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3 years ago

Android App Review: Campyre

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This might seem like a niche app (and it probably is), but because there aren't so many apps in the Market for this, Campyre is worth a mention. If you've ever needed to hop into a Campfire chat by 37signals, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Campyre is a third-party Android client that lets you log in, read, and post in a Campfire chat. It's ideal for those times you're out and about but need to stay connected to the people you collaborte with.

Signing in is easy; it only requires you plug in your chat room's custom Campfire URL, your username, and your password. From there, you'll be presented with a list of rooms you can join. Tap the one you want to hop in, and boom, you're in.

Once you've joined a room, you'll be able to see all the stuff folks are saying as well as post your own messages. There's timestamps for when people join and leave, but you can turn that off in the settings. You can also check out today's transcript in case you think there's something you missed from earlier (when you were unplugged).

There's a fairly bare settings menu, too. You can change the maxmium number of messages the room will show, and enable or disable enter and exit messages along with timestamps.

A pretty worthwhile feature is the "create shortcut" option. If you choose this, Campyre creates a shortcut to the room you're in on your main homescreen, so you don't need to deal with logging in and selecting a chat room anymore. Simply tap your shortcut and you'll go straight to the chat.

Campyre is completely free (and without ads, to boot), so if you're a frequent user of Campfire in the web browser, Campyre is something definitely worth checking out.

We've got more pictures and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Haunted House HD

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I love Halloween. It's my second favorite holiday only to Christmas, but holds a special place in my heart because I get back-to-back goodness from my birthday and then, 24 hours later, all the goodness Halloween brings.

The folks at DualBoot Games (creators of other live wallpapers like Celtic Garden HD) have whipped up another for us, this time all haunted and creepy, just in time for Halloween. It's called Haunted House HD, and as far as live wallpapers go, despite it being time-sensitive, it's probably one of the most detailed I've come across.

From the moment you pop open the live wallpaper selector and choose Haunted House HD, the Halloween vibe will wash over you. A camera pans by a creepy house, shrouded in fog, as the lights flicker on and off intermittently. Jack-o-lanterns guard the doorway and frightening messages appear over the door in blood.

Everything is pretty smooth, despite the fact there's so much going on. The door opens and closes by itself while the camera sweeps back, the lights turn on, revealing a silhouette in the window, and the flag on the mailbox moves up and down of its own accord.

If you want to go inside of the house, you'll have to jump into the completely loaded settings menu and change the camera view.

The inside of the house is just as (if not more) busy than the exteriour. Lights continue to flicker, the fire is a pale, ghostly blue, and paintings have skulls superimposed over the subject's face. Ethereal footsteps pulse and disappear on the floor, and strange breezes toss the chandalier around. It's a lot to take in, but it's still great fun.

Back to the settings menu, when I said loaded, I meant it. You can pick your camera view, set the name for the mailbox and doorway, pick the kind of face you want for the pumpkins, and individually enable or disable every variable the wallpaper has to offer.

If you feel like getting in the holiday spirit, Haunted House HD is $1.99 in the Android Market.

We've got more pictures and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: SiMi Folder Widget Pro

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I never really got behind folders on Android. They're ugly, clunky, remind me of using Windows (and if I wanted Windows on my phone, I'd be using Windows Phone), and they add an extra screen press to access what you want. In my time as an Android user, never used 'em.

Widgets, on the other hand, I love. They drain my battery really quickly show me information without forcing me to open an app, give me quick access to my favorite contacts, and can do a lot to spruce up the look of your phone.

When I heard about the unholy union innovative combination of folder and widget, I had to check it out. Fortunately, I already use the SiMi clock widget, so I had faith in this new fwidget.

On its face, SiMi Folder Widget does exactly what its name implies. It creates a widget that you can put apps (or contacts, bookmarks, or shortcuts) in. The beauty of the SiMi Folder Widget is that instead of an additional popup window (you know, opening the folder), the widget has an attractive mini-app drawer popup that gives you immediate access to all your stuff.

Creating your folders is easy, but not altogether intuitive. Coming from the widget frame of mind, I thought you added a widget, then put all your apps in it. Turns out, you open the app, make a folder, then you can put a widget out.

