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2 years ago

Facebook Messenger updated, with updated visuals and better support for ICS

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That other Facebook app, Facebook Messenger, just received an update that among other things is supposed to make it play better with Ice Cream Sandwich

The visuals have also been updated, and while not a major update, things do look crisper all round. They haven't totally bought into the ICS way of things though, as on the Galaxy Nexus for example, the menu button is still the 3 little dots next to the onscreen buttons. 

So what else do we get then? Faster ways to start conversations and group conversations -- faster than using the full bore Facebook app that's for sure. Hitting the + button brings up a list of your more recently contacted friends, and right at the top is the "new group conversation" button. 

Otherwise, we're treated to the usual smattering of bug fixes, and performance and battery life improvements. We've got the download links for you after the break.

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2 years ago

Friendcaster for Facebook updated with refreshed UI, themes and realtime notifications

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For all you Facebook fans out there not overly pleased with Facebook for Android, Friendcaster for Facebook has always been a great alternative. The latest update pushes the release to v5.0 and brings some pretty nice changes along for the ride. Real-time notifications, new themes to choose from, a new check-in interface along with some Android 4.0 enhancements and memory improvements make it all a worthwhile update from OneLouder Apps. The update is available now in the Google Play Store where you'll also find the full change log. Jump on past the break for the download link.

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2 years ago

Cinemark debuts new Android app - Find theatres, purchase tickets & more

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Despite there being a ton of Android apps for movie discovery in the Google Play Store, there is still a clear demand for dedicated movie theater apps out there. With dedicated apps such as the newly released Cinemark Theaters you can find not only movies playing in your area but also purchase tickets directly from your smartphone and Cinemark has loaded their app with features:

  • Search for your preferred Cinemark theatre location
  • Purchase movie tickets securely
  • View your gift card balance
  • Search for movies Coming Soon
  • Search for movies Now Playing
  • View movie trailers
  • Share showtimes, theatre locations and movie via email, text, Facebook or Twitter

If your planning an outing to the movies, you can check out the app which is now available in the Google Play Store and you'll find the download past the break. Now, I know I won't be waiting in line when The Avengers comes out.

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2 years ago

Sega title Football Manager finally heading to Android

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Football Manager is one of those blockbuster PC titles that, year after year, attracts huge numbers of players. The handheld version has been available on iOS for a while now, but Sega has finally decided to bring it to Android, further bolstering their ever developing catalog.

The launch of this premium title will also come with a premium price. In the UK, it'll cost £6.99 when it launches in the Google Play Store on April 11. 

So what does £6.99 actually get you? A pretty full featured Football Manager experience, that's what. Leagues are included from 12 countries, as is full control over transfers -- vital in getting your local, lower league team to Premier League glory. In match live control is also along for the ride, with an adjustable match speed. 

While initially available from the Google Play Store, Sega have said that it will likely be available from other Android app stores in the coming weeks. 

via Eurogamer

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2 years ago

Travel app Hipmunk searches for flights, hotels around your schedule with new calendar integration

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Listen up, road warriors. Searching for travel on your phone just got load easier. Hipmunk this morning announced an update that brings calendar integration to its already excellent search app. That means when you look for flights, the app knows that you've got a lunch in Sandusky, so don't bother with anything that gets you there at dinner. And it knows that you've got a breakfast meeting downtown, so maybe staying in the Bronx isn't such a hot idea, so let's not bother with hotels there. (We can hear our Brooklyn fans already cheering at that on principle anyway.)

The idea is that flipping back and forth between a calendar app and Hipmunk is a pain, and this update takes care of that. Meetings that conflict with flights show up on the screen. And the locations of events are shown alongside hotel listings. Invaluable stuff.

The calendar integration includes Google Calendar, Outlook and iCal, which should cover, oh, just about everyone. We've got download links and the full presser after th e break. 

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2 years ago

Another day, another Instagram update

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After finally being released for Android Instagram understandably had some bugs to squash.  Later that day Version 1.0.1 fixed compatibility with certain cameras (it notably did NOT fix compatibility with the HTC One X).  A little over 24 hours since that update hit we have another update.  This time the changelog is a little more specific, though, which is good.  It means that the developers are paying attention to bug reports and are working quickly to fix them.  The HTC One X, though, is still not supported.  Maybe they haven't received enough bug reports about it yet.  Show your support for #teamandroid and be sure to hit the forums to share your Instagram username.

