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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Need for Speed Most Wanted, Storage Analyser, Nexus Revamped LWP and more!

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On this, the eve of the new Nexus, we have another set of great app picks for you. Spend a few bucks on some great games, pick up a couple of free productivity apps and take a look back at something retro with an old-school live wallpaper done right. So take a look, this is an all-star lineup you have to see.

Oh, and can you spot how many Nexuses there are in this post?

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3 years ago

Spotify Premium carrier billing coming to Sprint Nov. 11th

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Subscription music service Spotify has struck a deal with Sprint to offer carrier billing for customers who want to upgrade to Spotify Premium, their paid unlimited service. Starting tomorrow, November 11th, Sprint customers will be able to add the service as a recurring charge on their account for $10 per month according to Engadget.

It's nice to have choices when it comes to purchasing things on your device. Some would prefer to just bill their carrier account rather than have separate credit card entries around for each individual service.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Light Flow updated with Nexus 4 and GMail 4.2 support

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Light Flow has been a go-to app for users that want to keep their device's notification LED flashing appropriately. It gained a lot of popularity with the Galaxy Nexus given stock Android's lack of settings to control the LED, and now the app has been updated with Nexus 4 -- and GMail 4.2 -- support just a few days before the device's launch. It seems to support just about every popular app you could think of, and even more are unlocked in the paid version.

There's a "lite" version of the app that you can pick up at the Play Store link above, and if you like what the developer is doing consider dropping them $2.49 for the paid version.

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3 years ago

Motorola to let users 'Test Drive' future software updates before release

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Following the announcement that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is rolling out to the Droid RAZR M, Motorola introduced a new initiative they're calling "Test Drive". The idea behind Test Drive is to let a small number of registered users have access to the latest version of a software update before its general public release. Starting with updates to Android 4.2, a "few hundred consumers" will have access to the software to give a try and provide valuable feedback to Motorola before an official release.

Motorola didn't provide any official information about when or how users will be able to register to be included in Test Drive, but you can bet it'll be quite a rush to get into those few hundred open spots.

Source: Official Motorola Blog

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3 years ago

Official Jelly Bean update hitting Motorola Droid RAZR M today

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We saw a leak of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Motorola Droid RAZR M just shy of a month ago, and Verizon has just taken off the wraps on the official update today. The official support page is now live, and the update will start rolling out in phases -- as is typical -- starting today. The page also indicates that eager users will be able to manually check in and download the update in the next week.

The update is bringing the whole host of Android 4.1 features including Google Now, smart keyboard predictions and a few Motorola tweaks like an enhanced notification pane thrown in. Love it or hate it, the update is bringing along ISIS mobile payments as well. Surely we would have preferred to see the device launch with Jelly Bean on board, but a hasty update right after launch is the next best thing. It looks like Google kept its promise on this update.

Source: Verizon; More: Motorola Droid RAZR M Forums

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3 years ago

My Little Pony for Android: Basically 'My First RPG'

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I'm the only one here at Android Central who has young daughters, so it came as a bit of a shock that I had to fight off the other guys for first dibs at the My Little Pony game for Android. (Take that, Hildenbrand!)

It also was a bit of an unwelcome surprise that for a kids game, you have an extra 87 megabytes of data to download. And don't hand your phone or tablet over to your kid just yet -- there's a scrolling scroll of scrollable legalese to acknowledge before you get anywhere near those beloved ponies.

And once you get through all that (OK, it's not all that difficult, but c'mon, this is a kid's game!), finally you're in Ponyville, where apparently Nightmare Moon (whom I believe was one of Frank Zappa's prized mares) has cast the entire town into darkness. A little confusing because the sun's up and birds are singing, but whatever. Just tell your kids it has to do with last weekend's time change, and they'll be none the wiser.

From there, the game blissfully walks you through the ins and outs of whatever it is you're supposed to be doing with a few helpful arrows. I'm still not quite sure what it was I was doing, or which character was doing it, or why that blasted hot-air balloon kept flying by and distracting me. But I'm also pretty sure the little girls who just stole my Nexus 7 do, and that's all that matters. They also don't seem to mind the in-game advertising, which is good, since the game was free in the first place. 

So if you wanna be the best parent ever this weekend, hit the link above and kiss your Android phone or tablet goodbye for a few days. Because it's Pony Time.

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3 years ago

Pulse News 3.0 introduces unlimited pages and improved search

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Pulse News recently launched version 3.0 of their reader app for Android, which has a few significant changes. For one, there's no limitation on the number of pages that can saved to your Pulse account, which is great considering it was previously limited to five sections. There's a new sidebar to easily jump around these multiple content channels, as well as tweak your profile and view saved stories. There's also a new search mechanism that can haul in content from  Tumblr YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, Google, Flickr, and other sources. Oh, and there's a new icon.

As always, Pulse offers their own curated, categorized library of content to subscribe to and view view them in a slick browser with scrollable rows for every site. Of course, you can always punch in RSS feeds for any kind of content you like and get a decent stream going on any of your categorized pages. They also have a web app that syncs up with your subscriptions and reading habits, if you'd rather catch up on the big screen.

Which reader apps do you use on a regular basis? It seems like the most direct competitor to Pulse is Flipboard, since they're so focused on cool design, but are there others which are of the same caliber?

