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2 years ago

HBO Go and Max Go updated with ICS support, but for phones only

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HBO Go and MAX Go, streaming video-on-demand services from Home Box Office, have both been updated to support Ice Cream Sandwich devices. It's been a long time coming, and subscribers to the pay channels who want to stream video to their Android devices can finally do so with the latest phones, but only phones. It seems that HBO has decided not to include tablets in this update, nor any Google TV devices. 

To be fair, we're not sure if this is an oversight, a technical issue, or something else. We are sure that it works on the iPad, and if coded correctly, any app that runs on ICS on our phones should run on our tablets as well. I've reached out to Home Box Office, so maybe they will have the answers. In the meantime, you can grab the apps at the links below and enjoy them on your phones.

download HBO Go | download MAX Go

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2 years ago

Draw Something sees daily users decline by 5 million

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No app developer wants to hear that they've lost 5 million daily users in the space of just 30 days. Sadly for the now Zynga owned OMGPOP, that is precisely the situation they find themselves in. 

Draw Something has been the hot ticket since its release on Android and iOS, amassing huge download figures on both platforms in a relatively short space of time. According to information provided by App Data​ though, the number of users is in decline. At its peak, Draw Something had over 15 million daily users. In just 30 days, that number has slipped by 5 million, knocking off a third of the daily user base. 

​App Data's ​numbers are based upon the Facebook login method of playing the game. This of course isn't the only way to play, but it is the most popular, so it paints a pretty clear picture. This then begs the question, are people already getting bored of Draw Something? How about you guys, are you still actively playing? Sound out in the comments below and let us know your thoughts. 

via Pocketlint

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2 years ago

Latest SwiftKey beta brings back the comma, promotes voice-to-text

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SwiftKey, recipients of the prestigious 2011 Android Central Editor's Pick for third-party keyboard, today unleashed a new beta version of the SwiftKey 3 keyboard that, ahem, fixes a few things in the UI department. Most notably, the comma key has resurfaced, with the voice-to-text microphone as its secondar function, so we're not going to complain too much.

Also of note in this beta update:

  • Improved the UI: there is now a dedicated comma key, and the <123> key is now in the bottom-left corner. 
  • Refined the Smart Punctuation pop-up.
  • Reintroduced the Long-press duration setting.
  • Improved Smart Space functionality.
  • Further reduced lag on some devices.
  • Fixed a number of bugs, including the missing decimal point in the numpad and the "What's New" dialog popping up all the time.

In addition to being the 2011 Android Central Editor's Pick for third-party keyboards, SwiftKey also won a Webby this week, which is pretty close in prestige. (Note to Android Central editors: Give away gongs.)

More: SwiftKey VIP forums (registration required)

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2 years ago

Galaxy S III owners to receive 50GB Dropbox storage

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Samsung, like HTC before it, has partnered with leading cloud storage provider Dropbox in its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The app comes pre-loaded on the S III, and Samsung's partnership gives owners 50GB of storage of two years -- double what HTC's offering on its One series, and matching the amount on offer through Box.net and Sony Mobile.

For more on the software packed inside the HTC One X, check out our extensive walkthrough.

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2 years ago

Flipboard for Android - we go hands-on!

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Flipboard is finally coming to Android. Well, sort of. Flipboard is coming to Android on the Galaxy S III. Exclusively on the Galaxy S III, we're told, at least for some amount of time, though Flipboard's website today informs that it'll be available on "Select Android phones" at first, so that could mean more than just the SGSIII.

What's all the fuss about? If you're a fan of Google Currents -- and judging by the more than 321,000 subscribers to Android Central on Google Currents, a few of you are -- you'll also be a fan of Flipboard. The idea is that you take a traditional news feed and turn it into a more visually appealing medium. "Magazine-style" is the phrase we use a lot, and it's a great way to read traditional online stories, online or offline. And Flipboard was one of the first apps to do it really well, and until now it's only been available on iOS devices.

