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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 18, 2011

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Half the fun of having an Android device is the wide selection of amazing applications which are available in the Android market. But half the battle is trying to find ones that you want, or that serve the purpose you need, but as you know we love our readers, so each week we bring you some of our personal favorites. Hit the break and let's take a look at what we got for you all this week!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: WeatherPro

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If you're still searching for the most detailed weather app in the Market, I introduce you to WeatherPro by MeteoGroup. WeatherPro is both an aesthetically appealing app that's just rife with anything you could need to know about the weather in your area.

WeatherPro offers a full weekly forecast as well as breakdowns of each day in three hour intervals. It also gives you important information like wind direction and speed, chance for precipitation, and air pressure. If you're so inclined, you can also find sunrise and sunset times in the app as well.

MeteoGroup gives you not only the opportunity to pick a city from a list of popular destinations, but also lets you search for a city by name to get weather information about. I was definitely curious how Austin only felt like 50 degrees, but when I added the state, bingo, right up in the triple digits where we belong.

WeatherPro is packing both radar and satellite view, which, after loading, animate for you on screen. Your selected city is shown as a red dot. It's a really cool feature, especially if you want to see a storm's position in relation to your location.

Perhaps the most advanced part of the app (and the part that'll make you feel like a meteorologist) are the graphs that show your weekly forecast in line and bar graph form. The graphs include temperature, precipitation risk, pressure, sunshine duration, humidity, and wind conditions. They're pretty wild to look at, and once you've mastered reading them, you can appreciate how amazing it is that things of this caliber are included in an app.

The settings menu lets you pick your measurement system of choice, so people around the world can get the weather in their preferred system. There are also three widgets included, so you can always be up-to-date without opening the app.

WeatherPro weighs in at around $3.58, but if you like what you see, it's definitely a worthy investment. Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

Crackle streaming video app returns to the Android Market

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If anyone happens to remember October of last year, a new streaming video app appeared in the Android Market called Crackle. It was a subscription based service which offered some video for free but the premium videos were to cost you $4.99/month. It ended up being there for quite some time and then it all of a sudden it disappeared. We're not exactly sure as to why but we are glad to see it come back and this time around it's totally free for end users.

You'll need a device running at least Android 2.2 and Flash in order to watch the full-length TV shows and movies offered by Crackle but if you live in US, Canada, United Kingdom or Australia you're pretty much good to go. The only other caveat to the app right now is the fact it's not suited for tablets as of yet but we're hoping that will be addressed in a future update. Hit the break for the download link -- once you're up and running watching Ghostbusters, it'll all be worth it.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Ninja Rush

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I think everyone can agree there's a soft spot for ninjas in their heart, and if you can relate to this sentiment, Ninja Rush is a game you should consider checking out. It's one of those "run until you fall and die" games, but the graphics are nice, the gameplay is fun, and you're a ninja.

Ninja Rush definitely bears a resemblance to Robot Unicorn Attack, but I think any game in this genre would. Ninja rush does offer a few modifications on the stock "don't fall and dodge bad guys" formula commonly seen, though.

For starters, you don't need to just dodge enemies, as you're armed with an unlimited amount of shuriken to throw. You can actually amass a pretty large wall of pain in front of your ninja if you've got a quick thumb, and can switch between jumping and throwing shuriken without falling. There's also a Spider-Man-esque dynamic where, when the ground falls out from underneath you, tapping the screen doesn't jump, but tosses a rope up and swings your ninja from the ceiling.

Yes, there's still double jumping, but instead of a limited dash, swiping right on the screen has the ninja dash forward indefinitely, ramping up both the risk and the difficulty. Swiping left on the screen returns the ninja to his original running speed.

Perhaps one of the coolest aspects of the game is what I'm deeming the Super Ninja Shuriken Super Move. The SNSSM is activated when you pick up three of these floating shuriken icons over the course of your gameplay. Doing so turns the ninja into a full-body shuriken and dashes him forward, floating over all chasms and destroying all bad guys in his wake.

