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4 years ago

Early Tweetdeck build leaks out; we take it for a spin

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TweetDeck for Android

We're still waiting for the official beta period to begin for the Tweetdeck Twitter client for Android. But in the meantime, a Version 1 build has leaked out. It's an early build, CEO Iain Dodsworth says (update: it's coming Thursday), so we're going to give Tweetdeck the benefit of the doubt and not post the file link. (It's found easily enough.) But we are, however, going to take it for a spin, with the understanding that some features might not be complete. So keep that in mind.

But let's take a look, after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Pulse

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A newsreader is something that quite a few of us rely on in our day-to-day life.  Digging through the slew of them on the Android Market can be quite a task, so allow me to suggest you start with Pulse.  It has all the basics you would expect from any newsreader -- handles rss feeds, links to full stories on the web, customizable sources, and a robust selection of pre-defined newsfeeds to choose from.  Pulse just does things a little more visually, and in this author's opinion, a little better. And it's currently discounted to 99 cents.  Let's check it out, after the break.

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4 years ago

A very brief look at Tweetdeck for Android

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Tweetdeck for Android

We're still waiting on the public beta of Tweetdeck for Android to go live sometime this week, but a very short video from Tweetdeck CEO Iain Dodsworth showing the log-in process is on Twitter. Of particular droolworthiness: The multiple account access, which for a good many of us is a must-have in any Twitter app. Check out the video after the break. Thanks, Eddie, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Home Run Battle 3D

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Home run 3D 

Here's a look at the free version of Home Run Battle 3D. This is the perfect game for me, because I can pick it up any time I want a quick release from boredom and then put it back down when it's time to get back to work. There are two game modes: matchup and arcade. In the free version you have to earn the right to play a multiplayer game (after your first free free matchup games) by actually being competent at the game and hitting a home run with a "gold ball." You can also earn gold balls by unlocking achievements. There are other "special" balls in the game, and I haven't quite figured out what they all do, but the ones I do know are:

  • Angel Ball: takes away 1 out
  • Gold Ball: you can spend it on matchup games and maybe other things in the accessory store
  • Multiplier Ball: I've seen 2x and 3x, and they double or triple your score
  • Ghost Ball: it goes invisible for a moment or two while it's on the way to the plate
  • Magic Ball: sends an "attack" ball to your matchup opponent
  • Iron Ball: sends an iron ball to your matchup opponent if you hit a home run with it, which only flies half the normal distance

So that's enough here. Take a look at the video after the break

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4 years ago

TweetDeck's public Android beta to open this week

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TweetDeck for Android

TweetDeck has announced that it will be holding a public beta for its Android Twitter application sometime this week.  No, we don't have the exact date -- just like Froyo for your device it will come when it comes.  A few things from their announcement (read it at the source link) really stand out -- the application is not a port of their iThing client, they have built it from the ground up; and retomeier (a well known Android Developer Advocate)  has said "it's a thing of beauty."

That's enough endorsement for me.  As soon as the trial begins, we'll let you know! [TweetDeck via Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

MeetMoi NOW brings online dating to a new level

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Internet dating has been on the rise over the past couple of years, many couples have success stories from meeting someone through some type of social networking service or website. MeetMoi NOW is a new Android application that brings the ease of meeting people via the internet to a whole new level.  This location based application allows users to see other singles in their area after filling out a profile about themselves. Users will be notified when new matches are found in their respective areas so they are able to decide whether they wish to strike up a conversation with the person or not. So whether you are the shy guy, someone always on the go, or just someone who is looking for another way to meet someone new, this application is a great way to do so. Check out the full presser for some more information, as well as some additional screen shots after the break.

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4 years ago

Google pulls 'Easy Root' off Market [updated]

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Developer Unstable Apps just released their latest update to their 'Easy Root' application yesterday. Though, just as soon as it went up, Google quickly yanked it off the Android Market. The latest 'Easy Root' update (1.2.2), allowed owners running Froyo on the Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Milestone to easily root their phones by a single touch of a button.

We got in contact of the developer of Easy Root, as we're trying to get to the bottom of why the application was pulled from the Market.  That's what we do.  He was kind enough to give us a statement.  You can read it, as well as see a walkthrough video of the app after the break.   [AndroidPhonesBlog via AndroidSPIN]

Update: The developer of Easy Root has again contacted us, this time with news that the application is once again live and available for download from his site HERE.  Want some even better news?  Emails are already going out to those that purchased from the Market with a new product key and download instruction.  Our own Jared has already received his.  It's really nice to see this level of support for a $0.99 application.  Keep doing what you do Nathan!

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4 years ago

Blockbuster Application makes its way into the Android Market [updated]

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Blockbuster has finally unleashed its Android application (see our hands-on) to the masses. Whether traveling, hanging out, or just in the mood to rent and watch a movie, the Blockbuster application will allow you to do so, right from your handset, and you also can purchase the movie. Also available built-in on the Droid X, the Blockbuster application also integrates with the Blockbuster On Demand service, so you are able to resume a movie you were watching from any other device with Blockbuster On Demand. There are no monthly fees associated with the application, just the rental and purchasing costs of the movies, which leads me to ask, why is this not already installed on your device? Hit the jump for the download information.

Update: The good folks at Blockbuster got in contact with us, and there's been a bit of a snafu.  The app wasn't supposed to be made available for all devices just yet.  The application gets optimized for each device by working with the OEM's and carriers, and we were assured that Blockbuster is in the process of getting the application optimized for other devices.  In the meantime, the app has been unpublished from the market and is once again only available for the Droid X.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 6, 2010

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Decisions, decisions, decisions. Luckily, not all of them in life have to be hard ones to make. We like to make things easy for you, so each week we bring you a sample of our favorite Android applications, so why not hit the jump and take a look at what we got for you this week? 

