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2 years ago

POGO Games bring Poppit, Word Whomp and other favorites to Android

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If you have ever been bored on the computer and looked to kill some time, odds are you have stumbled across some of the POGO Games. Today the folks at EA have made some of the classics from POGO available on Android devices. Bringing titles like Poppit!, Word Whomp, Turbo 21, Sweet Tooth 2 to Android is a great thing.

In addition to access to these free games, you have the ability to unlock World Class Solitare, and if you are interested in joining Club POGO you will gain access to 40 more games, plus the removal of adds. If you want to get down with some of your computer classics, be sure to hit the break and download this today! 

Download: North America; rest of world

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2 years ago

Netflix update brings stability improvements and improved volume control UI

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Every ones favorite content streaming service, Netflix, has gone and pushed out a minor update to their Android application into the Google Play Store today.

It still isn't the app we all want it to be, but it gets the job done. Todays update brings with it promised stability improvements, along with a handful of fixes for some pesky bugs. We also get an improved UI for the volume control function. Probably not top of your list of priorities, but it's still nice they're working on it. Download links can be found after the break.

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2 years ago

ICQ changes gears to focus on mobile, releases new ICQ Messenger for Android

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Back in 1996 when Motorola was still building the Motorola StarTac, a PC based instant messaging program called ICQ was released. It eventually grew to over 100 million registered users but after a while, many other instant messaging programs showed up and ICQ sort of fell off. Now though, the company is making another strike at the mobile business having released a new ICQ for Android and a whole new set of features to go along with it:

  • Send and receive FREE unlimited messages.
  • Send photos to all your friends including ICQ, Facebook and Google Talk contacts. You can also share your location with all your friends.
  • Chat with Facebook, Google Talk, studiVZ, Mail.ru and AIM friends directly from your mobile phone using one single app.
  • Sign in with your mobile number – the ICQ app automatically finds phone contacts already in the network.
  • Get social feeds from ICQ, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
  • Stay connected to ICQ simultaneously from any platform, whether it's mobile, PC, web or even tablets.
  • Enjoy offline mode - read received messages on ICQ and review chats even when there is no connection.
  • Get the new privacy and safety capabilities to help you avoid unwanted messages.

I'm not entirely sure if ICQ will ever reach the masses the way it did in the 1990's but the new messaging app does have a lot to offer, you'll find their full press release and download past the break.

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2 years ago

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit [Android Game Review]

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Before anyone can say anything, I know, I'm bad at racing games. I was bad at the ones you sat in at the arcades with an actual steering wheel, bad at ones on consoles with funny button configurations and control schemes, and I'm bad at ones that use accelerometer support to simulate a steering wheel, too.

Thing is, it was on sale I love you guys and gals, so I decided to bite the bullet, make a fool out of myself on video, and see what these newfangled touch racing games are all about. And that's exactly what I did.

Let's get the talk about the awesome graphics out of the way now. They're awesome (some of the best on Android, of course), but when your game is made by a huge studio that's used to producing AAA games, I'd expect nothing less. Still, racing (and subsequently crashing into everything in front of me) was still a visual treat, and that's to be commended.

Gameplay-wise, it's racing. Be default, automatic transmission is enabled, but you can switch to manual if you're feeling particularly skilled. The game starts you off with a little tutorial that teaches you how to do 180-degree turns easily and stuff, and let me say, had that not been there, I would have been even worse come recording time.

There's a couple of different options once you get out of the tutorial, like quick racing or playing through the career mode. Quick race is just what you'd think: you select some options based off of what you've got unlocked (what role you're playing, your vehicle, the time of day, etc.), and then you're off.

Career mode pits you against a computer-played adversary, whichever role you don't choose. You can pick between the cop and the street racer, and depending on which you choose, that tailors your mission objectives. More often than not, the cop is trying to catch the racer and the racer is trying to avoid being caught. Pretty straightforward stuff.

As you continue to race, you'll earn bounty (even if you lose), and after you collect so much bounty, you'll "level up" and unlock another, better car to use. Keep earning bounty and leveling up, and eventually you'll have the sweetest car in the game.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit also has a bevy of in-game achievements, like drifting for 25 seconds or getting five roadblock hits. Each achievement seems to unlock another, better tier of the achievement (like drifting for 50 seconds), so there's plenty to work on while you race around the world unlocking cars and earning cash.

Sure, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit might not be the newest game out on Android, but that doesn't detract at all from how solid a game it is. Awesome graphics, tight controls, lots of missions and careers to play, and achievements all make it worthy of your time and money.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Tapatalk v2.0 out of beta, ready for updating

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Tapatalk, the app that makes browsing vBulletin forums a breeze from a smartphone, has come out of its Version 2.0 beta and is now available for downloading. The biggest feature is an improved UI with multiple theme support, improved moderation tools, a nicer conversation style, and cloud-based account sync.

The official Tapatalk app runs $2.99 in Google Play. And, yes, we'll be updating our own Tapatalk-based Android Central Forums app in short order.

