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2 years ago

Latest Fring update adds support for Galaxy S II, Droid Charge and more

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If you picked up a new device as of late, you may have been stuck in that dreaded area where some applications may not have worked as soon as the device was available. It happens every now and then and developers are usually quick to go ahead and roll out an update with the support needed. Such is the case with the latest build of Fring now available in the Android Market. Aside from some bug fixes, the latest version also adds new device compatibility as well. Check out the full change log below:

  • Make free Group Video calls with up to 4 friends
  • Improved voice quality
  • Now on a bunch of new devices like: HTC Flyer, Samsung Droid charge, Nexus S (Running Android 2.3.4), Samsung Galaxy S II, LG G2X
  • Bug fixes making it stable

You can jump on past the break for a video of the four way group in action calling as well as the Android Market download link.

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 4, 2011

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You like apps. We like apps. The Android Market has tons of great apps, but sometimes they are hard to find. Let's take a look at some of our favorite applications from this past week together after the break.

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2 years ago

Read It Later Free Released Into Android Market

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After Twitter and Gmail, Read it Later is the application I use most on my phone and I'm completely addicted to it.  If you haven't heard of the app before, Read it Later is a app that lets you save an article in an easy to read format so that you can, well, read it later.

The free version includes all the big features: A single reading list synced across all your devices (Computer, iOS, Android), Wireless downloads for offline viewing, and formatting articles in a clean, easy to read, "Text View" and the ability to change the font size and toggle "night mode" for easier reading in the dark. 

Upgrading to Read it Later Pro ($2.99) unlocks additional features such as:

  • View your entire list (No limits on the number of articles that can be viewed or downloaded)
  • Search and Sort your list
  • Currently Reading (View all open/unfinished articles)
  • Rotation Lock
  • Scroll through articles using the volume rocker

 I've used Read it Later Pro since it first came to the market and it's easily one my favorite apps to recommend to people, and that was before they offered a free trial version.  If you enjoy keeping up with the news on the go, give Read it Later a try.  I think you'll like it.

 Via [ReaditLaterList.com]

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Magic Cuts

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If you're into mind-benders, pay attention. What we've got here is Magic Cuts, a game born not only from the desire to make you furiously scratch your head, but also an academic paper about "dissecting planar shapes into two identical parts."

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2 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 hits Android Market, is now ad-free

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After a series of successful beta tests, Dolphin Browser HD is now updated in the Android Market to version 5.0.  There's a long list of features, both new and old that make it the web browser of choice for quite a few people, and with the latest free version all advertisements have been removed, giving users a premium app feature that many people have been wanting.

Besides the removal of ads, the look has been updated to what the folks at Dolphin are calling the "Fire UI," changes have been made to the Bookmarks menu and sidebar, the themes and add-ons have been updated, and the new tab button now open a a speed dial page where you can reach your favorites or re-open recently closed tabs.

If you are rocking a high density screen Android phone or tablet, you really have to give Dolphin HD a look -- there's a reason it has a 4.5 star rating in the Market, and we give it our own Editor's Choice tag here at the office.  Dolphin HD is available in 16 languages, requires Android 2.0.1 or higher, and is free in the Android Market.  Hit the break for the download link.

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: DropSnap

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I have never understood why most Android phones refuse to automatically sync photos with Picasa. Android is extremely cloud-focused, with the deep integration with Google services that allow your data to be stored elsewhere so that if something happens to the device, your data will be safe. Photos seem like a natural step for this and it seems like Google could easily do it with their web-based photo service Picasa.

Until that happens, however, we have a wide array of this party options that can do this for us. DropSnap is the newest app of this nature and hails from CyanogenMod developers @optedoblivion and @ChrisSoyars. It does a very effective job automatically syncing your photos and videos to your Dropbox account.

The initial app is free, but there is a premium upgrade through an in-app purchase ($3.99) that will unlock the ability to automatically sync photos and videos taken from your device right to Dropbox.