But no more. Flipboard is coming to Android. We don't know exactly when (well, May 29 for those of you in Europe, we suppose), and we don't know how long it'll be SGSIII-only. But if you've been waiting for Flipboard on Android, it's coming. Probably. 

We've got a brief hands-on look after the break that'll give you the idea of what's in store.

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2 years ago

Galaxy S III 'Pop-up Play' picture-in-picture demonstration

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Samsung showed off a host of new features on the new Galaxy S III today, but one of the most eye-catching was the “Pop-up Play” capability, which brings picture-in-picture video viewing to the device. Activated from within the native Gallery app, Pop-up Play creates a smaller, draggable window that hovers on top of other apps, which sits there playing your video of choice. And in the background, you’re free to run whichever apps you please.

Sure, we’ve seen kind of thing implemented by the rooting and hacking community before, but this is Samsung is the first manufacturer to offer this picture-in-picture viewing out of the box. And combined with the Galaxy S III’s wealth of supported codecs, we’re sure this feature will be of use to many an S III owner in the months ahead.

Check our hands-on video above, and be sure to read the rest of our Galaxy S III coverage for even more info on Samsung’s new flagship smartphone.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III S Voice demonstration

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Being able to talk to your phone and have it talk back to you isn't necessarily a new feature, but it's certainly been made popular with Siri on the iPhone 4S. And in some brief testing today on the Samsung Galaxy S III, we found it to work pretty well. We're going to wait to give it the full what-for when we're out of the demo environment and on the mean streets, where seconds count when you're finding out whether it's raining out, where to hide a dead body -- or how much wood a woodchuck can chuck.

When not chucking wood, S Voice does such menial searches as voice dialing, sending text messages, searching contacts, find navigation routes, records memos, adds to your schedule and can set tasks, among other items.

But, really, it's all about the woodchuck.

We've got some hands-on video after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III camera app hands-on

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Samsung has had some pretty good cameras in its phones for some time now, and the Galaxy S III is no exception. The SGSIII finds itself with an 8-megapixel rear shooter, and a 1.9-megapixel camera round front. Sammy's mantra as far as the camera goes is that it wants you to "never miss a picture-perfect moment."

The camera app remains impressive. The shutter snaps as soon as you touch the screen (some people prefer that, others prefer it to trigger on release), and there's virtually no lag between touch and picture. You've got some pretty standard options -- panorama mode, macro, etc. -- and HDR imaging (that's the one where pictures of differing resolutions are combined for a more dynamic look) is now built in as well.

A feature Samsung's particularly proud of is burst mode, which will capture up to 20 images in a single take by holding down the shutter button. (You do have to first enable burst mode in the settings.)

Facial recognition is another high point, as Samsung's making a big deal out of being able to identify your friends faces, tag photos, group them, and share them. In demos it's seemed to work well enough. We'll reserve ful judgment for when we get to use it in the real world.

Shooting video works as expected, and Samsung's also got the ability to snap still images while recording motion at 1080p. (Unlike HTC's video playback, however, you can't take still images while reviewing a video.)

All in all, though, a pretty solid performance by the Samsung Galaxy S III in the optical department.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 software hands-on

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As you may have heard, Samsung’s just taken the wraps off the new Galaxy S III (S3), a 4.8-inch quad-core beast powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a brand new version of TouchWiz. Samsung’s UX has been given a minor facelift on the Galaxy S3, bringing in visual and audio elements from the device’s new “inspired by nature” design choices. And there are a few exciting new features to boot, incorporating NFC, face recognition and Wifi Direct.

Join us after the break for our full walkthrough of the Samsung Galaxy S3's software, along with more videos!

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2 years ago

Gameloft releases another teaser video of N.O.V.A. 3, still no word on a release date

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We've already had our first teaser of Gameloft's forthcoming sequel, N.O.V.A. 3, but we've just been given another. This time we're treated to some actual in-game footage, and it looks good. It looks really good. 

There's nothing more in the way of a release schedule for the game, Gameloft still teases that detail is coming soon. In the meantime though, click on past the break, and enjoy. 

Source: Gameloft

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