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3 years ago

Opera Mobile 11.1 brings better text support, faster page rendering, Flash on Honeycomb

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Opera has released Opera Mobile 11.1. The big strokes are that Google text and autocomplete are improved, the rendering engine should be faster, and there's now experimental support for Adobe Flash on Honeycomb tablets. Here's the full breakdown:

Improvements include:

  • Added support for Google AutoComplete
  • Added ability to search directly from the address bar
  • Added intelligent domain suggest which suggests your most used domain endings
  • Added support for country domain auto-complete such as .ru or .id
  • Added user agent setting
  • Improved CSS, HTML5 standards support
  • Improved text selection
  • A dded support for Google voice search
  • Added exit button option
  • Added support for external keyboard in Honeycomb
  • Added experimental support for Flash in Honeycomb
  • Added support for downloading multimedia files
  • Cache is now stored in Android cache directory
  • Web Search intent support
  • Fix for LTE network speed limit
  • Fix for force close related to volume keys
  • Fix for Opera locking in landscape mode
  • Fix so that 7" 800x480 tablets will get tablet UI
  • Fix for problems with colors on ZT-180 devices
  • Fix for several crash bugs (including crash at startup)
  • Permissions: See bit.ly/opera_permissions
  • General bug fixes and improvements

Check out Opera's video walkthrough after the break.

More: Opera; Thanks, Stephenn!

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Impel

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If any of you out there are anything like me, there might be, from time to time, an occasion where you could just make your phone do things all automatic-like. If you don't feel like shelling out $10 for Locale or getting a programming degree to work Tasker, where are you to turn?

It pleases me to no end to introduce you to Impel, a relative newcomer to the event manager scene that aims to do what you want, plus a little more. Impel wants to do one thing and one thing only: automate nearly anything you could think of your phone doing. And it does it well.

Join me after the break for the lowdown on how Impel works, why it's great, and why it's the app for everyone.

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3 years ago

Skype brings UI update for all, video calling for a few

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Fire up Skype today, and you'll be greeted with a nicely redesigned user interface, as well as the ability to use SMS from Skype. But that's not the big feature the internet calling giant is really pimping. Video calling is finally officially here -- but only for a select few phones. Yeah, there's that leaked build that's been out for months. But if you've got any of the following phones (and this is going to hurt for most of us here in the U.S.), you can now officially make video calls. The support phones are:

  • HTC Desire S
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
  • Google Nexus S

Not exactly a comprehensive list, but things have to start somewhere, we suppose. Quick video and download links are after the break.

More: Skype

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3 years ago

Google Street View updated with new imagery for 13 countries

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Google has updated the imagery for Street View in 13 of their Street View countries, making for the biggest update of this kind.  Images for places in Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom have been updated (I notice Germany is noticeably absent) with new high-res panoramic images.

Street view is fun to play with on a computer or Android device.  The above image is where the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Horn of Africa meet at Cape Agulhas, South Africa.  I'll likely never be able to find the time or money to get there, but I can at least imagine I were there right from my Android phone.  Using Street View is easy as pie.  Make sure you have it installed (we've got a download link after the break), open Google Maps and find a location then zoom in close enough to see its pop-up description.  Then click the arrow on the description and choose Street View.  It's a 360-degree view, so be sure to use your fingers to rotate around, and you can drag your "pin" along roads and paths.  Not every place will have Street View enabled, so move your map pin around a bit until you pick one up.  Google has a few great suggestions (including Cape Agulhas) at the source link, be sure to check them out!

Source: Google Lat-Long blog

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3 years ago

OfficeMax releases first full-service mobile print center application

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OfficeMax has announced a new Android application that ties directly into all of their printing solutions direct from your device. The app allows you to print documents, images, emails and anything you may have in Google Docs. In addition to all of that, if you've placed previous past Print Center orders you can also access those on the go.

“OfficeMax listened to our ‘road warrior’ customers who need to print on-the-go and often feel their documents are trapped on their phones,” said Jeff Haddon, Mobile Marketing Manager for OfficeMax. “With hundreds of in-store print centers across the country, we designed the Mobile Print Center by OfficeMax app to bring our print services to a mobile audience.”

Mobile print center will also allow you to customize your print orders however you like including paper size, color, binding and more. Plus, if you wish -- you can opt in for text message alerts so that you know when your order has been completed and what the total cost will be. If you're looking for more info, the press release and download link can be found after the break.    

