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3 years ago

Georgie, a smartphone app for the visually impaired, now available

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Addressing the smartphone market for the visually impaired is an ongoing task. Over the years, there have been plenty of advancements in this area with the introduction of numerous applications, voice technology and on screen accessibility features but now a new entrant into the market is seeking to help folks as well. Screenreader, a not-for-profit company, has now introduced the Android based Georgie app in the U.K where there 1 in every 30 people suffer from some sort of visual impairment.

Using existing Samsung phones like the Samsung XCover and Galaxy Ace 2, picked specifically to be easy to use for blind users, Georgie offers a whole new experience by allowing for such things as managing contacts, using speech input to send text messages and tag previous routes or hazards (like potholes or low hanging branches) using navigation apps.

Georgie is available for purchase on the Google Play Store in a number of different packages. The base package with all features is available for £299 with additional feature sets available for £149. You can look at the full press release below or check out the source link for video on how Georgie works on devices.

Source: ScreenReader

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3 years ago

WordPress for Android updated to include support for Nexus 7, Danish language

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In what is likely one of the first of a lot of forthcoming app updates, the fine folks from Automattic have gone ahead an updated WordPress for Android for the Nexus 7. The update isn't really of vital importance to a lot of folks right yet, but if you're awaiting a Nexus 7 which is now shipping you can take satisfaction in knowing WordPress will be supported. In addition to the Nexus 7 support, you'll also find that the app now has Danish language support included.

Download: Wordpress for Android

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3 years ago

Google My Tracks updated to version 2.0, play back your tours on Google Earth

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My Tracks, the 'adventure' tracking application from Google, has received an update today to version 2.0. The app itself has been around single 2009, so an update was well due. It uses the GPS on your device to "visualize your location" over time, and allow you to share the data on Google Maps and Google Earth. With version 2.0, we get a new feature that could make all this location data look oh so much better. 

With the update, comes the ability to view your tracked routes right within the Google Earth for Android application. That'll be the same Google Earth application that just benefitted from a sweet 3D update then. Relive those trips down the Vegas strip in glorious 3D. 

Additionally, the whole UI has been given a pretty big spruce up and is now faster and simpler, and beautifully within the Android 4.x design guidelines -- but then this is Google, so we'd expect at least that. There's also the aggregation of statistics over time to show trends in your performance, and improved charts and stats tables that are easier to read. My Tracks 2.0 is live this very second in the Google Play Store, so head on over there to grab it for yourselves. 

Source: Google Lat-Long; Download: My Tracks

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3 years ago

Major Mayhem explodes into Google Play

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Adult Swim has kicked off a new run-and-gun game for Android that's ripe with action. Major Mayhem puts you into the weathered boots of a military superman, who's on a mission to save the world and his girlfriend.  The only sensible solution to this problem is guns, and boy-howdy does Major Mayhem have a few of those. Here's a quick run-down of the features.

  • 45 levels of non-stop action
  • 4 game modes
  • 100 achievements
  • 150 mini mission objectives
  • 5 power ups
  • Battle your way past hordes of enemies in three picturesque environments: Tropics, Metropolis and Desert
  • 20 unique weapons in your arsenal to deal out MAJOR MAYHEM, like:
    • Automatic Shotgun
    • Minigun
    • Quadzooka (like a Bazooka only more massive-er!)
    • And more!
  • 42 costumes and hats to make your Major's fashion conscience which dealing massive devastation!
  • Save the world, and your girlfriend

Adult Swim has been focusing more and more on mobile games, though their focus tends to be on iOS first (Major Mayhem has been available for iPhone and iPad for awhile now). It would be great to see a lot of other iOS titles make the leap to Android, like Velocirapture, Extinction Squad, and Amateur Surgeon, but I'm sure they're all coming in good time. So far, Google Play hosts the classic Robot Unicorn Attack, Monsters Ate My Condo, and their video app. 

Major Mayhem is totally free, though the wealth of unlockables can be acquired through in-app purchases. I've only played a little bit, but so far the graphics are great, and the action is a ton of fun. Get shootin' at the download link below. 

Download: Major Mayhem

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3 years ago

Verizon gets a subscription gaming hub in GameTanium

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Verizon today announced its GameTanium service -- $5.99 a month for all-you-can-eat gaming on Android smartphones and tablets. It's a pretty simple premise -- you pay, and get access to more than 100 games through the GameTanium hub. The advantage is that you pay once, play a lot. The subscription model, which we're a fan of, is what makes this not just another download hub, a la NVIDIA's Tegra Zone. 

