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4 years ago

On-device app promises one-click root for the Motorola Droid, Droid X

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Easy Root for Droid X

We haven't tried this one ourselves just yet, but what you see before you here is an app that purportedly roots the Motorola Droid and Droid X with a single tap, all on the device, no USB sync required. That alone makes it worth the 99 cents you'll shell out for it in the store.  Give it a shot, and sing out in the comments. Download link and barcode after the break. [Unstable Apps] Thanks, Nathan.

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4 years ago

EVO's Froyo update to bring a Flashlight app and other new goodies

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Patience is a virtue. Remember that! With all the Froyo news around the web, it's a little hard to be patient though. But hey - we can't blame you. We can't wait to get our grubby paws on the Evo 4G's new Android 2.2 update. But until Aug. 3, we all need to sit tight.

In the meantime, Engadget scored some screenshots of a few little apps and features that the EVO will be getting next Tuesday. For all of you folks out there who struggle finding the right key in the dark, HTC now has you covered. It looks like the update will bring a new Flashlight app to owners of the phone. Finding that key was never easier. 

In addition, it looks like HTC will allow you sync all of your Facebook events and birthdays to your calendar. Finally, if that wasn't enough, app sharing will also be made available. That is, only if the developer has not made the app copy protected. Remember what your mother said when you were young, "Remember to share Johnny." To view the rest of the screenshots, hit the source link. [Engadget]
 

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4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets gets updated, brings AccuWeather and more

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Beautiful Widgets, the application that is known for bringing a Sense like style to any device, received a nice update today. The update changed the weather service to AccuWeather, which we hope can be just a little more accurate. The menus of the application also have been updated making the application way easier to navigate. In the past, the menus were not the easiest thing to look through, they now allow users to easily set and change the many features of the application. In addition, one of the other great new features is the unlock animations, which brings some brief animations of the current condition to your homescreen after unlocking the device. If you have not checked the update out, be sure to do so. Market links after the jump.

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4 years ago

Security firm details privacy concerns; developer tells us its side of the story

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Let's recap: Late Wednesday night (or early Thursday morning), we reported on a story published at Mobile Beat that came out of the Black Hat online security conference. At the conference, Kevin MaHaffey, CTO at mobile security firm Lookout, told of an app from developer "jackeey,wallpaper," which basically is a portal for downloading wallpapers for your Android phone. The story told the tale of "a questionable Android mobile wallpaper app that collects your personal data and sends it to a mysterious site in China, (and) has been downloaded millions of times."

We've been in contact with Lookout -- which reiterates that the apps, while suspect, aren't necessarily malicious. We've also have a response from the developer in question. Updates from both, after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for July 29, 2010

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Applications -- they make the world go 'round. OK, maybe not exactly, but there sure are a ton of great ones in the Android Market, and finding the right one can be a bit difficult. Take a look after the jump, as we bring you another edition of our weekly selections.

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4 years ago

Another rogue app stealing data, security firm reports [updated]

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Update 2: We've heard back from the developer of these apps, who tells us the following:

"What the ceo [sic] of Lookout said  makes no sense. I will email you with details later."

We await the details. In the meantime, be aware that the developer listed on the suspect wallpaper apps has been changed to callmejack. We're still diving into this one. But for the time being, we recommend not installing these apps.

Original: Before we start, grab your phone and your computer and hit this link: Android apps by jakeey, wallpaper.  If you have any of these applications on your Android phone, uninstall them.

We'll wait.

Now you ask why did we recommend (nay, demand!) you uninstall any of those apps?  Lookout says that one or more of these apps are stealing your data and sending it to an unknown person or persons in China.  Yup, innocent looking wallpaper apps.  According to Lookout, the app(s) in question are collecting:

  • browsing history
  • text messages
  • your SIM card data
  • subscriber ID
  • voicemail password (if it's set to be entered automatically)

Look for Google to pull these soon, as they potentially affect at least 1.1 million users, but for now remember to read what an app can do when you install it. That's that screen you ignore every time you install an app. The one that tells you what system permissions the app has access to. If, say, a calculator wants to see your contacts list, think twice.

It's worth reminding that Android is the only OS that gives you these sort of warnings. And before any Apple fanatics get too cocky, at least these apps aren't stealing money from your Google checkout account.  We're keeping a close eye on this one, you'll hear more as it unfolds.  [Mobile Beat via 9 to 5 Mac]

Update: Lookout got back to us during the overnight to clarify a few things as reported in the Mobile Beat story. They're not going quite so far as to call the app "malicious," but questions remain. Read Lookout's e-mail to us after the break. We've e-mailed the apps' developer for further explanation.

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4 years ago

Viper SmartStart launches on Android, brings remote vehicle start and more

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Directed Electronics has released its popular Viper SmartStart application for the Android platform, which allows drivers to remotely start their car, lock and unlock doors, pop the trunk, and more.

You've probably seen their iPhone app featured in an AT&T iPhone commercial.   Be aware, it does take hardware in your vehicle, which you may not have and will need to have installed.  While applications like this may not be for everyone, it's great to see developers of top tier products supporting Android, it shows that they too see the potential behind out friendly green robot.  You can download the application from the market and at Viper.com , and it would be great to hear from anyone who's converted over from iOS and is using the iPhone app -- let us know how they compare.  Hit the jump for the full press release. [Viper]

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4 years ago

Is HTC commencing its Froyo rollout?

