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3 years ago

Ravensword: Shadowlands now available in Google Play; this is what a mobile RPG should look like


Ravensword: Shadowlands, Crescent Moon Games third in the Ravensword series, is now available in Google Play. I'll tell you up front -- it's not cheap. The game checks in at $6.99, but after just a few minutes playing it I know a lot of folks will think it's worth every penny. 

Ravensword: Shadowlands is an evolution of the RPG / adventure game genre, bringing character skills, plenty of items to hunt for, and a decent storyline. The kicker is that it also has some of the most impressive visuals we've ever seen. Running through the world, both above ground and in dungeons, comes to life because of incredible 3D details. It's a very "Elder Scrolls" look and feel. Mounted combat, multiple weapon choices, enchantments and quests make the gameplay exciting, and it's all very playable. In addition, if you're using a Tegra 3 device like the Nexus 7, you'll also have some superb bloom effects, real-time shadows, and life-like ragdoll physics. 

There is no way we can give this a full review in just one day, but we wanted to let everyone know it's now available. We'll revisit after we've had a chance to hack and slash our way through a little more. For now, hit the break to see the gameplay trailer, and the Google Play link above will direct you to the download. 

More: TegraZone

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3 years ago

Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD Android 4.1.2 update is live


Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD owners have started receiving an update for their devices. This latest OTA will bump both versions of the RAZR HD to Android 4.1.2, and comes with security patches from Google and a fix for data roaming.

Multiple software improvements have also been made. Detection of USB cables has been improved, as has the devices' Wifi connectivity. Wallpaper options have been added when selecting home screen icons, and the camera app has had improvements made to its touch-to-focus, notifications, and low light performance. Headset connectivity is better, as is pixelation in video streaming. Media sync problems should also be gone, now that sync more stable.

If you're rocking a Droid RAZR HD or MAXX HD, be sure to hit the forums and let us know how you're getting on..

Source: Droid Life

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3 years ago

Kobo Arc to receive Jelly Bean update starting today


The 7-inch Kobo Arc (read our review), which was released just a couple of months ago, will start its Jelly Bean update rollout today. The update will bring everything you'd come to expect from Jelly Bean -- Project Butter, actionable notifications, Google Now and new keyboard functions. Presumably the update will still include Kobo's software customizations, which it calls the "Tapestries UI".

This seems to be just a basic updating of the OS, with other Kobo-specific updates being announced. That's completely fine with us -- Jelly Bean is a big jump up in overall functionality and usefulness. Happen to have a Kobo Arc and receive the update today? Let us know in the comments.

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3 years ago

Trapster 4.0: navigating through the latest update


Trapster has been around for many years now, and although it has gone through a lot of changes since 2010 none may be as important as the move today to version 4.0. The newest version of Trapster leaves no portion of the interface or functionality untouched -- improvements can be found across the entire app. There's a new and user-friendly main interface, but the revamp goes all the way through to the settings.

Best of all, the mapping data has been improved substantially with the switch to the latest HERE Maps as the base, with a new 3D view and vector-based images. So what makes the new version of Trapster so great? Read on past the break and see what version 4.0 has to offer.

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3 years ago

Popular mobile security app Avast! marking Gmail, Whatsapp, others as malware


Whoopsies. It appears that the popular "Avast! Mobile Security" -- it's got somewhere between 10 million and 50 million downloads from Google Play -- is marking Android's Gmail as malware. You might get a lot of spam and other unwanted e-mail, but that doesn't quite make gmail itself a malware app. This, folks, is what you call a false positive.

More: Android Malware scanners - should you use one?

Users of Avast are reporting other false positives as well, including WhatsApp, Amazon, ScoreCetner, Redbox, PayPal, Google Currents, YPMobile, HP ePrint, Rdio, Linked In, Foscam Remote and others. 

The good news is you can white list it with the app. Also, Avast apparently is aware of the mix-up and has a new set of virus definitions on the way. Support forum moderator Filip Havlicek writes:

it seems that this false positive detection somehow got through our systems to everyone. I'm sorry for that. Don't worry though, there should be a virus definitions update soon that will remove this detection. I'm going to reroute all topics to this one and lock them so everyone knows what's happening. I'll post here when the update is out so everyone can do a manual update of their definitions to fix this (or you can, of course, wait for the automatic update to happen, but manual will most probably be faster in this case).

