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3 years ago

Firefox 5 now available, brings 'Do Not Track' function

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Firefox has just hit another milestone for their mobile browser releases. Previously in beta, Firefox 5 has now gone official and is available for all to download. The latest release includes the Do Not Track feature to ensure safe and private browsing among many others bug fixes such as faster page loads over 3G as well as improved compatibility with SwiftKey keyboard. The full list is available after that break, as well as the download link for the Android Market.

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3 years ago

Bolt browser's back, in private beta (and we have codes!)

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You folks who came from Windows Mobile or, more recently, defected from BlackBerry should well remember the Bolt browser. It's webkit based, as are a good number of other browser these days, and it's full of all that HTML5 goodness the kids are talking about it.

And now it's coming to Android. It's currently in a closed beta program. But we've got your key to entry. Head on over to boltbrowser.com/android, give 'em your name and address, and use the code androidcentral. It's that easy.

Better hurry, though, cause it's only open to the first 500 who enter. And we know how much you folks like beta testing. 

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3 years ago

Zipcar for Android comes out of beta

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Now that summer is here it's perfect timing for Zipcar for Android to arrive officially. Having been available in the Android Market for a while now under the beta tag, Zipcar has taken v1.0 through the approval process and made it available for all.

If you're not familiar with Zipcar, it's a metro-based service that makes the process of renting cars easier just by simply signing up for their site and reserving a car as needed. You'll find the full press release and more information about the service past the break.

Source: PRNewswire

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Quickoffice Pro

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Using your phone to do everything is all the rage these days, be it sending emails, connecting on Facebook, or editing documents. There's a few popular options in the Market for this, but we'll start by taking a look at Quickoffice Pro.

Quickoffice Pro is one of the more widely known viewing and editing apps, largely in part because a free version of Quickoffice comes bundled on certain phones. As far as a document viewer goes, this app is great, but how does it stand as a full editor?

Before we delve into that, I've got to talk about the look. The interface is slick as oil, with a kind of glossy, iOS feel to it, but that's not a bad thing. It's polished and really refined, plus it's obvious where everything is located. Want to deal with PDFs? Fine, click the big PDF icon. It's this kind of simplicity combined with functionality I can really get behind.

Opening or editing files is a snap. If you know what kind of file it is, just click the associated menu button, and pick the appropriate location of the file. Is it on the microSD? There's an option for that. Is it hosted somewhere in the cloud, like Google Docs or Dropbox? Tap that menu and within seconds, your file will be loaded up and readying for viewing or editing, right on your mobile phone's screen.

Speaking of cloud services, Quickoffice Pro supports Box.net, Dropbox, Google Docs, and MobileMe from the get-go. To add one of these accounts, click on 'Accounts' and choose the appropriate option. You'll be prompted to enter your information, and once it's been verified, your cloud storage will appear as an option on every menu to pull files from. It's quick and easy, and it gives you more freedom about where you're storing your files. Quickoffice Pro also supports syncing with SugarSync, and if that's something you're interested in, your registration email will tell you all about it.

As far as the file editing capabilities go, I couldn't be more pleased. I tried on both a Word document and an Excel file, and with both, it was a breeze. Word documents are especially straightforward, just type and you're off. Excel can be a bit trickier, depending on how many cells you've got, but that being said, I could still navigate and type without problem in landscape and portrait alike. With Excel files, you've also got the option to format cells, numbering, alignment, and borders.

Something you'll notice almost right off the bat is that the menu button actually brings up dual menus on your document, so if there's one menu you're after, you might need to exercise a bit of double tap to get where you want to be, but that's such a small, split-second thing, it won't ever become a bother.

Overall, I think Quickoffice Pro is a great option for people who need to be able to access and edit documents wherever they are, no matter the time of day. It's clean interface, easy-to-navigate menus, and rich, full rendering of files makes this an easy app to navigate and take full advantage of. At $9.99, it's far from free, but still priced competitively when compared to the other options in the Market.

Download links as well as more pictures can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Cut the Rope for Android coming Friday

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Might it finally be here? Might Cut the Rope finally be released for Android? If the CTRAndroid Twitter account -- newly created and pinging the hell out of the Android blogs -- is any indication, we could well see it on Friday, folks.

Question is, is it teasing the Android Market (while at the same time mistakenly calling it an App Store), or is it headed to the Amazon Appstore? Either one's likely, though the latter has been scoring some nice exclusives of late. Guess we'll find out in a few days.

Source: CTRAndroid

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3 years ago

ITV Player for Android launches in the UK

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British TV network ITV has brought its catch-up TV service ITV Player to Android, with the launch of an official app. Just like the recently-released BBC iPlayer app, ITV Player allows viewers to watch shows broadcast from the past seven days across ITV's four channels. At the moment, though, there's no live streaming option included.

