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2 years ago

WidgetLocker Lockscreen - Now with Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Sense 3 sliders

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Everyone likes to tweak their device a little, and one of the apps that can help you achieve some visual and functional tweaks is WidgetLocker Lockscreen. Having been updated to v2.2 -- some new sliders have been added such as the ones from Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Sense 3 which can give your device lockscreen a whole new look. Some other additions came with the update as well as some bug fixes:

  • Customizable Clock
  • Tablet Optimizations, Hardware Acceleration
  • Improved Preferences and Slider Setup Interfaces
  • User selectable app shortcut icons

Fixes:

  • Moto OTA Conflict (Battery problems)
  • Keyboard focus bug (SMS Popup apps)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Compatibility
  • Unlock-With-WiFi Compatibility
  • Misc fixes and optimizations

We've written up a quick app review WidgetLocker Lockscreen previously, so if you're looking to learn more make sure you give it a look. You'll find the download link to the latest version past the break, remember -- it is a paid app but well worth the buy in cost if you're looking for easy tweaks.

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Wind-up Knight

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Stop what you're doing and download Wind-up Knight for Android. Wait. Read this first. Then stop what you're doing and download Wind-up Knight, which has been gaining great kudos and buzz just hours after its release.

Wind-up Knight is a side-scroller that's reminscient of Super Mario Brothers -- you'll be collecting coins while dispatching creatures, all in the name of saving a princess. But it's not a mere two-dimensional side-scroller -- this sucker's got depth. And the graphics, while simple, also don't overpower the gameplay, a problem we've seen in other games. The controls are simple as well. Your character runs on his own (hint: You'll need to go left sometimes), and you're left iwth jumping and rolling and attacking.

Wind-up Knight is a free game, but you'll need to collect weapons and armor along the way. And you can upgrade as quickly as you want, thanks to in-app purchasing. Want a bad-ass sword without having to save up currency? You can buy 10,000 Note for a $9.99US. Of course, that's the trick, right? You'll likely end up spending far more within the game than you would if you paid $1.99, or $2.99 -- heck, we'd probably easily go $5 for Wind-up Knight -- up front. But on the other hand, with 50 levels and great gameplay, you're getting your money's worth. And you don't actually have to purchase the more-expensive weapons to complete the game. But it's very, very tempting.

One downside of all that in-app purchasing, though, is that you can't switch devices. If you upgrade on a tablet, you won't have those weapons and armor on a phone, unless you repurchase them. (Hopefully Google does something about that at some point.

Anyhoo, we've distracted you long enough. Hit up the download links and check out our hands-on video after the break.

Update: Ooo. So after a few levels, you have the one-time option to upgrade to the full version at a discounted $3.99. We're all for in-app purchases, but the upselling is starting to be a bit much here.

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2 years ago

TripCase for Android moves into v2.4.1 - Brings back offline mode, adds combined trips and expense reports

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TripCase has rolled out their latest update bumping the app up to v2.4.1. Previously, the offline feature of the app was removed but has now made its triumphant return along with the ability to combine trips and keep better expense reports. If you're not yet familiar with TripCase, it's a pretty awesome app to be packing when travelling.

Features:

  • Easily map locations and events in your trip itinerary
  • Share your trip with people you trust on social networks
  • Airplane mode
  • Add trip details from multiple sources
  • Car rental information
  • Hotel descriptions and photos
  • Flight status, delays, cancellations and gate changes
  • See alternate flight schedules

If you opt for the Pro package, you'll get even more features such as SMS alerts, seat maps, airline flight schedules and even a rewards bonus program. With the latest update addressing the offline issue, it's worth checking out especially if you have some holiday travels coming up. Better to be prepared ahead of time with the tools to help you then be left scrambling.

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2 years ago

Garmin releases first fitness app -- Garmin Fit

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Garmin has long been a name synonymous with GPS systems, and now they have released their first fitness application for Android and iOS.  Says Dan Bartel, Garmin's VP of worldwide sales:

Garmin Fit is the ideal solution for users who are new to the fitness tracking landscape and for those looking to stay totally connected.  To be able to utilize Garmin’s powerful fitness accessories with the same device that plays music, makes calls and uploads workouts automatically to share and analyze, makes Garmin Fit a must have app.

Yes, Garmin's app is cloud-capable.  Users will be able to upload workout activity to their account at Garmin Connect with useful annotations, and via the web can easily track and share that data.  The last 30 days of this data will be displayed on the Android app, as well as charts and reports.  Add in the ability to track metrics such as speed, pace, distance, time, calories, and you have one serious fitness application.  The Garmin Fit app sells for $0.99 in the Market, you can find download links and the press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Android developers demand (and get) their nyan-ish droid cat

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Googlers work hard.  A quick look at the sheer number and scope of the products big G offers is testament to that.  But they also like to have fun.  When an Android developer requested that the bugdroid icon in the ADT plugin be changed to a cat because "It would entertain me while developing and debugging," the devs working on the Android project listened.  Behold -- the droidnyanlogcat-thingy!

