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3 years ago

B&N Nook app for Android updated with magazine support

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Barnes and Noble have updated the Nook app for Android, giving high resolution devices (read: tablets) support for magazines as well as a few bug fixes for the HTC Thunderbolt and Android 3.x (Honeycomb) devices.  It works nicely, and the additions have been made without cluttering or changing the user-friendly interface that the Nook app is famous for.

Open the updated app, and in the "shop" section you'll have the entry for magazines, where you can subscribe, manage subscriptions, or just download a single issue.  The prices are competitive (A National Geographic subscription runs $1.99 monthly) and the format works great for reading.  You select and download your current issue, tap to open and simply browse through just as if you had a paper copy in your hands.  When you want to read an article, you simply tap a button in the upper right corner and a new window opens with all the content.  It's a great way to skim the content and focus on the pictures, and then go back and read the articles at your leisure. The app itself is free, and runs on Android 2.1 or higher.  We've got a few more pictures and the download link after the break.

Thanks, Max for the tip!

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3 years ago

Netflix app initial hands-on and review

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Yes, you did read that headline correctly. Netflix has finally come to Android -- well, select Android devices that is. Everyone's favorite loving movie app just hit Android Market for those rocking the HTC Incredible, HTC Nexus One, HTC EVO 4G, HTC G2, and the very glossy Samsung Nexus S. The long awaited app was suppose to be a timed exclusive for the LG Revolution, but it looks like that exclusivity fell apart. Instead we got a very limited launch of the app. According to Netflix, the app would have been released on more devices but they were having "playback support" issues. We're sure that the Android team at Netflix is hard at work to bring the movie streaming app to more devices.

The app is very, very simple in design -- and that's a good thing. Too much fancy could make a heavy video app chug, and we don't need or want that. In fact the app only sports four tabs up top. The four tabs are: Home, Genres, Search, and Queue. There are no settings to change video size, quality, or audio. Hopping in and out of the tabs seemed quite fluid. And our long queue loaded our television and movies quite fast, too.

When loading up Toy Story 3 over Wi-Fi, we had no issue with buffering. Just a few quick seconds and we were enjoying Pixar's classic animation. Skipping through the movie can easily be done by tapping the screen and movie the virtual slider that appears. Again, we saw minimal buffering when hopping around the movie.

The Netflix app is something a lot of people have been waiting for, and we are super excited it's finally here. For those of you that don't have access to it just yet, hang tight. As for now, watch our very quick hands-on.

 

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3 years ago

First look at Lightbox for Android

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Who needs Instagram? Let the iPhone have it. We're holding out for Lightbox, which is coming soon to an Android phone near you. More than just a camera and effects app, it's a whole photography suite for your phone. It's your photos. It's your friends' photos. It's Facebook. It's Twitter. It's effects.

And it's coming soon at Android phones and tablets. We got a good look at it at Google IO. Give 'er a gander.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Expedia Hotels for Android

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The power of Expedia meets the power of Android in the new Expedia Hotels app. Search and book hotels, right from your phone. OK, that's overly simplified. Here's what you can expect:

  • An interactive map view shows all hotels in the area, with a variety of sorting options.
  • Hotel ratings are provided by TripAdvisor®; the highest rated hotels are clearly marked.
  • For each hotel, amenities and details have been beautifully summarized, complete with a vivid display of hotel images.
  • Just four taps are required for a traveler to move from research to purchase.
  • Once booked, travelers can tap for directions to the hotel and share their confirmation via email.
  • The Android version of Expedia Hotels also features all-new Android-specific landscape views for flexibility on a wide range of Android devices.
  • The app is being released worldwide, with 20 local currencies supported.

We caught up with Mobiata, developer of Expedia Hotels, at Google IO. Check it out. And download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

First look at Flight Track for Honeycomb

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We've long expressed our love of FlightTrack, helping keep track of all our flights for the events we head to month after month. And it's nearly ready for Honeycomb tablets. We caught up with developer Mobiata at Google IO and gave it a whirl.

It's pretty simple, really. They've ramped up the user interface and optimized it for larger screens, incorporating the traditional phone view. Tap on a flight, and you'll see its info, as well as its rough flight path. Pretty slick, and something we can't wait to get our hands on.

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3 years ago

The new Android ADK sure can play a sweet tune

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Pop quiz: What's black and white, has 88 keys and makes beautiful music with Android? That'd be a piano -- and the new Android ADK. That's short for Accessory Development Kit, and it's the toolbox for the new set of open-source protocols that will let Android do new exciting things with just about any accessory imaginable.

And why not kick things off with some music? This setup from Miselu takes a piano and a MIDI controller and hooks it all up to a Motorola Xoom. You can manually play the piano via the Xoom, or just set the sucker on go and sit back and enjoy the party.

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3 years ago

About those new Adobe Reader permissions ...

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We've gotten a few e-mails from you folks out there worried about why the new Adobe Reader update needs permission to read your gmail. Sounds scary, eh? Not really. Just as we expected, it's so the app can open up PDFs from within gmail. Adobe's gone back and added it into the app description, which now reads:

Permissions to read Gmail and default email client - Enables users to open Gmail and default Email client PDF attachments using Adobe Reader only when users select the application to view PDF files. This permission is required because of a known limitation with the Android platform.

