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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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3 years ago

Lookout updates premium service with 'Safe Browsing' feature, announces partnership with Sprint

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Lookout has announced a new feature to their premium service, called Safe Browsing.  What it does is spread protection from malware beyond installed applications, and into your browser.  If you've ever used the Chrome browser, and spent any time on the Internet, you've surely seen sites blocked because of malware or phishing -- that's what the new Safe Browsing feature does.  I spent some time talking with Lookout's Marketing Director Alicia diVittorio, and Senior Software Engineer Anbu Anbalagapandian and got a little explanation of what to expect, and then spent a little time going through the paces and testing it out. 

First the technical details.  Safe Browsing sits idle in the background, listening for the "intent" (think of that as a command) to open a web URL through the browser.  It checks that URL, and if it comes back clean, it goes back to sleep.  If not, you get a message pop-up with a warning.  This means it works with website addresses from any source, including Twitter and Facebook.  Since the necessary evil of URL shorteners is now pretty commonplace, this is a pretty nice way to be sure you're going where you think your going.  In the usage department, it's simple.  Open Lookout, go into the settings, and turn it on.  If you stumble across a website that's acting a little suspicious, it tells you.  If not, it sits quietly out of the way.  Anbu told me they tested the battery life and performance impact, and found no issues at all.  While one day is hardly a perfect use case, I didn't notice any more wear and tear on the battery than normal, and saw no change in the way my phone performed, so my short test agrees. 

In addition to the new Safe Browsing feature, Lookout also announced that they are partnering with Sprint, making Lookout available directly from the Sprint Zone, and the Sprint tab in your phone's Android Market page.  This should make it much easier to find for those new to Android, and especially those new to smartphones and the most susceptible to the dirty tricks out there in the wilds of the web.

Safe Browsing is a premium feature.  We've went over the other premium features pretty well when they were released.  You need to look at what's offered, then decide if you need to go premium.  If you do need the pay services, it will cost you $2.99 per month, or $29.99 a year.  To celebrate the launch of Safe Browsing, Lookout is offering $5.00 off the price of the subscription for the next seven days.  Just use the code BESAFEAC when you purchase your subscription via the app and you'll save enough money for lunch.  You'll also wanna jump past the break and read the press release, watch a short video of Safe Browsing in action, and find the download link. 

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3 years ago

Starbucks for Android now serving in the Android Market

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Sweet mother of all things caffeinated -- the Starbucks Android app is finally in the Android Market. And it's everything our jittery hands could have dreamed of.

When you first launch the app, you'll be asked if you want to log in, sign up for an account, or continue without an account. We logged in (as any good over-paying coffee drinking would do) and then were greeted with the option to enter any Starbucks cards. Your phone will then display the card's barcode, which you can have scanned in a store to pay for your coffee. (Who needs NFC?)

You can also check your balance, add your credit card information and refill your Starbucks card that way, check your transaction history, find a store on Google Maps, track your Stars in the My Starbucks Rewards program, and basically do everything you'd expect to be able to do with a proper Starbucks Android app.

A couple of caveats: U.S. only, for now. And you can only have a card on one phone at a time. If you want to reload someone else's card, you'll need to do it from a proper browser.

That's it, folks. We're off for a triple vanilla latte (and maybe a cinnamon twist, if we're feeling saucy). Download links and screen shots are after the break!

Thanks, @ahdelo!

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3 years ago

Kiloo partners with PapayaMobile, bringing their games to Android

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Kiloo, the folks behind the huge hit Frisbee Forever for iOS, will be partnering with PapayaMobile and launching their games on Android using the social gaming network.  Using Papaya's social SDK, Killo games will have access to features like news feeds, leaderboards, chat, achievements, and custom avatars.  There's also those 18 million existing Papaya users on Android, so it's easy to see the draw here.  For users like you and I, the best part of this mutually beneficial partnership is more quality games for the Android platform.  Everyone's a winner. 

We don't have all the details, but expect to see Kiloo games, starting with Frisbee Forever, in the Android Market sometime later in the year.  You can read the full press release after the break.

More information: PapayaMobile; Kiloo

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3 years ago

Strava launches free Android application for cyclists

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Riding a bike is one of my favorite pastimes -- my friends and I used to hop on our bikes and take off. But, sadly, at the end of the day none of us ever knew how far we went, how fast we went, or any other information about the ride. Previously I have driven the route that I rode to find out how far it was, but gone are those days as Strava has launched an application which solves all these issues.

Android owners can download this free application from the market and it will allow users to track their distance, speed, climb and much more in real time right from your device, no more uploading data to a computer to view it. Users can upload their information to the site to keep running records of their rides, but they can also compare and compete with others right from their device. So if you enjoy riding your bicycle and don't want to spend tons of money on a ride monitor, be sure to head to the market and download this today for free. Download links after the break.

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