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3 years ago

Late night poll: Do you make in-app purchases?

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In-app billing is a bit of a touchy subject.  Nobody begrudges developers that try to make a few dollars, but billing for extra content as a per-app basis just isn't very popular among users.  Some don't like the fact that purchases are tied to a particular phone, and we can certainly understand that.  Wiping your phone or buying a new one and losing all your game content is no fun.  For others, the only acceptable way to monetize applications is to charge a flat fee up front.  We won't even comment on paid applications that offer in-app purchases as well, but they're out there.

On the good side, it's a way to offer a basic application for free, which everyone likes to see.  On the bad side, it can get expensive in addition to the above.  Tonight we're asking you guys.  Vote in the poll and let us know!

 

Do you make in-app purchases?

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3 years ago

ClockworkMod Touch Recovery now available for $1.99 in ROM Manager, free as flashable download

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There's a Market update available for ROM Manager, and it brings a new feature that many have been wanting -- automatic installation of ClockworkMod Touch Recovery.  ROM Manager itself is still free (you can buy the premium version for more features), but if you want to use it to flash CWM Touch, it's going to cost you.  The price is $1.99, and it's available as an in-app purchase from the ROM Manager app, billed through the Android Market, PayPal, or via e-mail with a redeem code.  

ClockworkMod Touch is still available for free, though.  If your phone is supported you can download and install it manually through fastboot from the ClockworkMod website.  What you're paying for is the convenience of having ROM Manager do it for you, or for not having to configure and install the Android SDK and set up fastboot.  As some of you know, sorting out fastboot and drivers for your computer can be a pain, so here is your way around it once again.

Anyone who hacks at their Android phone needs a custom recovery.  Besides having an easy way to flash modifications and new ROM's, a custom recovery gives us something that is indispensable -- a way to create a restore point for our phone or tablet and go back to it at any time.  While there's a lot of good to be said for the "old style" that forces you to read every option and select carefully, there's no denying the allure of a touch-based version for many folks.  If you're one of them, now you have an easy way to get it on your device.  Koush is currently adding more builds for more phones, so if your's isn't listed just keep checking.  Happy flashing!

Source: +Koushik Dutta.  More: ClockworkMod

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3 years ago

Humble Bundle for Android offers handful of solid games - pay what you want

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The gamers in the house will be familiar with the Humble Bundle; it's a batch of indie games that periodically go on sale for as much as you're willing to offer, split up as you like between the developers or charity. Traditionally, the Humble Bundle has only been available for PC games, but today they've expanded to Android, and the titles the developers are offering are fully cross-platform (meaning you can redeem these games to play on PC through Steam, or download directly on Mac and Linux). 

The first game the Humble Bundle for Android is offering is Anomaly. It's basically a reverse tower defense, where you're the one trying to send your waves of troops through a treacherous maze. EDGE is a simple yet colourful puzzle game where you navigate a cube through a surreal and animated landscape. Osmos is a strategy game modeled after molecular biology - get bigger, and absorb the lesser cells. If you pay more than the average price (currently sitting at $4.95), you also get World of Goo, which is a classic physics puzzle that tests your structural engineering skills. 

I'm a huge fan of the Humble Bundle and have bought into it once or twice before. The payment scheme is smart, simple, and new. The titles are quality, and a lot of money is raised for excellent causes. Now, the danger here is that a lot of people simply pay nothing and get some free games. That strikes me as a bit of a cheapskate thing to do, considering the earnest spirit in which these titles are being offered, but I guess it can't be helped that a lot of folks will pounce on a freebie. 

Go on and drop a couple of bucks to support some awesome developers, some awesome charities, or a little of both. 

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3 years ago

GetGlue for Android updated, brings visual check-in stream and more

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GetGlue, a popular social media application for the television and movie lover, has just released an update to its Android application that brings few new features to the table. For those unfamiliar with GetGlue (check out our review here) it allows you to "check-in" to the show or movie you are watching or even what music you're listening to, or something you and your friends are discussing. 

The update adds a new visual stream of check-ins, which gives you all of your friends check-ins with some additional style. Each check-in will have user generated art, and if the user left a comment while checking in that will show over top of the image.

They have also added a real-time conversation mode which allows you to keep in the conversation about particular shows with ease. Each time you click to check-in to a show you are opening the gateway to a new conversation and now you are able to keep up with these conversations with ease. They have also included the ability to go back through other recent check-ins and view the conversations on those as well.

Finally they have added Guides, which aim to make it a whole lot easier to find things to watch, read or listen to. Each of these guides is unique and based on the users previous preferences and they are also updated regularly so you never have to fear being bored without something new to watch.

If you are a current GetGlue user you will want to grab this update and if you are not currently using it there is no better time than now to check it out. Download links are available after the break.

