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4 years ago

Android Quick App: QuickPic

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If there's always been one stock app I've heard people gripe about, it's the gallery. QuickPic aims to be your total gallery replacement, eschewing some of the eye candy Android's gallery offers and giving you heaping bundles of functionality in its stead.

Instead of the slick, floating stack of pictures the normally gallery gives you, you're granted a static list. No cool effects, no changing angles as you move your phone, nothing. What you do get, however, is speed. The list loads near instantly (at least with my meager amount of albums). I mean, hey, the app is called QuickPic.

Something you lose from the stock gallery app is the ability to long press an entire album, and from there, move it, share it, delete it, etc. Long pressing on a gallery from the main menu only gives you the option to see a slideshow, hide the gallery, exclude it, delete it, or rename it. You also can see the exact location of the gallery from the main menu. It's not necessary at all, but it is helpful, especially if a lot of your different apps all save in different locations. (For me, that's ShootMe in one folder and everything else in DCIM.)

Once you actually select a gallery to look at, the quick in QuickPic becomes readily apparent. Pictures scroll without hesitation from a left or right swipe, and a double-tap gives you not one, but two levels of zoom. A third double tap brings you back to the original size. There's also pinch-to-zoom. That's nothing revolutionary, but it's included and it works.

Before you can do anything with your pictures (like share or rotate them en masse), you're going to either want to press the checkbox in the top-right corner of the screen, or press Menu > Multiselect. From there, you'll notice the stock Android checkboxes appear on each and every picture, allowing you to select them for editing.

Once a picture (or pictures) are selected, you can share them, copy them, move their location on your SD card, delete them, or rotate them. There's also a double check button that let's you select everything in an album instantly, so if you were planning to copy or move, that'll save you a bit of time (especially on a larger album).

Other than that, there's not much to talk about. QuickPic doesn't try to be something it's not, but for what it aims to be, it excels. If your preferred gallery experience is a fast, straight-to-business approach, QuickPic is the app for you. At the whopping price of free, it won't break the bank, and with nary an ad in sight, there's nothing to sully the experience that QuickPic offers.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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4 years ago

Samurai II: Vengeance now available for non-Tegra devices as well

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Were you one of the many who got extremely excited when Samurai II: Vengeance THD was released, only to be immediately disappointed to find out it was only supported on Tegra devices? Today is your lucky day, as Samurai II: Vengeance has been released and will now support game play on all other devices, and is even optimized for the Sony Xperia Play. If you are looking for a game with high quality graphics, smooth game play, and hours of fun on your Android device, Samurai II: Vengeance may be the best $2.86 you can spend today. Download information and video after the break.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.1 release candidate now live

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CyanogenMod 7.1 RC1 is now available for download from the mirror network.  The changelog looks pretty impressive, addressing most of the user issues and adding features and options -- which everyone loves (we've got it posted after the break).  The highlights are Android 2.3.4, Bluetooth mouse support, and improvements to the notification swipe to clear and Profile application.

It looks like a late night for all of us flash-a-holics.  Grab it through ROM Manager, or from the source link below.  Don't forget your Gapps!

Source: CyanogenMod.  More: GappsThanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 25, 2011

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Apps are fun. They are what keep our devices in our hands far longer then they should be, and allow us to do lots of different things while on the go. Unfortunately finding the perfect app is not always easy, but that's where we step in and help you all out. So, let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorites from this week.

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4 years ago

Beer Pong HD set to deliver hours of sober fun from anywhere

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Over the past couple of years the Beer Pong scene has grown and grown and the game has become quite popular, but not everyone wants to have to drink to enjoy the fun. But now you can play right from the comfort of your Android powered device. The folks over at Codeglue have just released an extremely realistic, and feature loaded game, Beer Pong HD, that is sure to provide hours of fun to users, while allowing custom table creations, various difficulty levels and cup set ups. The game play is extremely smooth, the various views are excellent, and the best part is you don't wake up with a hang over after a long night of Beer Pong. Be sure to head into the Android market and download your free copy today. Download links and demo video after the break.

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4 years ago

Telenav 6.2 update now available free for T-Mobile subscribers

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If you're using a Samsung Vibrant, LG Optimus T, Motorola Defy, Motorola Cliq XT, or a T-Mobile Comet, you can finally grab the version 6.2 update of Telenav from the Android Market.  We had a look at the new Telenav when it first rolled out a while back, and some of the new features are really nice.  One of the best features is the multiroute suggestions, which can give you up to three ways to get from point A to point B.  Other improvements include a new quick search bar and improved voice recognition.

