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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Zune Home launcher

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Zune Home launcher replacement for Android

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued by what Windows Phone 7 will be bringing to the proverbial smartphone table in a few short months. And so when we ran across the Zune Home launcher replacement [via FrAndroid], I had to give it a shot. It's a 99-cent launcher replacement that roughly mimics the UI of the Zune and (even more roughly) Windows Phone 7. It's definitely not the same experience, though it has potential. Check out the video and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Trillian multi-client IM app now in open beta for Android

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Trillian IM chat

Who has two thumbs, seven Android phones and has a hankering for some multi-client instant messaging on Android? This guy. The popular desktop IM client Trillian is now in open beta for Android for a limited time. With it, you can keep up with your pals on AIM, Gtalk, IRC, Mobile Me, Facebook, MySpaceIM, Yahoo and a handful of other protocols, all from a single app on your phone.

Along with the usual Trillian support, you get tabbed chats, landscape mode, and can sent emoticons, photos and send pings (oh boy) to your friends "to demand attention."

The beta period won't last forever, and the app will expire at the end of the beta (at which time we'll likely have to pay for it. So snag it now and give it a shot. [Trillian]

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4 years ago

From the Forums -- aHome 4 beta released

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aHome beta 4  aHome Beta 4

Whether you're getting tired of the vanilla look, or feeling like PhilBlur just isn't for you, or just ready to try something new, the good people at Mappn have delivered. We looked at aHome 4 a few weeks back when we got hold of some leaked screen shots, and now you can, too.  The developers are actively seeking feedback, and looking for some artistic types to work up some more themes as well.  Give it a look! [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Custom recovery for Droid X -- almost there

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Droid X recovery

Android hacker Koush has done it again, this time by creating a method to (almost) have his famous Clockwork recovery on the Motorola Droid X.  He does state that this isn't a "real" recovery, and there's a big list of caveats and issues attached. Frankly, unless you understand the cautions and warnings pointed out, wait another week before giving it a whirl.  I don't think this can brick your X, but it could leave you scratching your head and feeling helpless while it refuses to boot up.

The good news -- this is Koush we're talking about.  If anyone can work magic on a Moto, he can.  He already has plans to get this in Rom Manager, which will make things easier, and while the locked and encrypted bootloader may keep a full custom recovery from ever happening, you can bet this working method will be refined and made more usable in the near future. 

Moto, we love you.  We love your Android phones.  Do you see now that it isn't worth it?  As long as you make handsets we want to buy, we will find a way to open them up.  Save yourself the headache, and the money and stop locking down your phones, please.

We're not going to give any download links for this one, because each and every person who plans to use it needs to read the warnings from the developer himself.  You can find those, as well as download information in the source link.  [MyBrainHurts -- Koushik Dutta's blog]

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4 years ago

Symantec's latest -- Tapsnake: watching your every move?

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Tapsnake

Symantec has found more malware in the Android Market1, even going so far as to give the app it's own 'viral' name AndroidOS.Tapsnake.  Symantec states that Tapsnake sends your GPS data, and users with another application can read your location.  And they're right -- but read further and you'll see that calling this any type of threat is as silly as developing it in the first place.

In Symantec's own words:

"For the application to really be used maliciously, an attacker would need to have access to the phone to install the program. For it to work, an email address and “key” must be typed into the phone running AndroidOS.Tapsnake. This same registration information must later be typed into the phone running GPS Spy." 

In other words, you not only have to download a Snake game that tells you it's going to use your GPS data, you also have to enter a keyword, and the e-mail address of the person who will be doing the spying.

There are real threats out there, but this isn't one I'm going to worry about.  Watch what you download and use the tiniest bit of common sense and you'll be just fine.  [Symantec]

1. author's note: I tried seven different Android phones, and couldn't find Tap Snake on the Android Market.  Symantec says it is available, so your mileage may vary.

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4 years ago

GetGlue releases Android application

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GetGlue, a popular web-based and iOS social networking application, has announced its new Android application. For those who are unfamiliar with GetGlue, it is a social networking game, similar to Foursquare, except you don't even have to leave the comfort of your house. Users are able to "check in" to share with their friends what book they are reading or what movie they are about to watch. Once you check into a few of a particular category, the system can pick up your trend and it will actually begin to provide you with suggestions of other books, movies, or musicians you may be interested in.  In addition to the release of their Android application, they are also announcing some new partnerships with companies like HBO, PBS, Universal, and more, which just helps expand their game.

Instead of receiving badges upon check in's, users receive stickers instead as part of the game. One of the neatest features is that a user can go online to their website at any time and request physical copies of any stickers that they may have earned. GetGlue will send you, free of charge, a copy of the stickers and all they ask in return is a picture showing where you used the sticker. With over 500,000 users, and nearly five million check ins and ratings a month, this application is bound to keep those looking for new material on their toes. Finally, in addition to their iOS, web based, and Android application they will be offering a very light mobile web version so you can keep up with your friends on the BlackBerry and webOS devices for the time being, so spread the word! Download link and screenshots are after the break.

