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2 years ago

Android App Review: Uber50 Deluxe

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In a surprising and unexpected turn of events, rapper 50 Cent has unleashed his rapper-inspired UberSocial theme on the Android platform, creatively naming it Uber50. (You know, UberSocial, 50 Cent. You get the idea.)

Called the "illest theme yet" by those who designed it, downloading the Uber50 theme gets you a nice, gritty, dark theme with red and white contrast. The Uber50 theme also has "custom icons and colors straight from 50's brain," but I haven't seen anything terribly mind-blowing. Yeah, there's black and red and white. Kinda reminds me of some old Jnco shorts I had in middle school.

For those who need to know everything G-unit, 50's got you covered. See that cursive G on the right side of the menu up top? That's your quick, super speedy access to everything G-unit. Well, your super speedy access to everyone on G-unit's Twitter. But if you were such big fans, you'd be following them anyway, right?

For those who invest in the deluxe edition (like yours truly), you'll also be rewarded by extra 50 Cent wallpapers and access to music videos. Those are the two icons to the left of the G. S'pretty cool to toss in, but then again, you're paying for them, so that only seems fair.

Lastly, I've got to talk about actually updating your status. In case you want everyone to know you're using Uber50, that's what'll actually show up as your client. The bigger thing to mention is the sound effect when you actually post.

It's a gunshot. You hear the cocking of the gun, then a boom. I don't know if it's supposed to be like, "Boom, my post is like a gunshot" or "I'm 50 Cent and got shot, so here's gunshot sounds." Either way, there's a nifty disclaimer on the app description about how you need to be responsible about it because you'll be held responsible for people's reactions.

Not much more to say besides that. If you're a fan of 50 Cent and would love for him to feel like he's a part of your every tweet, Uber50 is the theme for you. As I mentioned earlier, there's a free version and a deluxe version that costs $1.99.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: StatusBar+

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Another entry in the Seven+ Android project is StatusBar+. StatusBar+ is, as it sounds, a complete status bar replacement, but what makes it so revolutionary is that it doesn't require root or any flashing .zips in recovery. You simply install the app, enable it, and it replaces your normal status bar.

StatusBar+ is technically still in its first alpha, but the only bugs I noticed were the notification icon color and background color options. Choosing either causes the app settings menu to force close, but the status bar itself actually never closes.

As for the status bar itself, it's very minimal and very clean. When you enable it, it slides down over your current status bar and will be completely black. Tap on the bar and your other icons (cell signal, data connection, battery) bounce down into place, similar to the lockscreen. After a couple of seconds, they'll disappear.

Fortunately, you can remove the option clicking to drop, so the icons will always be there. This required a restart on my part, but from there, everything worked fine. You can also choose to have StatusBar+ run on phone boot so you don't even need to think about turning it on.

Other than that, there's not much to say. It's a status bar. It's black (for now), very clean, and the icons are cool. It's definitely impressive that this has been pulled off without requiring root or flashing in recovery. For those looking to WP7 their phone out, this is a must have.

StatusBar+ is $1.29 in the Android Market.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Talking Transformers

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So my Nexus S got stolen. I caught the thieves, giggling on the couch, poking at the glass and saying ridiculous things into the microphone. That's right, it was my children, and they had discovered Talking Transformers, the app I had downloaded earlier in the day. I can't blame them for their crime, it's an awesome app that will keep you rolling.  

You can transform this red car into his robot form, complete with realistic Transformer sound effects. Poke him and he moves, fire his weapon at the push of a button, and watch what happens when he punches your screen. You can even see the lighter side of his personality by pushing the "D" button to watch him put on a dance on stage. The best part of Talking Transformers though, is of course the talking part! Speak into the microphone and hear your words repeated back. Just be careful, and keep a watchful eye on your phone, or it may fall prey to thieves, just like mine did.

More screenshots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Facebook gets a noticeable update, starts to suck less

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To say that Facebook's Android app has been ... less than exciting ... would be the understatement of the past year or so. Hopefully tonight's update is a sign of greater things to come, as Version 1.7 brings some UI tweaks and features that frankly should have been added by now. Here's the rundown:

  • Made it easier to share with who you want
  • Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site
  • Added the ability to tag friends and places in photos posts
  • Added new design for Profile and Group Walls
  • Improved photo browsing with swiping
  • Added the ability to tag your friends in photos
  • Improved Messages and Notifications
  • Fixed a number of crashes and performance issues

Not mentioned in the bullet points -- these are the official changes mentioned in the Android Market -- is that you can also now pull to refresh. It's about time. And while the app's now installable on Android 3.x devices, let's see about maybe getting a proper tablet layout, shall we?

Snag the updated version in the Android Market now. We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

DirecTV brings NFL Sunday Ticket app to your Honeycomb Tablet

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No doubt about it, Football is back in full swing. Last week the NFL released its official app for tablets and now DirecTV has gone ahead and launched its NFL Sunday Ticket app for Honeycomb tablets. With it, you can stream any NFL Sunday Ticket game in HD plus, you also have access to the Red Zone channel.