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3 years ago

Listia app now available on the Android Market - Trade your old stuff, for new stuff

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Have a garage full of stuff you never see any more? How about a closet full of clothes that no longer interests you? Have you thought about ways to get rid of it all but give up after a while and just never do it? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may want to have a look at Listia. They've released their new app in the Android Market and if you're looking to trade your old stuff possibly for new stuff, the app can help you do it:

  • List any item directly from your Android phone
  • Search, browse and discover items others are giving away
  • Keep tabs on your favorite listings, as well as the most popular items up for grabs
  • Get live alerts and reminders for items on your watch list
  • Review seller profiles before you buy
  • Bid and win the things you want!
  • Find listings close to you, in over 3,000 global cities

Listia works on a credits system, meaning any action you take -- can earn you credits. You sign up, that's 400 credits. You post an item that's 100 credits. There is no cash involved, so unlike eBay or Craigslist list you never have to worry abt losing out on actual money. You can hit the break to download the app and check out the service, or if you're looking for more info just hit the source link.

Source: Listia

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3 years ago

Firefox 10 lands in the Android Market, still doesn't support flash

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Attention Firefox for Android users: You're going to want to head on over to the Android Market, as version 10 of Mozilla's browser is there waiting for you right now.

There is a couple of new features to report, the implementation of anti-aliasing for WebGL and support for accelerated layers via OpenGL ES. You also get a smattering of bug fixes, and improved Firefox sync setup. What is still noticeably lacking is support for Adobe Flash and other plugins. Nevertheless, Firefox for Android is still a pretty strong browsing option so hit the links after the break to download yourself a copy. Changelogs can be found by hitting the source link.

Source: Mozilla Blog

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3 years ago

Steam mobile app beta now open to all users

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The Steam beta app for Android which was released on the Android Market last week has now opened its doors to all users of the popular digital distribution network. A new update to the Steam app on the Android Market opens things up to everyone after a brief invite-only period. That means you'll be able to log in, browse the Steam store and use all of the app's community features without waiting for a beta invite.

To find out what to expect from the Steam mobile app for Android, check out our hands-on article. We've got Android Market links for you after the break.

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3 years ago

Sky Go headed to some HTC and Samsung phones in February

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UK satellite broadcaster Sky has announced that it'll be bringing its Sky Go service to selected HTC and Samsung smartphones from February. Sky Go, which has been available on iOS for some time, allows subscribers to view live TV and archived content from certain channels on the on mobile devices.

Initially, Sky will be limiting its roll-out to a handful of (fairly) recent HTC and Samsung smartphones "based on sales volumes", though it's promising a wider roll-out "in time". The first wave of supported devices includes the Desire, Desire S, Desire HD, Incredible S, Sensation, Galaxy S and Galaxy S II.

Android users will have access to 22 live TV channels through the Sky Go app right out of the door, with Sky Movies on Demand due to arrive at a later date. You'll find a full breakdown of exactly what Sky customers can expect from this new app over at the source link.

Source: Sky

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3 years ago

Waze 3.0 brings Yelp, Foursquare integration

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Waze this morning has taken the wraps off Version 3.0, which brings Foursquare and Yelp integration to the Android navigation app. It's also bringing a new minimal user interface, and social location stack, meaning more community-currated information than ever.

We've got the full press release and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Symantec updates its scary (but wrong) Counterclank 'malware' claims

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Symantec has "adjusted" its statement to Computer World that as many as 5 million Android users may be affected by the latest bit of malware, coming to the conclusion that the applications in question are simply using an aggressive ad network SDK.  This mirrors the statement issued by Lookout, as well as our own.  (And as well as Computer World's Android Power faction.)

After initially telling users that the "malicious code" found in 13 Android Market applications was malware and capable of data theft and other nefarious activity, Symantec now says the apps in question are more akin to Windows adware and not inherently malicious.  

In other words, it's crapware.  This we can all agree with.  The apps in question use an advertisement SDK that allows things none of us likes -- it can add bookmarks, change your homepage, add shortcuts to the home screen and the like.  We've all installed some free Windows program from the web, and had it install (or try to install) browser toolbars, add shortcuts to the home screen for more spammy programs.  We all hated it then, and we hate it now.  What we hate even more is when a company that claims to be acting in the interest of our security jumps the gun and labels these types of programs the same way it would label a bot or trojan.  

We're mostly informed users here, and quickly realize the difference.  But how many of those who stumbled across websites parroting Symantec's cries of five million infected are as Android savvy as we are?  There's a good chance that it's not that many.  Instead those readers were left confused and concerned that they had been "hacked."