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3 years ago

Fieldrunners HD coming to Android this Thursday

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One of the most popular games on the iOS platform is getting ready to make the jump to Android and they're planning to do so in a very big way. Yes, Fieldrunners HD goes live in the Android Market this Thursday and for the first 24 hours it will be only 99 cents. As noted in the press release, Subatomic Studios is looking to bring Fieldrunners HD to a whole new group of players:

“Bringing Fieldrunners HD to Android is a great opportunity for us to reach out to a whole group of people that may have not had the chance to play our game yet,” says Leo Montenegro, Creative Director of Subatomic Studios.  “We really wanted to craft an amazing experience for Android users, so we updated all of the artwork - everything is now in high definition and this is the first time we've done that on a mobile phone.  So, I hope all you Android owners take this opportunity to pick up this fantastic Tower Defense game at a discounted price!”

We'll be getting a look at Fieldrunners HD once released. You all can jump on past the break for a teaser image and the full press release from Subatomic Studios.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Bedside Mode Widget

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A good night's rest is something never to be discounted, and developer JoPs is here to ensure you sleep uninterrupted -- next to your phone at least -- though the night with Bedside Mode widget.  It's a simple switch widget like we've seen before and with the tap of a finger, you can essentially turn your phone into a digital clock.  This widget gives you the ability to:

  • Turn off Wifi
  • Turn off Bluetooth
  • Turn off radios (with filter options)
  • Choose a sound profile
  • Stop account syncing
  • Display digital clock

With those options to choose from in the configuration menu, it'll allow you to tailor your sleep to your own specifications.  Just don't forget to flick the switch again when you wake up!

Bedside Mode widget is available in the Android Market for about $1.  Download links and some more screenshots after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Dictionary.com

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Knowing more words and expanding your vocabulary is helpful no matter what industry you’re in. Dictionary.com is one of the most popular websites for providing definitions and with its Android app, you’ll have easy access to every word you can think of (and some you can’t) on the go. They have done a fantastic job with the app, making it extremely user friendly and feature rich, even including a helpful widget.

When the app first opens, the home screen will display the word of the day. If you swipe right, you’ll see the Spanish word of the day, followed by the Question of the Day and then ‘The Hot Word’, which displays an interesting fact. There is a search bar up top if you’re looking for a specific word. Along the bottom, there are various options including: Favorites, which allows you to save words you would like to go back to later, Search again, Voice, which allows you to dictate a word rather than type and More. In the More section, you can provide feedback, change backgrounds or share the app with a friend.

A great feature of is the ability to switch between Dictionary mode and Thesaurus mode. Whenever you have a word open, you’ll either see a D or a T button depending on which mode you’re currently in (if you’re in Dictionary mode, you’ll see T). Pressing the button will bring you to the other.

The Word of the Day widget is also handy. It simply displays the Word of the Day preventing you from having to go into the app. Clicking on the widget will bring you to the word within the app.

If you want to have easy access to Dictionary.com in a simple interface, check out Dictionary.com, available free from the Android Market. Find links to the app and more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Barnes & Noble stores to be first Angry Birds 'magic place,' exclusive to the Nook Color

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If you happen to have a Nook Color and love Angry Birds, you're in for a treat.  Rovio and Barnes & Noble have teamed up and made B&N stores the very first "magic location" for the Angry Birds game.  All you have to do is play Angry Birds (the official Nook Color edition -- hackers with the Android Market version can't join the fun) while inside one of the 700 plus B&N stores and you'll unlock the Mighty Eagle character for free.  If you don't have a Nook Color, or aren't using the Nook Angry Birds app, you can still check it out and the Nook Color display at any B&N location.

It's part of Rovio's magic places based gameplay, which uses NFC, GPS, and Wifi location to unlock in-game content.  They have more planned, including an NFC phone fist-bump ritual that will unlock new levels.  To help understand it all a little better, check out the interview with Ramine Darabiha, product manager for Angry Birds Magic and the full press release after the break.

Source: BusinessWire; More: GigaOm

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3 years ago

Real Estate Pro ID pack launches on Sprint ID devices

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Real Estate is big business and having the right tools to get things done is not a luxury, it's a necessity. Sprint is looking to help out real estate professions with their latest Sprint ID pack -- Real Estate Pro. Specifically designed for real estate agents the Real Estate Pro ID pack includes everything you need to keep on track.

“The launch of the Real Estate Pro ID pack marks an important step in the evolution of Sprint ID for business,” said Paget Alves, President of the Business Markets Group (BMG) for Sprint. “As companies increasingly move to support a broader range of mobile devices and operating systems, Sprint ID will serve as a quick and easy way for our business customers to push updates and new applications to employee handsets running the Android OS.”

The pack includes many great applications designed for sales, enhanced communications and expense control and reduction services. For the full list, you can jump on past the break for the press release or check out the Sprint site via the link below.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Shazam for Android update now offers music previews

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Shazam is now rolling out their latest update for Android users who are looking to get more social with their music. Shazam has labeled this one as a major update for Android users as it now includes the ability to preview songs of music you and your friends have tagged in the past as well as songs listed on Shazam’s tag chart and recommendations board.

