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3 years ago

Migrating from the EVO 4G to the EVO 3D -- a simple guide

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We know that many of you are going to be lined up bright and early come June 24, with one thing on your mind -- the EVO 3D.  Can't say we blame you, it certainly looks to be one of this years best.  We also know a lot of you guys will be retiring your EVO 4G to pick this bad boy up, and there will be questions about migrating all your "stuff" from EVO to EVO.  That's where we come in. 

There's a couple ways to go about transferring most everything over, some built in and some third party.  The good news is, all of them are pretty easy.  Hit the break and we'll sort them out.

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3 years ago

BeyondPod HD beta now in full swing

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Here's a Honeycomb-specific app you won't find in the Android Market just yet -- the popular podcast player BeyondPod has an open beta for testing the tablet optimized HD version, and things are shaping up nicely.  A couple of us here have been fooling with it for about three versions now, and it looks very close to release-quality.  Certainly working well enough for me to recommend you guys give it a try.

It has the features you expect from BeyondPod, but scaled beautifully for the big screen of a Honeycomb tablet.  Widgets, high-speed playback, favoriting, and tabbed navigation make this one a real standout.  Will there be bugs?  Probably.  This is a development beta, and if you download and install it you're actively participating in the testing.  But version 2.70.10 (latest as of this writing) seems really stable and the features are all there.  Hit the source link for full change logs and the download.

Source: BeyondPod

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3 years ago

Taptu updated to version 1.5, brings better searching and more UI options

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Taptu has updated its popular Android app to version 1.5 with a handful of new features that will make users old and new pretty happy.  Having fully supported Honeycomb since version 1.4, now they take the UI up a couple notches and offer some pretty slick enhancements.  To start with, you can now enlarge the section holding the stream you're currently reading, giving you a better view of things you might want to click and explore further.  You also have the ability to color code the stream headers, to tell at a glance which is which.  Both sound subtle, but in practice they really are nice features -- the folks have done their homework.

If a nicer UI isn't enough, the search function has been enhanced.  When you search a keyword, both the topics and content are searched to offer the articles that may have been missed otherwise.  Says Taptu CEO Mitch Lazar:

Our promise has always been to ensure that no matter what you're searching for, we’ve got a stream for it. We wanted to give Taptu fans even more ways to discover new content in our app. We wanted to bring even more serendipity to what the app can offer, aside of course, from giving them the ability to customize the app to get exactly the content they want.

A couple days with the press preview tells me they have succeeded here as well.  Of course there's other enhancements as well.  Back-end URL shortening is available from within the app, the phone version now shows larger images, scrolling over to the right auto-refreshes the current stream, and the whole app benefits from new performance and speed improvements.  In this bloggers opinion, they've outdone themselves with version 1.5.  Taptu is still free, and runs on Android 2.1 and higher devices.  You can find the full press release, a couple more screenshots, and the download link after the break.

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3 years ago

Musicnotes Sheet Music Viewer app well on its way to Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Hear ye, hear ye, all musicians and readers of sheet music. Pretty soon you too will be able to flip through your digital purchases of sheet music on your Android tablet of your choice, removing the need things like paper and folders that we've all grown accustomed to.

It definitely looks like it'll only show music you've bought from Musicnotes.com, but with such an expansive catalog, you'll probably be able to find what you're looking for. Say the developers:

"Over the last few months we've been hard at work creating an Android app for our customers to be able to access their sheet music. It's based on the things that have worked well on the iPad app (which has been downloaded over 100,000 times) -- and will have a few extras that Android allows us to do that Apple doesn't."

Pretty cool stuff, especially if you're the type of person who is used to hauling around a couple of 3-inch binders filled with music. The app is set for release sometime this summer, so as soon as we know it's out, we'll let y'all know.

Source: YouTube; Thanks, Bill!

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash Player updated to version 10.3, brings bug and security fixes

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Adobe has release the 10.3.185.23 update to Flash in the Android Market this afternoon.  This update directly addresses two known security issues discovered recently (see security bulletins APSB11-12 and APSB11-13 for details), and brings the following bug fixes and enhancements:

  • Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices.
  • Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidMainfest.xml.
  • Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video.
  • Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices. 
  • Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games.
  • Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode.

