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2 years ago

'Is my son gay?' app is gone from the Android Market, was apparently commissioned by author of an upcoming book

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We got dragged into this one, so we might as well wrap it up, eh?

SBS TV in Australia just let us know that the "Is my son gay?" app apparently has been removed from the Android Market. If you'll recall, that's the app that asks such not-so-poignant questions as "Is his best friend a girl?", "Has he ever been in a fight" and "Does he like team sports?" It's also the app that sparked a Twitter campaign calling for Google -- and Android Central -- to remove the application from the Android Market. On Sept. 27, AllOut.org (@allout) tweeted the following:

Demand that @Google & @AndroidCentral dump homophobic "Is My Son #Gay?" app NOW, no excuses! #LGBT

Suffice it to say, that was retweeted. A lot. We lost track of how many times over the past week, though it finally trickled off, as these things tend to do. (Though not before we ended up having a short back-and-forth with none other than @BoyGeorge. That's something we never thought we'd see.)

While we certainly appreciate (and believe it or not are quite humbled by) our standing as the biggest and best Android community on the web, we're not Google. We do not have the power to remove (or approve, for that matter) applications for the Android Market. That's Google. We're not Google. We're not Android. We're the leading source for news, reviews, and opinions about Android. And as such, we suggeted more effective ways for letting Google you found the app was offensive, such as flagging it as inappropriate in the Market. We're willing to bet more than a few of you did so.

Anyhoo, back to the "Is my son Gay?" app. Turns out there was a little more to the story than we knew. According to a story by the SBS reporter who contacted us, the app actually was commissioned by a Frenchman who, in addition to being gay himself, is releasing a book by the same name, and that the app was "developed 'with a fun approach.' "

We're not French. And, speaking in the pluralis maiestatis here, we're not gay. So maybe we all missed something in the translation. And we certainly welcome the debate over what kind of apps should be excluded from the Android Market -- or if any should be excluted. It's a great debate, and one that needs to be rekindled from time to time. (And one that we at Android Central don't all agree on.) But, ultimately it's up to Google to approve or remove apps from the Android Market. Not us.

So the app's been removed. It's gone, and in the great scheme of things, we're pretty safe in wrapping up this saga thusly:

It won't be missed.

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2 years ago

Official Hotmail app now available in the Android Market

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Microsoft has released its official Hotmail app for Android, available now (finally!) in the Android Market. For the Hotmail faithful, the native Android experience has been far from perfect, so an optimized app is welcome and overdue news. You'll get push email, synced contacts and calendar, folder support, and even the ability to sync multiple Hotmail accounts. Grab the app for free after the break.

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2 years ago

Chromium web browser gets files that support a build for Android

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Chromium, the open-source version of Google's Chrome web browser, got an interesting bit of code checked in a few days ago -- files and scripts that support a build for Android.  While normally we wouldn't get too excited seeing an upstream check-in about Android in an open-source project, this time the submission is from a Google employee.  Google took extra time to let everyone at Google I/O 2011 know that Android and Chrome were two separate entities, and everyone got the impression that the two would never meet.  We sure did, and discussed it ourselves over a beer or two.

Of course, things change -- maybe Google has decided that a merger of the Android browser code and the Chrome browser code would benefit everyone, and the open-source version would be the best place to do it.  Or maybe these are just files for the DIY'ers out there to build their own version of Chromium for Android.  Either way, the full Chrome browser on my Galaxy Tab is something I've been wanting.  Maybe, just maybe, this is the first step.

Source: Chromium via Conceivably Tech

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2 years ago

Google Apps have a new download location -- GetJar?

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They say seeing is believing, but I'm still not sure what to make of this one.  Google's closed applications -- the ones they keep a tight rein on and not allow just anybody to use -- apparently are available through the third-party market GetJar.  Not just Gmail that you see pictured above, but Google TV remote, Maps, Search, Books -- they're all there.  We're assuming that this is legitimate and not a mistake (GetJar is a reputable site), but we're baffled at how this came to be -- especially since Google's apps also need additions to the Android system framework to actually run.  I can tell you that they work (I tested with Google Music and YouTube -- can't afford to wipe out my Gmail app just yet), but I can't tell you why.  Hit the link and give it a try yourself.

Source: GetJar

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2 years ago

Hacks bring Google Wallet to all Nexus S phones

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NFC may or may not be the future of on-the-go banking, but for most Android fans it's pretty damn cool.  That's why there was a whole lot of disappointment when Google decided to go exclusive with Sprint and the Nexus S 4G on the Google Wallet app for Android, leaving the majority of Nexus S users out of the picture.  This likely has something to do with money (it always does), Isis mobile payment, and competition, but we don't really care about any of that -- we just want to play with our NFC chip.

Now we can, thanks to hacks.  Users have found that the files included in the Sprint version of the Nexus S 4G work just fine on other Nexus S phones -- both stock and with custom ROMs.  Installation is easy enough (though you do need to be rooted and/or running a custom recovery), just flash a package or move a few files.

There's a big caveat here, however. While it's cool that we're able to circumvent the restrictions of exactly who gets to use this, we're not so sure Google and MasterCard will be happy with the $10 credits people who aren't eligible are getting.  If you want to try it for yourself, though, check out the links below.

