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3 years ago

Introducing the Android Central App

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 Android Central App

You begged. You pleaded. You yelled at us. (More than usual.) And so we now present you with the Android Central Android Application -- or ACAA for short. (Hey, it's better than Sideload Wonder Machine.) It's developed by Notice Software and powered by the same people who bring you your daily dose (and then some) of Android news every day, free of charge. We'll walk you through it and provide download links after the break.

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3 years ago

SwiftKey updated -- bug fixes and more language dictation support

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SwiftKey, the software keyboard that can read minds, has been updated to version 1.0.8 in the Android Market.  Not a big change log, but what is there is nice to see.  Makes us all feel like we aren't being forgotten after we've spent our money.  The two big changes, at least in my opinion, are the new languages supported for dictation (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian) and contractions now include apostrophes in the auto correct area.  Now I can't blame my typos on the keyboard any longer!  The short version of the change log:

  • Fixed issue with contractions/apostrophization auto-correction issue
  • Fixed prediction/voice dictation bug in fields with drop-down suggestion text fields.

The Market entry has also been adjusted so the price is in U.S. dollars instead of British Sterling, as some banks have issue accepting charges in foreign currency through Google Checkout.  One last thing to mention -- the sale price of 99 cents goes away on Sept. 30, and the price goes up to $3.99, so don't say we didn't warn you.  Now go update, and put it through the paces.  If you haven't tried SwiftKey yet, download links are after the break. [SwiftKey]

Find more in the Swiftkey Developer Forums

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3 years ago

Beejive for Android now available

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Beejive IM

Beejive IM is finally out of beta, and is now available on the Android Market.  Beejive is a very popular, cross platform multiple service IM client that's safe (128-bit encryption on all over-the-air data), easy to use, and uses Google's new push services (see our Chrome to Phone demo about them) to stay easy on the battery.  It also integrates seamlessly with all of the popular chat clients, with group chat support for AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Gtalk, and Jabber.  Possibly the best feature -- file transfers between users is supported, something many of us have been waiting for.

It's good that Beejive is so feature rich, because it's going to cost you $10.  That's not really surprising, as Beejive is an expensive app on other platforms as well.  What I found most dissapointing, is that while Beejive offers license transfer between BlackBerry devices, I see no method to transfer my license from BlackBerry to my Android device, nor any method to transfer license between Android phones.  And it appears that each installation is tied to the device it was purchased from, using a unique device identifier, so Beejive will have to facilitate the transfer.  Hopefully all this is an oversight or in the works -- I've reached out to Beejive for some more clarification.

But if you've been longing for Beejive, or just need a good (and it's very good, I've been participating in the beta as well) cross platform, multi-client chat application go for it -- you won't be disappointed in anything other than the price and/or licensing scheme.  Download link and some more screen shots are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick-App: Brookings

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The Brookings Institute released an application recently that you should check out if you enjoy politics, international relations, or economics (or all of them!). The Brookings Institute is a think-tank in Washington, D.C., that has roots dating back to 1916. It provides in-depth articles and analysis on issues relating to economics and politics. Let's look at it further, after the break.

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3 years ago

Manage diet with Calorie Counter Pro

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With summer coming to an end, the hunt for ways to keep the pounds off during the winter months begins. Sometimes just watching what we eat is not enough and it needs to be taken to the next level where calories are counted. Previously counting calories while on the go was a pain, people had to carry around books that contained the information on how many calories each piece of food they were eating had, as well as log it by meal. While this worked for some, it was a pain to many and luckily the folks at MyNetDiary agreed and have released Calorie Counter Pro into the Android market. For those who left an iOS device to come to Android or those who still carry an iOS device, this application may have been a favorite for you already, and for those new to the application, this is one you won't want to miss.

Calorie Counter Pro is an intuitive application that offers users an abundance of features, and covers nearly every aspect of a daily healthy life. From measuring your daily intake of vitamins to water consumption as well as calories taken in verse burned through excersize, this application is a great one stop for all your dietary needs. Entering meals is extremely easy as the application features a real time search, like Google, so as you type it is giving you options to select. With over 300,000 food items in the database that continues to grow, searching for your food choices should be a painless process.

If for some reason you happen to be without your device you can log into their website and enter your meals in the same way, and sync it to your device at a later time if needed. With MyNetDiary you are not alone, their amazing dieting community is always just a click away from you if you need some extra motivation or any assistance in figuring out exactly what is best for you. If you want to crack down on what you are eating, and transform your lifestyle to a healthier one you will definitely want to check this out in the Android market today for $2.99.

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3 years ago

Call Informer brings more information to incoming call screen

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Having a large contact list can be a little bit difficult at times as it is easy to confuse people, especially those with common names, or similar last names. Having the company name that the caller was from, or just some additional information about them on the incoming call screen would be great as it would help differentiate the people that are calling, and until now this was not readily available.

Jesta's Funhouse has recently released an application called Call Informer which allows additional information to be shown on the incoming call screen so you can have a better understanding of who is calling. Users have the option to add notes, company names, nicknames along with the city, state and country the caller is calling from. This information must appear under the inbound callers contact information in your Android device, and users can define exactly which pieces of information they want displayed.  For only 99 cents in the Android market, this is a must-have for anyone who has a large phone book.