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2 years ago

Google Play Books updated for Froyo and Gingerbread with new UI and 3D page-turn animations

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Seems like today is a good day for updates. Google has now rolled out the latest version of Google Play Books to the Google Play Store and as noted in the change log, this will be a good release for anyone still using Froyo or Gingerbread as it adds a new UI and 3D page animation. Other changes in this update include In-book search when off-line, ability to add a home screen shortcut for a single book and now the screen will stay lit when using text-to-speech. The update is live now; you can jump past the break for the download.

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2 years ago

Gmail app update brings ICS features to Honeycomb

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Google has updated the official Gmail app for Android today, with assorted changes for Android phones and tablets running Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. The most significant changes are for Android 3.2 tablets -- Honeycomb now gets access to a few handy features which until now have been reserved for ICS. These include swiping between messages, and a shortcut in the top left corner for selecting recent labels. Honeycombers also the ability to customize the way Gmail notifies you about mail with different labels.

Google hasn't forgotten that the majority of Android phones are still on Gingerbread or Froyo, however, and for them, this update will deliver performance improvements and a new labels API for  third-party app developers.

Hit that Google Play Store link and head to "My Apps" to grab your update.

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2 years ago

Dropbox referral bonuses doubled for free and paying users

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Cloud storage provider Dropbox has just doubled the referral bonus it gives users for referring friends to the service. Previously Dropbox referrals resulted in a bonus of 250MB for both the referrer and the new sign-up, but from today that's been increased to a more substantial 500MB. Similarly, the maximum amount of storage users can earn through referrals has been upped from 8GB to 16GB. If you're a paying user, that's doubled again to 1GB per referral, up to 32GB total.

There's also good news for anyone who's already referred a bunch of people  -- your bonuses from those referrals will also be doubled, so you'll likely see your Dropbox allowance increase a little.

Dropbox continues to offer generous amounts of storage for users willing to plug its services to friends, or help with the testing of new features. Recently launched an automatic camera upload feature, and credited testers with 500MB for their first upload, as well as 500MB more for each 500MB of automatic uploads. The company's also partnered with some leading smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung and HTC. The HTC One X and One S launche tomorrow with Dropbox built-in, with an extra 23GB of storage for HTC One users.

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2 years ago

SwiftKey 3 beta starts to make the spacebar obsolete

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SwiftKey -- the Android Central 2011 keyboard of the year -- has declared war on the spacebar. Never mind that its April Fool's joke actually was to introduce the world's longest spacebar. The latest update to SwiftKey -- dubbed SwiftKey 3 -- introduces, among other features, Smart Space.  

Traditionally, Android keyboards use the spacebar as a means to select a suggested word. Or, perhaps, to put a space in a sentence. Or to insert a period at the end of a sentence. Smart Space takes advantage of SwiftKey's Fluency prediction engine and goes a step further than any other keyboard we've used. You no longer have to put spaces between words when typing. (It does still do the traditional space and punctuation thing, though.) 

OK, so that's nottosayyouwantotypelikethisforanextendedperiodoftime. But for small groups of words, SwiftKey 3 can take something like "jerryistheneckbeardking" and turn it into "Jerry is the neckbeard king," all without you having to do anything but type the letters. We've been using SwiftKey 3 for several weeks now, and the results really are remarkable. 

Other additions in SwiftKey 3 are two new themes. There's "Cobalt," which matches SwiftKey's redesign, and "Holo," which was voted on by its VIP community. And we're only half-joking about getting rid of the spacebar. It's actually been made a little bigger in this release. Punctuation has been moved around, too, with the comma, period, question mark and exclamation point all sharing a key. (Some of us aren't too thrilled with that move.) Seven more languages have been added -- Korean, Estonia, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian -- for a total of 42.

You've really got to try this one out to believe it. One slight catch here -- SwiftKey 3's still in beta, and you can only get it through their VIP community. So hit the link below and give it a shot. It's available for tablets and smartphones. Demo video's after the break.

Download: SwiftKey VIP community

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