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3 years ago

The Week in Android Apps

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Keeping up with the Android market can be a difficult task, as can keeping up with all the new applications and application updates we post weekly. Instead of overloading and bringing a whole new selection of applications for you to read about, let's take a look back at some of the applications we have posted about over the past week. Join me after the break for the recap.

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3 years ago

What's SamsungOmar so excited about?

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As long as we're spending our Friday night reading tea leaves and interpreting tweets, let's look at one more. The above comes from Samsung's Omar Khan, chief strategy officer and senior vice president of products and services with Samsung. He's the guy we saw on stage at the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab events. And he's "using an amazing new device to be revealed to all soon."

Is this the mythical Nexus 2/Nexus S (now believed to be delayed)? Don't think so. More likely it's the Samsung Continuum, expected to be officially unveiled Monday in New York City. (We'll be there!) Of course, it's possible he's not talking about an Android phone. But are there any "amazing new devices" out there that aren't rocking our beloved operating system? [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Android Central App Version 2.0 brings a host of improvements

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Fresh out of the oven comes the official Android Central App, version 2.0. It's been a little while since the initial release, and we've definitely been listening to all of your feedback.

Here's what you have to look forward to in the latest version:

  • Updated graphics to match the website.
  • That pesky ad (hey, we have to pay the bills) has been anchored to the bottom of the screen, it's not nearly as sensitive now, and the appropriate parties have been flogged.
  • There's an all-new alert framework for those of you on Android 2.2 that should make alerts much more alerty.
  • Podcasts are fixed again, so you can listen to them in-app.

As always, if you have any problems or suggestions, leave them for our developer (Notice Software) in our developer's forums.

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3 years ago

Lookator gives a whole new angle to viewing available Wi-Fi networks

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While out and about, many of us search for available wireless networks to connect to, and Lookator gives you a whole new way to search. Viewing items on a map can be a bit confusing, especially if you are in an area that is loaded with buildings, but with the new view it is easy to tell.

After loading the free application, it will launch your phone's camera. Any available networks will be overlayed on the screen. The application will show you not only where the location is, but additionally the strength of the signal at that location so you are able to determine which you wish to select.

If you search for available networks while on the go, and want to be able to better determine where exactly the signal is coming from, this free application is a must-have for you. Video of it in action and download links are after the break. [via JK on the Run/Gigaom]

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3 years ago

Movies by Flixster updated to include Facebook single sign-on

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At the recent Facebook mobile event, the single sign-on feature was announced with great pride. One of the launch partners mentioned in that announcement was Flixster but until now, no new update had been pushed for the app. Today though, you can now grab v3.0 from the Android Market, which includes the update to add single sign on using Facebook. Download link is after the break, or update in the Market.

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3 years ago

HTC Legend prepping for dessert -- gets ready for Froyo

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Us Android users will never turn down a free dessert.  We've had cupcakes, donuts, eclairs, and now, as most of us are waiting for some warm Gingerbread, HTC Legend users can add a nice helping of Froyo to their menu.

HTC announced via its Facebook page that users with an unbranded HTC Legend can expect the update in the coming weeks.  However, due to the prolonged software approval process each carrier must administer, folks with a carrier branded phone will have to wait just a bit longer (per usual).

Nothing leaves us geeks more restless than the announcement of an imminent software update.  Evidenced by user Arnoldthepotter's thread in our forums almost two months ago, where he began the countdown to the HTC Legend Froyo update.  Well, Arnoldthepotter, if you're reading, your countdown just got a lot shorter.  [HTC Facebook]

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3 years ago

Opera Mobile for Android coming Nov. 9

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If you're dying to get Opera Mobile on your Android phone, it'll be here in just four short days. Nov. 9 is the date set by Opera, and that's the date we shall see the mobile browser come out of beta and into the mainstream. It's been a long time coming, as we first saw Opera Mobile for Android way back at Mobile World Congress in February. Anybody excited about this one? [Opera]

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3 years ago

PBA Bowling 2 brings 3D bowling to your Android device

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Often times after finding a few minutes to spare in a busy day we grab for our Android device and look for something fun to do. Games are always a great way to pass the time, and games that can be picked up and put away at any time are even better. PBA Bowling was a great game and the update to PBA Bowling 2 has made it even better, bringing a much better experience to the Android device. Right off the bat it's a bit obvious that getting strikes could be deemed a little bit easy, but hey who doesn't like a game that they can do well in, right? The 3D graphics are done very well, with lots of great details throughout the whole game, though the motion is a little slow and not quite as fluid as we'd like. Whether you prefer to play alone, or verse a friend the $2.99 spent on this game is worth every penny.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Realtor.com launches Android real estate search application

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If you're in the market for some new housing arrangements, you might want to check out the latest app from Realtor.com. Making use of GPS and Google Street Views, the Realtor.com app allows you to search within one to twenty miles of your location, locate the property and instantly connect with an agent to schedule a tour. You can also dictate voice notes and email friends and family the listing all from right within the application itself. You can catch the video of it in action after the break or head on over to the Android Market to download it for free.

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3 years ago

Android app 'T2 MoodTracker' to be used by the Pentagon?

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The Department of Defense has never been scared of embracing technology in some rather unusual ways. We all remember when they ordered up 2200 Sony PS3's, right? This time around though, they may be looking at the Android app T2 Mood Tracker due to it's ability to check the emotional state of the user and offer up health related tips.

Recently featured on DoDVclips, T2 Mood Tracker allows users to self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common deployment-related behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety. All of which can be tracked and referenced for any set period of days, weeks and months visually. Nothing at this point indicates this will be something the DoD will be deploying across the board but it's still rather interesting that an Android app would garner such interest. [Textually via Ars Technica]

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