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2 weeks ago

Humble Bundle 9 lets you get Broken Sword 2, Ravensword, and more while supporting charity

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Another wonderful round of Android games are being offered by the Humble Bundle today. Humble Bundle 9 offers Broken Sword 2, Bridge Constructor, Type:Rider, and Ravensword: Shadowlands for however much you’re willing to pay. Beat the average donation, and you’ll get Kingdom Rush and Knights of Pen and Paper too.

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2 weeks ago

Android camera app reportedly getting portrait and effects improvements through Play Store

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Nexus 5 camera

To be updated independently of Android, gaining custom filter support

The Android camera app will soon be split off into the Google Play Store and is looking to get an update with a refreshed UI and new effects. Manufacturers have put a lot of effort into expanding the capabilities of their camera apps in recent years — just see the Duo Camera and its crazy effects in the HTC One M8 — and Google understandably wants to make sure that their offering is able to keep up. According to Engadget, Google plans to do just that by splitting the camera app itself out of Android and updating it through Google Play.

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2 weeks ago

BBM 2.1 now available for Android with a few new tricks up its sleeve

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As expected, the latest version of BBM will begin rolling out today across BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. BBM 2.1 brings with it BBM Stickers as well as some new features like pictures in multi-person chats and larger file transfers of up to 16MB.

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2 weeks ago

Nuance Voiceprint brings new levels of personalization to Dragon Mobile Assistant

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Nuance Mobile Assistant has been updated with new biometric features that lets you access hands-free features without having to unlock your device. The app can now recognize users based on their "VoicePrint", and continues to offer a bunch of voice-activated controls for messaging, calling, and maps. The workflow is a bit speedier than you might be used to, as you can spout out the wake command and the task command at the same time, as opposed to waiting for your phone to initiate listening before getting on with it. The update also includes a new embedded browser which brings back web search results quicker than ever.

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2 weeks ago

Microsoft announces official OWA app for Android, coming later this year

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Microsoft has announced Outlook Web App (OWA) for Android. If you’re in a company that uses Office 365 for Business you probably are already familiar with OWA. Outlook Web App is the webmail service that comes with Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange Server. A dedicated OWA app for Android is expected to come later this year.

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2 weeks ago

Best Android games of March 2014

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Android games

Need Android games? We got 'em! Here are our favorite game releases for March 2014

In our ongoing quest to bring y’all the best games the Google Play Store has to offer, we’re going to start rounding up our favorite Android game releases every month. Often this will include big releases that you might have missed throughout Android Central news stories or our picks of the week, but we’ll try to dig up some hidden gems for you too. We’re also going to be rounding up the month’s non-game apps in a separate post, so keep your eyes peeled.

March was a pretty solid month for Android gaming! It was particularly nice to see so many of these launch so closely in line with their iOS counterparts. Below you’ll find some action, some strategy, some RPG, and even a rare high-quality trivia game.

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2 weeks ago

Chrome for Android will translate the web into emoji

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Emoji translation in Google Chrome

Lest you think you'd have to wait for April 1st for all of Google's April Fools' Day jocularity, there's more to be had tonight: try translate to emoji in Chrome on for size. That's what Google has in store for Chrome on Android, but they very cleverly intended it be saved for the day itself — the hidden feature doesn't activate until the date and time matches that of April 1st. But you can trick it by manually skipping your date forward to April 1st, when a tap on the overflow menu will offer you the Translate to Emoji (with a little yellow dude on a surfboard). [Android Police]

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2 weeks ago

John Frusciante’s new album (sort of) streaming from satellites to your phone

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Enclosure Album

John Frusciante has a new album, titled Enclosure, which will be available April 8 worldwide. But if you have an Android or iOS device, you can get a sneak peak via an ingenious app and a satellite.

Frusciante has loaded a recording of Enclosure into a self-launched satellite, and with the new app you’ll be able to preview the tunes when the satellite is over your location.

You’re not actually streaming from the satellite, of course, but it’s a novel way to use location data.

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2 weeks ago

Vudu app updated with Chromecast support

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In early March we mentioned that the streaming video service Vudu was working to get Chromecast support baked into their Android app, and the recent update quietly did just that. Early reports and user reviews seem positive, and it looks like plenty of folks are enjoying the service through the Chromecast.

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2 weeks ago

Apps of the Week: Cut the Rope 2, Shattered Planet, HTC Power to Give and more!

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Apps of the Week

More great apps than you can shake a stick at

Here we are again wrapping up another great month of Apps of the Week columns. This week is no different than any other, though, as we're still bringing together a selection of app picks from each of the writers here at Android Central and putting them on display all in one place. There are no restrictions at play here — if it's an app that we use on our Android-powered phones, tablets, TVs or ovens, it's fair game to show up in this list.

This week we have a more standard collection of apps, comprised of a couple new games to try out, an app that can make you feel like you're helping out without lifting a finger and some utility apps to boot. Read along and see how this week's picks stack up with the rest — you may just find one that works for you.

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