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4 years ago

Tether for Android out of beta and now on sale

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After a good amount of time being tested under a "beta" tag, Tether for Android has finally been released. While we all know that the tethering option does come included on some devices, Tether has been built in such a way that it works with all Android devices.

That's right, no Froyo is needed to be able to use Tether and no extra data plan is required from your carrier. You can use your already existing data plan with Tether and not have to worry about having another "add on" placed on your account.

As part of the launch celebrations, you can now get Tether for only $24.99 up until November 19th. After that time, it will go back to it's regular pricing of $29.99. If you want to learn more be sure to check out their website. [Tether]

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4 years ago

Bing: It's not just for Verizon anymore

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Bing

For those of you looking longingly at your friends on Verizon as they Bing their way through the day, take note. If you find yourself constantly asking "How can I get that wonderful Bing Decision Engine on my phone?", pay heed: Bing (read our full review) is now available on every phone, every carrier, for every decision.

That's right, for the low, low price of free in the Android Market, you can forgo Google, forsake the search engine that brought you this fair Android operating system, and Bing your way through life. It's OK. We won't tell. [Bing]

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4 years ago

Rhapsody for Android 2.0 available now

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A lot of folks have signed up for the Rhapsody beta test, and now version 2.0 is available for all in the Android Market. Rhapsody has been trying to work out any kinks within the app itself and thus far has done a pretty good job. A few new features are included with this build:

  • Download and offline playback of your playlists!
  • Download playlists and manage your downloads through the My Playlists menu.
  • New toolbar with download and other options on the playlist screen.
  • Offline mode displaying unique UI and available menu items.
  • Settings: Clear Pending Downloads from the My Playlists menu; Force Offline Mode or Remove All Downloads from the Settings screen.
  • A completely refreshed user interface.
  • Artist Radio available right from the Artist screen, and a new "Search Artist Stations" option.
  • High-resolution album art (when available for specific releases).

Despite all the new additions and bug fixes added to the latest release, a few known issues do still exist so keep that in mind when deciding to use it. You can read the full change log and known issues via the Rhapsody website. If you want to give it try, the download link can certainly be found after the break. [Rhapsody]

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4 years ago

Fuze Meeting for Android Tablets -- the virtual conference room

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Fuze for Android

Fuze Box has announced its Fuze Meeting software, designed for tablets, that brings virtual conferencing to Android.  Fuze Meeting already exists for Android phones, as well as Apple and BlackBerry devices and the desktop, but the latest version has been optimized for use on the Galaxy Tab's 1024x600 screen. 

Fuze Meeting is not just a chat application.  It's an invitation-only virtual meeting, that allows users of the software to participate real time -- including sharing content from the Tablet itself.  Desktop hosts can also share their workspace with attendees, and support for hosting and desktop sharing from Tablet devices is said to be coming next year.  To top it all off, VOIP software is included on the Android application so CDMA phones can share data and voice with attendees.  Fuze Meeting is a free application, but hosting meetings requires a subscription.  You can read about pricing information here.

It's refreshing to see Tab specific content and applications geared to the business user so quickly, and if Fuze Meeting performs as well as expected, it's something to check out.  You can download Fuze Meeting for Android (including the tablet version) from Fuze (redirects to the Android Market based on your device), and we have the full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Doodle Jump updated, now on sale until November 17th!

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Aside from Angry Birds, I can only think of one other game that is as much fun (see: addictive) and that game is Doodle Jump. If you've been waiting for Doodle Jump to go on sale before you took the plunge in purchasing it, you'll be pleased to know that from now until November 17th it's available for only $.99 cents.

In addition to the sale, a total of four new themes (Jungle, Space, Night and Christmas) have been added. Most importantly, bug fixes to improve performance and correct a missing platforms bug have also been addressed. You'll find the download link after the break. Thanks Cameron!

