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4 years ago

Cox Cable unleashing Android app, but it only works in three markets (updated)

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 Cox Cable Android App

Cox Cable (a cable TV, Internet and phone provider for a good many of us) is poised to roll out an Android application that will work in conjunction with its DVR boxes and television service. The app will be available to everyone at launch, but only customers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Hampton Roads (Va.) will actually be able to use it at first. (Hey, Cox, need a beta tester in the Gulf Coast market?)

And speaking of Cox, remember that Cox-branded HTC Hero we showed you a few months back? We're being told Cox's mobile service isn't dead, but it's been put on hold while some billing and software integration issues are being worked out to make sure things go smoothly. Can't blame 'em for that. 

Update: We're finding out a little more here. The reason that the app will only work in three markets at first is that there's some office work (isn't there always?) and firmware updates that need to be done on boxes before things will play nicely together. The Oklahoma City market is said to be in the midst of upgrades and may have access to the app in the next month or so, and other markets will follow.

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4 years ago

Blocco has moxy but needs a good polish (and better English support)

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Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could have your Android device preform actions with little if any physical input? That's what developer GClue K.K. is hoping to accomplish with the Blocco application. Blocco is, in essence, a user definable macro tool. At first Blocco is somewhat hard to grasp as it's a little complex and not English-native but theres a good hunk of potential for this ambitious little app. Let's explore, after the break.

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4 years ago

Toggle application auto updates with a single app (root required)

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On Episode 28 of the Android Central Podcast, Alexander from Austria asked if there was an easy way to turn off automatic updating of apps, so that he wouldn't have to contend with the downloads sucking down the roaming data. And over the weekend, XDA Developers member eddieringle released just such an app.

Your phone has to be rooted, but once you install Market Autoupdate Bulk Toggle, you can switch between auto and manual updates for all of your Android Market apps with a single tap.

There's no widget yet, but hopefully we'll see that added in the future.

More info at the source link, and a download link is after the break. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Sethjk!

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4 years ago

Android Quick-App: Astro Player Beta (a multispeed podcatcher)

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Astro Player Beta

As far as music players and podcatchers go, Astro Player Beta isn't in our top five. There definitely are more attractive apps that are easier to use. But it has one feature that we've gotten a bunch of questions about -- the ability to listen to podcasts at greater-than-1x speeds. That's right, you can speed up the dulcet tones of Jerry, Mickey and myself and crank through the weekly news in half the time -- and make us sound like chipmunks in the process. It has an option to speed up the playback but keep pitch the same, but it's marginal. The whole speed thing is labeled as "experimental," and your mileage may vary depending on what you're listening to. Check out a demo and grab the download info after the break.

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4 years ago

Are you ready for some football? Fantasy football on Android

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Fantasy Football

Are you ready for some football? If you’re a football fan and like to play fantasy, hopefully your team is set and ready to dominate your league. Even though Drew Brees and Brett Favre (OK, Farve, not so much) started helping their teams on Thursday night, things really get going today. Before the rest of the games start, we wanted to provide you with a brief overview of some of the best fantasy apps for Android.

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4 years ago

Swype beta for Android updated, older version expiring soon

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Swype for Android

If you're rocking the Swype keyboard -- the beta version, not the one that's preinstalled on newer phones -- you likely just got an e-mail telling you it's time to update. Couple of reasons for that: One is that the current beta will expire in a couple of days, and the other is a slew of bugfixes. The full changelog is as follows:

  • Added German and Portuguese languages
  • Added the auto-space suppression short-cut gesture: Swype from the spacebar to backspace
  • Added the quick language switch short-cut gesture: Swype from the Swype Key to the Q key
  • Improved the word prediction algorithm to provide better support for additional languages
  • Improved handling of several gesture collisions, including want/wasn't, to/too and others
  • The Android IME no longer sometimes hangs/crashes when Swype scrapes the user's address book for dictionary entries
  • Tips and help menus now accessible when a password field is active
  • Backspace now works in applications which use raw key input instead of an editable text field (e.g. terminal emulator)
  • The single character "i" is no longer incorrectly auto-capitalized in non-English languages (reported by many of you!)
  • Tons of other minor bug-fixes, including many device-specific issues

Be sure to completely uninstall the keyboard and Swype installer files before installing the new ones. You can download the new version for your phone here (from your phone's browser), read the FAQ here, and get detailed installation instructions here.

So that there's no confusion: If Swype came pre-installed on your phone, stay away from this update. If you registered for the beta on Swype's website, and that's where you initially got Swype, you're good to go.

