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3 years ago

Hangouts app updated with fixes for SMS and MMS

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Users experiencing messaging bugs hopefully get their fix

Big G has pushed out a small update for the Hangouts app today, and while the change log is short, it looks to be exactly what more than a few have been waiting for.

What's New (2.0.3)

  • More fixes for sending/receiving MMS
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some from sending SMS longer than 160 characters

Behind the scenes fixes may not be glamorous, but if you're a user affected by the bugs that get fixed, they are the best kind. As usual, Google is doing their slow trollout of the app, so you may not see an update right away. Keep checking, or dig into the wilds of the Internet for that sideload.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Red Nexus 5 unboxing and hands-on

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You have to be careful where you show off the new "red" Nexus 5. In the right light — or, more specifically, in the right bad, artificial light, there's a better than even chance that you're going to blind somebody. Outdoors, you risk attracting the attention of nearby search parties.

This is a bright red phone. At times, it's almost neon red. It goes from startling to painful to "Oh, my God, what have I done?!?!" depending on your lighting source. Consider yourself warned.

Otherwise? Same great Nexus 5.

Other items of interest here: The Day-Glo extends along the sides and peeks through the front of the phone, as well as in the earpiece speaker grille. The black buttons look nice. But because the sides are red, the SIM card tray isn't hidden as well, and it looks a little sloppy. The FCC information stenciled on the back is all but invisible, though, so there's that.

Another burning (as in "well, what is it?!?!" and not "oh, my eyes!") question was whether the back case would be the matte plastic like the white Nexus 5, or the more stylish soft-touch black. It's the former. No soft-touch to be found here.

If you're dying for more, we've got video and more pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Search update also enables voice controls for UK English

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No more changing of your system language required

Today's Google Search update may have a few more tricks up its sleeve than we know, but we have found that it enables voice actions for those using U.K. English on their device. Folks outside of the U.S. previously had to set the app's language to U.S. English in order to get Google Now to respond to voice commends, but now our friends across the pond can get in on the action.

Better yet, you even have a response voice of a U.K. English speaker, which completes the entire loop. This is one update you'll want to grab if you've been clamoring for voice actions in the U.K. and are tired of changing to U.S. English just to make it happen.

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3 years ago

SKIT! comes to Android to turn your photos into crazy little animations

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SKIT! today has officially launched on Android in the Google Play Store – and indeed the Amazon Appstore – to turn your photographs into hilarious short animated video clips. It's a pretty simple yet effective idea, in that the app gives you visual effects like animations, text, graphics and the like to lay onto to your own photos and turn them into moving clips. 

Besides the creative element, SKIT! has a pretty solid social component baked in. It can pull in photos from Facebook to work on, as well as being able to share out your creations to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, or send an animated card to your friends and family through e-mail. All that on top of the actual SKIT! community itself. 

The app is free to download, and is available now from the Google Play link up top, and the Amazon Appstore at the link below. More information can be found in the full press release after the break. 

Download: SKIT! (Amazon Appstore)

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3 years ago

Updated Samsung S-Voice app leaks, flatter appearance in tow

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Updated app also reportedly runs much faster than the current version

A couple of Samsung's apps due for update have already leaked out, and today we're getting a look at another. The folks at SamMobile have obtained a look at a new version of S-Voice, Samsung's voice activated personal assistant. The first thing you notice is the appearance – it's gone all flat and teal. Personally, I quite like the new color scheme, but equally its sure to be some folks distaste as well. 

There's a whole bunch of screenshots to take a look at – head over to the source link for more – but beyond form, the function is reportedly much better, too. SamMobile notes that while not as responsive to accents as Google Now, it is noticeably faster than the current version. As with any leaks though, we'll reserve final judgment until we see it on a device in our hands. And that might not be so far away.

Source: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Talon for Twitter updated with huge list of new features

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TwitPic support, higher quality images and "tons of bug fixes" round out the big change log

If you're in the camp that thinks the official Twitter app sucks, there's a good chance you're using Talon. It's a relatively new app that has received a lot of press, and it got one hell of an update this evening.

In addition the the KitKat-inspired "design that makes sense" the app has always sported and its wealth of eye-candy, the developer has added in support for crowd favorites like TweetMarker and TwitLonger support, and tweaked some of the UI buttons to make the app stand out from the crowd even more.

If you're a Tweeter, it's probably worth the buck ninety-nine to give Talon a try if you haven't already. Grab it from the Google Play link above, and check out the huge change log after the break.

Source: Kilnker Apps

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3 years ago

Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming to Android in March

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Gameloft's next movie tie-in gets the full comic book treatment

There's a new Captain America movie headed our way in April, and Gameloft today drops word that it will be producing the official mobile game. The Winter Soldier is set to hit Android and iOS in late march prior to the release of the movie. Promising a mix of action and tactical options and some pretty hot looking comic book styled graphics, The Winter Soldier looks to be a complete Captain America experience. 

While it'll be an official game of the cinematic release, it will be an original story. Since it's coming before the movie, it's good to know that we're not going to be dodging spoilers. It looks pretty exciting, and we're looking forward to getting our hands on it down the line. For now, you'll find the official trailer up top, and the full press release after the break. 

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3 years ago

Sprint adds more devices to list of phones with PTT service

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Sprint's best android phones now can use direct-connect features

Sprint knows that a lot of people are big users of their direct-connect service. They have built it out as a very well-done app for Android, and today they have added a few new phones to the list of devices that can use it. Your list:

In addition, Sprint already has plans to add a few more Android phones to the list soon — the S4 Mini, the Galaxy Mega, and the Galaxy S4 with Spark.

