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4 years ago

Is HTC commencing its Froyo rollout?

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HTC’s European representative, Mark Moons, let it slip through a tweet that there’s a chance Froyo will begin rollout to their many devices starting with HTC Desires in the Netherlands as soon as tomorrow. A Dutch tech news site, tweakers.net comments that, “the update will start Thursday, but due to a limit on bandwidth it will be a gradual rollout” again, that’s if they have all the kinks worked out and are ready to roll out this highly anticipated update. Nonetheless we can all be sure that all  Desire owners in the Netherlands will be checking for updates nonstop tomorrow. [via engadget and tweakers.net]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: FlightView

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FlightView for AndroidFlightView for Android

If you fly more than, say, once a year, you absolutely should look into an Android travel app. And a new one to Android is FlightView. It's got the all the basics that you'd expect from a top flight-tracking app --track by flight number, track by route, flight mapping, speed and altitude, departure and arrival info, delays at major airports, notes -- the works, basically.

FlightView is nicely designed and easy to use. You also can save flight info to build an itinerary, which is a must for frequent fliers. But that's also where FlightView's Achilles' heel presents itself -- there's no integration (yet) with a service such as Tripit. You have to manually input all of your flights, which is OK if it's just one or two, but a big pain if you have connecting flights. The developer tells us, however, such service will be added in future updates.

But for now, if you've looking to try another travel app, FlightView's a solid performer. It's available in ad-supported form, or for the low, low price of 99 cents. More pics and download information is after the break.

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4 years ago

IGN launches coverage of Android games

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Now that you have your shiny new Droid X (and maybe even a Vibrant or Captivate?) in hand, you want some games. And you don't want to waste money on bad games, you want the best. IGN has been doing game reviews for the iPhone since the App Store was launched two years ago, and today they announced they will be reviewing Android games as well. 

They are kicking things off with a HTC Evo review, top app recommendations, and a number of games including NOVA and Asphalt 5. You might recognize Asphalt 5 from our Captivate benchmarks.

The fact that a mainstream gaming site like IGN is investing time and resources into Android is a great sign of how far the platform has improved since the G1 days. However, there is still a lot that can be done to help it grow further. Hey Google, if you really want to play for keeps, why not get a deal worked out with Valve to get a mobile version of their Steam platform (with 25 million users) built right into Android? [IGN]
 

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4 years ago

Clicker brings check-ins for couch potatoes to Android

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Clicker for Android

Clicker.com has announced their Android application -- social media all about video, feature films, and television.  The premise is that you can friend people, check out their viewing habits, and share yours with them.  They've set up a huge internet portal at clicker.com, which connects in to your Facebook and/or Twitter account, and their Android app can do the same thing.  An iOS app is in the works (on behalf of Android and our commenters, FIRST!) so it sounds like this social hub should take off.  I'm no big movie buff, but you can find me on Clicker as gbhilden (six-character minimum FTL), holler at me if you decide to try.

Read the long press release after the break!

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4 years ago

Twitter for Android updated, is 'faster,' gets basic functionality

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Twitter for Android

Twitter for Android -- the "official" Android Twitter client -- just got another update (we're at version 1.0.2 for those playing at home), and changes include the following:

  • Is faster than the previous version
  • Auto refresh is now added
  • People search is fixed

It's good, it's simple, but it's still not as good as other Twitter clients out there (pick your poison). Glad to hear it now has auto refresh. [Twitter for Android]

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4 years ago

Google Maps makes finding 'places' even easier

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Google Maps just served notice to every other location-based business app out there with the introduction of "Places." A tie-in with Google Maps, it makes it super easy to find any kind of, well, place. It's location-based, so it knows where you are, it's fast, and pretty soon it's going to know what you want before you do. Here's Places in Google's own words:

Search for several convenient types of places with the default categories or add your own for your most frequent searches. You can also use the search bar at the top to type or speak any query. I tend to use the “coffee” search a lot, but I’ve also looked for “gas stations” on the road, “ice cream shops” in my neighborhood, and even specific places like “Chelsea Market” on a recent trip to New York.

Also added are more details of the individual businesses, such as parking, prices and menu items. And it's only a matter of time before Google adds some sort of check-in service, right? [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

BIOS-style boot animation for your Android phone

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biosanimation

Who doesn't like for their Android smartphone to boot up in style? While many people are going after the ultra flashy, image filled boot animations some folks over at XDA Developers have been hard at work at quite the opposite. They have brought back the old-school BIOS look in their custom boot animation. This has been available for a while to some devices, but they have gone ahead and ported to just about every main device available, so check it out for yourself! [via XDA]

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4 years ago

PlayStation emulator released onto Android Market

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Being a former N64 fanboy, this may not excite me as much as some PS1 die-hards out there, but the PlayStation has just been added to Android's already-impressive list of game console emulators. The app that makes this all possible is called "psx4droid" and will run you $5.99. 

