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3 years ago

Popular Science picks Google Now as the Innovation of the Year

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Since its launch alongside Android 4.1 Jelly Bean back at Google IO in the summer, Google Now has become an intriguing, and in some cases integral part of every day life. Android nerds aren't the only ones to take a shine to the service either it seems, with Popular Science naming it as the Innovation of the Year. 

Make no mistake, this is an impressive accolade to receive. Google Now finds itself among such distinguished company as the digital camera, the Large Hadron Collider and follows on as the second Google service to receive the honor after Google Maps.  

In naming Google Now as the winner, Popular Science editor-in-chief, Jacob Ward, even took a slight swipe at Apple's Siri in the process:

Voice interfaces like Siri seem outdated by comparison. With Google Now, you don’t pull the phone out when an idea occurs to you. You pull it out when an idea occurs to it.

Google Now is still in the early days, and as promised at Google IO during the unveiling, we're expecting to see much more from it as time goes on. To see more, click on past the break for a video on the award, starring Jacob Ward. 

Source: Popular Science via Phonearena

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3 years ago

Chameleon Launcher gets a significant price reduction to $3.99

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Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Chameleon Launcher made public release into the Google Play Store priced at $10. It's predominantly widget based UI is a different take on how a tablet homescreen should look and feel, but make no mistake, $10 is a lot to pay for any app. As such, download numbers -- at least on Play Store figures anyway -- remain quite low. 

However, anyone who ever wanted to try it out but couldn't justify the price now has an opportunity. The price of the application has been reduced to just $3.99, still a premium price, but a lot more reasonable than previously. It's unclear as to whether this is a limited time sale or a new, more permanent price point. And, if you're still undecided, be sure to check out our review first, before parting with any cash. 

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3 years ago

Draw a Stickman: Epic brings a new drawing adventure to Android

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You know those games that seem to crop up every now and then that are just a little bit different from everything else out there? The games that make you think 'Wow, that's cool!'. Draw a Stickman: Epic is one of them. To start off the game, you must draw a stickman. From there, your adventure throughout depends entirely upon what you draw and you'll do plenty of it.

Draw a Stickman: Epic has 13 levels and one bonus level that you can uncover. How you go about conquering each level, will determine how your next level will go. It'd liken it to a choose your own adventure book but only this time around, you get to draw the adventure. With almost every aspect of the levels within your control, it's an interesting game experience.

Check out the video below to get a better look at it. If after that, you want to give it a go you'll find both a free limited version  containing 5 levels as well as a paid version available in the Google Play Store for download.

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3 years ago

SkyDrive updated with SDcard uploads, feature improvements

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Microsoft just announced updates to both its Android and Windows Phone versions of its SkyDrive app, which is their version of a consumer cloud storage solution. This latest update -- version 1.1 -- brings the ability for users to upload any file type to their SkyDrive directly from the SDcard, rather than only from internal storage. Additionally, Android users can now properly manage and rename folders, something that the iOS app already had. There are also new settings to manage photo uploads and downloads.

Its good to see Microsoft work to support users on all platforms, rather than sticking to just Windows Phone. Supporting other platforms is often the only way to have a service gain traction nowadays.

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL now available from WIND Mobile

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Following up on the previously leaked promo from WIND Mobile that showed they'd be offering the device eventually, the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL has now arrived on the Canadian carrier. At the time of the leak, there was no mention of release date or pricing but now we can report that if you're looking to take one home, you better be prepared to hand over $499 outright. If that seems bit much, you can lower the buy-in cost by opting to get it for $99 on a WINDTab with the Unlimited Wish 40 plan or $349 with the Unlimited Wish 25 plan. Overall, it's a solid device and worth a look.

Source: WIND via: Mobile Syrup

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3 years ago

Facebook updated with improved sharing, photo albums

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Most people who use the Facebook app on a regular basis have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with it. While we continue to wait for a native app experience that would greatly improve performance, Facebook continues to roll out updates with basic feature enhancements. This latest one improves sharing and management of photos. Posts in the timeline now have big simple buttons across the bottom of them to "like", "comment" and "share" (where applicable) the post. Tapping the "share" button instantly puts you into an edit mode to re-share the post onto your own timeline.

On the photo side, users can now create albums completely on the device when accessing the "photos" tab from the timeline, which is a welcomed addition. The update also improves photo tagging as well. The update is worth a download if you're using Facebook, so grab it at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4.1.2 test firmware leaks

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Coming on the heels of a leaked build of Android 4.1.2 for the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3), the folks over at SamMobile have published a leak of the software for the Galaxy SII (S2) as well. The Galaxy S2 just picked up ICS starting in April, and now its a bit of a surprise that we may see an official update to Jelly Bean as well.

The firmware is supposedly quite stable, and seems to pack nearly all of the features that are coming to other Samsung devices with Android 4.1 -- Google Now, Project Butter, Smart Stay and new notifications are all on-board. One thing missing will be multi-view window management, which isn't surprising considering the lower resolution of the S2's display when compared to other recent 720x1280 devices.

The firmware, which is software version I9300XXLSJ and Android build JZO54K, is available for willing participants now. You can take a look at the source link below if you're ready to get your hands on it.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Catch the Android Central Podcast live tonight!

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Heard any good Android stories lately? We've got a mountain to move tonight on Episode 116 of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World. We'll kick things off with the mess that's been the Google Play store and the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. Then we'll pivot over to the new Verizon Droid DNA, and where it fits into our lives. (And whether the 5-inch display fits into our pockets.) Plus, don't forget that HTC and Apple have buried the patent hatchet (probably in a pile of money). Plus, more of your e-mails and voicemails!

