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1 year ago

Plume for Twitter updated with UI improvements and Facebook picture sharing

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One of the top Twitter clients on Android, Plume (formerly Touiteur), has received a notable update in the Google Play Store today. The UI has been streamlined and now follows a similar metaphor to that of the latest Google+ app, which has a hidden side panel with less-used functions such as search, favorites and trending topics. This is a good addition, as a vast majority of users will be happy with just seeing their timeline, mentions and direct messages on the main screen. It gives Plume a bit more of a minimalist look that a lot of people are looking for in a Twitter client right now. The latest update also changes the UI to "better support 7-inch tablets" -- which we're going to go ahead and translate to "updated for Nexus 7". 

Plume has also added two pieces of functionality in the way of automatic draft save/restore and Facebook picture uploading. Drafts are important if you accidentally hit the back button after straining over a perfectly crafted 140 character tweet, and the ability to upload photos to Facebook can help cut the friction when putting up posts, saving you that extra step of opening a different app for each network (we all know how painful the Facebook app can be).

If you haven't tried out Plume for Twitter before, it's been worth a look for a long time now and this update just makes it even better. You can grab it for free at the Google Play Store link above, then remove the ads for $4.99 if you're so inclined to do so. A couple screenshots of the updated phone UI can be found after the break.

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1 year ago

Reality Robotics Kickstarter wants you to be the robot

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4 inches high. Wirelessly controlled. Bugdroid. Need we say more?

Reality Robotics, the company behind the likes of the nerd-friendly, Android-controlled TankBot, is back with another gadget, this one a little more near and dear to our hearts. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for BERO -- Be The Robot. 

There are a number of models of the 4-inch BugDroids from which to choose. They've got tracks for legs, LEDs for eyes, and the headphones pulse to music. Plus there's a built-in speaker that will play music from an included storage card. Very cool.

The different models will behave different. They're programmable, voice-activated -- and the whole thing is open-sourced. (Jerry is going nuts already, we imagine.)

There are a dozen Kickstarter pledge levels, starting at $35 for a paperweight (basically the shell of a BERO with no electronics), all the way up to a $7,800 pledge that will send you to Hong Kong to see how these little guys are made. (There are only two of those available.)

Hit the links below for more, and check out the gallery after the break for more color options.

The BERO robots are expected to ship in late November. iOS funcationality will be added later, as well as integration with MP3 players and (possibly) Twitter.

Source: Kickstarter, Be the Robot

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1 year ago

Official SkyDrive for Android app now available in the Google Play Store

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It wasn't any secret that Microsoft was working on an official SkyDrive for Android app. In fact, it wasn't all that long ago they let us know it would soon be here and now, if you head on over to the Google Play Store you'll find it readily available for download. It has all the features you'd expect but in case you need a run down:

  • Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you.
  • View recently used documents.
  • Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
  • Share your files and photos – send a link in email or in another app.
  • Open your SkyDrive files in other Android apps.
  • Manage your files – delete, or create new folders.

I've not really used SkyDrive in the past but now that there is an app for it, I'm more likely to go ahead and give it a try. Besides, who can really say now to free storage right? In total, Microsoft gives you 7GB for free so give it a go.

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1 year ago

Android Central Live from IFA 2012 in Berlin!

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Greetings from beautiful Berlin, Germany! We've made our way to eastern Europe for the annual IFA conference, and we've got our two resident Brits -- Alex Dobie and Richard Devine -- on hand to bring you every last drop of Android that IFA has to offer. 

Things slowly get started this evening, but the real show kicks off Wednesday with the Sony and Samsung press events, followed by a Samsung redux on Thursday. Times, though. You need times. Here they are:

  • Sony IFA 2012 Press Conference - Wednesday, Aug. 29 - 1500 BST, 1600 CEST, 1000 EDT, 0700 PDT
  • Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 in Berlin - Wednesday, Aug 29 - 1800 BST, 1900 CEST, 1300 EDT, 1000 PDT
  • Samsung International Press Conference - Thursday, Aug. 30 - 1000 BST, 1100 CEST, 0500 EDT, 0200 PDT

Look for loads more on the show floor, as well, and be sure to check out our IFA 2012 preview, where you can get the rundown on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the what we're expecting from Sony, and other odds and ends. And be sure to bookmark our IFA 2012 page so you don't miss a thing!

