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3 years ago

Godzilla - Smash3 wreaking havoc on Android this May

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Movie tie-in being shown off at GDC ahead of debut

The new Godzilla movie hits movie theaters this May and Godzilla - Smash 3 will be rampaging on to Android and iOS right along side it. The first mobile Godzilla game, Smash3 will shown off this week at GDC in San Francisco. According to the developers it's a mix of "rampage-style and puzzle" with some pretty nice looking graphics, too.

We're on the ground all week at GDC so keep it locked to Android Central all week for the very best the show has to offer!

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3 years ago

Amazon celebrates Appstore's 3rd birthday with 60% off popular titles, discounts on in-app purchases

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Various deals will continue for a full two weeks

As the digital confetti sprinkling down the Amazon Appstore website might suggest, Amazon is celebrating the Appstore's third birthday — and that means deals on apps. For the next two weeks, you'll see various deals on apps and games through the Appstore, including up to 60 percent off titles like Wheel of Fortune, Terraria, Batman: Arkham City Lockdown and many more.

Not to leave the free-to-play apps out of the mix, Amazon is also offering discounts on in-app purchases across a variety of great titles — like Asphalt 8, The Hobbit, Sonic Dash and Despicable Me: Minion Rush — that gives 50 percent of the value of your in-app purchases back in the form of Amazon Coins that can be spent elsewhere in the Appstore.

The deals will keep rolling for the next two weeks, so you'll have to keep an eye on the Appstore to keep up on all of the latest deals as they come and go.

More: Amazon Appstore

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S3 seeing a minor software update

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A quick heads up for owners of T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S3 that a small software update should be heading your way. It keeps things on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and mainly includes fixes. Android Central Forums member jazman_777 does report that it seems to pre-load the Google Drive app on the phone.

The update is available either through OTA or through Samsung Kies, and you'll find more at the source link below.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Google bringing 'game gifts,' new categories, updated SDK and more to Google Play Games

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Google Play Games

Google gets serious about gaming at GDC

We thought it was great when Google updated Google Play Games last week some much wanted — and needed — features, but it seems that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Google has expanded their presence at GDC, and it looks like they are going all-in with mobile gaming.

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3 years ago

Pocket Casts 4.5 adds Chromecast support

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One of our favorite podcatchers gets even better

As you might have noticed, we're kind of big on podcasts here. And when it comes to podcatchers, Pocket Casts is always among our recommendations. Today, Pocket Casts has hit version 4.5, and with it comes a host of new features.

Perhaps most important is that Pocket Casts now supports Chromecast. Just tap the Chromecast icon to stream to any connected TV. (And if you haven't yet experienced the sultry sounds of Jerry Hildenbrand over a proper home entertainment system, prepare to be amazed.) Album art is displayed on screen and does a great imitation of a screen saver (much like Google Play Music), so you won't have to worry about burn-in.

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3 years ago

Chromecast support looks destined for some British TV apps

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BBC iPlayer and BT Sport apps have Chromecast references buried within

While still unofficial, Google's Chromecast looks set to launch this coming week in the UK. Folks are rightfully excited and wondering which of our local apps might be updated with support for it. Android Central Forums member SmItH197 has been digging around inside the BT Sport application and found multiple Chromecast references within.

This follows a similar report from the folks at Android Police who've reported on some similar digging, this time within the BBC iPlayer application. As with the BT Sport app, there were references found that match with other applications that already have Cast support. Neither app has had support turned on yet, so if you've a U.S. import like I do we'll still have to wait. But if all goes according to what we've seen so far, we might be enjoying some local Chromecast action pretty soon.

Source: Android Central Forums, Android Police

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3 years ago

What I'm playing this week: Granny Smith

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An oldie that's still as challenging as it ever was

We're always on the lookout for the hot new Android games, but sometimes you just can't beat an oldie. I've downloaded a ton of games over the years, but just recently I've been drawn back to Granny Smith. And you know what? It's still just as challenging to play as it was the first time.

I'm a big fan of casual, pick up and play mobile games. For serious gaming I still turn to my consoles. When I'm playing on my mobile devices I like something that's not so serious and a little more casual. Granny Smith fits into that perfectly while still providing enough of a challenge that you actually want to beat it.

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3 years ago

Pebble app gets updated with more stability fixes

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The folks at Pebble have pushed out another bugfix for the Pebble 2.0 application. Along with general stability fixes, the issue with the never-ending loading screen has been addressed. As a user who was experiencing the stuck splash screen issue, I can confirm that it's gone on my phone. Hurrah! While still not as stable as the original version, Pebble 2.0 is starting to shape up. Let's hope the trend continues.

For the latest about the Pebble and all things smartwatch, be sure to check out our sister site SmartwatchFans!

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Sorcery!, Crazy Taxi, IMSA and more!

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Apps of the Week

See the apps that made it onto our phones and tablets this weekend

Saturdays bring a lot of great things, but one of the best (at least for us) is the Apps of the Week column where we get to show off the apps that we're using every day. Each of the writers here at Android Central does their best to write a bit about a single app that's been on their phone or tablet in the last week, giving you the chance to see what we're all using.

The list is usually pretty varied, with a grouping of games, utility apps and a few off-the-wall choices now and then, but that's what you'll find if you look hard enough throughout the entire Play Store. Hit the break to see how this week's picks line up with the rest.

