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4 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean changelog posted in celebration of the Nexus 7 shipping

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So, your shiny new Nexus 7 is either in hand or on the way, and your Samsung Galaxy Nexus -- in most cases -- just got an OTA to Android 4.1.1. But, when you're asked; "so just what is all the fuss about with Jelly Bean?" What would you say? Project Butter? Google Now? Some sort of changelog would be good right? 

In celebration of the first shipments of the Nexus 7 going out, Google has given us just that, as posted to Google+ by none other, than Hugo Barra himself:

To celebrate the fact that we've just started shipping +Nexus 7 today, we're publishing the official Jelly Bean changelog with all of the new features in Android 4.1

It's a plentiful list of goodies too. Picking a few out at random we see, support for USB audio docks shipping later this year, you can calibrate face unlock to work with accessories such as glasses and hats, news and weather has been improved for freshness and power consumption, and specific improvements to Currents and GMail for the 7-inch tablet. 

The full changelog is posted over on the official Android site, so hit the source link below and go read up on all the Jelly Bean you can handle. 

Source: Android

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4 years ago

Carbon for Android will be free, aiming for release later this month

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Some good news tonight for everyone waiting on the Carbon for Android Twitter client. Release is nigh! Developer Dots & Lines let loose tonight on Google+ for the first time since offering up a teaser video nearly four months ago, announcing that Carbon is aiming for release the week of July 22. And what's more -- it's going to be free. 

That's not to say it's not going to be a full-featured Twitter client. We've been fortunate to use a couple early versions for a number of weeks now. And even with the odd bug and a number of features not yet active (hey, it's alpha testing after all) we're more than a little excited about this one. The design is top notch, the scrolling is to die for.

So why's it going to be free if it's so awesome? Dots & Lines is based in the UAE and had expected Google to allow paid apps from that country by now. That hasn't happened. Instead of waiting, we all get to benefit. (Here's to hoping there's a donation version, too. Perhaps an in-app option?) And it gets even better -- no pesky ads, either. 

Says Dots & Lines:

So, we finally decided to make it a free app. Yep, a premium free app. No Ads (we believe that Ads cripple the experience no matter how efficiently done, it's just wrong on an app that users use all day long). Going free, doesn't mean watering the app down, but a mean to get the app that we've been working on for a long time, designs that went through endless iterations and tweaking to be experienced out there by our eager friends who've been waiting for months.

Dots & Lines goes on to say that what hits Google Play the week of July 22 won't be a beta test, either. It'll be a full-blow version 1 build. Those of us with test builds (and we really can't wait for everyone else to get to try Carbon) should see an update in the next week or so, ahead of the public release. We're counting the days.

Source: +Carbon for Android

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4 years ago

World Series Poker deals a hand to Android

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Poker fans will be happy to hear that EA has launched World Series Poker on Android today. Texas hold'em, Omaha,  and lots of stats and social features are available.

  • Enjoy multiple game modes including two different styles of poker with Texas Hold’em and Omaha Poker.
  • Play with friends and people around the world at any time via Facebook with anonymous login options coming soon.
  • Participate in tournaments to collect virtual WSOP rings and bracelets just like the pros.
  • Become a VIP player to track and analyze over 25 statistics including the frequency of raises and the percentage of folds pre-flop.
  • Chat in real time with other players and send virtual gifts like energy drinks, sunglasses or even pets like pandas and cobras to friends in-game.
  • Earn Pro status to play in exclusive high-stakes tables with other gamers that play like the pros.
  • Purchase additional chip stacks and gold in game in addition to winning at tables and through tournaments.

Any poker players in the house interested in giving this a shot? It's free, so all you've got to lose are your chips. 

Download: World Series Poker

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4 years ago

Springpad for Android helps you make social lists for everything

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Springpad lets you m​ake all sorts of lists on all sorts of content with all sorts of people

Springpad has been offering a social note service to Android owners for a long time now, with particular emphasis on a smooth, polished app design and a solid web counterpart. The Android app was recently featured on the Google Play store, so we decided to take it for a spin. 

Springpad users create notebooks that are either public or private, and revolve around particular subjects. There are different types of notebook items based on activity (tasks, events, check lists) or subject matter (books, movies, music, places, and boatloads more).  The kind of content added to these notebooks extends far beyond simple text - photos, audio, and locations can all be used. All of that being said, it's easy to see Springpad as the spiritual love child of Evernote and Pinterest. Maybe Path was a foster parent for awhile. 

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4 years ago

Georgie, a smartphone app for the visually impaired, now available

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Addressing the smartphone market for the visually impaired is an ongoing task. Over the years, there have been plenty of advancements in this area with the introduction of numerous applications, voice technology and on screen accessibility features but now a new entrant into the market is seeking to help folks as well. Screenreader, a not-for-profit company, has now introduced the Android based Georgie app in the U.K where there 1 in every 30 people suffer from some sort of visual impairment.