Here is a quick rundown of the app's features:

  • WiiMote support
  • Multiple save states
  • Support for several different file types
  • Trackball used as d-pad

This is still version 1.0 software, so there seems to be a couple bugs that users on AppBrain have mentioned. However, no doubt the developer will be releasing patches to address those issues. Still, this app looks to be the easiest way to play those PS1 classics on the go. Just remember it is illegal to download a ROM for a game you don't already own, ok?

For now, it seems this app might require Android 2.x, but if someone gets it working on 1.5 or 1.6 let us know! As always, links and a QR code are after the break. Thanks to James for the tip! 

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4 years ago

aHome beta 4 for Android leaked

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You know both your smartphone platform and its applications have hit the big time when you start seeing leaks of beta versions -- enter aHome 4 for Android.  With the onslaught of new home replacements, some of the old standbys have been all but forgotten.  The folks over at mAPPn are about to charge back in a very big way with aHome 4.  It's chock full o' features, and takes eye candy to the next level, and if you jump past the break you can have a look, we have a handful of pics.  No word on when aHome 4 will be available, but keep an eye out for it.  Thanks J!

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4 years ago

Original Flight Control coming to Android

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Flight Controla for Android

Airplane-landing games are a dime a dozen now, but the original and best is coming to Android. You might want to consider quitting your job to free up time for this one. [Firemint via @alexessory] Thanks, Rene!

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4 years ago

Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine for Linux and Mac

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Sideload Wonder Machine for Linux and Mac

There are three things I love -- open source, Linux, and ingenuity.  Android Central forum member 42turkeys brings all three together, along with some serious Mac love in his versions of the Sideload Wonder Machine for Linux and Mac.  Using the same premise as we did with the Windows version, you can now sideload apps to your crippled AT&T branded Android phones using your Mac or Linux computer. 

Because Linux and MacOS have a robust shell, these are terminal applications.  It's a fair trade -- you're not getting the point and click GUI, but you can do a bit more through the menu.  And if you're using Mac OS, or especially Linux, you shouldn't be afraid of the terminal.  Hit 42turkey's forum thread HERE to download either version, and get you some sideload on.

Nice work Mr. turkeys ... very nice! [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

AOL releases pair of Android apps

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AOL Android application

AOL, an Internet and media giant if there ever was one, has released a duo of Android applications.  While it may be trendy and fun to bash AOL, the fact is that it helped usher in the Internet age, and things would look much different had they not help shaped today's landscape.  What does that have to do with an Android app you ask?  Think market share, and more importantly, mind share.  This is a sign that Android has hit critical mass, and is now a very serious player in the mobile world. 

Let's take a look at the apps (which are standouts BTW -- this is how you do it) after the break. [cnet]

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4 years ago

Verizon revamps NFL Mobile app

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Verizon has been pushing its "VCAST" video service for quite some time, and it just got a lot more desirable for NFL fans on Big Red. The new and improved "NFL Mobile" app will allow live streaming of the NFL Network and access to Video on Demand for free through the end of August, after which a $10 per month subscription to VCAST Videos will be required. Once the regular season starts, the app will allow subscribers to watch NFL RedZone, NFL Network, NBC's Sunday Night Football, and NFL Network's Thursday Night Football live. 

For users not willing to pay, the app will still feature live audio streams from games, along with score updates and news all the way to the Superbowl in February. Either way, Verizon Android users can get the app now via the "Verizon" section of the Market (sorry, no QR code or AppBrain links are available as this is Verizon-exclusive).

One might think that Verizon would have to keep some sort of "unlimited" data plan if they added tiers to their data pricing, if only to keep services like this viable for customers. But, only time will tell. Snag the app in Verizon's section of the Android Market. [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Google Voice updates for faster dialing with 'direct access numbers'

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Google Voice updateGoogle just unleashed an update to Google Voice, introducing "direct access numbers" in hopes of speeding the process of placing calls. Here's how it's explained on the Google Voice Blog:

Until today, the Google Voice app had to make a request to the Google Voice server every time you wanted to make a call to send us the phone number you wanted to dial. Then the call would be connected via a Google Voice access number. With direct access numbers, we assign a unique phone number to every person you call. This means that we no longer need to use your data network to access the server each time you make a call, so calls will be placed much faster.

Ah, so. All you have to do is update your Google Voice app on your phone, and you should be good to go. (And Google Voice remains a U.S.-only venture for now, sorry, folks.) [Google Voice Blog] Thanks, Nighthawk700!

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4 years ago

Trip Advisor launches free Android application

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The summer is a time when many people travel to new places, whether for fun or work, and sometimes you land in a place where you have no idea what there is to do around you. TripAdvisor, a well known source of tons of great information about travel related topics that come in handy while on the go, has just released an Android version of their application to put all their information in your pocket. With over 35 million reviews of various places you are bound to find something exciting to do in the city you don't quite know so well. The application will give you easy access to reviews about hotels, restaurants as well as various attractions, and if there is no review you can easily add your own while on the go. Using the devices GPS you can find locations that are near you, as well as easily get directions to the location. Got any trips coming up, you will definitely want this free application traveling with you. Download links after the break.

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