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4 years ago

Tango Video Calls updated with fixes for EVO and Samsung devices

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If you're a fan of video calling and have yet to try out Tango, now is a pretty good time to give it a look. The cross-platform video calling app was just updated in the Android Market. The two key items in the change log are:

  • Support for front facing cameras on Samsung devices
  • Fixed an issue that was causing some HTC EVOs to reboot when launching Tango

Tango will work over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi and has a pretty simple set up process. If you've given Tango a spin, let us know in the comments or in the Android Central forums. Download link after the break. Thanks, Dave!

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4 years ago

YouTube Remote wants to control your leanback experience

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If you like to spend your days perusing YouTube videos then the latest Google offering, YouTube Remote might be of interest. As described on the YouTube Blog:

YouTube Remote creates a virtual connection between your phone and YouTube Leanback. To ‘pair’ your phone with your Leanback screen, simply sign into YouTube Remote on your Android phone, and to YouTube Leanback on your Google TV or computer with the same YouTube account.

Having tested YouTube Remote out today for the first time, I have to say it is pretty cool, although I'm struggling to find many use cases for it. If I have a Google TV then I have a keyboard to go with it. If I'm near my PC then I also have a keyboard right there. Just seems more of a novelty application or one that I would use after coming home from the bar. [YouTube Blog]

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4 years ago

Wall Street Journal comes to Android Tablets

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 Galaxy Tab gets an official news app.

Itching to get the Wall Street Journal on your Android device?  If you have a Galaxy Tab, you can.  In an unusual move, the Journal released an app for Android tablets before/without having one available for traditional handsets.  

When asked about the reason for the timing of their release, they responded:

“Our strategy is to serve readers whenever, wherever, and it’s critical that the Journal’s unparalleled news and analysis are available in a high-quality format across multiple devices and platforms,” said Daniel Bernard, chief product officer for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. ”The WSJ Tablet Edition for Android continues to blend the best of print and online with an experience that showcases our strength of innovation and original delivery of content.”

The app will allow users to read stories from that day's newspaper, retrieve stock market information, and view full screen videos from the news service.  The daily paper will be "delivered" every morning once it is published, downloading to your device automatically.

The app itself is free, but to gain access to all content, there will be a $3.99-a-week subscription fee.  Current Journal subscribers can gain access to the full tablet app free for a limited time.

The Journal might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a sign that big companies are starting to notice Android's growth.  

If you have a tablet and you want to give it a try, let us know how it looks. Download links are after the break.  [Via an.droid-life.com and The Next Web]

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4 years ago

PowerAMP updated -- gets new features and a $4.99 price tag

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PowerAMP - $4.99

PowerAMP, a feature-rich music player for Android that we detailed a couple weeks ago, has finally graduated to a full version complete with a $4.99 price tag.  Some of you will say that $4.99 is a bit steep for a music player, but the five-star ratings and positive market comments are piling up.  "This is the best audio player I've ever tested.  I would have paid 2x what they're asking!" writes one satisfied buyer.  With awesome features such as the heavily lauded equalizer, album art grabber, and lock screen controls, MaxMP's PowerAMP aims to be one of the top music players available on Android.

Recent changes include:

  • All Artist Songs via header in Artists->Albums list
  • Shuffle by Artist/Album/Genre selection for SHUFFLE button
  • Option to enable "return to player" button in Folders/Library
  • Option to hide Equalizer Deck in portrait mode
  • Other fixes and improvements

To purchase the full version of PowerAMP, you'll first have to install the trial version of PowerAMP, and then purchase the full version unlocker.  A simple market search for "Poweramp" will yield the exact downloads you need.

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4 years ago

8pen keyboard updated, is now free

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8pen keyboard for Android

8pen -- that crazy new Android keyboard -- just got a slew of bugfixes, improvements and, best of all, is now free. Here's what's new in Version 1.1:

  • Auto-space is now optional, and disabled by default
  • Voice input (Android 2.2 with voice recognition enabled)
  • Preview popup
  • Improved dictionary support (suggestions, auto-complete, quick fixes)
  • Basic themes
  • Height adjustment
  • Fine-grained shift pressure threshold
  • Optional vibration when passing through central region
  • Slightly modified numeric layout, for easier access to #, & etc.
  • HTC Tattoo fix
  • Fix of phone keyboard bug that caused force close on some phones

Snag it now in the Android Market (links are after the break). [the8pen]

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4 years ago

Celebrity Tweets app makes it easy to stalk your favorite celebrities

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celebrity_tweets

Ever wish that you could easily follow all of your favorite celebrities on Twitter without having to clutter your time line and risk missing something from a friend? Celebrity Tweets by XIMAD was designed with these users in mind and is a one-stop shop for your daily dose of randomness from celebrities. Once the application is launched it will take you to a very basic screen that allows you to select between favorites, people, trends or to make a search.

