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4 years ago

A Look at BitDefender Mobile Security

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There's a new player in the Android security software game, and it's one many of us are already familiar with -- BitDefender.  They have released a mobile security suite that's full of functions like malware scanning, application auditing for privacy compromising features, and even some remote administration should you happen to lose your phone somehow.  With a pre-paid SIM card in hand, a new Google account, BitDefender installed and a laundry list of sites full of content I shouldn't be visiting from my phone to test this one out, I gave this one a good once-over and feel pretty good about recommending it .  Hit the break to see the features, a download link, and a slew of pictures.

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4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets becomes first paid app to hit 1 million downloads

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We love Beautiful Widgets. Not only do they provide essential shortcuts on our homescreens, but they look good doing so. It's because of this that we're happy that LevelUp Studio announced that the app is the first paid to reach 1 million downloads. To celebrate, they put together an infographic (see it after the break) detailing some of their stats. They have had 121 updates in the Android Market, they have a total number of 1109 skins for their products while there are 1.3 million downloads of those skins every month. 

A few days ago, Google announced 10 billion downloads in the Android Market, which they are celebrating by discounting select apps to 10 cents. Beautiful Widgets was featured on Day 2, so hopefully many of you who haven't tried the app were able to grab it for cheap. 

For those of you who still don't have the app, you can find links after the break. 

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus now available in Canada

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We received word back in November that some Canadian carriers would begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on December 8th and that proved to be correct. The Galaxy Nexus is now available for purchase in Canada. It can be bought from either Virgin Mobile or Bell for $159 on a 3-year contract.

Rogers also announced back in November that they would take reservations, but the phone doesn't appear to be available from them just yet. We'll keep you up-to-date with everything we hear. 

Nevertheless, this is great news for those of you in Canada, who can now show off your new toy while those of us in the United States are still pining for a release date from certain carriers. 

If you've purchased a brand new Nexus or are thinking of doing so, hit up our Galaxy Nexus Forum for everything you need. 

Source: Bell;  Virgin Mobile Canada

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4 years ago

Android 101: Using multiple Android devices

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'Tis the season for getting cool electronic gifts, and there's a good chance that some of us will be getting another Android device for a holiday present.  While for many it will be a new smartphone to replace their existing Android phone, for others it might just be a new Android tablet or Google TV, and will be used in addition to your beloved Android phone.  Some of us are old pros at handling multiple devices, but for the first timer it can be a bit confusing, not knowing how things like Google applications and other apps with an account will work while on more than one device.  That's where we come in.  There's two ways to handle it all, and we're going to cover them both after the break.

Big thanks to Android Central member whitenack for the idea!

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4 years ago

Day 3 of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration

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We're onto the third day of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration in which 10 apps will be sold for a dime. No official word yet on exactly what's on sale today, but here's what we've found thus far:

And, two one other ... Sing out if you spot 'em! We got 'em all! Great work, everybody!

Also: Day 1 apps; Day 2 apps

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4 years ago

Google shows off Ice Cream Sandwich features -- including on tablets -- at LeWeb

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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt took an hour this week at LeWeb 11 in Paris. And leading off his keynote was none other than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There's not a lot there we haven't seen already -- though Hugo Berra did show off Ice Cream Sandwich on a Motorola Xoom -- but it's another great preview of what Europe's experiencing now on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and what those of us in the States will get to experience ... eventually.

Android is just a small sliver of the talk, and you should really watch the entire thing. Other highlights:

  • On Google TV: "We took Chrome and Android and combined them, and stuffed it inside a television."
  • On Motorola: "We will run them separately to make sure the Android ecosystem doesn't get changed. We like the way Android works now."
  • On parity between iOS and Android apps: "With the ICS release, our core objective as a company is to get all of the hardware vendors onto that platform. .. Six months from now ... applications vendors ... will want to developer for that platform (Android), perhaps even first."
  • On driverless cars: "In our lifetimes, it's a fair statement to say that the majority of cars will be driverless or driverless-assisted."

It's another fascinating talk by Schmidt. Check it out.

More: LeWeb.net

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4 years ago

Facebook refresh live in the Market

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We know some of you have been on pins and needles about the new Facebook update, and we can safely say it's officially live in the Market.

The update kicks the design up a few notches, but the basic works remain the same. It's certainly faster, and while the phone version has come a long way, but the tablet version is still atrocious. Everything is unbelieveably stretched out and looks pretty bad. (See above.)

You get some nice new features, like pull to refresh, but otherwise it's the same Facebook app you've come to know and love.

If you're a big fan of the Facebook app (or are just curious what the new design looks like), we've got a massive boatload of pictures and a download link after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile confirms Galaxy S II arriving in white Dec. 14

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The last we heard about the white Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile was when they confirmed it would indeed be arriving in time for the holidays. At the time, they weren't exactly willing to elaborate on it any further but T-Mobile has now set a date officially. December 14th is when you can get you Samsung Galaxy S II in white on T-Mobile for as low as $230 with a new 2-year agreement -- just in time for the holidays.

Source: @TMobile; More info: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Editorial: Is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus really a Nexus? You betcha

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Google Wallet isn't there, MyVerizon and contact backup assistant (as well as some network code to assist GPS) is there, and everyone is freaking out.  Verizon has killed the Nexus.  The Verizon Galaxy Nexus isn't really a Nexus.  Verizon kills kittens!  Let us take a minute and try to put all this in perspective.  Take a deep breath and follow along, and we'll figure it all out.

