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4 years ago

Root Explorer updated, brings some welcome features

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If you're not using Root Explorer on your rooted Android phone or tablet, you should be.  It's an easy way to work with the files on your device, using a graphical interface that so many of us are used to.  To make a good thing even better, while updating things to work with Gingerbread (thanks to the release of the SDK), Speed Software has added a couple changes to make things even better -- support for the upload dialog in the Dropbox app, and displaying the correct icon for installed applications instead of the generic icon it has used until now. With these changes, Root Explorer is now the only file browser I need on my rooted phones, and is the best $3.95 I've ever spent.  There are a couple more screenshots, and a download link after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Pageonce

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the new Android Market application

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Android Market

New Market installationThe new look to the Android Market will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks. But if you just can't wait, you can download and install it now. We've done so and have taken it for a test ride.

Graphically, things are much improved, trading the tabs for one long page. Comments, related items, screen shots and all the usual fodder is there on that one page.

The home screen and categories have carousels at the top -- you can flip through them to see promoted applications. It's quick and rather nice.

Installing an app is the same process, but much more aesthetically pleasing. When you press the install button, it then shows you the system and security components that the app can access. That's not new, but it's much more friendly, and we're hoping that casual users will actually pay attention to them now. You then press "OK" to actually install the app. Again, not new, but nicely refined.

Purchasing an app is exactly the same process as before. You make the deal, get a receipt e-mailed to you, and the app is installed. Refunding is seamless -- just open the app in the Market and press "refund." Careful of the 15-minute time limit, though.

We've got a brief video walkthrough after the break. Check it out. [Download the apk at XDA DevelopersThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Dec. 10, 2010

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Getting bored with those applications on your device? Looking for something new, but don't have hours to devote searching the market? Fear not, we bring you our weekly dose of our favorite selections that we use daily, and hopefully you can find some of the same value in the that we do!

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4 years ago

Gmail 2.3.2 changes [video]

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Gmail 2.3.2

The changes that came along with the latest update to the Gmail app are pretty substantial.  Google seems to have listened to the users, and gave us the two things we've been whining asking about the most -- decent priority inbox support, and sending from another address.  And they managed to pull it off without slowing down the app, which is pretty damn important if you ask me. 

The one drawback?  This is only available for Android 2.2 or higher.  We're seeing a lot of that, and we're bound to see more as Google updates its core applications to their 2.3 versions.  That's called progress, folks.  You can't stop it.  Hit the jump, and see it in action. 

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4 years ago

Chrome To Phone gets a small update

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I guess the folks at Google decided it was time to update a lot of things today, all of which is likely minor preparations for Gingerbread. Either way, we'll take em. If you're making use of Chrome to phone you'll want to be sure you get that updated to the latest release made available. The change log is that of a short one, and notes the addition of a history tab for links previously sent to your device which can be sorted. While there is likely other bug fixes here, nothing major that Google felt the need to point out.

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4 years ago

Nimbuzz brings HD calling to Android with its latest update

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The latest update to Nimbuzz has finally hit the Android Market and aside from the usual "bug fixes" included with the release, Nimbuzz has added some great new features that have been long requested.

  • HD voice call quality on Nimbuzz to Nimbuzz calls! Nimbuzz is the first one to bring HD voice technology to all Android users. And it’s Free!
  • Install Nimbuzz on SD card to save space on the phone memory. We listen to our users and this has been one of their most requested features.
  • Updated My Profile page. All your information in one place.
  • Free avatars: Personalize and customize your Nimbuzz experience! Find new free and cool avatars on our N-World tab!

Out of that list the HD calling is the hugest portion of the update. According to Nimbuzz, now when you use the application for your calls you should get the most optimal call quality available to you. This is achieved by auto adapting your calls based on your coverage available as well as using a peer to peer connection which routes the calls device to device rather then actually going through Nimbuzz servers to connect. We've not tested it out as of yet so please, feel free to leave some comments letting us know how it works out. And no, you can't have Sally's number so don't ask. Download is after the break folks.

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4 years ago

Gmail app updated with better reply, priority inbox features

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Gmail update

Google has updated the Gmail application to version 2.3.2, and with it comes some often requested features.  Android phones running Froyo or higher can and should grab the update, the new features look awesome:

  • Better support for priority inbox
  • Send from any address you have set up in your account
  • Switch between reply, forward, and reply all while composing
  • And of course, the magical "Bug fixes"

Hit the source to see the full set of changes.  It looks like Google is keeping their promise of updating some of their core applications independently of the operating system, as we saw Google voice, YouTube, and Voice Search get nice updates yesterday as well.  Update in the Market, or hit the download link after the break for a shortcut. [Google Mobile blog]

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4 years ago

Wyse reaches 250,000 PocketCloud users -- gives us PocketCloud 1.1

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 Wyse released PocketCloud 1.1.

