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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Groupon

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For all of the money and time saving tips and tricks that Android gives us, every service deserves it's 15 minutes of fame. Yes, there's LivingSocial and Yelp, and even things like our dear friend GasBuddy, right now, the moment belongs to Groupon.

And for good reason, too. Besides the services that Groupon offers to us, like sweet coupons for all sorts of stuff (food comes to mind), they've actually developed a pretty strong Android app to let us all carry a bit of Groupon around with us.

For starters, the interface is really, really green and pleasant to look at. Everything is pretty easily laid out, and it's not hard to get around. Open up the app and once you move past the giant logo, you're presented with your coupon of the day. Don't like what you're being shown? A simple tap on the "More Deals" tab will pull up a larger, longer, and more comprehensive list of all the deals that'll lighten your wallet (all while saving you some dough at the same time).

If your city is wrong, the top left corner pulls up a list of all of Groupon's cities, leaving you to find your city of choice.

Quite possibly the coolest feature I discovered (if this has been out for a while, cut me some slack) is ability to find deals that are within a certain time frame, but only today! You can find all of this by clicking the "Now!" tab, and after your phone gets a rough idea of your location, you can see all sorts of different deals, along with their price and time frame you're allowed to use them in.

You can also (obviously!) log into your Groupon account, and if you don't have one, sign in with Facebook, if that's your sort of thing. The settings menu is a bit bare, but it lets you turn on and off Groupon's notifications, which is really helpful, especially if you're not planning buying everyday.

It's completely free to download and install and it runs pretty well, so if you're a bargain hunter extraordinaire, you know what to do.

Pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated to v5.8 - Adds photo uploads, my Places and more

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Another Google Maps update is now available in the Android Market bumping it up to v5.8. This update according to the change log covers some requested features surrounding the use of 'Places'

  • Upload photos for a Place
  •  My Places as a simple way to manage the Places you’ve starred and recently viewed
  • Descriptive terms for Places in search results
  • Add a new Place on-the-go when checking in

Having the ability to add photos to places is great, you can snap a pic and share with everyone what it looks like plus, the ability to add a place just makes a whole lot of sense considering not all places will be covered. In addition to those things, Google also added ‘Bigger text’ to Labs features and ‘Download map area’ has been renamed ‘Pre-cache map area.’ You can find the download past the break.

Source: Twitter; via: Google Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

Words with Friends updated, brings Facebook play to Android

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Words with Friends has been updated to allow cross platform play with Facebook players, but only on the phone version for now.  According to the changelog on the Android Market:

What's in this version:
This is a big update! You now have the ability to play with your friends on Facebook! Just link together your Facebook and Words accounts and you'll be able to see which of your friends also have the game and start playing with them instantly (Honeycomb users, Facebook features are coming soon).
We've also improved stability and fixed several additional bugs.
As always, we appreciate your feedback! And if you like the new update, please rate us 5 stars!

Bug fixes are always nice, and we all know that Words with Friends can use them.  The lack of an update for Honeycomb is a bit concerning, but hopefully Zynga can get that taken care of soon.  In the meantime, if you haven't completely moved to Google+, link up those accounts and get playing!  Download link is after the break.

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3 years ago

Win one of 10 MyBackup Pro licenses

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If you've ever switched Android phones, or like to tinker and are always changing things up a bit, you know how nice it is to have a backup program that works.  That's where MyBackup Pro comes in -- it's powerful and full of options for the advanced user, but simple enough for the average user to get all their data safely backed up with little fuss.  It's one of those apps that you'll hear recommended quite a bit, and for good reason.  You can back up things like your SMS messages, browser bookmarks, contacts, applications and more -- either locally or on Rerware secure online servers.  And if you're rooted, you can even back up your application data so you never lose your Angry Birds levels again.

There's a lot to love, especially with the latest update, and we're going to take a deeper look at it.  But in the meantime, the folks at Rerware have hooked us up with 10 licenses for MyBackup Pro to share with you guys.  You won't wanna miss out on this one, there's a reason it has over 7,500 five-star ratings in the Android Market.  Hit the contest forums for contest details and a chance to win, and we've got a link to download the 30 day trial version after the break.

