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3 years ago

Hulu Plus coming to some Froyo phones 'soon'

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After its announcement back at CES, we have heard next to nothing about Hulu Plus coming to Android. Well, Hulu has now gone and thrown up an image of a Nexus S along with a "coming soon" for "Android OS 2.2 phones" on their list of Hulu Plus compatible devices. As the Nexus S is an Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" phone, we can presume that Froyo is the minimum OS requirement. Tablets are not specifically mentioned so it may well be that only phones will be supported at launch. Either way, hopefully this means that the app really is "coming soon" and we will have our questions answered (as well as satisfying our need to watch Fringe on the go) shortly. [Hulu] Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 12, 2011

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Searching for Android applications that will enhance your daily life can be a bit of a difficult task, because sometimes if you don't know it exists, you won't know to search for it. Part of our goal here is to bring our favorite readers some of our favorite applications each week, so let's take a look at some of our favorites from this past week.

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3 years ago

Speed X goes freemium

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Speed X is a 3D accelerometer-controlled game where you fly through tunnels and a futuristic grid landscape, dodging obstacles and collecting points.  It has amazingly smooth graphics, great music, and is a fast-paced action game that is easy to play and loads of fun. By tilting your phone (or tablet -- Speed X works great on the Xoom or Galaxy Tab) you steer your ship past blocks and towers, dodging land traps and fighting against gravity wells and blackouts.  On the surface, it seems simple, but trust me it gets very addicting, and will keep you coming back for more.  Add in 3D glasses support (red/cyan worked great and the wife says I look hot in them) and you have a game that's a hell of a lot of fun. And after almost a year in the top 20 paid apps list, HyperBees has made it free.

It gets even better.  I spoke with Tom Mleko from HyperBees Ltd. (check out their developer forum here at Android Central) and he tells me that very soon we will be seeing in-app purchases for things like tougher shields, Godmode, and other power ups to make Speed X even more fun.  We've seen that free ad-supported model is great for both the publisher and the consumer, and as long as HyperBees keeps cranking out games like Speed X, they will see success with it I'm sure. 

To celebrate the launch of the new Speed X, HyperBees is giving away a Zeemote controller (which works great with Speed X!) to a lucky Android Central reader.  Hit the contest thread for the details right here, and we have some screenshots of gameplay and the download link after the break.  Thanks Tom!

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 available for Android starting March 18

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Adobe this morning released more details regarding the upcoming release of Flash Player 10.2. First and foremost, it'll be available in the Android Market on March 18. A number of smartphones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) meet the hardware requirements. (See Adobe's official list here.) Android tablets running Honeycomb will technically be running Flash Player 10.2 as a beta.

The big points you need to know:

  • Deeper integration with the Android browser rendering engine
  • Enhanced performance for the latest smartphones and tablets
  • Automatic soft keyboard support

If you've got a Motorola Xoom (currently the only Honeycomb tablet available), you'll need the update to Android 3.0.1 that's currently pushing out. Hit up the source links for complete info. [Adobe, Motorola]

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons update brings a touch o' the Irish

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Everyone's favorite FPS (fowl precision shooter) Angry Birds Seasons just got the update for St. Patrick's Day.  Rovio brings us some new golden eggs, and 15 new levels packed with shamrocks and pots of gold.  It's in the Market with an update available if you're already running it, and if not we have the download link after the break.  Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

MIUI Weather Beta now available for download

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Want to help out with beta testing a new weather application? Sure you do. MIUI Weather is now available for download and the developers are of course looking for some help with finding any bugs that may exist in the app itself. Basically, you get a pretty awesome weather app that may -- or may not work when you want it to. That's part of the joy of beta testing though. If you're interested in helping out, you can hit the source link for more details. You can also jump on past the break for some more sexy screenshots. [MIUI Dev via  XDA] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Taptu updated to version 1.3 -- makes you a news DJ

