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3 years ago

Android Central Forums app updated, now with added good looks!

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Listen up everybody -- the Android Central Forums app just got a little bit more awesome. An update has just been pushed out into the Google Play Store that makes full use of the Tapatalk 2 back-end. 

If you're not familiar with Tapatalk 2, it's essentially the same setup we all know and love. The most noticeable difference -- an awesome looking new UI. The Android Central Forums just got a little bit sexier! 

Of course, we know that you guys are already rocking this -- you are, right? -- So head into the Play Store and hit the update. But, just in case it slipped you by the first time, we've got some handy download links for you after the break. Come on in and chat with us! 

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3 years ago

International Samsung Galaxy Note gets Ice Cream Sandwich

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If you've got an the international HSPA+ version of the Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), then your months of waiting for Android 4.0 are finally over. The "Premium Suite" for the device, which includes ICS along with a range of other  enhancements, is now pushing out to unlocked German Notes. The update to version XXLPY weighs in at over 300MB, and is currently available through Kies, as well as over-the-air via an automatic update.

As we discovered during our brief hands-on session with the North American ICS update, the Note remains fully TouchWiz'd, even on the latest version of Android. So if you're familiar with the look and feel of the Note's Gingerbread-based firmware, then you'll probably notice only a few minor visual changes. Of course, ICS brings improved performance all-round, which should help Note owners get more out of the device's beefy hardware. And the addition of the Roboto font gives the Note an added touch of class.

As for actual software enhancements, the "Premium Suite" bundles a new S Memo app with support for even richer content, including voice recordings. There's also an enhanced handwriting-to-text feature, and improved sharing capabilities for S Memo content.

If you're rocking an unlocked Note, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to grab the latest OTA, or plug your phone into Kies to see if it's waiting for you. Remember that only German models are getting the ICS update for the time being, though if you know your way around ODIN, you can directly flash the German ROM regardless. (If you don't know what that means, it's probably best to just wait for your country/carrier's OTA.)

If you're already updated, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know what you think.

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3 years ago

Google+ app gets updated, it's beautiful - and iOS only for now

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Google is showing off the new sexy with the Google+ app update, but unfortunately only iOS users get to see it for now. Things like full bleed pictures, crisper sharp fonts, larger profile pics and a revamped home screen are on board, and from the looks of the screen shots it's absolutely freaking gorgeous. But again, it's only for iOS right now. 

Before we start writing those on-line petitions, Vic Gundrota, Google senior VP, has already said the Android version is coming soon, with "a few extra surprises". That does little to soften the blow, though. To be fair, the iOS version really sucked and was in dire need of an update. Google loves to make money from folks with an iPhone (and they make mountains of it from them) so it's good business to offer something for the iFolks. I'll patiently wait for the Android version, and wonder what the extra surprises might be. Speculate away in the comments.

Source: Google; via +Vic Gundotra

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3 years ago

Future of CyanogenMod 7 detailed, new device support on the way

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While much of the custom ROM community is focused on getting the latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich-based goodies onto their devices, the CyanogenMod team continues work on the Gingerbread-based CM7. The current iteration, CyanogenMod 7.2, is being developed alongside the upcoming CyanogenMod 9, and a final release is coming "soon" according to the latest status update.

There's also good news for owners of devices that won't make it up to CM9 -- development on version 7 will continue beyond 7.2, so hopefully no-one should be left in the lurch. Finally, the CM team announced that five new devices have been added to the nightly list for CM7.2 -- the HTC Status (aka ChaCha), HTC Wildfire S, LG Optimus ChicMotorola Photon and Samsung Galaxy 5.

There're more details to be found in the full CM status update, over at the source link.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated with indoor directions, Google offers, business photos

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There's an update to Google Maps available today that brings the app to version 6.7 and adds a couple new features. Google offers has been integrated, letting users see nearby deals and sales based on location, indoor directions provides walking directions (US and Japan only) for places big enough to need such a thing, and business photos offer a 360-degree panoramic view of the inside of participating businesses. 