Using existing Samsung phones like the Samsung XCover and Galaxy Ace 2, picked specifically to be easy to use for blind users, Georgie offers a whole new experience by allowing for such things as managing contacts, using speech input to send text messages and tag previous routes or hazards (like potholes or low hanging branches) using navigation apps.

Georgie is available for purchase on the Google Play Store in a number of different packages. The base package with all features is available for £299 with additional feature sets available for £149. You can look at the full press release below or check out the source link for video on how Georgie works on devices.

Source: ScreenReader

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4 years ago

WordPress for Android updated to include support for Nexus 7, Danish language

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In what is likely one of the first of a lot of forthcoming app updates, the fine folks from Automattic have gone ahead an updated WordPress for Android for the Nexus 7. The update isn't really of vital importance to a lot of folks right yet, but if you're awaiting a Nexus 7 which is now shipping you can take satisfaction in knowing WordPress will be supported. In addition to the Nexus 7 support, you'll also find that the app now has Danish language support included.

Download: Wordpress for Android

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4 years ago

Google My Tracks updated to version 2.0, play back your tours on Google Earth

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My Tracks, the 'adventure' tracking application from Google, has received an update today to version 2.0. The app itself has been around single 2009, so an update was well due. It uses the GPS on your device to "visualize your location" over time, and allow you to share the data on Google Maps and Google Earth. With version 2.0, we get a new feature that could make all this location data look oh so much better. 

With the update, comes the ability to view your tracked routes right within the Google Earth for Android application. That'll be the same Google Earth application that just benefitted from a sweet 3D update then. Relive those trips down the Vegas strip in glorious 3D. 

Additionally, the whole UI has been given a pretty big spruce up and is now faster and simpler, and beautifully within the Android 4.x design guidelines -- but then this is Google, so we'd expect at least that. There's also the aggregation of statistics over time to show trends in your performance, and improved charts and stats tables that are easier to read. My Tracks 2.0 is live this very second in the Google Play Store, so head on over there to grab it for yourselves. 

Source: Google Lat-Long; Download: My Tracks

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4 years ago

Major Mayhem explodes into Google Play

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Adult Swim has kicked off a new run-and-gun game for Android that's ripe with action. Major Mayhem puts you into the weathered boots of a military superman, who's on a mission to save the world and his girlfriend.  The only sensible solution to this problem is guns, and boy-howdy does Major Mayhem have a few of those. Here's a quick run-down of the features.

  • 45 levels of non-stop action
  • 4 game modes
  • 100 achievements
  • 150 mini mission objectives
  • 5 power ups
  • Battle your way past hordes of enemies in three picturesque environments: Tropics, Metropolis and Desert
  • 20 unique weapons in your arsenal to deal out MAJOR MAYHEM, like:
    • Automatic Shotgun
    • Minigun
    • Quadzooka (like a Bazooka only more massive-er!)
    • And more!
  • 42 costumes and hats to make your Major's fashion conscience which dealing massive devastation!
  • Save the world, and your girlfriend

Adult Swim has been focusing more and more on mobile games, though their focus tends to be on iOS first (Major Mayhem has been available for iPhone and iPad for awhile now). It would be great to see a lot of other iOS titles make the leap to Android, like Velocirapture, Extinction Squad, and Amateur Surgeon, but I'm sure they're all coming in good time. So far, Google Play hosts the classic Robot Unicorn Attack, Monsters Ate My Condo, and their video app. 

Major Mayhem is totally free, though the wealth of unlockables can be acquired through in-app purchases. I've only played a little bit, but so far the graphics are great, and the action is a ton of fun. Get shootin' at the download link below. 

Download: Major Mayhem

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4 years ago

Verizon gets a subscription gaming hub in GameTanium

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Verizon today announced its GameTanium service -- $5.99 a month for all-you-can-eat gaming on Android smartphones and tablets. It's a pretty simple premise -- you pay, and get access to more than 100 games through the GameTanium hub. The advantage is that you pay once, play a lot. The subscription model, which we're a fan of, is what makes this not just another download hub, a la NVIDIA's Tegra Zone. 

We've got video and the full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

BBC launches official Olympics Games app for Android

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As you might have guessed by the continuing news coverage, the London Olympic Games are almost upon us.  And now the BBC is launching its official Olympic app for Android (and iOS), allowing you mobile to access the Beeb's Olympic coverage in all its forms. You'll find the same written and video content found on the BBC mobile sites, as well as live streams of the games once things kick off on July 27. There's also a guide to all the leading athletes, and an Olympic schedule to help users see what's next. Once the medals start being doled out, you'll find a dedicated guide page for keeping track of those, too.

