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3 years ago

Android Quick App: WidgetLocker Lockscreen

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WidgetLocker Lockscreen is a lockscreen replacement that gives you much more freedom over not only how your lockscreen looks, but how it functions. The premise is simple: Open up the lockscreen to having widgets and shortcuts of your choosing, and give you the ability to make any slider a shortcut to any app or process. The result is a pretty cool experience that really tightens up the efficiency factor of your device.

When you open WidgetLocker for the first time, you're greeted by a very informative walkthrough, showing you not only how to change your lockscreen up, but also how to access menus, activate Tool Mode, and remove sliders. There's also a tidbit about the 5-second rule that's worth knowing about.

Customizing your lockscreen is a fairly straightforward affair. Everything functions just as it would on a normal homescreen, so you can either long-press or do the menu > add route to pull up the applicable menu. From there, you're given the options to add another slider, applications, shortcuts, or widgets. It's all the same as doing anything on a homescreen, so you'll be treading in familiar territory.

Where things get really cool is the Custom Slider menu. TeslaCoil has packed the slider menu full of different themes, ranging from the stock Android slider to iOS's, MIUI to MotoBlur. Once you've picked your skin of choice, you slide the slider to configure what exactly you want it to do. This is rather limitless as well, giving you the requisite unlock option, in addition to WidgetLocker specialty actions, application shortcuts, or launcher-specific shortcuts.

WidgetLocker also boasts a highly variable and detailed settings menu. From here you can alter everything from which buttons unlock the screen to what WidgetLocker-specific widgets you want to use. You can also customize the look and feel of everything and a whole host of other things. If there's something you want to control, there's probably a menu option for it.

WidgetLocker is $1.99 in the Market, but with it's successful revamp as version 2.0 not too long ago, the price is well worth it. Especially if you're the type who wants things your way (and let's be honest, who isn't?), this is a must-have app.

Pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

NASA App now officially available on Android

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Just in time for the final space shuttle launch, NASA has released an official app. It features NASA twitter feeds from around the agency, live streaming of NASA TV, current NASA mission information, and a whole lot more. So, if you need to get your outer space fix while on the go, be sure to download this free application from the Android market today! Download links available after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Float

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Float is one of those games you come across that has a deceptively boring idea behind it that you're willing to write it off, but once you try it, you realize it's a lot of fun. As it was put to me, Float is a game that "makes you feel happy." While I'll leave that up to each one of you, I will tell you it's a game about keeping balloons from getting popped.

Float's gameplay is relatively simple: tap the balloons to keep the from falling onto the spikes. If you lose three balloons, it's game over. You can tap them high on the screen to ensure you never lose a life, but the game entices you to take risks by providing you with a bonus line that multiples your points 10 times over if you wait for the balloon to drop beneath it.

Rounds last around 25 seconds, on average, and the timer loudly clicks down the last couple of seconds so you know the end is nigh. At the conclusion of a round, the balloons fly away, you're shown how long the new round is, and more balloons continue to rain down.

To keep gameplay from getting completely and utterly stale, Crawl Space Games have added in just a mad plethora of different game options. While the actual tapping the balloons is the same, there's some added mechanics, like lose one balloon and your game is over. Then there's the opposite of the standard game, called Up & Away. In this game mode, you tap the top of your balloon to keep it from floating off the top of your screen.

It's definitely a nice touch and keeps the replay value higher than if you were just slinging birds tapping balloons up the entire time. That being said, Float is very much a game in the same vein as Angry Birds, a time-killer/think-about-nothing kind of experience. It's definitely entertaining, just doesn't require much thought after a while.