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4 years ago

NDrive and Android Central giving away 20 NDrive licenses [contest]

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NDrive navigation

We all love Google's turn by turn navigation system, but many times we're looking for a solution that works off-line.  Enter NDrive -- the world navigation system that stores map data on-device, ready to work with no data or WiFi connection.  But off-line maps is only a small portion of what NDrive offers -- wait until you see the video after the jump!

The good people at NDrive have reached out and are offering full license and USA maps to 20 lucky Android Central forum members (a $500 total value).  To enter, see the rules and official contest thread in the forums HERE, and after the break is that video overview of NDrive that we promised, check it out!

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Kids Finger Paint

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Used to be my daughter would sit in the back of the car, bored, and ask to use my wife's iPhone to draw. No more, now that I've got Kids Finger Paint. It's about as simple as it gets, which is how it should be for a drawing app. Touch the screen, and you draw. To get a different color, you touch the color wheel. No hidden menus to mess with. Now I'm the coolest parent in the car. The app costs a perfectly reasonable 99 cents. Download info after the break.

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4 years ago

Android App Review: G4 TV

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G4 has changed a bit since its birth in the TechTV days, but its new app is absolutely packed with features and awesomeness. Videogame fans have long had to deal with the mobile versions of popular gaming websites, such as Gamespot or G4's own version. These were often clunky and slow even on the latest phone. Navigation was a nightmare and often video was left out entirely. Join me past the break to discover how G4 has shown the gaming press how its done. 

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4 years ago

Adobe AIR app demos show what to expect later this year [video]

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 Adobe AIR app demoes

We got a healthy dose of Adobe AIR apps -- coming this Q4 to a smartphone near you --  this morning at the Adobe Flash Summit. So far as our non-developer eyes can tell, things look and feel like native apps. They'll be distributed just like any other Android application, though the Android Market, which will keep things nice and simple.

To see what we saw -- including that awesome Star Wars trench run GPS app -- head on past the break.

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4 years ago

New Sprint Football Live free for all Sprint data subscribers

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Sprint Football Live

Sprint has again updated its Sprint Football Live application, and it wants to remind everyone that the services are free to every Sprint data subscriber.  Back in April, Verizon wrangled the official NFL blessing away from Sprint, and many thought that would be the end of football on Sprint, but they have been working and improving their Football Live app and it seems to offer some unique content

  • Live telecasts of NCAA games via ESPN TV
  • Game center for every NFL and collegiate game
  • Scores and schedule for all NFL teams, and 120 college teams
  • Exclusive content like player blogs, and team videos

With football season about to kick in, Sprint subscribers ought to check things out at the official Sprint Football Live page.  I will be, as I'm a huge NCAA football nut.  GO EERS!  Check out the full press release after the jump. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 now final for the Nexus One

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Flash Player 10.1

Finally out of beta, Adobe has pushed the official build of Flash 10.1 to the Android Market for Nexus One devices.  After a string of beta builds, the application is finally stable enough for Adobe and you'll be able to download 10.1.92.8 directly from the Market (or upgrade to it if you're using one of the betas) from your Nexus One. 

Motorola Droid users will soon be able to download Flash from the market as well, but no word on how the HTC Evo or Droid 2 are going to be able to upgrade to the final build just yet.  We'll let you know as soon as we do!

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4 years ago

Users running Froyo on Sprint's Evo 4G are experiencing a calendar bug

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Smartphones are designed to keep people connected and always on top their lives. Everything from accessing email, taking pictures, managing their schedule, browsing the web, and even playing with silly flatuence apps. Oh -- and don't forget making phone calls too. Though recently a new bug has appeared that's been hindering that experience for those who own the Evo 4G from Sprint running Froyo.

A poster on Google's bug submission page, has brought the attention to an issue with the calendar application. Those experiencing the bug have noticed that if you go back into the appointment and edit the time, the "description" field is overwritten by the "where" field. Resulting in the description being deleted fully. Hopefully Google and HTC are on top of this bug and will offer a temporary fix until a proper update will be released. Click on after the jump to see bug in action.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Aug. 13, 2010

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apps

What fun is an Android device when it isn't loaded up with some of the most amazing applications that exist? Granted, finding them can be a daunting task to some, but here at Android Central we love to make your live easy. Hit the break to check out what some of your trusted staff recommends to you this week.

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4 years ago

Must-have applications for your Motorola Droid 2

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droid2

Whether stepping foot into the Android Market for the first time, or just looking for something new to use on your brand new Motorola Droid 2, we've got you covered. The Market is loaded with applications, the variety is insane, and the selection is just plain wild. Searching can be a bit overwhelming at times, so lets take a look at some good foundational applications to get you on your way. Be sure to also check out our review section which we are rapidly filling with software reviews.

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