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4 years ago

aHome beta 4 for Android leaked

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You know both your smartphone platform and its applications have hit the big time when you start seeing leaks of beta versions -- enter aHome 4 for Android.  With the onslaught of new home replacements, some of the old standbys have been all but forgotten.  The folks over at mAPPn are about to charge back in a very big way with aHome 4.  It's chock full o' features, and takes eye candy to the next level, and if you jump past the break you can have a look, we have a handful of pics.  No word on when aHome 4 will be available, but keep an eye out for it.  Thanks J!

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4 years ago

Original Flight Control coming to Android

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Flight Controla for Android

Airplane-landing games are a dime a dozen now, but the original and best is coming to Android. You might want to consider quitting your job to free up time for this one. [Firemint via @alexessory] Thanks, Rene!

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4 years ago

Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine for Linux and Mac

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Sideload Wonder Machine for Linux and Mac

There are three things I love -- open source, Linux, and ingenuity.  Android Central forum member 42turkeys brings all three together, along with some serious Mac love in his versions of the Sideload Wonder Machine for Linux and Mac.  Using the same premise as we did with the Windows version, you can now sideload apps to your crippled AT&T branded Android phones using your Mac or Linux computer. 

Because Linux and MacOS have a robust shell, these are terminal applications.  It's a fair trade -- you're not getting the point and click GUI, but you can do a bit more through the menu.  And if you're using Mac OS, or especially Linux, you shouldn't be afraid of the terminal.  Hit 42turkey's forum thread HERE to download either version, and get you some sideload on.

Nice work Mr. turkeys ... very nice! [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

AOL releases pair of Android apps

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AOL Android application

AOL, an Internet and media giant if there ever was one, has released a duo of Android applications.  While it may be trendy and fun to bash AOL, the fact is that it helped usher in the Internet age, and things would look much different had they not help shaped today's landscape.  What does that have to do with an Android app you ask?  Think market share, and more importantly, mind share.  This is a sign that Android has hit critical mass, and is now a very serious player in the mobile world. 

Let's take a look at the apps (which are standouts BTW -- this is how you do it) after the break. [cnet]

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4 years ago

Verizon revamps NFL Mobile app

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Verizon has been pushing its "VCAST" video service for quite some time, and it just got a lot more desirable for NFL fans on Big Red. The new and improved "NFL Mobile" app will allow live streaming of the NFL Network and access to Video on Demand for free through the end of August, after which a $10 per month subscription to VCAST Videos will be required. Once the regular season starts, the app will allow subscribers to watch NFL RedZone, NFL Network, NBC's Sunday Night Football, and NFL Network's Thursday Night Football live. 

For users not willing to pay, the app will still feature live audio streams from games, along with score updates and news all the way to the Superbowl in February. Either way, Verizon Android users can get the app now via the "Verizon" section of the Market (sorry, no QR code or AppBrain links are available as this is Verizon-exclusive).

One might think that Verizon would have to keep some sort of "unlimited" data plan if they added tiers to their data pricing, if only to keep services like this viable for customers. But, only time will tell. Snag the app in Verizon's section of the Android Market. [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Google Voice updates for faster dialing with 'direct access numbers'

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Google Voice updateGoogle just unleashed an update to Google Voice, introducing "direct access numbers" in hopes of speeding the process of placing calls. Here's how it's explained on the Google Voice Blog:

Until today, the Google Voice app had to make a request to the Google Voice server every time you wanted to make a call to send us the phone number you wanted to dial. Then the call would be connected via a Google Voice access number. With direct access numbers, we assign a unique phone number to every person you call. This means that we no longer need to use your data network to access the server each time you make a call, so calls will be placed much faster.

Ah, so. All you have to do is update your Google Voice app on your phone, and you should be good to go. (And Google Voice remains a U.S.-only venture for now, sorry, folks.) [Google Voice Blog] Thanks, Nighthawk700!

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4 years ago

Trip Advisor launches free Android application

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The summer is a time when many people travel to new places, whether for fun or work, and sometimes you land in a place where you have no idea what there is to do around you. TripAdvisor, a well known source of tons of great information about travel related topics that come in handy while on the go, has just released an Android version of their application to put all their information in your pocket. With over 35 million reviews of various places you are bound to find something exciting to do in the city you don't quite know so well. The application will give you easy access to reviews about hotels, restaurants as well as various attractions, and if there is no review you can easily add your own while on the go. Using the devices GPS you can find locations that are near you, as well as easily get directions to the location. Got any trips coming up, you will definitely want this free application traveling with you. Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Fring receives a minor update -- but Skype remains missing

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Fring updated

Fring received a minor update today, which should address many user reported issues, but it appears the feud with Skype is still going strong.  Some of the updates include:

  • "Significant" audio improvements
  • The echoing is fixed (fixed, fixed)
  • Supports new Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S using the front camera
  • Many more bugs fixes

Seeing support for new devices is great, and we always love to see bug fixes and better quality, but please Fring and Skype, bury the hatchet and work together, video calling is so much more viable when it can be used with a cross-platform desktop program.

