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3 years ago

Google Listen updated, seems Google hasn't forgotten it after all

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Google has updated Google Listen, the once- (or still) popular Podcatcher application, proving that they haven't abandoned the application like a certain Android blogger and editor thinks.  It's not the biggest update in the world -- the changelog only mentions that references to the now-defunct Google Labs have been removed, but it shows that Google isn't quite done with Listen.  Now if they could update the UI, and fix some of the playback bugs we'd all be much happier.  If you haven't moved on to another Podcatcher and are still using Listen, hit the Market for your update.  If you want to give it a try, there's a handy link after the break.

Thanks, @GeekforGoogle!

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3 years ago

Google Earth updated, fixes issues with Tegra 2 devices

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Google has updated the Google Earth app, fixing a pesky-as-hell bug that caused the app to crash during startup on Tegra 2 devices.  NVIDIA uses special instructions for the Tegra chip, and while they work amazingly well when used properly (check out some Tegra games if you haven't yet), sometimes different specialized hardware makes it difficult for the generic "works everywhere" app to use the full set of features.

That's probably what happened with the last update for Google Earth -- it certainly pushes the limit of what a mobile GPU can handle, and needed a bit of tweaking to run it all on the Tegra chips.  Call it fragmentation, call it legacy, but it's a fact of life that you have trade-offs between different hardware platforms.  Google seems to have it all sorted, and now we can have our imaginary getaways to exotic virtual locations on our Tegra based tablets and phones.  Hit the download link after the break or check the Market for your update.

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3 years ago

Tapatalk optimized for Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1; available for free on Samsung Apps

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When not browsing the Android Central Forums from a computer, many folks use the popular app Tapatalk. And now, a special version of Tapatalk is available exclusively from Samsung Apps free for a limited time. The special version was built for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab Tab 10.1 so if you own either of those devices, you can open up Samsung Apps and grab your free copy now. Once downloaded, let us know how it's working in the Android Central Forums.

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3 years ago

Virtua Tennis to be shown at CES; Xperia Play to get it first

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Sega's push into mobile gaming is set to continue, as they've just sent word that they're showing off their latest efforts, Virtua Tennis Challenge, next week at CES

Other information is pretty scarce, but the first device to receive the game is apparently set to be the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Release schedule is "later this year," becoming available to other Android devices at a later date. 

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3 years ago

Hamster Cannon hits Android with full furry cheeks

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

To all the hamsters in all the balls in all the world, you have our apologies and our everlasting love for being not only good fist-size companions, but for allowing us to portray you to games such as Hamster Cannon for Android. (Available for free now in the Android Market!)

Screen shots and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Unmodified Holo theme now a requirement for devices with Android Market access

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A lot of work has gone into the UI for Ice Cream Sandwich, and Google has decided that manufacturers who want to have access to the Android Market will now have to let it shine -- the Holo theme, in its unmodified form, is now a requirement for devices that wish to use the Android Market. 

Calm down, calm down -- manufacturer skins like Blur and Sense will still be around. (You were worried about them, we know.) But menus, widgets, and settings dialogs will now have to follow the standards set up in Android 4.0 and above.

This means a lot to app developers.  Having a standard set of UI elements to draw from makes applications look and feel more integrated into the operating system, and now that everyone will have to use the same base they don't have to worry about coding their own.  Adam Powell, Android framework engineer, says:

Before Android 4.0 the variance in system themes from device to device could make it difficult to design an app with a single predictable look and feel. We set out to improve this situation for the developer community in Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond.

Nice work, fellows.  The Holo UI is unique, and stunning.  Let it shine!

Source: Android Developers Blog

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3 years ago

A.I.type needs testers for its Floating Split Keyboard for tablets

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Keyboard developer A.I.type hit us up this morning in search of a few testers for its upcoming "Floating Split Keyboard for Tablets." It's got all of the features you know and love from A.I.type Keyboard Plus, including its predition engine. It also has context-aware autocorrect, built-in skins and more customizations. 

The really sexy part is that doesn't take up a whole lot of screen space and can "float" anywhere on the screen. Move it, resize it, do whatever you want. It'll also support more than 30 languages -- all of which can take advantage of the split keyboard. And nine languages are supported by the prediction engine -- Hebrew, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Frensh, Turkish and English.

To sign up for the closed beta, just drop A.I.type a note here. Tell 'em Android Central sent ya.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Hackathon winner Duudle coming to Android

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Once upon a time Microsoft ran a little Hackathon in which 40 developers had 40 hours to create an app for the new Nokia Windows Phones. The winner of the Hackathon was Visiarc, which came up with a Pictionary-style game called Duudle. It's a multiplayer, turn-based game. You draw, your opponent guesses. And vice-versa. 

And we've now gotten word and confirmed with Visiarc that Duddle's coming to Android -- "in progress" were the exact words -- and that it's in the works for iOS, too. No ETA yet, but we're definitely going to be on the lookout for this one. Check out some hands-on video after the break.

More: Duudle at WPCentral.com
Thanks, E-werd, for the tip!

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3 years ago

How to report Android Market scammers and spammers from your browser

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Android Central reader @mjroberts22 this morning alerted us to an evil developer in the Android Market. A number of apps from Quarter MiLL look legit. We've featured Super Why Adventures -- a children's app -- on the site before. But look closely. In the app description, and after paying your $1.99 here, you'll note that it says to download the Amazon version of the app if this one isn't working properly.

That, obviously, should be a big red flag for everyone. In other words, DO NOT BUY THESE APPS.

But if you spot an evil developer, what to do about it? If you're using the Android Market from your phone, it's easy -- just scroll down to the bottom of the app and report it. If you're browing from your desktop, there's a handy link for reporting "inappropriate" apps (including scammers and spammers). We've got the link below. Just out the forum, and Google will do its thing.

More: Report a suspicious Android app to Google

Thanks to @mjroberts22 and @U_Mainah for the tips!

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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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