In addition to the previews being added, Shazam has also updated the UI on the search results page. You'll now get bigger cover art and new location feature so that you'll know where exactly you tagged music. Full press release as well as the download link can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Google goes social with Google+

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Android app gives full access, but it's currently in private beta

Google's just taken the wraps off Google+ -- its answer to Facebook, more or less. More, actually, we believe, though for all the details and video's Google's just dropped, we don't get much in the way of actual hands-on usage.

In an oversimplified nutshell, Google+ is a series of groups, called Circles; trending topics, called Sparks; group chat (including video), dubbed Hangouts; and mobile, which includes location-based services, instant upload of photos, and Huddle (more group chat).

So Google's gone social, and not a moment too soon, though it's currently in a closed beta.

As far as the Android app is concerned: You've got a "Stream" feature, which basically is like Facebook's wall. Photos is well, photos. Huddle is group messaging. Will it finally be group messaging done right?

So that's that. Check out Google's full explanation of Google+ at the source link below, and check out video of the mobile app after the break. Other than that, not a whole lot else to do until more of us get invited.

Source: Google Blog; More: Google+

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: X Construction

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X Construction is a titular, physics-based game focused around building a safe enough bridge for a train to pass over it without plunging to its doom. It's entertaining, challenging, and definitely tongue-in-cheek, which makes it definitely worth your time.

The object is straightforward: build construct a bridge stable enough to ferry your train across the chasm beneath it without your passengers falling to their demise. You'd think that's unnecessarily simple until you remember there's physics in the game, so if your bridge isn't structurally sound, it'll creak, lean, turn red, and break.

You're limited by how many girders you have, which requires a bit of forward-thinking on your part, but you're always appropriated a couple of pieces more than you need, so if you find yourself running out, you're doing it wrong. Fortunately, the little wrench button lets you erase ill-placed girders and return them to your count, so you've got as many tries as you need.

Constructing bridges is easy enough. Make sure you've got the girder icon selected, tap a point to place your girder, and drag to either make it longer or change it's angle. You'll want to keep them touching one another (indicated by a green circle where two points touch) as well as make sure you've got endpoints anchored to the white dots that speckle the levels. With that in mind, you now know how to play.

The folks who made this game obviously have a bit of a dark side, you'll notice, as whenever your train doesn't make it from Point A to Point B, the passengers all scream as they plummet to their doom, with not-so-realistic metallic, crunching noises accompanying them. It's kind of funny the first time, but totally caught me off guard. To add insult to injury, you get a nice big "Fail" message when you've done just that, to really drive the point home.

Completing a level isn't nearly as dramatic, but you do get points for how many pieces of girder you didn't use as well as how much stress your bridge was under over the course of the train ride. Plus, you unlock the next level, so that's always good.

A scant $1.43 nets you the full version, which is ad-free, has a "free build" mode, and is guaranteed "more levels and materials in future updates," says CrossConstruct. Perhaps a better motivation is the fact that save states between the free version and the paid version aren't compatible, so once you rock through the free one, you'll have to start all over again once you pony up the dough.

At any rate, this game is very fun, especially if you're into mind-benders and physics-based games. It's pretty cheap, so there's no real reason to not go for it, in my opinion. Twenty-one levels await your completion, so hop to it. The train's a-waiting.

Pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Google and Taiwanese government at odds over Android Market refund window

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Google has suspended paid applications for users in Taiwan, as a result of a NT$1 million (US$345,500) fine for failing to offer Taiwanese consumers a seven-day free-trial.  While Google sticks to their strict 15 minute return window, the laws of Taiwan state that all goods purchased over the Internet come with a free trial period of at least seven days because consumers cannot feel or touch the goods before purchase.  Until recently, appstores were not specifically included under this law, because application purchasing in Taiwan is a very recent trend.  On June 4, the Taiwanese government gave both Google and Apple 15 days to comply with this law.  Apple complied, Google didn't.

But in the end, this will only be a temporary set-back, as Google is sending company officials to Taipei on Thursday to continue talks over the matter -- a move that may likely cost Google even more penalties.  Governments and giant corporations have money to burn, but most consumers do not -- so let's hope a working solution can be found soon.

Source: Taipei Times via: Android Police

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3 years ago

Auto Trader UK arrives in the Android Market

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If you've spent any time looking into purchasing a car in the past, then you know how tough of a situation it can be at times. Auto Trader -- the UK's largest motoring website has launched their Android application which; brings the best of their online services directly to your mobile device.

You can search for new and used cars, get detailed information and even contact sellers all directly through the application -- all these things combined, can help make the car buying experience easier and better for all. If you live in the UK and are in the market for a new ride, you can jump on past the break for the download link.

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