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4 years ago

Dungeon Defenders on a dual-core Honeycomb tablet as awesome as you think

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We recently took at look Dungeon Defenders on the LG Optimus 2X, with its dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. So what happens when you scale things up a bit and play it on a Motorola Xoom with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and all that 3D graphics awesomesauce? The video above tells it all.

Gameplay is that much more fun. Graphics are even better than what we saw on the phone. And with the incorporation of the new in-app payments, you'll have new weapons and new defenses at the ready.

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4 years ago

Google Body peels back the layers to get under your skin

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Take Google Earth and combine it with the human body, and you get ... Google Body. It's almost exactly what it sounds like -- a three-dimensional, layered look at the human body. It's pretty much a big pile of awesome on a dual-core Honeycomb tablet. And as you'll hear in the video, schools are going to be screaming for this thing.

You can dive through layers just like you might on Google Earth -- skin, bones, muscles, organs, whales, snails and puppy dog tails. What's the name of that muscle you pulled trying to show off how strong you are? Look it up. Start typing and you'll get a predictive search of whatever unspellable body part you're thinking of.

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4 years ago

Fuze Meeting -- multi-party HD collaboration app for Honeycomb

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Fuze Meeting

We had a look at Fuze Meeting for Android when it kicked things up a notch and released a tablet-specific application, and now they have gone a step further.  Fuze Meeting will be the first collaboration application for Honeycomb, delivering HD mobile video, full hosting abilities and pinch-to-zoom and iPoint laser technology for the Motorola Xoom.

Fuze Box says that hosts and attendees will be able to view up to 10 high resolution videos in a single instance of the app, which should give the new rendering engine in Honeycomb a run for it's money.  If they can pull it off well, this will make the Motorola Xoom a serious business tool, and a true competitor to the iPad.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Pulse News for Android Honeycomb tablets

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The Pulse News feed reader is one of the coolest RSS readers available for Android (and not just because they include our blog). It's graphically awesome on the phone, and it's downright stunning on a Honeycomb tablet.

It's almost too good, actually. You might have to struggle a little bit with the sheer amount of information coming at you -- but that's something we noted with the phone version as well. It's not a knock against the app, it's just that if you happen to be a blogger with a few hundred feeds, things can get a little confusing.

But back to the stunning part. The graphics and transitions on a dual-core Honeycomb tablet are pretty darn smooth, and the home screen widgets showcase some of our favorite parts of the Android 3.0 framework.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Words with Friends for Android (and it's coming this month!)

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Youtube link for mobile veiewing

The wait is nearly over, folks. Words with Friends is coming to Android this month. We got a look at it with the developer at Google's Honeycomb event, and gameplay is as impressive as you'd expect it to be.

You can play cross-platform, so you can show your iPhone-loving peeps who's boss. It's also going to be available on Android Honeycomb tablets just as soon as they're released. It'll be a free, ad-supported game, though a premium ad-free version is possible, too.

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4 years ago

Touchtype launches SwiftKey for tablets

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The much acclaimed SwiftKey by Touchtype is coming to Android tablets, the company announced. It's sporting a completely overhauled interface specifically designed for use on tablets, and we must say it looks pretty darn cool. The keyboard is broken up into three sections, with letters on the left, numbers in the middle, and letters on the right. Touchtype says it's designed specifically for typing "with your thumbs". Hit the source link for the full presser, and a video preview of SwiftKey for tablets in action after the break! [SwiftKey]

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4 years ago

In-app purchasing comes to Android apps

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In app billing

We heard a lot of news at today's event at Google, and one thing many have been waiting for is in-app purchases.  These will allow for things like buying songs, upgrading to premium versions of apps, add extra levels or content, and provide a way to use virtual currency.

Disney Mobile showed off several things today, including in-app purchasing to buy a song for their upcoming Tap Tap Revenge for Android application, and it looks to be integrated really well and should provide a seamless way for end users to enhance their applications, as well as provide developers with a way to generate more income.  We all know that happy, well fed developers make for a robust Marketplace and happy users, so we can't wait to see it!

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4 years ago

Android Market having a hiccup

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Android Market

It's not just you -- the Android Market seems to be stalled.  We're getting reports of users unable to download, and it's pretty widespread.  We have no idea if this has something to do with changes surrounding tomorrow's Honeycomb event in San Jose, but we'll know the answer to that one soon enough, join us while we live blog it from the floor.

For now though, it doesn't look like you're going to have much luck until somebody gets a new hampster to run the wheel. [Android Central forums] Thanks Christopher!

