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2 years ago

Scope for Android enters beta, gets a major overhaul in the process

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Socialscope is something of an enigma in the mobile, social networking world. First arriving on BlackBerry, before progressing over to Android, the application has always required an invitation to use. As such, it has gained an air of notoriety. You can't get in, so you want in. Development work on the Android iteration has been ongoing since the initial release of Alphascope back in November. The last update brought a significant visual upgrade, but nothing like the latest efforts. Now rebranded simply as Scope, as the application progresses to beta things are a whole lot different. We've been on the inside for sometime now as various versions have been tested, so we're pleased to be able to finally give you our first impressions. 

First up is additional service support. Besides the already supported Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare, Tumblr is now supported as well. Instagram is still viewing only, although that is to be expected. Scope fits the bill for all though, be they social juggernauts or more casual users.

The main homescreen lists all your different services, providing each with a colorful icon with which to identify them. Scope is a joy to navigate, with a swipe-oriented approach to navigation and a gorgeous UI. The way the content is displayed is really well done. Photos are displayed big, and bold, and can almost take over your timeline at times. Think about the new Google+ app, turn the dial a little more, and we're somewhere close. 

And, that is a big positive for Scope. It breaks down all your social content into various sub-categories, allowing you to simply swipe between them. Besides breaking it down by service, content can be viewed by type. Scope will highlight any posts that are posting photos, or videos, or check-ins, breaking each off into their own category. 

Additionally to swiping between adjoining pages, tapping the blue button in the bottom right brings up a scrollable dock at the bottom of the screen. This allows quick switching between the various categories, just without the page swiping. There's definitely more than one way of achieving the same objective, but it's all so nicely done. It's pretty fast too, and very smooth. 

Eventually, Scope will become open to all, and it should take a place on everyones "to try" list. For an all in one social app, Scope is going to be hard to top. And, this is from an application still in beta. If you can snag an invitation, then do. Not just because everyone likes to be in on something closed off from the masses, but because it's a really impressive application. 

In the meantime, we've got a selection of screenshots for you after the break. And, if you've got an account, or, an invite, head on over to the Play Store now to download a copy. 

Download: Scope for Android

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2 years ago

Box app updated with OneCloud features and 50 launch partners

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Box has updated their Android app, and while that's always worth knowing, this time the reason why they did it is the news. Box has announced that their OneCloud service is now ready for public consumption, and available to Android users. The premise is simple -- OneCloud is an easy way to use integrated applications to download, edit, and upload documents and files to your Box storage. There's fifty of those integrated applications, including popular apps like Dolphin and FetchNotes. As with any new service, we'll have to try it before we give out final impressions, but on the surface this looks to be great.

To help keep it great and make it even better, Box has introduced a OneCloud SDK for Android app developers, and will be on-hand at Google I/O to answer questions and get everyone on the same page, This looks to be an interesting take on cloud storage, and we're going to have a close look at it. 

Source: Box 

Download Box from Google Play. Thanks Eli, for the tip!

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2 years ago

Hulu Plus updated to include improved support for 7-inch tablets and high resolution displays

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Hulu Plus for Android has received an update, which now includes improved support for 7-inch tablets and high resolution displays. A couple of months ago, there was an update which expanded the app to more tablets, and this is continuing that trend. It's great to see the folks over at Hulu committed to bringing their service to as many devices as possible. 

Here's the full changelog:

  • Improved support for 7” Tablets
  • Improved support for high-resolution screens
  • Ability to sign up for free 1-week trials within the app
  • Compatibility with various ICS devices
  • Various bug fixes and optimizations

To get the update or the app if you haven't checked it out yet, please follow the links after the break.

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2 years ago

Official Wimbledon app hits Google Play

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Attention tennis fans. I'm sure you haven't failed to remember that today sees the start of the Wimbledon tennis championship in London. If you fancy keeping up with all the news and gossip from the tournament you will be pleased to know that the official Wimbledon app is now available to download for free.

The tournament runs from today through July 8, and the eyes of the world will be on Southwest London. Why not keep your eyes on it too, all from your Android smartphone?

Key features of the app include:

  • LIVE scores.
  • Results.
  • Schedule of play.
  • Draws.
  • News.
  • Player profiles.
  • On demand video previews, highlights, features, interviews and golden moments
  • Photos.
  • Live @ Wimbledon Radio – 3 channels: Daily coverage of The Championships and two channels dedicated to Centre Court and No.1 Court commentary of live match play.
  • Find It – lets spectators locate facilities around the grounds at Wimbledon.

More information and download Wimbledon here

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2 years ago

Markers: An awesome drawing app, and more confirmation of the Nexus tablet?

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There's a new pressure sensitive and finger friendly drawing app in the Google Play store called Markers, and since it's written by Android software engineer Daniel Sandler (wonderfully written I might add), it's getting its fair share of attention. The app itself is free in Google Play, will run on any Android device with Eclair or higher, and it's open source. It's already given me more than a few hours of fun, and I have to recommend it to everyone. Especially everyone with a tablet.

