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3 years ago

Are you ready for some football? Get EA Sports' Madden NFL 12 for just a buck in the Android Market

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Get the latest of one of the most popular sports video game franchise ever, Madden NFL '12, for your Android device for just 99 cents from EA Sports.  The game was built for Android 2.1 or higher, and has optimized versions for both Tablets and the Xperia Play with it's built-in control pad.  You can choose to play as any of the 32 NFL teams, and different game-play modes allow for complete micro-management of every bit of action on the field.

It's Madden NFL 12, done right, for a buck.  Grab it using the handy link after the break.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Nordstrom

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The official Nordstrom app lets you browse the store's collections and purchase clothes right from your Android device. When the app opens, you'll see the main menu which can be filtered by Department or Brand. If you select the Department filter, you'll get a list of different shopping departments: Women, Men, Juniors, Designer Collections, Baby & Kids, Shoes, Handbags & Accessories, Jewelry & Watches, Beauty & Fragrance, At Home & Gifts, Sale and Weddings. Brands will bring up every different brand that is carried by Nordstrom, or too long to spew out here.

There is always a menu that you can access via the action bar or menu button. Options are Your Style, Shop, Wish List, Events and Bag. Your Style allows you to browse various styles handpicked by Nordtrom.  Shop brings you right back to the area of the app where you can shop, Wish List saves everything that you would like to place onto your wish list, Events displays upcoming things to do at your local store and Bag is simply your cart.

You can purchase items directly from the app and either have it shipped to you or schedule an in-store pick-up.

Overall, the official Nordstrom app is very nicely done. Fans of the department store will find it to be a good experience and I'm sure will find that they're shopping more because they can do it anywhere. If you like Nordstrom or just want to check out a good shopping app, please find links to the free app after the break.

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3 years ago

Ford shows off updated Sync vehicle Android integration

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Ford has quite the presence at CES 2012. From the slick Evos concept car to the upcoming Focus Electric (with nice mobile app integration) and 2013 Ford Fusion, Ford has a strong showing (which is impressive, when you consider that the Detroit Auto Show is also this week). In addition to the mobile integration going with the Focus Electric, Ford's moving forward full stream with their in-car infotainment system Sync. Powered by Microsoft's Windows Embedded Automotive operating system, Sync has been leading the in-car media game for a few years now, and the latest version naturally kicks things up another notch. Sync integrates with BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android devices, allowing a driver to control apps on the device with a combination of voice commands, steering wheel controls, and the center stack and touchscreen.

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3 years ago

Google unveils new Android design standards website

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Google has let loose a new section of their Android developer portal -- Android Design.  It's a site full of tools and suggestions to help application developers build apps that look and feel alike, following a sort of a style guide from the folks at Mountain View.  Things like menu button location, and drawing windows and fragments should be done so that they "behave in a consistent, predictable fashion".  We're not going to argue.

Besides all the helpful hints and guidelines, there's a special section for folks designing apps that are cross-platform.  Suggestions like "Don't mimic UI elements from other platforms" or "Don't use bottom tab bars" will help Android apps look like Android apps, instead of rehashed iOS apps. 

While these are all just suggestions, apps that follow them will look like they belong on an Android device.  Conversely, apps that don't follow them will stand out -- and that's not always a good thing.  Android should start to look awfully darn pretty from Ice Cream Sandwich forward -- I'd suggest everyone take a look at the links below and have a read.

Source:Android Design; via +Tim Bray

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod hits 1 million unique installs

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Last night Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) and Jef Oliver from the CyanogenMod team broke the news that the popular custom firmware has reached 1 million unique installs. CM, which is by far the leading multi-device custom ROM for Android phones, is officially supported on 56 Android devices, with many more available via unofficial or nightly builds.

Interestingly, almost half of the CM installations are of unofficial or "KANGed" builds, although that's likely skewed by official-unofficial self-KANG builds by developers maintaining not-yet-supported phones like the HTC Sensation and EVO 3D. Top devices include the HTC Desire and Motorola DEFY, with over 80,000 and 58,000 installs respectively.

Congrats to the CM team in reaching this huge milestone. With more than a few Android owners eagerly awaiting the ICS-based CM9 in the months ahead, that number is sure to increase in 2012.

More: CM Stats

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3 years ago

T-Mobile shows off Bobsled Messaging - free cloud-based SMS texting

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I think we're all a bit curt with T-Mobile for announcing the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, but not actually having it here at CES 2012 for us to play with, but they did have something substantial to show off in Vegas. Bobsled Messaging is a new free SMS messaging application which allows you to read and send texts from just about any web-enabled device. 