This application has been tested on the Motorola Droid and Droid X but should work on other devices. If your device is not supported please send feedback to the developer so the development can continue!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: JellyBalls

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New on the Market from Hyperbees, JellyBalls is a simple ball popping game with a very cool twist.  Rotating your Android phone changes the direction the new balls drop from.  It's funny how a small change like that makes such a difference in the gameplay.  JellyBalls includes five different gameplay modes, uses Scoreloop for a global online leaderboard (hit me up: gbhil), and has a groovy soundtrack.  I'm really loving the new breed of easy, time filler games on Android, and this one's a perfect fit.  If I can wrestle it away from my wife, that is.  Grab it from the Market for £ 0.99 (about $1.50 USD).

If you're into casual gaming like I am, you'll like JellyBalls.  Check out the video, and download links after the break. Thanks Tom!

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3 years ago

Manage your Android sound profiles better with RingLeader

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Managing sound profiles on an Android device has been a struggle for me since first picking up a device. Having been used to being able to set different profiles for different occasions and having the ability to keep them saved on the device was something I was very used to, and going from that to a ring / vibrate set up was a big change. The hunt for a profile manager has been a tough one, many different applications have been tried, some which were complex to set up, some which didn't meet the needs. A new application, Ringleader, brings everything that is needed, and more to the table.

This application is extremely easy to set up and manage. Users will set up their system sounds right from within the application, and they can all be managed from one universal screen. Not only can you manage from one single screen, but you can set up various profiles for different areas such as a school profile, work profile, night time profile and more. The Pro version of Ringleader will offer a widget for easy switching as well as a Tasker plug-in to automate the switches. If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to manage your sound profiles on your Android device, this is a must have. For download information be sure to hit the jump.

More on Ringleader in the Android Central Developers Forums 

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 24, 2010

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Many many hours are spent everyday inside of the Android Market, sometimes people strike big with a great application that will help them daily, other times they come up empty. For those who have been coming up empty, or just want to get a peak at what some others are using, we bring you another weekly edition of some of the applications we are using on our devices. So, let's take a look at what applications we got for you this week after the jump.

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3 years ago

Box.net now available for Android

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Box.net, the popular cloud document management application, is now available to Android users. The developers just released it to the Market and are expecting a welcomed reception from experienced users as well as first-timers. 

Users of this app will be able to: 

  • Browse files and folders on Box
  • View documents, media and other files
  • Share links to files and folders
  • Upload files from a device
  • Search through files

If you're not familiar with Box, it's a service that allows secure and easy cloud management of your files. It's also a popular add-on application on Linkedin that allows users to keep their resume public and searchable. It's free and definitely worth a try! [Box.net]

More from Box.net in our developer forums

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3 years ago

ROM Manager brings a new feature -- Web Connect

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ROM Manager Web Connect

Koushik Dutta (AKA Koush) has incorporated an awesome new feature into his already indispensable application ROM Manager, called Web Connect.  The screen shot says it all -- You can send a ROM, or kernel, or update right to the ROM Manager application on your phone from a web page, as long as the ROM developer supports it in their ROM and support forum thread. From there, it's business as usual and ROM Manager will back up your current system, wipe any parts of the system that may need be wiped, and install.  All without user intervention.  Koush, I love you, man. 

Now all that's left is for ROM developers to get on board.  Shout out to your favorite chef and tell him to have a look, and point them to Android Central's forums where they can get their ROM threads set up.  [My Brain Hurts (Koush's blog)]

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3 years ago

Swiftkey keyboard out of beta, autopredicts its way into the Android Market

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SwiftKey Keyboard

SwiftKey has finally made its way out of beta status, and the full version is now available on the Android Market for £0.60 (about 94 cents).  I'm one of SwiftKey's biggest fans, and even after using it through all the beta versions I'm still amazed at the prediction algorithm.  In case you're unfamiliar with how it works, have a look here and you'll see why the beta hit over 100,000 downloads within a few days of its release.  It really is that good at word prediction.  The changes are available to read at SwiftKey's blog, and consist mostly killing off any bugs that crept up at the last minute.  We have the full press release from TouchType, download links, and a video of SwiftKey in action after the break.  [SwiftKey]

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3 years ago

Android Quick-App: Vignette

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One of the greatest iterations of the smartphone industry has been the cameras that are attached to the devices. They have become sufficient enough to leave a separate camera at home or forget buying one altogether (Photo-philes will disagree, but for the average consumer this is true).

A result of this has been an increase in camera apps found in the Market. These can range from simple effects to a full on camera replacement app. One of the best that I’ve tried is Vignette, which can act as one of the full replacements. Let's take a look, after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid X Froyo update includes Adobe Flash Player 10.1

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 Droid X with Adobe Flash

Now that your Droid X Android 2.2 update has arrived, it's time to get your Flash on. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 was included in the update, so you don't have to do anything. You can watch Flash videos, browse Flash-enabled websites, play Flash-based games -- and do it all immediately after the update. No muss, no fuss. What other new features are you enjoying? Share them in our Droid X update forum!

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3 years ago

Twitter for Android updated, loses some of its UI coolness

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(Twitter pre-update, left, and post-update, right)

The official Android Twitter app -- cleverly named Twitter for Android -- just got another updated. There's no changelog just yet (it'll be here, and apparently we skipped the 1.3 update), but the cool little trending topics cloud is gone, the icons have gotten less attractive, and we kinda miss the bird looking at us. We have to hope there's something more than that in this update, and we're not alone in our disappointment. If you spot something, sing out in the comments. Thanks @macprv and Pepito141.

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