The ITV Player app is available for free on devices running Android 2.2 or higher in the UK. Join us after the jump for the Android Market link and QR code.

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3 years ago

Friend Me -- A tablet-optimized experience for Facebook

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So you managed to pick up a fancy new Android tablet only to realize that working Facebook in the browser is kind of a drag and it doesn't provide an optimal tablet experience. Enter Friend Me -- a new Facebook application optimized for use on Android tablets running Honeycomb. Friend Me comes to us all from the maker of Newsr and TweetComb and brings Facebook to tablets, as you would expect it to be.

  • News Feed - Quickly and easily browse the latest news from your Facebook friends.
  • Comment and Like - Stay in touch by liking and commenting on news items posted by your friends.
  • Profile - Easily view your profile info, wall, and photo albums.
  • Friends - Explore a list of your Facebook friends and drill into their profile info and wall.
  • Photos - Beautifully experience your photo albums on the tablet.
  • Games - Play your favorite Facebook games directly in Friend Me. Friend Me offers a web view of your Facebook games, including Flash-based games, a feature of the Android platform.

Friend Me is available now in the Android Market for free and comes with no ads. With this being the first release of Friend Me, more features will be added in the coming weeks. If you're looking for a better Facebook experience on a tablet then give Friend me a go, you'll find the download link past the break. 

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Robo Defense

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Robo Defense is one of those staples of the Android Market. It's been around since very early on in Android's life, and has been consistently updated to keep the game up-to-date graphically and in gameplay.

Robo Defense is a tower defense game where you're repelling hordes of robots. Defending against robots, ergo, Robo Defense ... everyone clear?

The gameplay is straightforward. You start off on an empty canvas with one hole on one side, another hole on the other, and you need to strategically set up your towers to stop the baddies as they march through. Different levels are set up differently, but Level 0 is a no-frills, easy-to-grasp starter level.

You have a pretty wide range of towers to choose from. Your main three that you'll be picking from are the regular gun tower, missile tower, and slow tower. Over time, as the enemies get stronger and you accumulate more money, you can upgrade your towers. For example, the missile tower can be upgraded to anti-air missiles, a mortar tower, or a medium strength missile tower. Even subclasses of tower you choose, like mortars, have an upgrade (artillery). It's this wide swath of options that affords you the opportunity to avoid repetitious and boring gameplay. Do I want the flame tower (yes, there is one) or anti-air cannons?

Because achievements are all the rage, Robo Defense tracks certain achievements, like beating your first map, playing 25 levels or more all in "fast" mode, or completing a map without losing any life. If you're a completionist, there's enough achievements to keep you occupied for a while. There's also a "reward points" system, where you're awarded points at the end of a game based on how much life you had remaining, how much cash you had, and what your score was. You can spend these points on upgrades to towers you have or you can buy new towers altogether, like the famed teleport tower.

There's both a free and a paid version (with more levels) in the Market, but if you have any love for tower defense games, Robo Defense is like their Android-based grandpa. Do it a favor, respect your elders, and give it a try.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: xkcd Viewer

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If you're ever had the pleasure of reading xkcd, you know it's utterly hilarious. I read it, most of my friends read it, so it lends itself to coming up in conversation time to time. It's nerd comedic gold, and let's be honest here: you're on an Android website, so it's right up your alley. To ensure you're never without your appropriate dose of vitamin xkcd, I recommend xkcd Viewer.

xkcd Viewer is a free, ad-free app that lets you read any of the comics listed on the main website. There's no delay between new comics going live on the website and them being accessible on your phone's app, so if you're ever out and about and want to pepper your experiences with some funny, xkcd Viewer will do the job.

The app is fairly simple: it defaults to the latest comic. Tapping on the comic gives you whatever the mouseover text is on the website. You can favorite the comic, move sequentially forward or backward, or tap the dice button to jump to a random comic. You can also bring up the menu by tapping your menu button on your phone. Doing so opens up more options like seeing the entire xkcd master list, if you're inclined to scroll up and down it.

That's pretty much all there is to it, but if you hadn't started downloading by the end of the first paragraph, get to it. If you don't, expect a visit from the black hat man.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: Lightbox

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Lightbox is a camera/gallery replacement application that bills itself as "The Connected Camera," allowing you to snap, "enhance," and easily share your pictures with your favorite social networks.  The idea of a "social" camera is still something of a new concept but they're rather popular with our fruit-flavored cousins and they're becoming increasingly popular in the Android ecosystem.  That doesn't mean they're for everyone, but there is clearly a market for this type of product, one that Lightbox hopes to fill.

We first saw the Lightbox back in May at Google IO, but the app didn't officially hit the market until last week, and not without its own share of controversy.  Join us after the break to read our full review, additional screenshots, and the download link.

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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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