We've got video and the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

BBC launches official Olympics Games app for Android

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As you might have guessed by the continuing news coverage, the London Olympic Games are almost upon us.  And now the BBC is launching its official Olympic app for Android (and iOS), allowing you mobile to access the Beeb's Olympic coverage in all its forms. You'll find the same written and video content found on the BBC mobile sites, as well as live streams of the games once things kick off on July 27. There's also a guide to all the leading athletes, and an Olympic schedule to help users see what's next. Once the medals start being doled out, you'll find a dedicated guide page for keeping track of those, too.

The app is available now at the Google Play Store for devices running Android 2.2 and above.  To view the BBC's Olympic live streams,  you'll need the soon to be deprecated Adobe Flash Player.  Unfortunately that means anyone on the latest version of the OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean, is out of luck. You’ll also need to be in the UK to stream content from the BBC, though if you’re in the US, you can always use NBC’s streaming app instead.

Download: BBC Olympics app on Google Play

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3 years ago

Facebook update requires Froyo, promises a faster app

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We'll believe it when we see it, but Facebook's latest Android app update promises to actually speed up login and navigation within the app. We know, we know. It's Facebook, whose mobile app has been pretty crappy considering that, well, it's friggin' Facebook. Also of note in version 1.9.7 is that if you're not running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, you're SOL on running this bad boy. (Though we imagine the previous version of the app should work fine, and only a mere 6.1 percent of active devices are running an OS older than Froyo.)

Other bullet points in the changelog include front-facing camera support (that wasn't there before?), a new messaging feature that lets you hop between conversations and share photos, plus other bug fixes and a security improvement.

Of course, this is Facebook we're talking about, so we'll have to wait and see what just got broken, too. Download link is below.

Download: Facebook for Android

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3 years ago

Google releases source code for Google I/O 12 companion app

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In the true spirit of all things Google, the source code for the Google I/O 12 companion application has been released. Google will often try and slip some new bits and pieces into the I/O app, and this year was definitely no exception. The new YouTube Android Player API that was announced at the conference, was first put to good use in this very application. 

If you're a 'code-monkey' at heart, and want to go poking around to see what's what, head on over to the source link below and get yourselves knee-deep in code. 

Source: Google Code

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3 years ago

IMDb app for Android updated with recommendations, check-ins and more

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The Internet Movie Database has updated their Android app with a bunch of new features.

  • Sharing – check in on Facebook & Twitter to share what you’re watching
  • Recommendations – discover other titles you might be interested in
  • Mobile IMDb message boards – join in the discussion on your Android phone or tablet
  • Filming locations & soundtracks – learn even more about the movies you love
  • Similar titles – discover new movies and TV shows
  • Metacritic – now see both the IMDb user rating of a title as well as how the film critics scored it
  • Amazon login – log in using your Amazon account

This is all in addition to the usual stuff, like looking up movie information, watching trailers, rating shows, checking the top charts, and perusing through interesting trivia. At the low, low price of free, it's hard to go wrong. 

Are there any great movies coming out this summer that you're really looking forward to? The last big updates were geared towards tablet layout and HD video, but are there any other features out there that could complete your movie-watching experience? Maybe real-time actor commentary like IntoNow offers?

Download: IMDb

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3 years ago

Amazing Alex review - fun, but far from new

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Rovio broke out of their Angry Birds shell today with a game called Amazing Alex. Once upon a time it was known as Casey's Contraptions, until Rovio gobbled up the developer, chewed on it for a few months, and spat out this physics title for Android and iOS. 

Anyone that had played The Incredible Machine back in the day will know the drill. Every level, players are given a simple objective, like knocking over a pile of books, or getting a bowling ball into a basket. Various obstacles are already in place, and players are provided with a limited toolbox of extras to build a Rube Goldberg-style machine and achieve the objective. The main appeal is that all of those objects act as you would expect - scissors close when touched, billiard balls bounce less than tennis balls, balloons float, and so on. The three stars in every level act as secondary objectives, which players can earn by knocking objects into them. 

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3 years ago

Futurama Head-in-a-jar Creator lands on Android

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Good news, everyone! Comedy Central has released an Android version of their Futurama Head-in-a-Jar Creator with a few new additions. As we all know, only the most prestigious individuals have their heads pickled in the future, and with  this app, you can be counted among them. 