You can grab the update from the Android Market (we'll have the link after the break) and as always, it's advised that all users update. 

Source: Adobe

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3 years ago

Gingerbread update kills Netflix for the EVO 4G; a fix is on the way

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Notice that Netflix is no longer working on your EVO 4G? You're hardly alone. You can no longer find the app in the Android Market from your EVO 4G, and indeed the phone's been pulled from the list of supported devices. So what's up?

Netflix tells us that it stems from the EVO 4G's recent update to Gingerbread, and that they're working on a fix, but there's no estimated time for when an update will be made available.

Netflix has had a bit of a rocky start on Android, namely in that it's been made available on so few devices. Let's hope for a fix soonest -- and more important, some sort of mechanism so that we're not punished just because our phones get an all-important system update.

Thanks, Kysha!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Buffer

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Do you love to use Twitter to share all the cool and interesting things you find on the Internet?  Me, too.  The problem comes when you start oversharing and flooding all your friends timeline with things that you think are great, but they might not.  We've all done it, and until now there was no easy way to meter out those tweets so they aren't so annoying.  Or maybe you've just launched the best idea ever on the Internet, and need a way to organize what you send out on Twitter, and how you send it.  That's where Buffer comes in to play.  Buffer is a web service that stores all the pages, links, and random thoughts you think are important enough to share with the world, then sends them to Twitter at intervals that you set up.  It works nicely, and there are Chrome and Firefox plugins to make it seamless.  Now, there's an Android app too.  It's super simple to use, effective, and makes you a whole lot less spammy on Twitter -- which are all good things.  Hit the jump to see how it works and find the download link.

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3 years ago

Latest Fring update adds support for Galaxy S II, Droid Charge and more

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If you picked up a new device as of late, you may have been stuck in that dreaded area where some applications may not have worked as soon as the device was available. It happens every now and then and developers are usually quick to go ahead and roll out an update with the support needed. Such is the case with the latest build of Fring now available in the Android Market. Aside from some bug fixes, the latest version also adds new device compatibility as well. Check out the full change log below:

  • Make free Group Video calls with up to 4 friends
  • Improved voice quality
  • Now on a bunch of new devices like: HTC Flyer, Samsung Droid charge, Nexus S (Running Android 2.3.4), Samsung Galaxy S II, LG G2X
  • Bug fixes making it stable

You can jump on past the break for a video of the four way group in action calling as well as the Android Market download link.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 4, 2011

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You like apps. We like apps. The Android Market has tons of great apps, but sometimes they are hard to find. Let's take a look at some of our favorite applications from this past week together after the break.

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3 years ago

Read It Later Free Released Into Android Market

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After Twitter and Gmail, Read it Later is the application I use most on my phone and I'm completely addicted to it.  If you haven't heard of the app before, Read it Later is a app that lets you save an article in an easy to read format so that you can, well, read it later.

The free version includes all the big features: A single reading list synced across all your devices (Computer, iOS, Android), Wireless downloads for offline viewing, and formatting articles in a clean, easy to read, "Text View" and the ability to change the font size and toggle "night mode" for easier reading in the dark. 

Upgrading to Read it Later Pro ($2.99) unlocks additional features such as:

  • View your entire list (No limits on the number of articles that can be viewed or downloaded)
  • Search and Sort your list
  • Currently Reading (View all open/unfinished articles)
  • Rotation Lock
  • Scroll through articles using the volume rocker

 I've used Read it Later Pro since it first came to the market and it's easily one my favorite apps to recommend to people, and that was before they offered a free trial version.  If you enjoy keeping up with the news on the go, give Read it Later a try.  I think you'll like it.

 Via [ReaditLaterList.com]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Magic Cuts

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If you're into mind-benders, pay attention. What we've got here is Magic Cuts, a game born not only from the desire to make you furiously scratch your head, but also an academic paper about "dissecting planar shapes into two identical parts."

