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2 years ago

Citibank unveils banking app for Kindle Fire

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Citibank just announced a Kindle Fire edition of its mobile banking app, which it says has "every component, graphic, touch action, button and slider customized for the device." Along with that, Citi says, come:

  • Plan cash outflows with the help of a unique interactive chart of past and future payments and transfers
  • Analyze personal spending habits through automatically generated, customizable charts of payee spending
  • Compare personal spending habits with general consumer data, filtering by location, age group, income bracket and purchase category
  • Get direct access to educational content from Women & Co., a service of Citibank, as well as real-time customer service.

Snag it for free (well, you'll need some money in a Citi account, we suppose) at the link below.

Download: Citi for Kindle Fire; more: Press release

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: What do you think of the 'Google Play' portal name?

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We've had a couple of days to settle in (and debate) the new Google Play branding that covers the old Android Market, Google Book, Google Music, and Google Movies content stores. We've also been enjoying the sales in effect on apps and digital media (get Flick Golf Extreme from Google Play for a quarter before it's too late!) and filling our devices with content. But the name is a bit of a change.

We get it -- Google wanted to provide a unified name and look across all their digital content stores for Android, and a big re-branding sure got everyone's attention. But like all things when they change, there are plenty of skeptics. I'll admit saying download from Google Play seems a bit odd, but I'll get used to it soon enough. Of course what's done is done, but we're still allowed to say what we think of it, and that's what we're about to do. Sound off in the poll and comments and tell us what you think of the new Google Play moniker.

 

Is "Google Play" a good look for Google?

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons gets 'Cherry Blossom' update

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Rovio has revamped Angry Birds Seasons with an early sprint update, featuring a cherry blossom theme. You'll now have 15 new levels to play through, and three new bonus levels. We're used to seasonal updates from Rovio, and as usual, this one is already been well received by the missus, and she says "it's great, go update it"!  Who am I to argue? Market, erm, Google Play download links are after the break, or you can get the latest from the Amazon Appstore.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Chrome for Android updated with bugfixes

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Get thee to thy nearest Android Market Android apps section in Google Play, as there's an update to the Chrome for Android browser. What's new, you ask? Bugfixes, says Google, including a bigun' that was keeping Chrome from starting up on some versions of Ice Cream Sandwich. (That's kind of a big deal because Chrome for Android only works on Ice Cream Sandwich.

Anyhoo. Download links are after the break if you need 'em.

More: Google Chrome Releases blog

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2 years ago

The Chicken Bandit [Android game review]

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With hundreds of thousands of apps in the Android Market Google Play, it can be hard to find the ones you need to try. That's where we come in, and I just found one that screams to be installed. It's called The Chicken Bandit, and the premise is simple -- you're a cowboy, who rides a giant chicken, and robs trains protected by robots. (Go on, pinch yourself, you're awake). 

Gameplay is easy enough. You tilt your phone or tablet to move forwards and backwards, swipe across the screen to lasso bags of money and safes, and tap to shoot out windows, doors, and robotic deputies. All while riding a giant chicken. It's smooth, the graphics are fluid and drawn in a cool retro-cowboy style, and the action is fast-paced enough to keep you interested. There's also mini-games like a quick draw against a robot, a general store to buy upgrades and new gear, and a level boss or two. Chickens, cowboys, and robots have never been so much fun.

I've found myself playing games on my Android phones and tablets a lot more than I ever imagined myself doing. Fun, and silly, games like The Chicken Bandit are a big part of the reason why. This one's perfect for wasting a bit of time while at the DMV or during your lunch break, and it saves progress so you can just pick up and continue at your leisure. There's a lot to be said for deep, console-style games, but games that you can just tap and play a few minutes at a time will always have a place. The Chicken Bandit is that game for me.

The game is built to work with Android 2.1 or higher, so it's going to run on most every device out there. There's a free demo version (we've got links after the break) as well as the full version for $2.99. Both have giant chickens. Hit the jump to see a quick demo through the tutorial.

More: ChickenBandit

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2 years ago

Readability for Android hits Monday - we've got your preview today!

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Welcome to Readability for Android. So-called "read-it-later" apps have become a godsend for when you're short on time and even shorter on bandwidth. A couple clicks and webpages are sent from your desktop browser to an app your phone, stripping off the fat and leaving pure lean meat on the bone.