If you're using one of these phones, getting the direct-connect service is easy. Grab the app at the Google Play link above and install it. Then hit your account services webpage, and add Direct Connect and Group Connect under Push-to-Talk add-ons. 

Now go get your chirp on.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Adobe's John Nack joining Google Photos team

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Ex-Photoshop lead will now help make Google Photos better than ever

John Nack has had quite the career at Adobe, notably helping manage the Photoshop team. Recently, he has changed focus to bring the best in digital creative apps to mobile devices, and today he announced that he is moving to Google.

After nearly 14 terrific years at Adobe, it’s time for me to open a different chapter of my life, and next week I’ll be joining Google’s digital photography team.

While one man is not any guarantee of success, seeing this move is pretty exciting. There is no denying how much impact Photoshop and it's suite of related products has had on the way digital content is created. Photoshop's move to mobile is similarly ground-breaking, bringing techniques and tools to our phones and tablets that nobody really expected to work as well as they do.

Bringing someone with this experience — and success — to Google Photos is good news for both casual and prosumer photographers alike. With the knowledge how to manipulate the pixels, and the ability to squeeze it into a simple set of controls, Nack's addition to the team could bring some really great things. 

Source: Adobe Blogs

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3 years ago

The Sims are old but still kicking in the latest Sims FreePlay update

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There are lots and lots of free to play games on Android. Some get the payment model right, some get it wrong. One thing the best free to play games have in common is a steady stream of updates and new content. That’s just what has kept us playing The Sims FreePlay since it launched two years ago.

The newest Sims FreePlay update is called “All Grown Up.” It brings two huge new quests: Adulthood and Seniors. By completing these quests, players can advance their teenage Sims to adulthood and even grow regular Sims into crotchety old elderly Sims. Get the full run-down on the new quests and features after the break.

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3 years ago

Injustice: Gods Among Us celebrates success with a free credits weekend

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Fighting games are tough to get right on mobile devices. Sure, we have physical control options like MOGA controllers, but most everybody just plays with a touch screen. One fighter that really gets it right is the Android version of Injustice: Gods Among Us. It packs the graphical flair and chaos of the console games, and yet plays quite well on tablets and phones.

Clearly Injustice has done well for itself, as today Warner Bros. announced the mobile version has been played one billion times across Android and iOS. That’s a win for the publisher, but also players. In celebration of the milestone, everyone who plays the game by the end of the weekend gets 30,000 credits free. Use them to unlock playable DC Comics characters in the game!

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Motocross Meltdown, Flappy Bird, 8 Ball Pool and more!

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See what the Android Central writers are using this week

It's that time of the week where we carve out a slot on Android Central to show off our Apps of the Week column. Saturday afternoons are a perfect time for each of the writers here to talk about an app that has made its way onto our phones or tablets and stuck around, even with all of the apps we see on a weekly basis.

As we explain every week, these may not be the best-in-class or top-selling apps, but if they're on our devices week after week, they must be doing something right. This week's list includes a few games, as usual, and a handful of tools to round it out, so hang with us after the break and see how the picks stack up.

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3 years ago

App in the Air soars onto Android as your perfect airport companion

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One of my absolute favorite travel apps for iOS is called App in the Air. As you may guess from the title, it's a flight tracking app. We've no shortage of those in the world, but this one caught my eye immediately because of its eye catching design. Now, whenever I fly, it's the number one app I use until the plane takes off. And now, the developers have brought it to Android.

Make no mistake though; this isn't some lazy port. The developers, have designed each version with its respective platform in mind. The Android app is clearly an Android app, and the iOS app is clearly an iOS app. I've been playing around with the Android version for a few weeks now, and it's every bit as good as I hoped it would be. Let's take a closer look.

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3 years ago

Beats Music review: Yet another music service, and one that still needs some work

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Beats is trying something new, for sure, but it's got room to improve

Beats is a name that is synonymous with hip-hop music and iconic (and expensive) audio gear (and, at one time, HTC smartphones), but not exactly with streaming music. The company showed its intention of getting into the space in 2012 when it purchased MOG Music, and finally killed that service when it launched its self-branded Beats Music streaming offering.

On the surface, Beats Music checks all the boxes ​— unlimited streaming music for a flat monthly fee, a seven-day free trial for signing up, and a compliment of mobile apps and web interface. It also brings to the table something other streaming music services don't — a group of knowledgeable and popular curators to help you choose what to listen to. And that's Beats' main selling point — a human element instead of algorithms.

But with lots of features to market and a competition-matching price, will Beats Music be your choice for listening going forward? Hit the break and find out.

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3 years ago

Sony's PS4 companion app for Android gets live video feed support

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Live with PlayStation now available in app, kind of

Sony has pushed out an update to its official PlayStation 4 companion app for Android, with the headline new feature being the inclusion of "Live with PlayStation" video feeds in the app. Well, sort of in the app. You can browse the gaming streams from within the PlayStation app, but those broadcast via UStream will open up in the UStream app should you have it installed. Twitch.tv streams will open up in the browser of choice on your Android device. 

Additionally, Sony now says that video notifications are supported under "What's New", and it now won't automatically connect to your PS4 while in standby mode and fire it up. Grab the latest version from the Play Store at the link up top. 

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