4 years ago

Android Quick App: MyFitnessPal



With summer coming to an end, and the cool weather nearing often times trying to keep that summer figure can be a bit difficult. There are many great Android applications that are available to help guide you down the right path work out wise, and record all your information to keep a good visual idea of where you stand. It can be a bit more difficult to do the same for your food consumption but MyFitnessPal has done a great job of making entering your meals a breeze to show you exactly where you stand verse where you need to be every day.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Hiplogic *Spark launcher replacement


Hiplogic *Spark

Longtime software developer Hiplogic this week released a beta of its *Spark Android launcher (that'll be the last time we put the asterisk in Spark, by the way). Emphasis on the beta party, is it's still a bit laggy and buggy, but it's an interesting addition to Android.

The gist is that you get a vertical sliding UI, with weather info at the top, some shortcuts, news, post to Facebook and Twitter, plus Facebook and Twitter updates. Standard stuff really, but it's done in an interesting and attractive way.

Again, we need to reiterate that this is an unfinished beta, and you should treat it as such. But it's worth keeping an eye on, and you can find out more at SparkMyPhone.com. Video hands-on and download info are after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: MiniSquadron



Like action shooters?  Secretly jealous that Android doesn't seem to have the "best" ones?  Then you'll love MiniSquadron, another iOS favorite that's made it's way to Android.  To make things even better, it's another game that uses open feint for multiplayer connectivity.  But wait for it -- it's also on sale for just 99 cents until Sept. 19, when it goes back to $2.99.  We've got a video and download links after the break, check it out.

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4 years ago

New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies


Android Fennec

It's been a couple weeks since Mozilla unleashed their Fennec alpha builds upon us, and some welcome changes are making their way into the product.  For anyone living under a rock, Fennec is Mozilla's code name for the version of Firefox for mobile devices, and something a whole lot of us are looking forward to.  Some of the changes are big, some not so much, and some are just magical.

The biggest changes come to the Awesomebar, which has been rebranded as the Awesomescreen (probably to hold more awesome) and the layout has been changed, merging things like bookmarks and search into a single UI.  This gives more room for things like badging the Awesomescreen URL's with web metadata, so you get a useful visual like this:

Gmail badge with unread count


Other changes like improved right-to-left locale support (think Hebrew) and support for Android's native notifications are also quite nice.  If you're curious, and especially if the first pre-alpha build didn't work so well for you, head over to the download page (on your Android device) and give the latest nightly build a shot.  [Mark Finkle's Weblog]

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4 years ago

Bitbop for Android brings streaming TV



The new subscription streaming television service BitBop has arrived, with an Android app in tow.  Users with the Sprint Evo 4G, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, Nexus One, and Droid Incredible can download the app directly from Bitbop here (BitBop's application is not on the Android Market), set up an account and use a free three-day trial to see what the service offers.  The full subscription price is $9.99 per month, the same cost as Hulu Plus.  Unlike Hulu Plus, BitBop allows for downloading of content for watching later, and is commercial free. 

We've got a few screenshots of the application after the break, and I'm going to give it a workout and see how it stands up.  I'll let you guys know how it goes after a week or so! [Mashable]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Fruit Ninja (with Open Feint)


 Fruit Ninja for Android

That's right, folks, it's Fruit Ninja on Android. No longer is it just for the iPhone. And better yet, with Open Feint, you can compete against your friends and join leaderboards as you slice and dice your way through various pieces or juicy fruit. Yeah, we're addicted already. And for 99 cents, it's worth every penny. Check it out after the break, along with the download links.

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4 years ago

Adobe to address vulnerability in Flash Player for Android


Adobe Flash player

Adobe has announced that it is planning to address a security vulnerability in Flash Player for Android, as well as the versions for Mac, Windows, and Unix; and Acrobat reader for Mac, Windows, and Unix.  They've marked this vulnerability as critical, which means it has the potential to crash and allow code to run on the users machine.  There are reports of attacks against Windows machines in the wild, but no reports of any other operating systems being affected as of yet.  Expect the fix the week of the Sept. 27, according to Adobe.

Do note that Adobe isn't saying that there are existing attacks against Android, only that the potential is there and they will be releasing a fix.  Also, while nobody has come forward and explicitly said so, this likely has potential to exploit and root an Android phone much like was used on the Evo 4G a while back.  Be on the lookout for an update to your Flash Player, and we'll be sure to remind you when we see it rolling out. [Adobe]

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4 years ago

Worldmate travel app comes out of beta


 Worldmate travel appWorldmate travel app

We took a look at the Worldmate travel app for back when it was in beta, and as of today's, it's bona fide and in the Android Market. In a nutshell, you sign up for Worldmate's free service, then forward your airline or hotel confirmation to Worldmate, which parses the info and shoots it to the app on your phone for some mighty fine organization. The Worldmate app also lets you book hotel room straight from the app, if you're in to that sort of thing. It also sports weather forecasts, a handy currency converter and travel notifications.

Check out our beta review for the full rundown, and get the presser and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Quick Settings


 Quick Settings

One thing I love about Android is the ability to quickly set up shortcuts to menus in your Settings or simply having a widget that you can toggle to change things. Quick Settings bests both of these methods by having nearly everything you might want to change on your phone just a notification bar icon away (its the gear looking one). 3G, WiFi and GPS are the things I most often change on my phone, so it is great to have quick access to them. You can either toggle them on or off with the button on the right, or jump into each's menu by tapping on its name to the left. 

The other really useful feature is easy access to the various sound levels on the phone. Android doesn't use a one-sound-level-fits-all system, so if I want to turn down my alarm volume (or any other volume), Quick Settings gets the job done elegantly and quickly. You can even toggle between silent or vibrate settings. In addition, it shows free RAM and memory from your microSD card. It is available now for free on the Market. Click past the jump for another screen shot and the usual download links. Thanks to JP for the tip!

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4 years ago

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


 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)


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)


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)


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


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


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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