While officially the Telenav update is only supposed to be available for the above listed devices, I'm seeing it in the Market for my Nexus One and Nexus S as well -- so if you're using a T-Mobile phone that's not on the list, give it a look anyway.  It's a great app that many users (myself included) swear by, and a nice perk from your carrier.  The download link is after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Live ATC

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OK, all you pilots, wannabe pilots, airplane buffs, frequent flyers, ATCs, FAs, FOs, PAX and others. If you've  ever wondered what goes on between the tower and all those planes on the ground and in the air, there's an app for that. It's actually a continuation of the LiveATC.net website, packaged up nice and neat for your smartphone.

You'll have quick access to dozens of air traffic control frequencies, you can check the radar at the various fields, and see technical schematics of the runways. It's kinda cool, but we're not so sure it's $2.99 worth of cool.

If you wanna give it a go, download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Zinio releases Tegra 2 optimized version of its Honeycomb eZine reader

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Zinio for Android just got a huge performance boost if you're using a Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb tablet.  The app harnesses the GPU and uses full OpenGL ES acceleration for page turning animations, page panning and zooming, and to deliver high resolution scalable page images instead of downsizing them for your tablet.  The video of Zinio in action (see it after the break) shows this in a side by side test of the old versus the new.

This was accomplished partly because the folks at Nvidia were given access to the Zinio source code, where they integrate their own code that takes most of the heavy graphical work off the CPU, and putting it all on the GPU.  This is what an open platform is all about -- developers working together to deliver a superior product, with no restrictions on the build environment or code compilers.  We've seen it in Tegra optimized games, and it can make a huge difference.  Drop these optimizations on an already great cross-platform app that gives access to excellent content (there's tens of thousands of magazines available through Zinio), and syncs across multiple devices and you have the recipe for success.  Toss in free single issues of ESPN, Harper’s Bazaar and Popular Science for new Android users and it's something you need to take a look at.

Of course, even without the Nvidia tweaks it's still an excellent app, they just make it that much better.  You can find the download link (Android 3.x, free), the full press release, and the aforementioned video after the break.

More: Nvidia

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4 years ago

Cut the Rope officially released for Android, available on GetJar

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The wait is over. The hints are done. Cut the Rope has been released for Android, and it's available exclusively on GetJar. If you've yet to play it, it's a simple premise: A piece of candy dangles from a rope. Your job is to cut the rope and drop the candy into the little frog-thingy's mouth (his name's Om Nom, by the way). Sounds simple enough -- and the game play is so intuitive, my 4-year-old loves this thing -- but the latter levels can be a bit tricky. And speaking of levels, there are 175 of them, so you'll be busy for a while.

Give it a whirl. For the low, low price of free, you can't go wrong. Full press release is after the break.

Download: Cut the Rope for Android

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4 years ago

Animated weather widget, clock gives you touch of Sense 3.0

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Living where I do -- in Halifax, Nova Scotia, nice sunny days are kind of a rare thing now, and knowing when they are coming so that I can plan ahead to enjoy them is a good thing. Right now there is a multitude of weather apps in the Android Market to choose from, some better then others but today I decided to give Animated Weather Widget, Clock by Mobilityflow Arts a shot to see how I like it. It has plenty of features included and the animations thus far look great on my Desire HD:

  • Desktop widgets with digital clock
  • Animated daily weather forecast
  • Realistic Video effects of cloudiness, rain and snow
  • Multiple scene landacapes
  • Custom (user-defined) backgrounds
  • Global world weather
  • 50000+ locations worldwide
  • Auto update forecast
  • Data in Metric/Imperial
  • Geolocation (GPS Search)

The app is offered in both a free and paid version, the free version does lack some of the features such as the ability to view a full forecast and has an upgrade ad right at the top but for my purposes I really don't mind the ad. Read on past the break for more info and screenshots.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Exchange Rates

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Summer means travel, and for some you, that means crossing borders (or oceans!) to new and exotic lands. One of the things you're going to want to have in order before you leave (besides hoping you don't get picked for the special search at the airport) is how your native currency stacks up against wherever you're going. That's where Exchange Rates comes in.