At the price of "completely free," the game does have a fairly unobtrusive ad in the top right corner, but that's a small price to pay, especially considering none of the action is happening where the ad is, so you're not even forced to navigate around it.

Download links and more pictures are after the break, and no, the screen doesn't tear like that when you're playing it.

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3 years ago

Google movie rental rolling out for the wifi Motorola Xoom

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We'd been hearing some reports of Motorola Xoom wifi only tablet owners seeing the Google Videos app in the Android Market, but now we're also hearing that the actual market tab for movie rentals has been enabled after an Android Market update.  We're not sure just why the service wasn't made available for the wifi only model along with the 3.1 update, but we have to assume it was licensing and DRM issues at play once again.

Anyhoo, it seems like that's all sorted out and if you haven't already got the app and the Market update, you should soon.  We can't rush the latter, but we can give an easy download link for the app -- find it after the break.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Google Maps updates to v5.6.0

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Another quick update for Google Maps has rolled out today putting it at v5.6.0. The latest update just simply adds the option to rate a restaurant as "Best ever" plus, adds restaurant awards to their Places page if they have one set up. Nothing major -- but least now if you really dig that burger joint down the road you can proudly proclaim it as the best ever! Download link after the break, folks.

Thanks, Shayne!

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3 years ago

eBay revamps Android app, adds more selling capabilities

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Online auction giant eBay has just revamped its Android application, adding selling capabilities for casual and professional sellers alike.

  • List an item for sale, from start to finish, in under 60 seconds
  • Use the barcode scanner to scan a product’s barcode and immediately populate details for listings
  • “Sell One Like This” – for a casual seller who wants to list a similar item already selling on eBay
  • Schedule when an auction starts and ends
  • Contact the buyer

Buying -- and now selling -- from start to finish, all on your smartphone. Welcome to the 21st century, folks. Download links are more screen shots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Galaxy on Fire 2 now available for Tegra 2 Android devices

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Galaxy on Fire 2 -- one of the most visually stunning games we've ever played on Android -- is now available in the Android Market and in NVIDIA's Tegra Zone app. GoF2 is a space-based saga where you're stuck working for a mining colony (not exactly of your on free will) and alternate between working for the man and blowing up bad guys for the man.

The story line's fine and all, but it's the gameplay that's stunning. An on-screen joystick controls your ships and weapons, and you're bound to fall out of your chair at least once, thanks to the completely free range of movement you get with flying through space. You really do have to experience it to believe it.

Galaxy on Fire 2 is available free in the Android Market and Tegra Zone. You'll get just the first galaxy (which you can play as much as you want) and can unlock the entire game with a $14.99 in-app purchase. Give it a whirl. Download links and more screen shots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO

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There's no shortage of exercise trackers in the Market these days, but if you're looking for something fully-featured, comprehensive, and user friendly, Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO is the way to go.

To start, Endomondo gives you an incredibly expansive list of activities to track. You're not limited to just running or biking with this app. It covers things like badminton, baseball, yoga, and kayaking, just to name a few. If there's something that gets your heart rate going, Endomondo probably tracks it.

Endomondo also supports full GPS tracking while you exercise, so if you are doing something mobile and outside, Endomondo can tell you your average mile pace, total distance covered, and time spent working out. It can also give you an estimate of calories burned, based off of your weight and pace. Endomondo also supports Bluetooth heart rate monitors (my favorite part!) so you can check if you're hitting your target heart rate during exercise. Pairing is simple and once you've paired once, Endomondo will automatically sync up when the app is opened.

The app also keeps a saved history of all your workouts, so you can compare times against older workouts to see if you're improving, but if you have to wipe your phone, your list will disappear. All of your workouts get automatically uploaded to your workout portal on Endomondo's website, but syncing from website to phone isn't possible.

Endomondo also boasts a social aspect to exercise, so you can friend other people using the app and see when they start working out as well as checking out their results when they're done. You have the option (from the website) to send messages to your friends that are in-progess, so feel free to trash talk or send words of encouragement. Just know your friend will hear these messages read out to them while they exercise and they might return the favor. You can also set the app to automatically share your results with Facebook or Twitter, or you can manually share from the website.

