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2 years ago

Google Listen updated, seems Google hasn't forgotten it after all

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Google has updated Google Listen, the once- (or still) popular Podcatcher application, proving that they haven't abandoned the application like a certain Android blogger and editor thinks.  It's not the biggest update in the world -- the changelog only mentions that references to the now-defunct Google Labs have been removed, but it shows that Google isn't quite done with Listen.  Now if they could update the UI, and fix some of the playback bugs we'd all be much happier.  If you haven't moved on to another Podcatcher and are still using Listen, hit the Market for your update.  If you want to give it a try, there's a handy link after the break.

Thanks, @GeekforGoogle!

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2 years ago

Google Earth updated, fixes issues with Tegra 2 devices

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Google has updated the Google Earth app, fixing a pesky-as-hell bug that caused the app to crash during startup on Tegra 2 devices.  NVIDIA uses special instructions for the Tegra chip, and while they work amazingly well when used properly (check out some Tegra games if you haven't yet), sometimes different specialized hardware makes it difficult for the generic "works everywhere" app to use the full set of features.

That's probably what happened with the last update for Google Earth -- it certainly pushes the limit of what a mobile GPU can handle, and needed a bit of tweaking to run it all on the Tegra chips.  Call it fragmentation, call it legacy, but it's a fact of life that you have trade-offs between different hardware platforms.  Google seems to have it all sorted, and now we can have our imaginary getaways to exotic virtual locations on our Tegra based tablets and phones.  Hit the download link after the break or check the Market for your update.

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2 years ago

Tapatalk optimized for Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1; available for free on Samsung Apps

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When not browsing the Android Central Forums from a computer, many folks use the popular app Tapatalk. And now, a special version of Tapatalk is available exclusively from Samsung Apps free for a limited time. The special version was built for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab Tab 10.1 so if you own either of those devices, you can open up Samsung Apps and grab your free copy now. Once downloaded, let us know how it's working in the Android Central Forums.

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2 years ago

Virtua Tennis to be shown at CES; Xperia Play to get it first

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Sega's push into mobile gaming is set to continue, as they've just sent word that they're showing off their latest efforts, Virtua Tennis Challenge, next week at CES

Other information is pretty scarce, but the first device to receive the game is apparently set to be the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Release schedule is "later this year," becoming available to other Android devices at a later date. 

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2 years ago

Hamster Cannon hits Android with full furry cheeks

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

To all the hamsters in all the balls in all the world, you have our apologies and our everlasting love for being not only good fist-size companions, but for allowing us to portray you to games such as Hamster Cannon for Android. (Available for free now in the Android Market!)

Screen shots and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Amazon's Silk Browser hacked to work with Cyanogenmod

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The Silk browser on the Amazon Kindle Fire may or may not be to everyone's liking, but that hasn't stopped the community efforts to port it across to other devices. The ever helpful folks over at the XDA forums have successfully managed to port the browser to work with the Cyanogenmod custom ROM. 

It's been tested on a number of different devices, including the Motorola Atrix and Droid X. There are more than a few different choices in the browser stakes that would probably be a better choice than Silk, but such tinkering is one of the reasons we all love Android as much as we do. If you fancy trying it out for yourselves, hit the source link for the lowdown. 

Source: XDA Forums

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2 years ago

How to use BBC iPlayer on the Galaxy Nexus (or any unsupported ICS device)

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The official BBC iPlayer app for Android is great, assuming your phone or tablet is on the list of approved devices. If it's not, you won't even be able to see the app in the Android Market, and the mobile web player will turn you away with an error message. Two devices which still aren't officially supported are the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S (assuming you've got the ICS update), as the iPlayer currently rejects all Android 4.0 phones out of hand.

Never fear, though, because we've got a simple workaround that'll let you enjoy iPlayer content on both these devices with a minimal amount of fuss. Join us after the jump to find out how.

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2 years ago

Unmodified Holo theme now a requirement for devices with Android Market access

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A lot of work has gone into the UI for Ice Cream Sandwich, and Google has decided that manufacturers who want to have access to the Android Market will now have to let it shine -- the Holo theme, in its unmodified form, is now a requirement for devices that wish to use the Android Market. 

Calm down, calm down -- manufacturer skins like Blur and Sense will still be around. (You were worried about them, we know.) But menus, widgets, and settings dialogs will now have to follow the standards set up in Android 4.0 and above.

This means a lot to app developers.  Having a standard set of UI elements to draw from makes applications look and feel more integrated into the operating system, and now that everyone will have to use the same base they don't have to worry about coding their own.  Adam Powell, Android framework engineer, says:

Before Android 4.0 the variance in system themes from device to device could make it difficult to design an app with a single predictable look and feel. We set out to improve this situation for the developer community in Ice Cream Sandwich and beyond.

Nice work, fellows.  The Holo UI is unique, and stunning.  Let it shine!

Source: Android Developers Blog

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2 years ago

A.I.type needs testers for its Floating Split Keyboard for tablets

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Keyboard developer A.I.type hit us up this morning in search of a few testers for its upcoming "Floating Split Keyboard for Tablets." It's got all of the features you know and love from A.I.type Keyboard Plus, including its predition engine. It also has context-aware autocorrect, built-in skins and more customizations. 

The really sexy part is that doesn't take up a whole lot of screen space and can "float" anywhere on the screen. Move it, resize it, do whatever you want. It'll also support more than 30 languages -- all of which can take advantage of the split keyboard. And nine languages are supported by the prediction engine -- Hebrew, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Frensh, Turkish and English.

To sign up for the closed beta, just drop A.I.type a note here. Tell 'em Android Central sent ya.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Hackathon winner Duudle coming to Android

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Once upon a time Microsoft ran a little Hackathon in which 40 developers had 40 hours to create an app for the new Nokia Windows Phones. The winner of the Hackathon was Visiarc, which came up with a Pictionary-style game called Duudle. It's a multiplayer, turn-based game. You draw, your opponent guesses. And vice-versa. 

And we've now gotten word and confirmed with Visiarc that Duddle's coming to Android -- "in progress" were the exact words -- and that it's in the works for iOS, too. No ETA yet, but we're definitely going to be on the lookout for this one. Check out some hands-on video after the break.

More: Duudle at WPCentral.com
Thanks, E-werd, for the tip!

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