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HTC’s European representative, Mark Moons, let it slip through a tweet that there’s a chance Froyo will begin rollout to their many devices starting with HTC Desires in the Netherlands as soon as tomorrow. A Dutch tech news site, tweakers.net comments that, “the update will start Thursday, but due to a limit on bandwidth it will be a gradual rollout” again, that’s if they have all the kinks worked out and are ready to roll out this highly anticipated update. Nonetheless we can all be sure that all  Desire owners in the Netherlands will be checking for updates nonstop tomorrow. [via engadget and tweakers.net]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: FlightView

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If you fly more than, say, once a year, you absolutely should look into an Android travel app. And a new one to Android is FlightView. It's got the all the basics that you'd expect from a top flight-tracking app --track by flight number, track by route, flight mapping, speed and altitude, departure and arrival info, delays at major airports, notes -- the works, basically.

FlightView is nicely designed and easy to use. You also can save flight info to build an itinerary, which is a must for frequent fliers. But that's also where FlightView's Achilles' heel presents itself -- there's no integration (yet) with a service such as Tripit. You have to manually input all of your flights, which is OK if it's just one or two, but a big pain if you have connecting flights. The developer tells us, however, such service will be added in future updates.

But for now, if you've looking to try another travel app, FlightView's a solid performer. It's available in ad-supported form, or for the low, low price of 99 cents. More pics and download information is after the break.

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4 years ago

IGN launches coverage of Android games

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Now that you have your shiny new Droid X (and maybe even a Vibrant or Captivate?) in hand, you want some games. And you don't want to waste money on bad games, you want the best. IGN has been doing game reviews for the iPhone since the App Store was launched two years ago, and today they announced they will be reviewing Android games as well. 

They are kicking things off with a HTC Evo review, top app recommendations, and a number of games including NOVA and Asphalt 5. You might recognize Asphalt 5 from our Captivate benchmarks.

The fact that a mainstream gaming site like IGN is investing time and resources into Android is a great sign of how far the platform has improved since the G1 days. However, there is still a lot that can be done to help it grow further. Hey Google, if you really want to play for keeps, why not get a deal worked out with Valve to get a mobile version of their Steam platform (with 25 million users) built right into Android? [IGN]
 

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4 years ago

Clicker brings check-ins for couch potatoes to Android

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Clicker for Android

Clicker.com has announced their Android application -- social media all about video, feature films, and television.  The premise is that you can friend people, check out their viewing habits, and share yours with them.  They've set up a huge internet portal at clicker.com, which connects in to your Facebook and/or Twitter account, and their Android app can do the same thing.  An iOS app is in the works (on behalf of Android and our commenters, FIRST!) so it sounds like this social hub should take off.  I'm no big movie buff, but you can find me on Clicker as gbhilden (six-character minimum FTL), holler at me if you decide to try.

Read the long press release after the break!

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4 years ago

Twitter for Android updated, is 'faster,' gets basic functionality

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Twitter for Android

Twitter for Android -- the "official" Android Twitter client -- just got another update (we're at version 1.0.2 for those playing at home), and changes include the following:

  • Is faster than the previous version
  • Auto refresh is now added
  • People search is fixed

It's good, it's simple, but it's still not as good as other Twitter clients out there (pick your poison). Glad to hear it now has auto refresh. [Twitter for Android]

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4 years ago

Google Maps makes finding 'places' even easier

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Google Maps just served notice to every other location-based business app out there with the introduction of "Places." A tie-in with Google Maps, it makes it super easy to find any kind of, well, place. It's location-based, so it knows where you are, it's fast, and pretty soon it's going to know what you want before you do. Here's Places in Google's own words:

Search for several convenient types of places with the default categories or add your own for your most frequent searches. You can also use the search bar at the top to type or speak any query. I tend to use the “coffee” search a lot, but I’ve also looked for “gas stations” on the road, “ice cream shops” in my neighborhood, and even specific places like “Chelsea Market” on a recent trip to New York.

Also added are more details of the individual businesses, such as parking, prices and menu items. And it's only a matter of time before Google adds some sort of check-in service, right? [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

BIOS-style boot animation for your Android phone

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Who doesn't like for their Android smartphone to boot up in style? While many people are going after the ultra flashy, image filled boot animations some folks over at XDA Developers have been hard at work at quite the opposite. They have brought back the old-school BIOS look in their custom boot animation. This has been available for a while to some devices, but they have gone ahead and ported to just about every main device available, so check it out for yourself! [via XDA]

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4 years ago

PlayStation emulator released onto Android Market

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Being a former N64 fanboy, this may not excite me as much as some PS1 die-hards out there, but the PlayStation has just been added to Android's already-impressive list of game console emulators. The app that makes this all possible is called "psx4droid" and will run you $5.99. 

Here is a quick rundown of the app's features:

  • WiiMote support
  • Multiple save states
  • Support for several different file types
  • Trackball used as d-pad

This is still version 1.0 software, so there seems to be a couple bugs that users on AppBrain have mentioned. However, no doubt the developer will be releasing patches to address those issues. Still, this app looks to be the easiest way to play those PS1 classics on the go. Just remember it is illegal to download a ROM for a game you don't already own, ok?

For now, it seems this app might require Android 2.x, but if someone gets it working on 1.5 or 1.6 let us know! As always, links and a QR code are after the break. Thanks to James for the tip! 

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