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2 years ago

Android App Review: Pocket Casts

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I’m a big podcast listener. On a given week, I’ll probably listen to at least several hours of podcasts during commutes and downtime. Due to this, I require a high quality podcast app for Android that makes managing and listening to the content that I enjoy simple and easy. I’ve been a fan of Doggcatcher for a long time. While it is more costly than the average app ($6.99), the amount of use I get from it makes the purchase more than worth it for me. While I love the app, I’m always searching for alternatives that provide different experiences. Pocket Casts is the best alternative I have found thus far and for half the price ($2.99), it’s a really good deal. It doesn’t have all of the functionality that Doggcatcher offers but it does just what you need it to do and the UI is better in my opinion.

Once you open Pocket Casts, you’ll see the the homescreen with five tabs along the bottom. The options are, from the left:

  • Library: Displays all of the podcasts you have chosen to subscribe to.
  • Now Playing: Shows you the artwork for the podcast that you are currently listening to
  • Refresh: Will refresh your podcasts and display an aggregated list of all your subscriptions and the most recent episodes
  • Search: Allows you to search or browse for podcasts that you enjoy. Options include ‘search by podcast name’ browse ‘popular podcasts’, ‘podcast networks’, ‘categories’ and ‘import’ if you know the url.
  • Settings: The final button is where you can find the settings if you want to tweak the app to our liking. Options include the ability to set the amount of time the player skips ahead or backwards, whether to store the podcasts on the SD card or phone, and whether to auto-delete after you’re finished listening, among many others.

There is one more option up in the right hand corner when you’re in the Now Playing tab. The Playlist option allows you to create customized playlists if you know that you'll be listening to a variety of podcasts at one time.

Pocket Casts is a good podcast app with a very good UI. If you’re looking for an app that will manage your podcasts but don’t want to fork over $6.99, check out Shifty Jelly's app. Pocket Casts is available from the Android Market for $2.99. Links and more pictures after the break.

And don't forget to check out the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations 5: A wedding and a funeral

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Mobile Nations 5: A wedding and a funeral Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, Georgia, and Rene talk HP dumping webOS hardware, Google picking up Motorola Mobility, RIM's new BlackBerrys reviewed, and what it means for Microsoft and Apple. This is MobileNations!

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2 years ago

Gameloft seems to think an HTC EVO Design 4G is on the way

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ZOMG, Gameloft says the HTC EVO Design 4G is official! Well, it's at least gone as far as to put it in a drop-down menu of phones that it can support, which either means it's really real (really!), or Gameloft reads ye olde blogs, saw the EVO Design 4G and slapped it in the list. Pick your poison, we suppose. We're actually going to go with the former here. But until it's officially official, things remain officially unofficial, ya know?

Source: Gameloft; via @shapiro12345678 (yeah, really)

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2 years ago

Minimum-advertised pricing puts Droid Bionic at $299 starting Sept. 8

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OK, so my hopes that the Motorola Droid Bionic would go for $250 or so appear to be dashed. Boy can dream, eh? Here we have the minimum-advertised pricing for the Droid Bionic, marked at $299 (with contract and rebate, natch) starting Sept. 8.

The deal is that's the minimum price at which the DB can be advertised. You'll find it cheaper, but it'll be one of those "Our prices are so good, we can't even tell you" deals.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Android 2.3.4 update for T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G now rolling out

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Following last week's European release, T-Mobile USA has announced that Android 2.3.4 has begun rolling out to its Sensation 4G. The update brings a wide variety of performance improvements, alongside the new version of Android, which adds video chat capabilities to Google Talk. Here's what Sensation 4G owners can look forward to in the new version 1.45.531.1, which will roll out to handsets between now and the end of September --

    New Features
  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life
    Improvements
  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Improvements to screen responsiveness
  • Improvements to video playback
  • Improvements  regarding device reboot / power off
  • Improvements to icon  pixilation
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
  • Improvements to screen/photo resolution

When the new firmware is available for your phone, you'll be able to grab it by heading to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates and tapping "Check now".

Source: T-Mobile; via: TmoNews

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2 years ago

Breaksclusive: Mobile Nations takes over the Android Central Podcast at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST

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We interrupt tonight's regularly scheduled Greatest Android Podcast in the world for an emergency broadcast of the Mobile Nations. Figure between the Google purchasing Motorola Mobility and HP all but putting webOS out to pasture, we might as well do the doomast while the fire's hot.

If you've yet to join us for a Mobile Nations podcast, that's the one where we bring the top minds of your favorite websites together for a no-holds barred conversation. Or, we grab yours truly, CrackBerry Kevin, Derek from PreCentral, Rene from TiPb and Dan from WPCentral and hash things out for an hours or so.

It's all going to kick off at 9 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Pacific. Join us here, or at MobileNations.com.

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2 years ago

Evernote acquires Skitch, releases Skitch app for Android

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The Evernote Trunk Conference is happening today and during that event, Evernote CEO Phil Libin announced Evernote had acquired the Mac drawing and screen capture app, Skitch. With the announcement, also came the news that Skitch will now be offered for free for Mac users. But that wasn't all -- Skitch has now unveiled their Android app which is available in the Android Market for free. As described on the Evernote blog:

Calling Skitch for Android addictively fun is an understatement. It’s the perfect way to quickly add your mark to any image. Take a snapshot of something awesome, draw an arrow and add a caption, then post the image on Facebook. When you’re at a conference, snap a picture of the people you meet, annotate it with their names and save it into Evernote. 

If you're looking for something new to try on your images, give Skitch a look. -- we'll get a better look at it later on but for now, check it out on your own. Download link is past the break for you all.

Source: Evernote Blog

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2 years ago

EVO 3D's bootloader unlock tool now available from HTCDev

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Oh, by the way ... With the push of the latest update to the HTC EVO 3D, aspiring developers and hackers can now unlock the bootloader using HTC's web tool. (And that comes just three days after the European Sensation.) Remember that this does officially void your warranty, so you're taking things into your own hands. But you already knew that, right?

Hit the source link below to get started.

Source: HTCDev

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2 years ago

Motorola Flipside receives Android 2.2 update

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Still rocking a Motorola Flipside? If so, you'll be pleased to know that you can now officially update your device to Android 2.2 Froyo. Sure, it's not Gingerbread, but, hey -- it's nice to see the Flipside even get Froyo at this point. You can find the download and details over at the Motorola source link below. The update will consumer approx. 40MB of space on the device and when updated you'll be sitting at Version.1.23.20.MB508.ATT.en.US.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Drew!

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2 years ago

GetGlue for Android receives a facelift, new interface with the same great features

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GetGlue is a great social networking application for those of us who enjoy sitting at home watching movies, TV shows, and listening to various musical artists. The Android version of the application has been a bit behind in the looks category in comparison to the iOS version, but luckily they have not forgotten about us, just put it out a little bit later. Today GetGlue has released an updated that brings a great new interface to the same great application. Hit the break for some more photos and download links.

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