So the sky is not falling, folks. Oh, and the real reason we care about this update? It now works with Honeycomb. You can update at your leisure.

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3 years ago

Catch launches lifestreaming for Android tablets at Google I/O

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These days, staying up to date and remembering the things that need to be remembered isn't really an easy task any more for some people. Their is a lot more going on in the World, a lot more information is flowing out there and often times people just need some organization -- or an app to help keep the important things highlighted.

Catch knows this and today, they've released the latest update to their Catch Notes application which allows you to capture text, voice, images, and locations. All of which, can be synced and backed up to their cloud services via their website in a safe, secure manner. Items can then be password protected or shared among friends, colleagues and family.

Optimized for Android Tablets, Catch Notes sits at version 3.0 in the Android Market and if you're looking for an application to help keep things in check, you may wish to give it a look. Setting up an account is free and most importantly, easy. You can find the download below, as well as the full press release from their announcement today at Google I/O.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Plume Honeycomb beta

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We're finally starting to see in influx of proper Honeycomb-optimized Twitter clients, and Plume has thrown itself into the mix in an open beta.

You've got your standard three-pane system going on, with your timeline on the left, mentions (or @replies) in the middle, and direct messages (DMs) on the right. But you can reorder those columns as you see fit.

Plume has support for multiple accounts out of the box, which those of us who use multiple accounts are pretty happy to see. You can view all of your accounts in one big stream, or one at a time. (We'd love the ability to customize each pane by account. For instance, have all of your mentions to come in one pane, but localize the Twitter timeline to single account.

There are the usual link shorteners, image handlers and previews, all made better by Honeycomb's "fragments." You can also view profiles and mute people -- just like in the smartphone version. Even in beta form, it looks like Plume's going to be a strong addition to Honeycomb's Twitter stable.

Download: Plume beta

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Giant Fighting Robots

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From Laminar Research, the developer that brought us X-Plane, we now present Giant Fighting Robots! We said, GIANT. FIGHTING. ROBOTS!

The premise is simple:

Aliens have invaded our outer colonies with no warning, and we are madly trying to raise a defense as our outposts fail, scrounging up anything we can do defend ourselves with.

You will command an All Terrain Attack Walker, or ATAW ... They are calling them Giant Fighting Robots' in the press now.

The controls ... well, if you've played X-Plane, you'll be used to things here. You have a throttle for going forward and backward, and tilt the phone to steer. Arm your weapons and fire away.

As you'll see in our video, the graphics aren't 100 percent, the sounds are simple and the gameplay is a bit rudimentary. But with a name like GIANT FIGHTING ROBOTS (OK, the all-caps are our doing), we just couldn't pass it up. The game's $1.99 in the Android Market, and we've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Zipcar for Android now in the Android Market

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Early last month word slipped about Zipcar and their Android application that was in the works and now the application has finally hit the market. If you're unfamiliar, Zipcar it is a popular metro-based loaner car company that allows people to rent and use cars in a rather non traditional manner. The application does have a disclaimer in the market that it still is a beta version, but don't let that deter you from giving it a shot, and if you notice any bugs be sure to provide feedback! Download links available after the break.

Thanks, tati!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for May 8, 2011

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With summer just around the corner everyone is trying to get their summer muscles back in action, and be beach ready. Well, OK, not everyone. But if you are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, hit the break with us as we look at some great workout applications this week.

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3 years ago

Sneak peek at the Seesmic Honeycomb Twitter client

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It was less than two weeks ago that we predicted the major Twitter app developers would soon (but not soon enough) be unleashing Honeycomb apps for Android tablets. Here, friends, is one of the first. We've gotten a sneak peek at Seesmic's upcoming Honeycomb Twitter client and present it to you here.

All in all, we're not overly surprised by the GUI. It's using the fragments that make up a big part of the Honeycomb experience -- basically the ability to bring more information to a larger screen. In the example above, Seemic founder and CEO Loic Le Meur tweeted about the Air France Flight 447 crash. The tweet included a link via ping.fm (which Seesmic bought last year) to the boingboing article, and we see the page loaded in a fragment on the right. And presumably other content will at least be previewed that way, too.

We're not going to read too much more into these screen shots (there's one more after the break) just yet, except to say that this is just the beginning of the Honeycomb Twitter apps, folks, and Seesmic has previously said publicly that we'll get a look at its app next week at Google IO.

More: Take our annual Twitter client poll

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3 years ago

The top Android airline apps

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Whether you're always on the go, or are just an occasional traveler, having the correct application on your device can change the whole experience of the travel. Keeping up to date with real time flight information, maps of the airport, and even weather of the city you are traveling to are features that are found in various airline applications in the Android market. Let's hit the jump to check out some of the various airline applications from around the world.

United States airlinesEuropean airlines | Asian airlines

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Death Worm

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I don't game often on my EVO, but when I do, I want it to be epic. Sure, there's games like Dungeon Defenders, but sometimes that just doesn't hit the sweet spot. Not enough of that Dune feeling, I suppose.

Fortunately, the aptly-named Death Worm remedies that. With 45 levels, three different types of gameplay, an entire myriad of enemies, and HD support, I feel like I picked a real winner here. Plus, the whole Dune thing helped.

Join me after the break and I'll take you through the finer points of being a gigantic, nigh-unstoppable worm that destroys everything in its path.

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