So, yeah. False positive. Let's hope Avast didn't miss anything that actually is malware.

Source: Avast support forums
Thanks, @xalasten and @walnuts315!

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3 years ago

Chameleon Launcher for phones now available in Google Play


We first had a look at Chameleon Launcher for the phone-sized screen about a week ago, and plenty of folks were excited and waiting for it to launch publicly. That just happened, and now you don't have to be a Kickstarter backer or Android blogger to get your hands on a copy.

Chameleon Launcher has been available for your Android tablet for a while now, and we've noticed there are two kinds of people: those who love it, and those who hate it. It's a very different experience than the one Google or the folks who made your Android phone give us, and it may take some getting used to. The good news is that it's very feature-rich, and the developers are constantly tweaking things and adding even more new features.

Downloading Chameleon Launcher from Google Play requires a decision -- do you go for the $3.99 version that runs on both the tablet and the phone, or get the $2.91 version that is phone only. You'll need a version of Android that's 3.2 or higher to use either, and they aren't interchangeable -- choose wisely.

You can have a look at our hands-on after the break, and decide for yourself if you think it's for you. 

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3 years ago

New version of the Google Play app leaks, with an all new interface style


A new version of the Google Play app has leaked, and it shows a new Holo-esque (and colorful) user interface. Droid-Life got their hands on an apk file labeled 4.0.16, and while it's clearly not ready for prime-time, it does show off a look we haven't seen before from Google.

Everything is clean, the font is all new, the icons are bigger, and the colors match the categories as displayed on the Google Play website. There are also a few changes in the settings, namely in the auto-update section which separates out Wifi from your data connection to auto-update apps.

The app is pretty broken, and they aren't making it available for folks to try themselves. That will probably change shortly, nothing stays secret on the Internet for long. And while everyone is speculating that this is the change for the next version of Android, we all need to remember that apps like Google Play can be easily updated without a system-wide change.

For now, you can head over to Droid-Life and have a look at what may be coming to everyone soon.

Source: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Perfectly Clear app updated and now better, stronger, faster


Perfectly Clear for Android just got a hefty update, making one of my favorite apps even better. Perfectly Clear is an intelligent photo editor, that can take a good picture and make it great. It adjusts all the color and exposure settings based on some sort of magic algorithm, and truly does make a big difference in the clarity, color, and quality of the pictures you take with your phone. With today's update, it now does it all better.

One of the major changes is a healthy speed increase, as the app has been re-written and now is twice as fast at displaying changes to your photo. Move a slider and you see the results almost instantly, especially with quad-core processors. Another is saving Exif and GPS data, especially if you use software on the computer or your Android that sorts using Exif and GPS.

But those aren't the only changes, have a look.

  • Faster! It’s now twice as fast opening and correcting images. Fine-tuning with the slider bars is near-real-time when using the latest quad core devices, such as those powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 and 4imobile processors.
  • New, powerful memory mapped buffer. You can now save huge images (up to 40 MP).
  • A new look! We have re-designed the entire GUI.
  • Zoom. Now you can zoom into your photo to view the details as you correct.
  • One simple price. The beautify preset, is included in the app price so you only have to purchase once.
  • Bug Fix: licensing. Now you can use Perfectly Clear “offline”.
  • Now you can copy the app to your SD card.
  • Exif support. The app now retains your Exif and GPS data.
  • Quick Correct. Tap your hardware menu button and selected images will be automatically corrected and saved without going to our edit screen.

Some really nice changes to a great app. Grab it from Google Play for $2.99 if you haven't yet, or hit the Google Play app on your device to update if you have.

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3 years ago

Note taking app Google Keep now available in Google Play and on the web


Google's own note taking app, Google Keep, has just gone live and official. The service allows users to do more than just jot down ideas and thoughts, there is annotations, the ability to add pictures, voice notes, and color coding and lists to keep things organized. The included home screen widget even lets us create and view notes from our home screen without opening the app.

To make things even better, everything it integrated into your Google Drive account. This means anywhere you have access to the web you have access to your notes. You can have a look at that here.