Android Central forums

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3 years ago

DubMeNow & AT&T bringing AT&T Campus Guide to smartphones

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AT&T today has announced a new partnership with the folks from DubMeNow. The agreement will help bring the AT&T Campus Guide to thousands of schools across the U.S. and assist students by offering up nine features that help them with Campus information:

  • Courses: Students can connect with classmates and professors in real-time using AT&T Campus Guide, viewing grades, assignments, announcements and detailed class information.
  • Events: Wondering when the next big game is?  Not sure when exams start?  The events calendar on AT&T Campus Guide provides important dates and times for campus happenings.
  • Directory: Search and browse contact information and connect with other students and faculty, without paging through a campus phonebook.
  • Maps: Freshmen, visiting students and alumni will particularly appreciate campus maps and turn-by-turn directions between buildings.
  • Notifications: Timely notifications announce school cancellations and remind students about overdue library books, tuition payments and more.
  • News: Find the latest campus news, sports scores and Tweets – all in one place.
  • Friends: An always up-to-date and backed-up address book of all students’ classmates, friends and campus contacts.  Any time students lose or replace their phones, they can just reinstall the AT&T Campus Guide app to their new phones and all of their contacts are restored.
  • My Card: Students can easily share their customizable contact information to keep in touch with their friends, classmates, potential employers, alumni and advisors..
  • Info: Looking for more information?  Click on Info for miscellaneous details about campus.

No longer will you be stuck carrying a ton of paper and flyers around with you, if you have a smartphone you can just load up the AT&T Campus Guide and find everything you need at your fingertips. Full press release is on past the break.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Twitter for Android bumped to v2.1.2 - Minor fixes included

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It might not be the biggest update in the world, it's an update to a widely used application. If you hit the Android Market right now, you'll find Twitter for Android is now sitting at v2.1.2 with some minor changes listed in the log:

  • Updates account settings.
  • Updates translations for currently supported languages.
  • Many more improvements and bug fixes.

So, no drastic changes but I'm sure it will address some issues users were experiencing, whatever they were. Download link is beyond the break for anyone who hasn't update or tried Twitter for Android yet.

Thanks, Joshua!

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3 years ago

Dolphin for Pad V1.0 enters beta stages

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Remember when Dolphin v6.0 was released? At the time of release, MoboTap had just announced their new funding from Sequioa Capital and let it be known they would be using that funding for further developments. Here we are a short time later, and they've now made available Dolphin for Pad in beta form. Sharing many of the same features from Dolphin HD, Dolphin for Pad is a re-worked version built and designed for Honeycomb tablets. Given that it is a beta, some stuff remains needing to be ported over but for now you get:

  • Gestures
  • Add-ons
  • Multi-touch-zoom
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Side bars: Left side bar will change into windows list you opened

The folk from MoboTap will be looking for feedback on this release so if you have an Android tablet kicking around -- give it a shot and let them know how it's working for you or any other suggestions may have. Download link can be found beyond the break.

Source: Dolphin

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3 years ago

ZocDoc launches free Android app - Instantly book doctor appointments from your device

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You ever try booking a doctors appointment when you're sick? It's kind of annoying and sometimes you just simply don't want to have to talk to anyone and would rather just be able to book an appointment and go when it's time. ZocDoc can help with that. The free ZocDoc App for Android offers users the ability to find local doctors and book appointments instantly from their phone. Additional features include:

  • Search for doctors by specialty, insurance plan and current location, using Android geo-location technology to find the nearest doctor
  • Browse doctor search results, including doctor photos, credentials, descriptions and verified reviews written by patients
  • View doctors’ calendars in real time and book an appointment instantly while on the go

Next time you need to book a doctors appointment on the go, give ZocDoc a try. Their press release and download link can be found past the break.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Gingerbread update now available

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Unlikely as it may have seemed just a few months ago, the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 is now live, and can be obtained from the Sony Ericsson PC companion app, assuming you're rocking an unbranded X10. In addition to (nearly) the latest version of Android for smartphones, X10 owners will get SE's new "Facebook Inside Xperia" integration, Wifi and USB tethering, a re-vamped music app and photo widget and custom sorting in the app drawer.

For more info, and a download link for the PC Companion, head on over to the source link and click on the X10.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: EasyTether

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Like many of you out there, I believe in the Gospel of Root. The first thing I did when I picked up my EVO 4G was root it and stick CyanogenMod on it. My phone was fast, utterly Senseless, and if I needed it, available to tether in a pinch. Because of that, apps like EasyTether seemed like a waste.