What results is an enjoyable romp, dragging lines about to slice shapes up into their identical halves. There's a whole plethora of things to halve, and some will definitely challenge you. The result is a seemingly simple game that's both fun and elegant.

Other than that, there's not much to say. It's free in the Market, so get out there and start slicing. QR code and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 hits Android Market, is now ad-free

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After a series of successful beta tests, Dolphin Browser HD is now updated in the Android Market to version 5.0.  There's a long list of features, both new and old that make it the web browser of choice for quite a few people, and with the latest free version all advertisements have been removed, giving users a premium app feature that many people have been wanting.

Besides the removal of ads, the look has been updated to what the folks at Dolphin are calling the "Fire UI," changes have been made to the Bookmarks menu and sidebar, the themes and add-ons have been updated, and the new tab button now open a a speed dial page where you can reach your favorites or re-open recently closed tabs.

If you are rocking a high density screen Android phone or tablet, you really have to give Dolphin HD a look -- there's a reason it has a 4.5 star rating in the Market, and we give it our own Editor's Choice tag here at the office.  Dolphin HD is available in 16 languages, requires Android 2.0.1 or higher, and is free in the Android Market.  Hit the break for the download link.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: DropSnap

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I have never understood why most Android phones refuse to automatically sync photos with Picasa. Android is extremely cloud-focused, with the deep integration with Google services that allow your data to be stored elsewhere so that if something happens to the device, your data will be safe. Photos seem like a natural step for this and it seems like Google could easily do it with their web-based photo service Picasa.

Until that happens, however, we have a wide array of this party options that can do this for us. DropSnap is the newest app of this nature and hails from CyanogenMod developers @optedoblivion and @ChrisSoyars. It does a very effective job automatically syncing your photos and videos to your Dropbox account.

The initial app is free, but there is a premium upgrade through an in-app purchase ($3.99) that will unlock the ability to automatically sync photos and videos taken from your device right to Dropbox.

It’s simple: when you open the app, you log in with your Dropbox account. Then go to Settings to set up which media folder the app is looking at and which Dropbox folder everything will be going to. Then everytime you take a photo from that point onward, it will immediately be sent to Dropbox. You can set it to only sync when on WiFi in case you want to conserve data.

It’s a nifty little app and one that works very well. I’ve tried Dropin and Sugarsync, but DropSnap provides everything I need and has been the one that I’ve stuck with the most thus far. The developers are great and will be listening to feedback carefully so don’t hesitate to make suggestions in the comments. Find the app links after the break.

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3 years ago

SlingPlayer beta for Google TV opens soon

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SlingBox has announced that the SlingPlayer for connected devices beta will soon be coming to Google TV.  that means users with a SlingBox Solo or Pro-HD will soon be able to use Google TV to watch programming from their SlingBox on any Google TV with an Internet connection, in addition to using the mobile version of SlingPlayer on their smartphones.

This is a great way to get more content on Google TV, which has seen content providers block access until they figure out how to license for it.  Word is, the SlingPlayer for connected devices is more of a stand alone WebApp than a native Android application, and will be working it's way to other devices eventually.  This also means you won't have to wait for Google to get Honeycomb and the Android Market onto your Google TV unit to try it out.  If you want to try to get in on the action, hit the source link to sign up for the beta.  We have a video demo of the app in action after the break.

Source: SlingBox via Engadget

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Plants vs. Zombies

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

At long last -- it's time for Plants vs. Zombies on Android. And it's instantly addicting. Turns you into a Plants vs. Zombies zombie, even.

Gamplay is simple. You've got a house. Zombies are attacking your house. And the only thing standing between you and the zombies are your plants. You start out with just a few basic resources. Your single-shot plants, the sun to provide some, well, sun for the plants, and sunflowers for extra sun. You collect suns to purchase more plants. The more plants you have, the more zombies you can kill.

And that's it. Plants vs. Zombies doesn't require quite as much strategy as some tower defense games, which is nice, but it can seem a bit too easy at times, at least in our initial time playing.

Plants vs. Zombies is available now in the Amazon Appstore (free today, $2.99 regularly).

Download: Plants vs. Zombies

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