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3 years ago

Android Quick App - Word Collector

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If games are something you enjoy on your Android device, and you struggle to find unique games that are fun and can keep you occupied, Word Collector may be just what you are looking for. While the concept of the game is rather simple, collect falling and rising letters to create a word, it is a bit challenging in that you have to tilt the device from side to side in order to capture the letters.

Through the game there are a few additional bonuses that are able to be unlocked, and many different backgrounds to play on. Whether you have a few minutes, or a few hours to kill, this game may be the perfect one to keep your brain going. Download links available after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App - Color

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Color is a new camera and image-sharing app that has been making its rounds across platforms. Launched on both Android and iOS, Color allows you to capture photos and share them with others in a new sort of way. Rather then needing to send photos via email or uploading them to a site or even attaching them in a MMS, Color allows anyone within 150ft who is also running the app able to view any images you take.

Take for example you are at a party, you want to snap a pic of some friends share it with some of those at the party -- chances are, they have a device that can run Color as well. All they need to do is open up the app, you take the picture and then the image will automatically appear on their device and vice versa if they took a picture of you.

With added features such as SMS messaging, Facebook and Twitter built right into the app, the concept here is great. If you're looking for a new, cool way to share photos at a party or event, then Color may be just what you've been looking for. Color is available in the Android Market now for free. You can jump on past the break for the download QR code. Keep in mind it does require Android 2.2 or greater.

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3 years ago

Field & Stream application available on Android

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With the warm weather rolling back in us outdoors lovers will be heading back outside, whether to do some hunting or some fishing, just getting back to the wildlife is a great feeling. While on the go who wouldn't enjoy having helpful hints and tips available in your pocket on your Android device. The Field & Stream application brings you all of the award winning online content, in an easy to navigate and read format, for while on the go. The application will give access to blogs, slideshow's, and videos, making it an essential item for all the outdoors lovers. Download information available after the break.

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3 years ago

Unauthorized Netflix app now working on Android [update -- not any longer]

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Maptec from XDA has a working copy of Netflix for Android, streaming video just fine on his HTC Evo 4G.  This is supposedly the same Netflix app from the LG Revolution system dump.  Like many, Maptec was using the apk for a queue manager, and it received an auto-update today and suddenly started working. Magical.

We were told that Netflix would be coming to select Android devices based on hardware, so I'm as surprised by this one as anyone else.  Remember if you try this one out that it's completely unauthorized, and you're probably breaking at least one licensing agreement with a company that has your name and credit card number.  If you're not deterred, hit the source link and give it a try. [XDA Developers] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Update: Now you see it, now you don't -- streaming video that is.  Whatever wizardry that went on to make this one work has been undone, and we're back to waiting on Netflix again.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11


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Year after year, version after version, Opera's mobile browsers keep getting better and better. And that brings us to the recent release of Opera Mobile 11 and Opera Mini 6 for Android.

For Opera Mobile 11, we're talking an improved user interface, better panning and scrolling -- no checkerboarding -- and other fixes that make Opera Mobile a top-tier browsing experience. For Opera Mini 6, you've got even more of the data compression that keeps your browsing fast on a slow connection, plus a new look and skin.

And we figured what better way to show you the new updates than to have Opera do the walkthrough here at CTIA. So check it out, then get your download on. [Opera Mobile 11, Opera Mini 6]

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3 years ago

Viewdle tags Facebook pics via AR

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Next up from CTIA is Viewdle, which brings a cool little addition to your Android camera. It's facial recognition, tied into Facebook, all via a little augmented reality. Point, shoot, and it recognizes faces (after you teach it who's who), then automatically tag photos for Facebook. It's pretty slick actually. Check out the video above, and there's more at Viewdle's site. [Viewdle]

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the AT&T Thrill 4G; Updated with video!

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The LG Optimus 3D is coming to AT&T, bringing what may once again be the nation's largest carrier its first 3D Android smartphone. The Thrill, for all intents and purposes, is just as we saw it a month ago at Mobile World Congress. You've got the 4.3-inch stereoscopic touchscreen, a special section on the phone for the 3D apps, and it's all powered by that a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor.

More 3D-enabled apps, including Let's Golf, are in the works. Take a gander at more pics and hands-on video, after the break, and do keep in mind that the software's not yet final.

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3 years ago

HTC Scribe First Impressions on the HTC View 4G; Updated with video!

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HTC brings pen input back to the world of tablets 

Maybe it's because deep down we are nostalgic for resistive touchscreens of old, but we have to admit we're seriously geeking out over HTC Scribe, the technology that allows you to use an honest-to-god writing implement with the HTC View 4G - see our hands-on here.

If you're not familiar, here's how it works: HTC is selling a capacitive stylus that talks to the View 4G over Bluetooth and lets you take notes directly on the screen. On the View itself, they've replaced the standard search button with a context-aware Stylus button. When you're in a context where you can't write on the screen, the button is red and serves as a shortcut to stylus-aware apps. When you can use the stylus, it turns green and it's writing time, baby.

