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4 years ago

Amazon MP3 app updated to v2.0.3, brings lock screen controls, bugfixes

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Amazon MP3 updated to v2.0.3, bug fixes included

Looks as though Amazon decided today was going to be the day to push some updates. Following up on their Amazon Appstore update, they've now updated Amazon MP3 to v2.0.3. Although it's just mostly bug fixes, one thing that will stand out is the addition of lock screen controls to the player. Check out the full list below:

  • Added lock-screen music controls
  • Enabled playback using preset equalizer modes for Gingerbread and Honeycomb (Android OS 2.3+)
  • Enabled the app to remember the last playing song after the app or device goes to sleep
  • Enabled skipping back to the previous song using Bluetooth player controls

Certainly some welcomed changes there -- jump on past the break for the Android Market download or, you can fire up the Amazon Appstore and grab it from there.

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4 years ago

Michael Vick weighs in on Dog Wars Android app; developer softens app description

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Dog Wars
Dog Wars by Kage Games, LLC

The Humane Society of the United States and NFL star and convicted dog fighter Michael Vick have weighed in on the "Dog Wars" Android app that we first told you about last week (and has since been picked up the likes of the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post, among others). Styled after such simulation games as the popular "Dope Wars," "Dog Wars" touts itself as "A GAME THAT WILL NEVER BE IN THE iPHONE APP STORE!!!" in which you "feed, water, train and FIGHT your virtual dog against other player's." [sic]

Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback who currently is with the Philadelphia Eagles, pleaded guilty to state felony dog fighting charges in 2007 and 2008 and was released from prison in the spring of 2009. In his statement Monday to the Humane Society of the United States, Vick said:

“I’ve come to learn the hard way that dogfighting is a dead-end street. Now, I am on the right side of this issue, and I think it’s important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty, even in an Android app.”

Humane Society president and CEO Wayne Pacelle added:

“Android should drop 'Dog Wars' from its online market and join the national movement to save dogs from this violent practice. Because 'Dog Wars' actually instructs players on how to condition a dog using methods that are standard in organized dogfighting, this game may be a virtual training ground for would-be dogfighters. Its timing and message are all wrong.”

Since we first brought you this story on Saturday, developer Kage Games LLC has significantly softened the Dog Wars app description on the Android Market. Gone is the "If you have a bug up your butt about the game concept ..." line that precedes a six-point reasoning of the application. The description has since added:

We appreciate everyone's thoughts about our app as we are firm believers in the right to free speech and the free exchange of ideas.

These freedoms are the building blocks of the Google Android operating system and the very reason so many users choose Google Android over the alternative.

We've heard thoughts from many dog and animal lovers about our app and first we, as dog owners and dog lovers ourselves, would like to thank you for your thoughts and for the work many of you do on behalf of our canine friends. We DO NOT CONDONE violence towards animals or humans, and we are confident in humankind's ability to distinguish between a rudimentary game and the consequences of real life.

We are confident this game will be a net benefit to dogs as it has been in our operating agreement from the start of this project that a portion of the proceeds go to animal rescue organizations. Further, this is a satire about the ridiculousness of dogfighting and we believe in the power of a modern media tool to educate and raise awareness of the real horrors.

There's another paragraph about how a portion of the proceeds from the app (it's a free app, but there are advertisements in it) are "being appropriated for catastrophic human tragedies, the first of which is the Japan Tsunami relief effort." You can read the entire revised description in the Android Market. [Humane Society, Android Market]

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4 years ago

Amazon Appstore pushing minor update, brings some fixes and improvements

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The Amazon Appstore is pushing a minor update tonight, bumping it up to release 1.11. It looks like nothing major, just some miscellaneous fixes and improvements, all listed in the screenshot above. Jump on the Appstore icon when it appears in your notification bar to install the update, and for those unsure whether or not they have the latest version, you can check the release number on the app's settings page.

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc initial review and hands-on redux

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 Xperia Arc

It’s no secret that Sony Ericsson had a bit of a rocky start with its first generation of Android phones. Its 2010 Xperia models have been criticized for shipping with an outdated version of Android, as well as lacking some basic functionality like multitouch out of the box.