There's a short video after the break showing off the new tools, and the download link is there to make for easy updating. 

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Gameloft unleashes first teaser video of Men In Black 3 for Android

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Fresh from teasers for N.O.V.A. 3 and Asphalt 7 -- during the Samsung Galaxy S III keynote -- Gameloft have pushed out a teaser for their next big name title. Men In Black 3 will be coming to Android. The video doesn't mention any release date for the title, beyond coming soon. But, further digging around Gameloft's website reveals plans to release the game on May 25 to coincide with the movie release. In the meantime, hit the break and check out the teaser. 

More: Gameloft 

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3 years ago

Latest Instagram update brings the lost tilt shift function to Android

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Remember when Instagram for Android was first released and we mentioned there was just some subtle features missing from the Android version versus the iOS version? No? Well, we did and now, Instagram has closed the gap on some of those functions. The latest release now available in the Google Play Store adds tilt shift and addresses some issues with the Samsung Galaxy Ace aka GT-S5830C. So there you have it, go ahead and grab the link below and revel in all the tilt shift glory.

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3 years ago

Ambiance brings their collection of soothing sounds to Android

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For some folks sounds have a huge impact on many aspects of their life. Listening to rain while they sleep, thunderstorms while they work, crackling fire while reading a book. It adds a level of comfort to have the environment around them enhanced by sound. Ambiance has been a leader of the environment enhancement space on other platforms and now they've released their app for Android powered devices. As you'd expect, the full set of features has made the transition as well:

  • Choose from thousands of sounds... competitors only give you a handful to choose from.
  • Download only the sounds you want to save space on your device.
  • Wake up gently to any sound fading in.
  • Fill your screen with HD images that fit each sound perfectly.
  • Create custom sound mixes to further customize your Ambiance.
  • Save favorites and make custom playlists.

Ambiance has over 2500 sounds in their catalog and constantly adding more to the mix daily. Personally, I love the sound of rain and thunderstorms while I sleep and having the ability to create a mix of that is worth the buy in cost of $2.99 for the app. Sadly though, Ambiance has not made a free demo version available via either the Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store so you're on your own determining if the app is worth that much. Either way, the download link is below for you all.

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3 years ago

WordPress for Android v2.1 moves from public beta to official release

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For all you mobile bloggers out there making use of WordPress, you'll want to listen up. The latest version of WordPress for Android has now been made available through the Google Play Store and is ready for mass consumption. This release while issued in public beta previously, offers a lot of updated changes that should interest many:

  • Autosave timer while editing posts. Every 60 seconds the post will be autosaved.
  • Edit comments! You can edit comments while on the go now.
  • You can now set the width for linked images.
  • All new WordPress.com reader. Navigating posts is much faster and you can add comments to posts that you are reading. You can also share the post to other Android apps!
  • Small improvements to the UI, most notably that the delete post button has been moved to a less prominent spot to prevent accidental taps on it.
  • Reliability improvements
  • Translation updates
  • Updated app icon

Whether you have a smartphone or a tablet, you'll want to go ahead and get yourself updated to the latest version. You can do that simply by heading down below to grab the Google Play Store download link.

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3 years ago

Sprint teams up with Safely and Lookout to announce Sprint Guardian suite of mobile security apps

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As concerns rise surrounding mobile security, Sprint has now taken some steps to offer their customers some of the best preventative solutions available on the market. Announced today during CTIA in New Orleans, Sprint has teamed up with Safely and Lookout to provide a suite of mobile security applications called Sprint Guardian.

  • Sprint Mobile Controls – Clearly understand your child’s talk, text and app use habits. Lock your child’s phone on demand or schedule locks – during dinner, school or late at night. Browse your child’s contacts and apps downloaded to the phone.
  • Sprint Drive First – Automatically locks your teenagers’ mobile phones when they’re traveling more than 10 mph and unlocks when they stop driving. Direct incoming calls to voicemail and silence distracting alerts while driving.
  • Sprint Family Locator – Quickly and easily locate your family members on an interactive map. Set up automatic location checks to get notified that your kids made it to school safely and on time.