More impressions and photos and video after the break!

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3 years ago

Springpad updates their Android offering

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Springpad has updated their Android client, adding in new ways to share your notes and memos, as well as new widget options.  Springpad is a popular cross platform service, that stores and sorts your notes and reminders in the cloud, making them easily to access from any Android or iOS device, or your computer desktop.  What makes Springpad unique is the way it gathers other pertinent information from the web about the item your saving. 

New in the latest version is what Springpad is calling "Save for later" from other apps.  Anything you can long press you'll be able to save to Springpad, and their service will fill in details like directions, prices, deals and the like, and attach them to your item.  Of course it handles simple note-taking as well, and does so like a champ.  Add in a quick note style widget, and a to-do list widget, and it all works really well.  Sounds like it may be very useful, and well worth a look.  Springpad is free on the Android Market for phones running Android 1.6 or higher.  The download link, press release and some more screenshots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Bodymedia brings a sleek way to monitor your vitals along with Sprint ID

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Your phone's on you all the time. Might as well put it to good use -- other than playing with Angry Birds. Enter Bodymedia. It's a small arm band that connects to your Android phone or tablet via Bluetooth. And if you have a Sprint ID device -- and that means anyone with an Epic 4G or Galaxy Tab as of this week -- you can keep an eye on your vital signs with a number of attractive widgets. Peep the video above for a look at Bodymedia in action.

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3 years ago

Endomondo lets your friends heckle workouts (and help you get in shape) [CTIA]

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I need to work out more any. And after finally checking out Endomondo, I'm more determined than ever to just waste away. That's not the app's fault. It's pretty darn cool, actually, mixing an exercise monitoring app with social networking. And by social networking, we mean your friends can send you messages while you're on your route. And by send you a message, we mean "We can see you're walking! You want to look like that your whole life?"

Or, maybe your friends are the encouraging type. Consider yourselves lucky. Anyhoo, we caught up with Endomondo at CTIA in Orlando, where they offered to take us on quick 10K stroll of the city. We'll get right on that.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App - GroupMe

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Ever try to make plans with a group of friends, and have to send the same message to all of them, only to have to reply with the same answers to all of them? Wouldn't it be much easier if you were able to just text one number, and have it go to all of your friends, creating a group SMS message? The folks at GroupMe had the same idea, and they have released an application that will do just that; make it easy and effective for people to SMS with a group of people.

Simply launch the application, search your contacts for the people you wish to be in the group, create the group, and boom, you are assigned a number. This number is the one that will be used to send messages to, and all the people in that group will receive them, and be able to reply to it, making planning events a piece of cake. Additionally, not only are you able to send SMS but you can call that number as well, which creates a conference call between all of your friends in that group. If you are looking for a free, yet extremely simple and effective way to communicate with a group of friends, you will want to head into the Android market, and check out GroupMe. If you have friends on BlackBerry devices, be sure to let them know it has just gone into beta for them. Download information after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 19, 2011

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Whether you just picked up a HTC Thunderbolt this week, or you have been an Android lover for a while now, finding new useful applications can be a struggle at times. Let us share with you some of our favorites that we have found, and hopefully you will find them useful as well.  Join us after the break to see what we have in store for this week.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App - Gravitron Live Wallpaper

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The various live wallpapers that are available on Android are one of my personal favorite parts, because sadly they can keep me entertained by just watching them. While the market is certainly flooded with live wallpapers, there are not very many which offer extensive customization options, but luckily Gravitron is one of the ones that do, and they offer quite a few options. This live wallpaper, which is based around a bunch of flying particles, gives you near complete control of the look of the wallpaper, with customization features including:

  • Built-in presets: Original, Patriot, Love, Bokeh, Pride, Droid, St. Patrick's day, and more.
  • 10 shapes for particles & decoration
  • Color randomization & cycling
  • Up to 8 colors preselection
  • Background color selection
  • Camera movement adjustment: speed, distance and behaviour (3D positioning)

In addition to all these custom settings, they have implemented the ability to save and load various presets, and soon they hope to have the ability to share these via Twitter. For less then $1 you can have all these features, as well as whatever they are able to add in the future, so if you want a live wallpaper that you are able to customize fully, be sure to check this out. Download links, and video can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Guerrilla Bob shoots his way onto Android devices

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It is always great to see successful iOS games make their way onto the Android platform, but sadly this isn't something we see every day. Guerrilla Bob, an action shooting game, brings some stunning graphics to Android, and offers some rather entertaining game play. Unlike many other applications, this game offers cross platform game play, which allows Android owners to play vs PC or iOS users if they so wish. In addition to this the game offers a Story Campaign, a Classic Survival Mode as well as a War Attack Mode, which will allow each user to find a style that is fitting for them. Guerrilla Bob has OpenFeint support, along with tons of other great features. For only $2.99 this game is certainly one you will want to check out. Game trailer to be found after the break, along with download information.

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