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4 years ago

Fancy Widget looks a wee bit familiar

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Android Fancy Widget

What's that? The HTC Sense clock widget on stock Android? (And Froyo, no less?) Sure looks that way. What you see is called Fancy Widget, and it sure does look like it was all but stripped straight out of HTC's customizations. Load it up and it automatically snags your location and weather information. Tap it to customize clock, weather and refresh settings. It's free (donationware), and you may want to snag it soon, because we have a feeling some letters are already being written. [Market linkApp Brain] Thanks, Brett.

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4 years ago

Android Town is looking for a new name

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Remember that Quick App post from Jerry back in May? Well, Android Town is looking to expand and they’re in the process of making a multiplatform application and with that in mind, they’re looking to change their name and they’re going to let the users who helped them grow this app with such great feedback and suggestions, pick the new name! Drop a suggestion down in the comments and if you haven’t got this app already or taken a look at the latest version, you can get it here:

[Market Link | AppBrain]
Android Town QR Code

Also, don't forget to look for us in the town!
phil, duvi, drm2blv, Jorge, afazel, jerry and Dman

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4 years ago

Latest Firefox build for Android adds basic multitouch to Fennec

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Fennec for Android

For those of you following the development of Mozilla's Firefox browser for Android -- also known as Fennec -- you'll be happy to learn that basic multitouch has been added in a development build. This build isn't as polished as the other nightly builds we've been using, and you'll need to uninstall it when switching from a signed build. But it's great to see work progress, and great to see the addition of multitouch. You can download the development build here. [Fennec Google Group via Matt Brubeck]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 9, 2010

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Android apps

On Monday we brought you some application choices for all the new Evo 4G owners, but we are so dedicated to the rest of you out there we wanted to bring you some more suggestions! Hit the jump and see what we have in store for you this time around! 

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Norton Smartphone Security

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Norton for Android

The hot app of the year appears to be one that will lock and/or wipe your phone. And as such, Norton -- the longtime virus-cleaner (among other things) -- has the Norton Security app in beta in the Android Market. We're not anywhere close to declaring that we need to worry about spyware, malware and viruses on Android, and Norton's app does well to go beyond that. Features include:

  • Remote lock/wipe
  • Anti-malware scan.
  • Call blocking
  • LiveUpdate

It seems to be fairly lightweight, though the lock/wipe feature will be built into Android 2.2, so it'll have to fight that off somehow. More screenies after the break. [Norton]

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4 years ago

Swype beta receives an update

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swype

Swype has certainly gained a lot of hype from many users, and a while back they rolled out a beta program to select number of people. Today members of this beta received an e-mail stating there was an upgrade available, along with what this upgrade entailed. From what we can see this update includes:

  • Added better context sensitivity for the “magic button” (go/search/enter/smiley)
  • Added automatic apostrophe insertion for contractions (e.g. won't, don't, wasn't, etc)
  • Added the Italian language dictionary
  • Improved sensing of field type to prevent the display and addition of passwords to the UDB (user dictionary)
  • Improved suppression of auto-spacing in fields such as URLs and email addresses
  • Updated the built-in dictionary to include several common words that were previously missing
  • Rewrote some settings descriptions to be more clear on their functionality
  • Fixed licensing issue causing “Limited Functionality” errors when rebooting devices running Android 2.0 and later
  • Fixed licensing issue causing some users to receive an “Incorrect ID” error when installing Swype
  • Fixed a bug where manually typing some words with word-prediction enabled would cause Swype to crash
  • Fixed a bug which caused some words added to the UDB to erroneously override other words when word-prediction is enabled
  • Many other minor bug fixes!

For all of you who are part of the beta program, be sure to install the latest update, and let us know how it works out for you!

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4 years ago

Google says missing apps are back in the Android Market (updated)

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Android Market Paid apps in Froyo

Update: And just like that, Google says its fix is in place and developers are seeing their apps again. Huzzah! [Google, Google Developer blog]

Original: Apps have been disappearing from the Android Market for a good many of you (and us) for a few days now, and you've been screaming for answers. And we hear you. And, believe it or not, Google's heard you, too. Here's what Google told us about the problem:

"We are aware of an app visibility issue with certain recent devices. We believe it to be a device configuration problem and are working on a workaround."

We know, we know. You guys and gals won't be happy until the apps are back in the Market like they should be. But remember that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of you using the Android Market, and we don't wan things to get worse. (But that said, let's get this fixed, Google, m'kay?)

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4 years ago

Evo 4G apps - download these first

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Evo apps

The Sprint Evo 4G quickly has become the hottest topic in the Android world. For you newcomers, you'll quickly find that you phone has many of the most important apps already loaded -- Google Maps, Facebook, a basic music player, etc. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. After the break, take a gander at some of our must-have apps for the Evo 4G.

