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3 years ago

Age of Zombies coming to Xperia Play, other Android devices

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Age of Zombies

OK, now I want a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Wasn't quite sold before. But this teaser of Age of Zombies -- which along with zombies has the odd dinosaur or two -- has got me on board. I'm ready for some zombie-killing-Xperia-Play-playing.

The good news is that while we don't yet have the Xperia Play here in the U.S. (it's coming to Verizon soon), Age of Zombies will be made available for other devices.

Enough reading. You've gotta check out the video of it in action after the break.

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3 years ago

Bully Block - Take a stand against bullies

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Bully Block - Take a stand against bullies

If you're a parent with teenagers, then you'll likely know all too well that bullying amongst youths is something that is a severe issue and happens each and every single day. With bullying reaching new peaks as technology grows, so do the means of preventing it from happening. New apps are released daily in an effort to better assist in cyber bullying prevention and one of the latest to hit the market is Bully Block. While simple in its use Bully Block has some great features baked into it for Android smartphones.

  • Bully Capture - Bully Capture utilizes a stealth recorder to captures bullies within the act. When a bully approaches, the user pushes a button on the app and the cell phone will go into stealth mode and secretly record the bully. After the recording, the user can forward the audio as an email attachment or text message to the appropriate authorities. Additionally, Audio can be downloaded to the bully file to authenticate the bully’s voice for legal evidence.
  • Bully Blacklist - Bully Block has a unique blacklist feature that allows users to block all sms or mms messages from bullies. When the bully calls after being blacklisted, her or she will either hear a busy signal or pre-recorded message. All phone calls and text message from blocked list are automatically routed to the bully file thereby preventing any communication with the bully and storing numbers as evidence.
  • Bully File - Bully File captures all texts, pictures, and videos that the user copies to the file. The cyberbully incidents are logged on the user’s SD card to be used as evidence for parents, school administrators, HR departments, and law enforcement. The evidence collected in the bully file will provide enough info for law enforcement to charge bullies with crimes.
  • Instant Reporting - Bully Block allows the user to forward inappropriate texts, pics, or videos via text messaging or email. Teens can forward information to their parents or school officials in real time. Employees can forward information to their HR department.

Will Bully Block stop all bullying from happening? Not likely. But, prevention against it is a start in taking a stance. If you're interested in learning more, you can jump on past the break for the full press release or hit the source link for the full details. [Bully Block]

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3 years ago

SPB Shell 3D for Android: A very slick launcher that's just too expensive

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

It's been quite some time since we first saw what SPB Software was working on for Android, way back at Mobile World Congress in February 2010. But today, finally, we have SPB Shell 3D. It's a launcher replacement for Android, born from years of success on Windows Mobile, and we've been quite impressed with it in our several days of testing.

At it's heart, SPB Shell 3D is like any other launcher. You have a number of preconfigured home screens and widgets, and you can tweak things to your liking. SPB has designed Shell 3D with a number of slick animations, including the weather widget and world clock. And you can spin your way from one home screen to another with ease. It's pretty slick, and we could easily use SPB Shell 3D as our launcher.

Only real problem is the price. At $14.95, it's priced itself out of the consumer launcher market. There are just too many free and inexpensive options. On the other hand, SPB has made no secret that it's marketing its SPB UI Engine toward manufacturers, so don't be surprised if you see built in to upcoming phones.

SPB Shell 3D is available for Android smartphones running Android 2.1 and up, so long as they have an OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible graphic controller. If you can part with the cash, we've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App - Minimalistic Text

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If you love using widgets and enjoy the look of a nice, simple, clean looking home screen you won’t want to delay the download of Minimalistic Text any further. This widget, which is really 11 different widgets in one, allows you to display a variety of different information on their home screen in text form. Whether you want to display the time, date, temperature, weather, or battery percentage on your screen you can do so easily with this application.

Minimalistic Text allows near-complete control of the design of the widgets, ranging from widget size, text direction, alignment, color, and nearly anything else you could think of. There are a bunch of preset designs layouts, but they don’t limit you to use only those, users can create a custom layout with the information of their choice and have that displayed instead. Once the widgets are set, simply clicking on them allows them to be changed again, so if you want to change the text size, color, background or anything else. For the amazing price of free in the Android market, this is an application that many will find use for, as there is a widget for just about everyone in it. Download links available after the break.

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3 years ago

Firefox Mobile Android browser released!

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Firefox Mobile

At long last, after months and months (and months), Firefox Mobile is final, official, and ready for prime time consumption. We just showed you our walkthrough of the release candidate, and we've gone through build after build of the betas. But this one's the real deal, folks.