Wyse has reached the 250,000-user milestone across Android and iOS devices. To celebrate this milestone, Wyse simultaneously launched PocketCloud 1.1, which is already available in the Android Market. Boasting industry-leading security, improved performance, and tablet optimization, Wyse is positioning PocketCloud 1.1 to be your one and only remote desktop app for your Android tablet or wireless handset.

Available in the Android market as a free or paid ($14.99) app, PocketCloud offers something for everybody. Enterprise users will appreciate its NLA (Network Level Authentication) security, while the casual remote desktoper (that's a term now) will probably be suited perfectly with the free version.

If you're looking for a more robust remote desktop experience from your Android device, join me after the break as I lay out some key features and bullet points for you.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Madden NFL 2011

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Madden NFL 2011 on Android

EA Sports' series of Madden NFL football video games is easily one of the most popular sports video game franchises. So it's easy to see why we'd be excited to see it on Android. But Madden NFL 2011 on Android -- and the Motorola Droid X, specifically -- has gotten off to an inauspicious start. Read on to find out why.

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4 years ago

New round of Swype invites goes out

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Swype for Android

Judging from all the e-mails we just got -- including one from Swype that says we were accepted into the beta program -- it looks like a new round of Swype invites has gone out. Trust us, folks, it's a much better track to be on than having to deal with the hacked (and pirated) versions out there. So congrats, everyone! [via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Twidroyd now has OTA themeing

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Twidroyd OTA themes

If you're using Twidroyd (4.3 or higher) to get your Twitter on, there's a new goodie for you -- OTA themeing. Just fire up the browser on your phone and head to the Twidroyd Factory  ( twidroydfactory.appspot.com ) to check 'em out and download one. Or two.

If you're feeling a bit artistic, the engine to create your own themes is up and running, too -- hit the same URL from a computer and crank out something wonderful. There's a couple of pics of the "Sunset L.A." theme after the break. [Twidroyd Factory via @twidroyd]

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4 years ago

Google Books vs. Amazon Kindle

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Can Amazon's bookstore stand up to the might that is Google?

Google eBooksAmazon Kindle app

Google Books, or Amazon Kindle. That's the question du jour. Google this week released its online bookstore -- Google Books, or eBooks. It's not a new premise, you go online and buy books, and then read them on your laptop or PC, or on a mobile device. And you have plenty of options in the mobile space. You can purchase and read books on Android devices, of course, as well as the iPad, iPhone, Sony eReader and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

But is Google Books better than Amazon Kindle, the big daddy in the space? Will you need both platforms? Join us after the break as we take a look at Google Books versus Amazon Kindle?

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4 years ago

Xmarks releases Android app -- will cost you $12 per year

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 Xmarks for Android.

Xmarks -- formerly known as Foxmarks -- has brought their cross-platform bookmarks and open tab syncing service to Android.  For a small fee of $12 a year, Xmarks users will now be able to access their bookmarks and open tabs via their Android device.  Although Firefox for Android already offers this very same service for free -- and there are other free options, too --  it's nice to see some bookmarks syncing for the stock Android browser, which also happens to be the one I still use every single day.  We've covered other bookmarks syncing apps for Android, but like I always say, the more options, the better.

Personally, I've been using Xmarks for close to three years now to sync my desktop bookmarks, and I've found it to be an invaluable service.  Having access to the same bookmarks on my laptop and desktop PC is very handy, but part of me wonders if I would ever feel the need to shell out $12 for access to these same bookmarks on my mobile device.  The pages I browse from my phone are not the same pages I browse from my desktop computer.  In addition, I've already got my Android browser bookmarks setup perfectly to my liking.  I use Titanium Backup to backup/restore my bookmarks when loading a new ROM, so I don't really need a premium sync service.  Plus, a quick search at AppBrain will reveal how many free bookmarks syncing apps exist for Android.

Xmarks for Android may only appeal to the hardcore Xmarks users.  Somebody who is constantly adding/removing/updating bookmarks and needs access to them on the go 24/7.  Open tab sync is a nice feature, but not one I would pay for when Firefox already does it for free.  If Xmarks also offered access to browser history, that would be the icing on the cake that I would finally pay $12/year for.  However, part of me wonders if Google has any plans to include this type of browser bookmarks/history synchronization into Android.

Xmarks is giving Android users a two-week free trial, so what have you got to lose?  Check it out and see if you like it.  [Xmarks blog]

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4 years ago

Touiteur Twitter client turns 2.0, brings a slew of new features, fixes

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The Touiteur Twitter client -easily among the top Twitter apps for Android -was just updated to Version 2.0. And with the upgrade comes a whole bunch of improvements. Scrollable widgets? Check. Mute users? Check. Ready for Gingerbread? Yep. The list is massive, and it's after the break, along with download links. And while you're at it, swing by Level Up's developer forum in the Android Central Forums and let 'em know what you think. [Level Up Studio]

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