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3 years ago

Smart Keyboard Pro updated to 3.11.0 -- adds really long spacebar

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 Smart Keyboard Pro updated to 3.11.0

When the Android naysayers come out of the woodwork, they never fail to mention Android's stock keyboard as one of its weaknesses.  Personally, I don't think the stock keyboard is all that bad, especially on a device that has over four inches of screen real estate.  However, that doesn't mean I actually use it, as my heart (and $2.73) belongs to Dexilog's Smart Keyboard Pro.

Smart Keyboard Pro needs no introduction.  Based on its average 4.62 (out of 5) rating more than 6,000 ratings, it's evident that Smart Keyboard Pro has its share of satisfied buyers.  The developer pays attention to user feedback, and issues bug fixes very quickly.  Tweaks and enhancements are added quite frequently as well.

If you're always looking to try out a new keyboard, and haven't gotten your thumbs on Smart Keyboard Pro, I definitely recommend it.  Join me after the break as I dig a little deeper into the increased spacebar length.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Aces Traffic Pack

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acestraffic

If you are like me, and are easily amused, Aces Traffic Pack is a game that is bound to keep you busy for hours on end. After spending just two minutes with this game I instantly knew I was going to be hooked, and was very thankful that the game came with over 400 different puzzles to play through. The graphics instantly caught my attention, the vibrant colors used on the game brought it to the next level and set it apart from many other puzzle-style games.

More after the break.

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3 years ago

$5 app promises to put LTE on your Android smartphone today! (Not really)

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LTE Android app

We kind of didn't even want to draw any attention to this app, this $4.99 waste of time, but figured in the interest of public service ... So there's "4G LTE Upgrade" app that popped up in the Android Market today, just after Verizon announced its 4G data (and not smartphone data) will be flipped on come Sunday. The app promises you can get 4G early, which of course, you can't.  It also says to wait a day or two if it doesn't work at first. And you'll keep waiting.

So go ahead and drop $5 on it if you really, really, really want a 4G icon in your notification bar. Or, do what I did and buy it, refund it and mark the SOB as malicious. Download links are NOT after the break.

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3 years ago

Comcast Mobile Android app set for release Dec. 3 after missing Nov. 30 target

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Comcast Android apps

For those of you looking for an update on Comcast's Android apps, we have an update. The Comcast Xfinity app is still delayed to January, and the Comcast Mobile app missed its Nov. 30 launch date and is now aiming for Dec. 3 -- this Friday. Hang in there, folks. Submitted via the official Android Central app.

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3 years ago

Android quick app: Google Reader

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Google Reader for Android

Google has finally released a proper application for Google Reader -- a must for anyone who lives with RSS (like most of us bloggers do). For those of you new to RSS, it's a method of bringing websites to you, instead of you visiting the website.

The app itself is exactly what we've been looking for. There's proper syncing with Google Reader on the desktop side. The buttons are large and easy to press. Images all appear in-line, and plug-ins should work as well. Feeds and groups are sorted alphabetically at first, or you can change it to match the order on the desktop side.

You can "like" stories, share them through Google Reader or e-mail to someone, take notes, star -- everything you can do on the desktop version. We're more than a little over the moon about this one.

We've got a plethora of screen shots and download links after the break. Huzzah! Thanks, Bill!

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons now available

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Angry Birds Seasons

Tis the seasons for Angry Birds Seasons -- 25 holiday levels (one for each day through Christmas), available now in the Android Market. Also included is the 45-level Halloween special edition, in case you missed it earlier. Now excuse us, we have some pigs to kill. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

DoubleTwist update brings WiFi syncing with paid 'AirSync' add-on

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 DoubleTwist

DoubleTwist has just been updated with the long-promised and highly-anticipated wifi syncing feature, which has been dubbed "AirSync." Unlike the player itself, which is free, AirSync is an add-on that will run you $4.99 (or 99 cents for the first 10,000 users), you will see a link to purchase it when you start up the updated DoubleTwist Android player. In addition to the phone app, users will need to make sure to update their desktop client, which is available for the Mac and PC.