The app is available now at the Google Play Store for devices running Android 2.2 and above.  To view the BBC's Olympic live streams,  you'll need the soon to be deprecated Adobe Flash Player.  Unfortunately that means anyone on the latest version of the OS, 4.1 Jelly Bean, is out of luck. You’ll also need to be in the UK to stream content from the BBC, though if you’re in the US, you can always use NBC’s streaming app instead.

Download: BBC Olympics app on Google Play

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4 years ago

Facebook update requires Froyo, promises a faster app

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We'll believe it when we see it, but Facebook's latest Android app update promises to actually speed up login and navigation within the app. We know, we know. It's Facebook, whose mobile app has been pretty crappy considering that, well, it's friggin' Facebook. Also of note in version 1.9.7 is that if you're not running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, you're SOL on running this bad boy. (Though we imagine the previous version of the app should work fine, and only a mere 6.1 percent of active devices are running an OS older than Froyo.)

Other bullet points in the changelog include front-facing camera support (that wasn't there before?), a new messaging feature that lets you hop between conversations and share photos, plus other bug fixes and a security improvement.

Of course, this is Facebook we're talking about, so we'll have to wait and see what just got broken, too. Download link is below.

Download: Facebook for Android

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4 years ago

Google releases source code for Google I/O 12 companion app

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In the true spirit of all things Google, the source code for the Google I/O 12 companion application has been released. Google will often try and slip some new bits and pieces into the I/O app, and this year was definitely no exception. The new YouTube Android Player API that was announced at the conference, was first put to good use in this very application. 

If you're a 'code-monkey' at heart, and want to go poking around to see what's what, head on over to the source link below and get yourselves knee-deep in code. 

Source: Google Code

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4 years ago

IMDb app for Android updated with recommendations, check-ins and more

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The Internet Movie Database has updated their Android app with a bunch of new features.

  • Sharing – check in on Facebook & Twitter to share what you’re watching
  • Recommendations – discover other titles you might be interested in
  • Mobile IMDb message boards – join in the discussion on your Android phone or tablet
  • Filming locations & soundtracks – learn even more about the movies you love
  • Similar titles – discover new movies and TV shows
  • Metacritic – now see both the IMDb user rating of a title as well as how the film critics scored it
  • Amazon login – log in using your Amazon account

This is all in addition to the usual stuff, like looking up movie information, watching trailers, rating shows, checking the top charts, and perusing through interesting trivia. At the low, low price of free, it's hard to go wrong. 

Are there any great movies coming out this summer that you're really looking forward to? The last big updates were geared towards tablet layout and HD video, but are there any other features out there that could complete your movie-watching experience? Maybe real-time actor commentary like IntoNow offers?

Download: IMDb

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4 years ago

Amazing Alex review - fun, but far from new

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Rovio broke out of their Angry Birds shell today with a game called Amazing Alex. Once upon a time it was known as Casey's Contraptions, until Rovio gobbled up the developer, chewed on it for a few months, and spat out this physics title for Android and iOS. 

Anyone that had played The Incredible Machine back in the day will know the drill. Every level, players are given a simple objective, like knocking over a pile of books, or getting a bowling ball into a basket. Various obstacles are already in place, and players are provided with a limited toolbox of extras to build a Rube Goldberg-style machine and achieve the objective. The main appeal is that all of those objects act as you would expect - scissors close when touched, billiard balls bounce less than tennis balls, balloons float, and so on. The three stars in every level act as secondary objectives, which players can earn by knocking objects into them. 

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4 years ago

Futurama Head-in-a-jar Creator lands on Android

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Good news, everyone! Comedy Central has released an Android version of their Futurama Head-in-a-Jar Creator with a few new additions. As we all know, only the most prestigious individuals have their heads pickled in the future, and with  this app, you can be counted among them. 

Users can pick a wide variety of human, alien and robot heads (sorry, no Android heads), and decorate them with different eyes, noses, hair, and accessories. Once decorated, the head's name can be engraved on an elegant plaque mounted below, and the scene can be wrapped up with an appropriate background. Final products can be attached to native contacts for some great caller ID images, shared over Facebook and Twitter, or stored locally  for use as a wallpaper. All of your creations are displayed in a handsome head museum complete with categorized sections for future perusal. 

Though you may be tempted to tell Comedy Central to shut up and take your money, the app is free - just be warned that there is very limited device compatibility right now. So far we're only seeing it work on the Nexus 7, but leave a comment and let us know if it works on your Android device! 

Download: Futurama Head-in-a-Jar CrALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD

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