The Android app propogates text messages across multiple screens, including phone, tablet, and web, while packaging everything in a familiar threaded interface. The web console is particularly cool in that you can send out group messages with minimal fuss.

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3 years ago

Socks-on with Samsung's washing machine Android app

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Samsung announced a new smartphone app here at CES 2012 which will help you handle your laundry by communicating wirelessly to a Wi-Fi-enabled washing machine and dryer. I got a closer look, and am still hugely impressed. At first, the idea seemed a little hoaky, but then I looked back on how many times I've forgotten that I had put anything in the wash, and how much a tailored mobile notification system would help out. 

Here's how it works: the washer and dryer each have their own I.P. address, which your phone can tunnel to no matter where you are. Using the app, you can remotely start up any cycle, which then gives you a timer on how long until it's done. You can also remotely pause a cycle if need be, and use a variety of notification types to let you know when it's done. 

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3 years ago

Stuck in Customs 'Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff' Android app now compatible with Google TV

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Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff, the "official" application of the popular travel photography blog Stuck in Customs is now compatible with Google TV.  The app consists of hundreds of Ratcliff's images (and they are spectacular images indeed) as an endless slideshow to view on your screen.  With Google TV support, that big screen in your living room can become a piece of art while you're not watching cartoons the news.  Another interesting aside, a note in the market says an update that allows setting any of the images as your wallpaper is coming "very soon".  The app will cost you $2.99 and requires Android 2.1 or higher.  Hit the break for the download link.

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3 years ago

A quick look at TripIt for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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A few days ago TripIt announced that they would be launching their very popular travel application on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and we got lucky enough to get a hands-on demo of the application from them. Last night while at the ShowStoppers event here at CES 2012 the folks at TripIt took some time to walk us through the application, and as you can see they have done a really nice job with the application and design.

If you are unfamiliar with the service it is a travel planner, you forward your itinerary to them and they do the rest for you. Once the email is forwarded your itinerary will then show in the application, showing your flight information, hotel information, rental car and more. Having quick and easy access to this information on the go is priceless, and if you have yet to try it or would like to install it on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 be sure to hit the break for the market link.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: The Soup

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Fans of the hit E! show The Soup will definitely want to check out the free Android app of the same name. If you're not familiar with it, the show features Joel McHale (who many know from Community), as he observes the best in pop culture.

The app is a great companion to the show. Once opened, you'll see the welcome page which consists of Joel McHale staring at you as a TV screen displays various options, such as Latest, Clips and Hall of Fame. Clicking on any of those will bring you to the main section of the app which contains all of the content. The tabs at the top are Clips, Latest, Hall of Fame and More. Clips contains some of the best scenes from recent shows, Latest has the newest clips available and Hall of Fame aggregates the best of. In the More tab, you can view the upcoming schedule, read about Joel McHale, share the app with friends, rate it and give feedback.

The Soup app is perfect for the dedicated fans of the hit E! show. It's a free app in the Android Market. Please find more screenshots and links to it after the break.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Circuitry Live Wallpaper

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I'm not usually a big fan of live wallpapers, and it takes a pretty good one to make me want to use it.  It has to be subtle so I can still see the icons, shortcuts and widgets on my homescreen at a glance, easy on the battery, and not make my phone slow down.  Circuitry Live Wallpaper fits that bill.  I've got it in blue above for a better picture, but you have a choice of six different color schemes (including light grey on dark grey, greyscale FTW), and each is rendered pixel by pixel to be crisp on your screen and the whole thing has been optimized in a way that keeps my phone feeling snappy and lag-free.  The jury is still out on battery life, as I've only been using it for a day, but so far so good.  Add in the geek factor of circuitry coming to life on my homescreen, and I think I'll use this one for a while.  Circuitry Live Wallpaper is 99 cents in the Market, and your phone will need to be running Android 2.1 (and have Live Wallpapers enabled) to use it.  Hit the break for a video, download link and some screen shots.

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3 years ago

Android Central at CES 2012: Day 1 roundup

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3 years ago

Snapseed photo editor coming to Android

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During the NVIDIA presentation this evening at CES, Manuel Wille, developer of the popular iOS application Snapseed showed it off running on the ASUS Transformer Prime.  Powerful chips like the Tegra 3 means real-time photo editing works great on Android, and we're excited to see more of it showing up.  The application will be available in the Android Market soon (early 2012) for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and have a Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 chip only, and cost $4.99.  A demo video, the full press release and some screenshots are after the break.

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