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4 years ago

Google's Car Home app updated, now with customization!

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Google continues to put their applications in the Market, which allows for easier updates to be pushed out to users. Car Home is the newest to join the bunch and is now available to download in the Market; with the update comes some much improved features.

Users are now allowed to re-arrange the icons and also have the ability to add other shortcuts to the pages. The four options that are presented to users when they click add shortcut are:

  • Car Applications
  • Other Applications
  • Direct Dial
  • Directions and Navigation

There are now four screens that allow users to fill up Car Mode with everything they'll be needing, so they won't feel tempted to close the app while driving. Other customizable options include the colors of the icons, the wallpaper on the back of the app and a new feature that will automatically start the Bluetooth radio when Car Home is launched. 

It's great that Google is putting these apps in the Market so that we don't have to wait for an OS update to see additional features. Please see more pictures and a link to download the app after the break. Note on installation: When you install it, just open the regular Car Home app if it is already installed on the phone; it acts as simply an update. [Google Mobile Blog via cnet]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct. 1, 2010

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The Android market is a fun place, full of plenty of different applications and many other things. Finding something that is fitting for yourself can be a difficult task, as it contains so many applications, but this is where we come to save the day (as always) and bring you some of our favorite choices from our very own devices.

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4 years ago

Google expands paid app support to a ton of new countries

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After hearing reports awhile back that Indian users were seeing paid apps, Google has finally announced that it is launching a huge expansion in the number of nations that can buy and sell paid applications on the Android Market. Developers in 20 new nations will now be able to sell paid apps, brining the total  up to 29. In addition, Google plans to enable the purchasing of paid apps in 18 additional countries over the next few weeks, brining that total to 32. The majority of additions come from Europe and South America, but there are a number of other nations included as well. Click past the read link to get the full list and to see if your country has been included. [Google]

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4 years ago

Foursquare app updates to version 2.0

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Everyone's favorite stalking application just received an update. The new Foursquare 2.0 update allows users to access foursquare's "Tips and To-Dos" much easier within the app than previously before. "Tips and To-Dos are now out in the open, making it easy to share and plan your outings." Having these features out and more present to the user, should allow more and more people to add content to the service. The more people contribute to these lists, the more foursquare will become a useful tool in getting around the neighborhood -- and not just some app you use to stalk your co-workers. [Foursquare Blog]

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4 years ago

TaintDroid -- realtime privacy monitoring for your Android phone

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Everyone should take their personal data seriously, and the people behind TaintDroid are about to help us all with that.  It's a joint project between Intel, Penn State University, and Duke University that monitors the private data that third party applications request from your Android phone, using a scientific technique called "dynamic taint analysis".  In a nutshell, TaintDroid will monitor applications and alert you when one tries to send personal identifiable data from your device.  It won't tell you that this is good or bad, just what is being sent and where it's being sent to.  You can then use the information and make that determination for yourself -- it's all nice and neutral in a very clinical way.

While Android does tell you what sort of permissions an application will have access to, many users ignore those warnings or simply don't understand them.  That's where a service like TaintDroid could be very, very handy.  They have a very nice FAQ and video demo of TaintDroid in action at their project page, which you can find at the source link.  Thank goodness Android is a platform open to this sort of application, rather than not approving it to protect developers, then preventing most to install it since it's not "endorsed" by someone in California.  Be sure to check it out, and as soon as it's made available for the average Joe (hey that's us!) we'll let you know.  [AppAnalysis]

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4 years ago

Introducing the Android Central App

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You begged. You pleaded. You yelled at us. (More than usual.) And so we now present you with the Android Central Android Application -- or ACAA for short. (Hey, it's better than Sideload Wonder Machine.) It's developed by Notice Software and powered by the same people who bring you your daily dose (and then some) of Android news every day, free of charge. We'll walk you through it and provide download links after the break.

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4 years ago

SwiftKey updated -- bug fixes and more language dictation support

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SwiftKey, the software keyboard that can read minds, has been updated to version 1.0.8 in the Android Market.  Not a big change log, but what is there is nice to see.  Makes us all feel like we aren't being forgotten after we've spent our money.  The two big changes, at least in my opinion, are the new languages supported for dictation (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian) and contractions now include apostrophes in the auto correct area.  Now I can't blame my typos on the keyboard any longer!  The short version of the change log:

  • Fixed issue with contractions/apostrophization auto-correction issue
  • Fixed prediction/voice dictation bug in fields with drop-down suggestion text fields.

The Market entry has also been adjusted so the price is in U.S. dollars instead of British Sterling, as some banks have issue accepting charges in foreign currency through Google Checkout.  One last thing to mention -- the sale price of 99 cents goes away on Sept. 30, and the price goes up to $3.99, so don't say we didn't warn you.  Now go update, and put it through the paces.  If you haven't tried SwiftKey yet, download links are after the break. [SwiftKey]

Find more in the Swiftkey Developer Forums

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4 years ago

Beejive for Android now available

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Beejive IM is finally out of beta, and is now available on the Android Market.  Beejive is a very popular, cross platform multiple service IM client that's safe (128-bit encryption on all over-the-air data), easy to use, and uses Google's new push services (see our Chrome to Phone demo about them) to stay easy on the battery.  It also integrates seamlessly with all of the popular chat clients, with group chat support for AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Gtalk, and Jabber.  Possibly the best feature -- file transfers between users is supported, something many of us have been waiting for.

It's good that Beejive is so feature rich, because it's going to cost you $10.  That's not really surprising, as Beejive is an expensive app on other platforms as well.  What I found most dissapointing, is that while Beejive offers license transfer between BlackBerry devices, I see no method to transfer my license from BlackBerry to my Android device, nor any method to transfer license between Android phones.  And it appears that each installation is tied to the device it was purchased from, using a unique device identifier, so Beejive will have to facilitate the transfer.  Hopefully all this is an oversight or in the works -- I've reached out to Beejive for some more clarification.