Once you've opened the app, there's a whole bunch of buttons to work with. The most-used one will probably be Folders, since that's how you actually make your folders.

Once you've gone into the folders submenu, there's an option to add a folder. This is where most of the magic happens.

You can name your folder, choose what kind of folder it should be, and also mess with the widget and launcher settings. Widget settings are straightforward enough. They let you change the icon, size of the icon and layout, text color and size, and background color.

Launcher options are how the widget will actually display your folder as a popup deal. You can pick between vertical and horizontal (pro tip: if you want multiple rows, choose vertical), if you want the titles to show, and also lets you pick the size and width of the icons.

There's also two launcher styles (iPhone and custom), and if you choose custom, you can fiddle with the background color, frame color, arrow color, and text color.

SiMi Folder Pro is $2.07, but there's also a fully featured free version, too. For anyone who wants to clean up their screens and look stylish while doing it, we've got more pictures and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct 22, 2011

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Time for some more apps! Who doesn't love finding new applications to download for your favorite device? Well, hit the break with us if you love apps, and want some help finding some new ones!

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3 years ago

Flick Soccer for Android now available in the Android Market

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Full Fat Games is back after having launched the popular Flick Golf. They've taken up a different sport this time around -- Soccer. Flick Soccer has been released for Android and is now available worldwide on the Android Market bringing one of the most feature rich soccer games to the platform.

Features:

  • Full Fat Flick Controls mean everyone can play

  • Shoot for insane scores in Quickshot mode, it's you vs the keeper
  • Take it to the limit in Endurance mode, set piece action with bonus items

  • Try out Challenge mode for the ultimate skill contest

  • Have you got the accuracy to hit the bar? Find out in Crossbar mode
  • Smash It! breaking glass panels against the clock

  • Unbelievably accurate flick controls for stunning top-corner shots

  • The most realistic goalkeeper on the Android Market
  • Interactive defenders will jump and react to shots
  • Gorgeous visuals and immersive sound

That's quite a bit of gaming action to choose from. If soccer is your gaming sport of choice Flick Soccer may be something to look into. It's reasonably priced and supported on device Android 2.1 and up. Download link is past the break for you all -- leave some comments if you grab it. I'm interested in knowing how well it plays versus that of Flick Golf which I loved.

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3 years ago

Guide the plane through the explosions with Paper Glider Crazy Copter 3D

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Who doesn't love classic game creations done right? The folks at Neon Play have brought us Paper Glider Crazy Copter 3D and they have done it with some serious style. The game offers a 3D game play with a rear camera view as you fly through explosions, avoiding electrical lines, flames and plenty of other random obstacles. Each level is timed in the upper right hand corner as you fly through 60 different levels of game play, and you can chose between 12 different copters to fly with. Enough discussing, start downloading now and get to playing. Download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 & INC now available for the Sony Xperia Play

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Gaming is always fun on an Android device, and even more fun if you are a Sony Xperia Play owner. Sony Ericsson has announced that they are now bringing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 and INC to the Xperia Play starting today to enhance your gaming experience. Hit the break for some more information on the applications.

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3 years ago

Android Theme Review: Arctic Green

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Ed. note: This theme requires use of the Theme Chooser.

With the temperature rapidly dropping round these parts, I figured a new theme to match the cold would work out real nice. I've been absolutely wowed by these Sonny Sekhon themes lately, so I settled on the appropriately-named Arctic Green to set the mood for the impending cold.

I know what you're probably thinking. Arctic Green? Shouldn't something arctic be blue? Or white? Maybe, but if you liken it to say, that spearmint green color/flavor toothpaste comes in, the idea settles in a bit quicker.

In typical Sonny Sekhon style, Arctic Green takes your status bar icons and turns them a cool green. The remaining battery is still inside the little battery icon by default, which is typical if you've used one of his themes before.

The pulldown notification bar uses the same widget icons as all of his other themes, but, in a change of pace, the text isn't the same color as the main theme. Your carrier name and 'no notifications' alert are in silver, and notifications are a dark silverish grey with black text. It's not the easiest thing to read and if I had my druthers, the notification text color would be something lighter so it's more easily read, but that's just me.