The Family Safety bundle will be available for $9.99 per month for up to five lines on the same account while Lookout Family, will be available for $4.99 per month, or up to $49.99 per year, for up to five lines on the same account. The full press release can be found below for your reading pleasure.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Expensify sees major update, now includes the ability to add travel itineraries

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If you frequent using Expensify to keep track of all your expense reports on the go they've now unleashed their latest update and it's a big one, especially for those of you who travel a lot.

The latest version now sitting at 3.20 adds something called Expensify Trips. With it, you can forward your travel itineraries to a dedicated Expensify email address and let SmartScan pull out the details for fast access inside the app. You'll get offline access to your trip details, reminders and more set up in a nice interface.

In addition to that function, they've also added time tracking, pinch to zoom for receipts and of course, addressed various other bugs within the app itself.  Looking to give it a go? Head on down below to grab the link.

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3 years ago

International HTC One S gets first software update - v1.78 now rolling out

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If you've got an unlocked international (non-carrier branded) HTC One S, it's time to start hitting that "Check for updates" button, as a new firmware version is being pushed out over-the-air. The update to v1.78 weighs in at just under 60MB, and remains based on Android 4.0.3. The only obvious change we're noticing so far is the removal of the three-dot menu software menu button in certain Google apps. YouTube, for example, used to show an ICS-style overflow button up to and down below before, and now the unsightly bottom bar has gone. It's also likely this latest OTA includes a fix for the Wifi disconnection bug that's been plaguing some One S owners since day one, though as it's an intermittent issue we haven't been able to confirm this just yet.

It's worth noting that today's update is for unbranded One S models only, so if you bought yours through a carrier, you may have to wait an extra few weeks for a network-approved version to be pushed out. But those running an unlocked, unbranded One S can head head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to grab the latest OTA. When you're done, be sure to keep us posted of any changes or fixes down in the comments.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G updated with Sprint Connections Optimizer

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Now approaching its second birthday, the original HTC EVO 4G has received an unexpected software update today, bringing it up to version 5.07.651.1. The only new addition in this version, according to Sprint's changelog, is the inclusion of the Sprint Connections Optimizer. For the uninitiated, this is an app which runs in the background and can switch between 3G, Wimax and Wifi based on location. For example, if you only have Wifi access at home or at work, you can set the Connections Optimizer to disable Wifi when you're not in either of those two locations. Obvious benefits include improvements to battery life, and the potential to reduce your reliance on cellular data.

Sprint expects this new firmware to be pushed out to all EVO 4G's within six weeks. To see if your update is ready, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit the button.

More: Sprint (1, 2)

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3 years ago

Titanium Backup updated, addition of Google Drive sync for Pro users

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Titanium Backup Pro has long been a favourite in the Android toolbox for root users. Its feature list and relative ease of use have seen it become a must have, including the ability to sync your backups with your Dropbox account. With the recent launch of Google Drive, Titanium now offers sync to your Drive account with this latest update to the application should you be using the paid, Pro version. 

Google Drive sync isn't the only new feature to be heading our way though. The full changelog reads a little something like this:

• [PRO] Supports Google Drive!
• [PRO] Can use a Filter for Dropbox/Box/Google Drive sync. All features from the Filters screen are supported.
• Can backup & restore system apps on stock ROMs, for backups made with TB 5.1.0+.
• Fixed infamous "Android Market query failed" error when viewing Market info on an app.
• Fixed frozen system apps getting defrosted when integrating their updates into ROM.
• Fixed TB launch failure on some ROMs (for LG Optimus 2X & SGS2).
• Misc improvements & bugfixes.

As always, we've got download links to the Google Play store for you after the break. 

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' App Picks for May 5, 2012

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While you anxiously sit and await all of the fun that should be coming from CTIA 2012 you might as well check out some new apps on your Android device. Let's hit the break together and take a look at some of our favorites, and be sure to hit up the comments and share some of yours with us as well!

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