Fortunately, it looks like the manufacturer has fully overcome these teething problems with the release of its flagship phone for 2011, the Xperia Arc. The Arc is a device which compares well to similar offerings from other manufacturers, and brings to the table some outstanding multimedia features, including a very high-quality camera.

Read on to find out our initial thoughts after our first few days with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, along with video footage of the device in action.

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4 years ago

Amazon now offering $25 Amazon Appstore credit with Android device purchases

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Amazon App Store

There is no doubt about it; ever since the launch Android, Amazon has been looking for better ways to take their piece of the proverbial pie. Aside from having cool deals on phones they've launched apps, cloud services, a music store and now the push is on to entice users into using their own app store. For Amazon, who says Android devices are they're best sellers when it comes to mobile devices-- this is big business users are benefiting.

Not only do they give away a free app each day -- a new promotion happening now and for the next week has Amazon offering up a $25 credit to their app store for anyone who purchases a Verizon device in that time. (Yeah, we know-- lame that it is limited)  Still, not a bad deal if you're looking to pick up a new Android device [@amazonwireless]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G users, Flash on the Xoom [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Having a bad case of the Mondays? Maybe it was all the Easter candy you ate. For some folks today is still a day off but in case you're among those who had to head to work today -- we feel for ya. That's why we're here posting to the blogs and to the forums so you are all kept up-to-date on the Android news. Jump on into the forums with us.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Review

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The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is a smartphone that since its announcement has intrigued a lot of us. While Sidekicks are usually associated with the younger generation, Samsung has definitely taken that voice and attempted to change it with the customized version of Android 2.2.1 that brings new features for just about anyone.

Has Samsung done enough with the Sidekick to make appeal to the masses, or will it still only appeal to the younger generations? Let's hit the break together, and take a look at what I found throughout my time with the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G.

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4 years ago

Lenovo may have a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet up its sleeve

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Lenovo is planning a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, slated to appear in Q4 of this year, according to a leaked slide deck. The leaked slides indicate that the tablet will feature a dual-core ARM processor and a mighty 1280x800 resolution display (which has the potential to look fantastic on a 7-inch Screen). The tablet will run Android 3.0 skinned with Lenovo's UI, a.k.a. “Le OS,” and isn't set to show its face until Q4 of 2011. Lenovo has been hard at work fighting its way onto the Android tablet scene, as we saw this morning with the news of this summer's 10.1 inch ThinkPad tablet. Should the still-unnamed 7-incher clear the cutting room floor, it would appear that Lenovo is covering all of its Android tablet bases. [thisismynext]

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4 years ago

Michael Dell: Android will surpass iPad as tablet king

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Android will become the king of the tablet market, stripping the coveted title from Apple's iPad, according to Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell. The claim appears in an interview in today's Wall Street Journal, in which Dell traces the meteoric rise of Android over the past 18 months and predicts that the platform's entrance into the tablet market will achieve similar success. Though Dell can't be considered completely objective (See: Dell Streak and Dell Streak 7) it is reassuring to see some confidence from the CEO of one of the largest computer manufacturers in the world.

Dell says that he doesn't see the shift in dominance coming anytime in the near future, citing huge reported profits from Apple and less-than-stellar sales of the much touted Motorola Xoom. And despite rumors of upcoming Windows 7-powered Dell tablets, Dell has repeatedly made it clear that his company is committed to Android. “I think you'll see... enormous numbers of Android tablets with Dell certainly playing a role in that as well.”  [The Wall Street Journal]

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4 years ago

Photoshop fail: Honeycomb on the PlayBook

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It's happened to the best of us: you're up too late at the White Castle with your friends, when you remember you've got some mad homework due the next day. You rush home, heart pounding, and hop on the computer. After a hurried five minutes on Photoshop, you glance at your masterpiece, and pleased, go to bed.

I can only assume that's what took place with this latest gaffe, as I'm not sure there's any plans to have Honeycomb booting on the PlayBook anytime soon. Maybe the graphic artists at MacMall heard about the PlayBook running Android apps and assumed that was the only way?

We may never know. Thanks, John!