The app doesn't come without a few caveats though. You do have to have a NFL Sunday Ticket subscription through DirecTV in order to have access, and it's only Sunday games that are available. Sunday night, Monday, Thursday and Saturday NFL games are not part of Sunday Ticket and therefore not eligible for streaming. If you're a DirecTV subscriber and can make use of this app, you'll find the download link past the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: WP7Lock Pro

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I've recently stumbled across Seven+ Android, which is an initiative to create apps that can replace default Android UI's and stuff to give your phone a more WP7 feel. The whole thing is pretty intriguing and ambitious, so I decided to give their lockscreen replacement a shot.

WP7Lock Pro is a full blown lockscreen replacement that, as its name implies, gives your phone a nice Windows Phone 7 aesthetic. It's still technically in beta, but from what I've seen, it's more than usable.

You slide the screen up to unlock the phone (you'll see your homescreen's icons and stuff underneath), and if you don't slide the lockscreen high enough, it'll slowly float back down and satisfyingly bounce a few times before it settles into place again. There's also the requisite time, day, and date text in large letters, rocking the Windows Phone font.

Underneath that are three icons: one for SMS, one for email, and one for the phone. It took me about five seconds to figure out you can't just touch them to launch your app; you need to long press them. The good news is that once you've long pressed, the apps open up no problem.

The Pro version also comes with a pretty full settings menu that lets you alter things like the background image, no notification bar on the lockscreen, time, date, and icons, to name a few. It's also obvious where there's plans for improvement, like on the "time app" menu. Eventually (I assume), you'll be able to pick from a list of apps on your phone to open when you press the time on your screen. For now, though, the only option is "no application."

You can also set a password lock for your screen from here as well as set the text color, background color, and counter text color. By the looks of it, WP7Lock Pro will also eventually support different icon themes, but for now, there's only one choice.

My only complaint with the app thus far is that you can't change the color of the icons on the screen, so they're essentially invisible on my white wallpaper. Knowing that'll eventually be remedied with a differently colored icon pack is great, but that's something I would have loved to been able to change now.

If you're a fan of Windows Phone's look but don't want to leave the platform, I'd definitely check out WP7Lock Pro. It's really smooth, looks great, and best of all, keeps you from having to leave Android. WP7Lock Pro is $2 in the Android Market.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Seven+ Calculator

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Continuing our line of Windows Phone-inspired apps, we find ourselves looking at Seven+ Calculator. A calculator is a funny thing, because it's one of those apps we never think to download, it comes preinstalled on our phones, and at one point or another, we're going to need it.

While the typical calculator apps are basic in function (and Seven+ Calculator doesn't deviate from this model), Seven+ at least has a bit more slickness and cleanness to it's look.

When you first open Seven+ Calculator, you're greeted by not only the calculator, but the settings menu, too. The settings menu doesn't have much (three options), but it's nice to have this all provided upfront, so you don't have to go digging later to change something you don't like that was enabled by default.

Other than that, the only truly notable and unique function is the history option. It looks like a little book when you press the menu button, and when you press it you're taken to a list of all the recent equations you've done. Is it necessary? Probably not, but it's still cool to see.

The last option you can mess with is the color of accented keys (like the equals sign). By default, orange is picked, but there's a semi-long list built into the app, so you'll be sure to find a shade of something you enjoy.

Overall, Seven+ Calculator is pretty neat. Sure, it's just a calculator replacement, but I still think it's much nicer looking than the default Android one. Maybe that sound blasphemous, but it's how I feel. A final tidbit I should leave you with is that the app only goes by "Calculator," so if you install it, you'll have two apps with the same name. I appreciate that, because now I can uninstall the default one and not have to go scrolling down to the "S" section to open this up. Bravo.

Seven+ Calculator is free, although there is a donate version in the Market for 99 cents.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Retro gamers, rejoice! R-Type shoots its way onto Android

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Sometimes you really can't beat the golden oldies, and today sees 1987 classic shoot-em-up R-Type arrive on Android. Developers DotEmu SAS have ported the classic title and released it out to the world. 

For those of you out there that are a little young to remember it first time round, you pilot the R9-a Arrowhead, the last hope for the human race against it's alien foes. If you ever played the original, you'll already know that it's not the easiest game to complete. 

All features of the original have been retained including:

  • Items and power-ups to collect throughout the levels
  • Strong enemies and bosses at the end of each level - 8 in all
  • The famous "Charge Shot" for more power

It's little 21st century twist comes in the form of OpenFeint compatibility allowing you and your friends to share in all the eighties goodness. 

Besides the expected full touch interface, the good news for Xperia Play owners is that it's officially optimized for use with the hardware controls. 

Check out the trailer and some screenshots and download links (the game's about $4.12) after the jump.

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2 years ago

Android Central Asks - What type of games do you play?

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As we all know, games are a pretty big thing to many people, lots of people love to download new games and play them for countless hours, most of the time right until your battery dies. With tons of games in the market and so many different categories of games, finding and sharing fun games with others can be a bit difficult. When hearing about game releases, or looking for a new game in the Android market, what type of games do you look for? Are you more of a sports person, someone who enjoys the casino experience from their device, or someone who wants to challenge themselves with a nice puzzle style game? Be sure to let us know what you chose, and it will be interesting to see what the Android community views as their favorite game type!

Learn more about games in the forums!

 

What type of games do you play?

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept 10, 2011

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Here we are back again to bring you, our favorite reader, another edition of some of our favorite applications. Hit the break with us as we take a look at some of them, and be sure to hop into the forums for even more great application discussion!

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