The notification pulldown is still transparent, accented with a faux-metal bar at the bottom, complete with a stylish, rectanglular cutout in the middle.

The dialer has a transparent background, but the accent color is the same dark grey we saw previously, not the green for which the theme was named. Icons are themed in the same vein: a dark, metallic grey, not a bright, toothpastey green.

There is an icon theme pack that turns your icons bright green, so I'm a little confused why that isn't baked right into this theme from the start.

As a matter of fact, outside of the notification bar and some widgets, Arctic Green defaults to the dark greys over bright green. Toast notifications are dark, but the highlight color  and check boxes are green. It's a little strange seeing fragmentation (or is it legacy?) within a theme, but that's why there's an icon pack, I reckon.

Arctic Green is $1.02 in the Android Market.

We've got more pictures and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons Ham'o'ween now available!

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The next chapter of the Angry Birds saga is now available for download. Angry Birds Seasons has been updated to bring us all the Ham'o'ween special, which marks one year of Angry Birds Seasons updates. In this release, we get 30 new levels to play through as well -- a new bird. Happy Ham'o'ween. Download is past the break for you all as well as a short video.

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3 years ago

How to submit an app for review

So you want to have an app reviewed by Android Central? Great! 'Cause we love reviewing apps. But as you can imagine, there are a lot of apps out there, and only so many hours in the day. Here are a few suggestions to make sure your app gets noticed.

  1. Include your contact information. At the very least, an e-mail address.
  2. Skip the wind-up. What's the name of your app, and what does it do? We appreciate brevity.
  3. Include a link to your app. If it's in the Android Market, include the Market link.
  4. Screen shots are a plus. And first impressions are everything. Make sure they're good.
  5. And if you're showing us a demo video, make sure it's not of the same app on an iPhone. We'll reject those on principle, ya know?

Got all that? Great! We look forward to checking out your app. Here's a link to our contact form.

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3 years ago

Sprint brings real-time captions to phone calls with CapTel

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Sprint CapTel

Sprint's offering up another interseting accessibility option on select Android phones with its new Wireless CapTel service. Powered by Raketu, CapTel is real-time captioning for phone calls. You still make a call like normal. You're then connected to CapTel automatically and can listen to the call while reading the transcription in real time. Pretty cool, actually. Check out the video after the break.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated to support NFC-powered Beam feature

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During the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich demo we got to see another use for NFC. Beam, demonstrated sharing of information across devices and it looks like Google has now updated Google Maps to support the feature. You won't find it listed in the change logs though. In fact, the change log only states the update has reduced file sizes for app storage on different devices but the permissions tell the truth. New permissions requested are for NFC and when you put the pieces together, its safe to assume Beam support has been added to Google Maps.

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3 years ago

Swype gets a new beta release, blissfully makes updating easier

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Swype beta

We've been in love with the Swype keyboard since, well, forever. But time and time again we've threatened to break up over the stupidest of things. Because Swype's business model is to get preloaded onto phones and you technically can't download a full version, the beta installation process has always been a pain in the ass. Download the Swype app. Register. Sign in. Download the beta. When it comes time to update the beta version, you have to go through the whole thing again, and add in a step where you recover your forgotten password.

That ends now.

Swype Bets Version 3.26, in addition to bringing improved language control (which language you use at any given time), a refined key layout and new settings and help, also brings about automatic updates. You'll get notifications letting you know an update is available, and install it right through the settings. Easy as pie.

Source: Swype

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3 years ago

Mobile Mouse Pro now available for Android

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If you've just got to use your phone as a desktop trackpad, it's time to check out Mobile Mouse Pro. The popular iOS app (we really hate having to type that) has just been released for Android. And for $2.99 (that's a bit steep, eh?) your device will serve as a fully functioning trackpad, with full Windows compatability and everything. Give it a shot. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android 101: A little privacy in the YouTube app

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Go ahead, admit it: You've probably searched Youtube for something you'd prefer nobody know about. Nyan Cat. Teletubbies. Justin Bieber. The iPhone. Hey, we won't judge.

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