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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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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for May 28, 2011

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Apps on apps on apps on apps. Just can't ever seem to get enough of great applications on your device can you? Well us either, and that is why we love to share with you, our favorite readers, some of our very own favorite applications. Hit the break and let's take a look at what we've got this week.

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2 years ago

Amazon Appstore receives minor update -- compatibility fixes, two step purchasing

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The Amazon Appstore is pushing out a minor update this evening, brining it to version 1.14.  Besides a few compatibility fixes and the ever-present "stability improvements," they have implemented a new system to help prevent accidental app buying.  Now to purchase an application users will have to verify their choice, instead of the application purchase and download happening immediately after a mis-click.  This should cut down the number of accidental purchases -- all those $0.99 apps really do add up.  I've done this myself, so I welcome the change.

If you don't get the push notification about the update, you can manually initiate it by pressing the menu button, then opening the Amazon Appstore settings, where you're given the option to manually check.  It's clicktastic!

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2 years ago

EA kicks off their Memorial Day sale today at 4 PT

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EA has announced it will be having a sale on iOS and Android titles, starting ... now!  The list of games and prices (with Android Market weblinks):

EA makes some outstanding games, and getting them on sale is a great way to have some fun with your Android phone.  I'll be grabbing Worms in a few hours, what games are you guys looking forward to trying?  Sound off!

Thanks, Rene!

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2 years ago

Swiftkey X is here, making text prediction even more personal

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TouchType this morning announced Swiftkey X, the latest iteration of its on-screen keyboard which is now in public beta status. Long known for its word-prediction capability, Swiftkey's got a new look, and new features.

First and foremost is the setup process. Swiftkey's new guide will walk you through downloading a language pack, installing and enabling the keyboard, and then the option of tying into your Facebook, Gmail or Twitter accounts.

Wait. What? Yes, you can choose to give Swiftkey access to Facebook, Gmail or Twitter. Why on Earth would you want to do that? Swiftkey can now use API calls to analyze your sent messages to determine your typing pattern, frequently used words, etc. Remember that you are the one who gives access to this. If you don't want to use it, you don't have to, and you have to give Swiftkey specific permission to do so. (TouchType's privacy policy can be found here.)

Swiftkey has also seen improvements to its "fluency" engine, specifically with the addition of "Personal Input Modeling," which adjusts the touch-sensitive regions of the keyboard depending on how accurately you type.

Pretty cool, eh?

Now the important part: Swiftkey X is available on any smartphone running Android 2.x or above. It's a free upgrade for current paid users, and it's downloadable in the Android Market. We've got video with the Swiftkey folks as well as the full press release after the break.

Download: Swiftkey X

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