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4 years ago

Sideload Android apps all you want with the Sideload Wonder Machine

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Android Sideload Wonder Machine

When it comes to installing Android applications, there are two ways of going about it. The most popular, of course, is directly through the Android Market. And that's how most of us do it. But from time to time we need to be able to sideload apps. Maybe you purchased it directly from a developer or some other perfectly legitimate method.

Or maybe *ahem* your phone doesn't allow you to directly sideload apps, for whatever reason. And that's where the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine comes in. We've rigged up a simple Windows program that allows you to install any .apk file (that's the extension for an Android app) via your computer. It's completely legit -- nobody's going to track you down and take away your phone -- it's completely free (and open source!)  and now you're back on the same playing field as everybody else, no rooting necessary.

Want to see it in action first? No problem. Video and download instructions are after the break.

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4 years ago

'aSpiritBomb' live wallpaper offers an explosion of visual ecstasy

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 Sorry for bad quality... looks much better in video and in person!!

We are always on the lookout for cool to apps to share with everyone, and this nifty Android live wallpaper caught our eye. It's called aSpiritBomb, and more than lives up to its name. By tapping anywhere on the screen, you create little orbes that swirl into the glowing center, which resembles a sun. The sun then grows and pulses as you continue to add more and more orbes to it. Dropping an application or widget cause numerous orbes to be launched from it, which is a really great effect.

Once the sun has grown large, you can tap on it and shoot out tiny specs of light. Double tapping will cause the sun to actually explode, shooting out orbes of every color in all directions. For any of you that have played Geometry Wars, it resembles a wormhole when they explode, which is fine by me.

The app was a blast to play with, and is available now on the Android Market for a little more than $1. Be sure to check out video and the download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Shazam Android client to move to 'freemium' version -- Shazam Encore

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Shazam Encore

Shazam has moved to a "freemium" model, which basically means that Android users will have a choice between a more feature rich version called Shazam Encore, or can use the limited free version instead.  This is what they have done on other platforms, so it comes as no big surprise.  Shazam Encore will include goodies like unlimited tagging, song lyrics, ticket information, and a hook into Pandora so stations can be created based on your tagged music.  New users of the free application will be able to upgrade to Encore, or have 5 tags a month for free.  Put the tar and feathers away, they also note that "existing Shazam users on Android will be grandfathered and not required to pay for the upgrade to Encore in order to retain unlimited tagging. " Crisis averted.

Looks like, if you're currently using Shazam and are happy with it, nothing need be done.  If you would enjoy some of the premium features, you can upgrade to Shazam Encore for 2.99 GBP (about $4.99 US).  The full press release follows the break.

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4 years ago

MyVerizon app receives an update, brings data counter widget with it

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The aptly-named MyVerizon application for Android always has been a pretty helpful way to keep an eye on your Verizion account. Whether checking data usage, monitoring text messages or keeping track of how many minutes had been used this billing cycle, the information has always been presented very easily. The application has been updated, giving it a UI overhaul along with bringing a data counter widget. Sure, we may have unlimited data for now, but who knows when they may follow suit of AT&T and roll out some new data options. Thanks 0mie.

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4 years ago

Goby makes its way to Android

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Goby, a popular iPhone and iPod Touch application, has released an Android version of its  application. For those who are unfamiliar with Goby and what it has to offer, it is basically a location based search engine that gives users ideas of things to do to fill their spare time. Currently they have more then four million geo-tagged locations that are easily searchable, so the odds of finding something that interests you is pretty high. The application offers users some great features in their initial release, including but not limited to:

  • Coverage of 350 categories of things to do, from hiking and caving to restaurants and galleries
  • Coverage of every city, town and region in the United States
  • User geo-location at start
  • Result lists complete with photos
  • Maps and phone numbers to connect users to activities and places
  • Ability to share things to do through Twitter, Facebook and email

Be sure to give it a shot and give us a shout in the forums if you are able to cure some weekend boredom. Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for your new Droid X and Galaxy S

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With the release of the Motorola Droid X and Samsung Vibrant today, we know there will be a lot of new owners looking for some suggestions of what to download. With a market that contains nearly 100,000 applications, the hunt can be overwhelming, especially for a new owner. Well, we know, you want the applications, so let's take a look at some after the jump.

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4 years ago

'Antennas' app locates your carrier's towers, puts 'bars' to shame

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Antennas in action

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If you have been keeping up with news in the tech world lately, you might have noticed something of a debate concerning signal strength. Antennas looks to do away with the simplistic "bars" measure of signal strength by letting Android users know what towers they are connected to, and roughly where they are. The app uses your phone's GPS along with data collected from the antenna and puts both up against Google's antenna database.

CDMA users (That's you, Verizon and Sprint) will have less succes, as the Android OS prevents connecting to more than one tower. This causes only one tower, the strongest, to be shown and requires Android 2.x to work. Everyone else in the world on GSM will have the best results by turning 3G off and allowing the app to run on EDGE/2G. [Panix via LifeHacker | AppBrain]

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4 years ago

The Snaptic 'Move Your App! Developer Challenge'

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Snaptic Hope LabOnce again, the folks at Snaptic are reaching out to Android developers, this time to help their participation in the 2010 Health2.0 Challenge.  As Snaptic tell us, "It’s for a great cause and it’s an opportunity for developers from all types of backgrounds and expertise to contribute to innovation in health."

