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2 years ago

How to use Google Music

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Make no mistake -- Android is multimedia-centric, and it does a darn fine job of it.  Whether you want to copy media to your device's storage, or want to stream from the cloud, Android, especially since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, can turn your phone or tablet into a great media player.  We're going to have a look at using Google Music, Google's storage-locker style streaming music application.

Read on for a walkthrough of how to use Google Music on the web and adding media, as well as playing it back on your Android device.

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2 years ago

Bolt Browser discontinued

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Bad news for fans of the Bolt browser for Android -- it's been discontinued follwing the split of its parent company, Bitstream. The message at boltbrowser.com says it all:

The free BOLT mobile browsing service will be discontinued. Unfortunately, the economic circumstances prevent us from running a free service going forward. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your loyalty and support. 

And that, folks, is that.

Source: Bolt; More: BitStream; via CrackBerry

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2 years ago

BBC iPlayer update coming in the new year, finally bringing 3G streaming

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The BBC have come out today with some information regarding a future update to their Android offering, which will finally bring 3G streaming to the application. 

With 1.2 million downloads on Android alone, the decision to bring 3G streaming to the iPlayer will prove to be a popular one. The BBC have been working alongside British carriers to introduce the feature while keeping the viewing experience of a high quality. They're not quite finished with the Android version yet, as there's still work to be done "to improve the video playback experience." They expect to launch the updated app in the new year.

Source: BBC

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2 years ago

Google Wallet rumoured to land in the UK before 2012 Olympics

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2012 is a big year for the United Kingdom, with London playing host to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. According to a French newspaper, Google might also be along for the ride launching Google Wallet in the UK in time for the games. 

A report in Les Echos suggests that Google is in talks with banks and retailers on our side of the pond to get the service up and running by March next year. Otherwise the article is pretty vague, and we've yet to hear anything from Google on the matter.

Source: Les Echos via Techradar UK

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2 years ago

Day 7 of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration

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It's Day 7 of  Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration. Here's what we're seeing so far this fine Monday morning:

And a couple more repeats today as well -- Beautiful Widgets and Sound Hound.

Also: Day 1 apps, Day 2 apps, Day 3 apps, Day 4 apps, Day 5 apps, Day 6 apps

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2 years ago

Day 6 of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration

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Welcome to Day 6 of  Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration. Let's see what's on sale on Sunday:

That's it. Well, actually, that's eight. Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro and Great Little War Game are back for a second round, and that makes 10. See you Monday morning!

Also: Day 1 appsDay 2 appsDay 3 appsDay 4 apps, Day 5 apps

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Dec 10, 2011

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Ready for another dose of awesome applications? We thought you were, so we put a few together for you after the break, so join us there!

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2 years ago

Day 5 of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration

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We're now into Day 5 of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration. Here's what we're seeing so far on this fine Saturday:

Still one more to go. Thats 10 folks. Google's got its official list up, and for some reason, Asphalt 6 is back after appearing on Day 1.

Also: Day 1 apps, Day 2 apps, Day 3 apps, Day 4 apps

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2 years ago

ASTRO File Manager updated, brings themes and cloud backup registration with it

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With 19 million downloads from the Android Market, it might be easy to get complacent. Not so in the case of ASTRO File Manager which today received an update to version 3.1, and brought a couple of big new features along with it. 

The first of these are the new themes functionality, allowing you to download various different themes to customize the app with including the "classic ASTRO" theme from version 2.0. 

The other big new feature is the ability to pre-register for a free ASTRO backup account. There's no further information at this stage on this part of the service, but registration is as simple as entering your email address from the splashscreen. 

Other notable updates include Honeycomb support, various fixes, drag and drop capabilities and tablet users are now able to set the external SD and USB directories. 

Check out a selection of screenshots along with the download links after the break. 

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2 years ago

YouMail returns to the Android Market, shares blame with T-Mobile for its removal

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With a case of bad communication now cleared up, YouMail has made its way back to the Android Market. As it turns out, T-Mobile was to blame for the pulling but it was all pretty much a misunderstanding and if nothing else -- a hard lesson for YouMail.  As noted on the YouMail blog, here is what happened:

  • First, a  subset of the YouMail Android applications have a real problem.   It looks like 15,000 users who went straight from 1.8.3 (an old version) to 2.0.45 (the one that was in the market and was taken down) got into a situation where the app is polling our servers continuously (the polling time got set to zero).   Of course, this leads to a host of issues for those clients, such as bad battery life, and a boatload of transactions, eating up network bandwidth.   T-mobile saying that we disrupted their network is fair, though we were unknowingly causing that.
  • Second, T-mobile did try to reach out to us that they were seeing an issue.   Unfortunately, it was in way that was almost guaranteed to be ineffective, and is probably not how businesses should communicate.   As far as we can tell, one of their engineering team sent an e-mail to our free customer support e-mail address in early November, and one of the support team basically replied it’s fixed in next release and treated it as resolved, not reporting it to anyone else.   With 1000s of e-mails/week from over two million registered users, random users weekly threatening to pull us from various stores, and lots of users with tmobile.com email addresses,  it was easy for this one message to get lost in the shuffle.   
  • Third, after almost 30 days with no response from us, T-mobile went to Google with charts showing the traffic our bad apps were generating, said we were unresponsive, and that the traffic was growing quickly.   Google then immediately cut us off - without ever sending us an e-mail beforehand, or providing us anyway to contact someone at T-mobile. That left us wondering what the heck was going on - and having a hard time figuring it out.

So, as you can tell -- T-Mobile did have genuine concerns wth YouMail disrupting their network but they seemingly went about handling them the most uneffective way possible. Either way, lesson learned -- one for YouMail and potentially other developers out there and now YouMail is back in the Android Market where it belongs.

Source: YouMail

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