So join Phil and the gang -- and, of course, the chat room -- live tonight at 2 a.m. GMT / 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST for the live broadcast. You should be there. You will be there. You must be there. After all, you are what makes it the Greatest Android Podcast in the World.

Not at a computer? Pick up the free UStream Viewer from Google Play [link] and search for Mobile Nations a little before the show (it won't appear until we go live). We'll see you there atAndroidCentral.com/live!

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3 years ago

Adobe Photoshop Touch now available on Amazon Kindle Fires

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Right on time with the first shipments of the newest Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Adobe has announced that it has made its Photoshop Touch app available in the Amazon App Store for Kindle devices. The app is optimized for both 7 and 8.9-inch screens and will work on the entire Kindle Fire line, save for the original Fire (which likely isn't powerful enough).

This app is every bit the same in usage as the one available in the Play Store today, and is now available for download in the Amazon App Store for $9.99 at the source link below.

Source: Adobe; Amazon App Store

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3 years ago

Shadowgun: DeadZone multiplayer game exits beta

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After a short beta period, Shadowgun: DeadZone is now free for everybody to play. The slick graphics and fast-paced third-person shooting action aren't the only things to look forward to; Shadowgun: DeadZone also has a research system in place so players can work towards new and innovative implements of destruction. Perks add a needed level of customizability, equipment and varying classes offer plenty of personalization, and with 12-player matches with voice support, you'll never be lacking for targets.

It's free, though that also means you'll be prodded into making in-app purchases pretty regularly. For a game this slick, isn't it worth the nuisance, though? They are getting a little pushy and Battlefield 3-ish with a premium account up-sell. It looks like device compatibility is slightly limited... Were you able to install it successfully? How many of y'all played the beta? 

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3 years ago

AppRiver's CipherPost Pro offers users secure, encrypted email

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Great, enterprise-grade encrypted e-mail is not a small thing to accomplish. In nearly every case, you're looking at special hardware, software and management to keep everyone's private email... well, private.  AppRiver is hoping to get around that by offering its own over-the-top secure encrypted email solution with an app its just released called CipherPost Pro.

Instead of running your own back-end security system, the idea of CipherPost Pro is that you can use any email provider you'd like, and simply pay a subscription fee to use this app's encryption system. Features you'd expect like mail tracking, data loss protection and MDM (Mobile Device Management) integration are all on board. CipherPost Pro is compliant with industry security standard such as HIPAA, PSQIA, PCI DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley and more.

You can take a look at CipherPost Pro in the Play Store at the link above.

Source: AppRiver (BusinessWIre)

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3 years ago

Nexus 4 backorder e-mails go out en masse

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Several users in our forums are reporting receiving emails that are making their hearts sink. Customers in both the U.S. and U.K. that were lucky enough to grab a Nexus 4 order before they sold out -- in less than 30 minutes -- in the Play Store are getting an email indicating that their devices are now "on backorder". The email explains that the customer should expect their device to be delivered within 3 weeks.

This isn't good, folks. We don't know what this means for the eventual availability of a second run of Nexus 4's in the Play Store, but we think everyone's expectations just got pushed back a bit. Take a look at the email after the break.

Source: Google Nexus 4 Forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 4G available from Virgin Mobile USA today

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As was initially announced back on November 8th, Virgin Mobile USA has now made the Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) available online and across their participating retail outlets and dealers. Customers looking to pick one up can do so starting today with the pricing set at $370. You will have to decide upon a color though as Virgin Mobile is offering the device in titanium and white. If you need a plan to go along with it, Virgin Mobile "Beyond Talk" plans start at $35 per month for unlimited messaging and data. You'll find the full press release below should you wish to peruse through it.

More info: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

HTC DLX leaks come full circle with the international 'Deluxe'

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We've seen the HTC Droid DNA and J Butterfly for the U.S. and Japan respectively. Now it seems HTC's monstrous 5-inch smartphone may be getting a wider international release in the future. The image above comes via notorious Twitter leaker @evleaks, who identifies it as a "global edition" of the "HTC Deluxe." You may remember the Deluxe or "DLX" codename from successive Droid DNA leaks over the past couple of months.

There's no information on which territories might be seeing the phone but if it's GSM unlocked, it should work just about everywhere. Europe might be a likely target for a global version of the DLX, though HTC has only just released the One X+ on European shores.

If the Verizon and Japanese versions are any indication, this handset should pack a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, along with 2GB of RAM and a 5-inch, 1080p SuperLCD3 display. That's about as good as it gets at the moment in terms of smartphone specs.

Anyone excited for a possible international version of such a beastly handset?

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Cogs, Canabalt, Zen Bound 2 and more added to Android Humble Bundle

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If you haven't picked up on the charity-driven bundle of Android games that went live last week, maybe the addition of Cogs, Canabalt, Zen Bound 2, Swords & Soldiers HD, and Avadon: The Black Fortress will tempt you. Those that have got in on previous Humble Bundles will recognize these titles, though many of those announced initially with the Android Humble Bundle 4 aren't even on Google Play yet. Those first titles include Splice, Eufloria, Waking Mars, Machinarium, Crayon Physics Deluxe, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. Waking Mars looks especially cool, but really, they're all fantastic games.

The catch with the new bonus games is that you have to pay more than the average donation price, which currently sits at $6.18. See, they have a pay-what-you-want structure here, and you get to pick how you want to split up your donation between devs, the Humble Bundle organizers, and charity. Where available, you'll also get Steam codes to play these games on your PC. There's also an Android app available to keep tabs on new bundles, get game updates, and download previous purchases. 

Head on over to Humble Bundle's site to get started. So, who's already got the bundle? What's your favorite game in it so far? 

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