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4 years ago

Rovio Mobile teases Angry Birds Seasons St. Patrick's Day update

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

You can't actually download it just yet, but the St. Patrick's Day update to Angry Birds Seasons is being teased in video form. More levels, more pigs, and a whole lotta green. Check it out.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 RC2 released

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CyanogenMod 7

For all you crazy kids out there who like to do that rooting and ROMing thing, listen up -- CyanogenMod 7 RC2 has been released. If you're rocking a Sprint EVO, that means proper Wimax access. notification profiles (huzzah!), Android 2.3.3 and a host of other treats. Snag it in ROM Manager, or from CM's site. [CyanogenMod] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Popular gay dating app Grindr now available in the Android Market

Straight app said to be in the works, too

Good news for our Android-loving gay male readers. Grindr, a popular location-based social networking application designed specifically for gay men, is now available in the Android Market.

Grindr is a unique app that utilizes GPS information to enable guys to interact with and meet other guys in the area. Users can view profiles and photos, share stats, chat using Grindr's built-in instant messaging feature, and if all goes well -- meet in person. Privacy controls allow users to share as much or as little information as they're comfortable with.

Grindr introduced its application to iOS users in March 2009. The Los Angeles-based company now has an impressive 1.5 million members, spanning 180 countries worldwide. On a daily basis, 300,000 members login and spend an average of 1.3 hours using the app. Grindr has also said they're adding new members at a rate of 3,000 members each day. By adding support for both Android and Blackberry (beta) users, Grindr hopes to accelerate this growth even further.

Grindr is free for download in the market. There's also a premium version that removes ads, increases the number of favorites a user can have, displays message notifications when the app is running in the background, expands the number of guys users can see in the area, and enables a feature that allows users to swipe back and forth to browse through profiles. The premium version runs $4.97 a month after a free 7-day introductory trial. 

Grindr is also said to be developing a version for straight men and women also.

 

Check out all the details at Grindr's blog, and grab the download links after the break. [Grindr]

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4 years ago

Amazon clarifies its App Store DRM -- it's not nearly as scary as you thought

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Amazon App Store DRM

Remember that blog post from Amazon a couple days back detailing how DRM (digital rights management) would work? Basically, it said if you download an app from the upcoming Amazon App Store, it'd need to check in with the Amazon App Store app on your phone before declaring itself legally downloaded and allowing you to use it. But once it's done that, it's status quo, all systems go, business as usual.

It caused a bit of a ruckus, to be sure. 

Only, Amazon apparently left out a couple things. And Thing 1 is a pretty important one: The Amazon DRM only applies to applications that opted to use Amazon's DRM in the first place.

Oh. Indeed, that makes a difference.So if a developer chooses not to "Apply Amazon DRM to this binary" (that's the actual upload screen above), it's just like downloading an application from anywhere else, and it'll work just fine.

Thing 2 is this: Amazon DRM downloads a token that gives your phone access to use the downloaded application. It's an offline token, meaning you don't have some constant connection checking in with the Amazon mothership, draining your battery and worrying your precious sense of personal privacy. In other words, it's not nearly as scary as you probably first thought. [Amazon]

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4 years ago

Google Maps Navigation will now automatically route you around traffic

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Google Maps Navigation

If you're not the sort of person who explicitly trusts GPS and mobile navigation, move on. For everyone else, Google's just flipped the switch on a cool little feature for Google Maps Navigation (which we're reminded yet again is still technically a beta product). Now, when you're driving and using a Google Maps Nav route and have traffic up ahead, the app will automatically route you around it. And you don't have to touch a thing. From the Google Mobile Blog:

You don’t have to do anything to be routed around traffic; just start Navigation like you normally would, either from the Navigation app or from within Google Maps. ... Starting today, our routing algorithms will also apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route from those alternates. That means that Navigation will automatically guide you along the best route given the current traffic conditions.

Hey, whatever keeps us from having to ask for directions is a good thing. Full deets at the source link. [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

Gowalla 3 brings complete makeover to the social check-in Android app

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Gowalla 3.0

Sure, you might have been using Gowalla for some time now to check in an show your friends where you're at and what you're up to. But you haven't really been using Gowalla until now. Gowalla 3 dropped this morning, and it's a completely overhauled experience. The activity feed's been redone. Leaving photos and comments is easier. Highlights are front and center. Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr and Facebook are closer than ever.

But the big change is the new passport view, which shows where you checked in last and can remind you to check in again if it's been a while. It's quite a spectacular change, actually. Check out all the details at Gowalla's blog, and we've got download links after the break. [Gowalla]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 5, 2011

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apps

Whether you're looking for a productivity application, or just a fun game to kill some extra time with your Android device, hunting down what you want in the Android Market can be a bit of a task. Since we like to spend as much time as we can searching, tinkering, and playing around with new applications, we figure we should share with you some of our favorites. Let's take a look at some of our favorite applications, and hopefully some of you will find them to be your favorite as well!

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4 years ago

Android apps purchased from Amazon will work on multiple devices, use Amazon DRM

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Amazon app store

Android applications purchased in Amazon's app store (which may finally go live to consumers any time now) will use Amazon's special sauce of digital locker/digital rights management to help combat piracy. Amazon spells it out in its developer blog:

Customers who purchase an app will retain an entitlement to their app even if they decide to replace their current Android device and/or purchase new devices, as long as the new devices meet the installation requirements of the app. This provides insurance to customers that their purchased apps will be available for use on all supported devices, even if the customer has uninstalled or otherwise removed those apps in the past.

