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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 17, 2010

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editors-picks

Sometimes it is easy to forget that your favorite Android device is truly made to function as a phone, and all the other fun stuff you can do with it is just extras. Well, in that fun is the market, which is full of applications and can be quite a task to navigate. Whether short for time, looking for something new, or just seeing what other people are using, we bring you our weekly selection of applications that fill our devices.

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4 years ago

New Dropbox for Android beta brings bug fixes and new features

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New Dropbox for Android  beta

Dropbox has sent out email notifications that the latest Android beta is now available for testing, so we fired things up and gave it a spin.  There's some bug fixes -- small file changes now sync properly, files don't re-upload on upgrade or re-install, and increased network timeout so it works better on slow networks, but the new feature list is great.  Alnog with the new version comes:

  • Added "Share to Dropbox" from other applications (Gallery, etc). Either single or multiple files can be shared at the same time.
  • File Downloads & Uploads now display progress notifications instead of Spammy Toasts.
  • Multi-touch Gallery for pictures in a directory. Long-hold on pictures in gallery to do file operations.
  • Now you can create Shortcuts to Dropbox folders by long-holding on the desktop.
  • Added long-hold folder options for sharing and open.
  • Long-hold file Open now plays non-streaming, if it's a streaming file type.
  • Added Cache Size display and Clear Cache button.
  • Prompt to install file manager such as OI or Astro if one is not installed already.
  • Notification if SD card is unavailable, so downloads, viewing, or uploads won't work.
  • The e-mail to tell friends about Dropbox now contains a referral link, so you can get a quota bonus.
  • Visual Redesign with new icons

So far, the new features seem to be working great, and not having to resync and upload/download my cached files on the phone after upgrading was a big plus.  Here at Android Central we all love and use Dropbox religiously, so we're happy to see the changes.  I think you will be, too.  Hit the break to see what the features look like, and you can head over to the official Dropbox forums for the full release notes and download links [Dropbox forums]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Bing

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 Bing for Android

Bash Bing for Android all you want. Go ahead. We'll wait. For we share your frustration that Verizon set it as the default search service on the Samsung Fascinate (and that's why we worked so hard to turn it off). But that's not the app's fault, no is it? Nor do we blame Microsoft. It was just doing its job -- making deals that make money. The motto that kept going through our head as we actually sat down to use Bing was this:

"Don't blame Bing."

It's that simple. It's not a bad app. It's getting a bad rap because Verizon did a bad thing to an otherwise good phone. (And we'd prefer it weren't Verizon-exclusive at this point.) Anyhoo, you get access to Bing's excellent image search. Web search is adequate, though it is different than Google (and, it should be). Voice search is OK, but slower than Google's. Bing Maps are just fine, and we're quite fond of Bing's local searches, actually. Give it a shot before you shoot it down. We did, after the break.

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4 years ago

Angry Birds beta updated, still in beta (and did we mention it's beta?)

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 Angry Birds for Android

The Angry Birds game for Android just got an update. Repeat: The Angry Birds game for Android just got an update. OK, it's still in beta. And that means there may (and likely will) be bugs. And we don't get new levels or anything yet. But that's what being a beta tester is all about. So get your download on here (you'll have to register your phone number -- sigh) or update from the Android Market (download links are after the break), and be sure to leave some feedback for the developers here.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: MyFitnessPal

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homescreen-fitness

With summer coming to an end, and the cool weather nearing often times trying to keep that summer figure can be a bit difficult. There are many great Android applications that are available to help guide you down the right path work out wise, and record all your information to keep a good visual idea of where you stand. It can be a bit more difficult to do the same for your food consumption but MyFitnessPal has done a great job of making entering your meals a breeze to show you exactly where you stand verse where you need to be every day.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Hiplogic *Spark launcher replacement

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Hiplogic *Spark

Longtime software developer Hiplogic this week released a beta of its *Spark Android launcher (that'll be the last time we put the asterisk in Spark, by the way). Emphasis on the beta party, is it's still a bit laggy and buggy, but it's an interesting addition to Android.

The gist is that you get a vertical sliding UI, with weather info at the top, some shortcuts, news, post to Facebook and Twitter, plus Facebook and Twitter updates. Standard stuff really, but it's done in an interesting and attractive way.

Again, we need to reiterate that this is an unfinished beta, and you should treat it as such. But it's worth keeping an eye on, and you can find out more at SparkMyPhone.com. Video hands-on and download info are after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: MiniSquadron

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MiniSquadron

Like action shooters?  Secretly jealous that Android doesn't seem to have the "best" ones?  Then you'll love MiniSquadron, another iOS favorite that's made it's way to Android.  To make things even better, it's another game that uses open feint for multiplayer connectivity.  But wait for it -- it's also on sale for just 99 cents until Sept. 19, when it goes back to $2.99.  We've got a video and download links after the break, check it out.

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4 years ago

New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies

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Android Fennec

It's been a couple weeks since Mozilla unleashed their Fennec alpha builds upon us, and some welcome changes are making their way into the product.  For anyone living under a rock, Fennec is Mozilla's code name for the version of Firefox for mobile devices, and something a whole lot of us are looking forward to.  Some of the changes are big, some not so much, and some are just magical.