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4 years ago

AppBrain's install link brings fast web install to any page

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AppBrain

You might remember last month when we talked about AppBrain's new Fast Web Install, the application that allows you to install applications from the Android Market directly to your phone right from the AppBrain web page. 

That just got waaay cooler.  AppBrain announced it has enabled extensions that allow a new Fast Web install link to be placed on any web page.  When the link is visited from your Android phone, you go directly to the application's Market page, but the real trick happens when you visit from your computer.  Rather that talk about it, have a look.  Visit the link below from your PC's browser.

Download the Android Central Widget

I know we'll be using the heck out of this new service, and I'll bet developers will, too. [AppBrain]

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4 years ago

Netflix employee: 'Good things come to those who wait'

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Netflix

We still don't have Netflix on Android. And we probably won't tomorrow, either. But that doesn't mean the movie rental company isn't hard at work on an Android app. We've been pretty sure they've been spending their summer on it, and a Netflix employee is on Reddit this morning taking some questions. of interest to us is this answer:

I just know we're actively hiring Android devs. I wish I knew more about a timeframe for you. Good things come to those who wait. Netflix is essentially a tech company and with the way Android is blowing up it would be stupid of us to ignore that.

Cliches aside, we couldn't agree more, what with all these 4-inch and higher phones floating around. [Reddit] Thanks, Kevin!

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4 years ago

Facebook confirms battery drain in latest Android build [update: Fix is out!]

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Facebook for Android

Update: Version 1.3.1 is out, and Facebook says it should fix the battery issues. What's everybody seeing?

Original: The bad news: Facebook's recent update for Android indeed is beating the crap out of your battery, as many of you have pointed out in our forums. The good news: They're aware of it, and a fix is in the works. Responding on its official Facebook for Android page, erm, Facebook says:

Hi folks, a number of you have commented on seeing a battery drain on your device since installing the new Facebook for Android app. We have identified the bug that is causing this battery drain and are working on a fix now. As soon as the patch is ready, we will push out an update. Thanks for the quick feedback and for your patience as we get this fixed!

Until then, you might have to uninstall. Hang in there, folks. [Facebook for Android] Thanks, Junior!

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4 years ago

PayPal launches updated PayPal Mobile application

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PayPal

A few months ago we caught wind of the iPhone style "bump" pay method coming to Android, and today it's officially been released. Along with the bump payment, where users can bump devices to transfer the money, the application also includes a new feature called "split the bill." This feature allows users who may be out to dinner with a group of friends or coworkers to calculate everyone's portion of the bill, including tax and tip, and request the money from them right through the application. In addition to these new features the PayPal application will also allow you to check your balance, withdraw funds and set reminders so you don't miss anymore of those pesky monthly bills. Hit the jump for all the download information!

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4 years ago

Popular wallpaper apps deemed safe, Google says

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The developer of a series of Android wallpaper apps whose work was called into question last week over security concerns has been cleared by Google and is back in the Android Market.

We're only a week removed from the Android security saga that began at the Black Hat conference, and it looks like we have resolution that should put some of your fears at ease. It all started when Kevin MaHaffey, CTO of security firm Lookout, singled out Android wallpaper app developer "jackeey,wallpaper" and called it "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." VentureBeat was there and ran with the story, under the scary headline "Android wallpaper app that takes your data was downloaded by millions."

Later that day, Lookout amended its initial concerns, saying "there is no evidence of malicious behavior," though the data the apps were collected remained "suspicious." VentureBeat updated its story, which by this time was spreading like wildfire.

We contacted the developer, who explained that the data was collected "so I use the these to identify the device, so they can favorite the wallpapers more conveniently, and resume his favorites after system resetting or changing the phone." In other words, to remember user preferences. We published the developer's response in its entirety last Thursday.

That brings us to today. Google stepped in and took a look at things. And it found that indeed the apps weren't malicious or a threat to security, telling Computer World's JR Raphael "The developer's applications have been reviewed and the suspension has been lifted." The Android team did, however, point out to the developer that the method in which it was storing user preferences was unnecessary.

So in the end, this was a case of bad coding, not malicious intent. What can be done about this in the future? It'd be great if there were some sort of system to inspect apps before they hit the Market. Maybe not with walls as high as the app store, but something to check basic security and functionality up front. We're all about the Android Market being open to all. But with Android and the Android Market growing as quickly as they are, caveat emptor may not be the best policy any more. [Venture Beat, Computer World]

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4 years ago

Nimbuzz 2.0 available for Android

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Nimbuzz for AndroidNimbuzz for Android

Nimbuzz just dropped version 2.0 of its popular Android VOIP application, bringing a slew of new features. Here's what's up: 

  • NimbuzzOut will allow you to make cheap international and local calls to mobile phones and landlines over the internet without using your minutes! The new keypad located on the NimbuzzOut screen lets you access your entire phone book so you can make quick calls to anyone outside your Nimbuzz network.
  • A Dialer Tab: call mobile phones and landlines via NimbuzzOut, SkypeOut or any of our SIP partners (Google/Gizmo5, Sipgate, Xeloq, T-Pad, VoIPax, Gulfsip, IPS, Badatel and more)
  • Friend suggestions see which of your phonebook contacts are already using Nimbuzz so you an add them to your network. The more you add the more you save! ; )
  • Facebook connect: more stable connection, improved the security of your Facebook data, and allow you to see the status message of your Facebook friends.
  • New options in the settings, allowing you to choose different layouts, account credentials and profile information.

And best of all, Nimbuzz is still free. Check out video of it in action, plus download links, all after the break. [Nimbuzz]

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