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3 years ago

Five apps to help you keep your New Year's resolution

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Looking for some help this year on holding true to your New Year's resolution? Odds are there is an Android app to help you keep up with -- and stick to your resolution. Hit the break to see a few we picked up.

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3 years ago

Going to CES? Don't forget the CES Android app

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We're about a week away from the insanity that is the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas. That's the little show with 120,000 or so of our closest friends in the desert oasis. Like we said -- insanity. And even for the most seasoned attendee, finding your way through the Las Vegas Convention Center can be a bit daunting. (We never did find last year's intern.)

That's where the official CES Android app comes in. Its usefulness as far as scheduling is debatable, and the app itself isn't all that great. But where we've found it invaluable is in its ability to look up a booth's location in the LVCC, or at the Venetian, or any of the other little corners we'll find ourselves tucked into over the course of the show.

One thing it won't help you with is the lack of sleep. But if you need a little help finding your way around, start with this app. We've got download links after the break. And if you're in Vegas, be sure to say hi!

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3 years ago

CrackBerry tells how to install Android Market, apps to the PlayBook tablet

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We really do have a hard time without using the word "BlackBerry" in a sentence without also using the words "dying," "obsolete" or "time to switch." But we're also intrigued by how hard both RIM and enterprising hackers have been in running full-fledged Android apps -- including the Android Market -- on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

Our cousins at CrackBerry.com have done up a great walkthrough of how to install the Android Market an other Android apps onto the PlayBook, including entering into developer mode, resigning keys and other crazy stuff that has us asking this question:

Why the hell don't you just buy an Android tablet instead?

Anyhoo, check it out at the link below. Then find your nearest BB-using friend and give them a hug. They likely need it.

More: How to install the Android Market
and other applications to your BlackBerry PlayBook

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3 years ago

Josh's most-used apps of 2011

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Being the "apps guy" is an interesting position. It means I get tasked to play with apps all day long, each and every day. It feels a lot like being an adventurer, wandering through a dense (really dense) forest, where danger and suspense lurk around every corner.

As such (and because I'm more the average Joe user than you might think), my list is a combination of my most-used apps and some apps that are so great, they still deserve recognition (despite not being on the daily list).

With that said, here's some of my favorite and useful apps from the past year.

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3 years ago

Jared's most-used apps of 2011

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Applications come and go on a daily basis, some for testing purposes, others because they are new and shiny and well I think I have to have them.

Only a few applications make the daily use category, so hit the break to find out which those are!

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3 years ago

Richard's most-used Android apps of 2011

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Over the course of the last 12 months, I've lost count of the sheer amount of applications that I've downloaded, tried, deleted, and in some cases tried again. When all is said and done though, there's a select group of apps which I use a whole lot more than others to the point that they've become part of everyday life. Here's a little list of what's been getting me through the week.

Also: Phil's picks, Jerry's Picks, Chris' Picks

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3 years ago

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 coming sometime in 2012 with 'enhanced' Tegra 3 version

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

SEGA today announced that Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 will be coming to the Android Market and NVIDIA's Tegra Zone app sometime in 2012. No word on exactly when, however. But we do know that it'll be optimized for Tegra 2 devices -- and it'll have an "enhanced" version for the new quad-core Tegra 3 tablets and (eventually) smartphones.

And ... that's it for now. Check out the promo video above, and we've got the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

GTA III modifications appearing in Android version

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The anniversary edition of Grand Theft Auto III is quite simply magnificent. It truly is a mark of how far technology has advanced in the last ten years. And in true Android fashion, GTA III can be customised with just a tiny little bit of work.

It turns out that modifying the Android version of the game is in fact as simple as modifying the PC version. By adding files to the directory on the SD card. As an added bonus, it turns out the PC and Android versions of the game are so similar, that many PC modifications actually work on the Android version so you can soup up your cars and add custom textures to your heart's content. 

Hit the source link for more information if you fancy a go, and check out one happy modifiers video after the break.

Source: Droid Gamers

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3 years ago

Chris's most-used apps of 2011

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While I spend a lot of time checking apps out so that I may share them with you all, friends and family and just generally know what I'm talking about it, fact is -- I rarely stray away from my main ones. I'm a creature of habit, and once I find something I like I find it hard to move on to something else. My main apps of choice may interest you though, and if that is the case -- jump on past the break to see what I use most often.

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3 years ago

Early build of CyanogenMod's 'Trebuchet' launcher available for Android 4.0.3 devices

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One of the most anticipated features of CyanogenMod 9 -- the upcoming custom Android distribution based on Ice Cream Sandwich -- is its new home screen launcher, dubbed "Trebuchet." Much like CM itself, Trebuchet expands upon what's offered in stock Android with a host of new settings and features, like the ability to customize the number of home screens, and kill the persistent search bar if you want. Now, thanks to the release of an initial alpha build, early adopters can test out Trebuchet before it's rolled out in CM9 next year.

The catch is that to install the Trebuchet alpha you'll need a rooted Android 4.0.3 device, along with some command line skills. Currently the GSM Nexus S is the only phone that has 4.0.3 officially, though other devices like the Galaxy Nexus can run 4.0.3 code built from the Android Open Source Project.

The current Trebuchet alpha includes just over half of the planned feature set -- for example, extra functionality like infinite scrolling and transition effects have yet to be implemented. However, if you want a sneak peek at what's coming in CM9 in the months ahead, you can find out more over at the source link.