The app is pretty simple, but the integration with Drive is a pretty "killer feature". Grab it from the Google Play link above, and hit the break for a short video.

More: Google

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3 years ago

Fore! Super Stickman Golf 2 is here


Super Stickman Golf 2 combines a fun golf theme with challenging aspects of side-scrolling puzzle games, and the end result is a great game that's hard to put down. As a worthy follow-up to the original game, not only do you get a chance to play through dozens of great courses, but there are also many ways to customize your gameplay and character.

Hang around after the break and see what Super Stickman Golf 2 is all about.

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3 years ago

Google Currents gets support for audio playback


Google Currents got itself an interesting update today with support for editions that contain audio. Looks like you'll now be able to play audio from within the application itself, complete with a "media bar" with stop/start/next/previous controls. That media bar also works within the notification pane, so you can quickly pause or skip.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Audio playlist for editions with audio
  • Audio media bar in app for stop, start, next, previous
  • Story scanner audio icons for launching Audio directly
  • Status bar audio controls when Currents audio is playing
  • Syncing post read state between devices
  • Bug fixes

Being able to sync where you are within a given post is pretty good as well.

And as always, be sure to subscribe to Android Central on Google Currents! With the addition of audio controls in this update, we've just added a podcasts section. It's another great way to listen to the Android Central Podcast.

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3 years ago

Facebook updates app again, this time properly through the Play Store


Facebook puzzled many users last week when the app began updating on its own outside of the Play Store, and today it seems to be pushing the same update through the proper channels. The changelog is the same on this update as the one that was mysteriously hitting some users devices earlier. The update lets users change their profile pictures from the app, report posts for spam and manage group messaging better. This is also a very similar changelog to the official iOS Facebook app from yesterday.

Being such a small update with just a handful of features, we're still puzzled as to why Facebook tried to do things their own way the first time around. If you haven't been notified of the Play Store update just yet, you can grab it from the link at the top of this post.

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3 years ago

Swype beta 1.4.9 now available, brings bug fixes, new languages, and more responsive tapping


There are plenty of great choices when it comes to a keyboard for your Android device, and Swype has long been a crowd favorite. Today's new beta update should please everyone who uses the original swiping keyboard, as the change log is chock full of improvements and fixes:

  • Advanced Language Models added for Hindi and Belgian Dutch
  • Responsiveness for tap input improved for all languages
  • Improved overall Smart Editor behavior and implemented some bug fixes
  • Fixed a Gingerbread crash that occurred when rotating device into landscape mode
  • Fixed miscellaneous crashes reported by the Beta community
  • Fixed an issue where default Android voice input ('mic'/'microphone') icon displayed instead of Dragon logo
  • Changed subtype text in notification drawer to be more accurate
  • Word Choice List behavior improved in Polaris Office
  • And many more bug fixes and improvements!

New language models are always welcome, and small fixes like errant microphone icons are nice, but crashes and bugs getting fixed and a more responsive input method is great news. 

Since Swype isn't in Google Play you'll need to manually install it from the link below to give it a try. If you're already using Swype, you should see an OTA in the next 72 hours if you don't want to manually update the app.

Source: Swype

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3 years ago

Citrix updates Podio app with improved task management, language support


Podio, the collaboration platform from Citrix, has just received a notable update to its Android app to improve management of tasks and add new languages. The new Android app brings options for complete control over tasks, so users can now edit due dates, times, assignees and references all from the mobile interface. Along with the new editing features, users can now add images to tasks, which can be extremely helpful for getting your point across to the group.

Citrix is also adding new language support in the latest version of Podio. Japanese and Dutch are added to the list this time around, bringing the total languages supported to 11. You can give Podio a try for free from the Play Store link at the top of this post.

More: Podio Blog

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3 years ago

Neatly for Twitter beta: A smooth and functional new client


Twitter's recent API limit enforcement has put a bind on many developers that are making clients, but that doesn't seem to have deterred Neatly from releasing its own. Currently in a "final beta" release, Neatly is a simple and clean (hence the name) client that performs well and gives simple settings for managing timelines and muting users.

Hang with us after the break and see how Neatly for Twitter hangs with other clients in its current beta state.

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