It’s simple: when you open the app, you log in with your Dropbox account. Then go to Settings to set up which media folder the app is looking at and which Dropbox folder everything will be going to. Then everytime you take a photo from that point onward, it will immediately be sent to Dropbox. You can set it to only sync when on WiFi in case you want to conserve data.

It’s a nifty little app and one that works very well. I’ve tried Dropin and Sugarsync, but DropSnap provides everything I need and has been the one that I’ve stuck with the most thus far. The developers are great and will be listening to feedback carefully so don’t hesitate to make suggestions in the comments. Find the app links after the break.

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2 years ago

SlingPlayer beta for Google TV opens soon

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SlingBox has announced that the SlingPlayer for connected devices beta will soon be coming to Google TV.  that means users with a SlingBox Solo or Pro-HD will soon be able to use Google TV to watch programming from their SlingBox on any Google TV with an Internet connection, in addition to using the mobile version of SlingPlayer on their smartphones.

This is a great way to get more content on Google TV, which has seen content providers block access until they figure out how to license for it.  Word is, the SlingPlayer for connected devices is more of a stand alone WebApp than a native Android application, and will be working it's way to other devices eventually.  This also means you won't have to wait for Google to get Honeycomb and the Android Market onto your Google TV unit to try it out.  If you want to try to get in on the action, hit the source link to sign up for the beta.  We have a video demo of the app in action after the break.

Source: SlingBox via Engadget

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Plants vs. Zombies

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2 years ago

Plants vs. Zombies -- all 75MB of it -- now in the Amazon Appstore

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The wait is over, folks. Plants vs. Zombies for Android is finally available. But it comes with a catch. First is that it's only available in the Amazon Appstore. No biggie. The other is that it's a whopping 75 megabytes. We can already feel your older phone creaking under the weight. (Never mind how long it's taking to actually download the thing. Lady Gaga's Amazon exclusive has nothing on this.) But for all those ones and zeroes, you get 49 killer plants and 26 varieties of zombies.

So get your download on at the link below, as the game is free today.

Download: Amazon Appstore; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

SmrtGuard Mobile Security - A chance to win yourself a free subscription just for trying it out!

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There is a lot of wireless back up / restore, locate and wipe applications available in the Android Market. But a lot of the time, getting all those solutions into one application is hard. You'll often find one app may have some of the features while; you'll need to download another in order to get all of what you seek. SmrtGuard Mobile Security for Android is looking to close that need for multiple apps by offering a all-in-one, complete solution for wireless back up / restore, locate, wipe and more.

Recently, SmrtGuard released version 5.08, which has the SmrtAdvisor feature: As soon as you download and install any third-party application, SmrtAdvisor feature will alert you if the application can uses your location, read/fwd your SMS/MMS, read/change your contacts, control your 'key strokes' remotely.

Oh, not to mention it has a full-featured call blocker and SMS blocker, which means you don't need to buy another app for block calls and SMS. The best part is that it even blocks unknown and private callers.

Key Features

  • Wireless back up / restore, locate, wipe - Security for your device even when lost.
  • Application Transparency – Know what you are downloading, and report to SmrtGuard if you see something suspicious.
  • Permission Pattern Malware Scan – Uses permission pattern scanning technology to identify potential malware and disguising as a free app you recently downloaded.
  • Uninstall Notification – Along with our free companion application installed, SmrtBeacon, you will be notified if SmrtGuard is uninstalled. Likewise, if SmrtBeacon is uninstalled, you will be notified too.
  • Ability to export any backed up data.

Giveaway:

SmrtGuard Mobile Security is turning 2 years old today -- Memorial Day 2011 -- and they are giving away 50 subscriptions to Android Central readers who are new to SmrtGuard. To enter, it is simple: Download SmrtGuard from the Android Marketplace. From SmrtGuard application, activate you account and then you are automatically entered!

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