There's a free version as well as a paid version in the Market for 99 cents, but based on their descriptions, they seem to be the same app. Perhaps if you feel like donating, that's what the paid app is for. For a bit of pointless fun, free isn't a bad price, though.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Kik releases mobile SDK as a drop in solution for real time sharing

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Attention, developers!  Are you looking for a way to add user-to-user sharing in your mobile application, using an already established cross-platform messenger service?  If so, the people at Kik have something you'll be interested in.  With the release of their Kik mobile SDK you now have a drop in solution with a huge pool of existing users, ready for your project.  The SDK looks to be pretty straightforward, and will give your app the ability to send text, attachments, and a preview pane directly to another device using Kik messenger, ready to open in your own app on that users phone.  Kik also assures us that the data is secure, with only a users first name being shared.

To top it all off, Kik is sponsoring a contest with three cash prizes of $5,000 to give away for the best mobile apps using their SDK, so you'll want to get in on that.  The entry deadline is Aug. 8, 2011, and you'll find all that particulars, as well as the SDK download and API FAQ at the source link.  And don't forget to let us know about your apps!

Source: Kik

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: WipEout for Xperia Play

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If you owned a PlayStation (of the original, gray variety) back in the late nineties, then the WipEout series should need no introduction. WipEout was one of the first titles to bring futuristic "kart" style racing into 3D, and was massively successful when it launched in 1995, alongside the original Sony PlayStation.

Now Sony has brought the original WipEout to Android, in the form of an official port for the PlayStation-certified Xperia Play. And like many of the PlayStation classics currently offered by Sony on the Android Market, WipEout looks and plays just as it did on the PS1 sixteen years ago. You can steer your ship using either the Xperia Play's D-pad or analog controls, and air-breaking is taken care of by the left and right trigger buttons.

The aim, of course, is to work your way to the front of the pack by using speed pads, weapons and other power-ups to get the best of your opponents. Just like the PlayStation original, WipEout can be pretty brutal at times. There's a near-vertical learning curve and AI which will punish you when you're caught up in the middle of the pack, and rubber-band its way back to you if you take first place. Once you hit your stride, though, WipEout is a highly enjoyable racer, though not as newbie-friendly as more casual titles on the Market.

If you decide to pick the game up, you'll get a fair amount of content for your £3.99. There are six tracks to play across championship, single race and time trial modes, and an unlockable seventh track if you beat the game. Unfortunately, the exceptional licensed soundtrack of the original PlayStation version isn't included, but in its place you'll find the alternate Sega Saturn soundtrack by Tim "Cold Storage" Wright.

If you're unfamiliar with the WipEout series, then you'll probably find more accessible and enjoyable casual racers elsewhere. However, if you're a PlayStation veteran and fancy a trip down memory lane, then asking price is more than reasonable in our opinion. WipEout is currently available on the Android Market (Europe only for the moment) for £3.99. Join us after the jump for Market links and QR codes.

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3 years ago

News360 for phones now available

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Last May we saw the release of News360 for Honeycomb devices, and today they have released the version for the smaller screen.  In a nutshell, News360 is a news aggregator app with over 4,000 global sources (find us in the Android section!) and it's visually stunning.  The features are there, too -- the social integration with Facebook, Twitter, ReadItLater, Instapaper, and TripIt, the ability to favorite articles and and content to create your own customized newsfeed, and "automatically identifying and linking more than 700,000 companies, people, brands and locations with stories, and creating encyclopedic, wiki-style dossiers accessible with a single tap, without ever leaving the article."  That means when you open an article, keywords are highlighted and a tap takes you to page inside the app full of pertinent information and other news links.  Another very intriguing feature is set to come out this summer:

News360 will introduce a new cross-platform content personalization mechanism based on interests and reading preferences gathered from integrations with Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and Evernote, among others. Automatically generated profiles will enable users to instantly discover the content that is relevant to them with one click of the News360 icon.