If you jump on the DoubleTwist wagon, make sure you visit the Android Central Forums to discuss the new update. If you haven't used the program (or any syncing app), check out our handy guide to syncing music onto your Android phone. [DoubleTwist]

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3 years ago

Winamp for Android officially announced

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Winamp for Android

Despite having been available in the Android Market in beta form for a while now, Winamp for Android was never really officially announced by AOL. Today however, they've updated the app and put the official stamp of greatness on it, including full Shoutcast support. As noted on the Winamp blog, this release pushes Winamp to version 0.9.2 and adds a ton of new features to the already awesome media player. Hit the break for the download and full rundown of features. Be sure to check out our hands on review if you want to see it in action. [Winamp Blog]

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3 years ago

Revision3 releases official Android app

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If you're a fan of Revison3 shows such as Diggnation, The Totally Rad show or Tekzilla then you'll be pleased to know the official Revision3 app for Android has arrived. Yes, it's been a long time coming but now that it's finally here you can get in on all the Revision3 goodness on the go. Be sure to check it out, the download is available in the Android Market for free. Download link after the break. Thanks Zac for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Archos family of internet tablets finally receives update to Android 2.2 Froyo

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 Archos Internet Tablets receive FroYo

Archos, which recently revealed its FroYo update timeline via Facebook, has held true to its word.  As of today, anxious Archos internet tablet owners can get in on the Froyo goodness. For their price and functionality, the Archos line of internet tablets are an excellent option if you're in the market for an Android powered portable media player or tablet.  I'm guilty of owning an aged iDevice from 2007, and I'm looking for any reason to ditch it for an Android PMP, and this FroYo update could be what it took for me to get on board with Archos.

FroYo brings quite an impressive list of improvements and enhancements to the Archos family.  In addition to the infamous JIT compiler, Android 2.2.1 brings enhanced Microsoft Exchange support, better 3rd party application support, improved camera operation, faster USB transfer and more.

Hit the break for a full list of improvements.  And of course, head into our tablet forums to share your thoughts.  Let us know what you think of FroYo on your Archos tablet.  [Archos.com]

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3 years ago

Samsung releases 'GPS Restore' app for Vibrant, Captivate -- does it work?

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Samsung GPS Restore

It's hardly a secret that the Galaxy S Android smartphones have had some, erm, problems when it comes to GPS location. For some of us, things have worked just fine. But far too many have had problems -- from slow to no GPS functionality. We've installed new ROMs. We've hacked our way to fixes. Now Samsung has released an app to undo anything we might have messed up in the process. GPSRestore does just what it says -- fixes any fixins' you might have fouled up.

Download links are after the break. Does it help? Let us know. [Samsung]

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3 years ago

Content ratings now live in the Android Market developers' console

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Android Market content rating

The Android Market's new content rating system is now live in the developer's console. From here on out, any new or updated applications will be required to choose from Mature, Teen, Pre-Teen and All. While ratings ultimately are the responsibility of the developers, Google has given a set of guidelines that must be followed.

Apps that include references to Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs, as well as violence (cartoon, fantasy or otherwise) shall be labeled "Mature." Same goes for sexual or suggestive content. Porn still isn't allowed.

A app that includes inflammatory content, profanity and crude humor,  that may offend users should be rated "Teen" or "Mature."

Here's where it gets a little interesting: Apps that ask users for their location at any point must not be rated "All." Apps that "ask to access course or fine location data" are "Pre-Teen." Any app that can publish your location should be rated "Teen" or "Mature."

Users will be able to flag apps that they believe are incorrectly rated, and Google will take a look. Repeat offenders can be "subject to further action," says Google, up to and including killing the dev account.

We're not seeing ratings on apps in the Market just yet, but you know they're coming.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: SMS2PC

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SMS2PC - Send and receive SMS messages from your computer.

Like I mentioned in the Nov. 19 edition of our Editors' App Picks, I send a lot of text messages.  Maybe not as much as some of you, but, it's not uncommon for me to have used over 3,000 text messages each month.

If you're a heavy texter who spends a substantial portion of your day in front of a computer, you might be surprised how much you'll enjoy SMS2PC.  Respond quicker, and type faster -- without ever having to pick up your phone.

Join me after the break to dive a little deeper into SMS2PC, and get some download links.

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD updated to 'fix UI compatibility issue' with Gingerbread

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Dolphin Browser HD

The popular Dolphin Browser HD got an update recently, and there's an interesting tidbit in the changelog (thanks again, Google, for adding that). The line in question is "Fix UI compatibility with Android 2.3," which is interesting because Gingerbread still hasn't been announced, nor has the SDK been released -- publicly, anyway. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what the new compatibility requirements are. Thanks, Yamatine!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Keyboard Manager [root]

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Keyboard Manager - Swaps keyboards based on orientation.

Switching between keyboards isn't that difficult, but it can be annoying if it's something you do frequently.  It's a few extra long presses and taps that can really slow you down if you just want to fire off a quick message.

I know some (most) of the 777 results for "keyboard" at AppBrain are skins and language packs, but Android is also home to several keyboard replacements.  And of those several keyboards, you may prefer one over the other, based on how well it functions in a certain orientation.

Personally, I don't long for separate keyboards in each orientation, but in case you do, developer ne0fhyk at XDA Developers has been working on a solution for you.

Join me after the break for more about Keyboard Manager, and a couple screen shots.

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