But if you've been longing for Beejive, or just need a good (and it's very good, I've been participating in the beta as well) cross platform, multi-client chat application go for it -- you won't be disappointed in anything other than the price and/or licensing scheme.  Download link and some more screen shots are after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick-App: Brookings

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The Brookings Institute released an application recently that you should check out if you enjoy politics, international relations, or economics (or all of them!). The Brookings Institute is a think-tank in Washington, D.C., that has roots dating back to 1916. It provides in-depth articles and analysis on issues relating to economics and politics. Let's look at it further, after the break.

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4 years ago

Manage diet with Calorie Counter Pro

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With summer coming to an end, the hunt for ways to keep the pounds off during the winter months begins. Sometimes just watching what we eat is not enough and it needs to be taken to the next level where calories are counted. Previously counting calories while on the go was a pain, people had to carry around books that contained the information on how many calories each piece of food they were eating had, as well as log it by meal. While this worked for some, it was a pain to many and luckily the folks at MyNetDiary agreed and have released Calorie Counter Pro into the Android market. For those who left an iOS device to come to Android or those who still carry an iOS device, this application may have been a favorite for you already, and for those new to the application, this is one you won't want to miss.

Calorie Counter Pro is an intuitive application that offers users an abundance of features, and covers nearly every aspect of a daily healthy life. From measuring your daily intake of vitamins to water consumption as well as calories taken in verse burned through excersize, this application is a great one stop for all your dietary needs. Entering meals is extremely easy as the application features a real time search, like Google, so as you type it is giving you options to select. With over 300,000 food items in the database that continues to grow, searching for your food choices should be a painless process.

If for some reason you happen to be without your device you can log into their website and enter your meals in the same way, and sync it to your device at a later time if needed. With MyNetDiary you are not alone, their amazing dieting community is always just a click away from you if you need some extra motivation or any assistance in figuring out exactly what is best for you. If you want to crack down on what you are eating, and transform your lifestyle to a healthier one you will definitely want to check this out in the Android market today for $2.99.

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4 years ago

Call Informer brings more information to incoming call screen

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Having a large contact list can be a little bit difficult at times as it is easy to confuse people, especially those with common names, or similar last names. Having the company name that the caller was from, or just some additional information about them on the incoming call screen would be great as it would help differentiate the people that are calling, and until now this was not readily available.

Jesta's Funhouse has recently released an application called Call Informer which allows additional information to be shown on the incoming call screen so you can have a better understanding of who is calling. Users have the option to add notes, company names, nicknames along with the city, state and country the caller is calling from. This information must appear under the inbound callers contact information in your Android device, and users can define exactly which pieces of information they want displayed.  For only 99 cents in the Android market, this is a must-have for anyone who has a large phone book.

This application has been tested on the Motorola Droid and Droid X but should work on other devices. If your device is not supported please send feedback to the developer so the development can continue!

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: JellyBalls

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New on the Market from Hyperbees, JellyBalls is a simple ball popping game with a very cool twist.  Rotating your Android phone changes the direction the new balls drop from.  It's funny how a small change like that makes such a difference in the gameplay.  JellyBalls includes five different gameplay modes, uses Scoreloop for a global online leaderboard (hit me up: gbhil), and has a groovy soundtrack.  I'm really loving the new breed of easy, time filler games on Android, and this one's a perfect fit.  If I can wrestle it away from my wife, that is.  Grab it from the Market for £ 0.99 (about $1.50 USD).

If you're into casual gaming like I am, you'll like JellyBalls.  Check out the video, and download links after the break. Thanks Tom!

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4 years ago

Manage your Android sound profiles better with RingLeader

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Managing sound profiles on an Android device has been a struggle for me since first picking up a device. Having been used to being able to set different profiles for different occasions and having the ability to keep them saved on the device was something I was very used to, and going from that to a ring / vibrate set up was a big change. The hunt for a profile manager has been a tough one, many different applications have been tried, some which were complex to set up, some which didn't meet the needs. A new application, Ringleader, brings everything that is needed, and more to the table.

This application is extremely easy to set up and manage. Users will set up their system sounds right from within the application, and they can all be managed from one universal screen. Not only can you manage from one single screen, but you can set up various profiles for different areas such as a school profile, work profile, night time profile and more. The Pro version of Ringleader will offer a widget for easy switching as well as a Tasker plug-in to automate the switches. If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to manage your sound profiles on your Android device, this is a must have. For download information be sure to hit the jump.

More on Ringleader in the Android Central Developers Forums 

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 24, 2010

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Many many hours are spent everyday inside of the Android Market, sometimes people strike big with a great application that will help them daily, other times they come up empty. For those who have been coming up empty, or just want to get a peak at what some others are using, we bring you another weekly edition of some of the applications we are using on our devices. So, let's take a look at what applications we got for you this week after the jump.

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4 years ago

Box.net now available for Android

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Box.net, the popular cloud document management application, is now available to Android users. The developers just released it to the Market and are expecting a welcomed reception from experienced users as well as first-timers. 

Users of this app will be able to: 

  • Browse files and folders on Box
  • View documents, media and other files
  • Share links to files and folders
  • Upload files from a device
  • Search through files

If you're not familiar with Box, it's a service that allows secure and easy cloud management of your files. It's also a popular add-on application on Linkedin that allows users to keep their resume public and searchable. It's free and definitely worth a try! [Box.net]

More from Box.net in our developer forums

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