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2 years ago

Official Google IO 2012 app now ready for download

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We're now seven days away from the kick off of Google IO 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and now, Google has gone ahead and updated the official conference app for those who are lucky enough to be attending the event. This year, the app has received a makeover and some great new features have been added including Google+ integration as well as the ability go stream conference video directly. The full list looks a little something like this:

  • View the conference agenda and edit your personal schedule
  • View detailed session, code lab, and speaker information, including speaker bios, photos, and Google+ profiles
  • +1 sessions right from the app
  • Participate in public #io2012 conversations on Google+
  • Guide yourself using the conference map
  • Get a reminder a few minutes before sessions in your schedule are due to start
  • View information about companies in the Developer Sandbox
  • Keep up with announcements from the I/O team during the conference
  • View your schedule on your Android 3.0+ device's home screen using an app widget
  • Play back "I/O Live" session video streams on your Android 3.0+ devices
  • Automatically sync sessions in your schedule to your Android 4.0 device's calendar
  • Beam session details from your Android 4.0, NFC-enabled device to another using Android Beam

As you can tell, the app really is intended for those actually attending Google IO 2012 but there is enough features built in that everyone can enjoy it in one way or another. We'll be there at the Moscone Center from June 27-29 taking it all in and bringing it all back to you guys. In the meantime though, go ahead and grab the app from the Google Play Store and follow along.

Download the Google IO 2012 app

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2 years ago

TouchWiz Nature UX: The definitive guide

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Want to get to grips with the new version of Samsung's ​TouchWiz software on the Galaxy S III? We’ve got all the info you could ever want...

Samsung’s Galaxy S III introduces a new version of the manufacturer’s UI layer, known as TouchWiz. TouchWiz has its roots in Samsung’s Symbian featurephones and Windows Mobile smartphones, but most Android fans will recognize it as the software that Samsung used on its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II devices. TouchWiz has typically been brighter and more feature-packed than vanilla Android, if a little scattershot in terms of overall design. Nevertheless, millions of consumers have used the software on Samsung devices over the past few years, making it one of the most popular Android “skins” out there. And for its latest flagship phone, Samsung has unveiled a brand new version -- the “TouchWiz Nature UX.”

Drawing design cues from Samsung’s “inspired by nature” slogan, the new TouchWiz has undergone a visual overhaul, and introduced a truckload of new features. At the same time, the manufacturer’s stripped out some of the extraneous apps and widgets found in TouchWiz 4 in an effort to make things more streamlined (though many of these extras are still available for download under “more services”).

So there’s a lot to learn, and plenty of new functionality to discover. Fortunately, we’re here to help with our definitive guide to Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX.

Getting started with TouchWiz | Notification bar | Home screens | PersonalizationLock screen |
Wifi, Wifi Direct and DLNA | Keyboard | Email and messages | Browser and Flash |
Gallery | Music Player | Camera | Phone and Contacts | Multitasking and Task Manager |
S Planner and Tasks | S Voice | Motion and Gestures | Flipboard | Weather | Display and Smart Stay |
Developer Options | Kies and Connecting to a Computer | AllShare Play |
Music, Video and Games Hub | Other Notables

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2 years ago

MiHome Launcher [Android App Review]

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The MIUI ROM's by Xiaomi are an interesting take on Android, offering up something pretty different to everyone else. It isn't to everyone's tastes, but it's bright and colorful, simple, and very well designed. But, not everyone is into flashing ROM's and all that hack-foolery. We've already seen the MiLocker application hit the Play Store, and now the launcher has been separated off and released too as MiHome. There's a ton of launchers out there these days, but MiHome is pretty individual. We'll take you through it after the break. 

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2 years ago

'With great power, comes great responsibility' - The Amazing Spider-Man launching June 28

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This summer is shaping up to be a feast for comic book geeks and general action film lovers alike, with titles like The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man. Both are set to get official mobile games from Gameloft, and both will be coming to Android around the time of the movie launches. 

Today on their official YouTube channel, Gameloft has posted the "prologue" to the Amazing Spider-Man. It gives us the background -- although we all know that already, right? -- and some more gameplay action. The gameplay looks pretty good, a large, open, 3D world to web-sling through to your hearts content. There's also some bad guys to fight should you feel the urge. 

Also from the video, we get the release date for the title. The Amazing Spider-Man will be launching on Android on June 28. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer. 

Source: Gameloft (YouTube)

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2 years ago

Google+ opening its API to Flipboard, integration coming soon

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Bradley Horowitz, the man pulling the strings behind Google+, has been speaking today at the LeWeb 12 conference in London. Several partners were announced for the social platform, including Buddy Media, Hootsuite, Context Optional, Hearsay Social, Involver and Vitrue, who are all now "trusted partners." Perhaps more interesting though, is the addition of Flipboard to that list. 

Opening up the Google+ API to Flipboard will mean a proper integration of the two platforms. Users of Flipboard will soon be able to comment on, and +1 Flipboard articles, as well as sending Flipboard content to their Google+ circles. 

It's pretty big news, especially considering that it somewhat steps on the toes of Google's own news application, Google Currents -- in which Android Central has over 380,000 subscribers, so thank you! Obviously, being a Google application, Currents already has a leg up in this area, todays news just means that Flipboard will be on a more level playing field when it comes to Google+. It's a smart move though, Flipboard is going to be huge, and why would we want to share on Facebook and not Google+?

