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6 years ago

NDrive and Android Central giving away 20 NDrive licenses [contest]

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NDrive navigation

We all love Google's turn by turn navigation system, but many times we're looking for a solution that works off-line.  Enter NDrive -- the world navigation system that stores map data on-device, ready to work with no data or WiFi connection.  But off-line maps is only a small portion of what NDrive offers -- wait until you see the video after the jump!

The good people at NDrive have reached out and are offering full license and USA maps to 20 lucky Android Central forum members (a $500 total value).  To enter, see the rules and official contest thread in the forums HERE, and after the break is that video overview of NDrive that we promised, check it out!

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6 years ago

Android Quick App: Kids Finger Paint

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Used to be my daughter would sit in the back of the car, bored, and ask to use my wife's iPhone to draw. No more, now that I've got Kids Finger Paint. It's about as simple as it gets, which is how it should be for a drawing app. Touch the screen, and you draw. To get a different color, you touch the color wheel. No hidden menus to mess with. Now I'm the coolest parent in the car. The app costs a perfectly reasonable 99 cents. Download info after the break.

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6 years ago

Android App Review: G4 TV

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G4 has changed a bit since its birth in the TechTV days, but its new app is absolutely packed with features and awesomeness. Videogame fans have long had to deal with the mobile versions of popular gaming websites, such as Gamespot or G4's own version. These were often clunky and slow even on the latest phone. Navigation was a nightmare and often video was left out entirely. Join me past the break to discover how G4 has shown the gaming press how its done. 

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6 years ago

Adobe AIR app demos show what to expect later this year [video]

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 Adobe AIR app demoes

We got a healthy dose of Adobe AIR apps -- coming this Q4 to a smartphone near you --  this morning at the Adobe Flash Summit. So far as our non-developer eyes can tell, things look and feel like native apps. They'll be distributed just like any other Android application, though the Android Market, which will keep things nice and simple.

To see what we saw -- including that awesome Star Wars trench run GPS app -- head on past the break.

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6 years ago

New Sprint Football Live free for all Sprint data subscribers

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Sprint Football Live

Sprint has again updated its Sprint Football Live application, and it wants to remind everyone that the services are free to every Sprint data subscriber.  Back in April, Verizon wrangled the official NFL blessing away from Sprint, and many thought that would be the end of football on Sprint, but they have been working and improving their Football Live app and it seems to offer some unique content

  • Live telecasts of NCAA games via ESPN TV
  • Game center for every NFL and collegiate game
  • Scores and schedule for all NFL teams, and 120 college teams
  • Exclusive content like player blogs, and team videos

With football season about to kick in, Sprint subscribers ought to check things out at the official Sprint Football Live page.  I will be, as I'm a huge NCAA football nut.  GO EERS!  Check out the full press release after the jump. [Sprint]

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6 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 now final for the Nexus One

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Flash Player 10.1

Finally out of beta, Adobe has pushed the official build of Flash 10.1 to the Android Market for Nexus One devices.  After a string of beta builds, the application is finally stable enough for Adobe and you'll be able to download 10.1.92.8 directly from the Market (or upgrade to it if you're using one of the betas) from your Nexus One. 

Motorola Droid users will soon be able to download Flash from the market as well, but no word on how the HTC Evo or Droid 2 are going to be able to upgrade to the final build just yet.  We'll let you know as soon as we do!

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6 years ago

Users running Froyo on Sprint's Evo 4G are experiencing a calendar bug

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Smartphones are designed to keep people connected and always on top their lives. Everything from accessing email, taking pictures, managing their schedule, browsing the web, and even playing with silly flatuence apps. Oh -- and don't forget making phone calls too. Though recently a new bug has appeared that's been hindering that experience for those who own the Evo 4G from Sprint running Froyo.

A poster on Google's bug submission page, has brought the attention to an issue with the calendar application. Those experiencing the bug have noticed that if you go back into the appointment and edit the time, the "description" field is overwritten by the "where" field. Resulting in the description being deleted fully. Hopefully Google and HTC are on top of this bug and will offer a temporary fix until a proper update will be released. Click on after the jump to see bug in action.

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6 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Aug. 13, 2010

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apps

What fun is an Android device when it isn't loaded up with some of the most amazing applications that exist? Granted, finding them can be a daunting task to some, but here at Android Central we love to make your live easy. Hit the break to check out what some of your trusted staff recommends to you this week.