This is why we love Google, and I can feel the productivity rising.  Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

HTC partnership with Dropbox brings 5GB of free cloud storage to Android devices

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HTC has announced on its official Facebook page that thanks to its recent partnership with cloud storage provider Dropbox, the Dropbox app will come preinstalled on all HTC Android phones. HTC phone owners will also benefit from 5GB of free cloud storage, versus the standard 2GB normally given to free account holders.

Dropbox has previously partnered with Sony Ericsson to bring pre-loaded Dropbox apps to Xperia owners, however unlike the HTC deal, no additional storage is offered on SE devices.

So far it's unclear which HTC legacy devices, if any, will be able to take advantage of the 5GB storage deal. We've reached out to HTC for comment, and we'll update you when they get back to us.

Source: HTC on Facebook

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2 years ago

Editorial: Adult Android apps aren't really for adults, and boobs will get you hacked [NSFW]

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Recently, I was given the (what I thought would be) amazing task of doing an Android adult app roundup.  I prepared myself with a pre-paid debit card, a clear mind, a 12-pack of Milwaukee's finest and a dark room -- and went on a download spree.  What was supposed to be informative and fun turned out to be a $10 pain in the ass and time spent on the phone with T-Mobile trying to get things undone.

Repeat: Steve Jobs might have joked (or maybe he was serious) that the Android Phone is for Porn, but as we found out, that doesn't mean it's good porn.

This one's about as NSFW as can be, so be warned before you click through.

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2 years ago

Pigs in Trees puts swine in the cockpit, with you at the controls

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Here's a fun little time-waster that's one part Flight Control, one part reverse Angry Birds, and one part MiniSquadron. You control a pig in a plane, protecting a tree from woodpeckers' pecking. It's got 4 campaigns and 75 levels and is surprisingly easy and immersive. You draw a line from your plane to the woodpeckers, engage and take 'em out.

The game is free and ad-supported, but an easy in-app purchase of about $1.36 can remove them. Our only real complaint is that it the image quailty suffers on larger screens. We've got download links and a promo video after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Campyre

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This might seem like a niche app (and it probably is), but because there aren't so many apps in the Market for this, Campyre is worth a mention. If you've ever needed to hop into a Campfire chat by 37signals, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Campyre is a third-party Android client that lets you log in, read, and post in a Campfire chat. It's ideal for those times you're out and about but need to stay connected to the people you collaborte with.

Signing in is easy; it only requires you plug in your chat room's custom Campfire URL, your username, and your password. From there, you'll be presented with a list of rooms you can join. Tap the one you want to hop in, and boom, you're in.

Once you've joined a room, you'll be able to see all the stuff folks are saying as well as post your own messages. There's timestamps for when people join and leave, but you can turn that off in the settings. You can also check out today's transcript in case you think there's something you missed from earlier (when you were unplugged).

There's a fairly bare settings menu, too. You can change the maxmium number of messages the room will show, and enable or disable enter and exit messages along with timestamps.

A pretty worthwhile feature is the "create shortcut" option. If you choose this, Campyre creates a shortcut to the room you're in on your main homescreen, so you don't need to deal with logging in and selecting a chat room anymore. Simply tap your shortcut and you'll go straight to the chat.

Campyre is completely free (and without ads, to boot), so if you're a frequent user of Campfire in the web browser, Campyre is something definitely worth checking out.

We've got more pictures and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Haunted House HD

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I love Halloween. It's my second favorite holiday only to Christmas, but holds a special place in my heart because I get back-to-back goodness from my birthday and then, 24 hours later, all the goodness Halloween brings.

The folks at DualBoot Games (creators of other live wallpapers like Celtic Garden HD) have whipped up another for us, this time all haunted and creepy, just in time for Halloween. It's called Haunted House HD, and as far as live wallpapers go, despite it being time-sensitive, it's probably one of the most detailed I've come across.

From the moment you pop open the live wallpaper selector and choose Haunted House HD, the Halloween vibe will wash over you. A camera pans by a creepy house, shrouded in fog, as the lights flicker on and off intermittently. Jack-o-lanterns guard the doorway and frightening messages appear over the door in blood.

Everything is pretty smooth, despite the fact there's so much going on. The door opens and closes by itself while the camera sweeps back, the lights turn on, revealing a silhouette in the window, and the flag on the mailbox moves up and down of its own accord.

If you want to go inside of the house, you'll have to jump into the completely loaded settings menu and change the camera view.

The inside of the house is just as (if not more) busy than the exteriour. Lights continue to flicker, the fire is a pale, ghostly blue, and paintings have skulls superimposed over the subject's face. Ethereal footsteps pulse and disappear on the floor, and strange breezes toss the chandalier around. It's a lot to take in, but it's still great fun.

Back to the settings menu, when I said loaded, I meant it. You can pick your camera view, set the name for the mailbox and doorway, pick the kind of face you want for the pumpkins, and individually enable or disable every variable the wallpaper has to offer.

If you feel like getting in the holiday spirit, Haunted House HD is $1.99 in the Android Market.

We've got more pictures and download links after the break.

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