The other question this raises, is whether or not Google are getting closer to releasing the Google+ API publicly. This has to be a step in the right direction, and who knows, maybe something will be announced at Google IO next week? 

via Techcrunch

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2 years ago

'You are on day 629 of your 30-day trial' - Winzip makes its debut on Android

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No free trial period will be 'required' on this one folks. That old, old PC application, Winzip, has finally made its debut on Android. It's been around on iOS for a while now, but in its absence on Android there have been other, and some would say better, file zip solutions released on Android. In any case, Winzip is one of those long standing names, and for many people it is​ zip files, so it's nice that it finally showed up. 

That is, if it was a particularly polished application. Which, sorry to say, it isn't. The back key for example, instead of going up a layer, seems to solely want to exit the application. Frustrating to say the least. 

The top features of Winzip for Android reads as: 

  • View supported file formats directly within the WinZip app. Easily open other popular formats with 3rd-party app integration.
  • Open encrypted Zip files (including AES128 and AES256) to review sensitive material safely while on the go.
  • Copy unzipped content to the clipboard to paste into an email or another application. Save the last extracted zip file to access at later time.

In theory it sounds great, but the niggles such as the back button are sure to infuriate potential heavy users. But, it is only the first version, so hopefully it will get fixed. In any case, it's out now, it's free -- no trial period required -- and is available for Android 2.1 and above. If you're into zipping and unzipping, head on over to the Google Play Store and try it out for yourselves. 

Download: Winzip for Android

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2 years ago

Google Wallet not playing nice with the HTC EVO 4G LTE

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Google Wallet is acting up again, and this time it seems like everyone with an EVO 4G LTE is either locked out of the app or unable to install it because they have an unsupported device in an equally unsupported country. Never mind the fact that the device was support previously, and the EVO 4G LTE is sold only in the lone supported country. Unfortunately, those are the only two things anyone outside of Google and Sprint are sure of.

Could the app be blocked purposely for an imminent roll-out of Sprint's own Touch Wallet service? While that's possible, it's just as likely that there's an error and this is a bug -- Google Wallet has been pretty temperamental. If you ask Wallet support, they will respond thusly:

Hello xxx,

Thank you for calling Google Wallet. You called us regarding being unable

to access the Google Wallet app on your HTC Evo.

Google Wallet is temporarily unavailable on your device and our
engineering team is working hard to make sure Google Wallet is working as
intended. We will be sure to let you know when full functionality has
resumed.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

It was a pleasure assisting you today. Feel free to contact us again if
you have any additional questions regarding Google Wallet or visit our
Help Center at Wallet Help

Sincerely,

Michelle
The Google Wallet Team

Since that's all we really have to go with, we're gonna call it growing pains. Sure wish Wallet would finish growing ...

Discuss in the EVO 4G LTE forums

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2 years ago

Spotify receives mystery update, landscape view still not on the horizon

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The newly revamped Spotify app got itself a mystery update today, but one thing that isn't included, is the missing landscape view. When changelogs don't get updated, we can usually take it as being a bug and or security fix update, both of which are welcomed. 

One thing we know that a lot of you don't like about the vastly improved application though, is the strange lack of a landscape view. The old version had it, and while alarm bells rang when the preview version dropped, as that was only a preview we had to give Spotify the benefit of the doubt. 

Knowing that it's a big deal for a lot of folks -- tablet users especially -- we approached Spotify to see if we could get anything from them on the matter. And, we did. It probably isn't going to please those of you who are already frustrated with it though; 

"We have had a lot of interest in landscape mode for the new Android version however, I am not able to say if or when landscape mode might be available on Android again."

So, that doesn't absolutely rule it out, but for some reason it doesn't seem to be much of an issue to them. Why it is missing in the first place, remains a mystery. 

To grab the latest version of the app, head on over to the Google Play Store now. 

Download: Spotify for Android

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2 years ago

Official version of VLC for Android almost ready for launch?

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We've known that a version of VLC has been in active development for some time -- read a long time -- now. There are plenty of unofficial alpha builds out and about, but until now word on the official version is that it is "in development." A post today on the developers Twitter account however, might suggest that said development time is almost over. 

Posting in the small hours on the official VideoLAN twitter account, it simply reads "Android, here we come!" Nothing more, but it would suggest that an official build of the hugely popular, play anything, media player might finally be not be too far away. 

via Ausdroid

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2 years ago

CrackBerry Kevin World Tour: What's the best Twitter app?

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The Mobile Nations World Tour is in full force and my crash course month on Android continues. One thing I've quickly come to realize is that Android = Options. In some cases, too many options. There's just not enough time in the day to try *everything* out.

I have put a lot of time in to using every Android keyboard I can get a hold of to figure out which one is best for a traditional two-thumb BlackBerry typist like myself (more on that later), but when it comes to Twitter apps, I'm going to take the shortcut and ask for Android Central's advice. The other week I posed the question what accessories I should buy for my Android phone? and I got an awesome response from the community. I'm sure the same will be true in regards to apps for the twitter.

I've installed a couple of Android twitter clients so far -- I've noticed each has some pros and cons -- but there are a ton of options in the Google Play Store. So I want to know... what's your favorite twitter app? Post your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to say why it's your favorite. You'll be helping not only me here, but other Android users too. Sound off!

Oh, and if you want to see which twitter app I end up going with, be sure to follow me on twitter at @crackberrykevin. Hmm.. maybe for this month I should change my handle to @candroidkevin. That sort of has a nice ring to it.

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