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2 years ago

Android Market on the Kindle Fire? Done!

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T'was only a matter of time, right? The Android Market -- and all of its hidden secrets apps -- now runs just fine on the Amazon Kindle Fire. There are a couple of caveats (albeit not huge ones) if you want to get this done. You're going to need to root your Kindle Fire, and you're going to need to be a little familiar with file explorers and apps permissions. Hardly insurmountable stuff, though, and the whole process takes just a few minutes. Hit the link below for full instructions.

Source: XDA Developers; via Kindle Fire Forums

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2 years ago

Good grief! 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' now available on your Android phone or tablet

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This might be the best $6.99 you spend this holiday season. LoudCrow Interactive -- the company behind bringing the Sandra Boynton books to Android -- has brought the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to phones and tablets.

It's the same interactive reading experience we've come to know and love, right down to Schroeder's piano. Chances are you'll enjoy this as much as your kids.

We've got demo video and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

First look at the updated Google Music app

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Here we have our first look at the new and improved Google Music app, which -- surprise, surprise -- is pretty much what we saw tucked into an early Ice Cream Sandwich build. Really, not a whole lot has changed in the whole Google Music experience as far as using the app goes. It's been spruced up a bit, is all, and themed more for the ICS crowd.

Take a look at the video after the break, update in the market at your leisure, and hope the updated Android Market app -- which you'll need to buy music from your phone -- hits soon.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile offers more free tracks via Google music store to customers until the end of the year

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Just in case you thought today's Google Music news couldn't get any better, T-Mobile has announced that they have partnered with Google and will be offering additional free tracks to their subscribers from now until the end of this year.  Customers using a T-Mobile handset, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, can go to the T-Mobile free tracks section and download (and share via Google+) new tracks every week.  This starts today with tracks from Drake and Maroon 5.  You'll need the new updated Android Market on your phone or tablet, and of course have an active T-Mobile line.  For the full details, follow the link below.

More: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Updated Google Music app now available

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The updated Google Music app -- part of what you'll need to take part in all this newfangled digital music goodness -- is now live in the Android Market. If you're into changelogs, it reads as follows:

1. Google Music is now out of beta and is open to all users without an invitation. Upload up to 20,000 songs from your personal music collection to Google Music and listen instantly on all your devices.

2. Seamless integration with the Android Market music store. All your purchases automatically appear in the Google Music app.

What we don't yet have is that updated Android Market on our phones. But, in the meantime, you can purchase from the Android Market website.

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2 years ago

Music now live in Android web market

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Fresh from today's Google Music announcement, the music for purchase is now live in the desktop Android Market. 

The exclusive content, along with the large selection of free music are all there, ready for you to download at your leisure. Please do remember that it is at present only showing up in the US. Hit the source link to start choosing your tunes!

Source: Android Market

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2 years ago

Google Music Artist Hub allows independent artists full distribution to millions

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This one is big news for the budding musicians out there -- Google has announced that the Artist hub will be part of their new Music player and website.  Artist Hub is a way for independent musicians to promote their music with audio files, video, and exclusive content that they control.  It's very much like the Android Market developers portal.  All the content artists upload will be available via the web, and on 200 million Android devices.  That's a lot of eyes and ears, and this service should be a great way to get your music heard, as well as a great way for users to discover new content.

More: music.google.com/artists/

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2 years ago

Google revamps Google Music with an actual store

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As expected, Google this afternoon revamped Google Music, taking it out of beta, making it available to everyone -- and bringing online purchasing into the fold. That is, if you're in the United States.

And outside of purchasing music, the service will remain free.

"For music fans, we believe today's technologies ... bring with them the capability to dramatically improve the digital music experience, said Google's Jaime Rosenberg, director of digital content for Android." In fact, it's what consumers have come to expect."

Just as with the beta service, you can continue to upload your own music to Google Music and stream it back to any of your Android devices.

But the big change is in the Android Market. You'll now be able to discover, browse and purchase music from the Android Market. Everything in the music store has a 90-second preview, and songs are downloaded as 320kbps mp3s. Tracks will download directly to your music locker, so they'll be immediately available on all of your devices.

Of course, Google Music's going social, and your friends will play a big part in helping you discover music. When you purchase music, you're given the option of recommending the music on Google + (and as e-mail links to your lame friends not on Google+), and they'll be able to listen to the entire track -- or the entire album -- for free. That sharing extends to Android and iOS devices as well.

Googles' sweetened the deal with a bunch of exlusive, free music. The Rolling Stones have given six exclusive live records. Coldplay's given a live EP to the cause. Busta Rhymes (who was at the event in L.A.) is debuting his new album on Google Music. Plus, live albums from Pearl Jam, Shakira and the Dave Matthews Band. And Google's going to continue to give a free song a day -- it's given away more than 100 million so far.

So who's on board? Three of the four major labels have signed on -- EMI, Universal and Sony. Google's also got a bunch of independant labels, and more than 1,000 total are a part of Google Music.

Google's also given indepentent artists a place to share andn sell their music, with the Artist Hub. They can upload, set prices and have complete control over their content.

So when will you get it? The new version of the Google Music app is available now, as is the new version of the web market. The Android Market will be updated for purchases over the next few days (though we fully expect manual downloads pretty quickly).

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2 years ago

Sprinkle update live in Android Market, opens up to all 2.3+ devices

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One of my favourite Tegra Zone games so far has to be Sprinkle. It's super addictive, challenging, fun to play, excellent graphics, a brilliant casual game. The only drawback has been it's reliance on the Tegra 2 chipset. That changes today though as the latest update has landed bringing with it compatibility for "all recent Android smartphones running Android 2.3 or greater." 

Please do note the word recent in that statement though, meaning it may not be compatible with all Gingerbread+ devices. To try it out though, why not hit the download link below to the also released today free version. Don't forget to check out our review of the game for a full hands on. 

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2 years ago

Google Voice for Android updated, now allows for multiple text recipients

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The Google Voice app for Android has received an update in the Market, which brings, among other enhancements, the ability to send text messages to multiple recipients. I love Google Voice and use it every day, but this is one feature I have been missing dearly. I often find myself sending the same or similar texts to multiple friends and familty and it always irked me that Google Voice did not allow this. With today's update, this is no longer an issue.

Here is the full changelog from the Market:

  • Prefetch voicemails so they can be listened to even when there is no data coverage
  • Allow sending text messages to multiple recipients
  • Improved text message notification

Please find links to the updated app after the break.

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