The digital locker service combined with a robust Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution not only make managing apps easier for customers, they also address one of the biggest concerns developers have: unauthorized copying and distribution. An authorized user can now install your app on any of their supported devices; however, if you chose to apply DRM on your app at submission time, your app will not run on unauthorized devices.

Any app that has Amazon DRM applied to it will require users to have installed and signed-in to the Amazon Appstore client to access the app. When an app is accessed by the user, it will verify with the Amazon Appstore device service as to whether the user has an entitlement to the app. If the user does not sign in or does not have an entitlement to that app, then the app will not be usable. However, any user can gain an entitlement by purchasing the app through Amazon.

The tl;dr version: You can use apps purchased from Amazon on multiple devices just fine; you'll just need Amazon's app store app installed for them to work. It's not nearly as scary as some would have you believe, and it's an extra cushion for developers. [Amazon Developer Blog]

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4 years ago

Finding Google's apps in the Market

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Google search on Android Market

Google is a software giant, and many of us user their proprietary applications on our Android phone.  With good reason -- apps like Gmail, Androidify, and YouTube absolutely rock on an Android device.  But did you know that Google, Inc. has a veritable laundry list of apps available on the Android Market?  They're all free, too! 

Some of you more Android savvy types might already know of them all, but for the rest of us there's an easy way to have a look at them, using search while in the Market app on your phone or tablet.  Just open the search dialog using the search button on your phone or the search icon in the Market, and look for Pub:"Google Inc."  That's a search by publisher -- in this case, Google, Inc.

So can you guess all the Google apps? We've given you seven freebies, and we've got your list after the break. Thanks for the tip, cdubbs!

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4 years ago

Android Quick-App: Wave Launcher

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Wave Launcher for Android

It's been a little while since we've seen any webOS aping on Android. And now we have Wave Launcher, which brings the webOS wave launcher (thus the name) feature to Android. It's pretty slick. Touch the bottom of the screen (which would be the gesture area on a webOS phone), wait for the vibration and drag up, and the ribbon appears. You can attach any five apps of your choosing.

If you're using a third-party launcher, you could turn off the launcher dock and just use Wave Launcher. Or use them both. And it works while apps are open, too. Pretty handy, actually, and it's available in the Android Market for a mere 99 cents. We've got video of it and action, as well as download links, after the break. Thanks, Ray!

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4 years ago

WidgetLocker Lockscreen 2.0 brings many great new features

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Widgets are one of my favorite parts of the Android OS, whether a widget that enhances your productivity, or just displays useful information for you at a quick glance, they are very practical. WidgetLocker Lockscreen is a great application for users who want to add some additional functionality to your lockscreen, so you don't have to unlock the device just to view the information. Yesterday TeslaCoil Software released an update which brought many new great features, some of which include:

  • Custom Themes
  • Resizable widgets and sliders
  • Custom sliders of any style
  • Unread count via ADW Notifier
  • And the whole thing is much faster.

So, if you want to maximize the potential of your lockscreen, and make it truly your own, be sure to check out the latest update of WidgetLocker Lockscreen which is $1.99 in the Android Market.

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4 years ago

Angry Birds hits 30 million downloads on Android

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 Angry Birds is printing money

Don't look now, but it would seem that people love them some Angry Birds. A shocker, we know. Rovio announced at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) that the free-with-ads Android version of the popular game had been downloaded an astounding 30 million times. What is even more impressive is that Rovio claimed five million downloads back in early December. They said they were pulling in $1 million in ad revenue back then, so some quick math would estimate that they might be raking in north of $6 million per month now. That's a lot of irate avians. [Joystiq]

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4 years ago

Google Body for Android tablets is available once again, for real this time

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Google Body

Just a heads up that Google Body is back in the Android Market, and it's now available for download on Honeycomb tablets. Again, you'll need a tablet running Android 3.0, not a phone running anything other than Android 3.0. But with it you'll be able to explore the human body from a muscular, skeletal, vascular and nervous point of view, and it's pretty darn cool. Download links and our hands-on video are after the break. Thanks, Richie!

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4 years ago

Humans vs Aliens updated to Version 1.1

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A few weeks ago we took our first look at Humans vs Aliens, an Android game similar to Plants vs Zombies, and since then the game has continued to improve. The folks over at Epic Applications have been hard at work on this game, and continuing to improve the overall game play, and they are excited to announce version 1.1. This update brings some great enhancements to the game play, such as:

  • New Game Mode! Unlimited mode puts you against an unlimited barrage of aliens to see how long you can last! 5 new achievements and a leaderboard!
  • Meteors now can fall from the sky to destroy aliens or take out humans.
  • Improved memory management: optimized and reduced FCs
  • Health meters for humans!
  • Fix for Last Chance and Musical Chairs achievements which prevented them from being unlocked
  • New crash animations for spaceships and Chopper!
  • Restarting campaign fix

If you already own the game, be sure to grab the update, and if not, be sure to pick up your very own copy from the Android Market.

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4 years ago

Seesmic for Android gains full Facebook support

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Seesmic for Android

Seesmic has long been my Twitter client of choice -- and it's about to become my Facebook app of choice, too. Yep, Seesmic has added full Facebook support. Previously you could post directly to Facebook, and now you can read your friends' posts, too.

Also new in Version 1.6 is support for TwitLonger for you cheaters who can't stick with 140 characters, inline comments for Chatter and Google Buzz, support for the Goo.gl URL shortner, and a slew of new widgets for all the services.

Seesmic is free. You can update it now in the Android Market, and we've got download links after the break.

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