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3 years ago

Build the city of the future with 2020: My Country for Android

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Last week we brought news that Russian gaming giant Game Insight would be bringing its multiplayer combat game Tank Domination to Android early next year. That title will be the publisher’s most hardcore Android release to date. They’re actually best known for city building games.

The cream of Game Insight’s city building crop is 2020: My Country, a sequel to the original My Country. The new game carries over the original’s addictive mixture of serious simulation with free to play mechanics. It also throws in a futuristic touch, with hovercars and aliens populating the city. It’s surprisingly fun, if you like this type of game. Head past the break for our detailed review.

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3 years ago

Fly Delta app updated to help keep track of SkyMiles status

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Starting today, those of us who play the frequent flyer game on Delta Air Lines need to keep track of what we're spending in order to make status for 2015. And to that end, Delta has updated its Android app to also show your Medallion Qualification Dollars, aka MQDs. Want to keep status next year? You've got to spend, baby, spend, and not just hop cheap flights to nowhere.

Also new is more detailed profile information, and the requisite bugfixes and performance improvements.

And as a reminder, Delta, like other U.S. airlines, now lets you use your phone or tablet below 10,000 feet. Just don't try to make any calls, m'kay?

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3 years ago

Facebook's new permissions aren't any scarier than using Facebook in the first place

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Facebook this week finally did what it should have done some time ago — it explained the scary-looking new permissions required if you're going to use its Android app.

To be fair, Google still does a poor job of explaining the permissions apps declare in plain English. Thus, "Downloads files without notification" can make it seem like you have no control over what an app is doing, when all that's really happening is it's downloading information in the background. In Facebook's case, that's things like video previews (and now ads) in your timeline.

Not so scary after all, eh?

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3 years ago

Carbon for Twitter turns v2 with grand redesign [#C2PointOh]

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New look, new features highlight a hefty update to one of our favorite third-party Twitter apps

At long last, Carbon for Twitter — long one of our favorite third-party Twitter clients — has been updated to version 2.0 with a major redesign and a host of new or revamped features. We've always had a soft spot in our dark little hearts for Carbon, having used it on webOS back in the day, and then Windows Phone — and finally on Android. It's been as functional as it has been beautifully designed, and it's managed to somehow avoid (we don't ask questions) the token limitations that have plagued other excellent Twitter apps.

The update should be going live Tuesday morning (it's live now), and we've got your walkthrough for the changes.

Stick with us here — it's as simple as it is complex.

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3 years ago

Unlock With Wifi app retooled and is now SkipLock

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Safety meets convenience with a set of great features 

You may have heard us talk about an app called Unlock With Wifi a time or two. It's an app that tells your lock screen when to become secured with a password or PIN, based on what Wifi AP you're connected to. It's one of those apps that you never really open, but your phone is always using it. It now has a new name, and a new feature-set to go along with an entirely new re-write.

SkipLock is the new handle, and on the surface it looks like a tiny tweak to Unlock With Wifi. When you go to set it up though, you'll notice the changes. You can now use a Bluetooth connection to keep your phone unlocked, rooted users can set it up with a pattern instead of a password or PIN, and you can nix the notification bar icon — three things that users have asked for.

It works just the same, set it up and as long as you're connected to a Wifi AP or Bluetooth device you've listed, your phone is in swipe-to-unlock mode. Once you're not, your phone is secured with either a PIN or password that you've chosen during the setup, or if your rooted, a pattern. No muss, no fuss.

There are a couple things users of Unlock With Wifi need to be aware of. This is a new app, and if you want to use it longer than the four day trial period, you'll need to buy it again via an in-app purchase of about $5. If you bought Unlock With Wifi after October 27, contact the developer for a free license for Skip Lock. Unlock With Wifi isn't going anywhere, it's just not going to be further developed. If you bought it, it will still be in Google Play. The developer explains a bit more of why it was done this way here.

There's not a lot more to tell. If you leave your house with your phone, you need to have a secure lock screen. Period. If you don't wanna fool with passwords or PIN numbers while it is in your hands, you need an app like SkipLock. Grab it from Google Play and check out the free trial.

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3 years ago

Elemental Kingdoms conjures card battles and quests on Android

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The perfect mix of card collecting and role-playing

Earlier this year, Perfect World Entertainment announced their intention to move into the mobile gaming business. Perfect World is best known for publishing PC MMOs such as Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and even one called Perfect World.

The publisher’s first domestic mobile game Elemental Kingdoms appeared on iOS back in October. Now it’s out on Android too. If you like collectible card games and role-playing games, this is one of the best mobile games in town. And it’s free to play! Head past the break for our detailed gameplay impressions.

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3 years ago

Editors' top apps: Andrew's picks for 2013

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See the most-used apps on my devices

As you may imagine, the editors here at Android Central see their fair share (and then some) of Android apps. We take an opportunity to show off apps we're using every week in the Apps of the Week column, but when it comes to choosing just a handful to represent my whole year of app usage, it's an exclusive group.

I'm not the biggest app user out there. If I'm going to have an app installed on my phone, it's because I use it regularly and couldn't live and work the way I do without it. That doesn't mean every single app on this list is strictly for productivity — "all work and no play," and all that — but rather that it's just an app that fits perfectly into my daily life.