Source: XDA; (custom ROMs), (stock ROMs)

Thanks, John!

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2 years ago

Adobe's Touch Apps sure look sweet

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Adobe's cracking through its first-day Adobe Max keynote today. And while we were teased with the Photoshop Touch SDK in the spring, we're now getting down to brass tacks. The promo video above gives you an idea of what's going on. And while things are always ideally edited in promo videos, you get a sense of what's in store. We're talking full digital content creation on Android (and iOS) devices. And as we type this, we're watching a Photoshop Touch demo being done not on an iPad, but on Honeycomb. Android, folks.

Exciting times, indeed.

Source: Adobe; More Watch the keynote live

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Smartr Contacts Beta

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Sometimes your contact list just gets large. It happened to me and I'm still not quite sure how. You get an email here, exchange some business cards, and boom, before you know it, your contact list is overflowing with people. If you're struggling to keep track of all your contacts and are interested in how you stay in touch with them, Xobni's new Smartr Contacts is the app for you.

Upon opening Smartr Contacts, you're asked to either log in or sign up. Once you've done that, you can move to the account linking process. Essentially, Smartr Contacts pulls contact and calendar information from your Google account, sorts everyone, adds a picture to their profile, and tries to make sense of why you've contacted them in the first place.

You can also log in to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to see more detailed information about your contacts. Otherwise, you're limited to three of the four tabs available whenever you choose a contact.

The details tab will show you all of the different contact methods you have with a particular contact. If you only have their email, that's all you see. If you've got their email and a few phone numbersthat's what you'll see. Details is basically the standard contact information.

History is perhaps the most interesting of the four, showing you how many times you contacted this person, when your initial contact was, and what the subject was. Additionally, a list of emails, calls, and text messages details your timeline with this person, starting with most recent.

The common tab shows you what people you've got in common. If you email a colleague often and this colleague works with other people you know, they'll show up here. Otherwise, it'll either be empty or have you (if you keep yourself in your address book).

If you slide the screen once to the right you'll see your Google Calendar events. Smartr Contacts will put a profile picture (of your contact) on any event you're going to that another one of your contacts is going to. It's kind of cool, if you don't mind going into this app to see your calendar.

Smartr Contacts can also show you who your top contacts are, in case you didn't already have some idea. You can see top 10, 40, 100, or 200+ and email, call, or text anyone straight from this menu.

Smartr Contacts Beta is free in the Android Market, so if you're itching to know more about your contacts than you ever wish you had, we've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: BIG Launcher

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We have seen tons of replacement launchers surface, many of them bringing plenty of cool features, and added customization, but BIG Launcher is unlike any we have seen. BIG Launcher is geared toward users who may have a bit of trouble seeing the screen, finding the icon they are looking for, or accurately tapping the right places.

The launcher offers you a home screen which contains six large icons in addition to the time and date. From the home screen you can easily access the phone, messages, camera, gallery, SOS, or the app drawer.

The application drawer is in list form with large text, and decent sized icons, making it easy to find what you are looking for. Every aspect of the launcher is created to cater to those who have difficulty seeing, and you can tell this by the large font and the colorful icons making it easy to tell exactly what it is.

No longer do you have to struggle searching for things, and squinting your eyes to try to read what you are doing, instead simply download this launcher and make things easier for yourself! For only $1.35 in the market you can take your new confusing Android device, and simplify the experience for yourself. Hit the break for more images and download links.

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2 years ago

BBQ texting contest sees unofficial new record using Swiftkey X

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Speed texting has a new champion, and it all went down at the Big Android BBQ in Austin, TX this past weekend. 

The keyboard app used in the contest was Swiftkey X and with it the winner, Rachael Loncar, smashed the current world record of 35.54 second with her time of 10.7 seconds! 

The contestants were chosen by typing the phrase "The little green Android jumped over the lazy Apple" on day one.

The fastest 10 went on to attempt the official Guinness World Record phrase of; “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”

The previous record was set using Swype, but the Swiftkey X prediction feature proved to be king, and with it won Rachael her very own Galaxy Tab 10.1.

If you haven't tried Swiftkey X yet, check out the download link below to the free trial version which gives you a month's free use.

via Swiftkey

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2 years ago

Android Theme Review: JAMT - Flat Black

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I'm a big fan of themes, especially ones that use the CM7 Theme Chooser. In my search for some nice, monochromatic themes, I've stumbled upon one called JAMT - Flat Black.

JAMT Black is more of a notification bar and volume slider theme than anything else. None of the icons get themed, but sliders are now rendered a nice, monochromed grey.

In addition, the notification bar gets a few new notification icons (the most prominent of which is the Gmail icon). The wifi icon is also transformed into this strange, curvy-looking set of bars as opposed to the straight, vertical lines we're probably accustomed to, but outside of that, the biggest change would be the icons on the notification widget.

There's also a bit of theming on the toast notifications, changing their background to pure black and with sharp corners instead of rounded edges. It's another nifty piece of eye candy, especially if you like the hard edges of the Droid line.

Best of all, this theme is completely free in the Market with a donate version for $1.00. If you like what you see, we've got more pictures download links after the break.

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