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4 years ago

UnrEVOked - the simple way to root your Evo

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If your dying for root access on your Evo 4G but just can’t figure out how ADB works, or custom recoveries confuse you – fear not, my friends. “Unrevoked” might just be for you. It’s a very simple one-click root method which allows you to run root-required apps, and even gives you Super-user protection. All you do is copy the “unrevoked.apk” file onto your SD card and install it using Astro, or some other file manager. Easy enough, right? The only problem is that you have run the app after every reboot, as it’s not permanent. And it also doesn’t give you a custom recovery, so you can’t flash ROMs – but if you’re just looking to run some “root apps”, then this is definitely your cup of tea! After the break are a couple screenshots, and thanks everyone who sent this in!  [via Unrevoked]

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4 years ago

Qik explains why it's gone missing

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Qik video chat

Been wondering where the Qik app -- the much heralded video chat service that was (supposed to be) a major part of the Evo 4G launch -- has gone? It's been missing from the Android Market for a little while, and those of you with earlier versions have been awaiting the update for video chat on the Evo 4G (and those premium features, too). Well, it seems that you've been the problem. From the Qik blog:

Earlier in the day we ran into a snag with Qik for HTC EVO 4G not being visible in the Android Market from the HTC EVO 4G devices – even though it was published to the market. Hats off to our great partner Google. Their Android team jumped in, found the issue and came up with a workaround that enabled us to at least get the new Qik Video client out to our users.

We had an unprecedented 20X the amount of workload on our servers. As a result, you were seeing issues connecting to our service on and off. So, our team is now out provisioning more capacity and we expect to have this in control shortly. We feel bad that not all of you got a chance to experience the new Qik Video today and truly appreciate your patience. Rest assured we are not going to rest till this is humming and you are able to video chat with your friends and loved ones.

That's a bad start for the Qik folks, and quite the leg up for Fring at this point. [Qik Blog via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App - Trimble Outdoors

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t_o1 t_o2

Now that the warmer weather has finally rolled in, many more days are spent outdoors, doing the things we all have grown to love. Sometimes finding a new spot to fish, a new trail to ride, or a new area to swim can be a little difficult if you are unfamiliar with the area you are in. If you are an outdoors person, and love to put your technology to work to help you find new things to do, Trimble Outdoors is the perfect application for you. Take a peek after the jump to see what this application can offer.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App - doubleTwist player

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doubleTwist Android appDoubletwist

There's been a lot of chatter about doubleTwist the past few days.  That will happen when you push out a desktop app and a on-device player to go along with it. I've spent the past couple days getting things ready for my HTC Evo, and setting up doubleTwist was one of them.  Hit the break for the run down and see if doubleTwist is something that might work for you too.

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4 years ago

Unlocked Dell Streak Android MID to be available in July

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dell streak

If you’ve been itching to get your hands on the near indestructible Dell Streak (aka the Dell Mini 5) you’ll be happy to know that starting next month, it will be available directly through Dell’s own website. Since its being sold unlocked and unsubsidized, it takes a little sting out of the $500 price tag it carries. You’ll have the choice of being able to activate it over AT&T or T-Mobile’s networks, most likely, and you won’t be locked in to any 2-year contract. Even though our European friends are getting the Streak a little earlier than us (this Friday), fear not friends, we’re not too far off. [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Windows version of doubletwist for Android updated, now with Market search

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windows version of doubletwist for android

Just as we reported they would, the folks at doubleTwist have updated their Windows application, and a good program just got better.  Here's the official announcement from their user forums:

Please give a warm welcome to Windows version 2.7.0.3867, released late last night, 5.31.2010 goodies include:

* Upgrade back-end stuff in preparation for our soon to be released Android music player. weWt!!
* Android market for windows. go get those apps. Android App FAQ --> http://forums.doubletwis...mp;m=8057&#post8057
* Support for the Sony X10
* Tons 'o miscellaneous bug fixes.

Enjoy --

We all love bugfixes, and support for new devices is always nice.  But there are two things here that look really interesting - the "soon to be released" music player, and the ability to search the Android Market from within the program.  Search out an app and once it's loaded in doubleTwist's browser (note -- you'll have to have Chrome or Safari installed, support for other browsers is in the works, according to the developers) you can install via QR code with your trusty bar code scanner.  Of course, music and video transfer works as well as it ever did, and doubleTwist still offers excellent podcast subscription management.  It really is shaping up to be iTunes for Android, and it's something definitely worth looking into.

Check out the official doubleTwist FAQ here for answers to more questions, and to see what others have to say about doubleTwist. [doubleTwist]

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4 years ago

Introducing the Android Central widget

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Android Central widget

Let's face it, you just can't get enough of us. We understand that. And so without further ado, we bring you the Android Central Widget. It's a simple beast, bringing you the latest headlines from Android Central straight to your home screen. Tap a headline and you're taken to the mobile version of our website. No muss, no fuss. We kept it simple for a reason, folks.

There are two sizes from which you can choose -- a 4x1 horizontal widget, and a 2x2 widget. Just load it up from the Android Market, tap and hold on your home screen and you're ready to go.

Android Central Widget
Market linkApp Brain

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