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5 years ago

Sneak peek of Cut the Rope for Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

When it comes to getting Cut the Rope on Android, we only have one thing to say: Not soon enough! That's right, Cut the Rope has been rumored to be on its way for months, and now we've got an official teaser, straight from developer ZeptoLab.

Gameplay for Cut the Rope on Android looks to be exactly the same, which is a good thing. For those who haven't been indoctrinated, the idea is to get the shiny ball thingy into the mouth of the green monster guy. And it gets pretty darn tough.

Still no release actual date, but we're we're definitely getting closer to Cut the Rope. [via Facebook] Thanks, ilyaamex!

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5 years ago

Gogo Inflight Android app is in the works

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Gogo Inflight for Android is coming

I fly a lot. And I have to work on the plane a lot. But one thing I don't do because it's a hassle is connect my phone to the in-flight Wifi. It's just not easy to do on a mobile browser. But it's going to get better. Gogo Inflight has just released apps for iOS and BlackBerry for "one-step sign-in on your mobile device" -- and and Android application is in the works.

Definitely going to look forward to this one, as I'd much rather just whip out my phone for a few quick e-mails than drag the ol' lappy out from under the seat. And soon it's going to be much easier to do so. [Gogo Inflight]

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5 years ago

NVIDIA launches Tegra Zone -- easily find Tegra 2-optimized Android apps

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NVIDIA Tegra Zone Android App

Now that we've got a couple of dual-core devices with those fast-and-mighty NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipsets, it's time to put them to good use -- with some apps. And to that end, NVIDIA this morning has launched Tegra Zone, a portal for finding the latest apps optimized for the new processors.

We've taken Tegra Zone for a spin over the past couple of days. Join us after the break for a full rundown.

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5 years ago

Android 2.3.3 to allow screenshots without rooting

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the ddms utility

Changes in the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread source will allow applications to take screenshots without rooting your phone.  We've always been able to take screenshots using the SDK and the ddms utility (which you can see above), and some third-party manufacturer skins have enabled it -- both accidentally and on purpose. But with Android 2.3.3 it appears that applications will be able to do it without rooting on stock Android.  This is because of some changes in the way the SurfaceFlinger service handles what it captures from the framebuffer.  For more info, have a look here.  It's something that many users have been requesting, and security issues aside, something long available on most other smartphone platforms. (Wave to your screenshot-less Windows Phone friends, everybody!)

Of course we have to wait for 2.3.3 to filter down to everyone before we see apps take advantage of this for most phones.  But if you've rooted and are already rocking Gingerbread, it shouldn't be long before your favorite developer integrates this and any other small tweaks that come with the latest version.  Then again, you can use any of the methods on the Market to capture your screen if you're already rooted.  So goes Android's circle of life, I guess.  Hopefully, manufacturers get 2.3.3 pushed out soon and we all can enjoy. 

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5 years ago

Sprint Total Equipment Protection App helps safeguard Sprint Android phones

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Sprint TEP App

For you Sprint customers out there who are signed up for the Total Equipment Protection service, you now have a new way to keep your stuff safe. Sprint's released the Total Equipment Protection App that brings a slew of features to help locate, lock, wipe and backup your Sprint Android smartphone's contents. Particularly,

  • Locate lost device by sounding an alarm on the smartphone even if in silent mode, doing a real time locate via GPS technology, or viewing the smartphone’s location history on a map via a Web Interface
  • Remotely lock their smartphone
  • Erase contacts in the address book on a lost smartphone
  • Backup, manage and restore contacts

The app is free if you're a subscriber of Sprint's $7-a-month TEP service. You can get the app at protection.sprint.com. Full presser's after the break.

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5 years ago

TurboTax SnapTax makes filing your taxes picture-perfect

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turbotax

If you are like me and have been putting off filing your taxes for any number of reasons, TurboTax SnapTax is an application you will definitely want to check out. Taking all the information from your W-2 and entering it online can become a pain, especially if you have more then one source of income, but TurboTax has gone above and beyond this year, and made it extremely easy to file. Simply snap a picture of your W-2, give the application a few minutes to pull the needed fields from the image and auto-populate them into your tax forms.

From here you simply go through the information that it pulled and verify that the information is correct. Once you verify the accuracy of the information, you can pay directly through the app and then file your taxes. Within minutes you can file your Federal and State returns, and then sit back and wait for the money to be deposited in your account. While the application itself is a free download from the Android Market, filing will cost $14.99. Hit the break for a video walk through of the application (and yes, we are sorry they chose to film it on an iPhone)

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5 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Feb. 26, 2011

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app picks

Whether you enjoy cruising the market, or struggle to find applications for your favorite Android device, suggestions of great applications are usually welcomed. We spend lots of time looking for fun new applications, and are always looking for the next great thing to load on our devices. Weekly we enjoy to share some of our favorite applications with you, so hit the jump and see what we got in store for you this week.

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5 years ago

Nook for Android app receives an update

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nook

If you are an avid user of the Barnes and Noble Nook for Android application, you will be pleased to know that they have released a rather nice update. In version 2.5 they have listened to their users, and brought some of the most popular features to the application, sadly not all of them will be available to users of 10-inch tablets yet.