Hit the break to see a list of apps that kept my devices going through the year of 2013.

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3 years ago

Editors' top apps: Jerry's picks for 2013

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The apps I used most throughout the year

Google Play now has about a gazillion apps to choose from. A cool part of our job here at Android Central is installing a lot of them and having a look. We then tell you about the great ones, other editors on other Android sites tell you about them as well, and the cream rises to the top. Some are from million dollar development houses, and some are from a guy like you or me who loves what he does, but what matters most is how well an app fits what you want it to do.

I'm not the biggest app user out there, and I find my tastes and choices are fluid. I'm not afraid to change what I use and like. A couple here are mainstream apps you'll find on just about any list of great apps, and some less so. But they are all apps I would recommend to anyone and everyone. 

Jump through, and have a look.

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3 years ago

Editors' top apps: Alex's picks for 2013

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Top ten apps for 2013

Got a new Android device this Christmas? Or maybe you're just looking for great applications for an older phone or tablet? Our regular apps of the week features are a great place to find new and interesting apps for your device -- but with 2013 drawing to a close, we've decided to take things a step further and reflect on our personal top ten apps of the year.

So here are my top recommendations — these are all fantastic apps that have either launched in 2013, or have been updated with significantly awesome new stuff. Head past the break and check them out!

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3 years ago

The best games for your new Android phone or tablet

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Shooters, strategy, racing, RPGs and more!

If you've found yourself the proud owner of a brand new Android smartphone or tablet this holiday season, one of the first things you might want to do — once the basics are taken care of — is get hold of some of the top gaming titles. Through the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore, Android has a wealth of gaming variety to choose from, from casual titles like Angry Birds to hardcore, competitive shooters like Modern Combat 4.

Fortunately we've been keeping track of some of the best Android games out there over the past few months, and we've got links to some of our top selections after the break. Dig in!

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3 years ago

Amazon offering $5 credit with any download from Amazon Appstore

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Promotion valid though December 28

Amazon is spreading a little holiday cheer this week by offering a $5 credit to anyone who simply downloads an app or game from their app store. In a bold attempt to get people to download more apps and games from the Amazon Appstore the promotion runs through Dec 28, and qualifying for the credit is extremely easy.

To get the credit all you need to do is load up the Amazon Appstore (make sure you're on the latest version) and then download any game or application, even a free one. From here you will receive a $5 credit to use towards another paid application or game of your choice, and then the shopping can begin. 

With a wide variety of apps and games already on sale in the Amazon Appstore the $5 credit can get you a few games or apps depending on the deals you find. Amazon will also be offering free app bundles and deals over the next couple of days, so whether you got a new Android device this holiday season or not you will definitely want to check and see what they are offering.

So what are you waiting for? Get to loading the Amazon Appstore and downloading some new apps for your Android device. Be sure to share your new purchases with everyone, and any good deals you come across!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Words With Friends update brings a new interface, performance improvements

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A mix of old and new in a long-awaited update

Words With Friends is receiving a long-overdue update that brings in some modern design and a big performance boost. Anyone who has played this game for a while knows that the app has generally been a bit sluggish and most noticeably simply stuck in the past design-wise. This latest update brings an interface refresh that sheds some of the ugly buttons and drop shadows for flat elements and a proper slide-in drawer on the left side.

Zynga claims faster startup times, better performance all around and improved stability to boot. All things we want to hear and experience in a popular app from a big developer. It feels to us as though there's still a bit more work to do, but this latest update is certainly moving in the right direction. Hit the Play Store link above for a download.

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3 years ago

The best Android shooter games

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We’ve rounded up some of the best shooting games across Android for those that always need a target. We’ve got the full gamut here, ranging from simple, single-tap games to full-blown first-person shooters that nearly bring the console experience to your phone and tablet.

Ready to lock and load with the best shooting games out there?

3 years ago

ClockworkMod's AllCast hits Google Play, casts all the things to (almost) all the places

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App is free, but $4.99 license removes ads and limit on video length

AllCast, the no-root, cast-all-the-things app from ClockworkMod developer Koushik Dutta, has finally made its way into Google Play. The gist is that with the app you'll be able to stream your local pics and video to a number of devices, including Roku, Apple TV, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Samsung and Panasonic TVs, Google TV and other DNLA-enabled devices.

Chromecast, still locked down by Google, isn't yet supported.

There's a $4.99 premium unlock key that removes ads and splashscreens — as well as the limit on video length.

via +Koushik Dutta

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3 years ago

Tank Domination coming to Android next year

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Online multiplayer combat game will be free on Android 

With World of Tanks Blitz still in development, the only proper alternative on Android is Tanktastic. But that is due to change early next year. Game Insight, publisher of the My Country series and Dragon Eternity is preparing to bring their largest game yet to Android: Tank Domination.

With 10-against-10 online battles, a large array of realistic tanks, and even the celebrity voice talent of Michael Ironside, Tank Domination aims to be a serious contender in the tank combat genre. We recently visited Game Insight in San Francisco to try the game out and came away impressed. Head past the break for gameplay details and our hands-on video with the iPad version.

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