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4 years ago

Tweetdeck releases yet another update, brings widgets, stability

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Tweetdeck, a twitter client that we have all grown to know and love, continues to push beta update after beta update. In this Version .9.8, they have added support of a quick post, a column view, as well as a quick launch bar which takes you directly into a certain part of the application. In addition to these new widgets, there is also a new column interface along with some bug fixes that have been reported. Be sure to check out the update here, and if you haven't already signed up for the beta, be sure to do that here. [via Tweetdeck]

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4 years ago

McAfee buys Wave Secure, offering 25% discount for new subscriptions

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Wave Secure now part of McAfee family

If you weren't one of the lucky 30 winners of our Wave Secure giveaway, or even if you were and have a need for another license, now's your chance as Wave Secure (we went hands on in January) and McAfee celebrate their union.  With Wave Secure you can backup, lock, or wipe your phone from any computer, as well as track missing or stolen phones via Google maps.  Great way to have peace-of-mind, and saving five bucks is icing on the cake.

Head over to the Wave Secure website to see just what the app has to offer, and you can sign up and maybe save some pennies while you're at it.  [Wave Secure]

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4 years ago

AppBrain launches new version with social baked in

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 AppBrain main screen

After launching a new version of its website recently, AppBrain has brought many of the new sorting features to its Android app. In addition, AppBrain now has a social element so you can follow other users to quickly browse what apps they have installed. You can log in to Facebook to see if your friends use AppBrain (they should!) or browse by popular users. Also, you can share a link to your profile quickly via email, Twitter, SMS, and just about every other mode of communication on your phone. The free update is on the Market now. Click past the break for the usual Market link (with QR code!), more screenshots, and even a list of the Android Central writers so you can follow us in AppBrain. [AppBrain blog]

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4 years ago

Adobe: Same code on five screens

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When we talked a couple weeks ago with Adobe platform evangelist Ryan Stewart, we talked about how Adobe Flash and AIR can help developers work for multiple platforms with minimal changes to the code. But talk gets us only so much understanding. After the break, video with Christian Cantrell from the Adobe AIR team, who shows a simple Reversi-type game on the Mac, Windows 7, Linux, iOS and Android -- all with the exact same code. Nary a single line has been changed, and the look and feel is the same across all platforms. Check it out after the break. [Adobe]

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4 years ago

Real HDMI app lets you take everything on your Droid X to the big screen

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If that 4.3-inch screen on your Droid X (our review) isn't big enough to show off them cute pictures you took at Disney World to your grandma's weak eyes -- there was always another alternative. By using the micro HDMI (you can buy one here at Android Central Store) port on Droid X, owners have always had the ability to take their pictures and video to the big screen. Though, wouldn't it be great if you could display all of your apps, games, soundboards, etc on your TV too? 

GmanApps, developer of the new Real HDMI app on Market, will now allow you to do just that. We're probably most excited to be able to play our favorite emulators on the big screen. Now, where is that Wii-remote? If you already have or gonna give this app a try, shout out in the comments section. Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Remote Notifier for Android -- forward notifications from phone to computer

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Remote Notifier running on Windows 7

Many of us spend a big part of our days in front of a computer.  Wouldn't it be nice if notifications from your Android phone used some sort of ancient magic and appeared in your computer monitor?  Android developers rdamazio and Leandro have managed to do it across the three popular desktop platforms, and we're going to have a look at it in action after the break. (With a tip of the hat to Lifehacker)

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4 years ago

Android Market has more than 80,000 apps, Android's Rubin says

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Android MarketAndy Rubin, Google's Vice President of engineering -- Android development head honcho and the man behind both Android and Danger -- was quoted in the press release announcing the T-Mobile G2 that the Android Market now has over 80,000 applications -- up 10,000 from the last we heard on July 15.

“One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, engineering, Google. “From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing. On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today.”

Of course there is still no way of telling just how many are themes, keyboard skins, icon packs unauthorized soundboards or "Sexy Lady No. 357" apps.  Like all App Markets, you'll have spam.  But the growth rate is telling, and it pretty much mirrors everything else we hear about Android and it's ever increasing market share.  

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 8, 2010

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application

Call me crazy, but finding an application in the market can be quite a task. Lots of time is spent looking, reading, trying, and buying, but as we all know there is easier ways then trial and error. Finding good suggestions can be hard, but we do our best to bring you some of our favorite applications that you will find useful. Take a peek after the jump to see what we have brought to you this week.

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4 years ago

CNET releases Android twin of iOS application

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cnet

Many of us rely on CNET for the latest and greatest when it comes to a wide variety of news in our daily life (except for Android news, right?). Whether looking for tech articles, seeking money advice, or just reading about the happenings of the world that day, CNET is a great one stop shop for all of this. They have released a clone of their iOS application, which contains a ton of features for users. Within the application you are able to read articles on a full screen, search using their optimized mobile search as well as tweet links to your favorite articles instantly. If your an avid CNET reader and you were using their mobile site, it's definitely time to hop in the market and download this free application. Download links available after the jump. [via CNET News]

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