The first leg of Snaptic's challenge (earlier this year) was won by Peter Ma, who is currently enjoying his trip to TEDGlobal 2010.  This time around, the prizes will be a MacBook Pro, and an Android Phone. 

Prizes aside, it's for a worthy cause, and is a way for Android developers from all backgrounds to push innovation for good health.  Snaptic is asking developers "What can you build to inspire movement?"  Everyone here at Android Central is behind the idea, and hopefully some of you guys can polish up your coding skills, work towards a great goal, and maybe even win a killer prize.  Check out the Health2.0 Dev challenge here, and learn a bit more about exactly what Snaptic is doing, read all the rules, and sign up right here. [Snaptic]

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4 years ago

Paid apps now available in South Korea

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Just like the title says, you can now purchase apps from the Android Market if you're in South Korea. (There's a larger issue of being able to purchase paid apps in every international market, but that's for another time.) Google's Tim Bray explains:

As of today, Android Market is open for business to application buyers in the Republic of Korea. We hope that this will make the outstanding Android devices now available in that nation even more useful and fun. We welcome the people of Korea, acknowledged everywhere as one of the world's most-wired societies, to the world of Android.

Good to see things continue to grow. [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

Android Market now officially has more than 70,000 applications

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The Android Market now has more than 70,000 applications, Google Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg said during Thursday's second-quarter earnings call. That's up from the 68,000 count Andy Rubin announced in June at the Motorola Droid X event, and it's a good bit lower than the 100,000 number Androlib has been throwing around. As to which is more correct? We'll go with the guys who run the store. Now we just need to make developers some more money.

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4 years ago

Vlingo for Android updated to include 'SuperDialer' -- Super, indeed!

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Vlingo SuperDialer

Vlingo has updated its popular Android application, and a new feature called SuperDialer makes a great app even better.  What SuperDialer does is allow you to make calls, or searches, or get directions based on what you are looking for, not what's in your address book.  Growing up, I had dreams about how mobile computing would be in the 21st century.  While we're not quite where I had hoped, and I'm not working for Spacely Sprockets, this is a push in the right direction.  We've got a video, some screenies of my own playing around useful testing, and a press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Log Me In Ignition Android VNC app now available for $30

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Log Me In Ignition

We took the Log Me In Ignition VNC app for a spin a couple of months ago, and now it's available in the Android Market. For those of you not familiar with VNC, it's a standard way of controlling one computer from another -- in this case, your Android phone. Check out the video again after the break, where you'll also find download links. [Log Me In]

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4 years ago

Qik extends free premium services through September

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The folks over at Qik have announced that they will continue to allow the free use of premium services through the month of September.  They acknowledge their "rocky start" and in return are throwing all of us using the HTC Evo 4G a bone:

 

Heya Android Qikkers – with the launch of the new Android client and video chat capability on HTC EVO 4G, we announced premium services for Qik that will enable you to get much more from your everyday Qikking. With the announcement we had an offer to provide the premium services for free till July 15, 2010. We understand that we had a bit of a rocky start with the new and improved Qik and so as a small token of appreciation we are now extending the offer to enjoy Qik’s premium services for free till end of September.

Happy Qikking!

Seems that video chat and conferencing is turning out to be more popular here in the states than any of us expected.  Us Evo-ers took Qik out Qikkly last month, and the addition of a fruit flavored phone with a front camera brought Fring to it's knees.  Hopefully everyone involved can rebound, and we can all have fun seeing just how goofy we look again! [Qik.com]

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4 years ago

Album art live wallpaper shows how bad your musical taste is

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Album art live wallpaper

Once again the developers at AndroidGamer have an awesome new Live Wallpaper to share with us.  You might remember their last jewel, Advanced Map Live Wallpaper, from when we had a look at it last month.  Well, Album Art live wallpaper is just as original!  The application scans your music, and pulls out the album art to create a collage of sorts as your wallpaper.  It's chock full of settings, and according to the developers the features include:

  • Variable cover size
  • Shuffle
  • Automatic refresh
  • Battery friendly
  • Smooth scrolling
  • LauncherPro support

We've been using it for a bit now and are having a tad of trouble getting it to recognize our collection of Hungarian folk tunes, so your mileage may vary.

You can get Album Art live wallpaper  on the Android Market for 99 cents, or there's a demo version for free! (Live wallpapers only work with Android 2.1 and higher!)

Like ton's of other apps, this one comes from the minds and hearts of the guys over at Xda-Developers, and you can check out the official support thread HERE.  Links and more pics after the break.  Thanks David!

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4 years ago

ADW.Launcher gets a big update

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ADW Launcher

For those not familiar with ADW.Launcher, it is one of the most feature enriched launcher replacements available for Android at the current time. Lately it seems as though developers have really been pushing themselves to the next level and attempting to add things we never would have expected, and AnderWeb doesn't appear to be any different. In the latest release they have added theme support which allows users to select between four current themes, two of which are free, and two of which are paid ($1 each). In addition to the theme support, a few minor bugs have been added, and development continues. Remember folks, this is a one-man team behind the scenes, so donate and buy the themes so the amazing development efforts can be rewarded. Download now from the market. [via ADW Things]

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