Endomondo PRO adds in the option to try and beat your own (or someone else's) time on a given workout, and the audio coach will give you periodic updates as to how you're doing on your goal. It seems like a simple thing, but when you're striving for a better time (on say, a 5K), it's a huge help to get continuous, real-time feedback on your performance.

Endomondo PRO is, in my opinion, the king of exercise tracking. At ~$4.26, it's definitely not free, but for how detailed and well-maintained the app is, it's a small price to pay, especially if you're serious about getting in shape. Maybe you could skip your morning coffee one day to pay for it and go running instead. Give it a try! Your body will thank you for it.

More pictures and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Voice updated to improve battery life

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Google Voice just got a small update in the Android Market.  The changelog is short and sweet, telling us the update will improve battery usage, and keep the screen on while playing back voicemails.  Anytime we see the words improvement and battery in the same sentence we pay attention. And since Google Voice is probably the app we depend on most around here, we're glad to see it.  Keeping the screen on during voicemail playback is a handy fix as well, especially if you use a PIN, password, or pattern on your lock screen.

We'll have to see about these battery improvements, and there's only one way to tell.  Grab the update from the Android Market on your handset.

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3 years ago

Google gives developers another small tool -- 'Available in Android Market' logo

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It's nice to see Google focusing on supporting developers as best they can.  We noticed a shift towards this at Google I/O, and they have released major updates to make app development easier, and better.  Now they released a small tool that helps every bit as much in a different way.

On the Android Branding pages, developers can now download a graphic to promote their Android Market applications.  Full usage terms are available as well, to keep you within the rules.  There's several different versions to choose from, including an .eps file for use in vector graphics applications.  To grab one, and read the terms of use, hit the source link.

Source: Android.com via @AndroidDev

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3 years ago

Flash Player receives a minor update

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Adobe pushed out a new update to its Android Flash Player today. In addition to a host of bugfixes, the new version also features several important security updates.  Nothing major is listed, but security updates and bug fixes are always a good thing.  If you have flash installed on your android, be sure to grab this ASAP.

Source: Adobe Thanks, zacharyzblewski!

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3 years ago

Google Checkout closed from 4 to 5 p.m. (PDT) for maintenance

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As I rolled out of bed at the crack of dawn noon, I noticed an e-mail from the Android Market team in my inbox telling me that paid applications and access to merchant accounts will be closed for an hour this afternoon for planned maintenance.  What it boils down to if you're a shopper and not a developer is that you won't be able to purchase any apps between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. PDT today while they upgrade something.  If you are a developer, you also won't be able to log into your Merchant account during this time.

Conspiracy theories aside, everything should be back to normal by 5 p.m.  PDT and you can start buying apps again.  We've got the full text of the e-mail after the break.

Thanks to everyone who sent this one in!

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3 years ago

Netflix now available for the Droid X

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If you've been wondering when you'll see an official version of the Netflix app for your beloved Droid X, today is your lucky day.  You'll need to have updated to Gingerbread, but since it's now all official-like there's no more hanky panky involved to get it up and running.  Just grab it from the Android Market, sign in and start streaming movies on that big screen.  You can find the download link after the break. 

More: Droid X forums, Thanks, Michael!

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3 years ago

Lightbox Photos now available in the Android Market

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Back during Google IO we were able to score the above video demo of Lightbox for Android, and it was pretty awesome. Moving forward to today, the app is now available in the Android Market for all download.

Similar to Color that was released not to long ago, LightBox for Android pulls in photos from all your social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and synchronizes them with your device. It also allows you to share any images you have taken to those same social networks.

In addition to the synchronization options built-in, you also get a photo editor which allows you to select from different photo filters and adjust your images before sharing. Lightbox is available for both Android phones and tablets -- give it a run through and let us know what you all think in the comments. Download link can be found past the break.

Thanks, Taylor, for the tip!

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