Source: Pulse

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3 years ago

Curiosity developer 22cans issues video response to game bugs and downtime

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22cans' mobile game experiment Curiosity launched on Tuesday, tasking players with the goal of tapping their way to the center of a mysterious cube. However, the game attracted so many players that it's been struggling to keep up with demand over the past few days. Players have been presented with error messages when trying to connect to the game, and in addition a troublesome bug has cropped up resulting in in-game coins disappearing into thin air.

Today the developers took to YouTube to update players on their work to bring Curiosity back to life and fix the remaining bugs. The 22cans team, including head honcho Peter Molyneux, say they've been hard at work over the past few days, living out of the office as they work on the game. No timeframe is mentioned, but Molyneux says as soon as the fixes are in place, the game will become available once again.

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3 years ago

GroupMe version 4.0 hits beta for willing participants

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One of the more popular group messaging services out there, GroupMe, has just released a beta of its latest update -- version 4.0. The whole idea of version 4.0 is a cleaner and simpler to use interface, and looking at the screenshots it seems to be the case. To participate in the beta, hit the source link below. It'll involve allowing installation of 3rd party apps in your device's settings and installing it manually, but may be worth a look if you're a big GroupMe user.

GroupMe is hoping to get participants to try out the beta who have already been using the most recent stable version to get the best feedback, but if you're interested in trying out the beta you can always download the previous version first (at the Play Store link above) and register to move to 4.0.

Source: GroupMe Blog

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars review

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After a few weeks of teasers, Rovio has finally released the next iteration in their Angry Birds franchise, this time with a focus on the classic Star Wars brand. Recognizable settings such as Tattoine, Degobah, and Hoth make an appearance, not to mention all of the birds are dressed up as characters from the movies, each with their own signature special abilities.

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3 years ago

Music and Movies coming to Google TV in more countries (update)

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Update: The Google+ page has been updated to reflect that Canada and Australia won't be getting the update, and Google TV won't support Play Music and Movies in these countries.

The official Google TV page on Google+ just announced that Google Play Music and Movies will be expanding its reach to more countries. Users in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada and Australia can now use both Music and Movies on their Google TV devices without restrictions.

It's always good to see Google's content deals expanding to bring a full-featured experience to all markets that have Google TV available.

Source: +GoogleTV

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3 years ago

Humble Bundle for Android 4 features Superbrothers beta

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The latest Humble Bundle for Android has been kicked off, and includes a bunch of exceptional games. Splice, Eufloria, Waking Mars, Crayon Physics Deluxe, and an early Android beta for the excellent Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery are all available. If you pay more than the average (currently $8.89) you also get Machinarium. 

You get to pay whatever you want for these, and the money is split up between developers, the Humble Bundle organizers, and charities like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play as you see fit. Every signle one comes with the original soundtrack, and is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac PCs. 

A lot of these games aren't in Google Play, so, go get the bundle! It's a great deal, and for a good cause. Hey, if you're in the charitable mood, why not contribute to the MO-bile Nations Movember run? We're raising money for men's health by sprouting exceptionally poor facial hair. Seriously, I don't know how I'm going to go out in public like this.  

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3 years ago

Inside Android 4.2: The new clock app

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What's that? A separate piece about a clock app? It still tells time, right?

Yes. A separate piece about a clock app. And, yes. It still tells time. Actually, the new clock app in Android 4.2 is wearing four or five hats. Here's the breakdown:

  • Clock.
  • World clock.
  • Alarm clock.
  • Timer.
  • Stopwatch.

And what's more -- this thing looks good.

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3 years ago

Google Shopper updated with new UI, GoodGuide product ratings and more

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Today sees the launch of Google Shopper 3.0 on Google Play, bringing several major changes to Google's mobile shopping application. First up is a re-vamped, more image-centric design with a slide-out menu similar to many other Google apps. The main menu now shows a grid of available categories, and when searching, it's possible to view larger images of all products in a similar layout.

Shopper 3.0 also introduces GoodGuide product ratings, which Google says should allow shoppers to make more informed buying decisions. A new push notification area allows users to keep up to date with new Shopper features when they land.

Existing Google Shopper users should head to the Google Play Store to grab today's update. If you've not got the app installed yet, you can jump right to the most recent version using the Google Play link above. Google Shopper is a free download for devices running Android 2.1 and above.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Star Wars now available on Google Play

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Rovio's latest cross-over title, Angry Birds Star Wars, has landed on Google Play, where it's available as a free download. The game, which debuts such things as "Pigtroopers" and a "Pig Star" (you get the idea), features familiar Angry Birds-style gameplay across four zones -- Tatooine, Death Star, Endor, "Path of the Jedi" (think Yoda's planet from Return of the Jedi) and several unlockable bonus stages. There's also Hoth-themed zone that's promised as a free update "soon."

Gameplay is pretty much what you'd expect -- fling birds at pigs, except now there are Star Wars things happening in the background. Later levels see blasters and lightsabers getting in on the action.

Angry Birds Star Wars is available in regular and tablet-optimized HD flavors, and both are available for devices running Android 2.2 or later. You can grab the free version above, or the £1.99 HD version here. We'll have a full review coming at you soon.

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