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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Nov. 27, 2011

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Your weekly fix, a day late. Let's hit the break together and take a look at some of our favorite applications from this week, and be sure to sound off in the comments and let us know some of your favorites!

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2 years ago

Firefox nightlies for Android have switched to native UI builds

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If you recall a couple weeks back we mentioned that Mozilla was switching the Firefox for Android application to use native Android UI elements instead of XUL.  This was done to create a unified look and feel and improve performance, and now anyone can give it a run.  The fellows at Mozilla have now started pushing nightlies that include the changes.  The newer builds are faster, but of course like any nightly builds there will be bugs.  If you want to have a look, or if you're feeling like bug-hunting and helping out the Firefox team, grab the nightly here and install it.  You'll see that Firefox has come a long way, and they are slowly building a mobile browser that can rival a true desktop version.

Source: Mark Finkle

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2 years ago

Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots hits Amazon Appstore on Monday

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Halfbrick Studios today announced that Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots will be avilable as Amazon's free app of the day on Nov. 28. (It'll be 99 cents after the promotion.) It's largely the same Fruit Ninja we've come to know and love, but it's got the furball from the last couple of Shreck movies incorporated. Your kids are gonna love it.

We've got more screen shots and promo video after the break.

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2 years ago

Carrier IQ withdraws 'misguided' cease-and-desist letter, apologizes to security advocate TrevE

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Well, that was quick. Carrier IQ just sent out a press statement saying it's withdrawn its cease-and desist letter to Trevor Eckhart, who recently detailed how the company's action worked. Said Carrier IQ:

"Our action was misguided and we are deeply sorry for any concern or trouble that our letter may have caused Mr. Eckhart. We sincerely appreciate and respect EFF’s work on his behalf, and share their commitment to protecting free speech in a rapidly changing technological world."

Looks like the Electronic Frontier Foundation's backing of Eckhart paid off, the lawyers have done their thing, and the security and privacy advocate known as TrevE won't be pursued for thousands of dollars of fines after all.

That doesn't change the fact that the Carrier IQ software remains on a number of phones, and many of you aren't crazy about having a hidden background app report how you use your phone back to the manufacturer -- even if you do agree to it up front -- and that's certainly an argument that needs to continue.

We've got the full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Madden NFL '12 now optimized for the Xperia PLAY

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If a game of touch football isn't your normal tradition for after the Thanksgiving meal, here's an idea: popular EA title Madden NFL '12 is now optimized for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, and can be downloaded from the Android Market for $4.99. If you've played Madden on a touchscreen, you're probably aware that physical controls, while not completely necessary, are certainly the better option. The Xperia PLAY is now available on both AT&T and Verizon for $49.99 on contract. Hit the break for the download link.

Source: Android Market

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2 years ago

'DJ Pauly D – Beat That Boardwalk' arrives in the Android Market -- hair gel and tanning sessions sold separately

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The Android Market is home to some strange things at times, so it only makes sense that DJ Pauly D makes an appearance there. At least this one is kind of tolerable to a certain extent, mildly amusing and even kinda fun -- if only for a while. DJ Pauly D – Beat That Boardwalk game is now available for download and features all the pixel loving Pauly D you can handle:

  • Bomb the Boardwalk! - Maneuver DJ Pauly D down Jersey’s bumpin’ boardwalk, scoring points, pizza and babes! Keep’em alive through waves of brawny bros that try to bring the beatdown! Steer clear of fugly grenades that want to ruin the night! Dodge hordes of buzz-kill executives that try to stop the show!
  • Boardwalkers, Music and Bling! - Keep DJ Pauly D going strong by collecting gold chains, boom boxes and head phones. Use his mad game on the Garden-State girlies to score more points and get some boardwalk love!
  • Pump Iron to Activate Juicehead Mode! - Hit up the gym to kick DJ Pauly D into JUICEHEAD mode, letting him plow through enemies like a grenade at the buffet!
  • Stop and Take Tan! - Tanning salons keep DJ Pauly D from becoming DANGEROUSLY PALE! Pale skin costs you precious points and party time. Keep an eye on the complexion meter so you’ll know when to bronze up.
  • Laundromats Keep you Lookin' Fly! - Stop at the Laundromat or DJ Pauly D will go from stud to dud! Stay fresh to score more points and keep the night on fire!

All that fun isn't free though, it will set you back around $1 but hey worst case, you'll have something to kill some time and get a laugh at. Plus, it won't cut that far into your hair gel expenses. Download link is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Using SwiftKey on the Amazon Kindle Fire

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If you've got your hands on a Kindle Fire and are having loads of fun playing around with it but would love to have the SwiftKey keyboard to replace the stock Fire issue, you're in luck.  Any computer software or operating system is hackable, but because the Fire runs Android we already know how most everything works -- including the settings database.  Add a few Android hackers, who want SwiftKey on their Fire, and you have a solution.  The method itself isn't for the faint of heart, and you'll need to be rooted (you can un-root afterwards if you like) and have adb working.  I'll point everyone to the source link for the full instructions, but to help answer a few questions I'll try to explain what's going on. 