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6 years ago

Must-have applications for your Motorola Droid 2

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droid2

Whether stepping foot into the Android Market for the first time, or just looking for something new to use on your brand new Motorola Droid 2, we've got you covered. The Market is loaded with applications, the variety is insane, and the selection is just plain wild. Searching can be a bit overwhelming at times, so lets take a look at some good foundational applications to get you on your way. Be sure to also check out our review section which we are rapidly filling with software reviews.

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6 years ago

Audible Android app now available

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We brought you a hands-on with the Audible Android app a couple of months ago while it was in beta, and we're happy to report that it's now available in the Android Market. The app itself is free, but you're going to need an audible account to actually make use of things. [Audible] Thanks, Nwani!

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6 years ago

Vlingo responds to Google Voice Actions -- by making Vlingo for Android free

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Vlingo

Vlingo has responded to Google's release of Voice Actions in an amazing way -- by making its $9.99 Android application free.  Yes, free, starting today.  The folks at Vlingo are the first to applaud Google for the great Voice Actions application, but they also point out that Vlingo offers a bit more -- besides being cross platform, they also hook into Twitter and Facebook, and SafeReader to have incoming messages read aloud.  Oh, there's one more thing -- Vlingo works with Eclair and Froyo, so no need to wait for that OTA. 

Personally, I love Vlingo.  Now I love it even more.  Hit the break for the download details. [Vlingo]

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6 years ago

Google's Chrome to Phone feature comes out of the shadows

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 Chrome-to-Phone

Google held a small event today to highlight some improved features in Android. One of these features was the Chrome-to-Phone extension/application. We brought you one of the first public demos of it way back in May and have been using it since it was first announced as a part of Android 2.2. 

Chrome-to-Phone is a nifty application that allows you to send data from your browser directly to your mobile phone. It was developed by a Google engineer with his 20 percent time (where employees are on the clock but free to work on whatever they want). Check out his demo-video after the break.

It is available for 2.2 (Froyo) and higher only and is now available in the Market as well as in the Chrome Extensions Gallery (check our links after the video) [Google Mobile Blog]

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6 years ago

Tweetdeck for Android now in open beta

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Tweetdeck for Android

We've already played around with an early leaked build of the Tweetdeck Twitter client for Android, but now the beta period is in full swing, and we can all get our Twitter/Facebook/Buzz/Foursquare thing on. You're going to have to register with Tweetdeck and wait for them to send you the app (took about 5 minutes for me), and then you can get your beta on. Tell 'em Android Central sent 'cha. [Tweetdeck]

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6 years ago

Android Quick App: Crush the Castle

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Crush the Castle for Android

Who doesn't love a good trebuchet? Who doesn't love castles? And who doesn't love using a trebuchet to knock down a castle? That brings us to Namco's Crush the Castle, an Android game that will undoubtedly bring to mind another game about surly avian creatures.

But what we have here is a simple premise. There's a trebuchet, and there's a castle, and one of 'em is gonna leave on the ground. There's a bit of a map element to it, so you move from castle to castle. To actually do the deed, you tap the screen once, starting the boulder on its way. Tap the screen again to send the large rock flying toward the castle and the inhabitants thereof. Knock 'em all down (and bloody them in the process), and you move on. The fewer the throws, the better your score (and reward from the king).

But a warning: Gameplay is quick. Very quick. It's pretty tough, actually. I'm not sure yet if that's going to keep me from playing the game, or infuriate me into playing it more.

Balancing that is the ability to actually create your own castles. There's something you don't see every day in an Android app -- you can build your own levels. Very, very cool.

And to top it all off, Crush the Castle is available for 99 cents. More screen shots and download info after the break.

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6 years ago

Google updates Gesture Search app, now with flipping action

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If you're running Android 1.6 and above right now (which should be most of you), you can now download the latest update to Gesture Search from Google Labs. For those not familiar with the app, Google has created an app that allows you to search everything on your Android device by simply drawing out symbols or letters on your device's screen. 

The new update brings the abilty to literally face the phone away from you and doing a "double flip," resulting in the app starting up to begin your search. This is a step forward, as the app once required you to exit to the home screen and select the widget to run the app.

Video demo from Google after the break. [Google Mobile Blog]

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