The mobile version has the same rendering engine as the desktop version of Firefox, with full HTML5 support. And you've got full access to add-ons, too. Plus there's the sync function that lets you take your bookmarks, passwords, log-ins and even individual tabs on the go.

Still need convincing? Video highlights and download links are after the break.  [Mozilla]

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3 years ago

NPR News 2.0 - Get your news and favorite programs on the go

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Let's face it, these days not everyone has the time -- or desire to sit down in front of the TV and catch up on all the latest news. National Public Radio, or NPR if you prefer, has recently updated the Android version of its services, which allows you to listen and read news more, catered to your interests on the go. Some great changes took place within the app to make it easier than ever to take in the information you prefer most. They've updated the UI, added a new audio player and improved the whole user experience and now you can:

  • Read, listen, or create a playlist of your favorite NPR stories and share with friends.
  • Hear live streams from hundreds of NPR stations: search by location (GPS)
    or zip code / call letters
  • Listen to programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the
    Nation, Fresh Air, and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me More

The updated version is available now in the Android Market. If you frequent listening to NPR or have tried the app in the past and weren't impressed -- try the new improved version. Download can be found after the break for you all.

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3 years ago

Android Central ROM review: Incredibly Re-Engineered for the Droid Incredible

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Incredibly Re-Engineered ROM Review

The HTC Droid Incredible has had a rough life.  Between supply issues, problems sourcing components, and the difficult time folks had rooting it, a lot of people had to wait a long time to to get one in their hands, and make it their own.  All that is behind us now, and even with new models coming out people still love the DInc.  With good reason -- its unique style and huge development community make it the perfect phone for anyone on Verizon who likes to tinker.

Android Central forums member PvilleComp shows us all the above is true with his review of Incredibly Re-Engineered for the DInc.  This one is a complete re-work of HTC Sense, and by all accounts will make you think you have a different phone compared to stock.  In the words of the developer chingy51o it's "Fast, Beautiful, and Simply Magnificent".  Who am I to argue?  Read all about it, after the jump.  Thanks, Mike!

Want to write a ROM review for Android Central?  We'd love to hear from you!  Look here for details.

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3 years ago

Firefox for Android Release Candidate

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

There's a lot of talk around these parts (especially lately) about "openness." And one of our favorite examples of "open" is Mozilla and Firefox. It's an open-source browser, developed in the open. And I've been following the development of Firefox Mobile (previously known as Fennec) way back from its start (and finish) with Windows Mobile.

So it was quite the treat to meet with Mozilla principal project manager Thomas Arend at CTIA and give the release candidate of Firefox for Android a spin.

Forget the early complaints that previous builds were too big and too slow. Now that Firefox is just about ready for release, it's lighter, faster and is about to become my daily mobile browser, thanks to Mozilla's excellent sync system.

Anyhoo, check out the video above, and there's a more formal video with Thomas after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 26, 2011

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The wide variety of applications available in the Android market make it so that there is an application for just about everyone, for just about any purpose. Unfortunately finding the perfect application is not always the easiest, as the market is growing quite rapidly, but fear not. Here we have yet another edition of our favorite applications, and we hope that you find some that you enjoy as well. Let's take a look at what we have for you this week. 

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3 years ago

Android quick-app: Pulse Version 2.0

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Pulse Version 2.0

The Pulse news reader has long been one of our favorite -- and more graphically pleasing -- ways to crank through news. While it might not be the best way to sort through hundreds of hundreds or RSS feeds (what, you think this job is easy), if you want a great experience reading a couple dozen, you can't beat it.

And Pulse just got even better in Version 2.0. The UI has been divided into "pages" (or think of them as tabs if you want). There's a bunch of preloaded content, and a couple blank pages, and you can customize things to you heart's content.

And new for us Android users is an entire section of Android news. Not that you'll need more than the Android Central feed, of course. Check out our hands-on and get download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android's in-app billing system launches next week, developers can prep now

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Android in-app billing

Google just announced that in-app billing -- first announced at the Honeycomb event we were at in February -- will launch next week. In-app billing is an unsexy name for the way an app developer can sell you extra features -- levels, weapons, clothing, cheats, etc -- while you're inside the app. No diving back out to the Market, all seamless and smooth.

And to get things ready, developers can now upload and test apps for the service. It's all done within in the existing Developer Console, and the dev sets the prices.

It'll be interesting to see what sort of things developers offer, though we can think of one, for sure -- the Mighty Eagle! And Tap Tap Revenge will use it for song purchases. [Android Developers Blog]

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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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