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Taptu has updated the Android version of their popular news reader to version 1.3, and now brings the customization to a whole 'nother level.  The folks at Taptu call it being a "news DJ" and it fits.  You can mix your own news feeds from scratch, using Taptu's pre-loaded site feeds (they have thousands of popular blogs, magazines and newspapers), Bing's RSS search and feeds from your Google reader account to build and curate your own news stream.  You also can add your Facebook feed and Twitter timeline, and "like" or comment, and reply and retweet right from the Taptu app.  You're not restricted to one news stream either -- you could build one for Android news, one for local news, and one for Charlie Sheen if you like. #tigerblood

Taptu has upped the bar with this one, and they kept it free for Android devices (Android 1.6 and up).  It's pretty slick, and well worth checking it out.  The download link, and Taptu's press release are after the break.

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3 years ago

Read it Later finally available on Android

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Ever find yourself heading out the door when you stumble across an interesting looking article and wish you had the time to read it? Unfortunately there is not always an easy way, besides hunting it down again later to mark the link so you can read it later, let alone from a different location.

Read it Later is a great application that syncs between your computer and your device and allows you to mark a page to be read later, and will even hold your position if you do so happen to begin to read something without the chance to finish it in that moment. In addition to all these great features, Read it Later downloads all your articles, so if you don't happen to have a network connect, like on a plane, there are no issues with keeping caught up on the articles you wanted to read. For only 99 cents this application is a must-have for anyone who uses the internet on both a personal computer and their Android device. Download information and links after the break.

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3 years ago

Foursquare 3.0 brings a world of new check-ins for customers, businesses

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After two years, 7.5 million members and some 500 million check-ins, Foursquare is turning 3. Version 3.0 that is, and it brings new features for users and merchants. For those of us doing the checking-in, there's a new way to discover venues using the "Explore" and "Me" tabs. For businesses, there are new analytics, and new ways to reward customers for their check-in loyalty. And Foursquare says there's more in store. Check it all out in their most recent blog posts, and we've got download links after the break. [Foursquare, 2]

 

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3 years ago

Android Quick-App: N64 Emulator

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One of the great things about Android is the ability to install emulators and ROMS that allow you to play your favorite games from past consoles. The latest to hit the market is N64 Emulator, which plays such popular games as Goldeneye and Super Smash Brothers.

After playing the NES, SNES and N64 emulators, the N64 version is more playable thus far, though by a small margin. I think what makes the difference is the joystick, which is extremely functional and works a lot better than I expected it to.

If you’re not familiar with emulators, they create a virtual controller on your screen. An interesting part of N64 is that there is an important button, Z, on the bottom of the controller. Obviously there is nothing comparable on your mobile device, so they have positioned it in the top left corner of the screen. The joystick is on the bottom left, A + B are bottom right, the yellow C buttons are above A + B, and R is top right.

The layout is solid, but difficult for some games, like Goldeneye, that require the use of all of the controls. This is a difficult predicament to overcome and smooth gameplay will only come with practice or heavy configuration of the controls.

Some of the best games to play on this app are racing games, due to the fact that they require less buttons. I’ve played MarioKart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing and both have played very well. I assume this will mean games like F-Zero X and Wave Racer 64 will play just as well.

I have also spent some time with Madden, NHL, Mario Golf and Super Smash Brothers. The sports games worked fine while Smash Brothers was a bit more difficult due to the amount you depend on the C Buttons.

Keep in mind that I’m playing all of these games on a Samsung Galaxy Tab and that on a smaller screen where the buttons are closer together, you may get better results.

Overall I am very pleased with N64 Emulator. It’s amazing that we can get these games to work well on our mobile devices. To have Goldeneye and Perfect Dark available in my pocket at all times is unbelievable.

The app is $5.99 and is available from the Android Market. While the price seems high, it’s worth it in my opinion. Just to have the ability to play any N64 game you want at anytime is worth it to me. Check out a video, more pictures and download links after the break.

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