Then I picked up an EVO 3D. Root went away, but I still had internet. No big deal. Then I moved and the internet wasn't going to get turned on for another day. I broke down, bought EasyTether, and wanted to see if it was worth it.

In short, it totally is, especially if you're not rooted and never plan on going that route. There's not a lot to say about EasyTether, except it just works.

From the get-go, Polyclef Software's app has you taken care of and walks you through the few (and simple) steps to get your phone tethered. The first time you launch the app, it'll ask you if you have the desktop component installed on your computer. Choose no and you're taken to a list of operating systems to select. You'll download the desktop installer straight to your phone.

From there, plug in your phone, install the program off of your SD card, and you're in business. Your computer will add another hardwired modem called EasyTether Network Adapter (if you're on Windows, at least), and you're all but one step away from a contract-free, rootless tether.

All you need to do is make sure your phone is in USB debugging mode and plug it into your computer while you're running the desktop client. Just don't forget to make sure you enable USB connections from the app's menu on your phone. From there, you can use your phone's 3G to surf the nets as your normally would.

But what if you have 4G, you ask? Oh, that works too. I actually found that out on accident (I put my phone on 4G so I could talk and surf at the same time) but it definitely jolted the speeds when EasyTether was connected and my phone's 4G was turned on. So that's definitely awesome.

Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with EasyTether, even if I'm not using it now that the internet has been installed. For a one-time fee of $9.99, I can have free internet anywhere I go, hassle free. I can see this being a boon for anyone, but especially if you travel frequently and don't root your phone, you'll probably save a load at airports and hotels. I know next time I go out, this is what I'll be using.

A few more pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Disney and Marvel bring a duo of Captain America apps to Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If you're a fan, or just always looking for something fun and new for your Android device, Disney Mobile and Marvel Entertainment have dropped two Captain America apps for Android in the Market this past weekend.  First up is the Captain America live wallpaper, which features the familiar shield across your homescreen, and a quick tap sends a barrage of bullets to bounce and ricochet.  It should run well on any phone sporting Android 2.1 or higher that supports live wallpapers, and it's free.

If you're looking for something with a bit more action, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty is an HD action game for the Android platform, featuring 24 levels, stunning graphics, and an original storyline from Marvel writer Christos Gage and comic panels by Marvel artists Ron Lim and Christopher Sotomayor.  Battle Red Skull and the evil HYDRA soldiers with combo moves and stealth to save America and rescue your friends.  Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty runs on Android 2.2 or higher, on select Android devices.  It checks in at $0.99 in the Android Market.

More info and downloads: Captain America Live Wallpaper; Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: VGB

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

When I was a little kid, man, was I ever glued to my Game Boy Color. Two AA batteries and a copy of Pokémon kept me entertained for hours years on end, so when emulators came to Android, I was excited. Then those emulators got pulled and disappeared and I was sad for myself, but when I saw that new emulators were afoot, I had to pull the trigger and see how they stacked up.

VGB is your Game Boy/GBPocket/GBColor Renaissance man, and while it's not perfect, it mostly gets the job done. I tested three ROMs with VGB, and while two came out with no issues, it was the first (and my favorite!) that proved to me VGB has some explainin' to do.

As you'll notice in the video, Pokémon Blue loads fine. There doesn't seem to be any skipping, and the audio is all good. The first bit of stuttering comes in when Oak starts flappin' his yap about all the stuff people do with their Poké-friends, and then we really hit a wall when your character gets tiny-sized.

Simply, the colors are all out of whack. If you're watching, you know what I'm talking about. He's half-normal, half-white. In fact, all the people are. The first time I ran this ROM, everyone was totally black. Different issue, but still an issue. Couple that with the terrible stuttering of just walking around something as simple as your bedroom, and gameplay stops becoming fun pretty quickly.

What VGB seems to handle well, however, are actual Game Boy Color games. Both Pokémon Trading Card Game and whatever Dragonball Z title I picked play without issue. Colors are there, sounds are clear, and there are no performance issues.