We hope that the rest of the web that followed along will update their stories with today's news. And more important -- we hope that app developers stay far away from this sort of thing. Lord knows we're going to stay away from them if they don't.

Source: Symantec

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3 years ago

Slingplayer for Kindle Fire due to land in Amazon Appstore tomorrow for $30

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Slingplayer for Android devices has been around for a while now. Sadly for Kindle Fire owners and their lack of the Android Market, they haven't been able to indulge upto now. Jan. 31 is the day though, as Slingplayer for Kindle Fire will be arriving in the Amazon Appstore for $30.

Shown off at CES, the interface is pretty much the same as the handset version, and thankfully matches the same price point as its Android Market brother. Definitely a welcome addition to Amazon's media consuming tablet. Download will be available at the source link below from tomorrow. Until then we'll just have to wait patiently. 

Source: Amazon Appstore

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3 years ago

Third-party Steam applications disappearing from the Android Market

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The official Steam for Android application hasn't been with us all that long, but an air of controversy already surrounds its arrival. Almost all of the third-party Steam applications have disappeared from the Android Market. 

If Valve happens to be involved in some way, the odd part is that the Steam API is publicly available for use. Seems a tad suspicious though. 

If you're using a third-party Steam application and you like it, it's probably not a good idea to uninstall it anytime soon. (Or at the very least pull it from your system for a backup.) No word yet on whether or not any of these applications will re-appear elsewhere, so for the time being it looks like the official app is all we got. 

Source: Droid Gamers

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3 years ago

London Bus Checker makes a stop on Android, wants to make London travel a bit easier

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Anyone who lives in or has ever visited London will be well aware of the often nightmarish transportation around the city. A new app to stop by the Android Market, London Bus Checker, aims to take away some of the pain of using a bus in the Capital. 

We'll get the boring bits out of the way first: It is a paid app, setting you back a very reasonable £1.24. There is a "lite" version though which offers up a 30-day free trial before you have to open your wallet. 

The idea behind it is very simple, to provide anyone planning to use a bus in London with as much real time information as possible across the 20,000 bus-stops in the city. The implementation is what sets it apart though, as the information is pulled live from the Transport for London services which provides accurate, up to the minute data. 

The app will locate you via GPS, and then by selecting the relevant stop you can see live arrival/departure information, full route maps, and real time diversion and cancelation information. There's even a homescreen widget that you can set for your local stop and receive the same real-time information right there. 

Applications like this and Hailo (for taxis), are brilliant reasons why smartphones are fast becoming an everyday necessity. Hit the break for download links to the free 30-day lite version and a short promo video from the developers. 

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3 years ago

Official Formspring for Android application available now

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If you're one of the more than 28 million users of Formspring, you'll notice that there has been a lack of an official application from the social network. That all changes now as the official Formspring for Android application is available right now in the Android Market. 

It offers a pretty full experience, allowing you to ask and respond to questions from your contacts on the go. Sharing photos is also built in, and that pretty much covers everything Formspring is about. If there's room for one more social network on your Android device, hit the download links after the break. A word of warning though, it force closes at every time of asking on the Galaxy Nexus so you'll have to wait for an update to join in if you're using one.

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3 years ago

Pure Music goes live in the UK, offers streaming to your Android device for £4.99 a month

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Pure Music's Spotify challenging subscription service has been on the horizon now for a couple of months. The service has now gone live, offering users in the UK unlimited music streaming for a very reasonable £4.99 a month. There is also of course an Android application that goes along with the service.

That's half the cost of a Spotify premium subscription, which at first glance is incredibly tempting. There are a couple of differences between this and Spotify though, with the most significant being a lack of offline capabilities. If you don't have an unlimited data plan, the ability to stream only on the move is going to prove pretty limiting. Suddenly that extra £5 a month for Spotify doesn't seem so bad. You do get a 1 month free trial, so you at least get a chance to play with it and see what's what before committing your cash.

The Android application has been in the Market for a while now, as a portal to their other online media content, mainly radio stations. With your subscription enabled though the very same application -- it hasn't been updated -- unlocks the music catalogue for you to browse at your leisure. The catalogue seems pretty deep as well, coming up with a number of albums from various, less mainstream artists I listen to. 

The UI on the app is very pleasing to the eye, and pretty easy to navigate. One issue is the apparent lack of the ability to create playlists within the app. This I found particularly frustrating as it seems the only way to create and manage playlists is through The Lounge website on your computer. 

All in all Pure Music is a bit of a mixed bag. If you can live with the limitations of the Android app and don't need offline capabilities then this could well be the one for you. It's a good initial offering, and if you own any of the Pure range of internet radios then you're even better off. It's not quite Spotify, but it is half the price. Hit the break for the download links. 

More: Pure Music Lounge

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