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2 years ago

Tumblr for Android gets overhauled with a new UI, better photo browsing and more

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Use Tumblr for your blogging services? If so, you'll want to fire up the Google Play Store and grab the latest update available. This release brings a whole new UI to the app as well many other improvements that have sorely been needed:

  • More responsive, faster-loading dashboard and blogs
  • Better photo browsing
  • Notifications for multiple blogs live in one place
  • Tumblr Radar

Sadly, Tumblr left tablet optimization out of the mix so you'll still have to find other ways to make use of it on any of those devices -- we're sure you all will figure it out though. Either way, it's a worthy update. You can jump past the break for some more screenshots and the download link.

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2 years ago

Naked Trailers offers thousands of movie trailers all in one app

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Have you ever sat down and put on an older movie and wondered what the trailer for that movie looked like back in the day? I've done that quite often though, I typically never follow up on the question by looking it up as it means interrupting my movie watching.

Naked Trailers has just been updated in the Google Play Store and it offers a collection of thousands of trailers to view. You get all the latest in theater, coming soon and on DVD options but more importantly it also includes trailers for movies which are currently playing on TV through the Reelz Channel

If you're a movie buff looking for quick access to a broad collection of movie trailers, give it a look, it has movie trailers going back as far as the 1940's and the more popular titles have additional content added such as short clips from the cast, producers and more. It's available for free, download link is past the break.

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2 years ago

Leaving Instagram? Here's how to do it and save all your pictures

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Apparently, Instagram finally making its way to Android was a good business move. At least Facebook thinks so, and they bought out the photo-sharing company for a cool billion dollars. Congrats to all the folks working at Instagram, and I hope you enjoy your stocks and Zuckerbucks! 

But anytime big changes come along, some of us aren't going to be OK with them. Now that Instagram is soon to be under Facebook's control, many are expecting privacy woes and leaving the service for greener pastures. I'm not here to judge -- each of us should do what we feel is right -- I'm only here to help. If you're going to leave Instagram, might as well do it right, and take all your stuff with you.

This is easy. Fire up your computer, and head to Instaport. It's a website whose sole purpose is to suck your pictures out of Instagram, and drop them into another account or save them to your computer hard drive. Follow the instructions, and you'll end up with all your Instagram pics bundled neatly wherever you want to keep them. Fair warning -- they are under some "heavy traffic" right now, so you may have to wait a bit. I got it to work on the third try, but your mileage may vary.

When you're done there, just head over to this link and delete your Instagram account. This way your account is deactivated, but your username still exists so nobody can snatch it up. 

See you guys on Lightbox!

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2 years ago

Android emulator jump-started with GPU support

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Firing up the Android emulator historically has been a lot like going to the DMV, or maybe the pediatrician's office. You can do it, and you'll have something to show for it at the end of the day, but you'd better take the day off work. Point is, that sucker was slow. Notice we're writing in the past tense here, though. Google's just unwrapped an update to the emulator that does a couple things. First and foremost is that GPU support has been added, which gives a much better experience as far as graphic and rendering are concerned. It's night and day. Second is that there's better hardware emulation, and you can now use a tethered device to provide input. Very cool. And finally there's better CPU performance, and operations are performed twice as fast.

What's that mean to most of us? Not a whole hell of a lot. But it will mean happier developers. And that's certainly good for everyone.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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2 years ago

Canabalt HD [Android Game Review]

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There's just something about those simple, one-touch games that I find utterly addictive. Maybe it's the no-nonsense gameplay. Maybe it's the quick pace. Maybe it's the single objective you've got to focus your mind on, like a high intensity laser, but games like this just draw me in.

Canabalt HD is no exception, and for good reason. With a kickin' soundtrack, easy-to-learn (but hard to master) gameplay, and visual effects that are simple yet endearing, this game is the whole package.

The premise is pretty plain: the city is in ruins, everything is falling down, bombs are periodically raining from the sky, and you've got to high tail it out of there as quickly as you can if you want to survive. What's stopping you? Ill-timed jumps (to break through windows) and boxes that are haphazardly strewn about. (Seriously, who left all these boxes here?)

So you tap the screen to jump, and that's about it. Unlike other games of this sort, running into something (like those darn boxes) doesn't automatically mean game over. It does​ mean you're slowed down a bit, and in a situation where every second counts, you'll want to avoid those boxes just like you would in any other game.

The folks who brought this iOS hit over to Android (Kittehface Software), added some neat visual tweaks, like being able to change the background from the original 2D to their updated 3D, and while that doesn't really make or break the gameplay experience, it's still cool to have the option.

If you find yourself becoming a Canabalt HD master, there's also online leaderboards that track who has run the farthest in a single session, so there's totally the chance to gain notoriety and fame by becoming the best Canabalt HD player in the world. (No, really.)

Overall, Canabalt HD is awesome. It gets the adrenaline pumping, the finger twitching, and burns all sorts of free time (and probably time you're supposed to spend on other stuff), so check it out.

Canabalt HD is $2.99 in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

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