The biggest changes come to the Awesomebar, which has been rebranded as the Awesomescreen (probably to hold more awesome) and the layout has been changed, merging things like bookmarks and search into a single UI.  This gives more room for things like badging the Awesomescreen URL's with web metadata, so you get a useful visual like this:

Gmail badge with unread count

awesome

Other changes like improved right-to-left locale support (think Hebrew) and support for Android's native notifications are also quite nice.  If you're curious, and especially if the first pre-alpha build didn't work so well for you, head over to the download page (on your Android device) and give the latest nightly build a shot.  [Mark Finkle's Weblog]

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4 years ago

Bitbop for Android brings streaming TV

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BitBop

The new subscription streaming television service BitBop has arrived, with an Android app in tow.  Users with the Sprint Evo 4G, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, Nexus One, and Droid Incredible can download the app directly from Bitbop here (BitBop's application is not on the Android Market), set up an account and use a free three-day trial to see what the service offers.  The full subscription price is $9.99 per month, the same cost as Hulu Plus.  Unlike Hulu Plus, BitBop allows for downloading of content for watching later, and is commercial free. 

We've got a few screenshots of the application after the break, and I'm going to give it a workout and see how it stands up.  I'll let you guys know how it goes after a week or so! [Mashable]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Fruit Ninja (with Open Feint)

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 Fruit Ninja for Android

That's right, folks, it's Fruit Ninja on Android. No longer is it just for the iPhone. And better yet, with Open Feint, you can compete against your friends and join leaderboards as you slice and dice your way through various pieces or juicy fruit. Yeah, we're addicted already. And for 99 cents, it's worth every penny. Check it out after the break, along with the download links.

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4 years ago

Adobe to address vulnerability in Flash Player for Android

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Adobe Flash player

Adobe has announced that it is planning to address a security vulnerability in Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android, as well as the versions for Mac, Windows, and Unix; and Acrobat reader for Mac, Windows, and Unix.  They've marked this vulnerability as critical, which means it has the potential to crash and allow code to run on the users machine.  There are reports of attacks against Windows machines in the wild, but no reports of any other operating systems being affected as of yet.  Expect the fix the week of the Sept. 27, according to Adobe.

Do note that Adobe isn't saying that there are existing attacks against Android, only that the potential is there and they will be releasing a fix.  Also, while nobody has come forward and explicitly said so, this likely has potential to exploit and root an Android phone much like was used on the Evo 4G a while back.  Be on the lookout for an update to your Flash Player, and we'll be sure to remind you when we see it rolling out. [Adobe]

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4 years ago

Worldmate travel app comes out of beta

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 Worldmate travel appWorldmate travel app

We took a look at the Worldmate travel app for back when it was in beta, and as of today's, it's bona fide and in the Android Market. In a nutshell, you sign up for Worldmate's free service, then forward your airline or hotel confirmation to Worldmate, which parses the info and shoots it to the app on your phone for some mighty fine organization. The Worldmate app also lets you book hotel room straight from the app, if you're in to that sort of thing. It also sports weather forecasts, a handy currency converter and travel notifications.

Check out our beta review for the full rundown, and get the presser and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Quick Settings

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 Quick Settings

One thing I love about Android is the ability to quickly set up shortcuts to menus in your Settings or simply having a widget that you can toggle to change things. Quick Settings bests both of these methods by having nearly everything you might want to change on your phone just a notification bar icon away (its the gear looking one). 3G, WiFi and GPS are the things I most often change on my phone, so it is great to have quick access to them. You can either toggle them on or off with the button on the right, or jump into each's menu by tapping on its name to the left. 

The other really useful feature is easy access to the various sound levels on the phone. Android doesn't use a one-sound-level-fits-all system, so if I want to turn down my alarm volume (or any other volume), Quick Settings gets the job done elegantly and quickly. You can even toggle between silent or vibrate settings. In addition, it shows free RAM and memory from your microSD card. It is available now for free on the Market. Click past the jump for another screen shot and the usual download links. Thanks to JP for the tip!

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4 years ago

Cox Cable unleashing Android app, but it only works in three markets (updated)

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 Cox Cable Android App

Cox Cable (a cable TV, Internet and phone provider for a good many of us) is poised to roll out an Android application that will work in conjunction with its DVR boxes and television service. The app will be available to everyone at launch, but only customers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Hampton Roads (Va.) will actually be able to use it at first. (Hey, Cox, need a beta tester in the Gulf Coast market?)

And speaking of Cox, remember that Cox-branded HTC Hero we showed you a few months back? We're being told Cox's mobile service isn't dead, but it's been put on hold while some billing and software integration issues are being worked out to make sure things go smoothly. Can't blame 'em for that. 

Update: We're finding out a little more here. The reason that the app will only work in three markets at first is that there's some office work (isn't there always?) and firmware updates that need to be done on boxes before things will play nicely together. The Oklahoma City market is said to be in the midst of upgrades and may have access to the app in the next month or so, and other markets will follow.

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4 years ago

Blocco has moxy but needs a good polish (and better English support)

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Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could have your Android device preform actions with little if any physical input? That's what developer GClue K.K. is hoping to accomplish with the Blocco application. Blocco is, in essence, a user definable macro tool. At first Blocco is somewhat hard to grasp as it's a little complex and not English-native but theres a good hunk of potential for this ambitious little app. Let's explore, after the break.

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