Speaking of tablets, Google's Dan Morrill has been showing off some artwork (that's his up top) and pics have a pretty interesting resolution to them -- 800x1172. Add in a few extra pixels for a series of on-screen buttons that you don't see here, and you have the 800x1200 resolution of the rumored recently outed Nexus 7-inch tablet. If anyone would be using one and doing some final testing, someone like Morrill would certainly fit, as he's an Android engineer in Mountain View. And a pretty damn good artist!

We'll know all there is to know about any Googlicious Nexus tablets in just a handful of days. In the meantime, grab the Markers app and have some fun while you wait.

And by the way: That pic from Morrill you see above would make a great Jelly Bean easter egg. Just sayin'.

Download Markers from Google Play; grab the source code; check out Dan Morrill's artwork on Google+

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2 years ago

The one where CrackBerry Kevin buys a $200 Android app and gets a picture of an iPhone ...

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Oops. I did it again. Back in January at CES 2012 I got double-dog dared into buying the most expensive app in BlackBerry App World. I paid $500 for a clock widget. Stupid? You bet. But somebody has to take one for the team.

I didn't start today planning on buying the most expensive app in the Google Play store, but somehow between the booze, the crowd and the tension that's exactly what happened.

I was at a local watering hole taking in the quarter final Italy - England match at EURO2012. Scoreless at halftime, I figured I needed to download a Vuvuzela app for the second half of the game so I could cheer on Italy (I'm engaged to an Italian -- my life is a lot easier when they win).

I found a lot of free and/or cheap Vuvuzela apps in the Google Play store, but I also found the Vuvuzela World Cup Horn Plus for $200, which is the maximum price Google allows apps to be sold for. I was shocked to see Google Play tell me it had 50+ downloads, and there was one other rating in there, so my curiosity got to me. What magic and wonders could a $200 Vuvuzela app possess?

Surprisingly enough, the answer to that question is that the app features a picture of an iPhone holding a Vuvuzela! Hilarious. The developers really should be ashamed of themselves for this one. I also found the app crashed a lot, and though it looked like there was a menu for more options, it never opened.

A complete ripoff? I should say yes... but Italy did come through with a the victory in an overtime shootout, so I'm not going to complain on this one. Hit the video above to see it how it all went down. And to the developer who just made a whack of cash off me. ... I sure hope you put it to good use.

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2 years ago

Pinterest for Android to be unveiled at Google IO?

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Pinterest has been the hot new service of 2012, but we're still lacking an official Pinterest Android application. It looks like that might finally change this week at the Google IO developer conference in San Francisco. Our eagle-eyed pals at Ausdroid spied Pinterest listed in the Sandbox attendees. And, sure enough, in the description line it says "Now available for Android." You can't actually download it yet, but that's a pretty good sign that we should see Pinterest for Android this week.

And don't forget that we'll be at Google IO all week, so bookmark this page for all the updates! Here we go, folks!

Via Ausdroid

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 23, 2012

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We both know why you are here right now. You want some apps, right? Odds are whatever I am saying here you are skipping anyways to check out what we got below, so let's just hit the break and check them out!

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2 years ago

Mozilla teases 'something BIG' coming for Android next week with Firefox

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The folks at Mozilla have taken to Twitter to tease us all about a big​ BIG update in Firefox for Android next week. The details are sparse (as they should be in any teasers worth their salt) only promising something fast, smart, and safe. Firefox development for Android has been steady, but slow, with small and frequent updates to their beta builds. This has many Android users less than interested in their offering, but the old adage "good things come to those who wait" comes to mind when talking about Mozilla. 

We're excited any time a big player makes a splash in the Android pool, but Mozilla is pretty near and dear to our hearts. All of us want to see something spectacular, and the furry-necked part of me wants to see them hit it out of the park and blow everyone away, smack dab in the middle of Google I/O. We're watching things closely here, and you'll know just as soon as we do.

Source: @Firefox

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2 years ago

Shall we play a game? WarGames: WOPR may be the best 99 cents you spend all week

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Any self-respecting nerd out there has seen WarGames at least 30 times. If not, hit up Netflix and come back when you're appropriately familiar with Joshua and the WOPR and Global Thermonuclear War. (And that applies to those of you too young to have ever seen the 1983 Matthew Broderick/Ally Sheedy flick.)

WarGames: WOPR brings the characters and rough storyline of the movie to your Android (and iOS) phones and tablets. The game itself is a basic puzzle game -- you make strings of three or more objects to remove them from the board. But you also have to defeat an opponent. You're the WOPR, playing against characters from the film. Launch missiles to beat them, collect cash, and basically try to destroy the planet in simulation. There are power-ups to be purchased along the way, and you'll have to snag them wisely to beat the latter levels. (And, of course, there's in-app purchasing to get more in-game cash so you can get the upgrades quicker.)

I've been surprisingly entertained by WarGames: WOPR. Maybe it's the fun of seeing the characters again. Maybe it's the sound effects, which have been pulled straight from the film. Maybe it's just the nerd in me remembering how cool it was to pretend we could use our modems to dial in (kids -- have your parents explain) to some strange company and learn its secrets. Or change our grades. 

Either way, this might well by the best buck you spend this week. And unlike the message of the movie, where the only winning move was not to play, you're going to have a hard time putting this one down.

We've got a slew of in-game screen shots for you after the break.

Download: WarGames: WOPR

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