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4 years ago

Google Wallet travesty, Naked or case? [From the Forums]

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While Verizon appears to be treating our emotions like a roller coaster, we're still bringing you all the best Android news out there. If you missed on any of the latest, make sure you check it all out and be sure to hop on into the Android Central forums as well:

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

Verizon says it's working on 4G LTE outage; 3G data, voice are unaffected

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Looks like Verizon's data issues are growing. We've been getting reports from many of you today, and our data's gone kaput as well. 

We just got the following statement from Verizon:

Verizon Wireless engineers have been working to resolve an issue with 4G LTE service that is affecting some customers’ 4G devices.  3G data and voice devices are unaffected.  All customers’ voice calls and text messages continue to go through. In the past 24 hours, some 4GLTE customers have reported their devices are operating on 3G data service where they would normally get 4G.  Some have reported no issues, others that data access is either intermittent or unavailable.  We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

That's the official line. However, like many of you, we're dead in the water on 3G as well.

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4 years ago

Get priority access to ngmoco's DragonCraft beta courtesy ngmoco and Android Central

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If you're interested in checking out ngcomo's new game DragonCraft, you're gonna love this.  The good people at ngmoco hooked us up with a priority beta code so we all can get in on the beta as soon as it launches.  Sweet!  It's a fantasy game, where you are in charge of rebuilding your city and building a dragon army to conquer the 12 Baronies of Terra Vale.  It promises fun. strategy, combat and rich interaction with NPC's and should be a hell of a game.  To get in on the beta, point your browser at the DragonCraft website and use the code ANDROIDCENTRAL.

We'll be sure to check it out when it launches, in the meantime you can hit the jump for a bunch of game player assets and in-game screen shots.  This looks like quite the fun one!

Thanks, ngmoco for the code!

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4 years ago

KODAK Document Print App comes to Android, allows wireless printing via Google Cloud Print

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Kodak announced today that they have launched their Document Printing App for Android, which allows you to print wirelessly from your device to a Kodak printer using Google Cloud Print.

To get started, set up a Google Cloud Print account if you haven't done so. After you're set up, connect your Kodak printer to the service. Once this is done, you'll be printing from your Android device is no time!

Supported file types include:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Microsoft Excel
  • PDFs
  • Text files
  • Web pages
  • Images such as jpg, jpeg, bmp, png, gif and tiff

To get the free Kodak Document Print App, follow the Market links below. Full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Game Review: Musaic Box

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Music has always held a special place in my life. I did choir, play the tuba, and am majoring in music in college. Unfortunately, music doesn't usually make a compelling game, so when I was presented with Musaic Box, I was understandably skeptical. In short, HeroCraft proved me very, very wrong.

Musaic Box is built in the point-and-click genre of games, where you're searching for clues by tapping on seemingly random objects on screen. Musaic Box does a pretty good job of guiding you towards the appropriate places to touch with a fairly noticeable sparkle, so don't worry about getting stumped.

You're looking for old music manuscripts that are littered throughout the room. When you've assembled all four pieces of a piece of music, you're then tasked with reproducing the melody and harmony as they're played to you.

This is all done in a very fresh, puzzle-style interface. The melody (and accompanying parts) are played for you at the beginning, then you're presented a series of differently-shaped rocks with runes carved in them. The runes are different colors (like red is always the melody), and you can tap on any rock segment to hear that piece of music be played.

Once you've worked out where all the pieces go (and are correct), the game automatically rewards you for your success by playing the piece of music through once more and adding it to your record book. From there, you keep doing more of the same, until you've found all the music in a particular room.

The scroll in the top-right corner of the screen lets you know how many pieces are left to find before you can advance, so it's easy to track your progress as you go.

One of the coolest features to me (aside from the rough translations in some spots) is that Musaic Box uses real historical references for much of the music you come across. Parts of the environment that don't hold clues (but you can still interact with) often reveal little tidbits about a composer or an instrument, and while it doesn't further the game, it's educational, and it's music, so I like it.

I would probably drop the cursive font if I could go in and change anything, but if that's the biggest gripe I can come up with, I think we're doing just fine.

Musaic Box is $1.49 in the Android Market. We've got download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Radio Shack offering free phones for the holidays, new selection each week

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If you're in the market for a new smartphone on AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, and aren't afraid to sign a new contract you might want to check out Radio Shack before you spend your cash.  They're running a holiday promotion where they give away free phones (including some Android handsets) with a new agreement, and the list of devices changes every week.  This week's offerings (good until Dec. 10) include the HTC Inspire 4G, the HTC Status, and the LG Phoenix for AT&T; the LG Marquee, the Kyocera Milano, the Samsung Conquer 4G, the Samsung Transform Ultra, and LG Optimus S for Sprint; and the Samsung Stratosphere and LG Enlighten for Verizon.

Remember the list changes every week, so if you've had you eye on a particular model you'll have to grab it while it's on sale.  Might be a great way to get a Facebook phone or a QWERTY LTE phone without any out-of-pocket cash.  Hit the break for the comparison charts for this week, and for more info, visit Radio Shack Wireless.

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