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1 year ago

Firefox for Android brings speedy and powerful update for tablets

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If Chrome really isn't your browser of choice and you prefer Firefox, you'll be interested to know Mozilla has now released the latest update to the Google Play Store. This update targets tablets more so than anything else but it has plenty of all-around fixes included as well:

  • Native UI for tablets, including faster startup and a beautiful new Awesome Bar!
  • Desktop sites can now be requested from the menu
  • Even better tabs experience - now includes swipe to close
  • Find in page implemented
  • Support for SPDY networking protocol v3
  • Bookmarks and history can now be imported from the stock browser in the Settings

According to Mozilla, everything in this release is based on speed and performance so you should be able to notice pages opening faster, better panning and zooming and even improved startup times. The update is live now, so get to it.

Source: Firefox

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1 year ago

Magisto arrives on Android, aims to take the frustration out of video editing

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There is a lot of devices out there with great cameras for taking video. Chances are, you've taken some videos on your device and now have a bunch just hanging around. I say hanging around because video editing sometimes isn't always easy to do nor is it all that fun really.

A new but well known app has now made its way to the Google Play Store and it aims to take some of the frustration of video editing for you. Just shoot and upload video from your device, choose a soundtrack and give your movie a title and the Magisto movie maker will automatically edit your movie for you.

  • Unprecedented AI Technology that analyzes and edits the best parts of your videos
  • Easily share to Facebook, Twitter, Email and even YouTube
  • Automatic video stabilization, filters, effects and transitions
  • Facial recognition detects the important people in your videos
  • Upload videos from your Gallery or use Magisto as a smart video camera
  • Add soundtracks from your device or from Magisto’s library of licensed music
  • Access your movies from any device

We've yet to give it a go here but if you're looking to learn more or see it in action, you can jump below to view the video as well as read the full press release from Magisto. If you're having great results with it, drop a comment and let us know.

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1 year ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S2 software update available through Kies

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For those of you still making use of a T-Mobile Galaxy S 2, it's time to grab your USB cable and fire up Kies as a new update has now been made available for your device. The change log is short and sweet but it certainly is interesting:

  • Version
    • Android version 4.0.3/ Software version T989UVLH1
    • Manual Update ONLY (Size varies based on previous software version)
    • Approved 8/14/12
  • Improvements
    • ISIS/NFC update
    • Bug fixes

Bug fixes are expected but the inclusion of "ISIS/NFC" is the highlight there. As we know it, T-Mobile is a part of the NFC mobile payment group but until now they've not put out any sort of information when ISIS would become active on T-Mobile devices.

At this point, it's hard to even know what they mean when they say ISIS support is included so if you managed to get the download installed, let us know in the comments or drop by the Android Central forums and share your findings.

Source: T-Mobile; via: Android Police; Thanks, Nadine!

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1 year ago

Nobex Radio review - a BlackBerry port with its work cut out

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Earlier this summer Nobex Radio made its way onto Android after establishing itself as pretty much the only radio streaming application for BlackBerry. For the low, low price of free, users had access to thousands of traditional radio stations through a categorized, searchable database. No matter what the station, Nobex provided a listing of the songs that have been played recently, allowing you to look back and share particularly good tunes that come up. For $3.99/month, users can get in on the premium service, which provides access to stations outside your country, skips pre-roll audio ads, and a handful of other features.

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1 year ago

Nexus 7 gets a little Google homepage love

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Ah, the big guns. Google today has put the Nexus 7 tablet square in the middle of its homepage. That's a page that gets a wee mount of traffic, as you can imagine. It's also a page that, aside from the infamous Google Doodles, doesn't often get clunked up with anything that might distract from Google's true sole purpose -- search. (You'll recall that the number of words on the page traditionally is limited to 28.)

But there it is. "The playground is open," Google says. And the Nexus 7 (read our full review, by the way) is suddenly in front of a lot more eyeballs.

Now some will argue that's a sign that the Nexus 7 isn't selling well. That's certainly a possibility. But then again, we have no idea what Google's sales projections are. Others will argue that it's Google promoting its products where it can. And there's precedent for this -- the original Nexus One got some homepage love as well. Hell, so did the original Motorola Droid. This has happened before, and it will all happen again. Still, this is a strategy Google doesn't use all that often. And not everybody's happy about it

As for us? It's a good thing. The more eyes on the Nexus 7, the better. End of line.

Source: Google; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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1 year ago

MetroPCS gets the Coolpad Quattro for $149

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MetroPCS this morning announced it's carrying the CoolPad Quattro 4G, a 4-inch Android 2.3 smartphone. The Quattro 4G also sports a 1GHz processor, rear 3.2-megapixel camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

The phone runs $149, and plans begin at $40 a month. MetroPCS, for a limited time, also is offering a $50 rebate on the second of any two 4G smartphones you purchase. (So if you buy two Quattros, the second would cost $99.)

Source: MetroPCS

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