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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Android Yellow Pages

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Remember those days when you always needed a phone book to look up a number? First you had to find the phone book, then find the number, hope that number was the right number and so on. The developers for Android Yellow Pages remember that well, so they reinvented the phone book for us. 

This simple to use App, goes right off the your GPS to help you find the searched location. There's also the option of doing a voice search. Free [Market link]

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4 years ago

Android Market gained 9,300 'apps' in March (but how many are good?)

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Before you go getting all excited about seeing that 9,300 applications were added to the Android Market last month, know this: There'es a lot of fluff in there. It is always great to see that you are able to customize applications by adding skins, but should we really count each of the dozens and dozens of skins as an application in the market? Does anyone really need that many adult-style applications? And beyond that, do we need to continue and add another application, instead of adding content to the original?

In mid-March we reported that the Market had hit 30,000 applications, and the numbers will  rise and rise. While, yes, we are indeed seeing some quality applications being added to the Market (See our weekly AndroidCentral Editor Picks of the Week for examples) we can all agree that playing the numbers game is, at best, a game. Let's go for quality over quantity. [via Electronista]

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4 years ago

Another reason to like the Amazon MP3 store over ... that other store

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Amazon MP3

Remember all the fuss a while back about DRM-protected MP3 files, and how the industry was (thankfully!) moving away from them?  Well, it appears that not everyone really has abandoned the practice, even if they claim to have done so. It looks like some companies are still placing personal information inside the music files you buy and download.  Hit the break for the details [via TechCrunch] and some visual evidence.

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4 years ago

Skyfire chooses 30 beta testers from 3,000 applicants, talks up Webkit

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Skyfire this afternoon shed a little light on where it's headed in the future with Android. You'll recall that the mobile browser company recently bought Kolbysoft -- maker of the popular Steel browser for Android -- and even more recently sought beta testers. Some 3,000 applications were received, and the lucky 30 testers have been notified. As for the future of Android -- and Webkit, thanks to the purchase of Kolbysoft, Skyfire says:

We see Android as a fast-rising ecosystem, with a rich, totally open developer environment, a healthy app market and a healthy advertising and search ecosystem. The Android OS has a tremendous amount of interest from handset makers and carriers, and also has a strong need for making the explosion of video more network optimized (Skyfire’s wheelhouse).

The bigger picture is that Webkit based smartphone browsers are proliferating, and we are aligning in that technology direction. We see a lot of need to make these browsers better, and believe that our cloud platform can be the answer. We’re looking at other Webkit platforms beyond Android already, and will share more information when we feel it’s appropriate.

If you're one of the lucky few how got in on the beta, congrats. We're all looking for good stuff to come out of the Skyfire camp. [Skyfire]

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4 years ago

Rhapsody app now out of beta; all the music you want for $9.99 a month

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If you're a fan of the Rhapsody music service, take note that the Android application -- the same one we saw at CTIA last month -- is now out of beta. That means for $9.99 a month (there's a 14-day trial period) you get access to 9.5 million songs and can stream them on your Android phone, or your computer. Or both, we suppose. God get 'er now. [Market link via Rhapsody blog]

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4 years ago

Sprint users - Are you ready for some football?

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Sprint Football Live

Today some Sprint subscribers got a text letting them know that the new Sprint Football Live app was ready and waiting for download.  I went ahead and grabbed the update (after rolling back to the official Sprint software for the Hero) so I could check it out.  Hit the break for thoughts and some screenshots.

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4 years ago

Skyfire browser coming to Android

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Skyfire Android browser

Skyfire, the popular Windows Mobile (and more recently BlackBerry) browser made famous for its proxy-based render-anything features, is working on an Android application and looking for a few good alpha testers. And when we say alpha testers, we mean not-ready-for-primetime, expect-some-bugs, alpha testing. If you want in, e-mail alpha at skyfire dot com with your name, country you live in, and what device you use. It's a limited beta, and not everyone will get in. So good luck! [Skyfire]

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4 years ago

Android Central's Keyboard Roundup

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Hey everybody! Grab a seat and settle in as we take a look at some of the cool replacement keyboards for our phones. One of the best things about Android is flexibility. Don’t like the way something’s done? Well then replace it!

Since we spend so much time and effort typing out mail and messages on our phones, the keyboard is a great place to start customization. Join us after the break as we compare the different ways to get your message across.

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4 years ago

BlueAnt's Android app for the Q1 Bluetooth headset now available

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BlueAnt Bluetooth application for Android

Remember the BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth headset Android application we first showed you last week at CTIA? Well, it's now available in the Android Market for those of you with the Q1 headset and Android 2.0 or higher. Oh, and need a Q1 headset? They're (shameless plug ahead) available in the Android Central Store for $89.95.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Search Anything

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Just like the title suggests, with Search Anything you can Yahoo, Google, Bing, Twitter, Youtube and Wikipedia. Simply by adding the first initial of your preferred search engine (example Y for Yahoo, B for Bing etc.) 

Without a keyword it's default search is Google.  Eight searches per page, they are all linked to your browser. This app is found in the Android Market and costs $0.99. [Market link]

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4 years ago

Oregon Trail Android app at CTIA

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Oregon Trail for Android 

You crazy kids can have your newfangled openGL 3D games -- I'm going back to 1985 to play some Oregon Trail and shoot me some squirrel. We sat down with developer Gameloft for a few minutes at CTIA and gave it a spin. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Fandango Android app at CTIA

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Fandango for Android

If you go to the movies a lot, you need to check out Android's Fandango app. Or at least check out our video of it at CTIA after the break. Trailers, theater info and more, all there on your Android phone.

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4 years ago

HTC Hero gets 2.1 upgrade April 26 – in Taiwan

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Good news for HTC Hero owners, sort of. HTC has announced on Plurk that they will be rolling out the Éclair goodness for Taiwanese users on April 26th. My own source at HTC America can’t confirm or deny any release date for other countries, but this is official word from HTC finally.

If you haven’t already hacked 2.1 onto your Hero, this should be some welcome news. Just don’t count on it too much, ask a Motorola Droid user about release times for updates and how they can change. [engadget]

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4 years ago

PayPal Bump is Android-bound

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What’s that I hear? PayPal bump coming to Android, and no longer only found on the iPhone? Yes, it is indeed true, as PayPal has announced they will be bringing this great feature to multiple platforms, instead of just keeping on the iPhone. For those of you that may not know what this feature is, this will allow you to simply bump phones (just don’t go slamming them into each other) to transfer funds from one account to another. This feature is rather handy for quickly settling debts right on the spot, but won’t be much help for those doing long-distance deals. During an interview at CTIA, CNET was informed that the application for the Android and BlackBerry should be rolling out in the next two or three months. [CNET via Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Rhapsody Android app at CTIA

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 Rhapsody for Android

The folks from Rhapsody walk us through their Android application, currently in beta. It will be moving to a public beta starting April 4. Check out our hands-on after the break.

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