Actual performance aside, VGB could work a bit on its interface. Instead of a true, on-screen virtual D-pad with buttons, you're treated to grid lines that make up rectangles that are supposed to be your buttons. Technically, it all functions correctly, it's just unsightly and not as natural as seeing a more accurate representation of Game Boy buttons.

You get the standard save state slots to save and restore to, as well as a nifty "More" menu that nets you a few more options than the average bear, like changing your hardware model, recording music, or cheating. The true settings menu isn't anything to write home about, except for maybe the "tilt joystick" function, which lets you tilt your phone to use as a joystick. I didn't see gamepad support anywhere, which is kind of disappointing.

Overall, VGB is kind of a so-so entry into the emulator market. Game Boy Color games play with ease, but having Game Boy games not quite stack up limits your playable library, and that's no good. For $1.99, if you're only looking to play Game Boy Color games, have at it. However, if you're looking to tap that beautiful, old-school Game Boy library, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Yelp

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Chances are, most of you have heard of (and probably used) Yelp. Whether it's been their initial online presence, their myriad phone apps, or just a friend raving about it, Yelp is the top dog in finding delicious eateries on-the-go.

Opening up the Android app, you'll notice six large, friendly looking icons to choose from. Nearby, Check-Ins, About Me, Bookmarks, Monocle, and Deals. A few of those are pretty self-explanatory, and one of them you just need to see to believe.

Nearby is going to use your cell phone's location (rough or precise, up to you) to show you a list of everything around you. It doesn't discriminate by style or genre, so if you're just curious to see what's delish, this is definitely the way to go. Check-Ins is Yelp's version of Foursqaure/Gowalla/Places/Latitude. You can check-in to bars, restaurants and what-have-you, but I'm not sure why. Yes, you can become mayor or king or top dog or iron chef (not really, on the last one), but maybe there's coupons involved.

Speaking of coupons, Deals is just that. If you want to know where you can save a buck, get something for free, or see what other promotions are going on, click on Deals and know you'll be saving some greenbacks.

About Me and Bookmarks both require that you have a Yelp account, and if you do, they'll prompt you to log in. This allows you to check-in and leave reviews (and ensures you get credit to your Yelp account, for what it's worth) and also lets you view your list of Bookmarks if you've got a hankering for one of your favorite places that you've conveniently forgotten the address of.

The thing that really does it for me (although it's usefulness is debatable) is Monocle. Monocle pulls you into an augmented reality environment, where, as you move your camera around, restaurants and such pop up on your screen, along with their rating, distance, and cost. I couldn't get a good screenshot without some wicked tearing, so just check it out for yourself.

There's also the standard search bar at the top of the page, and you choose to search a name or style either based on current location, but also anything else, like a city or a zip code. It's the simplest way, but it's how things got started and it still works.

So, if you like both 1.) food and 2.) saving money, Yelp should definitely be installed on your device. It's free, it's quick, and it's easy, plus, it's proven.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Swype featured in Museum of Modern Art exhibit

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We're big fans of Swype here at Android Central, and judging by its latest exhibit, so is the Museum of Modern Art. It's included the trace-based Android keyboard in a new interactive exhibit called "Talk to Me", which reflects on recent innovations in communications technology.

Congrats to the Swype team. Be sure to hit the source link to check out the online display for Swype.

Source: Swype at MoMA

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3 years ago

Trapster 3.0 released - Introduces New UI, widget and speed limit display

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It's been a while since we last a Trapster update but clearly they were hard at work while we waited. Today, they've gone ahead and released v3.0 to the masses and if you're a current Trapster user you should be pleased with the changes:

  • Speedomoter and Speed Limit Display - Trapster now displays your actual speed with the speed limit of the road you are currently traveling on. If you go 1 to 4 MPH over the speed limit, the “Your Speed” box will change to yellow. If you are driving 5+ MPH over the speed limit the “Your Speed” box changes to red, visually alerting you to slow down!
  • Trapster Widget - Now you can have Trapster on your home screen! This gives you the ability to quickly view and vote on traps, and also launch the Trapster application directly from the widget.
  • Terrain Maps - In addition to standard map and satellite view, you now have the ability to use Terrain maps, this will display elevation levels in much more detail.

You'll also find that Trapster has a new UI with a much cleaner look over previous versions, making it easier on the eyes and even easier to read when in use. The v3.0 update is available now, you'll find the download past the break.

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