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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for October 21, 2010

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For many of us the hunt for a new application is on that is done nearly every day, and some times there is gold to be found, and others we come up empty. For those that have hit a dry spell, or those just simply looking for a new application to try without having to search for hours, check out what we use on a daily basis on our devices!

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4 years ago

Google Voice Search adds Russian, Polish, Czech, Turkish

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Google Voice Search

Good news for those of you who speak Russian, Polish, Czech or Turkish -- Google Voice Search now supports you, too. You can now get your search on in your native tongue. Just another reminder of how widespread Android is. Congrats! [via Google]

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4 years ago

Introducing our 'Member Favorites' forum

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Android Central forums Member Favorites

For most of us, the best part about having a smartphone is the applications.  From its humble beginnings a year and a half ago, to today's 90,000-odd apps in more than 30 countries, the Android Market is filled with apps that offer just about anything you or I will ever think of.  Sorting through them all looking for the hidden gems can be a daunting task for even the seasoned smartphone vetran.

Sure, tools like AppBrain and our weekly editor picks help, but now we're going one step further with our Member Favorites forum.  It's chock full of polls and posts that feature what you guys think is the cream of the crop in almost every category, and we're counting on you to make it the first stop on the 'net to see what people like ourselves think about apps, which ones are favorites, and why.  Check out the Member Favorites forum, and let the world know what you think today!

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4 years ago

Docs to Go 3.0 for Android now available

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Documents to Go 3.0

Weren't we just talking about Docs to Go 3.0? And sure enough, it's now available in the Android Market. Version 3.001 will run you $14.99. But judging by the number of e-mails we've already gotten, that likely won't be that big a deal for many of you. Download link after the break, folks. Thanks to everybody who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Winamp for Android: Great music app, easy wireless syncing

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Winamp for Android

I've never really gotten into playing music on my phone, for one reason or another. That ends today, with Nullsoft's Winamp hitting the Android Market in a beta version. That's right, the same Winamp that was my very first desktop player some 13 years ago (back when a 6-megabyte music file didn't seem to make any sense).

So what do we get here? A simple but powerful multimedia player, complete with widget and homescreen music controls. And, best of all, is the ability to add music to your phone over Wifi. Syncing music (or anything, for that matter) has never been terribly easy on Android. With Winamp, it's just a few clicks.

You really have to see this in action. Full video review of Winamp and Wifi sync is after the break, folks, along with download links.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the new and improved YouTube app for Android

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A new YouTube app has hit the Android Market. That's right, it's been broken out of the ROM and is in the Android Market, part of that whole break-out-of-the-ROM-and-into-the-market movement that's going on.  And it only takes a couple of minutes' use to see that it's much-improved over its predecessor. The new app is only for those devices sporting Android 2.2. Some of the new features:

  • Much improved UI
  • In-page playback so users can read comments while watching videos
  • The ability to watch videos in portrait or landscape mode
  • Personalized home-screen video feed
  • New player controls

If you have Android 2.2 already, go try this much improved version of the YouTube app in the market. Find the download link, more pics and our hands-on video after the break! [via Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Letter Rip

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Letter Rip gameplay Letter Rip

I love word games and fortunately there have been a lot of good ones to come out on Android in the past year. The majority of the games that I like have a similar premise: to find as many words from tiles in a certain amount of time. A new game, called Letter Rip, is a bit different yet equally as fun.

Normally in word games, the screen is full of letter tiles for the user to use. This time, the board is empty at the beginning. The game is divided into two phases. In the first phase, the user must spell as many words as possible without allowing the board to fill up. You can move tiles around as often as you want, but don’t back yourself into a corner or the board will fill up quickly. Phase two occurs once the board fills up. You must spell words to clear the board, using the help of extra black tiles. However, words in phase two are only worth half as much, so try to stay in phase one as long as possible.

There are many customizable options that users can utilize. You can change the size of the game board, the game speed, the color of the tiles, the minimum word length, whether or not you're right or left handed, and various sound effects.

If you're a fan of word games, try out Letter Rip. It's refreshing as the game is not just a regurgitation of other games on Android, it makes the user think about strategy in a different way. Look for the download link and more after the break. 

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4 years ago

How to fix stuck app downloads [From the Forums]

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Having issues with applications from the Market not downloading, or stalling during installation?  There's a fix that might help, and we've detailed it in the forums.  It's not complicated, doesn't require root or any real hackery, and we've even covered the method to make the fix stick so you aren't doing it every time an application wants to install itself to your SD card.  It all circles around the .android_secure folder on your SD card, which is the place applications using the "install to SD card method" that comes along with Froyo want and need to be. 

Hit the forums and have a look, because even if you're not having problems now, you never know when they might spring up.  [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Google Voice updated to allow searching of voicemail transcripts, text messages

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Google Voice Update

Google Voice just got itself a nice little update that adds the ability to search your transcribed voicemails and text messages to find exactly what you want. We're going to have to see how useful it is, given that transcripts often are as accurate (albeit comical) as a 4-year-old with a mouthful of marbles. But, yes, it's getting better, and we all need to be able to search it. 