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4 years ago

LoKast comes to Android, brings 'check-it-out' to check-ins

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LoKast on the Droid X

LoKast has brought its proximity-based application to Android. Rejoice! Available for the iOther platform since March, LoKast allows you to find, connect and share with other LoKast users in your local (300-foot) area via 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth.  Not only fans and users are getting in on the fun, but some familiar names in the music industry are behind the project.  Shameless plug for Echo and the Bunnymen goes here.  ♫♪ Lips like sugar....♪♫

Maybe the best part about LoKast coming to Android is that little thing we like to call "cross platform."  You can freely connect with users on their iPhones as well as Android phones, and that kind of forward thinking can only help Android and the Market as a whole.  Hit the break for the press release, a couple videos, and download links.

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4 years ago

Sideload Android apps all you want with the Sideload Wonder Machine

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Android Sideload Wonder Machine

When it comes to installing Android applications, there are two ways of going about it. The most popular, of course, is directly through the Android Market. And that's how most of us do it. But from time to time we need to be able to sideload apps. Maybe you purchased it directly from a developer or some other perfectly legitimate method.

Or maybe *ahem* your phone doesn't allow you to directly sideload apps, for whatever reason. And that's where the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine comes in. We've rigged up a simple Windows program that allows you to install any .apk file (that's the extension for an Android app) via your computer. It's completely legit -- nobody's going to track you down and take away your phone -- it's completely free (and open source!)  and now you're back on the same playing field as everybody else, no rooting necessary.

Want to see it in action first? No problem. Video and download instructions are after the break.

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4 years ago

'aSpiritBomb' live wallpaper offers an explosion of visual ecstasy

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 Sorry for bad quality... looks much better in video and in person!!

We are always on the lookout for cool to apps to share with everyone, and this nifty Android live wallpaper caught our eye. It's called aSpiritBomb, and more than lives up to its name. By tapping anywhere on the screen, you create little orbes that swirl into the glowing center, which resembles a sun. The sun then grows and pulses as you continue to add more and more orbes to it. Dropping an application or widget cause numerous orbes to be launched from it, which is a really great effect.

Once the sun has grown large, you can tap on it and shoot out tiny specs of light. Double tapping will cause the sun to actually explode, shooting out orbes of every color in all directions. For any of you that have played Geometry Wars, it resembles a wormhole when they explode, which is fine by me.

The app was a blast to play with, and is available now on the Android Market for a little more than $1. Be sure to check out video and the download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Shazam Android client to move to 'freemium' version -- Shazam Encore

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Shazam Encore

Shazam has moved to a "freemium" model, which basically means that Android users will have a choice between a more feature rich version called Shazam Encore, or can use the limited free version instead.  This is what they have done on other platforms, so it comes as no big surprise.  Shazam Encore will include goodies like unlimited tagging, song lyrics, ticket information, and a hook into Pandora so stations can be created based on your tagged music.  New users of the free application will be able to upgrade to Encore, or have 5 tags a month for free.  Put the tar and feathers away, they also note that "existing Shazam users on Android will be grandfathered and not required to pay for the upgrade to Encore in order to retain unlimited tagging. " Crisis averted.

Looks like, if you're currently using Shazam and are happy with it, nothing need be done.  If you would enjoy some of the premium features, you can upgrade to Shazam Encore for 2.99 GBP (about $4.99 US).  The full press release follows the break.

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4 years ago

MyVerizon app receives an update, brings data counter widget with it

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The aptly-named MyVerizon application for Android always has been a pretty helpful way to keep an eye on your Verizion account. Whether checking data usage, monitoring text messages or keeping track of how many minutes had been used this billing cycle, the information has always been presented very easily. The application has been updated, giving it a UI overhaul along with bringing a data counter widget. Sure, we may have unlimited data for now, but who knows when they may follow suit of AT&T and roll out some new data options. Thanks 0mie.

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4 years ago

Goby makes its way to Android

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Goby, a popular iPhone and iPod Touch application, has released an Android version of its  application. For those who are unfamiliar with Goby and what it has to offer, it is basically a location based search engine that gives users ideas of things to do to fill their spare time. Currently they have more then four million geo-tagged locations that are easily searchable, so the odds of finding something that interests you is pretty high. The application offers users some great features in their initial release, including but not limited to:

  • Coverage of 350 categories of things to do, from hiking and caving to restaurants and galleries
  • Coverage of every city, town and region in the United States
  • User geo-location at start
  • Result lists complete with photos
  • Maps and phone numbers to connect users to activities and places
  • Ability to share things to do through Twitter, Facebook and email

Be sure to give it a shot and give us a shout in the forums if you are able to cure some weekend boredom. Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for your new Droid X and Galaxy S

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With the release of the Motorola Droid X and Samsung Vibrant today, we know there will be a lot of new owners looking for some suggestions of what to download. With a market that contains nearly 100,000 applications, the hunt can be overwhelming, especially for a new owner. Well, we know, you want the applications, so let's take a look at some after the jump.

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