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4 years ago

New Firefox 4 beta for Android released

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Firefox for Android

Mozilla just released a new beta for Firefox for Android, aimed at improving the browsers speed and performance. The list of changes are as follows:

  • Now faster than stock Android browser
  • Nearly three times faster on Kraken JavaScript benchmark tests
  • Twice as fast on SunSpider JavaScript benchmark tests
  • Reduced installation memory usage
  • Stability improvements
  • Fixed keyboard bugs
  • Improved zooming readability 

It's definitely a work in progress, but we're getting closer and closer to the final product. Hit the break for a video of some of the beta's highlighted features. [Mozilla Firefox Blog]

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4 years ago

Google Maps updated, check-in with Latitude added

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Google Maps 5.1  Google maps checkin

Google has updated Google Maps for Android to version 5.1 today, bringing big changes to Latitude.  Where Latitude once was just a pin on a map, now there are check-ins, to connect a place to the location. 

Users who opt-in for the new Latitude can set it up to notify them when they are at a location so they can manually check-in, or set up locations to automagically check them in when they arrive.  In either case, Latitude checks you out when you leave.  There are also settings to decide how and where to share your location.  These new features make Latitude much more competitive with other location aware social media, and seem worth checking out if that's your thing.  Grab the official update for Maps through the Android Market.  There's a video after the break that does a great walk through, check it out. [Official Google Blog]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Jan. 29, 2011

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apps

At times it almost feels as though there should be a reward for finding just the perfect application in the market. With more than 100,000 apps, and more being added every day, it can be a bit of a challenge. But that's where we come in. Let's take a look at what some of us run as our favorite applications for this week, and just maybe you will find some of them useful!

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4 years ago

LG weather widget from the Optimus 2X system dump

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Optims 2X weather widget

Have you been looking for the sweet weather widget from the LG Optimus 2X?  I know a lot of you have, and thanks to XDA member Sony_Ericsson_X10 we now have it -- almost.  He found that the weather-only portion of the Today Briefing widget inside the Optimus 2X system dump looked exactly like the widget we all want, and it works without any elfin magic.  To take it a step further, the widget has already been edited to remove the black background if that's how you like it, so be sure to try them both.  That's the edited version you see above.

Installing needs no magic either -- just download it and install, or use the Sideload Wonder Machine.  There is one caveat, however.  The widget will take one full screen unless you use a home replacement that allows for widget resizing.  We recommend Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher pretty equally, and both will resize it just fine.  Hit the source link for the downloads. [XDA-Developers via @macprv]

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4 years ago

Angry Birds Rio coming in March

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Angry Birds Rio

Angry Birds Rio, a combination of what's surely the most popular mobile game of all time with an upcoming Hollywood animated feature, is said to be hitting "app stores everywhere" in March 2011, just in time to play on your Motorola Xoom.  Based on the game trailer (you can see it after the break) it looks like our feathered friends have made their way to Brazil, and have some sort of wildlife exploiting Cockatoo to battle it out with this go 'round.  Not much to go on, other than 20th Century Fox backing the project and tie-ins with their new animated feature Rio due in April 2011.  We'll know more in six weeks or so.

In the meantime, watch the trailer and speculate like the rest of us! [@RovioMobile]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Videocam Illusion

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Videocam Illusion

Videocam Illusion for Android is a camera effects application that works with the video camera on your Android phone.  We've seen similar apps that manipulate still pictures, and while they're really fun and useful, Videocam Illusion takes it to the next level by adding effects on-the-fly to live video you shoot from your phone.  You can shoot up to 480p (720x480) video through the app, and the free version has four filters, four effects, and two masks to choose from.  You can also shoot video at 1.33x speed. 

The paid version has 18 filters, 13 effects, six masks, and your choice of five different recording speeds.  They both work really well, saving the video to your SD card in .mov format for easy playback on your computer.  And since stock Android doesn't playback .mov files, the Videocam Illusion app includes a player to preview -- and show off -- your masterpiece.  There's a video demo, some screenshots, as well as the download link for the free version after the break. 

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4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets sees significant update

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 Beautiful Widgets 4x1 Super Clock Widget

Beautiful Widgets, the popular clock and weather app from Level Up Studios, saw a significant update this morning to version 3.3.  This update brought several welcome changes, including the new "Super Clock" widgets.  Besides for the obvious new look, these widgets are hi-res, allowing them to be scaled without quality loss.  You can also swap out the weather icon with one that shows you your battery status, or choose from one of the new clock only widgets if you only care about the time.

Beautiful Widgets was one of my first app downloads when I got my Droid over a year ago, and I've loved using it ever since.  Full changelog, market link, and two more screenshots after the break.

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