Amazon has removed the GUI from the settings menu that allows you to select an input method and set a default keyboard.  Android is still smart enough to know where to look for these settings, so we just have to find a way to set them, which can be done on your computer after pulling out the settings database, moving it to the USB storage, and editing it.  After adding the entry to the database for SwiftKey (or any other third party keyboard), you push it back in place, edit the permissions, and reboot.  It sounds pretty scary, and we won't blame you if you pass on this for now, but the instructions are very clear and will work if you follow them to the letter.  If you do give this one a run, be sure to shout out in the forums so others can benefit from your guinea pig-ness.  In the meantime, we're looking at alternative methods to edit the database while in place, and we'll update if and when we figure anything out.

Source: XDA-Developers

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2 years ago

Documents to Go is today's free app from Amazon

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While it's easy to overlook the Amazon Appstore's daily free app picks, we'd be remiss if we failed to mention this one: Documents to Go, the powerful document editing app, is today's featured freebie. Regularly priced at $14.99, Dataviz's full productivity suite can edit and create Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents, and can also read PDF files. The full version offers customization options and syncing with your Google Docs and your desktop files. Nice way to kick off a week of bargain shopping if you ask us. Hit the source link to grab it before it expires tonight at midnight. 

Source: Amazon Appstore

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2 years ago

Android App Mini Review: Mobile Checkbook

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Guest review by Kerri Neill

Mobile Checkbook, a hugely popular personal accounting application on the BlackBerry platform, is now available for Android devices. Mobile Checkbook allows the user to quickly enter in both deposits and withdrawals while maintaining an accurate bank balance on the go.

Mobile Checkbook allows you to ditch that paper transaction register and record their transactions as they occur. You can also transfer funds, reconcile accounts as well as set up automatic/recurring transactions. There is no limit on how many accounts you may create and the application allows you to use one of many currency options.

  • Transaction lists can be exported via email with optional XLS or QIF attachments which can then be imported easily into most computer financial software like Quicken or Quickbooks.
  • PIN code password feature that you can set just in case you're worried about someone seeing your financial information if your phone gets lost.
  • Secure cloud based Backup/Restore option
  • Show/Hide Available Balance on the apps main screen
  • Reconciliation
  • Multiple date formats

Mobile Checkbook is currently available in the marketplace for only $0.99! Hit the break to download this fantastic financial application today.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Chicken Coup Remix HD

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Remember in The Fox and the Hound how Tod is a likeable, heroic fox that ends up saving the day in the end? He must be from a different breed of fox (the Disney breed?) than the ones you'll meet in Chicken Coup Remix HD, because these foxes are nothing but muderous, bloodthirsty creatures with only one goal in mind: eat all your brainless chickens.

Why do I call the chickens brainless (other than they fact they are)? Because while the cunning foxes are popping in and out of bushes surrounding your farm (great location, Farmer Bill), your chickens are aimlessly wandering around like dodo birds. Therefore, it's up to you to corral your feathered friends into their respective coops before they're dragged away and devoured.

To move a chicken, drag your finger across it. It's now hooked on you, and you're free to move it somewhere safer (like it's coop). If you drag chickens and roosters into the wrong coop, you lose "life," so to speak, and once you're down you alloted lives, your level ends.

There's also two other ways to lose a life: letting a fox escape with a chicken in its mouth or not getting a chicken into its approproate coop soon enough. The fox issue is easy, as you'll see the fox running off. The timing thing can be a little difficult, as it's only denoted by a colored exclamation point over your chicken's head. Green is ok, yellow is so-so, and red is imminent loss of cluck.

So how do we deal with these pesky foxes, anyway? For some reason, you want to drag those into the barn. Dragging is the same as with the chickens, but what the farmer intends to do with a farm full of hungry foxes is beyond me. (I try not to dig too deeply.) You'll know which one is the barn, too. It's the biggest and it has a picture of a fox on it.

What other challenges do you face? Obstacles and terrain vary in each level, starting off with an inconveniently placed tractor, then moving onto things like an actual fence. You'll have to stay light on your fingers if you're going to save all the chickens in time.

Scoring is pretty simple. Get chickens in their coop, get points. The more chickens you get in without losing one and your "chicken power" goes up. Chicken power adds onto the next chicken you save, and keeps growing until a chicken is lost. You can also chain like groups of chickens together for sweet bonuses (and to get a lot of stuff of screen at once).

If the screen becomes too cluttered, a simple pinch-to-zoom (out) motion will use one of your three bombs to clear everything off the screen and give you a moment to breathe.

And in case you're wondering the difference between the original and remix versions of Chicken Coup, an eagle-eyed Puppy Punch employee answered the question for me:

There are several differences between the original and the remix version. Among them are that Chicken Coup Remix HD has more levels than the original. We have optimized it to run a lot smoother and with less lag than the original. You are also able to pick up, drag, and drop Chickens & Foxes with more precision.

To top off an already impressive game, there's also OpenFeint support and achievements to be had, so don't think the game stops once you've maxed out every level. Puppy Punch Productions is going to keep adding in new levels, too, so the replayability factor is pretty high with this title.

Chicken Coup Remix HD is $1.99 in the Android Market. If you're ready to try life on the farm, we've got download links after the break.

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