But the highlight here is easily the application design.  It's smooth, with a fluid transition between pages, rich high resolution images, and quality inline video.  It's also uniquely Android; versions are available for multiple platforms, each having the same overall look and feel yet keeping the controls and layout in the stye associated with each individual platform.  The iPhone version, for example, has a familiar icon bar across the bottom, with the settings and favorites where you would expect them, and the Android version has those same controls in the upper right corner.  It's the little touches like this that separate it from the pack.  News360 is free from the Android Market for phones running Android 2.2 and higher, and you'll find the download link, some images showing off the interface, and the official press release after the break.

More: News360

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3 years ago

Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles beta launches, we have 50 keys to give away!

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Spacetime Studios has released the beta of Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles, the new sci-fi MMO and Android Central has 50 beta keys to give away.  You might recognize the name Spacetime Studios, as they're the folks behind Pocket Legends -- another great MMO for Android.  This time around you'll play as a hero in the 41st century, against other players and the alien race known as the Vular.  You can choose from three different character classes, each with different strengths and weaknesses, for loads of exciting gaming.

If you're a Verizon subscriber, you can find Star Legends via VCast.  If you're not a Verizon user (or if the first thing you do is yank VCast off your phone), you'll either have to wait until the beta period is over (that's July 20) or win one of the 50 keys we're giving away.  If you're selected, you'll get the beta key and download link so you can install and play while the rest of us are waiting.  Have a look at some of the gameplay screens, the press release, and the official trailer after the break, and visit this link in the Android Central forums for a chance to win

More info: Star Legends site

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 3D gets a gaming boost from Gameloft

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Read our LG Optimus 3D review

What's a 3D phone without 3D apps, right? And the LG Optimus 3D just got a nice boost from Gameloft, which now has 17 titles ready for the first mainstream glasses-free 3D smartphone.

Included with the Optimus 3D are Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, N.O.V.A. and Let's Golf! 2. Rounding out the available downloads are:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles
  • James Cameron’s Avatar
  • Ultimate Spider Man: Total Mayhem
  • GT Racing: Motor Academy
  • Shrek Kart
  • Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus
  • Real Football 2011
  • Star Battalion
  • N.O.V.A. 2 -- Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
  • Dungeon Hunter 2
  • Fishing Kings
  • BackStab
  • Eternal Legacy
  • Shadow Guardian

Can't say there's not a sable of content waiting for the Optimus 3D, can ya? Be sure and check out of full review of the Optimus 3D, and check out the press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Fieldrunners HD now available in the Amazon Appstore

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There she be, folks -- Fieldrunners HD. It's tower defense done like never before, with excellent graphics and sounds. It's got more than 400 levels and four battlefields, seven towers and three difficulty levels, plus two additional modes once you beat the Classic game.

Fieldrunners HD is a pretty big download at 36MB, and it's available on Android smartphones (not tablets yet) running Android 2.2 and up. Download it from the Amazon Appstore for free today at the link below.

Download: Fieldrunners HD

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3 years ago

Amazon throws in unlimited music storage if you buy a $20 Cloud Drive plan

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Remember when we all wondered why, exactly, I shelled out $100 for 100GB of storage space for Amazon's Cloud Music Player? I'm really regretting that decision now, as Amazon just announced that if you pony up a mere $20 for a $20GB Amazon Cloud Drive plan, you'll be bumped up to unlimited Cloud Player storage. As in, no limit at all. Upload all you want.

Hey, that's great. Glad to see Amazon throwing a bone to new customers. And for us early adopters who wanted a little more space, well, we're just out of luck.

Source: Amazon

Update: Were you like your intrepid editor and paid more for extra storage? Amazon's refunding the difference! Here's the e-mail I just got.

Because your current plan now includes unlimited space for music, we're refunding the difference between the cost of your original Cloud Drive plan of 100 GB and the cost of a current 20 GB plan ($20), which is the least-expensive Cloud Drive plan that includes unlimited space for music. A refund of $80 will be issued to the card originally used for your Amazon Cloud Drive storage plan. Refunds are typically completed within 10 business days and will appear as a credit on your credit card statement.

Good on ya, Amazon! (And a tip of the hat to @dcornejo)

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