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4 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer sneaks onto military Exchange Online Store a tad early

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Read our full ASUS EeePad Transformer review

Military Exchange Online

Here's the deal regarding online availability of the ASUS EeePad Transformer: Like we told you last week, it'll be available starting tomorrow at a handful of online retailers. (See the full list here.) And when we say "tomorrow," we definitely mean April 26, and ASUS confirmed as much, saying the product pages shouldn't be live before then. A quick reminder on official pricing: $399 for the 16GB version, $499 for the 32GB version, and another $149 for the keyboard dock.

Oh, but that picture you see above? That's from the military Exchange Online Store, which apparently already has the Transformer up for grabs as Android Central reader Danon points out. So if you have access to AAFES and have a hankering for that 10.1-inch Transformer and can't wait a few more hours, get to ordering. That's an order. (See what we did there?) A couple more pics are after the break. [AAFES] Thanks, Danon!

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4 years ago

SugarSync unveils latest update, frees you from wires (and thinking)

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Users of the popular SugarSync Android app should be on the lookout for a new update that introduces all sorts of automated cloud-syncing options.

They call it AutoSync, and in a nutshell, this is what it does for you:

  • Free your mobile photos – Liberate all those great mobile photos you’ve taken from your device, without ever having to think about it. AutoSync automatically backs them up and syncs them to your computer at pre-set intervals.
  • Make your device more productive – No more emailing files to yourself to ensure you have the right version. Be productive from your device, and rest assured that the latest version will be automatically saved to the cloud and to your computers.
  • Keep your mobile photos/memories safe – Even in the case of a lost device, you can be sure that your photos and memories are safe. AutoSync has been backing them up and syncing them in the background.
  • Say goodbye to the hassle of wires and cables – Many users resist syncing and downloading photos and folders from their mobile devices simply because it is too complex and time consuming. Put the wires away, and let AutoSync take care of the rest.

Download link and full presser are after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Systerac Memory Cleaner

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We like easy around here.  Too much of what we do every day is far from easy, so when something comes along that does what it's supposed to do without a lot of futzing around, we're gonna share it with you guys.  Systerac Memory Cleaner fits the bill nicely.  What it does -- and all it does -- is clean up the cache from things like the browser with a single click.  That means it's a great way to free up some space on your phone when and if you need to.

The free version only cleans browser and search cache, and oddly enough that's what I like about it the most.  No settings to fool with and you can zap that browser cache away with a click.  The browser on Android, or any other mobile device (or even your computer) stores a lot of data that you may never need again.  That data can build up, and we all know there are times when we'd rather have 10 or 20 MB of space back instead of having application cache eating it up.  Systerac Memory Cleaner can clear it all out for you, no root needed, no digging in app settings.  The app is 84k in size, and can be moved to the SD card.  Sounds like a very fair trade.

Some of us might want something with a few more settings instead of just a simple click and clean.  The Pro (read paid) version cleans up just about everything that can be safely cleaned -- and again without needing root permissions.  Market cache, cache from any app, Maps, call logs, it does it all, and includes a simple widget for one click access.  Of course there are other apps out there that do the same thing, but the paid version is only €0.50, or about $0.72 US -- we like saving money almost as much as easy.  It works with any Android device running 1.6 or higher, and doesn't have any screwey permissions.  Give it a look -- the link to the free version and a couple screen shots are after the break.

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4 years ago

Yes, the ASUS EeePad Transformer has GPS in the United States

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Read our complete ASUS EeePad Transformer Review

ASUS EeePad Transformer GPS

Dunno how or why these rumors get started, but let's squash 'em right now. Yes, the U.S. version of the ASUS EeePad Transformer -- which goes on sale here in the states tomorrow -- has GPS. We've used it. It works. And we went so far as to mention in our full review a week ago. And in the specs list.

Repeat: The ASUS EeePad Transformer has GPS. And it works just fine. Carry on.

Update: We've removed ASUS' official statement because it was causing more confusion. here's the deal:

  • GPS works with Wifi on.
  • GPS works with Wifi off.
  • GPS works after a reboot and Wifi still off.

Any other questions?

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4 years ago

Allow app installs from 'unknown sources'

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There comes a time in every Android user's life where you want to install an app not found in the Android Market. If it's your first time, you're greeted with, "For security, your phone is set to block installation of applications not obtained from the Android Market" message as you try to install.

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