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3 years ago

Get a free upgrade to JuiceSSH Pro this weekend

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Normally $6.89, the Pro upgrade is free until Tuesday 18th March 11:00 GMT

Juice SSH is the best SSH client for Android. It's a full color terminal and ssh client, and even the free version has support for extras like Mosh and external keyboards. Add in the great connection manager, and you have an incredible remote administration tool for Android. The Pro upgrade takes things to another level with port forwarding, AES-256 encryption backups and a code snippet library for those long commands you have to type out often. It's well worth the normal price of $7 or so, but this weekend it's free.

To celebrate 500,000 users, the folks behind Juice SSH are offering the Pro license key to anyone and everyone. Simply install the app through the Google Play Store link above, then head to their promotion page and submit your email address. You'll be rewarded with a lifetime Pro upgrade that's tied to your Gmail account, and good for an unlimited number of machines. If you're thinking that's awesome, you're right because it is.

If you need a tool like this, or are looking for a great local terminal, You need to jump on this.

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3 years ago

QuizUp updated with anti-cheat methods and bug fixes

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Less cheating and better friend management are welcome changes

We already told you how to fix the endless notifications from QuizUp, and now the developers have started to address the next biggest issue — cheaters. Today's update now causes you to surrender if you try to open the notification bar, which apparently was used for a popular cheat method. Cached images are also removed on application start, which also could give some crafty cheater and advantage. The full changelog:

  • Automatic surrender when opening notification bar during match (to prevent cheating)
  • Removing cached question images on start
  • Playing on a WiFi through proxy working
  • Facebook friends immediately shown when linking with an email account
  • Level circle and questions now visible after async challenge game
  • Fixed a bug in level indicator value when accepting a challenge
  • Names in friend feed now clickable
  • Small bug fixes and ui improvements

All welcome changes to a great game, keeping it fun. Grab it at the Google Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Google Wallet tap and pay support ending for phones not running KitKat in April

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Tap and do nothing.

Feature to be removed from device not running Android 4.4 or higher on April 14, 2014

Google Wallet's tap and pay feature is soon to become a KitKat only affair. According to a message sent out to users with the feature enabled, but running a lower version of Android, the new, different technology used means older versions will not be able to support it, and support for the old method is being dropped.

We wanted to let you know about an update to Google Wallet that might change the way you use the app. Right now it looks like you’re using tap and pay with a device running an Android version older than 4.4 KitKat. On the newest version of Android, tap and pay works with different technology for an improved experience. As a result, starting on A​p​r​i​l 1​4, 2​0​1​4, tap and pay will no longer work for devices with older Android versions.

Tap and pay will be available for most devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. If you are able to upgrade to KitKat now, you can check if your device supports tap and pay. Supported devices will display a tile in your "My Wallet" screen that tells you to set up tap and pay. For devices that are not eligible for Android 4.4 KitKat or don’t support tap and pay, you can still use the Google Wallet app to store all of your loyalty cards and offers, send money to your friends, view your orders, and use the Google Wallet Card to make purchases.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for continuing to be a loyal Wallet user.

If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center. Sincerely, The Google Wallet Team

With KitKat, Google changed from using a secure element — a combination of hardware and firmware in your phone to keep tap and pay payments secure — to a host-based card emulation system. This allows the Wallet app and the CPU on your phone or tablet to provide security through software instead of using a hardware component. HCE services are methods that only KitKat can support, and the old secure element method is no longer supported, so the feature is now KitKat (or higher) only.

We know that few people actually use Google Wallet's tap and pay feature, but chances are this will affect more than a few of us. We're the early adopters who enjoy features like tap and pay. Hopefully, the last few current flagships still on JellyBean (Hi LG! Hi Sony!) will get updated soon.

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3 years ago

Google Search adds traffic incidents, more languages for voice and Cricket

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OK Google hotword now enabled for French and German

A quick heads up that a new Google Search update is pushing out through the Play Store that brings a few welcome new features for folks on Android 4.1 and above. One of the bigger ones is that the "OK Google" hotword for voice search is now enabled for folks speaking French and German.

We also now get traffic incident alerts for our routes in Google Now, as well as support for Cricket – presumably in a similar format to how Google Now handles other sports. Perfect to keep up with the impending T20 World Cup. Snag the latest version at the Play Store link up top.

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3 years ago

Exclusive first look at Sega's Crazy Taxi City Rush

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In 1999, Sega released a fast-paced driving game called Crazy Taxi in arcades and on their Sega Dreamcast console. The combination of driving passengers to their destinations, wild and humorous gameplay, and licensed punk music helped Crazy Taxi find a permanent parking spot in many gamers’ hearts. Two sequels followed, not to mention a successful Android port of the original game.

Sensing that Crazy Taxi has even more life on mobile, SEGA has just announced a new mobile-exclusive sequel called Crazy Taxi: City Rush. The new game will have everything fans loved about the original, plus a new touch-friendly control scheme and lots of fresh content. We met with SEGA to play an early build of City Rush and came away highly impressed. See our exclusive gameplay footage and interview after the break!

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3 years ago

Best Quick and Easy Games for your Android Phone

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Looking for a fast fix with your Android games for your phone? Look no further

Playing games while on the move can be tricky. You're dealing with the relatively small screen of a smartphone and short amounts of free time. Meanwhile many games focus on longer play sessions and small, detailed controls. For tablet play that's fine, but we're rounding up bite-sized, finger-friendly fun available on Android that's best suited for smartphones.

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