Readability is the latest in this line of applications. Having just been released for iOS, it'll be release for Android on Monday, March 12. We got to take Readability for a quick spin today. And if this sort of app service is indispensable for you, we're glad to report that Readability performs wonderfully.

If you're new to this space, the idea's simple. You sign up with Readability (I did it right from my phone -- just took a few seconds) and then install a plugin in your browser. (They've got plug-ins for all the major browsers.) When you get to a webpage you want to send to your phone, you click the Readability. You then have the option to "read now," "read later" or "send to Kindle."

Once a webpage hits the Readability on your phone or tablet -- it looks just fine on a 10-incher like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- everything's stripped out except for the text, images and links. No muss, no fuss, no messy load times. It's got a web view built in, too, so if you want to see something in its original format, it's just a click away.

We've got a full review on the way. For now, check out some preview screenies after the break.

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2 years ago

Google Music Manager also updated with Google Play branding

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Not a huge update, we suppose, but the Google Play branding has made its way into a new version of what previous was Google Music Manager. Guess now it's Google Play Music Manager? Snag the latest version at the link below.

Download: Google Play Music Manager; Thanks, Chris!

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2 years ago

Android Central on Google Currents: 198,000 subscribers ... and still growing!

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Google Currents so far has survived the Google Play rebranding. (Play Currents?) So now's as good a time as any to check in and see how it's doing. And at the time of this writing, Android Central has an astounding 198,000 subscribers.

Floored. Simply floored.

If you haven't checked out our Google Currents edition yet, it's the same Android Central you've come to know and love, neatly packaged into more of a magazine format. Check out our full walkthrough, and be sure to subscribe to Android Central on Google Currents!

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2 years ago

Reminder: The Android Market is now the Play Store

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We've gotten more than a few e-mails today from folks wondering where the heck their Android Market app has gone and run off to. (Don't laugh, it's perfectly OK to take a day off from obsessing over Android news.)

If you missed the news yesterday, the Android Market is now the Google Play Store. Or, rather, everything that was in the Android Market is now a part of Google Play, and you get to it all through the Play Store. Or something like that. We're still trying to decide exactly how to phrase all this without having to take a second breath.

Anyhoo. Just look for the Play Store icon you see above. Same goes for Google Books, and Google Movies. And Google Music. And Play Books. And Play Movies. And Play Music. Just the same, only different.

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2 years ago

Gravilux [Android App Review]

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

One of my favorite parts of this app reviewing gig is coming across really obscure apps that can't fit into a specific genre. To me, Gravilux is just that. Its developers describe it as a "combination of painting, animation, art, science, and gaming," which is as confusing and uninformative as it sounds. Fortunately, it gives me license to create a new word in its honor, and I've settled on gamelication. (Appligametion just doesn't have the same ring to it).

Now that we've established Gravilux is an unwinnable game of beauty and finesse, what is it exactly you do? Simply put, you touch the screen. When you touch the screen, that incredible grid of dots begins to rapidly gravitate toward all of the inputs on your screen, creating a swirling mess of anarchy and motion. It's awesome.

One of the coolest parts of Gravilux is that it analyzes whatever hardware it's running on before it loads up a grid, so it knows exactly how many dots should be on screen for the best experience. By default, colors are set to black and white, but with a simple hop into the settings menu, you're able to pick up to three colors or randomize the whole bit.

The trade-off here is your performance; what once ran smoothly now might be choppy and laggy. The solution is another simple hop into the settings menu, and then change your grid density. With a couple thousand less points bouncing about on screen (using beautiful real-time physics), things will speed right back up to where they were before.

You can also toy with settings like gravity strength and turn on antigravity from said settings menu, and most importantly, you can change how the dots react to your touch. Normally, they'll be attracted to your input, but if you so desire, you can set them to be repelled.

The result is a lot of negative space on the screen and dots being pushed up against the edges of the screen, bouncing around and struggling against your fingery might. It's not quite as stimulating as the swirling mass, but it's still impressive to see.

My one major complaint with Gravilux is that it's completely devoid of sound. (I made my own sound effects in the video.) For something so visually creative and dynamic, a nice, Osmos HD-esque soundtrack would have really pushed Gravilux over the top. Still, even without it, it's a gamelication that everyone should try at least once (and if you're up for it, again and again).

Gravilux is $1.99 in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

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