First-time users will enter the people tab to browse a list of over 300 celebrities and from here they are able to select various celebrities to become their favorites, which they can later easily access from the favorites tab on the main screen. Trends will allow you to easily view the top trending topics at that time on Twitter, and search will allow you to find a user without having to scroll through the list under people. If you enjoy following the life of some of these crazy celebrities, and prefer not to clutter your Twitter time line, this free application is certainly a must have for you!

If you have any feedback, or suggestions for the developer, be sure to leave them for XIMAD in their developer forum.

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip keeps up with the times -- receives Android 2.1 update

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Motorola Backflip receives Android 2.1 update 

If you weren't lucky enough to be one of the 1,000 users recruited by Motorola and AT&T to test Android 2.1 on your Motorola Backflip, today is the day you can join the party.

The Eclair update is live and well on Motorola's and AT&T's respective websites. We weren't crazy about the Motorola Backflip, or the fact that it launched with Android 1.5, but hopefully this update will improve the Backflip experience for current and future owners.

So what are you waiting for?  Check the links above and begin your update process.  And while it's downloading, feel free to check out the release notes so you can know what to expect once you're up and running on 2.1.

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4 years ago

Yahoo! Messenger updated for video calling, bugfixes aplenty

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Judging from the amount of e-mails we got sent to us, a lot of you out there are actually using Yahoo! Messenger. The latest release has hit the Android Market and it brings along with it quite a few bug fixes over the previous releases.

What's new?

  • Free Video Calls (Beta)
  • Buzz Your Friends
  • Improved Photo & Video Sharing
  • Fixes inc. Sign out issue, Notification reliability & Stability

Yahoo! Messenger is available for Android devices running 2.1 and up but the video calling will only work on myTouch 4G & HTC EVO. Download link is after the break Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Android quick app: Carbonite Access (Plus: Win a free year's subscription!)

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Carbonite Access

Those of us using Carbonite have good reason to celebrate this morning -- we can now access our backups from our Android phones. If you're new to the service, Carbonite provides secure, automatic backup of any file you've got. You can backup as much data as you want for $54.95 a year.

And now, with Carbonite Access, you can get at all of your backed-up data right from your phone. The Android app itself is lightweight at less than 1MB. It works a lot like other file backup apps in that you have a basic file structure and can access the files therein. Music? No problem. Plays right on the phone. View photos till the cows come home -- as a list or as thumbnails. It's quick, and it's easy, and it's a worthy competitor to the likes of Dropbox and others. It's also secure, and you have the option to have it automatically log out on you rphone, from 10 minutes to 12 hours to never.

And on top of all that, Carbonite's given us a pair of one-year subscriptions to give away. That's a year's worth of free backup. To enter, hit up this thread in our forums.

We've got more pics and download links after the break. [More at Carbonite.com]

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4 years ago

Skype 1.0.1 update imminent

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Skype to receive 1.0.1 update November 9 2010

Skype -- which recently ditched its Verizon Wireless exclusivity -- is scheduled to receive a rather substantial update today.  Although the Skype Garage says Skype 1.0.1 should already be live in the market, it's not, but it probably will be very soon.  And you can bet this post will be updated once it is.

Update:  It has been pointed out by one of our commenters that Skype version 1.0.0.614 actually is Skype version 1.0.1.

In addition to support for QVGA devices, Skype 1.0.1 also adds support for a hardware back key, which has been designed to make Skype a little easier on your battery.  Skype 1.0.1 also boasts improved login stability, reduced application size, and more.  Download links and a full list of 1.0.1 enhancements after the break.

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