Source: XDA
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Krispy Kreme for Android: The only app you'll ever need (Mmmmmmm ... Doughnuts)

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There are two kinds of people in this world -- those who love Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and those who are wrong. For those in the former group, there's now a "Hot Light" app for Android. Using sophisticated doughnut technology, it triangulates your position relative to nearby Krispy Kreme eateries and then notifies you whether the "Hot Now" sign is on -- and it'll alert when you the switch is thrown.

It is simultaneously the most happy (for when that sweet, sweet notification comes in) and sad (light no blinky) Android app we've ever used.

We've got download links after the break.

Via @JayMassey

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3 years ago

Jerry's most-used apps of 2011

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I'm not a big app guy, I'll admit.  I like to check them out, and maybe even keep them around for a week or so, but there's just a few I keep around forever.  I do happen to like buying them and checking them out, though, so I go through a lot of them.  Here's my list of "keepers." Check them out after the break.

Also: Phil's most-used apps of 2011

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3 years ago

Tim Tebow has as many Android apps as all of the 2012 Pro Bowl QBs combined

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Fun fact: Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has at least six Android apps and a live wallpaper in the Android Market. (Make that eight total if you count the misspelled "Tbows World.")

There's "Tim Tebow." (with a period). "Tim Tebow" (without a period). "Tim Tebow!" (because dude deserves an exclamation point). The "Tim Tebow Unofficial App." "Tim Tebow News & Stats." And our favorite (although likely a little offensive to some), "You-R-Tebow," in which your face is planted on top of the genuflecting QB's body.

That's more than a half-dozen Tim Tebow Android apps. Guess how many the wonder boy Tom Brady has? Two. And his fellow 2012 Pro Bowlers don't fare much better. Aaron Rodgers (3). Drew Brees (2). Eli Manning (1).  And poor Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers don't even merit a single app. (Not even a search for "meathead" turns up any results for those two.)

Yep, dude's everywhere.

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3 years ago

Phil's most-used Android apps of 2011

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We go through a lot of Applications here at Android Central. Some are good. Some ... not so good. Some are awesome, but I don't need them.

Here's a look at the apps that get me through the day, whether it's at home or on the road.

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Dead Space

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Ed. note: The game was sideloaded on a Toshiba Thrive, as it doesn't natively install from the Android Market.

Oh, boy, here we go again. One man stranded on a spaceship? Been there. Hordes of Necromorphs? Done that. On Android? Well now, slow down there, Ace. Now we're talking.

Yes, it's finally happened. Electronics Arts has brought its shock-filled, gore-laden, space epic to Android, and man oh man, was it worth the wait. Dead Space has all the markings of a AAA title, and if it weren't for the slightly dumbed down graphics, you wouldn't know you were playing on a mobile device.

For fans of the Dead Space story, you'll be pleased to know that Dead Space (for Android) is part of the canon and takes place three years after the first official game but before the events of the second.

You play the aptly-named Vandal, a voice-distorted, identity-protected agent of the Church, who is "perfect" for sabotaging power supplies and causing havoc on his ship. Well, until all Hell breaks loose. Necromorphs start pouring out from every hole and crevice, gallivanting about all nimbly bimbly, all with the intent to gobble you up.

But this is Dead Space. You expected that.

For a mobile game, Dead Space plays well. Incredibly well, actually. EA has finally come up with a control scheme that doesn't use a restricting virtual joystick but still is as tight and (fairly) precise as a physical one. Instead of limiting your movement within an imaginary circle, EA simply says, "Move your fingers on top of Vandal as though you were using a virtual joystick and he'll respond appropriately."

It's effective, it feels good, and you never run the risk of stretching your hands too far out and running into the bezel, thereby stopping your movement completely. It works, and I hope to see other enterprising game developers shamelessly copy this control method for their own games. It'll make everyone's experience better.

Shooting is equally intuitive, with a simple tap bringing up your targeting reticule, and another tap popping off a shot. For those mining weapons that can shoot either horizontally or vertically, EA employed a quick screen tilt to change firing modes. No buttons to push, no combos to remember, just a quick tilt and the accelerometer will handle the rest. Just like with the non-existant joystick, it just works.

Graphically, the game looks great. Yeah, they're not quite PC or console graphics (that's especially evident on the Necromorphs close up), but by and large, everything looks amazing. Vandal looks like an absolute boss, and the glowing column along his spine (along with the rest of his getup) is incredibly detailed.

The opening sequence of the game also realy shows off the masterpiece EA has put together for us. Ship environments look realistic. Planets look impressive and rocky. With six different environments to fight (and survive) through, you'll constantly be finding something new to look at (and admire). Weapons look not only futurisitc and worthy of your nerd love, but functional, too. And did I mention the whole thing is voice acted?

There's also the requisite amounts of over-the-top gore, seen as you dismember Necromorphs, find brutalized corpses, and discover messages written in the final moments of someone's life. It all adds up to the heart-pounding experience EA is trying to pull you into. (I mean, they do recommend playing the game with headphones on.)

Overall, Dead Space is one of the strongest entries we've had into serious Android gaming yet, and it has earned a special spot in the upper echelons of the Market, reserved only for those games that truly push the boundry of what we're seeing. Other notables that come to mind are Shadowgun and Emissary of War, so Dead Space finds itself in elite company, and rightfully so.

If you can handle the gore, the thrills, and the heart-pounding "gotcha" moments, Dead Space is most definitely for you. Dead Space is $7.43 in the Android Market.

We've got download links after the break.

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