Exchange Rates, at its core, is a simple currency conversion calculator. You choose what your native or main currency is, and by tapping on it, can choose what amount you want to see exchange rates for. By default, it's set to USD and $100, but changing either of those isn't an issue.

You can also add other country's currencies to your hotlist by choosing "Add Currency" from the app's menu. Doing so brings up a list of, what I assume, is every country in the world (and their respective currency). Simply tap on the country you want and it gets added to the bottom of your list.

If the order on your list isn't to your liking, long-pressing brings up another menu that has the options to move the item higher or lower on your list. This menu is also where you're given the option to choose something else as your base currency, enter an amount on the selected rate, or view a chart of how it compares to your base currency.

If you're a fact nut, the same long-press menu also can direct you to a Wikipedia article all about the currency you're looking at.

Exchange Rates is a really stellar app, regardless if you're a frequent international traveler or only cross borders infrequently. It's free to download, but despite that, it isn't cluttered up with ads. There is a donate version available on the Market, if you want to support the developer, but fortunately you're not obligated to just to unleash the full power of this app.

Download links and screenshots are after the break.

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4 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons Summer Pignic update now live in the Market

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We heard yesterday it was coming this summer, and technically it's summer.  If you have the Angry Birds Season app installed through the official Android Market, the latest pig pounding update is sitting there ready for you.  Promising a new level every day for a month, it looks like another cool update for one of the most popular mobile apps of all time.

Folks who have installed Angry Birds Seasons through the Amazon app store or other markets, no word on when you'll get this one, but it shouldn't be long.  The link to the Android Market version is after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: GMail Label Notifier

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For someone who uses labels so extensively in Gmail, I'm not quite sure how I lasted this long without this app. I was one of those compulsive manual refreshers, spamming my refresh button when I was out and knew a label was expecting mail. It seems those days are now behind me, thanks to GMail Label Notifier.

GMail Label Notifier is just what the title suggests, a notification for all your labels that aren't your Inbox. Once you've installed, setup is beyond simple. Open the app, select your Google account or add another Google account, and you'll be taken to a menu that shows you all your labels. From here, you select the labels you want to be notified about (one at a time), and customize your settings for each label.

This is especially cool because you can set certain labels to blink the LED while others don't, for example. Similar options exist for vibrating the phone and playing a notification sound. Every label can have a different sound/vibration pattern/LED color, if you so desire it, so you can really make these notifications your own.

My favorite part is that you can pick a color for each label's Gmail envelope. The list is pretty long, so I actually managed to have each label's envelope color be the same as the label color online.

For everything to work smoothly, you've got to make sure the labels you want to be notified about are set up to sync (Gmail settings > Labels > Choose your label), but that doesn't take any time or effort to get working, either. Once you've got all your labels set up to sync and have set everything up in GMail Label Notifier, it's just a matter of time until you start seeing notifications.

GMail Label Notifier also comes with customizable 1x1 widgets that display an unread counter. You can customize the envelope's color as well as label with these, if you prefer a widget to a notification.

The one difference between this and Gmail's native Inbox notifications is that Gmail's notifications show you the subject and sender, whereas GMail Label Notifier only shows you the unread count of your label. It's not a huge deal and it doesn't really sully the experience, but if Hubris was to ever change that in the future, I wouldn't mind at all.

GMail Label Notifier is pretty inexpensive, costing around 81 cents. So if you're dependent on Gmail's labels, I'd snap this app up right away. It's wonderful peace of mind, knowing your phone will let you know about new emails without chronic refreshing, plus, setup is so easy you can totally make the 15-minute refund window if you don't like it.

More pictures, as well as the download links, are after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 3D - What apps will you load first?

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It's been a while coming but now that the HTC EVO 3D is here, we know a lot of you are picking one up. With picking up a new device comes the task of loading up some apps as well, unless you have a previous device and just plan to use what is already synced on your Google account. For new comers to Android who may be making the HTC EVO 3D their first device we have to ask, what apps will you load first? We've listed some of our top choices after the break, share yours in the comments.

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4 years ago

Firefox 5 now available, brings 'Do Not Track' function

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Firefox has just hit another milestone for their mobile browser releases. Previously in beta, Firefox 5 has now gone official and is available for all to download. The latest release includes the Do Not Track feature to ensure safe and private browsing among many others bug fixes such as faster page loads over 3G as well as improved compatibility with SwiftKey keyboard. The full list is available after that break, as well as the download link for the Android Market.

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