles. The gist is that you pay whatever you want and get these four apps:

  • Beat Hazard Ultra, a musically powered arcade shooter
  • Dynamite Jack, a 2-D stealth action game
  • Solar 2
  • NightSky HD, a physics puzzler

And if you opt to pay more than the average price (which as of this writing is a little more than $5 -- that'll change as time goes on), you also get Super Hexagon and Dungeon Defenders.

Plus, you can choose for some of your purchase to go to the Electronic Fronteir Foundation and the Child's Play Charity, which helps bring technology and games to children in hospitals. (Humble Bundle says it's donated more than $10 million to date.)

So peep the video above, and hit the link below for Humble Bundle 5.

More: Humble Bundle

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3 years ago

Super Hexagon update helps with lag on Nexus 7, other devices

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Super Hexagon, that ridiculously difficult and ridiculously awesome game from Terry Cavanaugh, received an update today that, among other things fixes input lag on a number of devices, notably the Nexus 7. That's been a sore spot for many of us since launch.

Also, the game should now launch faster, setup has been improved, and the legacy options button is gone. Plus, you'll find other bugfixes. 

Hit the link above to get your game on.

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3 years ago

Device Info Live Wallpaper: system information right on your homescreen

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A lot of live wallpapers are just for show, and while Device Info Ex certainly looks cool, it can actually show you some really useful information as well. This live wallpaper takes every bit of information about the internals of your phone and puts them on display in a minimalist control panel look behind every homescreen.

Take a look at a few bits of information about Device Info Ex Live Wallpaper with us after the break.

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3 years ago

Two more casualities of Twitter's power play

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TweakDeck dies alongside its master; tablet app from Carbon developer won't be released

We've got a couple more deaths to report in Twitter's ongoing war against anything third-party.

MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien has dropped the news that we all knew was coming -- in the wake of TweetDeck's depreciation, his customized "TweakDeck" will also bite the big one. Writes O'Brien:

So how does this affect TweakDeck, my 'fixed up' TweetDeck client that has nearly half a million downloads in the Play Store? Unfortunately... it too is doomed. Firstly, switching from the TweetDeck credentials internally to my own development credentials is virtually impossible because the application uses XAuth for authentication, which is no longer available to developers. Secondly, it is based on API 1.0 and switching to API 1.1 would be a huge undertaking. Disappointing, but it's out of my hands unfortunately.

Then there's the anticipated "Graphite" tablet app from the developers of the Carbon for Android Twitter app. Developer M.Saleh Esmaeili on Google+ gave word that because of Twitter's practices -- "not even close to predictable on what they have in plans for us third-party client developers," he writes -- Graphite won't be released, nor will a paid version of Carbon.

"I'm drawing a line for myself here," Esmaeili continued. "Carbon for Android is the last app I ever make that is a client for another service, hoping I can keep my word on this."

Twitter has significantly limited newer applications, capping the number of users at 100,000, with no exceptions, as part of this month's API changes.

Sources: MoDaCo; +M.Saleh Esmaeili

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3 years ago

New Opera for Android browser runs webkit, available now from Google Play

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The folks at Opera have released their new web browser for Android, dropping the Presto browser engine in favor of webkit, which is also used in Chrome and the AOSP browser. The beta build is available for download from Google Play, and it's got quite the list of features.

There's a new "Discover" panel which sorts popular articles from the web, an all new Speed Dial, Off-Road mode for times when your connection is a bit bad, tabbed browsing, and more.

Keep in mind that this is a beta product, and even Opera notes:

The beta version launched today, the first iteration of the new generation of Opera browsers for smartphones, will give developers and first-movers in the mobile-app world access to Opera's latest offering for Android users.

We'll be taking a closer look at the new browser, in the meantime if you're the adventurous type you can download it at the Google Play link above, and hit the break for a short product video and the full press release.

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3 years ago

Android 4.2.2 update for Verizon Galaxy Nexus leaks out

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The leaked build of Android 4.2.2 for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus we first saw over the weekend has just hit the internet courtesy of a member at XDA that has pulled the build directly from a Google OTA server. The update is meant to bring Galaxy Nexus users on big red up from 4.1.1 to 4.2.2 -- build JDQ39 -- directly, with no fancy hoops. As we noted, this is an actual OTA file meant to be applied to stock and unrooted devices. This still doesn't mean the update is finalized or ready for release just yet, but it does give a whole bunch of legitimacy that the update is in its testing phases.

If you're interested in giving this update a go and have your Galaxy Nexus running on stock 4.1.1, you'll need to be rooted with a custom recovery -- or be able to temporarily boot a custom recovery -- to apply the update. If you're unsure on the process to accomplish either of those, head to the forums where we have some fantastic guides to walk you through it.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Forums

Source: XDA; Via: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Mobiroo offers unlimited paid app downloads for a flat monthly fee

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Mobiroo is hoping to hop on the popularity of mobile device subscriptions by offering users access to hundreds of top paid apps at a flat monthly rate. At the promotional price of just $2.49 per month, users will be able to download any paid app in the Mobiroo library, which it claims at this point would cost thousands of dollars if purchased from Google Play. The catalog supposedly has a good spread of top apps from multiple genres, and is continuing to expand. The expected price of the service after the promotional period ends is $5 per month, which still seems like a good value.

What will really matter in the end is if the apps you want are on the service. If they are, you could have a chance to save a lot of money if you'd prefer to keep a flat monthly fee for all of your purchases. It certainly won't work for everyone, but if the app catalog is robust enough it could be interesting. You can see more about Mobiroo and sign up for the service at the source link below.

Source: Mobiroo; PR Newswire

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3 years ago

Facebook Messenger now offers free voice calling for Android, as long as you're in Canada

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The Facebook Messenger app for Android was updated today, bringing feee VoIP calling to users in Canada. This mirrors the way things were done on the iOS app, which saw support for folks in the U.S. about two weeks after it debuted in Canada. While there's no guarantee the Android app will follow the same roll-out schedule, we're going to assume that it will cross the border soon.

In addition to the new VoIP calling, the app allows group conversations to be viewed in the sidebar, and allows them to be searched by name and friends. Hit the Google Play link to update.

Via: Cnet

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