For anyone using an Android powered smartphone, or seven inch tablet, the update includes a download progress meter, a wish list feature, as well as a new library grid view, for easy viewing access. For those of you who picked up the Xoom this week, your update is destined to arrive some time this spring, so they have not forgotten about you.

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5 years ago

Plan B from Lookout Labs will find your phone after you've already lost it

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Plan B

A new twist on the "find my phone" genera of apps comes out today from Lookout Labs called Plan B.  If the name didn't give it away, it's an application that tracks your phone that is installed remotely via the Android Market website after you've lost it.  Using it is simple:

  • Realize that your phone isn't where it should be, and a quick look under the car seats or in the couch cushions doesn't find it
  • On your computer, head to the Android Market website
  • Install Plan B
  • Check your email

Once installed, Plan B will start sending text messages via email to the address of your Google account, with handy Google Maps links to your phone's location.  This works even if GPS isn't enabled.  Then it's a matter of seeing where it is, and deciding how to retrieve it.  Pretty slick if you ask me, and it seemed to work perfectly on my Nexus S.  To give it a test or keep the link handy, follow the break for the download. 

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5 years ago

How much faster is the latest Firefox beta?

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Firefox getting faster

One of the chief complaints about Firefox for Android has been its speed and size. But with every new release, it's gotten faster. And with every new release, it's gotten smaller. And Mozilla's Mark Finkle gives us a good look at just how much faster it's become with a series of benchmarks.

In the chart above, you see JavaScript benchmarks. And things are definitely getting faster. And after the break is a chart of page load times. Again, faster. Check out Finkle's blog post at the source link for more benchmarks and him explaining it all. [Mark Finkle's Weblog]

Update: Fixed source link

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5 years ago

Android's official Twitter app updated

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Twitter for Android

Looks like Android's "official" Twitter client just got updated. Here's what's new:

  • Timeline now maintains its position when you exit/enter the app.
  • Tapping on a map thumbnail now opens to a full screen map.
  • Fixed crashes when in landscape mode.
  • App refreshes with latest Tweets upon launch.
  • Other various bug fixes.

Good fixes, all. You can update directly in the Android Market, or we have download links after the break.

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5 years ago

Zynga puts a hit out on the Android Market with Mafia Wars

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Although I'm not really much of a fun of the game, I do know a lot of people love wasting some time playing Mafia Wars. Be it on Facebook or the many other various platforms it is available for. Finally, Zynga has brought Mafia Wars to the Android Market. While early reviews show it needs some work, the fact that Zynga has created a base for Mafia Wars gives them room to play around with and user feedback will help them improve it in the long run. They are quite capable of building great games.

At the moment, some elements of the original game are missing and you can only access one city but I'm sure more will become available over time. If you're into playing Mafia Wars it's certainly worth a look. If you're looking for more feedback based on user reviews head on past the break for the Android Market download link. Just remember, it uses your Facebook account for stats and such so if you don't have a Facebook account you really just login and play. If you're not into Mafia Wars then try out Words with Friends. Fah-get about it!

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5 years ago

Minor Gmail update hits the Market, improves labels, copy/paste in Gingerbead

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Gmail updated 

A minor update to Android's Gmail app has hit the Market that fixes custom labels and improves copy/paste in Gingerbread. If you have custom labels in Gmail with custom colors, they wouldn't properly sync. With this update, that should be fixed. Also updated is the ability to long-press to copy text with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). 

Here is the full update log:

  • Enable long press to copy text on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices
  • Sync custom label colors
  • Bug fixes

The Market link for the Gmail app is available after the break. 

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5 years ago

Running a Honeycomb SDK port is fun, but not all that useful just yet

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Honeycomb port on the Nexus One

Anytime a new Android SDK comes out, you'll quickly see an onslaught of ports popping up on various phones. These aren't even unofficial builds, but ports from the Android system images build into the SDK.

But that doesn't mean they're not fun to play with.

We've gotten to use a number of Honeycomb tablets on a number of occasions. And scaling things down to smartphone size is, well, tough. Obviously it's not what was intended. But it's also fairly functional, though we're not anywhere near having a Honeycomb smartphone as our daily driver just yet.

Anyhoo, check it out after the break. And dive into the Android Central Forums if you're looking to try a port on your phone.

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5 years ago

Verizon's V CAST Music app updated, adds ringtones and ringback tones

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 Verizon V CAST Music app

Verizon has released a new update to its V CAST Music app that finally brings MP3s, ringtones, and ringback tones under the same roof. Notably the MP3s will come without DRM and in high-quality. Other new features added include a wish list for storing songs for later purchase and the ability to send a song recommendation to friends, which will open the song's purchase page in the app. Verizon notes that some of their Android offerings come with the app pre-installed while others can simply go to the Verizon section of the Android Market and find the app there. 

While the MP3s are competitively priced at either $.99 or $1.29, ringback tones will set you back $1.99, and ringtones are an astounding $2.99. So, while you could pay about $4 for a single MP3 and its ringtone, you could decide to save a little money and make a ringtone or notification sound yourself from any MP3 right on your phone. We will leave the choice up to you. Full press release after the break. 

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