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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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Toiteur for AndroidToiteur for Android

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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4 years ago

Comcast Xfinity app for Android is now available

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Xfinity home

Comcast communications has finally brought their Xfinity application to the Android Market.  We were told to expect a Comcast Mobile application today, followed by the Xfinity application early 2011, but as a Comcast user, I'm not complaining about their naming convention.  The app seems pretty functional at first use, with it's own Comcast mail client, Voicemail inbox, TV listings, a DVR Manager (which takes up to 24 hours to set up), and full OnDemand listings.  Hopefully, the Jan 2011 version has the ability to view OnDemand items, but seeing the listings beats nothing.

If you're a Comcast subscriber, grab it from the Market and check it out, there's a download link and a set of pictures after the break.

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4 years ago

Foursquare update adds trophy case for badges, displays tips and checkins better

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Looking for a better way to show off your sweet badges from Foursquare? If so, make sure you grab the latest update from the Android Market. The latest update adds a new trophy case for badges as noted in the above change log picture. In addition to the badges display update, popular tips are now more prominently displayed when checking in so that you're sure not to miss them and source attribution now shows on your friends checkin page. Not a massive update by any means but one that should better the user experience. [Foursquare]

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4 years ago

LG, VMWare bringing the corporate sandbox to Android

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LG VMWare 

LG and VMware announced this morning a partnership that brings virtualization to Android smartphones. The non-nerd premise is this: You've got your standard Android smartphone, with your e-mail, your apps, your phone number. And in a virtual space on the same device, you have another set of apps, corporate e-mail, another phone number -- completely sandboxed from your personal stuff, unable to talk to or access its data.

The idea, of course, is security, and it gives VMware a handhold into the mobile enterprise market. Chances are most of us don't have jobs that need that level of sandbox security but it's nice that it's available. Full press release after the break and video that Engadget scrounged up is after the break.

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4 years ago

Fring adds Dynamic Video Quality to their video calling services

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The topic of video calling these days is a rather hot one for many. What was once noted as a thing of the future, video calling this year has sort of been placed at the front of the line when it comes to device manufacturers and application developers. The other element here is the carriers, rather the networks they provide and their ability to provide enough bandwidth to make video calling happen. Fring, well aware of the fact that carrier networks are often times constrained have adapted their video calling applications to make use of Dynamic Video Quality as they refer to it.

DVQ technology (Dynamic Video Quality) automatically, and continuously, adjusts your video call quality to match your internet bandwidth at all times, giving you the best video and audio quality possible for your connectivity.

In short, that all breaks down to this. Whenever you have what may be considered spotty coverage, Fring will adjust your video calls a quality level, which the network can provide dynamically without user interaction. The goal here is to not limit your ability to make video calls but rather to give you the best audio and video the network can provide. Hopefully, a lot more developers will adopt similar technology as well. It really is a basic philosophy of networking. Fring is available now in the Android Market. [Fring]

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4 years ago

Seesmic for Android gets updated UI

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Seesmic for AndroidSeesmic for Android

Seesmic for Android -- the Twitter client of choice for a certain Android Central editor -- just got an update to Version 1.5. And if you haven't tried Seesmic yet, it's time to rectify that. With the update you now have:

  • A new UI: Refresh, compose and search buttons are front and center, no longer hidden under menu button.
  • Post to Salesforce Chatter.
  • Autocomplete usernames when you type @xxxxx.
  • Improved attachment uploader.
  • Ability to change avatar from the app.
  • Now available in eight languages.

And that's in addition to the usual excellent support for Facebook Google Buzz and multiple Twitter accounts. Seesmic's free, and download locations and video of it in action are after the break. [Seesmic blog]

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4 years ago

New Dolphin Mini browser aims to bring faster browsing to Android

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Dolphin Browser Mini

The team over at Dolphin Browser is working on a new browser which they hope will bring faster browsing to your Android device.  Currently in a "preview" stage, the team just released the second public build of the browser on their blog.

Some new features include:

  • Completely redesigned user interface
  • Faster page loads
  • Infinite tabbed browsing
  • New menu layout 

 Hit the read more link to grab the download link.  The application isn't in the market yet, so if you're on AT&T, you'll need our Sideload Wonder Machine.  If you decide to take the new browser for a spin, be sure to give the team feedback in our developer forums. Via [Twitter] [Dolphin Browser Blog]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Dec. 4, 2010

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app-picks

Even with the recent updates to the Android Market, finding a great application can still be quite a hunt due to the shear size of the market. Here at Android Central we spend a lot of our time on our devices, so we sort through what we can on the market, and we bring you weekly some of our favorite picks from the last week. Let's take a look at what made it into this weeks choices.

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4 years ago

Comcast Mobile Android app now aims for Dec. 7, Xfinity still delayed

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Comcast Xfinity App

For all you Comcast subscribers out there waiting on the Comcast Mobile and Xfinity apps for Android, listen up. (Erm, or just keep reading).We're still waiting on the Xfinity Mobile App (aka Comcast Mobile App 3.0), and the Comcast Mobile App Android 2.0 release (there's a mouthful) is now slated for Dec. 7 release -- yes, another delay.

In the meantime, we've basically got the user manuals, plus feature lists, buglists and troubleshooters. Everything you could want, except for the actual app, that is. You can check it all out after the break. E-mail retrieval, DVR settings, voicemail, TV listings, the works.

And in the meantime, we'll all just have to sit back and wait and hope that there won't be any more delays.

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4 years ago

Swype beta updated, streamlined

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Swype for Android

If you're rocking the "beta" version of Swype (we put beta in quotes because if it didn't come preloaded on your phone, it's the only version you're legally supposed to be using -- nudge nudge, wink know, know what I mean?), note that it just got and update, and it's one you need to pay attention to. Here's the full changelog:

INSTALLER v.1.1.14896

  • Revised installer workflow. Users can now enable Swype and select it as the default input method from within the Swype installer.

  • The installer now includes a repair feature. If a previous installation failed, or if the existing Swype BETA installation is broken (missing/corrupt license, etc), the installer will attempt to resume the installation process and repair any broken elements.

  • Clarified error messages to give a more accurate description of the specific problem encountered.

  • Added links to the tutorial and tips-and-tricks videos to the end of the installation.

SWYPE BETA v2.15.56.14870

  • Added support for new installer features, such as version checking and installation repair.

  • Merged the most recent changes from trunk (mostly device-specific bugfixes)

Of particular interest to us is the second bullet point. If a previous installation failed (and guess who had that problem) ... That's right, it crashed and burned for me but is up and running now. Oh, happy day.

Again, this is for everybody running the official beta. If your phone came pre-loaded with Swype -- and that's damn near every phone released in the last six months or so -- satay away. For everybody else, head to http://beta.swype.com/android/get and get your download on. [Swype]

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