Users can pick a wide variety of human, alien and robot heads (sorry, no Android heads), and decorate them with different eyes, noses, hair, and accessories. Once decorated, the head's name can be engraved on an elegant plaque mounted below, and the scene can be wrapped up with an appropriate background. Final products can be attached to native contacts for some great caller ID images, shared over Facebook and Twitter, or stored locally  for use as a wallpaper. All of your creations are displayed in a handsome head museum complete with categorized sections for future perusal. 

Though you may be tempted to tell Comedy Central to shut up and take your money, the app is free - just be warned that there is very limited device compatibility right now. So far we're only seeing it work on the Nexus 7, but leave a comment and let us know if it works on your Android device! 

Download: Futurama Head-in-a-Jar CrALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD

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3 years ago

Google Maps adds walking directions for 44 African countries

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As we learned at this year's Google I/O keynote, Android adoption is booming in developing countries, including many in Africa. And so to help these new users get the most out of the platform, Google is continuing to build on its own mobile app offerings, including the launch of walking directions for Google Maps users in Africa. Following on from the launch of driving directions in Africa in 2010, walking directions are now available in some 44 African nations, with the feature being accessed in the same way as it is elsewhere.

Whether they're using the mobile app or web interface, users can select the walking icon when they choose their start and end locations, and they'll get a direct walking route from one location to the other. As ever, Google reminds us that walking directions are (still) in beta, so you'll want to take basic safety precautions when you're out and about.

Source: Google LatLong

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3 years ago

Rovio's latest creation, Amazing Alex, now available in Google Play

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It's been known about for sometime, and teased recently, but today sees Rovio Mobile's latest creation, Amazing Alex, finally hit the Google Play Store. There are three 'versions' to choose from, a free, ad-supported version, a paid version coming in at $0.99/£0.64, and a HD version for $2.99/£1.93. 

Despite the teasers we've already seen, what we hadn't seen until this point was some actual gameplay. Amazing Alex is a physics based puzzle game, which sees you creating all kinds of funky chain reactions using various objects. Often, this involves knocking stuff over. Set across four different settings, there are 100 levels to be had initially, and, knowing Rovio, probably as many still to come in future updates. 

It starts off really simple, but in a good way, as you're guided through the opening few levels to help you get a grip on the gameplay, and the controls. The controls are really straight forward, it's as easy as picking up objects, moving them, rotating them, very simple to get the hang of. 

It looks great too. We've sprung for the HD version, and it's so bright and colorful it'd be hard not to love it. It's literally just dropped, so we're only just getting into it, but first impressions are good. This is sure to be another hit for Rovio. We've dropped you guys some handy download links to all three versions below, and after the break you'll find the official trailer, as well as a few screenshots we've thrown in for good measure. Hit us up in the comments if you give this a try, and let us know your thoughts. 

Download: Amazing Alex Free, Paid, HD

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3 years ago

Alarm Clock by doubleTwist for Android offers a few new ways to wake up

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Awhile back doubleTwist decided to dabble in something other than media sync and cooked up a simple alarm clock Android app. Fast forward a few months, and it's now featured prominently in Google Play, but what's so great about it? After all, there's only so much you can do with an alarm clock, right?

All of the core functions are there, such as repeating and multiple alarms, each with custom labels and user-picked sounds and volume. There are flip and analog-style faces with a low-brightness nightstand mode available, plus custom snooze durations and vibration toggles. Beyond that, things get a bit more interesting.

Instead of setting alarms for just any ol' time, doubleTwist's app offers ideal times to set alarms in line with common sleep cycle durations. That way, you can either figure out what time you should go to sleep if you want to get up for a certain hour, or what time would be best to wake up without messing with your natural rhythm.  Based on your location and the latest weather reports, the app can also figure out what time the sun is rising, if you're the type to go by Mother Nature's alarm clock.  

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3 years ago

Great Big War Game heading to Android on July 18

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Rubicon Development, creators of the popular Great Little War Game, has today announced a proper sequel to the popular strategy game. Titled Great Big War Game, it will arrive on Android on July 18 for $2.99, accompanied by a free, 'lite' version. 

The single-player campaign mode brings 50 all new levels, as you take charge of Jenkins as he tries to prevail in battle amid orders from the Generalissimo. Perhaps more exciting though, especially for a game of this nature, is the all-new, cross-platform multiplayer option. Take the fight to your 'enemies' on iOS, and prevail for the sake of the Android army. Or, something. 

Check out the trailer for Great Big War Game after the break

Source: Triplepoint

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