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4 years ago

Nook for Android to receive update later this week

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You complained and you moaned, but unlike your boss, Barnes and Noble listened to your gripes. B&N announced today that they will be updating their Nook for Android app later this week. Some of these "new" features listed on their blog don't seem to be, well, let's say -- new. They are some pretty fundamental elements we would expect to have included from the get-go. No matter, they will soon be here.

Version 2.3 will include:

  • “Go To” a specific page number
  • Search within a book
  • View highlights and notes
  • Delete books from the library
  • Updated home screen and enhancements to make reading and managing side-loaded content easier

QR code after the break. [Barnes and Noble]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Satellite Flybys

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Chances are if you're an Android nerd, you're also a space nerd. And one of my favorite parts of being a space nerd is dragging the kids outside on a clear night to see what we can see. For the stars, there's Google Sky Map. For everything else floating around up there, there's Satellite Flybys.

Brought to you by the folks behind the Space Weather website, Satellite Flybys is a quick and easy way to find out what's going to be buzzing overhead, and when it's going to do so. It checks your location via GPS, crunches some numbers, and figures out what's up. Want to see the international space station fly by? Just check the app, then look up. Want to see the not-so-secret X-37 space plane? No problem. Some things, like the ISS, are visible to the naked eye. Others may need binoculars or a telescope. Either way, it's a great way to see what's going on in the heaven above. Download links and more screen shots are after the break.

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4 years ago

Crackle launches first full movie service application on Android

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Part of being on the go all the time is learning to deal with delays, and being properly prepared for them. Sometimes you are caught off guard and only have your Android device with you while stuck between locations and at times games just don't cut it. While on the go, TV shows and movies can be far more entertaining then a game, and until just recently there was no way to accomplish watching these on your Android device easily.

Crackle is a great application that allows users to download and watch movies and tv shows right from their device for a small monthly fee. $4.99 will get you one month of unlimited service, $12.99 for three months, and $24.99 for six months of unlimited service. Users can download the free application to browse the selection that is available and then chose to upgrade right from within the application. If you enjoy movies and tv shows, and carry your Android device with you everywhere you go, be sure to check this application out for those times you are stuck with nothing else to do. [Crackle]

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4 years ago

GetJar says Angry Birds release drove traffic some 8 to 10 times higher

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The decision to initially publish the full version of Angry Birds this morning on GetJar.com instead of the Android Market raised a few eyebrows, and it showed what can happen when an immensely popular Android app doesn't have the might of Google's servers behind it. GetJar went down almost immediately, leaving us all scrambling for mirrors and apks.

Just how bad was the traffic crush? GetJar says traffic was eight to 10 times higher than a normal daily load, and it could see 10 million hits by the end of the day -- far more than its usual 3 million. Chris Dury writes on the GetJar Developer Blog:

"In the past few months, we’ve built the team up to nearly 60 people and we’ve been focused on scalability on many fronts. We were unfortunately not done yet, and couldn’t handle 8x to 10x higher peak load. GetJar normally does 3 million downloads a day and we may have hit more than 10 million today if all went well. In 2 weeks, we’ll complete many of the scalability projects, and we’ll be able to manage 10+ million downloads a day."

The popularity of Angry Birds was only bolstered by today's down time, to be sure. You can look at the decision to (attempt to) publish exclusively with GetJar as a damning of the Android Market. But you can't deny there likely was a mad dash to Angry Birds up in the Market just as soon as things went sour. [GetJar Developer Blog]

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4 years ago

Angry Birds now available! (updated with new official link)

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The wait is over, and Angry Birds is now available -- immediately at GetJar, and later in the Android Market.  Yes, the whole Angry Birds, with a boatload of levels to make for hours of lost productivity and battery-burning good time.  We can't get enough of it, and neither can you.

Oh, and it's free. Ad-supported, actually, just like the version that Rovio started handing out on Thursday. A paid version will come later. The full e-mail from Rovio is after the break, and we'll update with Market links just as soon as it's in the Market. [GetJar]

Update: And GetJar is down. See what you guys did? Hope you're proud of yourselves.

Update 2: GetJar just sent out a new link. Give this one a shot.

Update 3: And it's now in the Android Market. Links after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: AudioGalaxy cloud music streaming

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Music is a huge part of my daily life, whether at a computer, driving in my car, or sitting waiting for the next meeting music is always playing.  I have used Pandora or Slacker off and on, as loading a media card is a bit of pain. Then I stumbled across AudioGalaxy, a cloud storage application that allows easy access to all your music while on the go.  With large music selections it can be hard to manage and find the song you are looking for easily, but with this application the process is extremely easy.

Whether you are a Mac or PC the process is quite simple, and takes just a few minutes to set up before your music is imported. Simply visit www.audiogalaxy.com to sign up for an account, it will then have you download an application which will then search your computer for all DRM-free music and begin to import it immediately. The music is organized by artist, and can be sorted by album if chosen and play lists can be created right from your computer and seen on the free Android application. Whether you have a large music collection that you don't want to put on your media card, or just want an easy way to manage your music on your computer and listen to it easily while on the go, this application is simply put as a must have. Download links after the break.

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